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  • US-led airstrikes hit Islamic State near Turkey

    BEIRUT (AP) — U.S.-led coalition airstrikes targeted fighters, vehicles and artillery pieces of the Islamic State group on both sides of the Syria-Iraq frontier Tuesday, including around a beleaguered Kurdish town near the Syrian-Turkish border that is under assault by the militants, activists...

  • Turkey's Erdogan calls for no-fly zone in Syria

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday that a "no-fly zone" should be created in Syria to protect part of it from attacks by Syria's air force. In his comments to reporters on his return from the U.N. General Assembly in New York, Erdogan did not specify where...

  • Turkey, France in talks after mix-up over jihadis

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — French police will accompany any French jihadis caught and extradited by Turkey, France's interior minister said Friday, following a mix-up in which three suspected Islamic State militants who had traveled to Syria were sent home by police in Turkey without French police...

  • Kurds see Turkey impeding Islamic State fight

    SURUC, Turkey (AP) — Turkey and its Kurdish population — for decades in conflict — suddenly find themselves facing a common enemy in the Islamic State group. So it may reasonable to expect prospects for long elusive peace between Turkey and Kurdish rebels to improve. Instead, Kurds who are...

  • Obama aims for broader coalition against Islamic State

    One day after a new coalition of Arab allies helped President Obama launch a war in Syria that he had long avoided, he faces the far more arduous task of convincing them to sustain it.

  • Turkey considers military role against ISIL

    NEW YORK (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday he is considering expanding support for Western and Arab operations against the Islamic State group to include military involvement. His comments Tuesday to Turkish reporters in New York mark a potential shift in Turkey's...

  • Syrian refugees in Turkey reach 150,000

    SURUC, Turkey (AP) — Refugees streaming into Turkey from Syria say their home city, once bustling with 400,000 citizens, has become a ghost town, emptied of all people but a few thousand fighters trying to hold off an onslaught by Islamic militants. The masses fleeing the brutal offensive by...

  • Kerry: US looking for help from Turkey against IS

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States expects Turkey to step up in the fight against the Islamic State group now that Turkey has secured the release of 49 hostages held by the militants, Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday. The hostages — 46 Turks and three Iraqis — were returned to Turkey...

  • Turkish hostages freed, but questions linger

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish authorities say they have freed 49 hostages from one of the world's most ruthless militant groups without firing a shot, paying a ransom or offering a quid pro quo. But as the well-dressed men and women captured by the Islamic State group more than three months ago...

  • Differences over 'war' with Islamic State spark frustration

    Mixed messages from administration officials over whether the U.S. is at war with the Islamic State have sparked frustration not just from Republicans in Congress and from U.S. allies in the region.

  • A global epidemic of anti-Semitism

    Not every criticism of Israel, even strongly stated, is tantamount to anti-Semitism, nor is every critic a hidden anti-Semite. Some are even Jews. Nonetheless, a growing share of Israel-criticism is laced with anti-Semitism.

  • Kerry: 'Premature' to outline countries' anti-ISIS roles

    While visiting Turkey to press leaders there to start taking steps to shut down its borders — and the flow of funding — to the Islamic State, Kerry waved off any suggestion that Iran would join the so-called coalition of the willing.

  • Kerry says no to Iran's help against Islamic group

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Even as it discouraged Iran from joining diplomatic talks on how to defeat the Islamic State militant group, the United States could not outline Friday what other nations have volunteered to contribute to a worldwide effort against the insurgency that has overtaken a third...

  • What Mideast states could offer a US coalition

    BEIRUT (AP) — If Arab states, plus NATO member Turkey, join a coalition to take on Islamic State militants, they bring both formidable weaponry and some hesitation about participating in an American-led fight. Here's a look at what they could offer: GULF STATES Oil-rich U.S. allies in the...

  • Building anti-Islamic State coalition could be a heavy lift

    When President Obama addresses the nation Wednesday night about his plans to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, he will likely lay the ultimate responsibility for securing the extremist group's lasting defeat on a regional coalition of Middle East countries.



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