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3 hrs ago | MilitaryCity.com
Iraqi lawmakers rejected Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's nominees Tuesday to lead the defense and interior ministries, leaving the crucial Cabinet posts unfilled as an emerging U.S.-led coalition intensifies its air campaign against Islamic State extremists who have seized a third of the country. Control over the two powerful security portfolios has long been a source of tension among Iraq's feuding political factions, and the failure to agree on the candidates marked the latest in a series of delays in forming a unified government that can confront the Islamic State extremist group.
5 hrs ago | New York Post
Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Sept.
8 hrs ago | Click2Houston
Witnesses say as many as 500 migrants died in the Mediterranean Sea when their boat was intentionally sunk by people traffickers, the International Organization for Migration said Tuesday. Two survivors interviewed by the IOM and Italian police in Sicily said the traffickers became enraged and rammed the overcrowded boat after the migrants refused to move to a smaller vessel.
9 hrs ago | Cybercast News Service
The main organization representing West Bank settlers says the population of Jewish Israelis living in the West Bank experienced strong growth during the first half of this year. Dani Dayan, the chief foreign envoy of the Yesha council, says the figures are a sign that the settler population is "a thriving community that is here to stay."
9 hrs ago | WAFF-TV Huntsville
A Syrian military aircraft crashed into the de facto capital of the Islamic State group on Tuesday, killing at least eight people, as thousands of residents fled to nearby villages in anticipation of expected U.S. airstrikes against the militants, activists said. It was not immediately clear whether the plane that slammed into the northeastern city of Raqqa was hit by anti-aircraft fire or experienced a technical failure, according to an activist based in the city and the Britain-based Observatory.
12 hrs ago | KTVN Reno
13, 2014 photo, Palestinians wait for fishermen to unload their catch so they can buy fish at the sea port of Gaza City, Gaza Strip. . In this Saturday, Sept.
Human rights judges will rule today whether British armed forces unlawfully arrested and detained an Iraqi civilian who was found dead four months after his release. Tarek Hassan was arrested as a prisoner of war by British armed forces in April 2003 and held at Camp Bucca in Iraq, close to Um Qasr.
Just miles from where former Guantanamo Bay terror suspects have resettled, American warplanes take off from Qatar's al-Udeid air base in the global war on extremism. The contrast in images illustrates why tiny but rich Qatar is an intriguing player in what President Barack Obama says will be a long battle to stop and eventually destroy the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.
Unidentified warplanes conducted four airstrikes on Monday near the Libyan capital of Tripoli, leaving one dead and five wounded, a spokesman for Libya's Islamist-allied militias and a militia commander said. A series of mysterious airstrikes, which US officials have previously said were carried out by Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, have reinforced the perception that Libya has become a proxy battleground for larger regional struggles - with Turkey and Qatar backing the Islamist militias and Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE supporting their opponents.
The extremist-held Iraqi city of Mosul is set to usher in a new school year. But unlike years past, there will be no art or music.
Israel's Supreme Court on Monday postponed the start of former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's prison sentence pending appeal on his conviction on corruption charges. Court spokeswoman Shirli Koren said the decision allows Olmert, who served as prime minister from 2006 to 2009, to remain free until a ruling on his appeal is made.
U.N. forces began withdrawing Monday from the Syrian-controlled side of the Golan Heights, a U.N. source in Jerusalem confirmed after a CNN stringer saw dozens of peacekeeping vehicles crossing into territory controlled by Israel. The withdrawal, also confirmed by a U.N. military police officer on the scene, comes a little more than two weeks after Islamic militant fighters took some peacekeepers hostage and besieged others.
Paris a Newly outraged by the beheading of yet another Western hostage, diplomats from around the world are in Paris pressing for a coherent global strategy to combat extremists from the Islamic State group - minus two of the main players and without any ground troops - in a conflict that threatens to spill beyond the Mideast. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has been pressuring allies ahead of a conference Monday to show a united front, especially from majority-Muslim nations, saying nearly 40 countries agreed to contribute to a worldwide fight to defeat the militants before they gain more territory in Iraq and Syria.
Several top members of the Muslim Brotherhood have been asked to leave Qatar, an Egyptian leader of the group said Sunday. The apparent sudden push from Qatar comes amid longstanding pressure against the Brotherhood in the region, which began with its ouster from authority in Egypt several years ago.
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates: The head of the main Western-backed Syrian opposition movement is seeking support in the United Arab Emirates for the group's war-battered rebel fighters. The Free Syrian Army has been marred by defections and divisions.
Egypt's Interior Minister says authorities will hunt down exiled Muslim Brotherhood leaders with the help of Interpol, after Qatar ordered leaders there to leave despite initially hosting them following the ouster of Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. Mohammed Ibrahim said Sunday that Qatari authorities gave the Brotherhood leaders one month to leave.
The Islamic State organization, which once relied on wealthy Persian Gulf donors for money, has become a self-sustaining financial juggernaut, earning more than $3 million a day from oil smuggling, human trafficking, theft and extortion, according to US intelligence officials and private experts. The extremist group's resources exceed that "of any other terrorist group in history," said a US intelligence official who, like others interviewed, spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss classified assessments.
Updated: Tue Sep 16, 2014 01:32 pm
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