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28 min ago | Athens Banner-Herald

Tiny Qatar plays outsize role in US war strategy

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.


Related Topix: World News, Qatar, Prison, US Military Prisons, Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp

3 hrs ago | The Times of Israel

Mystery airstrikes target Libyan Islamist militias

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.


Related Topix: World News, Africa, Libya, United Arab Emirates, NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization), Muammar Gaddafi (Gadhafi), Muslim Brotherhood

7 hrs ago | Washington Examiner

Islamic State group issues new curriculum in Iraq

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.


Related Topix: Iraq, World News, Home Schooling, Education,

10 hrs ago |

Israel court: Olmert to remain free pending appeal-Image1

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.


Related Topix: Israel, World News, Ehud Olmert

13 hrs ago | KCRA-TV Sacramento

UN force leaving Syrian-controlled Golan

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.


Related Topix: Israel, World News, Autos

17 hrs ago | WBTV

Mideast complexities confound US coalition effort

11, 2014, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is shown. . FILE - In this file photo taken Monday, June 23, 2014, fighters from the Islamic State group parade in a commandeered Iraqi security forces armored vehicle down a main road at the northern city of Mosul, Iraq.


Related Topix: Iraq, World News, US Politics, US News, Barack Obama, Syria, Muslim Brotherhood

Sun Sep 14, 2014

Salt Lake Tribune

U.S. official: Arab countries offer to launch airstrikes on Islamic State

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.


Related Topix: Iraq, World News, Religion, Islam,


Muslim Brotherhood: Qatar asked us to go

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.


Related Topix: Qatar, World News, Muslim Brotherhood

The Daily Star

Syrian opposition to revamp forces on the ground

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.


Related Topix: United Arab Emirates, World News

Paradise Post

Egypt: Qatar ordered Islamists out within 2 months

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.

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Related Topix: World News, Qatar, Muslim Brotherhood, Mohamed Morsi, Santa Clara County, CA, Los Gatos, CA

The Times of Israel

Islamic State called richest terror group of all time

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.

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Related Topix: Prison, Terrorism, Iraq, World News, National Defense University, Qatar

The Times of Israel

Turkey seeks behind-the-scenes role in NATO coalition

Turkey is the big Muslim power that sits atop raging conflicts in Iraq and Syria, so it might be expected to take a leading role in the NATO coalition announced this month to take on the Islamic State group. Instead it has told allies that it will stay quietly behind the scenes, keeping its soldiers out of combat operations and even declining to allow NATO to use its bases or territories to launch air attacks.


Related Topix: Turkey, World News, NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization), Iraq

Sat Sep 13, 2014

Cybercast News Service

Gaza children return to school after war

Some half million Gaza children are making a delayed return to school after a devastating 50-day war with Israel that killed more than 2,100 Palestinians and damaged hundreds of school buildings. Gaza Education Ministry official Ziad Thabet says Sunday's opening - delayed two weeks - involves 230,000 1st to 12th graders attending public schools, 200,000 going to United Nations-run schools and tens of thousands enrolled in private institutions.


Related Topix: Israel, World News

Video purports to show British aid worker slain

BEIRUT Islamic State extremists have released a video purportedly showing the beheading of British aid worker David Haines, who went missing in Syria last year. The video emerged a day after the family of Haines issued a public plea late Friday urging his captors to contact them.


Related Topix: Lebanon, World News


Yemen troops clash with Shiite rebels in capital

Yemeni troops on Saturday clashed with Shiite rebels who have been demonstrating in the capital for weeks demanding the resignation of the government, throwing a deal to end the standoff into question and raising fears of a wider conflict, AP reported. The clashes broke out in a northwestern district of the capital Sanaa near a state TV building, when troops stopped a rebel truck loaded with weapons, military officials said, adding that there were no casualties.


Related Topix: Yemen, World News

Deseret News

After Iraqi battles, residents choose displacement

In this image made from video taken on Sept. 8, 2014, a Kurdish Peshmerga looks through the window at positions held by Islamic State group militants, scoping with his AK 47, in Gwer in northern Iraq.


Related Topix: Iraq, World News

The Republic

Qatar expels Egypt Muslim Brotherhood leaders

Leaders of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood group and allied clerics said on Saturday that they are departing Qatar, where they had sought refuge following the ouster of Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi and the crackdown on his supporters. Their presence in Qatar had severely strained Doha's relations with Egypt as well as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, all of which view the more than 85-year-old Islamist movement as a threat.


Related Topix: World News, Qatar, Muslim Brotherhood, Mohamed Morsi, United Arab Emirates

Post Register

US will be ramping up airstrikes soon - in Iraq

As U.S. forces gear up for airstrikes in Syria, the first demonstration of President Barack Obama's more aggressive military campaign against the Islamic State group is likely to unfold first in Iraq as early as next week, officials said Friday. In Syria, U.S. planes and drones will be gathering intelligence on targets and air defense threats in preparation for airstrikes there.


Related Topix: Iraq, World News, US Politics, US News, Barack Obama, US Military, US Navy

Cybercast News Service

Syrians attacked in Lebanon after soldiers killed

Syrian refugee Ibrahim Abbas Ali was sleeping with his family in a tent in this eastern village when shortly before midnight they jumped up in fear and started fleeing when gunmen attacked them opening fire over their tents from different directions. Later that night, the 50-year-old father of 15 saw from a distance fire in the small makeshift camp of about 25 tents housing nearly 200 Syrian refugees who have fled to safety in Lebanon away from their country's civil war that has killed more than 190,000 people.


Related Topix: World News, Lebanon, Lebanon, IN,

Fri Sep 12, 2014

The New Zealand Herald

Islamic State group name raises objection

Propaganda has been one of the core strategies of the Sunni militant group in Syria and Iraq that today calls itself the Islamic State and its name is very much a part of that. In July, the group's leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, announced its rebranding.


Related Topix: Iraq, World News,