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28 min ago | Athens Banner-Herald
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.
3 hrs ago | The Times of Israel
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.
7 hrs ago | Washington Examiner
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.
10 hrs ago | CottageCountryNow.ca
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.
13 hrs ago | KCRA-TV Sacramento
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Updated: Mon Sep 15, 2014 07:14 pm
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