Middle East News

  • Records: Kissinger made plans to attack Cuba

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger ordered contingency plans drawn up nearly 40 years ago to attack Cuba, incensed over the small island's deployment of troops to Angola, according to declassified government documents posted online Wednesday.

    Associated Press
  • Support for Iraq should respect sovereignty: FM

    Baghdad (AFP) - Iraq's foreign minister said Wednesday that foreign assistance in the fight against the Islamic State jihadist group should respect the country's sovereignty.

    AFP
  • Saudi Arabia fears Yemeni tumult may boost its main foe Iran

    By Angus McDowall RIYADH (Reuters) - The capture of Yemen's capital by rebels with ties to Iran has jolted Saudi Arabia, prompting a scramble by Riyadh to prevent its Shi'ite Muslim rival from exploiting the takeover to make trouble in the kingdom's backyard. The Sunni Muslim country is also…

    Reuters
  • Australian aircraft to support U.S.-led air strikes in Iraq: PM

    SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian aircraft will join the U.S.-led coalition in air strikes against Islamic State insurgents in Iraq in an initial support role, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Wednesday, ahead of a final decision to undertake bombing missions. The United States has been bombing…

    Reuters
  • Turkey, frustrated with West, clings to fading vision for the Middle East

    By Jonny Hogg and Nick Tattersall ANKARA/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Frustrated by Western failure to heed his advice in Syria and Iraq and still smarting over the collapse of the Muslim Brotherhood, Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu makes no apology for a foreign policy that has left his country…

    Reuters
  • Egypt offers military training to Libya, cites Islamic State threat

    CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt has offered to train pro-government forces battling rival armed groups in Libya, stepping up efforts to eradicate what it says is a threat to its own stability from the anarchy engulfing its neighbor. The offer was the latest sign of intervention by competing Arab powers in…

    Reuters
  • Amid differences, Israel's Netanyahu to seek reassurances from Obama on Iran

    By Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama and Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu meet for a new round in their often-tense relationship on Wednesday, facing differences over Iran diplomacy and Middle East peace efforts as well as complications from the U.S.-led fight against Islamic…

    Reuters
  • U.S., British strikes seek to reverse jihadist advances

    U.S. warplanes launched multiple strikes against Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria on Tuesday, seeking to turn up the heat on jihadists as Britain carried out its first air raids against the group.

    AFP
  • Kurds seize Iraq/Syria border post; Sunni tribe joins fight against Islamic State

    By Isabel Coles and Jonny Hogg ARBIL Iraq/MURSITPINAR Turkey (Reuters) - Iraqi Kurdish troops drove Islamic State fighters from a strategic border crossing with Syria on Tuesday and won the support of members of a major Sunni tribe, in one of the biggest successes since U.S. forces began bombing…

    Reuters
  • Emirates inks deal to manage Angola's airline

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Emirates airline — the Middle East's largest carrier — has signed a 10-year management deal with Angola's national airline in a move that could bolster the Dubai-based carrier's foothold in Africa.

    Associated Press
  • Potential successors to UK's Cameron position themselves before close election

    By Andrew Osborn BIRMINGHAM England (Reuters) - Eight months before a tight election, the three main contenders to succeed British Prime Minister David Cameron as leader of the Conservatives wooed potential supporters at the party's annual conference with starkly different pitches. Cameron, 47, has…

    Reuters
  • Egypt's Sisi delivers economic reforms but hurdles remain

    By Stephen Kalin CAIRO (Reuters) - In his first 100 days in office, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has made a fast start on economic reform: slashing costly fuel subsidies, raising taxes and devising infrastructure projects to secure long-term revenues and ease unemployment. Those are…

    Reuters
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  • Special Report: Islamic State uses grain to tighten grip in Iraq

    By Maggie Fick SHEKHAN Iraq (Reuters) - For Salah Paulis, it came down to a choice between his faith and his crop. A wheat farmer from outside Mosul, Paulis and his family fled the militant group Islamic State early last month. The group overran the family farm as part of its offensive that…

    Reuters
  • Australian police charge man over funding 'terrorist organization' after raids

    By Lincoln Feast SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian police raided homes in Melbourne on Tuesday and charged one man with funding a terrorist organization in a crackdown on radical Islamists who authorities believe are supporting Middle East militants or planning attacks at home. The operation, following…

    Reuters
  • Israel PM tries to shift focus from Islamic State to Iran at U.N

    By Louis Charbonneau and Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday tried to shift the spotlight away from the Islamic State militant group and back to Iran, warning the United Nations that a nuclear-armed Tehran would pose a far greater threat…

    Reuters
  • Qatar's foreign minister denies paying ransoms to militant groups

    By Daniel Bases PRINCETON N.J. (Reuters) - Qatari Foreign Minister Khaled al-Attiya defended on Monday his government's connections with armed militant groups in the Middle East and its involvement in negotiating the release of hostages but denied ever paying ransoms to secure their freedom. "No,…

    Reuters
  • Man arrested in Australia 'over funding US fighter in Syria'

    Sydney (AFP) - A man was arrested in counterterror raids in Australia on Tuesday, with police alleging he was sending money to a US national fighting with a "terrorist" group in Syria.

    AFP
  • Australian counter-terrorism police raid Melbourne properties

    SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian police said they had raided a number of properties around the southern city of Melbourne on Tuesday, part of a security crackdown on radical Islamists authorities believe are planning attacks in the country. Australia, which is backing the United States and its…

    Reuters