Middle East News

  • US urges global 'coalition' to fight IS jihadists

    US Secretary of State John Kerry has called for a global coalition to combat Islamic State fighters' "genocidal agenda" after President Barack Obama admitted he had no strategy to tackle the group. The number of refugees who have fled Syria, where rebels have been battling the regime as well as…

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  • Gulf rivals struggle to build anti-jihadist front

    Gulf countries, while siding with Washington against Islamic State jihadists, are struggling to build a common front because of differences within their own ranks and with non-Arab Iran. US President Barack Obama is sending his Secretary of State John Kerry to the Middle East to try to build…

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  • Analysis: World events endanger Obama legacy

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Almost six years into a presidency that had inspired hope for a new era of American leadership, Barack Obama has reached a point where it will be difficult to salvage his international affairs legacy in the face of blooming crises that critics and even some supporters blame on a…

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  • Cameron promises tough action to fight militants

    LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister David Cameron pledged Friday to plug gaps in Britain's armory to combat terror, describing the extremist threat posed by the Islamic State group as being more dangerous than even that of al-Qaida.

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  • Britain raises its terrorism threat level over Syria, Iraq

    By Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) - Britain raised its terrorism alert on Friday to the second-highest level with Prime Minister David Cameron saying the Islamic State (IS) group operating in Syria and Iraq posed the country's greatest ever security risk. "What we're facing in Iraq now with ISIL…

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  • Syria refugees top 3 million, US has no strategy 'yet'

    The number of refugees from the Syria conflict now tops three million, the UN said Friday, as US President Barack Obama admitted he has no strategy to tackle advancing jihadists. In Geneva, UN refugee agency chief Antonio Guterres said Syria had become the "biggest humanitarian emergency of our…

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  • Dutch government clamps down on radicalization

    AMSTERDAM (AP) — The Dutch government unveiled a package of measures Friday aimed at countering radicalization of Muslims in the country, a day after police announced the arrest of two men suspected of recruiting people to fight in conflicts in Syria and Iraq.

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  • Obama cautions against using force to solve crises

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama, faced with deepening crises in the Middle East and Ukraine, is putting the brakes on the notion that American military power can solve either conflict.

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  • New Turkish cabinet spells little policy shift, Erdogan stays dominant

    By Gulsen Solaker and Nick Tattersall ANKARA (Reuters) - Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu kept key members of Turkey's economic management team in place and named Ankara's point man on Europe as foreign minister in a new cabinet on Friday, moves signalling President Tayyip Erdogan's continued…

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  • UN: Islamic State group threatens Syria aid access

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Islamic State group is taking violence against civilians in Syria "to a new level," threatening the cross-border humanitarian aid operations recently approved by the Security Council, a top U.N. aid official said Thursday.

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  • Obama tamps down prospect of strikes in Syria

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama tamped down the prospect of imminent U.S. military action in Syria on Thursday, saying "we don't have a strategy yet" for degrading the violent militant group seeking to establish a caliphate in the Middle East.

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  • Erdogan sworn in as Turkey president, opposition storms out

    Turkey's outgoing premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan was sworn in as president on Thursday, extending his decade-long rule, as opponents who accuse him of authoritarianism stormed out of the ceremony. Erdogan, 60, took the oath in Ankara to begin a five-year mandate in which he has vowed to build a "new…

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  • U.N. says 43 Golan peacekeepers seized by militants, 81 trapped

    By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Militants fighting the Syrian army have detained 43 U.N. peacekeepers in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and trapped another 81 in the region, and the world body is working to secure their release, the United Nations said on Thursday. The…

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  • Egypt's Morsi accused of leaking secrets to Qatar

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's ousted and jailed Islamist President Mohammed Morsi refused to answer a prosecutor's questions about allegations that he leaked classified documents — some related to the army's budget— to Qatar via the Doha-based Al-Jazeera broadcaster, Egypt's official news agency reported…

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  • 'Jihad recruiters' arrested in Netherlands, Germany

    Police in the Netherlands and Germany have arrested two men for allegedly recruiting jihadi fighters to go to Iraq and Syria, Dutch police said Thursday. A woman was also held with the man arrested in Germany as part of a long-running investigation, police said in a statement. All three are from…

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  • Dutch, German Police detain three in Syria recruiting probe

    By Thomas Escritt AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch and German authorities detained three Dutch citizens on charges of inciting hatred, recruiting militants and plotting attacks in Syria and Iraq, Dutch police said on Thursday. The detentions followed warnings from the Dutch intelligence services that…

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  • U.S. air strikes on Syria would face formidable obstacles

    By Matt Spetalnick and Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - American forces face formidable challenges as President Barack Obama considers an air assault on Islamist fighters in Syria, including intelligence gaps on potential targets, concerns about Syria’s air defenses and fears that the militants…

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