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Battle of Syria Spurs Civil War in Global Jihadist Movement
Syria's bloody civil war has spawned a separate rift with ramifications well beyond the region known as the Levant -- a battle for the very soul of the global jihad movement.
Russian Military Captures Key Towns in Ukraine
Russian soldiers, tanks and heavy artillery began rolling into southeastern Ukraine in earnest Thursday, the Ukrainian government said, as well-armed detachments captured key towns, burned buildings and sent the underequipped Ukrainian forces into full retreat -- a show of military force that the United States now considers an invasion in all but name.
Iran Provided Weapons to Kurds; Bombs Explode in Baghdad
Iran has supplied weapons and ammunition to Iraqi Kurdish forces, Kurdistan President Massoud Barzani said on Tuesday at a joint press conference with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Arbil, capital of Iraq's Kurdish region.
NATO Plans East European Bases to Counter Russia
NATO is to deploy its forces at new bases in eastern Europe for the first time, in response to the Ukraine crisis and in an attempt to deter Vladimir Putin from causing trouble in the former Soviet Baltic republics.
Ukraine Says It Has Captured Russian Soldiers
Ukrainian security services on Monday released video footage purporting to show Russian servicemen who were captured by Ukrainian government forces while fighting alongside pro-Moscow rebels in Ukraine.
Islamic State Has Taken 'Full Control' of Key Syrian Province
After the Islamic State has seized control of the Syrian Air Force base at Tabqa, the Raqqa province is the first to full fall out of government hands as it seeks to establish a capital for its caliphate.
Libyan Jihadists Targeted by Egypt and UAE
Egypt and the United Arab Emirates have been accused of launching air strikes on Islamist militias in Libya.
Islamic State Building Caliphate Through Brutality
The Islamic State terrorist army's brutality and threats against America on Aug. 19 are signs it's focusing on entrenching its so-called Muslim caliphate -- without interference.
Islamic State Seizes Control of Key Syrian Air Base
Fighters from Islamic State (IS) have taken control of a key Syrian government airbase, activists say.
U.S. Steps Up Military Action Against the Islamic State
President Obama, reacting to the brutal execution of an American journalist by Islamic State terrorists, called for a "common effort" across the Middle East to "extract this cancer so it does not spread" as U.S. fighter jets and drones stepped up attacks against IS. Meanwhile, IS threatened to awaken sleeper cells in the West and promised America to "drown all of you in blood." Along the U.S.-Mexico border, concern is being raised as Mexican drug cartels are in negotiations with the terrorist organization, according to a U.S. Congressman.
Iran Stalls With West As Its Nuclear Program Develops
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani told the visiting head of the UN nuclear watchdog said Tehran's long-range missile program will not be discussed as part of talks aimed at resolving a decade-long nuclear dispute. Meanwhile, Iran's foreign minister did not believe a final-status agreement would be made with the West by the time the next deadline comes in four months.
Islamic State Continues to Massacre Scores in Iraq and Syria, Loses Control of Mosul Dam
The Islamic State continued to massacre scores of 'infidels' in its 'caliphate' over the weekend as U.S. lawmakers called on President Obama to expand military operations against the jihadist organization. Over the weekend, President Obama informed Congress that he authorized U.S. airstrikes in Iraq to help retake control of the Mosul Dam. On Sunday Kurdish forces, with the aid of over two dozen U.S. and Iraqi airstrikes, were able to retake control of Iraq's largest dam from IS jihadists, who captured the dam less than two weeks ago.
Ukraine Crisis: Separatists Trained in Russia
One of the top rebel leaders in eastern Ukraine claims that his forces have recently received 1,200 fighters who had undergone training in Russia. The claim came during a speech to leading rebels, apparently recorded on Friday and posted to YouTube by a pro-separatist media outlet. His language suggested the men had already crossed the border.
Ebola Threatens West Africa, Airlines Halt Flights
As Ebola continues to threaten West Africa, officials claim it will take up to six months to contain the outbreak. Liberian authorities have now quarantined entire villages it claims is the 'epicenter' of the virus and expanded its Ebola treatment centers throughout its capital of Monrovia. Meanwhile, two more airlines halted flights to the capitals of Liberia and Sierra Leone. The World Health Organization admitted the official death toll of 1,145 in the region "vastly underestimates the magnitude of the outbreak."
Islamic State Changes Tactics, Closing in on Aleppo
The Islamic State continues to capture towns on its way to Aleppo, Syria's largest city, which now stands less than 50 kilometers away. Meanwhile, limited U.S. airstrikes have caused jihadists of the Islamic State to change their military tactics, instead of operating as an army with conventional formations, they are now acting like insurgents and mixing in with civilians to disguise their maneuvers making it harder to strike them.
N. Korea Fires Short Range Missiles as Pope Visits S. Korea
Pope Francis became the first pontiff in 25 years to visit South Korea on Thursday, bringing a message of peace and reconciliation to the war-divided peninsula. Seoul's never-timid rival, North Korea, made its presence felt by firing three short-range projectiles less than an hour before he arrived and two more a short time later.
Obama Blames Bush for Iraq Troop Withdraw
President Barack Obama who spent years touting his success of withdrawing U.S. forces from Iraq, but now facing the jihadist threats of the Islamic State in the Middle East is now blaming former President Bush for the absence of American troops in Iraq.
Oil Prices Hit Nine-Month Low
Oil prices have fallen to a nine-month low as surging supply from OPEC and the U.S. floods the market and fresh demand withers.
Power Struggle in Baghdad As Maliki Replaced But Refuses to Step Down
Iraq's president named a new prime minister to end Nuri al-Maliki's eight-year rule on Monday, but the veteran leader refused to go after deploying militias and special forces on the streets, creating a dangerous political showdown in Baghdad.
Islamic State Beheads, Crucifies As It Expands into Syria (Video)
Islamic State has crushed a pocket of resistance to its control in eastern Syria, crucifying two people and executing 23 others in the past five days.
Full Coverage: U.S. Begins Bombardment of 'Islamic State'
As the Islamic State continues to spread across Syria, Iraq and Lebanon seizing a Syrian base over the weekend, President Barack Obama authorized strikes against the jihadist organization throughout the region. U.S. spy agencies have begun to see militants abandoning al-Qaeda affiliate groups in Yemen and Africa to join the Islamic State, as the terrorist organization promised to raise the "flag of Allah in the White House'.
Ukraine demands that rebels in Donetsk surrender
Fighting raged in the city of Donetsk on Sunday, as government forces continued to close in on the rebel stronghold and pro-Russian insurgents backed away from an unconditional cease-fire offer that they announced just the day before.
Egypt court bans Muslim Brotherhood's political wing
An Egyptian court on Saturday dissolved the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), the political wing of the banned Muslim Brotherhood, dealing a crippling blow in the campaign to crush Egypt's oldest Islamist movement.
Typhoon Halong Slams Japan; 1 Dead
More than one million people have been told to evacuate their homes as a powerful typhoon hit south-west Japan.
Russia Forces US Submarine Out of Boundary Waters
Russia's Northern Fleet's anti-submarine forces have detected and forced out a US submarine from Russian boundary waters, a high-ranking source in Russia's Navy told RIA Novosti Saturday.
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