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 World News: Middle East & Africa

  1. Members of the Islamic State militant group raise their black and white flag July 25 over a building belonging to a Syrian army base in the northern rebel-held Syrian city of Raqa. AFP

    Armed With Passports, IS Fighters Could Threaten US

    After U.S. planes bombed its forces in Iraq, the jihadist juggernaut that calls itself the Islamic State threatened to attack Americans 'in any place,'' adding for good measure: 'We will drown all of you in blood.''

    • Aug. 22, 2014
  2. US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey hold a press briefing at the Pentagon on Aug. 21. Saul Loeb / Getty Images

    Hagel: Iraq Crisis May Require DoD To Rethink 2015 Budget

    The Pentagon might have to retool its $555 billion 2015 budget proposal to account for the threats posed by and actions taken against the Islamic State, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  3. German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen and Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier announced on Wednesday they plan to send arms to help Iraqi Kurds. ODD ANDERSEN / AFP/Getty Images

    Germany Willing to Deliver Weapons to Support Iraqi Kurds

    Germany has signaled its willingness to supply weapons to Kurds in northern Iraq, two top German officials told journalists on Wednesday.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  4. An F/A-18E Super Hornet lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) on Aug. 14. MC3 Preston Paglinawan / US Navy

    CENTCOM: US Aircraft Bomb Targets in Northern Iraq

    American warplanes have bombed Islamist militants in northern Iraq near the Mosul dam, the US military's Central Command said on Thursday, in the latest air attack on the extremists.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  5. US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, left, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey hold an Aug. 21 press briefing at the Pentagon. Saul Loeb / AFP

    DoD Leaders: Islamic State 'Beyond Anything We've Seen'

    The Islamic State poses a greater danger than a conventional 'terrorist group' and is pursuing a vision that could radically alter the face of the Middle East, US defense leaders said Thursday.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  6. The United Launch Alliance has received two more RD-180 engines. The Russian-made engines, used to launch satellites aboard the Atlas V vehicle, have become controversial since Russia's invasion of Ukraine. ULA

    ULA Receives RD-180 Engines Despite Russia-Ukraine Crisis

    The United Launch Alliance (ULA) received a pair of RD-180 rocket engines this week, the first delivery since Russia's invasion of Ukraine kicked off a national debate about the use of the Russian-made engines for national security launches.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  7. Top officers at Central Command, which oversees military operations in the Middle East, are urging that the list of Islamic State targets be expanded, according to Pentagon officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the plans. MCSN Andrew Schneider / Navy

    Officials: Commanders Want To Expand Iraq Airstrikes

    U.S. military commanders in the Middle East are urging the Pentagon to intensify the air war against Islamic State targets in Iraq, two Defense Department officials said Wednesday.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  8. US freelance reporter James Foley, left, is seen in a 2011 file photo in Libya. Jihadist group the Islamic State claimed Aug. 19 to have executed Foley in revenge for US airstrikes against its fighters in Iraq. Aris Messinis / AFP

    US Attempted Rescue of American Hostages in Syria

    US personnel recently tried to rescue American hostages held in Syria by the so-called Islamic State (IS) but failed, the Pentagon and White House said Wednesday, a day after the militants released a video of a US reporter being beheaded.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  9. A loadmaster counts halal meals inside a C-130 Hercules on Aug. 13 prior to a humanitarian airdrop over Iraq at a base in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. Staff Sgt. Vernon Young Jr. / US Air Force

    US Weighs Sending Up To 300 Troops To Iraq for Security

    The United States is weighing sending up to 300 troops to Iraq to reinforce security at American diplomatic installations, a senior US official said Wednesday.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  10. In a horrifying act of revenge for U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq, militants with the Islamic State extremist group have beheaded American journalist James Foley (shown) — and are threatening to kill another hostage, U.S. officials say. Nicole Tung

    Potential GOP Candidates Use Journalist's Beheading To Hammer Obama Over Islamic State

    Republicans are using the beheading of an American journalist in Syria to mount new attacks on President Barack Obama, urging him to get tougher on a radical Sunni group.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  11. Smoke billows after a US air strike Sunday near the Mosul Dam. Ahmad Al-Rubaye / Getty Images

    US, UK Leadership Warn Iraq Mission Won't be Quick; US Escalates Air Offensive

    In an interview with New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman on Aug.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  12. Replacement of Russian military equipment, such as MiG-29s, is one part of Bulgaria's modernization plan. Wikimedia

    Bulgarian DM Unveils Army Modernization Program, Fighter Jet Procurement

    Bulgarian Defense Minister Velizar Shalamanov has announced a 1 billion leva (US $680 million) program to modernize the military's armament and decrease its dependency on weapons and components from Russia by 2020.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  13. India has removed Denel, a competitor to provide 155mm/52 caliber artillery guns, from a blacklist. Denel

    India Lifts Ban on Denel

    India has removed South Africa's Denel from a blacklist, allowing the company to again do business here after nine years of investigations failed to prove corruption charges related to a rifle purchase.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  14. Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters drive trucks on Aug. 17 as they head to the Mosul Dam on the Tigris River that they recaptured from Islamic State jihadists. Ahmad Al-Rubaye / AFP

    Kurds Retake Key Iraq Dam, Sunnis Hit Jihadists

    Iraqi Kurdish fighters backed by US warplanes retook the country's largest dam from jihadists on Sunday, as Sunni Arab tribesmen and security forces fought the militants west of Baghdad.

    • Aug. 17, 2014
  15. Nigeria Air Force Institute Develops Aircraft Trainer, but Funding Short

    The Nigeria Air Force Institute of Technology (NAF-IT) says it has designed and developed the country's first indigenous light trainer aircraft, intended to replace the service's fleet of aircraft imported from the 1970s and 1980s, now grounded by a lack

    • Aug. 17, 2014
  16. An Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighter sits atop an armed military vehicle on Aug. 16 in Bashiqa. Ahmad Al-Rubaye / Getty Images

    US Jets Strike Armored Vehicles in Iraq

    US jets and drones launched more airstrikes in northern Iraq on Thursday to destroy vehicles operated by extremist fighters from the so-called Islamic State, the military said.

    • Aug. 16, 2014
  17. Networked Fire: IDF self-propelled artillery in action during Protective Edge Gaza operation. Israel Defense Forces

    Israel Lauds New Capabilities in Gaza

    On July 8, the first day of Operation Protective Edge, five Hamas frogmen attempted an amphibious assault on an Israeli military base bordering northern Gaza.

    • Aug. 16, 2014
  18. British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon leaves Number 10 Downing Street with a senior RAF officer in London on Wednesday 4 after attending a meeting of Cobra, the government's crisis response committee, on the situation in Iraq chaired by the prime minister. JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP

    Defense Minister: Britain to Keep Up Iraq Surveillance Flights

    Britain is to keep up its surveillance flights over northern Iraq to try to stop more minority groups coming under jihadist attack, Defence Minister Michael Fallon said on Saturday.

    • Aug. 16, 2014
  19. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gives a press conference on Aug. 6 in Jerusalem. Jim Hollander / AFP

    Report: White House in the Dark Over Arms Supplies to Israel

    Israel secured supplies of ammunition from the Pentagon last month without the approval of the White House or the State Department, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

    • Aug. 14, 2014
  20. US President Barack Obama makes a statement on the situation in Iraq on Aug. 14 at Martha's Vineyard, Mass.. Nicholas Kamm / AFP

    Obama: 'We Broke the ISIL Siege of Mount Sinjar'

    US President Barack Obama declared Thursday that US airstrikes had broken the siege of an Iraqi mountain sheltering civilian refugees and that troops conducting reconnaissance there would be withdrawn.

    • Aug. 14, 2014
  21. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, center, arrives Aug. 13 for a weekly meeting of the German cabinet at the chancellery in Berlin. John MacDougall / AFP

    Report: Germany To Send Aid to North Iraq

    German air force planes will deliver humanitarian aid to northern Iraq on Friday, media reported, as Chancellor Angela Merkel said Berlin was also considering sending weapons to help the embattled country.

    • Aug. 14, 2014
  22. Lebanese troops stand guard in a street on Aug. 9 in the eastern Lebanese town of Arsal, on the border with Syria. AFP

    US Pledges Arms for Lebanon Army After Jihadist Clashes

    The United States will supply Lebanon's army with additional munitions and ordnance in a bid to bolster the force after clashes with jihadists, the US ambassador to Beirut said Thursday.

    • Aug. 14, 2014
  23. A power plant worker cuts through twisted burned out metal near damaged fuel tanks in the south of Gaza City. Roberto Schmidt / AFP

    Despite Heavy Costs, Israel Struggles To Spin Success From Gaza War

    The latest Israel-Hamas truce expires at midnight on Wednesday and it's still unclear whether Operation Protective Edge, now in its 37th day, will resume with greater intensity or come to an end.

    • Aug. 13, 2014
  24. Displaced Iraqi Yazidis, who fled a jihadist onslaught on Sinjar, gather Aug. 13 to collect bottles of water at the Bajid Kandala camp in Kurdistan's western Dohuk province. Ahmad Al-Rubaye / AFP

    Iraq Evacuation May Not Require US Troops on Mount Sinjar

    A review by US troops of conditions on Iraq's Mount Sinjar Wednesday has determined that the conditions of a religious minority seeking refuge there are better than believed and may not require a US-led evacuation, a Pentagon official said.

    • Aug. 13, 2014
  25. A U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey aircraft takes off from the USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) on June 20. Staff Sgt. Lukas Atwell / Marine Corps

    US Military Aircraft Operating In Northern Iraq

    US helicopters and MV-22 Ospreys are on the ground in northern Iraq and operating from a secure airfield protected by Kurdish forces, the latest sign of an expanding Iraq mission that now includes about 1,000 US troops, defense officials said Wednesday.

    • Aug. 13, 2014
  26. Peshmerga forces hand out water bottles and show the way to displaced Iraqi families from the Yazidi community as they cross the Iraqi-Syrian border at the Fishkhabur crossing, in northern Iraq, on Aug. 11. Ahmad Al-Rubaye / AFP

    UK Joins International Effort To Aid Yazidis in Iraq

    Britain will be part of an international mission to rescue Yazidi refugees stranded in northern Iraq, Prime Minister David Cameron said Wednesday.

    • Aug. 13, 2014
  27. French President Francois Hollande is greeted by a crowd on Aug. 4 in front the city hall in Liege, Belgium. Fred Dufour / AFP

    Hollande: France To Deliver Arms To Kurds in Iraq

    France will deliver weapons to Kurdish forces fighting Islamic extremists in Iraq, President Francois Hollande announced on Wednesday.

    • Aug. 13, 2014
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