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 World News: Middle East & Africa

  1. The Canadian Parliament is seen Oct. 23 in Ottawa, the day after multiple shootings in the capital city and Parliament buildings left a soldier dead and others wounded. Peter McCabe / AFP

    Canada Attacks Follow al-Qaida, IS Instructions To A Tee

    While they may not have officially been designated as jihadists, two suspected extremists who killed Canadian soldiers in shooting and driving rampages followed instructions issued by al-Qaida and the Islamic State group to the letter.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  2. Iraqi volunteer soldiers march Sept. 1 after graduating from a training camp in the central Iraqi city of Kufa. Haidar Hamdani / Getty Images

    US Official: Iraq Army Not Ready To Repel Islamic State

    US airstrikes and Iraqi ground forces have blunted an Islamic State offensive in Iraq, but it will be months before Iraq can mount a sustained counteroffensive to take terrain back, a senior US military official said Thursday.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  3. An aviation ordnanceman airman checks a missile on an F/A-18C Hornet Oct. 16 aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) in the Arabian Gulf. MC3 Brian Stephens / US Navy

    US-Led Strikes Kill More Than 500 Militants in Syria

    US-led airstrikes in Syria were reported Thursday to have killed more than 500 jihadists in a month, as Kurdish fighters readied to reinforce the embattled border town of Kobane.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  4. Soldiers from the Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.-based 1st Area Medical Laboratory will set up laboratories to support Operation United Assistance, the U.S. response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. 20th CBRNE Command/Army

    US Army Medical Lab Joining Ebola Fight in West Africa

    A US Army medical laboratory designed to detect battlefield contaminants is joining the fight against Ebola in West Africa and will be deploying next week, according to an Army announcement.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  5. Syria says it destroyed two of three warplanes reportedly seized by fighters of the Islamic State group, which are believed to include Soviet-era MiG-23 fighter jets such as this one pictured in Libya in 2011. Russian Aircraft Corp.

    Syria Says It Shot Down 2 of 3 'Islamic State Warplanes'

    Syria's air force has destroyed two of three warplanes reportedly seized by fighters of the Islamic State group in the north of the country, Information Minister Omran al-Zohbi said.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  6. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Adem Altan / AFP

    Erdogan Says US Airdrops to Kobane 'Wrong'

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday criticized as 'wrong' the airdrops of ammunition and weapons by US planes to Kurdish fighters battling jihadists in the Syrian town of Kobane.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  7. Shiite Iraqi fighters, loyal to Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, fire missiles from a launcher during clashes with Islamic State group fighters in the Shiite shrine city of Karbala on Oct. 19. Mohammed Sawaf / AFP via Getty Images

    New Iraqi Defense Minister Vows To Probe Army Debacle in IS Assault

    Iraq's new defense minister vowed Tuesday to investigate military failings that allowed the Islamic State group to overrun large areas of the country and to hold those responsible to account.

    • Oct. 21, 2014
  8. Smoke and flames rise Oct. 20 following an explosion in the Syrian town of Kobane. Bulent Kilic / AFP

    Kurdish Fighters Enter Syria as Turkey, US Continue Talks on Islamic State

    After weeks of negotiations on how best to fight radical Islamists in Syria and Iraq, NATO allies Turkey and the United States have given signs of a convergence of their differences.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  9. Container delivery system bundles sit on a US Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft at an undisclosed location in the US Central Command area of responsibility in preparation for an operational resupply airdrop near Bayji, Iraq, Oct. 10. Senior Airman Matthew Bruch/US Air Force

    US Airdrops in Syria May Strain US-Turkish Relations

    On Sunday night two US Air Force C-130s flew into Syria without fighter escort to deliver 27 bundles of weapons, ammunition and supplies to Kurdish fighters in the besieged town of Kobani, Syria, which has been holding out against fighters from the radica

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  10. From left to right: Jean-Yves Le Drian, French minister of defense; Pascale Sourisse, senior vice president for international development for Thales; Maj. Gen. Hamad Bin Ali Al Attiyah, Qatar minister of state for defense affairs; Abdulaziz Falah Al-Dosari, assistant for technology to the minister of state for defense affairs. Thales

    Thales To Provide Qatar Military Satcom System

    Multinational defense giant Thales was awarded a contract Sunday to supply the Qatar armed forces with a military satellite communications system for their ground and naval forces.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  11. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi gives an Oct. 20 press conference in Najaf. Haidar Hamdani / AFP

    Iraq PM Rules Out Foreign Intervention by Ground Forces

    Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi on Monday ruled out any foreign ground intervention to assist government forces in retaking territory lost to jihadists and urged Sunnis to give up such hopes.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  12. An F-22 Raptor taxis in the Middle East prior to strike operations in Syria on Sept. 23. Concern over possible civilian casualties has limited the airstrikes approved over Iraq and Syria. Tech. Sgt. Russ Scalf / US Air Force

    Pressure Mounts To Change Tactics Against Islamic State Group

    On Sept. 23, the US began airstrikes against militants aligned with the Islamic States (IS) inside Syria, kicking off what President Barack Obama and top military leaders characterizes as a campaign that will last for some time.

    • Oct. 19, 2014
  13. Spanish Defense Minister Pedro Morenes. Pierre-Philippe Marcou / AFP

    Spain To Train Iraqi Troops To Fight Islamic State

    Spain will begin training Iraqi forces later this year to battle Islamic State fighters but has ruled out taking part in ground operations in Syria, officials said Saturday.

    • Oct. 19, 2014
  14. Stepping In: Then-Egyptian Army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, left, and Russian Defense Minster Sergei Shoigu meet in Moscow in February to discuss weapon sales and closer diplomatic relations. Sisi is now president of Egypt. AFP/Getty Images

    Russia Making Major Push Into Mideast Market

    Following a decade of 'near-absence' in the Middle East, Russia is once again asserting itself as it looks to sell arms to former Soviet-era clients while breaking into the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) market.

    • Oct. 18, 2014
  15. Gulf Presence: Kuwaiti Navy missile attack ship Al Fahaheel participates with Combined Task Force 523 during the International Mine Countermeasures Exercise 2013. Gulf Cooperation Council states are proposing a joint naval force. Gary M. Keen/ / AFP

    GCC Naval Group To Focus on Coastal Threats

    The Gulf Cooperation Council's planned maritime security force announced last week at a conference in Qatar will most likely focus on coastal interdictions and counterterrorism operations and be less of a 'blue water navy,' according to a regional exp

    • Oct. 18, 2014
  16. An MQ-1B Predator from the 414th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron is shown on the flightline at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, in February 2012. Turkey has reportedly agreed to allow U.S. drone flights from Incirlik. Senior Airman Anthony Sanchelli / Air Force

    Report: Turkey Approves US Drone Flights To Monitor Islamic State

    Air Force drones in Turkey have reportedly received the OK to join the fight against the Islamic State.

    • Oct. 16, 2014
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