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 World News: Middle East & Africa

  1. French jets carried out their first air strike against Islamic State militants Friady in Iraq, President Francois Hollande announced today, vowing that more operations would follow. France has six Rafale fighter jets and just under 1,000 soldiers based in the United Arab Emirates and could even mobilize an aircraft carrier, the Charles de Gaulle. Jean-Luc Brunet / AFP via Getty Images

    Hollande: France Carries Out First Air Strike in Iraq

    French jets carried out their first air strike against Islamic State militants in Iraq Friday, successfully destroying their target, President Francois Hollande announced, vowing that more operations would follow.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  2. A Patriot missile launcher system is pictured at a Turkish military base in Gaziantep. Spain has announced it will station a squadron of the systems in Turkey as the Netherlands ended its Patriot deployment there. BULENT KILIC/ / AFP/Getty Images

    Turks Praise Spanish Patriot Deployment

    Turkey's government and military have welcomed a decision by NATO ally Spain to station a squadron of Patriot surface-to-air missile systems and send 130 servicemen to Turkey.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  3. US House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Buck McKeon, left, and President Barack Obama supported legislation to avert a government shutdown and provide military support to Syrian rebels. Getty

    Big Wins: Obama, McKeon Score as Senate OKs Syrian Rebel Train-And-Equip Plan

    Approval of a package that averts a government shutdown and green-lights a program to militarily prepare Syrian rebels netted a big win for several prominent politicians, including the president and the House Armed Services Committee chairman.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  4. French President Francois Hollande delivers a speech Sept. 18 at the Elysee Palace in Paris. Patrick Kovarik / AFP

    Hollande Goes On Offensive With Iraq Airstrike Decision

    President Francois Hollande kicked off a rare news conference Thursday with the dramatic announcement that France would conduct airstrikes in Iraq, as he sought to wrest back the initiative after a catastrophic few weeks at home.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  5. President Barack Obama on Sept. 17 speaks to the US Central Command (CENTCOM) at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida. Mandel Ngan / Getty Images

    White House: US Troops in Iraq Could Call in Airstrikes

    American troops on the ground in Iraq 'could be in a position to even call in air strikes' on ISIL targets White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters aboard Air Force One Wednesday afternoon.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  6. Thales Groups' interest in the Middle East is part of a strategy laid out by Thales Chief Executive Jean-Bernard LÚvy. Miguel Medina/ / AFP via Getty Images

    Thales Makes Big Mideast Push

    French multinational defense giant Thales is investing in developing industrial capabilities in the Middle East, according to a senior company executive.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  7. An Arrow missile launches in central Israel, south of Tel Aviv. A recent intercept test of the Arrow 2 missed its mark. Israel Aerospace Industries/AFP

    Arrow-2 Intercept Test Misses Target

    Israel has determined that a Sept. 9 intercept test of the joint US-Israel Arrow-2 missile missed its target.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  8. Kashmiri demonstrators hold up a flag of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) during a July 18 demonstration. Tauseef Mustafa / Getty Images

    FBI: Islamic State Support on Rise Since US Airstrikes

    Support for the Islamic State organization has grown since the US launched airstrikes in Iraq and the group is attracting many new jihadist fighters, top US officials said Wednesday.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  9. A U.S. fighter jet refuels from an Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker during an Aug. 21 mission in northern Iraq. Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel / Air Force

    Air Mobility Crews Have Logged More Than 1,000 Sorties To Support Airstrikes in Iraq

    Air Mobility Command tankers have flown more than 1,000 missions in support of airstrikes against the Islamic State, AMC commander Gen. Darren McDew said Tuesday.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  10. US Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Bailey, right, talks with Kurdish Brig. Gen. Shirko Fatih Shwani, center, during a visit to Kirkuk province. Spc. Crystal Hudson/US Army

    Top US General: Policy Against Ground Troops in Iraq Could Change

    President Barack Obama is not ready to insert US combat troops into Iraq, but his top military adviser says that could change.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  11. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Cole Burston / AFP

    Canada Sent 69 Soldiers To Iraq, Says PM Harper

    Canada has sent 69 soldiers to northern Iraq to advise security forces fighting Islamist militants in the northern part of the country, the prime minister said Tuesday.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  12. While Israel principally supports Obama's call for a united front against Islamic State and all forms of radical terror, Israel's primary concern is preventing Assad's strategic arsenal from reaching the hands of Hezbollah allies fighting on behalf of the Syrian regime. AFP

    US-Israel Accord to Support Coordinated Air Ops in Syria

    A US-Israel defense agreement will support coordinated air power in Syria if and when the Israel Air Force (IAF) is tasked to operate in close proximity to American-led coalition air forces.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  13. A Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) fighter guards a post flying the PKK flag in Makhmur, southwest Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on Aug. 21. Kurdish groups from Iraq and three neighboring countries are putting aside old rivalries to battle jihadist militants, and now Turkey is considering a buffer zone along its border with Iraq and Syria. Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images

    Turkey Mulling Buffer Zone with Iraq, Syria

    The Turkish military, feeling threatened by the emergence of a radical self-declared Islamist state at its doorstep, is considering creating a buffer zone along the country's border with Syria and Iran, the president said on Tuesday.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  14. Norwegian foreign minister Boerge Brende AFP

    Norway Mulls Contribution To Anti-Islamic State Force

    Norway said Monday it was considering making a military contribution to the US-led coalition against the Islamic State jihadist group including providing training assistance for armed forces.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  15. NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen delivers a speech on Sept. 15 during an event hosted by Carnegie Europe in Brussels. John Thys / AFP

    NATO chief: Islamic State Threat Requires Military Action

    Western nations must take military action against Islamic State militants because they pose a global threat, not just because of the murder of Western hostages, NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Monday.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  16. Report: Israeli Arms Sale To Ukraine Blocked

    A proposed sale of Israeli weapons including drones to Ukraine has been blocked for fear of antagonizing Russia, Channel Two television reported on Monday.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  17. Close Proximity: During the Gaza conflict, Israeli F-16s struck targets less than 350 meters from friendly forces, much closer than normal. Here, an Israeli F-16 drops flares during a pass over the Gaza border on July 23. JACK GUEZ/ / AFP/Getty Images

    Gaza War Leaned Heavily On F-16 Close-Air Support

    Hundreds of the more than 6,000 targets struck from the air during Israel's 50-day urban war in Gaza were from fighter jets delivering one-ton bombs in record time and in close proximity to friendly ground forces.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  18. An F-16 flies during June exercises. Lockheed Martin has successfully linked a live and virtual F-16 for training operations. Air Force

    Lockheed Successfully Links Live, Virtual F-16 For Training Exercises

    Lockheed Martin has taken a major step forward in advancing live, virtual and constructive (LVC) technologies with a training exercise that linked a pilot flying an F-16 in the air with a 'wingman' flying an F-16 on the ground, fighting against computer-g

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  19. Prime Minister David Cameron makes a statement on the killing of British aid worker David Haines by IS millitants on Sept. 14 in London. John Stillwell / AFP

    British PM Threatens Islamic State, Makes No Commitment On Strikes

    Prime Minister David Cameron said Britain was ready to 'take whatever steps are necessary' to destroy Islamic State militants after they murdered a British aid worker, but made no commitment to joining the United States in airstrikes.

    • Sep. 14, 2014
  20. Captain Kwestan Mohammed Ali, instructs how to hold an AK-47 to female Peshmerga recruits as they take part in a military training at a base near the northern Iraqi city of Sulaimaniya on Wednesday. Jm Lopez / Getty Images

    Germany Sending 40 Soldiers To Iraqi Kurdistan

    Berlin is preparing to send around 40 soldiers to northern Iraq to train Kurdish fighters battling against militants from the Islamic State, the German army said on Saturday.

    • Sep. 13, 2014
  21. European Donations: A Kurdish peshmerga fighter holds a rocket propelled-grenade near a flag of the Islamic State hoisted on the other side of a bridge at the frontline of fighting against militants in Rashad, Iraq, on Sept. 11. A number of European countries have donated military equipment to Kurdish fighters. JM LOPEZ/ / AFP/Getty Images

    European Nations Donate Weapons to Kurdish Fighters

    Iraqi Kurds fighting Islamic State militants are receiving donated armaments from Europe, ranging from enough German kit to completely equip a unit, to Soviet-era weapons seized more than 20 years ago when they were en route to Serbia.

    • Sep. 13, 2014
  22. Iraq Plans: US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is seen with Gen. Necdet Ízel, Turkey's chief of defense, at the Turkish General Staff in Ankara on Sept. 8. Glenn Fawcett/DoD

    Anti-IS Coalition Grows, But Turkey Takes Back Seat

    US officials have shored up support from more than a dozen countries to confront Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria. But despite a top-level diplomatic push, Turkey is less likely to play an active role.

    • Sep. 13, 2014
  23. Iraqi volunteer soldiers perform a military exercise during their graduation ceremony from a training camp in the central Iraqi city of Kufa on September 1. HAIDAR HAMDANI / AFP/Getty Images

    Iraqi Military Failings Pose Challenge For Anti-IS War

    The shortcomings of the Iraqi military, which withered under a June militant onslaught and relies on Shiite militias for support, pose a significant challenge to international efforts against brutal jihadists.

    • Sep. 13, 2014
  24. US Secretary of State John Kerry, left, holds a joint press conference with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu before a meeting in Ankara on Friday. ADEM ALTAN/ / AFP

    Kerry in Ankara for Talks on Fighting Islamic State

    US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Ankara Friday for talks aimed at building a coalition against jihadists of the Islamic State (IS).

    • Sep. 12, 2014
  25. Iraqi soldiers wave to a humanitarian aid convoy en route to Amerli after Iraqi forces broke through to the jihadist-besieged Shiite town. NATO is considering additional training for Iraqi forces. JM LOPEZ/ / AFP

    NATO Weighs Training Mission to Iraq

    A senior NATO official said Thursday that NATO was prepared to consider a training mission to Iraq as part of a wide-ranging policy mix to tackle the so-called Islamic State.

    • Sep. 12, 2014
  26. A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter holds an rocket propelled-grenade near a flag of the Islamic State (IS) hoisted on the other side of a bridge in Rashad, on the road between Kirkuk and Tikrit, on Sept. 11. A Pentagon spokesman said Sept. 11 the US troops headed to Iraq will not be involved in foot patrols or combat operations. Jim Lopez / AFP via Getty Images

    Pentagon: US Troops to Advise Iraqi Units at Brigade Level

    The 475 additional US troops that President Barack Obama announced on Wednesday would be deployed to Iraq will start arriving over the next week as part of an American effort to 'intensify our efforts inside Iraq,' a Defense Department spokesman said Thur

    • Sep. 11, 2014
  27. Humanitarian aid supplies from USAID sit on the tarmac after 60 tons of aid was unloaded from a plane at the airport in Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on September 2, 2014. About 700,000 Iraqis have gathered in the Kurdish north after being driven from their homes by jihadist fighters, the United Nations said as it stepped up a massive aid operation to the region. SAFIN HAMED / AFP/Getty Images

    Pentagon: US war planes to fly from Iraqi air base

    US combat aircraft will soon start flying out of a base in the Kurdish region of northern Iraq as part of a 'more aggressive' air campaign against Islamic State jihadists, the Pentagon said Thursday.

    • Sep. 11, 2014
  28. Azerbaijan President llham Aliyev, front seat on the right, sits across from an Israeli delegation, including Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon, third from right, where defense and trade ties were discussed. Israel Ministry of Defense

    Israel Bolsters Strategic Ties With Azerbaijan

    Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon began a two-day visit to Azerbaijan on Wednesday aiming to bolster burgeoning ties with its strategic and defense trade partner that conveniently borders northeast Iran.

    • Sep. 10, 2014
  29. US President Barack delivers a prime time address from the Cross Hall of the White House on Wednesday. SAUL LOEB / AFP/Getty Images

    Obama: US To Expand Air Strikes Against Is In Iraq

    The United States will expand its campaign of air strikes against Islamic State fighters in Iraq and send another 475 troops to train local forces, President Barack Obama said Wednesday.

    • Sep. 10, 2014
  30. An Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighter fires at Islamic State militants from his position on top of Mount Zardak, east of Mosul. A former US intelligence chief says more than force is needed to defeat the militants. JM LOPEZ / AFP/Getty Images

    Former US Intel Chief: Military Force Won't Beat Islamic State in 'War of Ideas'

    The former director of the US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) is convinced that force alone is not the key to a US strategy for defeating Islamic State militants in the Middle East or winning the 'war of ideas' with extremism worldwide.

    • Sep. 10, 2014
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