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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. A Marine checks the temperature of Army Maj. Gen. Darryl Williams, chief of U.S. Army Africa, before Williams boarded an MV-22 Osprey on Oct. 15 in Liberia. Williams visited the site of the first of 17 Ebola treatment centers being constructed by Liberian forces under U.S. supervision as part of Operation United Assistance to combat the Ebola epidemic. John Moore / Getty Images

    US Ebola Force Continues To Build in West Africa

    Before entering the US Embassy in Monrovia to brief soldiers and reporters on the US military response to the Ebola epidemic, Army Maj. Gen. Darryl Williams washed his hands in chlorine bleach and had his temperature taken.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  11. Sailors conduct flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) on Oct. 11 in the Arabian Gulf. MC3 Brian Stephens / Navy

    Campaign Against Islamic State Named 'Operation Inherent Resolve'

    The war against the Islamic State now has a name: 'Operation Inherent Resolve.'

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  12. Kurdish people watch smoke billowing from Kobani on Oct. 15 as they gather on a hill overlooking the Syrian town. Aris Messinis / AFP

    US-led Strikes Kill 'Several Hundred' as Iraq, Kurds Battle Islamic State

    US-led air strikes on a Syrian border town killed 'several hundred' Islamic State fighters but it may still fall, officials warned Wednesday, acknowledging significant jihadist gains in Iraq and Syria.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  13. Kuwaiti Navy Um Al Maradim-class missile attack ship Al Fahaheel participates in an exercise with Combined Task Force 523 during the International Mine Countermeasures Exercise 2013. Gulf Cooperation States are proposing establishment of a joint naval force. Gary M. Keen / AFP

    Kuwaiti Official: Gulf States Plan Joint Naval Force

    Arab states in the Gulf plan to launch a joint naval force, a top Kuwaiti defense official said on Wednesday, in a bid to protect waters shared with neighboring Iran.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  14. US Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, right, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, listens with others on Oct. 14 while US President Barack Obama makes a statement at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. Obama and Dempsey met with foreign military leaders from 21 countries to discus solutions for dealing with the Islamic State militant threat. Brendan Smialowski / AFP

    Fears for Kobane as Obama Meets Coalition Commanders

    US-led aircraft will continue bombing near the Syrian town of Kobane and in western Iraq, President Barack Obama said Tuesday after talks with military leaders from an international coalition fighting the Islamic State group.

    • Oct. 14, 2014
  15. A gunman who shot and killed an American and wounded another on Oct. 14 in Riyadh was a disgruntled former employee of defense contractor Vinnell Arabia and a US-Saudi citizen, a US diplomat said. The victims of today's shooting at a gas station in the Saudi capital also worked at Vinnell Arabia, said the diplomat, ruling out terrorism as a possible motive for the attack. Fayez Nureldine / AFP

    Former Colleague Shoots US Contractors in Riyadh, 1 Dead

    A former employee of a US defense contractor shot dead one American colleague and wounded another in the Saudi capital Tuesday, officials said, in a rare attack on Westerners in the kingdom.

    • Oct. 14, 2014
  16. An F/A-18E Super Hornet flies alongside the flight deck the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) on Oct. 10 in the Arabian Gulf. MC3 Joshua Card / Navy

    US Military: 21 Strikes Slow Islamic State Advance

    US-led aircraft hammered Islamic State jihadists with 21 bombing raids near Kobane on Monday and Tuesday amid signs the strikes had 'slowed' the group's advance on the Syrian border town, the American military said.

    • Oct. 14, 2014
  17. A Turkish armored vehicle patrols at a Turkish-Syrian border area on Oct. 13. Kurdish fighters engaged in fierce clashes with jihadists on the Turkish border near Kobane as Washington pressed Ankara to play a stronger role in the campaign against the Islamic State group. Aris Messinis / AFP

    Turkey Denies Deal With US on Anti-IS Strikes

    Turkey on Monday denied it struck a deal with Washington allowing US forces to use Turkish air bases for bombing raids against Islamic State (IS) militants inside Syria but confirmed it had agreed to help train Syrian rebels.

    • Oct. 13, 2014
  18. South Africa is planning for Badger production to begin in 2016. Denel Land Systems

    South Africa Badger Testing Advances; 2016 Production Eyed

    While most African countries remain focused on developing industrial capabilities to refurbish old military vehicles, the South African government has contracted local manufacturer Denel Land Systems (DLS) to supply 238 new Badger eight-wheel-drive infant

    • Oct. 12, 2014
  19. German Foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. Odd Andersen / AFP

    Germany Regrets 'Mistakes' in Afghanistan Mission

    Germany's foreign minister said Sunday that Berlin had made serious mistakes in its military engagement in Afghanistan since 2001 and warned against a hasty withdrawal.

    • Oct. 12, 2014
  20. Gen. Martin Dempsey Getty Images

    Future Ground Role for US Military Advisers in Iraq Likely, Says Joint Chiefs Chairman

    US military advisers are likely to take a more direct role in the ground campaign against jihadists in Iraq once Iraqi forces are ready to go on the offensive, the top US officer said in comments aired Sunday.

    • Oct. 12, 2014
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