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 World News: Middle East & Africa

  1. A picture taken July 25 shows the trail of a missile launched by Israel's Iron Dome as it intercepts a rocket launched from Gaza. Jack Guez / AFP

    White House Cites Lack of Iron Dome Funding in Supplemental Veto Threat

    The White House said Wednesday that it 'strongly opposes' a Republican-crafted emergency spending bill, in part because it contains no funds for an Israeli missile defense system.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
  2. US National Security Adviser Susan Rice David Buimovitch / AFP

    US Official: No Intent To Engage In Africa Militarily

    Washington does not intend to engage in Africa militarily to resolve the continent's conflicts but is boosting efforts to train peacekeepers, a senior US official said Wednesday.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
  3. An Israeli soldier keeps his position July 29 near Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. Jack Guez / AFP

    Protective Edge Vs. Cast Lead at Day 22

    As Israel closes out the 22nd day of Operation Protective Edge, here's some preliminary data measured against its 23-day, 2008-2009 Cast Lead campaign.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  4. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., prefers a separate vote on extra funding for the Iron Dome system for Israel. Larry French/ / Getty Images

    Republicans Trying To Force Democrats Into Stand-Alone Iron Dome Funding Bill

    Congressional Republicans want to force Democrats into voting on a stand-alone measure to send $225 million in emergency funds to Israel for its Iron Dome missile defense system.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  5. An Iraqi Air Force AC-208 Cessna Caravan aircrew launches a Hellfire missile Nov. 8, 2010, at a target on the Aziziyah Training Range, south of Baghdad. The State Department has cleared the sale of 5,000 more Hellfire weapons to Iraq. Sgt. Brandon Bolick / US Army

    US State Department Approves New Hellfire Sale to Iraq

    The US State Department has approved two new lots of weapon sales to Iraq at a time when that government is desperately trying to fight off the encroachment of the militant Sunni Islamic State.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  6. An RT SkyStar 300 system operates along the Gaza border, but is not involved in the current Protective Edge operation. RT LTA Systems

    Israeli Firm Provides Power-by-The-Hour Intel in Gaza

    An Israeli aerostat provider whose power-by-the-hour surveillance services have been used to protect targets as varied as Vladimir Putin to Madonna is working under fire along the Gaza border in support of Israeli forces.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  7. A missile is launched by an Iron Dome battery in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod last week. House Republican leaders have opted against including additional funds for the Israeli missile defense system in the version of the border spending bill the lower chamber might vote on later this week, a senior House aide said. DAVID BUIMOVITCH/AFP

    US House Supplemental Won't Include Funds for Israel's Iron Dome

    The House this week could take up an emergency spending bill to address the US-Mexico border crisis, but it will not include funds for an Israeli missile defense program.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  8. Follow-through on keeping armored personnel carriers for the Afghan Army rapid strike battalions equipped and ready has been lacking, the special inspector general for Afghan reconstruction said in a report issued Tuesday. Textron

    Afghan Quick Reaction Force Slowed by Logistics Failures

    A specially trained and equipped Afghan Army quick reaction force is in danger of having its vehicles fall into disrepair, and its soldiers miss out on training due to an inability to supply much-need spare parts and training, a Congressionally-mandated w

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  9. During a news conference at the Israeli Defense Ministry July 28, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed that Operation Protective Edge will not end 'without neutralizing the tunnels, the sole purpose of which is the destruction of our civilians and the killing of our children.' GIL COHEN MAGEN/AFP

    Israel Intensifies Anti-Tunnel Campaign, Rejects Truce Calls

    Israel is expanding its anti-tunnel ground campaign in Gaza along with standoff air, sea and land attacks in a high-intensity bid to bolster the operational conditions to drive an eventual diplomatic truce with Hamas.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  10. A missile is launched by an Iron Dome battery, a missile defense system designed to intercept and destroy incoming short-range rockets and artillery shells, in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod on July 18. David Buimovitch/AFP/Getty Images

    Senior Dem: With Supplemental in Doubt, 'Another Approach' for Iron Dome May be Needed

    One senior House Democrat says including millions for an Israeli missile defense program in a broader spending bill could delay or even kill the funds.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  11. The Micro Tactical Ground Robot, built by Roboteam, is the latest tool to be fielded by Israel Defense Force units targeting Gaza's elaborate and often explosives-rigged network of tunnels. Roboteam

    Israel Debuts Micro Robot in Anti-Tunnel Campaign

    Israel debuted a locally developed micro robot in its ongoing onslaught against the labyrinth of tunnels and concealed shafts supporting subterranean arms depots, command posts and cross-border attacks from Gaza.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  12. Ex-Contractor Extradited from Iraq to US In Bribery Case

    A former defense contractor has been extradited from Iraq to the United States to face charges he tried to bribe US officials to secure lucrative government deals, authorities said Monday.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  13. An MQ-9 Reaper UAV taxies after landing at Joint Base Balad, Iraq. US, Iranian and Iraqi unmanned vehicles share airspace over Iraqi skies. Tech. Sgt. Erik Gudmundson / US Air Force

    US, Iranian Drones Crowd Iraqi Air Space

    Despite a years-long history of intermittently sniping at one another's drones in the skies over Iraq, Afghanistan and the Arabian Gulf, the United States and Iran have for the most part avoided each other in the air.

    • Jul. 27, 2014
  14. The Brimstone, seen here on a Tornado, is one of several missiles expected to experience large orders from Mideast air forces. MBDA

    Mideast, US Lead Sharp Rise in Munitions Market

    The global smart weapons market, valued at $3.6 billion in 2013, is expected to reach $5.3 billion by 2018, according to an industry report.

    • Jul. 27, 2014
  15. A Tougher Stance: A bill awaits the signature of Emirati President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahayan that will toughen terrorism laws. Dan Kitwood/ / AFP

    UAE Stiffens Counterterror Laws

    The United Arab Emirates Federal National Council has approved a revised draft of its 10-year-old counterterrorism law to respond to evolving threats last week.

    • Jul. 26, 2014
  16. In a statement supporting additional US funding for Israel's Iron Dome system, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell calls for Democrats to support 'a sensible, bipartisan solution that can be passed quickly'  signaling apparent opposition to Democrats' emergency spending bill plan. Brendan Smialowski / AFP

    McConnell Endorses Extra Iron Dome Funds, but Not Democratic-Written Supplemental

    The Senate's top Republican supports doubling US funds for Israel's Iron Dome missile defense program, but just how the extra $225 million passes the chamber remains unclear.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  17. Russia began supplying military helicopters, including Mi-35 attack helicopters, pictured here in Afghanistan in 2009, and fighter jets to Iraq, a report said July 24. AFP

    Report: Russia Delivering Weapons to Iraq

    Russia has begun supplying military helicopters and fighter jets to Iraq, a report said Thursday, as Iraq's defense minister visited Moscow to press for equipment to thwart a jihadist offensive.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  18. A missile is launched by an Iron Dome battery in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod. The Pentagon is seeking additional funding to speed production of components for the anti-missile system. David Buimovitch / AFP

    Pentagon Supports Emergency $225M for Israel's Iron Dome

    US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel sent a letter to congressional leadership on Tuesday requesting $225 million in additional US funding to accelerate production of Iron Dome missile-defense components to ensure Israel will have adequate stockpiles to prote

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  19. Shiite volunteers from the Iraqi Ketaeb (brigade) Hezbollah, march as they join the Iraqi Army to fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. Ahmad Al-Rubaye / AFP

    Administration Official: ISIL 'No Longer a Terrorist Group,' Now a 'Full-Blown Army'

    Obama administration officials made clear Wednesday the White House remains reluctant about launching a new military intervention in Iraq.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  20. Volounteers who joined the Iraqi army to fight against jihadist militants of the Islamic State brandish their weapons July 23 as they come as backup at a checkpoint in the city of Diyala. Amer Al-Saadi / AFP

    Iraq MPs Stall Presidential Vote as Violence Rages

    Iraqi lawmakers on Wednesday postponed choosing a new president for their ailing country while airstrikes, suicide car bombs and summary executions yielded their daily grim crop of bodies.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  21. A bill awaits the signature of Emirati President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahayan that will toughen terrorism laws. Dan Kitwood / AFP

    UAE Toughens Counterterrorism Laws

    The United Arab Emirates has revised its 10-year-old counterterrorism law to respond to evolving threats.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  22. Yemeni soldiers fire a rocket during an offensive against al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula in May. House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Rep. Michael McCaul says al-Qaida still has plans to target airliners. STR/ / AFP

    US Official: Al-Qaida Still Wants to 'Blow Up Airplanes,' Eyes Non-Metallic Bombs

    Al-Qaida remains intent on attacking airliners and is developing explosive devices capable of eluding airport metal detectors, says a senior US lawmaker.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  23. Shiite Muslim volunteers join the Iraqi Army to fight against jihadist militants of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. Iraq's ambassador to the US has urged the US to begin airstrikes against ISIL. Ahmad Al-Rubaye / AFP

    Iraqi Ambassador: US Should Begin Airstrikes in Iraq Now

    The Iraqi ambassador to the United States explicitly called for ramped up American military involvement in his country on Monday, asking the United States to launch air strikes against positions being held by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL

    • Jul. 21, 2014
  24. A Nigerian Air Force Mi-35 helicopter, similar to this Venezuelan Mi-35 seen in 2008, crashed July 21 in a restive part of the country. Pedro Rey / AFP

    Nigeria Air Force Helicopter Crashes In Restive Region

    A Nigerian helicopter crashed on Monday in an area where the military is battling Boko Haram Islamists, killing two of the three people on board, a statement said, but there was no indication the chopper was shot down by insurgents.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
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