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 World News: Middle East & Africa

  1. Sen. Barbara Mikulski and Rep. Hal Rogers are discussing a government-wide omnibus spending bill, but the amount that would be included to fight the Islamic State is unclear. Mark Wilson/ / Getty Images

    Appropriations Chairs Still 'Working on the Numbers' to Fund Islamic State Fight

    Whether or not lawmakers will grant the White House the entirety of its new $5.6 billion war-funding request remains very much unclear.

    • Nov. 26, 2014
  2. US Vice President Joe Biden, right, meets with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Nov. 22 at Beylerbeyi Palace in Istanbul. AFP

    Turkey's Erdogan Attacks US 'Impertinence' on Syria

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday slammed US 'impertinence' on the Syrian conflict, exposing the extent of strains between Washington and Ankara days after his key meeting with US Vice President Joe Biden.

    • Nov. 26, 2014
  3. Four French Air Force Mirage 2000N fighter aircraft fly in formation. Miguel Medina / AFP

    France To Send 6 Mirage Jets To Jordan Against Islamic State

    The French government said that six Mirage fighter jets would be deployed to Jordan on Thursday to assist in the fight against the Islamic State group.

    • Nov. 26, 2014
  4. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel walks down the Pentagon steps Nov. 24 in Arlington, Va. Earlier in the day, President Obama announced that he accepted Hagel's resignation. Mark Wilson / Getty Images

    When Hagel Leaves, New SECDEF Faces Big Questions About The Military's Future

    US President Barack Obama's new pick to run the Pentagon will face a dizzying set of challenges affecting the Defense Department's mission, budget and culture.

    • Nov. 25, 2014
  5. An Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighter fires at Islamic State (IS) militants . Jm Lopez / AFP

    Turkey, US Agree to Train and Arm Syrian Opposition

    Turkey and the US have narrowed their differences and agreed to train and arm opposition fighters in Syria .

    • Nov. 24, 2014
  6. US Vice President Joe Biden, left, shakes hands with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Nov. 22 at Beylerbeyi Palace in Istanbul. AFP

    Biden Leaves Turkey Without Breakthrough on Syria

    US Vice President Joe Biden on Sunday wrapped up a key visit to Turkey without a breakthrough on military cooperation in the Syrian crisis but with officials confident the talks brought their positions closer.

    • Nov. 23, 2014
  7. Israeli soldiers stand at the Western Wall Plaza in the old city of Jerusalem, on Oct. 30. An internal document makes the case for Israel to overhaul the way it approaches deterrence. Gali Tibbon / Getty Images

    Internal Study: Israeli Deterrence Needs Overhaul

    Israeli deterrence is due for a wholesale overhaul, from basic theory and language to practical matters of intelligence targeting and operational planning up to the way the military fights and advises government leaders.

    • Nov. 23, 2014
  8. A German Patriot missile launcher is deployed at the Gazi barracks in Kahramanmaras, southern Turkey, in March. John Macdougall / Getty Images

    Turkey May Restart Missile Defense Program

    Turkey's procurement bureaucracy is rethinking a multibillion dollar program to build the country's first air and missile defense program, keeping 'all options open,' including scrapping the existing competition and merging it with a longer-range program

    • Nov. 23, 2014
  9. A Palestinian man walks between buildings destroyed during fighting between Hamas militants and Israel in the north of the Gaza Strip on Aug. 16. Roberto Schmidt / Getty Images

    Former Commander: Israel Made 'Strategic Mistake'

    Israel's latest Gaza operation illustrates the strategic consequences of crossing that Clausewitzian-inspired line of culminating deterrence, where tactical actions aimed at containing escalation ended up dragging it into an unwanted war of attrition.

    • Nov. 23, 2014
  10. Kurdish Peshmerga fighters pose for a picture during a break in fighting against the Islamic State group on Nov. 8. A US congressman wants to directly arm the Kurdistan Regional Government's Peshmerga forces. Ahmed Deeb / AFP

    House Republican Wants To Work Around Baghdad, Arm the Kurds

    As Washington weighs changes in its strategy to fight the radical Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria, the head of the House's Foreign Affairs Committee has introduced a new wrinkle into the debate: providing weapons and military equipment directly to t

    • Nov. 20, 2014
  11. Palestinian members from the armed wing of Hamas take part in an anti-Israel rally in the Gaza Strip. The UAE's list of terrorist organizations did not include Hamas. Said Khatib / AFP

    Questions, Praise for UAE's Terrorist List

    Although the United Arab Emirates' list of designated terrorist organizations has raised questions about who it does and does not include, officials see the move as necessary for the Arabian Gulf sheikhdom.

    • Nov. 20, 2014
  12. Russias President Vladimir Putin. Steve Holland / AFP

    Source: Syrian Team, Putin To Discuss Relaunching Peace Talks

    A high-level Syrian delegation will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow Wednesday to discuss possibly relaunching peace talks to end the country's civil war, a senior Syrian official said Thursday.

    • Nov. 20, 2014
  13. Sailors aboard the USS San Diego (LPD 22) prepare to take on fuel from the USNS Amelia Earhart (T-AKE 6) during a Nov. 14 replenishment-at-sea. MC3 Gerald Dudley Reynolds / US Navy

    US Navy Ships Collide in Gulf of Aden Without Injuries

    Two American naval supply ships collided in the Gulf of Aden, off Yemen, Thursday but there were no injuries, the US Navy said.

    • Nov. 20, 2014
  14. During a Senate committee confirmation hearing Nov. 19, Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken, President Barack Obama's nominee for deputy secretary of state, did not offer a clear answer when asked if the administration would submit to Congress a draft of its request for authorization of use of military force against the Islamic State group. MANDEL NGAN/ / AFP

    White House Official Cryptic on Drafting, Submitting Islamic State War Measure

    President Barack Obama's pick for deputy secretary of state delivered a cryptic message to lawmakers Wednesday about whether the White House will draft the new war authorization it wants.

    • Nov. 19, 2014
  15. German soldiers pose during a show at Camp Marmal in Masar-i-Sharif in December 2013. Johannes Eisele / AFP via Getty Images

    German Cabinet OK's Plan To Keep Small Group of Soldiers in Afghanistan

    The German Cabinet approved a mandate on Wednesday to keep at least 850 soldiers in Afghanistan beyond the current NATO-led combat mission, which is due to end on Dec. 31.

    • Nov. 19, 2014
  16. Major Maintenance: An artist's rendering of the new facility in the United Arab Emirates. AAR

    AAR Looks To Expand in the Mideast

    Global aerospace and defense contractor AAR is looking to expand its business in the Middle East after securing a deal with a subsidiary of United Arab Emirates giant Mubadala.

    • Nov. 19, 2014
  17. Passing Grade: An interceptor of the Barak-8 air and missile defense system launches for its final development test in Israel. Israel Aerospace Industries

    Israel, India Start To Equip Sea Forces With Barak-8 Defenses

    Israeli and Indian navies are poised to equip their warships with advanced Barak-8 anti-missile and air defense systems following last week's long-awaited test, capping nearly eight years of cooperative development.

    • Nov. 19, 2014
  18. Jordan's Queen Rania. Khalil Mazraawi / AFP

    Jordan Queen Says Anti-IS Fight Key To Saving Islam

    Jordan's Queen Rania on Tuesday urged support for US-led airstrikes against the Islamic State jihadist group, saying the future of the Middle East and Islam was at stake.

    • Nov. 18, 2014
  19. Missile strikes by British Reapers against Islamic State targets in Iraq are increasing in intensity, the Royal Air Force reported Tuesday. Wikipedia

    UK Reapers Up the Intensity Against IS in Iraq

    Missile strikes by British Reapers against Islamic State targets in Iraq are increasing in intensity, the Royal Air Force reported Tuesday.

    • Nov. 18, 2014
  20. A Typhoon is fitted with Paveway IV weapons. Jamie Hunter/BAE Systems

    RAF To Be Equipped With Bunker Busting Version of Paveway IV

    British combat jets are on course to be armed with a new bunker busting version of the Paveway IV precision guided bomb.

    • Nov. 18, 2014
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