Oct 7, 2014

Abbott hopes Australia troops will soon enter Iraq

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Tuesday he hopes that legal hurdles can be cleared quickly so that Australian special forces troops can begin their assistance role in Iraq. Australian F/A-18F Super Hornet jet fighters have flown their first missions over Iraq since Cabinet ...

U.S., British airstrikes seek to reverse Islamic State advances

Oct 1, 2014

U.S., British airstrikes seek to reverse Islamic State advances

U.S. warplanes launched multiple strikes against Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria on Tuesday, seeking to turn up the heat on jihadists as Britain carried out its first air raids against the group. Islamic State militants closing in on a key town near ...

Obama urges world to fight IS 'network of death'

Sep 25, 2014

Obama urges world to fight IS 'network of death'

President Barack Obama urged the world Wednesday to unite to defeat a jihadist “network of death” in Iraq and Syria, as militants defied airstrikes and executed a French hostage. As coalition warplanes returned from another night of raids, the U.S. leader appealed to the ...

France ready to participate in Iraq airstrikes

Sep 11, 2014

France ready to participate in Iraq airstrikes

France’s foreign minister said Wednesday his country is ready to take part in airstrikes against extremist fighters in Iraq if needed. Laurent Fabius called for international mobilization against “this transnational danger that could reach all the way to our soil.” He spoke in Paris ...

Libya warns UNSC of possible slide into civil war

Aug 28, 2014

Libya warns UNSC of possible slide into civil war

Libya warned the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday that the chaotic North African state could descend into full-scale civil war if heavily armed warring factions are not disarmed. The 15-nation council met to discuss Libya days after its parliament, which was replaced in an ...

Israel, Hamas agree to open-ended Gaza cease-fire

Aug 27, 2014

Israel, Hamas agree to open-ended Gaza cease-fire

Israel and Hamas agreed Tuesday to an open-ended cease-fire, halting a seven-week war that killed more than 2,200 people, the vast majority Palestinians, left tens of thousands in Gaza homeless and devastated entire neighborhoods in the blockaded territory. Hamas declared victory and bursts of ...

Egypt, UAE carried out Tripoli air strikes: U.S. officials

Aug 26, 2014

Egypt, UAE carried out Tripoli air strikes: U.S. officials

Egypt and the United Arab Emirates were responsible for carrying out two series of airstrikes in the past week on armed Islamist factions in Tripoli, U.S. officials said on Monday. The officials said the two Arab countries used aircraft based in Egypt. Earlier The ...

Aug 12, 2014

U.K. rules out Iraq airstrikes, plans more refugee aid

The U.K. ruled out joining U.S. airstrikes on Islamic State militants in Iraq as it stepped up efforts to deliver humanitarian aid to refugees. A recall of Parliament, which would be needed to sanction the use of military force, “is not on the cards,” ...

Aug 11, 2014

Lawmakers weigh U.S. role against Islamic fighters

Islamic militants’ growing influence in Iraq and Syria is a threat to Americans, lawmakers from both political parties agreed Sunday even as they sharply disagreed on what role the United States should play in trying to crush them. President Barack Obama last week approved ...