Jan 5, 2015

Pakistan airstrikes kill 31 militants; apparent U.S. drone kills seven

Pakistani airstrikes killed 31 militants and a suspected U.S. drone strike killed another seven, officials said Sunday, as local troops pressed an ongoing offensive in the country’s tribal regions along the Afghan border that have been longtime insurgent havens. The airstrikes late Saturday in ...

Clashes in Libya oil region 'serious'

Dec 29, 2014

Clashes in Libya oil region 'serious'

Libyan Foreign Minister Mohamed Dayri said Sunday that extremist groups are escalating their attacks and making a renewed push to seize oil resources, after an assault on eastern terminals set storage tanks ablaze, sending massive clouds of black smoke into the sky. Dayri, speaking ...

Dec 8, 2014

Israeli airstrikes hit near Damascus, Syria claims

Israeli warplanes carried out two airstrikes Sunday near Damascus, one near the city’s international airport and a second outside a town close to the Lebanese border, Syria’s state news agency said. SANA called the attack “an aggression against Syria” and said there were no ...

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 ...