Jul 3, 2014

U.S. asks for more security at some foreign airports

The U.S. is calling for tighter security measures at some foreign airports, as intelligence officials are concerned about a new al-Qaida effort to create a bomb that would go undetected through airport security, a counterterrorism official said Tuesday. American intelligence has picked up indications ...

Southeast Asia fears fallout of Mideast chaos

Jul 2, 2014

Southeast Asia fears fallout of Mideast chaos

Four gun-wielding rebel fighters sit relaxing on a wall, their faces concealed by scarves and ski masks. All are Indonesians who came to Syria to join the Islamist insurgency, the cameraman says, speaking Indonesian peppered with Arabic phrases. He pans around and introduces them ...

Israel endorses Kurdish state, citing chaos in Iraq

Jun 30, 2014

Israel endorses Kurdish state, citing chaos in Iraq

Seizing on the mayhem in Iraq, Israel’s prime minister on Sunday called for the establishment of an independent Kurdistan as part of a broader alliance with moderate forces across the region. He also said Israel would have to maintain a long-term military presence in ...

Iraq launches push to retake militant-held Tikrit

Jun 28, 2014

Iraq launches push to retake militant-held Tikrit

Iraqi troops backed by helicopter gunships launched an operation early Saturday aimed at dislodging Sunni militants from the northern city of Tikrit, one of two major urban centers they seized in recent weeks in a dramatic blitz across the country. After watching much of ...

Iraqi Shiites pushing for al-Maliki's removal

Jun 27, 2014

Iraqi Shiites pushing for al-Maliki's removal

Prominent Shiite leaders pushed Thursday for the removal of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki as parliament prepared to start work next week on putting together a new government, under intense U.S. pressure to rapidly form a united front against an unrelenting Sunni insurgent onslaught. ...

U.S. releases memo justifying drone killings

Jun 24, 2014

U.S. releases memo justifying drone killings

The secret United States government memo outlining the justification for the use of drones to kill American terror suspects abroad was released by court order Monday, yielding the most detailed, inside look yet at the legal underpinnings of the Obama administration’s program of “targeted ...

Can Obama avoid mission creep in Iraq?

Jun 23, 2014

Can Obama avoid mission creep in Iraq?

by Julie Pace

President Barack Obama, in charting a new phase of American military engagement in Iraq, pledges that his war-weary country will not be “dragged back” into a lengthy conflict or become snarled in mission creep. But recent U.S. military history is full of warning signs ...

Sunni militants blitz through western Iraq, capturing four more towns

Jun 23, 2014

Sunni militants blitz through western Iraq, capturing four more towns

Sunni militants have swept across the vast desert of western Iraq, capturing four towns and three border crossings and deepening the predicament of Nouri al-Maliki’s Shiite-led government in Baghdad. The latest military victories — including two border posts captured Sunday, one along the frontier ...

Iraqi, Syria conflicts feed off each other

Jun 22, 2014

Iraqi, Syria conflicts feed off each other

In a reflection of how intertwined the conflicts in Syria and Iraq have become, thousands of Shiite Iraqi militiamen helping President Bashar Assad crush the Sunni-led uprising against him are returning home, putting a strain on the overstretched Syrian military as it struggles to ...

Piglets' terrorist ties probed after breaching Uganda parliament

Jun 21, 2014

Piglets' terrorist ties probed after breaching Uganda parliament

Police in Uganda said Saturday they were testing two piglets for “terrorism-related material” after they were sneaked into the country’s parliament by two anti-corruption protesters. Seven police officers who were on duty outside parliament have also been suspended over the security breach and detained ...