Don't rule out ground troops to fight IS jihadists: Blair

Sep 22, 2014

Don't rule out ground troops to fight IS jihadists: Blair

Former British Prime Minister and Middle East peace envoy Tony Blair said Monday that sending ground troops to fight the Islamic State group should not be ruled out. Blair, who sent British forces to fight wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, said he knows “as ...

Sep 22, 2014

To defeat and destroy Islamic State

Islamic State forces in Iraq and Syria can be defeated, but doing so will require a serious and thoughtful strategy, not a knee-jerk, emotional reaction to its brutality.

Bomb, mortar attacks on Shiite areas kill 13 in Iraq

Sep 22, 2014

Bomb, mortar attacks on Shiite areas kill 13 in Iraq

Bombs and mortar fire killed 13 people in Shiite areas in and around Baghdad on Sunday, as Iraqi security forces said they succeeded in breaking a siege on soldiers who had been surrounded by Islamic State militants west of Baghdad. Police officials said three ...

Turkey says no ransom paid in release of Islamic State hostages

Sep 22, 2014

Turkey says no ransom paid in release of Islamic State hostages

Turkey said Sunday that dozens of hostages held by Islamic State militants in Iraq had been released without ransom, ending a crisis that has hindered Ankara’s ability to combat jihadists on its borders. “A bargain for money is totally out of the question. There ...

Turkey says 49 hostages kidnapped by Islamic State are freed

Sep 20, 2014

Turkey says 49 hostages kidnapped by Islamic State are freed

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Saturday that 49 Turkish hostages who were seized by Islamic militants in Iraq have been freed and safely returned to Turkey, ending Ankara’s most serious hostage crisis. The Turks, including diplomatic staff, were seized from the consulate on ...

Skepticism grows over Obama's 'no boots on the ground' war plan

| Sep 20, 2014

Skepticism grows over Obama's 'no boots on the ground' war plan

President Barack Obama faces growing skepticism in Washington over his plan to defeat Islamic State jihadists in Iraq and Syria without U.S. ground troops, with critics blasting the strategy as unrealistic and half-hearted. Obama’s repeated vow that he will not order “boots on the ...

Sep 19, 2014

Alliance invites a hollow laugh

by William Pfaff

A U.S. senator has gone on record touting Syria and Iran as having, together, the means, ability and motivation to wipe out the Islamic State. But President Barack Obama and State Secretary John Kerry — as well as both parties in the U.S. Congress ...