Saudi Arabia bolsters border to shut out Islamic State

Feb 25, 2015

Saudi Arabia bolsters border to shut out Islamic State

The chain-link fences, topped with coils of barbed wire, rise and fall like a serpent’s back across the desert scrubland between Saudi Arabia and the jihadi threat just across the Iraqi border. A double-fence system and complementary hi-tech surveillance tools, officially completed in September, ...

In soldiers' rescue, Turkey plays off warring sides in Syria

| Feb 24, 2015

In soldiers' rescue, Turkey plays off warring sides in Syria

By extracting dozens of its soldiers surrounded by Islamist fighters in Syria, Turkey has warded off a potential crisis and shown its ability to maneuver between rival warring parties, including the Islamic State group. Several hundred Turkish ground troops, backed by tanks and drones, ...

Feb 22, 2015

Suicide bomber kills four in Assad clan's hometown

A suicide bomber driving an ambulance killed four people Sunday in an unprecedented attack on a hospital that took Syria’s civil war to the ruling Assad clan’s hometown for the first time, a monitoring group said. The attack came as the Syrian Observatory for ...

Feb 22, 2015

Come home, families beg Syria-bound U.K. schoolgirls

The families of three British schoolgirls feared to be traveling to join the Islamic State group in Syria issued emotional appeals for them to come home Saturday. Close friends Kadiza Sultana, 17, and 15-year-olds Shamima Begum and Amira Abase left their east London homes ...

New Pentagon chief Carter visits Afghanistan to assess situation

Feb 21, 2015

New Pentagon chief Carter visits Afghanistan to assess situation

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter made his international debut Saturday with a visit to Afghanistan to see American troops and commanders, meet with Afghan leaders and assess whether U.S. withdrawal plans are too risky to Afghan security. “We’re looking for success in Afghanistan that ...

Iraqis worry they won't be ready to retake Mosul

| Feb 21, 2015

Iraqis worry they won't be ready to retake Mosul

Questions persist about whether the struggling Iraqi military will be ready for the operation to retake the country’s second largest city from Islamic State militants in just a few months. Iraqi officials continue to insist they have not received the advanced weapons they need ...

Feb 21, 2015

Another Japanese temporarily held by Kurds in northern Iraq

The Foreign Ministry said Saturday another Japanese national was temporarily detained as a suspicious person by authorities in northern Iraq’s Kurdish autonomous zone earlier this month. The national, whose sex and age were not disclosed, has already been released after being detained in mid-February ...

Islamic State bombers kill dozens in Libyan suicide attacks

Feb 21, 2015

Islamic State bombers kill dozens in Libyan suicide attacks

Islamic State militants unleashed suicide bombings Friday in eastern Libya, killing at least 40 people in what the group said was retaliation for Egyptian airstrikes against the extremists’ aggressive new branch in North Africa. The bombings in the town of Qubba, which is controlled ...

Feb 19, 2015

U.S. has screened 1,200 moderate Syrian rebels for training

The Pentagon says the U.S. has screened about 1,200 moderate Syrian rebels who could participate in a new training program so they eventually can return to the fight against Islamic State insurgents. Press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby says they will continue to be ...