Obama to request big hike in Pentagon's budget

Jan 28, 2015

Obama to request big hike in Pentagon's budget

President Barack Obama will ask Congress for an almost 8 percent boost in money for the Pentagon, including $5.3 billion to equip and train Iraqi soldiers and moderate Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State militants in the Middle East. Obama will ask for $534 ...

Jan 28, 2015

Journalists, Muslims say Japan is a friend, urge Goto release

Multiple organizations in Japan have issued statements on the hostage crisis. Following are selected quotes: Islamic Center Japan Japan is practically the only country in the world that did not and will not declare a WAR against any other country, including ISIS/IS, because its ...

Jan 28, 2015

U.S. sees Kobani as key win but Mosul may require new tactics

The Kurdish recapture of Kobani in northern Syria appears to have provided a blueprint for defeating the Islamic State, bringing together U.S. air power with an effective ground force and protected routes for the movement of fighters and weaponry. Taking back the key Iraqi ...

Secret talks underway, but obstacles to hostage deal abound

Jan 28, 2015

Secret talks underway, but obstacles to hostage deal abound

Secret talks were underway Tuesday in Jordan in the presence of a Japanese envoy to secure the freedom of a Japanese journalist and a Jordanian pilot captured by Islamic State extremists and purportedly threatened with death within 24 hours. The global efforts to free ...

Jan 28, 2015

Africans may mandate regional force against Boko Haram this week

The African Union might grant a mandate as early as this week for a regional military force to combat Islamist Boko Haram militants, a vital step toward securing U.N. Security Council backing, a diplomat said on Tuesday. Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger, Chad and Benin agreed ...

Islamic State pushed out of Kobani

Jan 27, 2015

Islamic State pushed out of Kobani

Kurdish fighters backed by intense U.S.-led airstrikes pushed the Islamic State group almost entirely out of the Syrian town of Kobani on Monday, marking a major loss for extremists whose hopes for easy victory dissolved into a bloody, costly siege that seems close to ...

Iraq's 'sleeper cells' undermining Islamic State

Jan 27, 2015

Iraq's 'sleeper cells' undermining Islamic State

“Sleeper cells” made up of former Iraqi police officers and soldiers are tipping off authorities to Islamic State group positions in the northern city of Mosul, a prominent lawmaker has told reporters. The comments by Hakim al-Zamili, the head of parliament’s security and defense ...