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  • Forensic experts gather material to ID victims Jul 19, 2014 6:36 PM
    Police said in a tweet that 40 pairs of detectives from the National Forensic Investigations Team would be visiting victims’ relatives over the coming days.Their aims is to build a database of material including DNA and photographs of distinguishing features like scars and tattoos that can be used to identify bodies and body parts recovered from the crash site in eastern Ukraine.

     
  • Yemen troops foil attack on hospital, 6 killed Jun 28, 2014 2:05 PM
    There were no reports of damage or injuries among civilians or to the hospital. Yemen is home to one of the most active branches of al-Qaida.

     
  • Syrian rebels buckling in face of jihadis Jun 27, 2014 9:51 PM
    The Syrian rebels that the U.S. now wants to support are in poor shape, on the retreat from the radical al-Qaida breakaway group that has swept over large parts of Iraq and Syria, with some rebels giving up the fight. It is not clear whether the new U.S. promise to arm them will make a difference.Some, more hard-line Syrian fighters are bending to the winds and joining the radicals.

     
  • Back to Iraq: Obama sending military advisers Jun 19, 2014 7:41 PM
    Inching back into a fight he tried to leave behind, President Barack Obama announced Thursday he was dispatching 300 U.S. military advisers to Iraq to help quell the rising insurgency in the crumbling nation. He also challenged Iraq's embattled leader to create a more inclusive government or risk his country descending into sectarian civil war. "The test is before him and other Iraqi leaders as we speak," Obama said of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki,

     
  • Ships move into Gulf as U.S. lays out goals for Iraq Jun 14, 2014 8:16 PM
    A U.S. aircraft carrier was ordered to move into the Persian Gulf on Saturday as the United State laid out specific ways for Iraq to show it is forging the national unity necessary to gain assistance in its fight against Islamic insurgents.

     
  • Islamic gunmen push into Iraq’s Sunni heartland Jun 12, 2014 1:01 AM
    Al-Qaida-inspired militants pushed deeper into Iraq’s Sunni heartland Wednesday, swiftly conquering Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit as soldiers and security forces abandoned their posts and yielded ground once controlled by U.S. forces. The advance into former insurgent strongholds that had largely been calm before the Americans withdrew less than three years ago is spreading fear that Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, struggling to hold onto power after indecisive elections, will be unable to stop the Islamic militants as they press closer to Baghdad. Fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant militant group took control Tuesday of much of Mosul, sending an estimated half a million fleeing from their homes. As in Tikrit, the Sunni militants were able to move in after police and military forces melted away after relatively brief clashes. The group, which has seized wide swaths of territory, aims to create an Islamic emirate spanning both sides of the Iraq-Syria border. The capture of Mosul — along with the fall of Tikrit and ISIL’s earlier seizure of the western city of Fallujah — have undone hard-fought gains against insurgents in the years following the 2003 invasion by U.S.-led forces. The White House said the security situation has deteriorated over the past 24 hours and that the United States was “deeply concerned” about ISIL’s continued aggression. There were no reliable estimates of casualties or the number of insurgents involved, though several hundred gunmen were in Tikrit and more were fighting on the outskirts, said Mizhar Fleih, the deputy head of the municipal council of nearby Samarra. An even larger number of militants likely would have been needed to secure Mosul, a much bigger city. The militants gained entry to the Turkish consulate in Mosul and held captive 48 people, including diplomats, police, consulate employees and three children, according to an official in the office of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Turkish officials believe the hostages are safe, he said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to comment to reporters on the sensitive issue. Turkish officials did not make any public comment on the seizure, but the state-run Anadolu Agency reported that Erdogan convened an emergency Cabinet meeting. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned the abduction, saying he was “shocked” by the news. “This is totally unacceptable,” Ban said. Mosul is the capital of Ninevah province. It and the neighboring Sunni-dominated province of Anbar share a long and porous border with Syria, where the Islamic State is also active. Mosul’s fall was a heavy defeat for al-Maliki. His Shiite-dominated political bloc came first in April 30 parliamentary elections — the first since the U.S. military withdrawal in 2011 — but failed to gain a majority, forcing him to try to build a governing coalition. Al-Maliki said a “conspiracy” led to the massive security failure that allowed militants to capture Mosul, and warned that members of the security forces who fled rather than stand up to the militants should be punished. He stopped short of assigning direct blame, however, choosing to focus instead on plans to fight back — without giving specifics. “We are working to solve the situation,” al-Maliki said. “We are regrouping the armed forces that are in charge of clearing Ninevah from those terrorists.” Al-Maliki has pressed parliament to declare a state of emergency over the Mosul attack — a decision expected later this week. Iranian airlines cancelled all flights between Tehran and Baghdad due to security concerns, and the Islamic Republic has intensified security measures along its borders, Iran’s official IRNA news agency reported. Shiite powerhouse Iran has strong ties with Iraq’s government. Some 17,000 Iranian pilgrims are in Iraq at any given time, the agency quoted Saeed Ohadi, the director of Iran’s Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization, as saying. White House spokesman Josh Earnest warned that the instability was rapidly becoming a humanitarian issue requiring a coordinated response by Iraq’s leaders to halt ISIL’s advance and wrest territory away from insurgents. “We condemn ISIL’s despicable attack on the Turkish consulate in Mosul, and we call for the immediate release of Turkey’s kidnapped diplomatic and security personnel, Earnest said. Earnest told reporters traveling with President Barack Obama that ISIL poses a “different kind of threat” to American interests than core al-Qaida, which had repeatedly and publicly vowed to attack U.S. soil. Still, he said the U.S. was watching the threat from ISIL “very carefully” because the group has proven itself to be violent and willing to consider attacking U.S. interests and American allies. Zaineb al-Assam, a Middle East analyst at IHS Country Risk, said ISIL’s success in holding onto Mosul would significantly weaken Baghdad’s control over Sunni-dominated provinces. “The objective would be to keep Iraqi security forces off balance, tying them down on passive security duties, as well as to erode (the government’s) presence and its ability to sustain services,” al-Assam said. Tikrit residents said the militant group overran several police stations in the Sunni-dominated city. Two Iraqi security officials confirmed that the city, 130 kilometers (80 miles) north of Baghdad and the capital of Salahuddin province, was under ISIL’s control and that the provincial governor was missing. The major oil refinery in Beiji, located between Mosul and Tikrit, remained in government control, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to talk to reporters. There were clashes and gunmen tried to take the town but were repelled in a rare success for Iraqi government forces protecting an important facility, the officials said. In addition to being Saddam’s hometown, Tikrit was a power base of his once-powerful Baath Party. The former dictator was captured by U.S. forces while hiding in a hole in the area and he is buried south of town in a tomb draped with the Saddam-era Iraqi flag. The International Organization for Migration estimated 500,000 people fled the Mosul area, with some seeking safety in the Ninevah countryside or the nearby semiautonomous Kurdish region. Getting into the latter has grown trickier, however, with migrants without family members already in the enclave needing to secure permission from Kurdish authorities, according to the IOM. Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said Mosul’s fall must bring the country’s leaders together to deal with the “serious, mortal threat” facing Iraq. “We can push back on the terrorists ... and there would be a closer cooperation between Baghdad and the Kurdistan Regional Government to work together and try to flush out these foreign fighters,” he said on the sidelines of a diplomatic meeting in Athens. Mosul residents said gunmen went around knocking on doors there Wednesday, reassuring people they would not be harmed. The situation appeared calm but tense, they said. Violence raged elsewhere in Iraq on Wednesday. Police and hospital officials said a suicide bomber struck inside a tent where tribesmen were meeting to solve a dispute in Baghdad’s Shiite Sadr City neighborhood, killing 31 and wounding 46. Car bombs in Shiite areas elsewhere claimed another 17 and maimed dozens, officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media. Car bombs and suicide attackers are favorite tools of the ISIL.

     
  • Analysis: Attacks show emboldened militants Jun 11, 2014 4:50 PM
    It has been a week of stunning advances by Islamic militants across a belt from Iraq to Pakistan. In Iraq, jihadi fighters rampaged through the country’s second-largest city and swept further south in their drive to establish an extremist enclave stretching into Syria. Pakistan’s largest airport was paralyzed and rocked by explosions as gunmen stormed it in a dramatic show of strength.

     
  • Authorities in Iraq say bombs kill 44 in capital Jun 7, 2014 9:07 PM
    A series of car bombs exploded across Iraq’s capital Saturday night, killing at least 44 people in a day of violence that saw militants storm a university in the country’s restive Anbar province, authorities said. The attacks in Baghdad largely focused on Shiite neighborhoods,

     
  • Obama: Freed soldier was 'never forgotten' May 31, 2014 9:19 PM
    The only American soldier held prisoner in Afghanistan has been freed by the Taliban in exchange for the release of five Afghan detainees from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Obama administration officials said Saturday. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was handed over by the Taliban. "While Bowe was gone, he was never forgotten," President Barack Obama said during a Rose Garden press conference, where he was joined by Bergdahl's parents.

     
  • World decries Nigeria abductions May 10, 2014 8:37 PM
    British security experts arrived Friday to join Nigerian and American forces, and Britain said its aim is not only to help in the crisis over the girls but to defeat Nigeria’s homegrown Boko Haram terrorist network.International outrage at the prolonged failure of Nigeria’s military to rescue the girls was joined Saturday by U.S. first lady Michelle Obama.

     
  • Kerry: U.S. will help in search for kidnapped Nigerian girls May 3, 2014 4:39 PM
    A team of U.S. officials from several agencies will travel to Nigeria in the coming week for consultations, the official said. Hundreds of women protested in at least three Nigerian cities this past week to express their outrage that the girls had not been found, the Associated Press reported.

     
  • Images: Boston Marathon bombing anniversary Apr 15, 2014 1:01 AM
    Tuesday, April 15th, marks the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing. This gallery takes a look back at the day of the bombing and the search for the suspects.

     
  • Russia, Ukraine feud over sniper carnage Mar 8, 2014 1:33 AM
    Vladamir Putin has pushed the idea that the sniper shootings were ordered by opposition leaders, while Kremlin officials have pointed to a recording of a leaked phone call between Estonia’s foreign minister and the European Union’s foreign policy chief as evidence to back up that version.

     
  • Media try, sometimes fail, to keep NSA’s secrets Feb 8, 2014 5:49 PM
    The accidental disclosures — the AP counted at least eight of them — involve carelessness by some television broadcasters, sloppy digital redactions applied to copies of documents and, in the Guardian’s case, an incomplete understanding of what information might be revealing.The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s nightly news program, “The National,” revealed the names of three NSA employees when its cameras panned across NSA documents during voice-overs.

     
  • US: Syria conflict a threat to homeland Feb 7, 2014 7:56 PM
    The U.S. fighters in Syria are recruited by extremists, indoctrinated and provided terror training, according to one of the officials briefed on the threat. More Americans are considering going over, the official said.

     
  • NSA leaks worst intelligence breach? Jan 31, 2014 4:03 PM
    The U.S. intelligence chief, James Clapper, said this week that the loss of state secrets as a result of leaks by former National Security Agency analyst Edward Snowden was the worst in American history. Clapper backed up his assertion with dire forecasts about emboldened enemies abroad, but some historians and researchers said the U.S. has struggled with even more devastating intelligence breakdowns over the past century.

     
  • Philippines, Muslim rebels clinch peace deal Jan 25, 2014 4:25 PM
    Despite the milestone, both the government and the rebels acknowledged that violence would not end overnight in a region that has long grappled with a volatile mix of crushing poverty, huge numbers of illegal firearms, clan wars and weak law enforcement. One rebel group vowed to keep fighting.

     
  • Moving Jeep explodes in Washington city Jan 25, 2014 2:56 PM
    An explosion from a firecracker inside a moving Jeep blew off the driver’s hand early Saturday and scattered debris over half a block, prompting initial fears over the man’s intent, police and neighbors said. Witnesses saw a flash of light from inside the vehicle, a red Jeep with a gray top, as it drove down a residential street in north Spokane, police said.

     
  • Elk Grove man accused in Oklahoma bomb plot deemed insane Jan 17, 2014 8:29 PM
    An Elk Grove Village man accused in a failed plot to firebomb dozens of Oklahoma churches was found not guilty by reason of insanity Friday after prosecutors and defense attorneys agreed he was mentally ill.U.S. District Judge Claire Eagan found Gregory Arthur Weiler II of Elk Grove Village, not guilty on a charge of possessing an unregistered, destructive device.

     
  • 500 reported killed in rebel infighting in Syria Jan 10, 2014 3:58 PM
    The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and another al-Qaida-linked group known as Jabhat al-Nusra, or the Nusra Front, initially joined forces with moderate rebels fighting to oust Assad in a conflict that began in March 2011 as a popular uprising but morphed into a civil war.

     
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