Friday, March 6, 2015
Middle East
A pilot with the Royal Jordanian Air Force preparing to taking off after a scramble exercise, May 12, 2014 (AFP/Ssgt Brigitte N. Brantley)

Jordan Warplanes Strike IS After Pilot Murder

Jordan has launched new strikes against IS, after vowing ‘all-out war’ against the terrorists.

February 5, 2015
Photo: Activists carry posters with a portrait of the Jordanian pilot Maaz al-Kassasbeh, who was captured by IS militants, during a rally calling for the release of Al-Kassasbeh, in Amman on February 3, 2015 (AFP/Khalil Mazraawi)

IS Claims To Have Burned Jordanian Pilot Alive

The Islamic State has released a video purportedly showing Maaz al-Kassasbeh being burned alive.

February 3, 2015
Image grab taken off a video on January 20, 2015, reportedly released by the Islamic State allegedly shows Japanese hostages Kenji Goto (L) and Haruna Yukawa (R) with a black-clad militant brandishing a knife at an undisclosed location

Mother Pleads With Islamic State; Deadline For Killing Hostages Passes

Kenji Goto and Haruna Yukawa’s fates still remain unknown.

January 23, 2015
Image grab taken off a video on January 20, 2015, reportedly released by the Islamic State allegedly shows Japanese hostages Kenji Goto (L) and Haruna Yukawa (R) with a black-clad militant brandishing a knife at an undisclosed location

IS Threatens To Kill Japan Hostages, Tokyo Vows Not To Give In

Learn more about the latest IS hostage crisis.

January 20, 2015
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks during a meeting in Moscow on December 19, 2014

Kerry, Lavrov Discuss Ukraine And Middle East Crises

John Kerry is trying to jump-start diplomacy with Russia.

January 2, 2015
Palestine

Palestinians Fail To Win Enough Votes To Pass U.N. Resolution

The Palestinians were unable to meet the threshold to pass a resolution through the U.N. Security Council.

December 30, 2014
Israel's Future

Cartoon: Israel’s Future

Cartoon: Benjamin Netanyahu and Likud look ahead.

December 22, 2014
Luke Somers

Al-Qaida Group Threatens To Kill American Hostage Luke Somers In Video

Time appears to be running out for American hostage Luke Somers.

December 4, 2014
Kerry Zarif

The Urgent Need For Diplomacy With Iran

America owes it to its armed forces to see these negotiations through.

November 28, 2014
Israel soldier

Israeli Woman Killed In West Bank, Soldier Wounded In Tel Aviv

An 18 year old from the Askar refugee camp in Nablus incites more violence between Israelis and Palestinians.

November 10, 2014
Kurdish soldier

Feminist Fighters: Kurdish Women Battling ISIS In Kobani

Courageous Kurdish women, answering the Islamic State’s abuse of their gender with force.

October 20, 2014
F-18s

Here We Go Again In The Middle East

Why America’s new bombing campaign is like kicking an ant pile.

September 30, 2014
Obama UN meeting

Obama Admits U.S. Underestimated IS Threat

Find out what else the president had to say about the fight against IS.

September 29, 2014
Our Saudi Allies

Our Saudi Allies

Meet our “friends” in the Middle East.

September 29, 2014
afp photo Wakil Kobsar

Two Americans Killed In Kabul Suicide Bombing

Washington (AFP) — Two Americans were among those killed in a Taliban suicide bombing Tuesday that targeted a NATO convoy in Kabul near the U.S. embassy, a defense official told AFP. The U.S. official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, did not specify if the American victims were soldiers or civilians. The NATO-led coalition had […]

September 16, 2014
John Kerry

U.S. Presses Arabs For Support As Obama Vows To Hit ISIS

Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) (AFP) – Secretary of State John Kerry pressed key Arab states Thursday to support an expanded American military campaign against Islamic State jihadists including U.S. air strikes in Syria. The top U.S. diplomat arrived in Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea port city of Jeddah and said “I’m confident” as he was greeted by […]

September 11, 2014
ISIS

Five Potential Pitfalls In Obama’s Plan To Combat The Islamic State

By Hannah Allam, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama sounded confident about his multi-pronged strategy to defeat the Islamic State. He said the United States would bomb the extremists whether in Iraq or Syria, train local partners to conduct the mop-up effort on the ground, expand humanitarian aid to suffering communities and work […]

September 11, 2014
india

Case Raises Questions About Afghanistan’s Response To Sex Crimes

By Ali M. Latifi and Shashank Bengali, Los Angeles Times KABUL, Afghanistan — A case stemming from rapes that generated national outrage and brought swift convictions for seven assailants might seem like a milestone in Afghanistan, where such crimes often result in punishment for the women, if there is any punishment at all. Yet the […]

September 10, 2014
Islamic state

Syria’s Violence Prompts Worse Humanitarian Crisis In A Century

By Mitchell Prothero, McClatchy Foreign Staff IRBIL, Iraq — Nearly half of Syria’s population has been displaced either internally or externally as refugees in the worst humanitarian crisis to strike the Middle East in at least a century, according to new data released by the International Rescue Committee. The complex civil war, which has now […]

August 29, 2014
Gaza

Israel, Palestinians Agree To Long-Term Cease-Fire In Gaza Conflict

By Laura King, Los Angeles Times TEL AVIV, Israel — The warring parties in the Gaza Strip agreed Tuesday to a long-term cease-fire, both sides said, raising hopes that a 50-day-old conflict that has killed more than 2,200 people might be at an end. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas announced the accord, mediated by Egypt, […]

August 26, 2014
Gaza

Palestinians Say Long-Term Gaza Truce Agreed With Israel

Ramallah (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) — The Palestinians have reached agreement with Israel on a “permanent” truce for Gaza, a senior official told AFP on Tuesday, in a move Hamas hailed as a “victory.” There was no immediate comment from Israel on the claimed deal to end seven weeks of deadly conflict in and around the […]

August 26, 2014
Hamas

After Israeli Airstrikes, Hamas Kills 18 Suspected Informers

By Laura King, Los Angeles Times TEL AVIV, Israel — At least 18 Palestinians accused of spying for Israel were executed Friday in the Gaza Strip on the orders of a self-appointed Palestinian “revolutionary court,” Hamas-linked media and witnesses reported. Meanwhile, in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod, a rocket fired from Gaza made a […]

August 22, 2014
Hamas

Israeli Airstrike Kills 3 Senior Hamas Leaders

By Laura King, Los Angeles Times TEL AVIV, Israel — The militant group Hamas said three of its senior military leaders were killed early Thursday in an Israeli airstrike in the southern Gaza Strip that also killed at least seven other people. The Israeli military confirmed carrying out the attack in response to continuing rocket […]

August 21, 2014
State Department

Gaza-Based Islamist Group Put On U.S. Terrorist list

Washington (AFP) — An Islamist Palestinian group based in Gaza has been placed on the U.S. terrorist black list, the State Department announced Tuesday. Since its founding in 2012, the “Mujahidin Shura Council in the Environs of Jerusalem” has claimed responsibility for a number of rocket attacks on Israel and a cross-border attack with explosives […]

August 19, 2014
Gaza Aug 19

Israel Hits Gaza, Quits Cairo Talks After Rocket Fire

By Mai Yaghi Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) — Israel hauled its negotiators back from talks in Cairo and warplanes hit Gaza Tuesday after Palestinian rockets smashed into the south as the two sides were observing a 24-hour truce. Nine days of relative quiet in the skies over Gaza came to an abrupt halt on […]

August 19, 2014