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ISIS ‘a Serious Threat for Some Time to Come’

December 1, 2015 The Islamic State is going to be a “serious threat for some time to come,” President Obama said Tuesday, as he pointed out the difficulty of getting Russia to join the global coalition against the group. “It’s not going to be easy,” Obama said of the fight against the Islamic...

ISIS Will Remain a 'Serious Threat for Some Time to Come,' Obama Says

December 1, 2015 The Islamic State is going to be a “serious threat for some time to come,” President Obama said Tuesday, as he pointed out the difficulty of getting Russia to join the global coalition against the group. “It’s not going to be easy,” Obama said of the fight against the Islamic...

No Apologies from Turkey for Shooting Down Russian Jet

November 30, 2015 Turkey is defending its decision last week to shoot down a Russian warplane that was carrying out airstrikes against Syrian rebels, calling it “a defensive action” and ruling out an apology. “No country can ask us to apologize [for the incident] because [we were] doing our job,” Ahmet Davutoglu, the...

Russia Suspends Egypt Flights as West's Bomb Fears Grow

November 6, 2015 President Vladimir Putin has agreed to suspend all flights to Egypt while an investigation determines what caused a Russian passenger jet to crash last weekend in the Sinai, a Kremlin spokesman said Friday. The decision came following a recommendation earlier Friday by Aleksandr Bortnikov, the head of the FSB, Russia’s...

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Doctors Without Borders Seeks Answers for the Bombing of Its Hospital in Kunduz

November 6, 2015 On October 3, the U.S. bombed a hospital run by Doctors Without Borders, (MSF), the Nobel Peace Prize-winning humanitarian group, in Kunduz, Afghanistan, killing at least 30 people. In the aftermath of the bombing, MSF called for a never-before-used mechanism of the Geneva Conventions to investigate the strike, and General...

Iran Joins Syrian Peace Talks as Assad's Profile Rises

October 28, 2015 Iran’s foreign minister will join counterparts from the U.S., Russia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and other nations in Vienna this weekend for talks on Syria’s political future, an Iranian foreign-ministry spokeswoman said. Marziyeh Afkham, the spokeswoman, said Mohammad Javad-Zarif, the foreign minister, discussed the meeting with Sergei Lavrov, his Russian counterpart....

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American Soldier Is Killed in a Rescue Operation in Iraq

October 22, 2015 An American soldier was killed Thursday in a raid by U.S. and Kurdish commandos on an Islamic State base in northern Iraq after receiving word that hostages captured by the militant group faced imminent mass execution, the Pentagon confirmed. The service member was wounded in the operation, and subsequently died...

US Soldier Dies in Action in Iraq, the First Since 2011

October 22, 2015 An American soldier was killed Thursday in a raid by U.S. and Kurdish commandos on an Islamic State base in northern Iraq after receiving word that hostages captured by the militant group faced imminent mass execution, the Pentagon confirmed. The service member was wounded in the operation, and subsequently died...

Syria's Assad Visits Russia While Turkey Points to the Exit

October 21, 2015 Syrian President Bashar al-Assad visited Moscow on Tuesday at the invitation of his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, to discuss the security situation in his country, which is in the midst of a nearly five-year-long civil war, and lay the base for a long-term political settlement, the Kremlin said Wednesday. The...

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Obama Expected to Announce U.S. Troops Will Remain in Afghanistan

October 15, 2015 President Obama is expected to announce Thursday that U.S. troops will remain in Afghanistan through the end of his presidency. The move, on which we reported Wednesday, is a reversal of the president’s position that all U.S. troops withdraw from the country by the end of next year, but it...