Tuesday, September 16, 2014


News and Features from the Middle East

U.S. Combat Troops 'Could Be Needed In Iraq'

The United States' top military officer says President Barack Obama will evaluate each situation individually before deciding if U.S. military advisers will be put into combat roles in Iraq.
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UN Chief Urges 'Decisive' Action On IS

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, speaking at UN headquarters, did not say what steps he hoped UN member states would take but said, "It is critical to keep at the forefront the protection of civilians."
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Iraq Interior, Defense Nominees Rejected

Iraqi lawmakers have rejected Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi’s nominees to fill the critical defense and interior minister posts.
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Court Rules Britain 'Not Responsible' For 2003 Death Of Iraqi

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Britain is not responsible for the apparent torture and execution of an Iraqi captured by British forces in 2003.
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Al-Qaeda Groups Urge Rival Militants in Iraq, Syria To Unite

Two branches of the Al-Qaeda terrorist network have urged warring militant factions in Iraq and Syria to stop fighting each other and unite against a U.S.-led coalition that is preparing to attack Islamic State militants.
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Victims' Families Demand 'Islamic State' Be Punished

Angry relatives of Iraqi military cadets who are believed to have been massacred by Islamic State militants earlier this year gathered outside Baghdad’s parliament on September 16 to demand accountability and compensation.
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U.S. Targets Islamic State Near Baghdad

The U.S. military says it has bombed Islamic State (IS) targets near Baghdad, the first time the U.S. military has targeted the militants close to the Iraqi capital.
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Kerry Refuses 'Back And Forth' With Iranian Supreme Leader

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says he refuses to get into a "back and forth" with Iran about whether U.S. officials asked Iran to help fight against Islamic State (IS) militants.
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NATO Chief Warns Of Russia, IS Threats

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen says alliance members must come together to battle security threats both from Russia and Islamic State (IS) militants.
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Video Military Aid Promised To Iraq

Some 30 countries and organizations attending a Paris conference on Iraq have agreed to provide Baghdad with "appropriate military aid" to combat the Islamic State (IS) militant group.
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