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Arab leaders agree joint military force

(Front from L-R) Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Kuwait Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, Yemeni President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi and Sudanese President Omar al Bashir (middle-C)Sharm el Sheikh (Egypt) (AFP) – Arab leaders have agreed to form a joint military force, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced Sunday at a summit dominated by a Saudi-led offensive on Shiite rebels in Yemen.

Posted on 29 March 2015 | 11:59 am

Saudi Sunnis and Iran’s Shiites—Why the U.S. Can’t Support Both

Saudi Sunnis and Iran's Shiites—Why the U.S. Can’t Support BothIt’s about a possible full-fledged tribal war between the Sunnis of Saudi Arabia and its allies vs. the Shiites of Iran and its supporters. The United States is now supporting Iran — a member of  President George W. Bush’s “Axis of Evil” — with airstrikes in an effort to keep ISIS from gaining in Iraq. Just to confuse things even more, the administration is also supporting the Saudis in their efforts to keep Iran-backed Houthis from taking over Yemen. The Saudi-led air campaign against the Houthi positions in Yemen is just the latest step Saudi Arabia has taken to ensure that the delicate political balance of the Middle East stays to its liking.

Posted on 29 March 2015 | 11:00 am

‘Dangerous accord’ with Iran worse than Israel feared: PM

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu renews his denunciations of an Iranian nuclear dealIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday denounced as "dangerous" a nuclear accord that world powers are negotiating with Iran, saying it goes beyond what his government had feared. The premier warned that Iran could be in a position to "conquer" the Middle East through what he called the "axis" of control it has over the capitals of Iraq, Lebanon and Syria. His comments came after Gilad Erdan, a member of Netanyahu's Likud party, said that the "Congress could be the last obstacle to lifting of the sanctions against Iran" once any accord is concluded.

Posted on 29 March 2015 | 10:29 am

Syria regime executed prisoners before Idlib fall: monitor

Fighters loyal to Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate and its allies walk through the northwestern Syrian city of Idlib on March 28, 2015Syrian government forces apparently executed at least 15 prisoners in the city of Idlib before Islamist fighters overran the provincial capital, a monitor said on Sunday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the bodies of at least 15 detainees had been found after the northwestern city was taken by a coalition of forces including Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate Al-Nusra Front. "The number of bodies found in a military intelligence detention facility in Idlib city has risen to 15," the Britain-based group's director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP. The group had earlier reported the discovery of at least nine bodies believed to be prisoners executed by regime forces before they withdrew from the city.

Posted on 29 March 2015 | 7:17 am

Decorated Boston cop in coma after being shot in face

cop shotBOSTON (AP) — A decorated Boston police officer remained in a medically induced coma Saturday, a night after he was shot in the face by a man with several gun convictions during a traffic stop that ended when other officers fatally shot his attacker, the city's police commissioner said.

Posted on 29 March 2015 | 1:35 am

Airport Security Finally Admits There’s No Reason to Search a Black Woman’s Afro

Most of us are used to the Transportation Security Administration’s rules for modern day air travel. I’d been pulled aside to be wanded, and then, without warning, the TSA agent stuck her gloved hands into my curly locks and felt around. This week the TSA informed two women who had filed a complaint through the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California that the agency would take steps to stop the examination of black women’s hair at the nation’s airports. “I was going through the screening procedures like we all do, and after I stepped out of the full body scanner, the agent said, ‘OK, now I’m going to check your hair,’ ” Malaika Singleton, a neuroscientist from California who wears her hair in “sisterlocks,” told Business Insider, describing her experience going through the security line at Los Angeles International Airport in December 2013.

Posted on 28 March 2015 | 11:14 pm

Konate brace gives Senegal coach winning debut

Senegal's Moussa Konate celebrates after scoring a goal during the International Friendly football match between Senegal and Ghana on March 28, 2015 in Le Havre, northwestern FranceSubstitute Moussa Konate scored twice as Senegal confirmed their dominance over Ghana with a 2-1 friendly international victory in France on Saturday. Konate replaced recalled Demba Ba just past the hour mark and struck twice within 11 minutes as the Teranga Lions repeated a 2-1 win over the Black Stars at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations. Senegalese success meant a winning debut for coach and former star Aliou Cisse, who was appointed when French coach Alain Giresse parted with the Lions after a Cup of Nations first-round exit.

Posted on 28 March 2015 | 10:33 pm

John Burns’ Poetic War Zone Correspondence

John Burns' Poetic War Zone CorrespondenceThe article carried the byline of John F. Burns, a longtime Times reporter who, in spite of his British nationality, had spent most of his career elsewhere. As it turned out, it would be Burns' last. Later on Thursday, the Times announced that the 70-year-old Burns would retire after 40 years at the paper, concluding a career that earned him a pair of Pulitzer Prizes for his reporting in Bosnia and Afghanistan. Few contemporary foreign correspondents have worked in as many conflict zones as Burns.

Posted on 28 March 2015 | 10:09 pm

Questions and answers about the Arab peacekeeping force

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, right, greets Jordan's King Abdullah II on his arrival to attend an Arab summit, in Sharm el-Sheikh, South Sinai, Egypt, Saturday, March 28, 2015. In a speech to Arab leaders, Yemen's embattled president on Saturday called Shiite rebels who forced him to flee the country "puppets of Iran," directly blaming the Islamic Republic for the chaos there and demanding airstrikes against rebel positions continue until they surrender. (AP Photo/MENA)CAIRO (AP) — Arab League member states have agreed in principle to form a joint inter-Arab military peacekeeping force. While details of how such a force would actually operate remain thin, the agreement is a telling sign of a new determination among Saudi Arabia, Egypt and their allies to intervene aggressively in regional hotspots, whether against Islamic militants or spreading Iranian power. Here's a look at some of the questions surrounding the plan:

Posted on 28 March 2015 | 8:43 pm

Afghan court sentences AP journalist’s killer to 20 years

FILE - In this photo taken in October 2012, Associated Press reporter Kathy Gannon, second from left, and photographer Anja Niedringhaus pose for a photo with Afghan police recruits at the main police training academy in Kabul, Afghanistan. Afghanistan’s highest court has ruled that the police officer convicted of murdering Niedringhaus and wounding Gannon almost one year ago, should serve 20 years in prison, according to documents sent to the country’s attorney general on Saturday, March 28, 2015. The final sentence for former Afghan police unit commander Naqibullah was reduced from the death penalty recommended by a primary court last year. Twenty years in prison is the maximum jail sentence in Afghanistan, said Zahid Safi, a lawyer for The Associated Press who had been briefed on the decision by the Supreme Court. (AP Photo)KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's highest court has ruled that the police officer convicted of murdering Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus and wounding AP correspondent Kathy Gannon almost one year ago should serve 20 years in prison, according to documents sent to the country's attorney general on Saturday.

Posted on 28 March 2015 | 8:39 pm

Iraq – Google News

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Proposed US bill: recognize Iraq’s Kurds as ‘partners’ and arm them directly – Rudaw


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Proposed US bill: recognize Iraq's Kurds as 'partners' and arm them directly
Rudaw
The Kurdish cause, which includes aspirations of independence by Iraq's Kurds, has been getting more traction since the Peshmerga rose as a bulwark to ISIS expansion last summer. The Kurds have been working as a team with coalition forces, which have …

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Posted on 29 March 2015 | 5:21 am

Wounded officer commanded respect in Iraq – Boston Globe (subscription)


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Wounded officer commanded respect in Iraq
Boston Globe (subscription)
As a platoon leader in a volatile region of Iraq known as the “Triangle of Death,” Army Ranger Lieutenant John Moynihan used to say there were two ways to be a leader: pull rank and force soldiers to follow, or earn their respect. He knew — and his
Gelzinis: Ex-Ranger survives war in Iraq only to get shot back homeBoston Herald
Decorated Boston cop, Iraq veteran in coma after being shot in faceSouthCoastToday.com

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Posted on 29 March 2015 | 3:35 am

Latest from Iran – Press TV


Press TV

Latest from Iran
Press TV
Thousands of Iraqi military troops backed by volunteer forces continue to push ISIL Takfiri terrorists out of the northern city of Tikrit, Press TV reports. The operation for the liberation of the city in Iraq's northern Salahuddin province continued
66 Killed across Iraq as US Carpetbombs TikritAntiwar.com

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Posted on 28 March 2015 | 10:11 pm

US and coalition launch 18 air strikes against Isis in Iraq amid fight for Tikrit – The Guardian


The Guardian

US and coalition launch 18 air strikes against Isis in Iraq amid fight for Tikrit
The Guardian
US and coalition forces conducted 18 air strikes against Islamic State fighters in Iraq during a 24-hour period, with eight strikes near militant-held Tikrit, the US military said on Saturday. The Tikrit strikes destroyed 11 Isis fighting positions, a
The US Is Providing Air Cover for Ethnic Cleansing in IraqForeign Policy (blog)
Iraq begrudgingly asks US for help in battle of TikritCBS News
Iraq Resumes Offensive in Tikrit After US AirstrikesWall Street Journal
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Posted on 28 March 2015 | 7:37 pm

Canada’s end game in Iraq, Syria – CBC.ca


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Canada's end game in Iraq, Syria
CBC.ca
The government has put its plan on the table: a 12-month extension to the current mission to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, ISIS, and an expansion of the current airstrikes that would include dropping bombs in Syria. No extra troops. No
Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria, IraqDepartment of Defense
Fight in Iraq, but not in SyriaWaterloo Record
US allies conduct 16 air strikes in Syria, IraqReuters UK
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Posted on 28 March 2015 | 5:20 pm

Jeb Bush prepared to be third Bush to use military in Iraq – Boston Globe (subscription)


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Jeb Bush prepared to be third Bush to use military in Iraq
Boston Globe (subscription)
Iraq is a topic that poses political challenges for candidates in both parties, including Hillary Rodham Clinton, whose 2002 vote to authorize George W. Bush's invasion of Iraq bedeviled her 2008 presidential campaign. But it is difficult to imagine

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Posted on 27 March 2015 | 5:54 pm

Official: 1500 North Caucasus People Fight in Iraq, Syria – ABC News


Official: 1500 North Caucasus People Fight in Iraq, Syria
ABC News
A senior Russian official says about 1,500 residents of Russia's North Caucasus are fighting alongside Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq. Sergei Melikov, President Vladimir Putin's envoy to the North Caucasus, says at least five militants who

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Posted on 27 March 2015 | 4:59 pm

Syria and Iraq wars swell numbers of asylum seekers – Aljazeera.com


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Syria and Iraq wars swell numbers of asylum seekers
Aljazeera.com
Turkey – host to 1.7 million Syrian refugees under a temporary protection regime – received 87,800 asylum requests last year, mainly Iraqis who fled after the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant forces seized large swaths of their homeland last June.

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Posted on 27 March 2015 | 7:14 am

US defends strategy in Yemen and Iraq but diplomats admit: it’s a mess – The Guardian


The Guardian

US defends strategy in Yemen and Iraq but diplomats admit: it's a mess
The Guardian
… Washington were forced to defend the increasingly tangled web of US alliances in the Middle East on Thursday, as a surprise attack against the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen appeared at odds with growing US support for pro-Iranian forces in
Obama's Mideast policy in 'free fall,' former Iraq ambassador saysWashington Times
Iraq 'concerned' re Saudi-led actionwww.worldbulletin.net
Iraq opposes Saudi-led air strikes in Yemen: FMThe Daily Star
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Posted on 26 March 2015 | 11:54 pm

Veterans Hurt by Chemical Weapons in Iraq Get Apology – New York Times


New York Times

Veterans Hurt by Chemical Weapons in Iraq Get Apology
New York Times
WASHINGTON — The under secretary of the Army on Wednesday apologized for the military's treatment of American service members exposed to chemical weapons in Iraq, and he announced new steps to provide medical support to those with lingering …

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Posted on 26 March 2015 | 2:34 am