Pentagon: One of Kobani Bundles ‘Probably’ in IS Hands

PENTAGON— The Pentagon is confirming that Islamic State militants seized one of the 28 bundles of weapons and medical supplies dropped to Kurdish forces on Monday. The news comes as forces battling Islamic State in Iraq repelled an offensive [...]

Israeli Troops Come Under Fire Along Egyptian Border

JERUSALEM— Attackers in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula opened fire on Israeli troops across the border on Wednesday, wounding two soldiers, the Israeli military said. Islamist militants are active in the lawless peninsula, which borders southern [...]

Blast Outside Cairo University Reportedly Wounds 10

CAIRO—An explosion outside Cairo University wounded 10 people on Wednesday, among them police and civilians, the Interior Ministry said in a statement. The blast occurred in a square outside the university at the end of the school day. Six [...]

Iraq’s Peshmerga to Send Fighters to Kobani

Lawmakers in Iraq’s Kurdistan region said on Wednesday they voted in favor of sending Kurdish forces to the besieged Syrian town of Kobani via Turkey. Kurdistan President Masoud Barzani sent a letter to parliament late Tuesday, seeking [...]

Report: Islamic State Gets US Arms Airdrop

Syrian activists say that one of the U.S. airdrops with weapons and ammunition meant for Kurdish fighters near the town of Kobani has instead landed in the hands of Islamic State militants. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, [...]

UN Chief: Need to Rebuild Gaza Quickly

UNITED NATIONS— The U.N. secretary-general is warning winter is coming while more than 100,000 Palestinians remain homeless in the Gaza Strip, following the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas militants earlier this year. The U.N. is urging [...]

Syrian Kurds Push Back on Turkish Plan

SURUC, TURKEY— Syrian Kurdish leaders are pushing back on Turkey’s plan to allow Kurdish Peshmerga forces from northern Iraq to transit Turkish territory and to enter the besieged Syrian border town of Kobani to help in its defense. Mideast [...]

Turkish PM Unveils Tighter Security Steps After Deadly Protests

ANKARA— Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu unveiled a tightening of security legislation on Tuesday following deadly protests this month, amid growing fears that the government is using the unrest to tighten its grip on power. Around 40 [...]

Iran Pledges Support for Iraq in Fight Against ISIL

Iranian leaders are pledging lasting support for neighboring Iraq in its fight against Islamic State militants. Tehran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, told visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Tuesday that he considers [...]

US, Iran Face Similar Challenges in Syrian Fight Against IS

STATE DEPARTMENT— The United States and Iran are both helping fight Sunni militants in the Islamic State group. But one of the biggest battlefields is Syria, where Washington and Tehran back opposing sides in the civil war. The United States [...]

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