VOA Special Report: IS Militants Draw Millions from Vast Sources

WASHINGTON— In terms of financing, the Islamic State militant group is more than a very well-oiled machine. Its diverse funding streams include kidnapping, human trafficking, smuggling and theft, plus extortion and shakedowns passed off as [...]

Mideast Christians Urge Arabs Lead Fight Against IS Militants

GENEVA—Middle East Christian leaders called on Muslim governments and religious authorities on Tuesday to condemn Islamic State militant group for its assault on minority religious communities and to take the lead in efforts to destroy its [...]

UN: Israel, Palestinians Reach Deal on Rebuilding Gaza

A United Nations envoy has announced a deal between Israel and the Palestinians to start reconstruction in Gaza and keep the materials out of the hands of militants. Special Coordinator for the Mideast Peace Process, Robert Serry, said Tuesday [...]

US Expands Airstrikes in Iraq as Congress Debates Aid to Syrian Opposition

WASHINGTON— The United States has expanded its airstrikes against Islamic State (IS) militant group targets, hitting an IS fighting position near Baghdad firing on Iraqi security forces. U.S. lawmakers Tuesday begin debating providing military [...]

Iran Nuclear Program Talks to Resume at UN

STATE DEPARTMENT—Iran and and the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany are set to resume talks on Iran’s nuclear program Thursday in New York — in a bid to reach an agreement before a November deadline. The [...]

US Opens Door to Ground Troops in Iraq

The top U.S. military officer is leaving open the possibility that American ground troops could be deployed to Iraq to fight Islamic State militants. U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Martin Dempsey told a congressional panel Tuesday [...]

US Open to Future Talks With Iran on Fighting IS Militants

PARIS—Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said he has rejected Obama administration requests for help in fighting against Islamic State militants in Iraq. U.S. officials say there is no military coordination with Iran but Washington [...]

Kerry: Egypt Key Ally in Islamic State Battle

CAIRO— U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says it is only “a matter of time” before the threat of terrorism anywhere becomes the threat of terrorism everywhere. He spoke in Cairo after talks with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh [...]

Muslim Brotherhood Leaders Exit Qatar

Qatar has asked several senior leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood to leave the country, after their presence strained relations with its neighbors. The announcement of their departure came from the leaders themselves, with senior Brotherhood [...]

IS Video Purports to Show UK Hostage Beheading

The Islamic State terrorist group says it has executed British aid worker David Cawthorne Haines. The group released a two and a half minute video purportedly showing Haines being beheaded. Haines, a 44-year-old father of two, was kidnapped [...]

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