Militants’ Beheading Video Suggests New Anti-West Strategy

The Islamic State group’s beheading of a U.S. journalist and its threat to “destroy the American cross” suggests it has gained enough confidence seizing large areas of Iraq and Syria to take aim at American targets despite the risks. On [...]

Erdogan Allies Likely to Dominate Turkey’s New Cabinet

ANKARA, TURKEY— Turkish president-elect Tayyip Erdogan looks set to maintain his influence on daily politics after he is sworn in next week, with close allies likely to take on cabinet posts in a new government and his economic team expected [...]

Libya Restarts Oil Exports From Biggest Port

BENGHAZI—Libya has restarted oil exports from its biggest port, Es Sider, for the first time since the end of a year-long blockade, which is a boost to the central government struggling with a wave of clashes in the capital. The OPEC member’s [...]

Israeli Airstrikes Kill Wife, Child of Hamas Military Leader

JERUSALEM—Israel and Palestinians in the Gaza Strip carried out dozens of attacks on one another Wednesday, with one Israeli airstrike killing the wife and infant son of the Hamas military leader in Gaza. Israel said it hit more than 90 targets [...]

Israel Launches Airstrikes After Rockets Fired From Gaza

LONDON— Western countries including the United States have begun arming the Kurdish Peshmerga forces in northern Iraq to aid their battle against extremist Sunni militants from the Islamic State group. But there are concerns a heavily-armed [...]

Iraqi Minorities Seek UN Emergency Session

GENEVA— An international coalition of activists is calling on the U.N. Human Rights Council to convene an emergency session on the plight of minority groups in Iraq, including the Yazidis and Christians. The coalition says urgent action is [...]

Battle Brewing Over How to Investigate Gaza Conflict

JERUSALEM— Even before starting work as chairman of a U.N. human rights commission investigating the Gaza war, Canadian law professor William Schabas has been vilified as an apologist for Iran incapable of setting aside his perceived anti-Israel [...]

Renegade Libyan General Claims Air Strikes on Tripoli

TRIPOLI/BENGHAZI— Renegade General Khalifa Haftar’s air force was responsible for strikes on Islamist-leaning militia in Tripoli on Monday, one of his commanders said, after weeks of fighting for the capital in Libya’s worst violence [...]

IAEA Head Expects Progress by Deadline in Iran Nuclear Inquiry

VIENNA— The United Nations nuclear watchdog said on Monday Iran had begun implementing transparency measures ahead of an August 25 deadline, as part of a long-running investigation into suspected atomic bomb research by Tehran. Yukiya Amano, [...]

Obama: Iraqi Kurds, Military Recapture Mosul Dam

President Barack Obama says U.S. military helped Iraqi forces and Kurds recapture a major strategic northern dam from Islamic State fighters. In a brief appearance at the White House Monday, the president said if the militants breached the Mosul [...]

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