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Iranian General Promises Robot Soldiers

They'll be crude, rudimentary, and remote control, just like the rest<p>In the near future, when the Islamic Republic of Iran goes to war, it will do so accompanied by robotic soldiers, an Iranian general said earlier today. Reported in Iran’s state-owned Fars News Service, it’s a scary-sounding …

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ISIS and the Foreign-Fighter Phenomenon

Why do people travel abroad to take part in somebody else’s violent conflict?<p>In August 2014, ISIS marked Eid al-Fitr, the end of Ramadan, with a 20-minute, high-definition video offering its greetings to the Muslim world.<p>Gauzy images of smiling worshippers embracing at a mosque cut to children …

Outcry over Isis destruction of ancient Assyrian site of Nimrud

Activists, officials and historians have condemned Islamic State (Isis) for the destruction of the ancient Assyrian archaeological site of Nimrud in Iraq, with Unesco describing the act as a war crime.<p>“They are not destroying our present life, or only taking the villages, churches, and homes, or …

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Pakistan 'disco mullah' faces blasphemy probe

Police in Pakistan have opened a blasphemy investigation against a former pop star turned Islamic preacher after he was accused of insulting one of the wives of the Prophet Muhammad.<p>Officials opened the case on Tuesday against Junaid Jamshed, popularly dubbed as "disco mullah", in the southern port …

IS attacks government airbase in eastern Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State militants launched an attack overnight on a major military air base in eastern Syria in what looked to be a push to …

Bob Casey Vows U.S. Will Continue To Protect Women's Rights In Afghanistan

WASHINGTON -- With the majority of international troops set to leave Afghanistan this year and anxiety about that country's future growing within the Obama administration, a Democratic senator said on Sunday that he and other lawmakers are determined to protect one of the United States' key …

U.S. targets Islamic militants with more airstrikes in Syria, Iraq: Central Command | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. military forces conducted 11 air strikes against Islamic militants in Syria and 20 in Iraq since Friday, Central Command said on Monday.<p>Nine of the Syria strikes were near the Turkish border city of Kobani and destroyed seven Islamic State positions and four staging …

Frenchman in Isis beheading video had told TV of caliphate hopes

Maxime Hauchard, the Frenchman identified by authorities as a jihadi involved in the beheadings of an American and Syrian captives, is a 22-year-old from Normandy who converted to Islam at 17.<p>Hauchard appeared in the Islamic State (Isis) video which on Sunday showed the killings of 18 Syrian …

Iraq Shi'ite Ashoura ritual escapes major attacks | Reuters

KERBALA Iraq (Reuters) - A gathering of millions of Shi’ite Muslims at shrines and mosques across Iraq for the Ashoura religious commemoration passed without any major attacks on Tuesday, under tight security imposed for fear of Islamic State bombers.<p>Crowds of hundreds of thousands of people in the …

Afghanistan and Pakistan urged to improve ties | DW | 04.11.2014

The International Crisis Group (ICG) released a report on October 28 in which it recommended a democratic transition for Pakistan and Afghanistan – …

Security tight as Shiites mark holy day in Iraq

BEIRUT (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of Shiite pilgrims flocked Tuesday to an Iraqi holy city for the peak of a 10-day religious ritual amid tight …

For Obama and Xi, fight against Islamic State a brief moment to agree | Reuters

BEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When the United States and China discuss cooperating against Islamic State later this month, the most prominent outcome is likely to be less criticism of each other’s anti-terrorism policies.<p>China's President Xi Jinping speaks during his meeting with U.S. President …

Iraqi Kurds join fight against Islamic State in Kobani | Reuters

BEIRUT/MURSITPINAR Turkey (Reuters) - Iraqi Kurdish fighters have joined the fight against Islamic State militants in Kobani, hoping their support for fellow Kurds backed by U.S.-led air strikes will keep the ultra-hardline group from seizing the Syrian border town.<p>The Syrian Observatory for Human …

Afghan authorities destroy 20 tonnes of drugs – video

Security officials say at least four militants killed in attack on village in South Waziristan, considered a Taliban stronghold<p>Published: 30 Oct 2014<p>But leaders accuse Afghanistan of turning a blind eye to militants on its own soil as they battle to seize control of North Waziristan<p>Published: 1 Jul …

Iraqi Kurdish forces enter Syria to fight Islamic State

SURUC Turkey (Reuters) - A first group of Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters entered the besieged Syrian town of Kobani on Thursday to help push back Islamic State militants who have defied U.S. air strikes and threatened to massacre its Kurdish defenders.<p>Kobani, on the border with Turkey, has been …

Iran says foils bid to sabotage nuclear heavy-water tanks: newspaper

ANKARA (Reuters) - Iran has foiled an attempt to sabotage tanks used for transporting heavy water, which is needed to run some nuclear reactors, and blames a “foreign country” for the incident, a senior official was quoted by local media as saying.<p>A general view of the Arak heavy-water project, 190 …

US sceptical about Afghan war - poll

<b>Americans are sharply divided as to the value of the nation's intervention in Afghanistan, a new BBC poll suggests.</b><p>Fewer than half of respondents said the the conflict was worthwhile for the US.<p>Two-thirds of participants were sceptical that US involvement left the Afghan government able to defend …

Suicide bomber kills 27 militiamen south of Iraqi capital | Reuters

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A suicide bomber killed at least 27 Shi’ite militiamen outside the Iraqi town of Jurf al-Sakhar on Monday after security forces pushed Islamic State militants out of the area over the weekend, army and police sources said.<p>The attacker, driving a Humvee vehicle packed with …

Israeli Forces Clash With Palestinians in East Jerusalem

JERUSALEM — Israeli forces clashed with Palestinians in East Jerusalem overnight amid ongoing tensions almost a week after a car rammed a crowd waiting at a railway stop in the city, killing two. The epicenter of the unrest was Silwan, the hometown of the driver Abdel-Rahman Shaloudi, who was shot …

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Afghan forces prepare to fight alone as foreign troops leave

HELMAND/KANDAHAR AIR FIELD Afghanistan (Reuters) - On watch for a possible Taliban attack, Afghan forces on Tuesday patrolled the perimeter and manned guard towers of a vast military base deserted by U.S. and British forces in a volatile southern province.<p>British troops prepare to depart upon the …

Isis video shows hostage John Cantlie claiming battle for Kobani nearly over

Islamic State (Isis) has released a new video featuring John Cantlie, in which the British hostage speaks from what is alleged to be the besieged Syrian city of Kobani. The film begins with footage shot from an “Islamic State army” drone.<p>The video differs from previous ones in which the 43-year-old …

U.S.: Palestinian-American minor killed by Israeli military

A Palestinian-American minor has been killed by the Israel Defense Forces, the U.S. State Department said.<p>According to a press release from the State Department, the youth was killed Friday during clashes in Silwad, a town in the West Bank. The official Palestinian news agency WAFA identified him …

U.S. Marine From California Dies in Iraq

A U.S. Marine from Riverside, California, died in Iraq Thursday from a non-combat related incident, the Department of Defense announced.<p>Read more here.

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Drone strikes 'al-Qaeda stronghold' in Yemen

At least 10 suspected al-Qaeda fighters have been killed in a US drone strike in southern Yemen.<p>The strike on Friday happened near Radaa city, where Shia Houthi rebels are trying to seize territory held by al-Qaeda.<p>The US struck positions believed to be held by al-Qaeda near areas that have seen …

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US investigate claims Islamic State used chemical weapons

Islamic State jihadists reportedly used chlorine gas in an attack on a town north of Baghdad, sparking an investigation to be led by US officials<p>American security officials are examining claims by Iraqi doctors and police officers that Isil jihadists used chemical weapons in a town north of Baghdad.<p>…