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Islamic State funded Maryland man to attack US, says FBI

<b>The FBI has arrested a Maryland man who they say received about $9,000 (£6,000) from the so-called Islamic State group (IS) to carry out an attack in the US.</b><p>Mohamed Elshinawy, 30, is being held on a number of charges including trying to provide material support to a foreign terrorist …

National Security

Comparing air strikes against Islamic State to past conflicts

The US-led coalition launches about two combat aircraft sorties per hour against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq, but how does that compare to previous aerial campaigns?<p>In this audio visualisation, the BBC's Neal Razzell explores comparisons with the invasion of Iraq, WW2, and Nato's …

Middle East

'Turkey gave no warning' - downed Russian pilot<p><b>The surviving pilot of a Russian plane shot down by Turkey on the Syrian border has said no warning was given.</b><p>Capt Konstantin Murakhtin told Russian …


The New York Times' bizarre story on Osama bin Laden's death

<b>(CNN) —</b> The New York Times is the greatest newspaper in the world, so when the current cover story in the Times magazine is headlined, "What Do We Really Know about Osama bin Laden's Death?," readers are surely going to pay attention.<p>The story was of particular interest because we actually know a …

Osama Bin Laden

Why Netanyahu's Holocaust remarks are wrong -- and damaging

<b>(CNN) —</b> When the Prime Minister of Israel offers a new interpretation of the Holocaust, the world listens. In the sad case of Benjamin Netanyahu's false claim that Hitler was inspired by the grand Mufti of Jerusalem to order the mass murder, only damage has been done.<p>In an address to the World …


NATO survived Cold War, but downed Russian jet provides biggest threat

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The cool, calm, clear thinking that kept the NATO alliance intact as it weathered the Cold War with the Soviet Union has been shattered.<p>Decades of careful diplomacy and nail-biting inaction during the potentially world-annihilating nuclear arms race of the 1950s, 60s and 70s …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Marines to spend $225M on new amphibious combat vehicles

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The U.S. Marine Corps is spending $225 million as it takes another stab at replacing its aging fleet of amphibious assault vehicles.<p>The Marine Corps on Tuesday awarded two contractors -- BAE Systems and SAIC -- contracts to develop 13 prototypes of the new vehicle.<p>The Marines …


Tensions rise as Russia says it's deploying anti-aircraft missiles to Syria

<b>Istanbul (CNN) —</b> Tensions in the Middle East ratcheted up dangerously Wednesday, a day after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane, with the Turkish President accusing Russia of deceit and Russia announcing it would deploy anti-aircraft missiles to Syria.<p>Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu said on …

Middle East

Russia is already exacting its revenge on Turkey for downing a Russian warplane

"The government has been ordered to work out a system of response measures to this act of aggression in the economic and humanitarian spheres," which may include "limits or bans" on "foodstuffs, labor, and services from Turkish companies," Medvedev said.<p>The sanctions "could bite into more than $30 …