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'Liberal Orthodox are fake Jews, a threat to all of Israel'

Shlomo Yehuda Rechnitz, a leading ultra-Orthodox donor, lashed at out the Liberal Orthodox movement, claiming that the group is a "new religion" …

Religion

Israeli warplanes strike Syrian anti-aircraft battery after coming under 'fire'

According to Israel's military, it struck the Syrian anti-aircraft battery after an Israeli aircraft was targeted over Lebanon. Israel has carried …

Syria

Piety and Porn: In Raqqa, the Laptop Secrets of an ISIS Wife

Piety and Porn: The Laptop Secrets of an ISIS Wife<p>Gareth Browne<p>10.15.17 9:00 PM ET<p>Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast<p>Some nights she was busy searching for baking recipes, on others she was downloading <i>Pirates of the Caribbean</i>, and every so often it was scores from the Ajax soccer team in the …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Peshmerga: Baghdad to pay heavy price for declaring war

Kurdish forces call Iraqi forces' campaign in Kirkuk 'a declaration of war', as PM Abadi tells them to cooperate.<p>The Kurdish Peshmerga command has said the Iraqi government will pay a "heavy price" for its military campaign in Kirkuk, which it described as "a declaration of war against the nation …

Iraq

Trump's speech sparks a new war of words between US, Iran

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — President Donald Trump's refusal to certify the Iran nuclear deal has sparked a new war of words between the Islamic Republic and America, fueling growing mistrust and a sense of nationalism among Iranians.<p>The speech has served to unite Iranians across the political spectrum — …

Iran

Turkish court releases jailed journalist in opposition newspaper case

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A Turkish court released prominent journalist Kadri Gursel from jail pending trial late on Monday, in a case that targets the opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper and has been condemned by critics of President Tayyip Erdogan as an attack on free speech.<p>Television footage showed …

Turkey

Saudi King to visit Russia: RIA cites Kremlin

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz is expected to visit Russia, the RIA news agency cited Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying on Thursday.<p>The agency earlier cited a source saying the Saudi King's trip to Russia is planned for Oct 4-7.

Middle East

Israel Endorsed Kurdish Independence. Saladin Would Have Been Proud.

JERUSALEM — With a two-sentence statement supporting the Iraqi Kurds’ plan to hold a referendum on independence this Monday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu put Israel at odds with nearly every other major player in the Middle East.<p>Mr. Netanyahu, who endorsed not only the referendum but also the …

Iraq

Overheard at UN: Japan Asks Iran for Some Help on North Korea

Japan’s Foreign Minister Taro Kono asked his Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif to reach out to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to defuse an …

North Korea

Israeli jets said to strike weapons convoy outside Damascus

Israeli warplanes on Friday morning struck Hezbollah targets outside Damascus, reports in Syrian and Lebanese media outlets said.<p>According to the …

Israeli Air Force

Iraqi Christians at Odds with World on Kurdish Independence Referendum

A referendum that could lead to the establishment of an independent Kurdish nation is set for September 25.<p>Upwards of 35 million Kurds—a …

Iraqi Kurdistan

Iran Shows Off Khorramshahr Ballistic Missile After Trump Speech

TEHRAN, Iran — President Hassan Rouhani said Friday that Iran would strengthen its weapons capabilities and unveiled a new ballistic missile that can carry multiple warheads.<p>He added that no country would stop Iran from expanding its defense programs.<p>Rouhani's comments came three days after Trump …

Iran

Israeli jets bombed site close to Damascus airport, reports say

Assad affiliated social media reports say at least two missiles were fired in third attack by Israeli military on targets associated with Hezbollah<p>Israeli jets have reportedly bombed an area near the Damascus international airport in the third attack in as many weeks by the Israeli military on …

Syria

Turkey Says Kurd Independence Vote Is Direct Security Threat

Turkey sent a final warning to Iraq’s Kurdish provinces to drop plans for a referendum on independence scheduled for Monday, calling the vote a …

Turkey

US, Russian militaries hold unprecedented talks on Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. says American and Russia military leaders have met for an unprecedented, face-to-face session in Syria or nearby to discuss increasing tensions around a remaining Islamic State stronghold in Syria.<p>Syrian government forces, Russian special forces and U.S.-backed militants …

Syria

Trump, Turkish president meet with 'many issues' to discuss

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan are meeting on the sidelines of an annual U.N. gathering.<p>At the start of their meeting Thursday in New York, Trump heaped praise on Erdogan, who has been criticized for a crackdown in Turkey following an attempted …

Donald Trump

Pressure Mounts on Iraqi Kurds to Cancel Independence Vote

ERBIL, Iraq — In a region where few people concur on anything, adversaries and enemies in the Middle East find themselves agreeing on one goal: to stop Iraq’s Kurds from forging ahead with a vote for independence on Monday.<p>As the Kurds rush headlong to embrace their region’s first steps toward …

Iraq

This Obscure DC-Area Office Helps US Special Operators Hunt Down And Secure Loose WMDs

The fusion center coordinates US military efforts to make sure the deadly weapons don't end up in the wrong hands.<p>US Army<p>As part of its new job as …

War

Exclusive: Turkey to deploy troops inside Syria's Idlib - Erdogan

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday Turkey will deploy troops in Syria's northern Idlib region as part of a so-called de-escalation agreement brokered by Russia last month.<p>The "de-escalation" zones, agreed by Turkey, Russia and Iran, would be further discussed in …

Turkey

UN creates team to investigate IS war crimes in Iraq as 'caliphate' crumbles

The so-called "Islamic State" has been repeatedly accused of committing atrocities in Iraq. The UN is now ready to make sure evidence of potential …

Syria

Russia warns US, says special forces helping Syrian troops

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia on Thursday issued a stern warning to U.S. forces and their allies in Syria, saying it has deployed Russian special forces alongside Syrian government troops in the battle for the oil-rich Deir el-Zour province and that Moscow would retaliate if the Russians come under fire.<p>The …

Syria

Russia says will target U.S.-backed fighters in Syria if provoked

MOSCOW/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Russia warned the United States on Thursday it would target U.S.-backed militias in Syria if Russian troops again came under fire, as the United States disclosed an unusual face-to-face meeting between U.S. and Russian generals meant to avoid such clashes.<p>The Russian …

Syria

These Are 40 of the Most Terrifying Words in Donald Trump's U.N. Address

President Donald Trump is poised to make one of the most fateful decisions of his White House tenure. In his speech to the United Nations General …

Iran

Tillerson raps Iran for “not meeting expectations” around nuclear deal

With the fallout from President Trump’s speech at the UN General Assembly still hanging over their heads a clutch of foreign ministers from Germany, France, China, Iran and the EU, among others, met to discuss Iran’s nuclear agreement, with America’s Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.<p>.JZarif meets …

Iran

China says North Korea situation shows importance of Iran nuclear deal: state media

BEIJING (Reuters) - The recent tensions on the Korean peninsula underlined the importance of the Iranian nuclear deal, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said, according to state radio on Thursday.<p>China supports and safeguards the Iranian nuclear deal, Wang said in a meeting on Wednesday at the …

North Korea

Turkish state media boasts about its Russian-made missile system's ability to shoot down US planes

Turkey finalized its purchase of the Russian-made S-400 surface-to-air missile system earlier this month.<p>The acquisition has stirred concern in other NATO countries since it was first reported several months ago, and the sale comes at time of increased tensions between Ankara and the West, the US …

Turkey

After Trump rhetoric, Russia says to ‘defend’ Iran deal

<b>Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says Moscow is “extremely concerned” by US President Donald Trump’s stance on the 2015 nuclear deal between</b> …

Iran

U.S. 'strongly opposes' Iraqi Kurdish independence vote: State Department

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States "strongly opposes" the planned independence referendum by Iraqi Kurds and urges Iraqi Kurdish leaders to engage in negotiations with the Baghdad government instead, the U.S. State Department said on Wednesday.<p>In the most forceful U.S. statement so far …

Heather Nauert

Trump Leaning Toward Decertifying Iran Nuclear Deal, Sources Say

President Donald Trump is leaning toward decertifying the Iran nuclear deal and putting the decision of whether the United States withdraw from the accord in the hands of Congress, according to four sources — including a senior administration official — familiar with the White House …

Iran