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Houthi rebels in Yemen eye oil-rich province, sparking fears of all-out civil war

By The Washington Post
SANAA, Yemen — The Shiite insurgents who have toppled Yemen’s government are threatening to take over a key oil-producing province to the east of the capital, triggering fears that the country could explode in all-out civil war. The rebels, known as ...

Iraq’s pro-Iran Shiite militias lead the war against Islamic State

By The Washington Post
MANSOURIYA, Iraq — Shiite militias backed by Iran are increasingly taking the lead in Iraq’s fight against the Islamic State, threatening to undermine American strategies intended to bolster the central government, rebuild the Iraqi army and promote reconciliation with the ...

Lebanon’s Hezbollah acknowledges battling Islamic State in Iraq

By The Washington Post
BEIRUT — The leader of Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement Monday acknowledged for the first time that the Shiite militia has sent fighters to Iraq, and he urged Arab states throughout the region to set aside sectarian rivalries to confront the threat ...

ISIS jihadists target Iraq base holding U.S. troops

By The Washington Post
BAGHDAD — Disguised as Iraqi army soldiers, a squad of jihadists attempted Friday to bomb a base in western Iraq where hundreds of U.S. troops are stationed, raising concerns about whether the Americans will be drawn into direct combat with ...

Britain, France, like U.S., close posts in Yemen

By The Washington Post
SANAA, Yemen — Britain and France announced Wednesday that they will shutter their embassies in Yemen, a day after the United States closed its mission and withdrew its diplomats from the strife-torn Arabian Peninsula nation. The departure of large numbers of ...

From Jordan base, UAE resumes airstrikes on Islamic State

By The Associated Press
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — United Arab Emirates fighter planes roared out of an air base in Jordan on Tuesday to pound Islamic State militant positions, marking a return to combat operations by one of the United States’ closest Arab ...

Officials: U.S. closing embassy in Yemen amid continued unrest

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — The United States is closing its embassy in Yemen amid political deadlock and deteriorating security conditions after the takeover of the country by Shiite rebels, two U.S. officials said. The officials said diplomats were being evacuated from the ...

Quick demise of ISIS terrorist group unlikely, experts say

By Betsy Hiel
The latest savagery by the Islamist army known as ISIS — burning to death captured Jordanian fighter pilot Moaz al-Kaseasbeh — prompts new concerns about ...

Islamic State claims Jordan airstrikes killed U.S. humanitarian worker being held hostage

By The Washington Post
The Islamic State claimed that a 26-year-old Arizona woman taken hostage by the group in Syria was killed Friday when a Jordanian fighter plane bombed ...

Purported IS claim: Jordan airstrike kills American hostage

By The Associated Press 7:30 p.m.
BEIRUT — A statement attributed to the Islamic State group claimed that an American female hostage was killed in a Jordanian airstrike on Friday on ...

‘Barbarity’ of Jordanian pilot’s killing disgusts Arab world

From Wire Reports
AMMAN — Declarations of outrage swept the Middle East on Wednesday as a region steeled to the brutality of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria expressed horror at the terror group’s killing of a captured Jordanian. The spectacle of an ...

New level of evil: Jordanian pilot burned alive on video

By Tribune News Service
IRBIL, Iraq — The Islamic State’s horrific execution of a Jordanian fighter pilot by burning him to death set a new standard of savagery for the group and seemed likely to provoke Jordan into opening a new and possibly more ...

Video shows Jordan pilot burned alive by IS captors

By The Associated Press
AMMAN, Jordan — A video released online Tuesday purportedly shows a Jordanian pilot captured by the Islamic State extremist group in Syria last month being …

Egypt sentences 183 to death over 2013 killings of policemen

By The Associated Press
CAIRO — An Egyptian court on Monday sentenced 183 people to death over the ransacking of a police station and the killing of 15 policemen after the 2013 ouster of President Mohammed Morsi. The verdict was the latest in a ...

Kurdish forces fight back, but new strategy could hinder resistance

By The Los Angeles Times
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria began a multipronged attack Friday on the northern Iraqi oil hub of Kirkuk, seizing a downtown building and ...

Release terrorist, or 2 will be killed, ISIS vows

By Tribune News Service
IRBIL, Iraq — The Islamic State on Tuesday gave the Japanese and Jordanian governments less than 24 hours to release a female terrorist — who’s been on Jordan’s death row since 2005 — in exchange for the release of a ...

Luxury Libyan hotel attacked by terrorists

By The Washington Post
TRIPOLI — At least 2 gunmen stormed a hotel popular with foreigners in Libya’s capital Tuesday and killed at least 10, including an American security contractor. Security forces evacuated guests, including Tripoli’s prime minister and an American delegation, and the ...

Obama ‘pays respects’ to late Saudi Arabian monarch

By The Washington Post
RIYADH — President Obama arrived in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to lead a high-profile delegation to offer condolences to the family of the late King Abdullah and meet with his successor. Obama cut short his visit to India, scrapping plans to ...

Dems delay Iran sanctions proposal

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats on Tuesday put the brakes on new Iran sanctions legislation, ending for now an approaching showdown between Congress and President Obama over negotiations to prevent Tehran from having the capability to make a nuclear weapon. Sen. Bob ...

Turmoil confronts new Saudi king on several crucial fronts

By The Associated Press
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Saudi Arabia’s new monarch inherits the throne at a moment when the oil-rich kingdom is being buffeted by a plunge ...