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  • Coalition success seen in Islamic State's cutoff of cellphone service in Mosul

    IRBIL, Iraq A covert campaign of spying by residents and Iraqi intelligence agents hunting for top leaders of the Islamic State has forced the group to suspend cellphone service in areas it controls a move Kurdish and Iraqi officials say will do little to...
  • In Turkey, lavish new presidential palace proves divisive

     In Turkey, lavish new presidential palace proves divisive
    From the hilltop mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of the Turkish Republic, a panoramic sweep of this modern capital shows skyscrapers, five-star hotels, bustling residential districts and, to the west, an extravagant new official residence...
  • Islamic State seen as interloper by larger militant groups

    Since declaring a caliphate, Islamic State has garnered support from more than a dozen Islamist militant groups in the Middle East and Asia, but the dearth of endorsements by many of the largest and most recognizable groups serves to underscore the limits...
  • Iraqi leader fires 24 senior officials, finds 50,000 'ghost' troops

    Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi dismissed 24 senior Interior Ministry officials Monday in an effort to "reform and rebuild" security institutions in the embattled country, the government leader announced via Twitter. The dismissals, which Abadi...
  • Lebanon detains wife of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

    Lebanon detains wife of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
    The Lebanese army detained a wife and daughter of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as they crossed from Syria nine days ago, security officials said on Tuesday, in a move seen as likely to put pressure on the Islamist chief. The woman was...
  • Islamic State kills 16 Iraqi soldiers on Syria border, officials say

    Islamic State kills 16 Iraqi soldiers on Syria border, officials say
    Islamic State fighters killed 16 Iraqi soldiers in an attack on a western border crossing with Syria on Monday, the head of the local provincial council Faleh al-Issawi said. Islamic State fighters killed 16 Iraqi soldiers in an attack on a western...
  • Obama asserts 'no boots on the ground,' but others dissent

    President Barack Obama's firm determination that no more American combat forces will be introduced in the Middle East battlefield may well thwart his intention to "degrade and ultimately destroy" the new threat of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria....
  • War contractors ready for Middle East battle

    President Barack Obama has stressed that the U.S.-led coalition fight against the Islamic State can be won without "boots on the ground." But it depends on who's wearing the boots. Thousands of private security contractors, who played critical, below-...
  • Iraq says failing oil prices force rethink of 2015 budget

    Falling oil prices have forced Iraq to scrap the draft 2015 budget it planned to present to parliament on Sunday, Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi told lawmakers. The budget had been based on a forecast oil price of $70 a barrel, but prices dropped to a...
  • How corruption abroad threatens U.S. national security

    How corruption abroad threatens U.S. national security
    When the militants of Islamic State swept across Iraq last June, they numbered no more than 12,000 and they faced a U.S.-trained, U.S.-equipped Iraqi army that boasted some 200,000 troops. And yet it was the Iraqi army that collapsed. What happened?...
  • Pope Francis prays in Istanbul's Blue Mosque

    Pope Francis prays in Istanbul's Blue Mosque
    Pope Francis prayed silently alongside a senior Islamic cleric in Istanbul's Blue Mosque on Saturday, in a gesture of inter-religious harmony in a country bordering the conflicts in Syria and Iraq. Francis took off his shoes as he entered the huge...