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Politics Sep 10Kerry says U.S. will back Iraq against militants
BAGHDAD — The United States pledged Wednesday to stand by Iraq as its new leaders pleaded for help in facing down a rampant, deadly insurgency. The assurances by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry during a daylong visit to Baghdad…
World Sep 03U.S. analysts conclude that Islamic State militants killed Sotloff after Foley
WASHINGTON — A U.S. intelligence analysis has concluded that American journalist Steven Sotloff was beheaded by Islamic State militants at some point after a similar killing of another U.S. reporter.
World Aug 26American woman held hostage by Islamic State
The Islamic State militant group is holding hostage a young American woman who was doing humanitarian aid work in Syria, a family representative said Tuesday. The 26-year-old woman is the third American known to have been kidnapped by the militant…
World Aug 20U.S. official: More airstrikes in Iraq
WASHINGTON -- American fighter jets and drones continued to pound Islamic State militants in Iraq on Wednesday, and military planners weighed the possibility of sending a small number of additional U.S. troops to Baghdad, U.S. officials said, even as the…
World Aug 08Obama’s strategy is to contain extremists in Iraq
Obama insists he will not send American ground troops back to Iraq after having withdrawn them in 2011, fulfilling a campaign promise. Still, even the limited airstrikes against the vicious insurgency show the president's conviction that the U.S. military cannot…
World Jul 26U.S. evacuates embassy in Libya amid ‘free-wheeling’ violence
The United States shuttered its embassy in Libya on Saturday and evacuated its diplomats to neighboring Tunisia under U.S. military escort as fighting intensified between rival militias. Secretary of State John Kerry said "free-wheeling militia violence" prompted the move.
Nation Jul 25Gaza negotiations continue to search for cease-fire deal
CAIRO — Turbulent negotiations to broker a temporary truce in the Gaza Strip are continuing against the backdrop of fresh Israeli attacks on Palestinian militants.
World Jul 21Kerry heads to Cairo to push for Mideast cease-fire
Kerry will urge the militant Palestinian group to accept a cease-fire agreement offered by Egypt that would halt nearly two weeks of fighting. More than 500 Palestinians and 20 Israelis have been killed in that time.
World Jul 20U.S. urges ceasefire as fighting in Gaza escalates
The United States on Sunday sharpened its criticism of Hamas and urged the militant Palestinian group to accept a ceasefire agreement that would halt nearly two weeks of fighting with Israel.
World Jul 15Kerry on Iran negotiations: ‘Still have more work to do’
WASHINGTON — World powers and Iran still face significant gaps in their negotiations to curb Tehran's nuclear program, foreign ministers said Tuesday while forging ahead with efforts to secure a deal that could finally bridge a decades-long diplomatic chasm between…