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  1. 8 hours ago

    Questions remain about release of Turkish hostages

    As Turkey celebrated the return over the weekend of 49 hostages held captive by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant,...

  2. 9 hours ago

    US confident of allies’ support in air strikes on Isis

    Allies of the US are ready to begin bombing Islamist extremists in Iraq and Syria, according to the country’s ambassador to...

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    Turkish business has suffered from the strife in Syria and Libya while Turkey’s politi...
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  1. 10 hours ago

    Fuelling Isis Inc

    Waiting for his job interview, the young Syrian was impressed by the array of high-end camera equipment, video-editing pods...

  2. 11 hours ago

    Clinton works behind the scenes for Jordan

    Bill Clinton has been working behind the scenes in recent months to encourage investment in Jordan as the Middle Eastern...

  3. 19 hours ago

    Isis tests KRG alliance with Turkey

    For years, northern Iraq was one of Turkey’s biggest headaches. Its mountains provided a safe haven for the Kurdistan...

  4. 19 hours ago

    Turkey: Business shifts west as crises rage from Syria to Iraq

    These days Turkey’s relations with the rest of the world start in places like the Oncupinar border crossing. The backdrop is...

  5. September 20, 2014

    Turkey opens border for 60,000 Syrian Kurdish refugees

    Up to 60,000 Syrian Kurdish refugees arrived in Turkey on Saturday, according to Numan Kurtulmus, the deputy prime minister,...

  6. September 19, 2014

    Syrian Kurds flee to Turkey as Isis offensive intensifies

    Turkey opened its border to about 4,000 Kurds fleeing the fighting in northern Syria on Thursday, a day after the Islamic...

  7. September 19, 2014

    Kentucky town backs Obama’s return to Iraq

    Barack Obama may have hesitated before committing the US military to return to Iraq and possibly strike Syria to prevent...

  8. September 19, 2014

    France launches air strikes against Isis in Iraq

    France has stepped up its commitment to fight militants belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, known as...

  9. September 18, 2014

    Syrian Kurds appeal to Turkish brethren for help fighting Isis

    Syrian Kurdish militias pleaded for help from Turkish Kurds on Thursday after fighters from the Islamic state of Iraq and...

  10. September 18, 2014

    Australian police thwart Isis beheading plan

    Australian police say they have thwarted a plan by Islamist radicals to kidnap a person at random from the streets of Sydney...

  11. September 18, 2014

    For or against Isis, Iran must make its choice

    As John Kerry, US secretary of state, works to build a coalition to defeat Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, known as...

  12. September 18, 2014

    Warning over Isis cyber threat

    The Islamist militants who have seized almost a third of Iraq and Syria pose the next great cyber threat as terrorist...

  13. September 18, 2014

    US approves plan to arm Syrian rebels

    The US House of Representatives voted in favour on Wednesday of the Obama administration’s plan to train and arm moderate...

  14. September 17, 2014

    Al-Qaeda groups offer support to Isis

    Al-Qaeda’s two most powerful branches offered support for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant on Tuesday, in a sign of...

  15. September 17, 2014

    Obama’s battle with immigration reform

    For almost six years President Barack Obama has tried and failed to persuade Capitol Hill to enact immigration reform. Now...

  16. September 17, 2014

    Syrian Kurds eye greater role in west’s Isis fight

    Syria’s Kurds are aiming to become a critical ally of the US as it seeks to form a coalition against the Islamic State of...

  17. September 17, 2014

    Iraq PM rules out deploying foreign ground troops against Isis

    Haider al-Abadi, Iraq’s prime minister, ruled out the deployment of foreign ground troops to combat Islamist extremists, in...

  18. September 16, 2014

    US hints at ground troops role against Isis

    US military leaders have suggested for the first time that US ground troops could become directly involved in combating...

  19. September 16, 2014

    Turkey considers buffer zone with Syria and Iraq to contain Isis

    Turkey’s military has begun drawing up plans for a buffer zone on its southern border as it confronts the risk of violent...

  20. The A-List

    September 16, 2014

    US must work harder to win over Arab regimes on Isis

    The US administration is trying to convince its populace and the world that it is successfully forging a new alliance in the...

  21. September 15, 2014

    British forces do not know location of Isis hostage, says Hammond

    British forces are unable to rescue hostages being held by Islamist militants because they do not know where they are being...

  22. September 15, 2014

    US launches first air strikes to help Iraqi military

    The US has conducted its first air strikes in support of the Iraqi military since President Barack Obama last week launched...

  23. September 15, 2014

    Think Lebanon rather than D-Day in campaign against Isis

    From US air power above to the grassroots intelligence contacts of Turkish, Kurdish and Iranian security apparatus on the...

  24. September 14, 2014

    Cameron says Briton’s beheading will strengthen UK resolve against Isis

    David Cameron insisted the first killing of a British captive by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant would only...

  25. September 14, 2014

    Isis militants say UK aid worker beheaded

    Jihadi militants have released a video that appears to show the beheading of David Haines, a British aid worker, in a...

  26. September 12, 2014

    Hawks reclaim lost ground in America

    In the space of weeks, Washington has been transformed from the capital of a reluctant imperium into a cheerleader for the...

  27. September 11, 2014

    No 10 corrects Hammond gaffe on Syria

    Downing St was forced to clarify Britain’s potential role in the looming international military action in the Middle East...

  28. September 11, 2014

    US builds support for new Isis strategy

    The Obama administration moved on Thursday to secure military and financial backing from Arab leaders, European allies and...

  29. September 11, 2014

    Isis fighters in Syria brace for western attack

    As western powers ponder when and how to strike the Syrian bases of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the group –...

  30. September 11, 2014

    America must leave the defeat of Isis to local states

    Can the US “degrade and ultimately destroy” the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or Isis, as President Barack Obama promised...

  31. September 11, 2014

    Iraq gives cautious welcome to US military intervention

    Sunni and Shia Iraqis cautiously welcomed the prospect of more robust US intervention in their country to combat Islamist...

  32. September 11, 2014

    Obama’s bold ambition at odds with strategic caution

    In Washington politics, there are few more toxic phrases than “leading from behind”. It was coined by an Obama...

  33. September 10, 2014

    Obama prepares US for ‘steady, relentless’ war with Isis

    Barack Obama has prepared the US for a “steady, relentless” war with Islamic militants in a speech to his nation that...

  34. September 10, 2014

    US faces deep mistrust in garnering Arab support for Isis battle

    The US effort to rally Middle East governments to confront the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is facing a deep well of...

  35. September 10, 2014

    Blast kills Syrian rebel group leadership

    An explosion targeting a secret meeting of one of Syria’s biggest rebel groups has wiped out its top leadership, a...

  36. September 9, 2014

    Islamist threat: Players in the regional drama

    JORDAN The Sunni Muslim state is an important US regional ally and will be a central part of any future coalition against...

  37. September 9, 2014

    Mistrust and reluctance follows rush to form Iraq cabinet

    Signs of reluctance and mistrust emerged almost immediately following the surprise announcement by Iraqi politicians that...

  38. September 9, 2014

    Barack Obama prepares ground for fresh military action

    Barack Obama has launched a process familiar in Washington but rare during his own time in office – of preparing the...

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