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ISIL offensive in Bekaa Valley turns Christian village into ghost town

Ras Baalbek

Special to NICOSIA — Islamic State of Iraq and Levant has targeted a key route to Lebanon. Officials said ISIL has recruited hundreds of fighters to control a key route from Syria to Lebanon. They said the effort included […]

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Ansar, backed by ISIL, goes on rampage in northern Sinai

Scene of attacks in El Arish: "The attacks were meant to show that the terrorists could still operate in northern Sinai."

Special to CAIRO — Egypt’s largest insurgency group, which sustained major losses over the last year, has launched major strikes in the Sinai Peninsula. Ansar Beit Maqdis, now part of Islamic State of Iraq and Levant, conducted a series […]

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Administration bans Kurdish leaders fighting ISIL, in deference to Turkey

President Barack Obama and Turkey's President Recep Erdogan. /  Reuters

Special to WASHINGTON — The United States has banned Kurdish leaders who fought Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. Two U.S. lawmakers have urged the administration of President Barack Obama to drop the ban against leaders of the Democratic […]

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Tensions rising on Golan Heights as Hizbullah attack kills two Israeli soldiers

Smoke rises in southern Lebanon on Jan. 28. / Reuters

Special to TEL AVIV — Israel faces an Iranian-sponsored war of attrition from Lebanon and Syria. Officials said the government and military were bracing for the prospect of a sustained Iranian campaign to destabilize Israel’s borders with Lebanon and […]

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Jordan set to be first nation to offer ISIL hostage swap

Jordanian pilot Lt. Muath Al Kaseasbeh, left, and Sajida Al Rishawi. / AP

Special to AMMAN — Jordan has become the first country to offer a prisoner exchange with Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. The Hashemite kingdom said it was ready to release a woman on death row for a Royal […]

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Obama’s legacy of retreat, shame, and betrayal has tainted a great nation

Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld: “Weakness is provocative.”

Special to By Billy and Karen Vaughn President Obama’s State of the Union speech was yet another glaring reminder of just how out of touch he is with reality and the true threat of radical Islam on the West. […]

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Congressman challenges Obama’s claim of success against ISIL

Rep. Mac Thornberry.

Special to WASHINGTON — Congress has become highly skeptical of any U.S.-backed solution to stabilize Iraq and Syria. A leading House member has dismissed a plan by President Barack Obama to fight Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. House […]

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Iran confirms: We ‘are directly supporting’ group that toppled pro-U.S. Yemen government

Shi'ite Houthi supporters demonstrators against the government in Sanaa, Yemen on Sept. 9, 2014. / Mohammed Huwais / AFP

Special to NICOSIA — Iran has taken credit for the training and arming of Shi’ite rebels in Yemen. A senior military official said the Teheran regime has provided assistance to Ansar Allah, the Shi’ite rebel movement that toppled the […]

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ISIL advances on Baghdad airport, fires at civilian airliners

Baghdad International Airport.

Special to BAGHDAD — Islamic State of Iraq and Levant, stuck on the ground in much of the north, has begun firing at civilian aircraft around the Iraqi capital. Iraqi sources said ISIL fighters were firing at civilian aircraft […]

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UN ready to rebuild Gaza, but $5.4 billion in pledges failed to materialize

Palestinians at Friday prayers east of Gaza City, on Jan. 23. / Suhaib Salem / Reuters

Special to GAZA CITY — The United Nations reports that virtually none of the $5.4 billion pledged for the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip has come through. The UN Refugee and Works Agency reported the halt in the international […]

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