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UAE says to station F-16s in Jordan to support strikes on IS

UAE says to station F-16s in Jordan to support strikes on IS

The United Arab Emirates on Saturday ordered a squadron of F-16 warplanes to be stationed in Jordan to support it in strikes against the Islamic State group. The federation's official WAM news agency said Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahayan, deputy head of the...

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Turkish spymaster Fidan resigns to contest general election: sources

Turkish spymaster Fidan resigns to contest general election: sources

(Reuters) - The head of Turkey's intelligence service, Hakan Fidan, one of President Tayyip Erdogan's closest confidants, has resigned to run in a parliamentary election in June, two senior Turkish officials said on Saturday. Fidan, who played a key role in trying to stop the...

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United Arab Emirates to rejoin air campaign against ISIS

United Arab Emirates to rejoin air campaign against ISIS

MUNICH (The NY Times)— The United Arab Emirates has informed the United States that it plans to resume its participation in the American-led airstrikes against the Islamic State group, a senior State Department official said Friday. One of the Arab allies in the military...

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Egyptian military kills 27 militants in the Sinai

Egyptian military kills 27 militants in the Sinai

(Reuters) - Military air strikes killed 27 Islamic militants in Egypt's Northern Sinai on Friday in one of the biggest security operations in the region in months, security sources said. Apache helicopters targeted militants from the Sinai Province group, which pledges...

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 Jordan’s Queen Rania joins march for murdered pilot

Jordan’s Queen Rania joins march for murdered pilot

Queen Rania joined thousands of people who turned out after midday prayers in Jordan’s capital Friday to express their solidarity with the pilot murdered by the Islamic State (IS) group. Wearing a black suit and a red-and-white checked keffiyeh over her shoulders, she mixed with the...

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EU must agree on intercepting Skype to help stop returning militants: report

EU must agree on intercepting Skype to help stop returning militants: report

(Reuters) - EU member states must develop a common approach to lawfully intercept services such as Skype to stem the flow of European citizens returning from Syria radicalized and trained, the bloc's agency on judicial cooperation said. Since the Islamist attacks against...

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Gaza militants condemn Egypt's branding of Hamas as terror group

Gaza militants condemn Egypt's branding of Hamas as terror group

(Reuters) - In a statement read by a masked gunman, 10 armed Palestinian factions jointly condemned on Thursday an Egyptian decision to list the military wing of the Islamist group Hamas as a terrorist organization. An Egyptian court last week banned the Izz el-Deen Al-Qassam...

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 Jordanian jets return after striking IS targets in Syria -sources

Jordanian jets return after striking IS targets in Syria -sources

(Reuters) - Jordanian fighter jets pounded Islamic State hideouts in Syria on Thursday and then roared over the hometown of a pilot killed by the militants while King Abdullah consoled the victim's family below. Witnesses overheard the monarch telling the pilot's father the...

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King of Jordan visits family of pilot murdered by ISIL

King of Jordan visits family of pilot murdered by ISIL

(Euronews)- The King of Jordan has visited the family of the captured pilot murdered by ISIL militants. King Abdullah II travelled to Karak, south of Amman, to present his condolences. He also promised the family of Lieutenant Muath al-Kaseasbeh that his death would...

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  Ghannouchi expects Saudi mediation in Egypt, Syria

Ghannouchi expects Saudi mediation in Egypt, Syria

Rachid Ghannouchi, the head of Tunisia's Ennahda Islamist movement, predicted that the new leadership of Gulf powerhouse Saudi Arabia will adopt a mediatory role in Egypt and Syria. "I expect [new] King Salman bin Abdulaziz to lead reconciliation efforts in the region and...

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King won't take part in anti-ISIL strikes: Jordan

King won't take part in anti-ISIL strikes: Jordan

The Jordanian government denied on Thursday that King Abdullah II would personally take part in airstrikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militant group. "Information disseminated over news and social media outlets about the king's participation in airstrikes...

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NATO official: alliance to beef up response force

NATO official: alliance to beef up response force

  BRUSSELS: NATO's is set to more than double the size of its Response Force in response to Russian actions in Ukraine and the challenge of Islamic extremism, the head of the military alliance announced Thursday. NATO secretary-general Jens...

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Pentagon nominee vows to resolve Jordan arms sales delays

Pentagon nominee vows to resolve Jordan arms sales delays

(Reuters) - President Barack Obama ' s nominee for defense secretary on Wednesday vowed to cut through "red tape" slowing U.S. arms deliveries to Jordan, which plans to step up its fight against Islamic State after the killing of a captured Jordanian pilot. Ashton...

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Jordan’s King Abdullah vows ‘relentless’ war against Isis

Jordan’s King Abdullah vows ‘relentless’ war against Isis

(The Guardian)- Jordan’s King Abdullah has vowed a relentless war against Islamic State on their own territory, a day after Isis released a video showing a captured Jordanian pilot being burned alive . “We are waging this war to protect our faith, our values and human...

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UAE stops airstrikes in anti-Islamic State coalition: U.S. officials

UAE stops airstrikes in anti-Islamic State coalition: U.S. officials

(Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates has withdrawn from flying air strikes in the U.S.-led international coalition campaign against Islamic State fighters, who are occupying parts of Iraq and Syria, U.S. officials said on Wednesday. The officials, who spoke on condition of...

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Clerics denounce burning alive of pilot as un-Islamic

Clerics denounce burning alive of pilot as un-Islamic

  (Reuters) - Muslim clerics widely denounced Islamist militants in Syria over the burning to death of a Jordanian pilot, saying such a form of killing was considered an abomination under Islam, no matter the justification. Islamic State militants released a video on...

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Jordan executes two Iraqi militants in response to pilot's death

Jordan executes two Iraqi militants in response to pilot's death

(Reuters) - Jordan executed by hanging on Wednesday a jailed Iraqi woman militant hours after Islamic State fighters released a video appearing to show a captured Jordanian pilot being burnt alive in a cage, a security source and state television said. The militants had...

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Egypt could free jailed journalist Fahmy within hours: Al Jazeera

Egypt could free jailed journalist Fahmy within hours: Al Jazeera

(Reuters) - Egypt could free Canadian-Egyptian journalist Mohamed Fahmy within hours, Qatar-based news channel Al Jazeera English reported on Tuesday. Fahmy's colleague, Peter Greste, an Australian citizen, was released on Sunday. A third journalist, Baher Mohamed, an...

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