A senior Kurdish fighter said Thursday that militants from Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) were closing in on the town of Kobani along the Syria-Turkey border and that his men were preparing for street battles.
Former President George W. Bush said that America has learned its “lesson” that Iraqis are not yet capable of providing their own security and said the current military strikes against ISIS show Iraq still needs U.S. support.
Afghanistan swore in Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai as its second elected president on Monday, embarking on a new era with a national unity government which quickly signed an agreement with the United States that would guarantee a continuing American military presence to help confront a resilient Taliban insurgency.
Deputy National Security Advisor Tony Blinken said that President Obama is avoiding the “trap” of putting ground troops in the fight against ISIS, saying that U.S. boots on the ground is “exactly what al Qaeda wants.”
Iranian President Hasan Rouhani said Western media continues to spout “false claims” and vilify the Islamic religion, saying that Muslims view such accusations as “part of an Islamophobic project.”
A senior United Arab Emirates diplomat says the Gulf federation’s first female air force pilot helped carry out airstrikes against Islamic State militants earlier this week.
The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations says America doesn’t have to be perpetually at war, but it must take on the surging Islamic State group.
Mountaineer Herve Gourdel was kidnapped Sunday while hiking in Algeria. A splinter group from al-Qaida posted a video saying his death was revenge for French participation in airstrikes against the Islamic State.
President Barack Obama declared that the world is at a “crossroads between war and peace” Wednesday vowing to lead a coalition to dismantle the Islamic State militant group’s “network of death.”
Declaring the world at a crossroads between war and peace, President Barack Obama vowed at the U.N. on Wednesday to lead a coalition to dismantle an Islamic State “network of death” that has wreaked havoc in the Middle East and drawn the U.S. back into military action in the region.