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Airstrikes Likely Hit ISIS Bosses: Officials

Unclear whether top figure was among them

(Newser) - US airstrikes have hit a convoy of trucks which, officials believe, were carrying some ISIS leaders, US officials tell the AP . Rumors have suggested that the group's top figure, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, may have been among the leaders, the New York Times reports; neither Iraqi nor US officials could... More »

ISIS Oil Sites Pounded for 2nd Day

FBI: Only 12 Americans fighting in Syria

(Newser) - The US-led anti-ISIS coalition has hit the militant group in the wallet for a second day, carrying out more airstrikes on the oil production facilities in eastern Syria believed to make millions of dollars a day for the group. Activists say that ISIS has started to cut back on the... More »

7 Questions About the ISIS Airstrikes, Answered

Why Raqqa, and more

(Newser) - The US and five Middle Eastern allies have begun airstrikes against ISIS in Syria , with the military reporting 22 airstrikes in the country—though they didn't all target ISIS. Who else was in our crosshairs? The answer to that, and more:
  • Did Syria get a heads-up? It says it
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US Strike Near Baghdad Marks New Phase in Fight

Strikes on ISIS were in direct support of Iraqi military

(Newser) - An American airstrike in Iraq yesterday was the 162nd since early August—but unlike the previous 161, this one took place near Baghdad and marked what Central Command calls the start of "our expanded efforts beyond protecting our own people and humanitarian missions," the Guardian reports. The strike... More »

Majority of Americans Want to Hit ISIS

Obama poised for speech as poll shows Americans fear new attack

(Newser) - Some six in 10 Americans say they would support a strike against ISIS, as President Obama appears to be moving toward such a hit . The figure comes from an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll that also finds Americans feeling unsafe: Some 47% of the country now feels the US is... More »

Al-Shabab Militants Have New Leader After US Airstrike

Attack killed former spiritual leader Ahmed Abdi Godane

(Newser) - Somalian Islamic extremist rebels al-Shabab named Abu Ubeid Ahmed Omar to be their new leader following the killing of the previous leader by a US airstrike , said a commander of the group. The Somali militants unanimously selected Omar today at a meeting in an undisclosed location in Somalia, said rebel... More »

Eye on ISIS, US Begins Flights Over Syria

Regime warns against striking ISIS without its consent

(Newser) - Less than a year after President Obama made the case for striking Bashar al-Assad's regime in Syria , the US now appears poised for strikes on one of the regime's opponents. Obama authorized manned and unmanned surveillance flights over Syria over the weekend to gather intelligence on ISIS militants,... More »

Strike Kills Hamas Leader's Wife, Son

Israel suspends Cairo talks

(Newser) - An Israeli airstrike has killed the wife and young son of Hamas military leader Mohammed Deif, the group says, per the Wall Street Journal . Hamas says Israel was targeting Deif himself, though it's not clear whether he was killed in the strike, the BBC notes. Deif, who has allegedly... More »

Obama's Big Foreign Policy Regret? Gadhafi

Not the ousting of him, but its aftermath, he tells Thomas Friedman

(Newser) - In a wide-ranging interview with Thomas Friedman of the New York Times , the president reveals what might be his biggest regret in foreign policy: Libya. Obama says the US made the right move in joining the coalition to overthrow Moammar Gadhafi, but it didn't do enough to manage the... More »

Israel, Hamas Trade Blame as Blasts Rock Gaza Hospital, Park

At least 10 killed, 9 of them kids, as each side blames other

(Newser) - Explosions have hit Gaza City's main hospital and a nearby park, killing at least nine children and an adult in the latter, reports the AP . But the source of those explosions is anybody's guess: Hamas claims they were Israeli airstrikes, while the Israeli Defense Force says they were... More »

Israel to Gaza Residents: Flee Before Airstrikes

Meanwhile, UN calls for a cease-fire

(Newser) - The Israeli military says it is ordering Palestinians living in the northern Gaza Strip to evacuate the area "for their own safety." In a statement today, the military said it would send messages to residents overnight to leave the area. Brig. Gen. Motti Almoz, the chief military spokesman,... More »

Israel: We're Preparing for Ground Invasion

Though it says no such Gaza Strip invasion is imminent

(Newser) - In what Reuters is calling the "worst outbreak of violence along the Gaza frontier since an eight-day war in 2012," the Israeli military today struck at least 50 sites in the Gaza Strip by air and sea—and mobilized 1,500 reservists for a potential ground invasion, though... More »

Israel Pounds Gaza After Teens Found Dead

Military blows up homes of kidnap suspects

(Newser) - After the bodies of three kidnapped Israeli teens were found near where they were last seen in the West bank, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed that "Hamas will pay" —and within hours, Israeli jets and helicopters began dozens of airstrikes on the Hamas-run Gaza Strip. There were at... More »

Iraq Wants US Airstrikes, but US Wants Maliki Out

Battle for biggest refinery still raging

(Newser) - Did somebody say "regime change?" American lawmakers have stepped up their criticism of Nouri al-Maliki even as his government pleads for US help against the insurgency threatening to rip Iraq apart. Administration officials have made it clear that they want the country to have a new government that doesn'... More »

US: We'll Help Iraq, but No Ground Troops

Beyond that, Obama says 'all the options' are on the table

(Newser) - As insurgents aligned with al-Qaeda continue to make huge gains in Iraq, President Obama said today that the US is poised to provide military help of some kind, reports the LA Times . "I don’t rule out anything because we do have a stake in making sure that these... More »

Child Reportedly Killed in Israeli Strike on Gaza

Strike launched in retaliation for sniper killing

(Newser) - Israel launched an airstrike in the Gaza Strip today, in retaliation for the shooting of an Israeli working on the border fence, the Israeli military said, according to the AP . The military gave no hint as to its target or how many casualties it may have inflicted, but Hamas security... More »

Deadly Mistake: Airstrike Hits Yemen Wedding Convoy

But suspected al-Qaeda fighters may have been in party, says one official

(Newser) - Apparently wedding parties look a lot like al-Qaeda convoys from the air? In what local media is calling a drone attack, at least 13 people were killed on their way to a wedding in Yemen yesterday; another 5 were injured, the AP reports. Reuters puts the death toll at 15.... More »

Israel Strikes Syria Base: US Official

Warplanes hit Russian missiles: reports

(Newser) - Israeli planes struck a Syrian military base housing missiles, a White House official tells CNN ; Israel was reportedly concerned the missiles—which the AP says were of Russian origin—could be passed to Hezbollah. Israel's government hasn't confirmed the attack, though regional reports pointed to a blast at... More »

Israel Again Strikes Syria

Targets missiles believed headed for Hezbollah

(Newser) - Israel has again struck Syria , this time in a series of airstrikes in and around Damascus last night that targeted a shipment of Iranian-made missiles Israel believed were headed Hezbollah's way. "In last night's attack, as in the previous one, what was attacked were stores of Fateh-110... More »

NATO Airstrike Kills at Least 10 Kids: Afghanistan

During fierce fighting in Kunar province

(Newser) - At least 11 civilians have been killed in a NATO airstrike yesterday in eastern Afghanistan, reports the AP . The number of dead ranges widely, but a local official in Kunar province says that they include at least 10 children and one woman. Their deaths occurred yesterday when the airstrike destroyed... More »

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