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The changing French alliance

WASHINGTON, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- French President Francois Hollande's state visit to the United States this week (without any lady friend in tow) is being touted as a revival of America's oldest alliance. The trouble will be in the newest areas of commerce.
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Syrian government agrees to attend second round of peace talks

Syrian government agrees to attend second round of peace talks

HOMS, Syria, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Syria's government will participate in a second round of peace talks with rebel representatives in Switzerland next week, a government official said Friday.

McCain says Maliki needs to 'reach out' to Iraq's Sunnis

WASHINGTON, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. John McCain said Sunday Iraq's prime minister would have to reach out to his rivals if he wanted to improve the country's security situation.

State Department designates African group as terrorists

WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- The U.S. State Department said Wednesday it has designated the al-Mulathamun Battalion and an associated group a terrorist organization.

Analysts: Accord with Iran could ease Sunni-Shiite bloodshed

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- There's more riding on a U.S. reconciliation with Iran than just convincing Tehran to scale back its murky and widely feared nuclear program, analysts say.

Saudis 'turn to Pakistan to train army for Syria war'

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Saudi Arabia, disillusioned with its longtime U.S. ally over the failure to take military action against Syrian President Bashar Assad, is reported to be seeking to form its own rebel army to overthrow the Damascus regime backed by Riyadh's rival Iran.

Iraq's Maliki gets U.S. arms, but no Apache gunships

BAGHDAD, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Iraqi strongman Nouri al-Maliki does not appear to be getting the Apache attack helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles he's pressed U.S. President Barack Obama for to bolster Baghdad's struggle against al-Qaida insurgents, but he's still expected to get other weapons systems despite the misgivings of U.S. lawmakers.

Iraqi government executes 17 terror suspects

BAGHDAD, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- The Iraqi government has executed 17 people mostly on terrorist-related charges, the country's Ministry of Justice said Monday.
Yemen says it foiled al-Qaida plot to attack energy facilities, port

Yemen says it foiled al-Qaida plot to attack energy facilities, port

SANAA, Yemen, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- An al-Qaida plot to attack and seize strategic locations in Yemen has been foiled, a spokesman for the country's prime minister said Wednesday.
With verdict near, Manning supporters rally to his defense

With verdict near, Manning supporters rally to his defense

FORT MEADE, Md., July 29 (UPI) -- Protesters in 40 cities across the world are engaging in an International Day of Action in support of Bradley Manning, the U.S. soldier and WikiLeaks source.
Syria: Obama mulls no-fly zone, Russia sends missiles

Syria: Obama mulls no-fly zone, Russia sends missiles

BEIRUT, Lebanon, May 29 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama has reportedly asked the Pentagon to draw up plans for a Syrian no-fly zone to cut off the Damascus regime's arms supplies.
Rebels denounce merger of Syrian extremist fighters with al-Qaida

Rebels denounce merger of Syrian extremist fighters with al-Qaida

ALEPPO, Syria, April 13 (UPI) -- A coalition of Syrian insurgent groups has backed away from a more radical group that has allied itself with a branch of al-Qaida in Iraq, officials say.

Iraq, Syria al-Qaida union spells trouble

BAGHDAD, April 10 (UPI) -- The merger of al-Qaida in Iraq and the al-Nusra Front in Syria is a harbinger of advances for militant Islam in the Middle East, underlining how the Syrian civil war has become the catalyst for transnational jihadist forces that could threaten both Israel and Iran.

3rd generation al-Qaida is 'deadliest yet'

BEIRUT, Lebanon, April 3 (UPI) -- Despite Western claims that al-Qaida's on the ropes, counter-terrorism experts warn that jihadist forces remain as dangerous as ever.

Cradle of Arab Spring fears jihadist surge

TUNIS, Tunisia, April 2 (UPI) -- Tunisian jihadists are flocking to Syria to fight alongside Islamist forces fighting to topple the Damascus regime, just as they did in Iraq in 2003.
Transcript of Obama SOTU

Transcript of Obama SOTU

WASHINGTON, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- The following is President Barack Obama's State of the Union address delivered Tuesday at the U.S. Capitol:

Al-Qaida car bomb kills 8 in Yemen

SANAA, Yemen, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Al Qaida is being blamed for a suicide car bomb in central Yemen that killed at least eight government soldiers, military officials said.

After Amenas, risk of energy raids grows

ALGIERS, Algeria, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- The bloodbath at a major natural gas complex in Algeria has raised concerns that other key energy centers across the Middle East could now become targets for Islamist militants.

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France to send additional troops to Mali

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- France will send nearly 2,000 additional troops to Mali to assist the country's army until African troops arrive, President Francois Hollande said Tuesday.

In Mali, an old war on terror reignites

BAMAKO, Mali, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- French military operations in Mali against Islamist militants who have carved out a desert sanctuary in the north of the country could trigger a new wave of terrorist attacks on Western Europe, a war that began long before the carnage of Sept. 11, 2001.

Pakistan to review U.S. military agreement

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, May 14 (UPI) -- Pakistan has called for a review of its agreement to work with U.S. military forces in the aftermath of the raid that killed al Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.
Obama salutes tolerance at 9/11 ceremony

Obama salutes tolerance at 9/11 ceremony

ARLINGTON, Va., Sept. 11 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama said Saturday that Americans remain united and committed to liberty nine years after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Suspected suicide bomber arrested in Yemen

SANAA, Yemen, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- A 25-year-old man with an explosives-equipped belt was arrested, allegedly on his way to carry out a suicide mission for al-Qaida, Yemeni officials said Friday.

AQAP target of Yemeni raids

SANAA, Yemen, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Security forces stormed al-Qaida positions in the Yemeni province of Abyan, killing seven militants in the raid, Yemeni security officials said.
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