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Freed journalist Peter Theo Curtis 'overwhelmed with emotion'

Freed journalist Peter Theo Curtis 'overwhelmed with emotion'

BOSTON, Aug. 27 (UPI) --Freed American journalist Peter Theo Curtis told reporters he was "overwhelmed with emotion" after returning to the United States.
Aileen Graef
U.S. Rep. Justin Amash lashes out at opponent after primary win

U.S. Rep. Justin Amash lashes out at opponent after primary win

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Aug. 6 (UPI) --U.S. Rep. Justin Amash demanded an apology from his challenger, Brian Ellis,
Frances Burns
The new MAD: An era of assured disruption

The new MAD: An era of assured disruption

Ullman: The threat of violent Islamism can be controlled; many of our policies only intrude further on individual liberties without reducing the actual danger.
Harlan Ullman

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.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus
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.
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Iraqi's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki shows pictures of Abu Omar al-Baghdadi after he was killed by Iraqi forces, supported by U.S. forces, on April 19, 2010. Al-Baghdadi was one of two top al-Qaida leaders killed in Iraq. UPI/Iraqi Government/HO
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