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US 'sending arms directly' to Kurds

The US government is directly supplying weapons to Kurdish fighters to help them fight Sunni militants, in a deepening of America's military involvement in Iraq, US government sources said yesterday. The supply of weapons to Iraqi Kurdistan comes as Kurdish fighters struggle to stem advances by militants from the Islamic State, an al-Qaeda offshoot. The sources said the weapons were supplied by the Central Intelligence Agency but that the Department of Defence may soon start arming the Kurdish fighters, who regained...

Iraq conflict: Obama vows to stop jihadist state

Iraq conflict: Obama vows to stop jihadist state

US President Barack Obama has said he will not allow jihadists to carve out a "caliphate" straddling Syria and Iraq. On Friday, the US began launching air strikes on fighters of the Islamic State (IS) in northern Iraq. Obama said there would be further air strikes if necessary but no US military operation on...

Obama authorises air strikes on Iraq

Obama authorises air strikes on Iraq

US President Barack Obama says he has authorised air strikes against Islamic militants in northern Iraq, if they threaten US interests or to prevent the slaughter of religious minorities. However, the president said US troops would be not be sent back to Iraq. The US has already made humanitarian air drops to Iraqis under threat...

Obama warns Israel amid rising Gaza death toll

Obama warns Israel amid rising Gaza death toll

US President Barack Obama has backed Israeli's right to self-defence, but warned against escalation in Gaza. Speaking to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday, he underlined his support for Israel's right to defend itself against Palestinian militants. But he said he was "deeply concerned" about civilian losses, with the Palestinian death toll now over 300. UN...

US deploys warship amid Iraq crisis

US deploys warship amid Iraq crisis

The US says it is sending a warship into the Gulf to provide President Obama with military options should the situation in Iraq deteriorate further. US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered the USS George HW Bush, which carries dozens of fighter jets, to be moved from the North Arabian Sea. Meanwhile, Iran says it could...

US unveils $1bn Europe security plan

US unveils $1bn Europe security plan

President Barack Obama has announced plans for a $1bn (£600m) fund to increase US military deployments to Europe, during a visit to Poland. Obama, who will meet Nato leaders amid concerns over the Ukraine crisis, said the security of America's European allies was "sacrosanct". In April, 150 US soldiers were sent to Poland for military...

Obama hails 'new era' in US-Malaysia ties

Obama hails 'new era' in US-Malaysia ties

President Barack Obama has said the US and Malaysia are at the start of a "new era of partnership", on the second day of his official visit. Obama was speaking at a state banquet with Malaysian King Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah. He is due to meet Prime Minister Najib Razak later. It is the first...

Putin calls Obama to discuss Ukraine

Putin calls Obama to discuss Ukraine

Russia's Vladimir Putin has telephoned President Barack Obama to discuss the US proposal for a diplomatic solution to the crisis in Ukraine. Obama suggested that Russia put a concrete response in writing, the White House said in a statement. According to the Kremlin, Putin suggested examining how the situation could be stabilised. Russia's annexation of Crimea...

Obama to propose ending NSA's phone call sweep

Obama to propose ending NSA's phone call sweep

The White House wants the National Security Agency to get out of the business of sweeping up and storing vast amounts of data on Americans' phone calls. The Obama administration this week is expected to propose that Congress overhaul the electronic surveillance program by having phone companies hold onto the call records as they...

Venezuela bid for US 'peace meeting'

Venezuela bid for US 'peace meeting'

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro has urged the United States to discuss "peace and sovereignty" in a high level commission mediated by the Union of South American Nations (Unasur). Maduro also asked President Obama not to heed US factions that allegedly want to kill the Venezuelan leader. Venezuela blames the United States for the anti-government protests...

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