Thousands of additional U.S. troops heading for Middle East: officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is sending nearly 3,000 additional troops to the Middle East from the 82nd Airborne Division as a precaution amid rising threats to American... Read more »

Iran earthquake hits near Bushehr nuclear power plant

The quake occurred just after 5 a.m. local time, 44 kilometers (27 miles) southeast of the city of Borazjan in Bushehr province, at a depth of 38.3 kilometers (23.7... Read more »

Benjamin Netanyahu wins Likud party leadership race

An hour after polls closed Thursday night, Netanyahu tweeted, “Huge victory! I thank the Likud members for the trust, the support and the love. With god’s help and with... Read more »

Israel heads for third election and Netanyahu clings to power

The Knesset had until midnight Wednesday to agree on a politician who could command the support of 61 out of the 120 members of Israel’s parliament. When no one... Read more »

At least 13 killed in car bomb explosion in northern Syria

No one has claimed responsibility for the explosion at a market in Tal Abyad near the Turkish border. Turkey’s defense ministry blamed the armed Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG)... Read more »

How ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi became a feared preacher of hate

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been all of these, and now — after he was killed in a raid by US troops — he leaves behind a trail of ghastly... Read more »

Kurdish politician and 10 others killed by ‘Turkish-backed militia’ in Syria, SDF claims

The Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army or FSA (also called the Syrian National Army), have denied those claims. CNN cannot independently verify the videos. A video circulating on social media... Read more »

UK-flagged tanker leaves Iranian port after being held for months

The ship sailed from Bandar Abbas port at 9 a.m. local time, Iran’s state-run news agency IRNA reported. The company operating the ship, Stena Bulk, also confirmed the tanker’s... Read more »

Israel election: Netanyahu in limbo as exit polls show tight contest

Just after polling stations closed across Israel, the country’s three main TV stations flashed the result of their individual exit polls — showing Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party neck and... Read more »

Saudia Arabia: ‘High probability’ oil attack launched from Iranian base — source

The attack involved cruise missiles — along with drones — flying at low altitude, the source said, and their trajectory was from the north of the Abqaiq oil plant,... Read more »