MILITANTS - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/MILITANTS News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) 49 Turkish hostages freed from Islamic State http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58436872-68/hostages-turkey-militants-turkish.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58436872-68/hostages-turkey-militants-turkish.html.csp">49 Turkish hostages freed from Islamic State</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By SUZAN FRASER and RAPHAEL SATTER</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-20T21:05:32.254-06:00">Updated Sep 20, 2014 09:05PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Ankara, Turkey • Turkish authorities say they have freed 49 hostages from one of the world’s most ruthless militant groups without firing a shot, paying a ransom or offering a quid pro quo. But as the well-dressed men and women captured by the Islamic State group more than three months ago clasped their families Saturday on the tarmac of the Turkish capital’s airport, experts had doubts about the government’s story. The official explanation “sounds a bit too good to be true,” said Sinan Ulgen, ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-584368722014-09-20T21:05:32.254-06:00" id="#license-2014-09-20T21:05:32.254-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58436872@www.sltrib.com Sat, 20 Sep 2014 21:05:32 MDT Turkish hostages freed, but questions linger http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58435737-68/hostages-turkey-turkish-islamic.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58435737-68/hostages-turkey-turkish-islamic.html.csp">Turkish hostages freed, but questions linger</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By SUZAN FRASER and RAPHAEL SATTER</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-20T10:49:07.692-06:00">Updated Sep 20, 2014 10:49AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Ankara, Turkey • Turkish authorities say they have freed 49 hostages from one of the world’s most ruthless militant groups without firing a shot, paying a ransom or offering a quid pro quo. But as the well-dressed men and women captured by the Islamic State group more than three months ago clasped their families Saturday on the tarmac of the Turkish capital’s airport, experts had serious doubts about the government’s story. The official explanation “sounds a bit too good to be true,” said Sinan ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-584357372014-09-20T10:49:07.692-06:00" id="#license-2014-09-20T10:49:07.692-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58435737@www.sltrib.com Sat, 20 Sep 2014 10:49:07 MDT Kurdish fighters seize villages from Islamic State fighters http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58417748-68/group-state-islamic-kurdish.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58417748-68/group-state-islamic-kurdish.html.csp">Kurdish fighters seize villages from Islamic State fighters</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By BASSEM MROUE</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-15T21:44:31.974-06:00">Updated Sep 15, 2014 09:44PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Beirut • Kurdish fighters captured more than a dozen villages from militants of the Islamic State group in heavy fighting across northeastern Syria, an activist group and a Kurdish official said Monday. The fighting in the mainly-Kurdish Hassakeh province came as diplomats at a Paris conference tried to agree on a global strategy to fight the extremist group, which has captured large tracts of territory in Iraq and Syria. Kurdish fighters have been repelling the advances of the Islamic State mi...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-584177482014-09-15T21:44:31.974-06:00" id="#license-2014-09-15T21:44:31.974-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58417748@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:44:31 MDT Iraq P.M. orders halt to shelling of civilian areas http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58410983-68/iraq-areas-baghdad-islamic.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58410983-68/iraq-areas-baghdad-islamic.html.csp">Iraq P.M. orders halt to shelling of civilian areas</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By SAMEER N. YACOUB</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-13T21:43:48.669-06:00">Updated Sep 13, 2014 09:43PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Baghdad • Iraq’s prime minister said Saturday he has ordered the army to stop shelling populated areas held by militants in order to spare the lives of “innocent victims” as the armed forces struggle to retake cities and towns seized by the Islamic State extremist group this summer. “I issued this order two days ago because we do not want to see more innocent victims falling in the places and provinces controlled by Daesh,” Haider al-Abadi told a news conference in Baghdad, referring to the Isla...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58410983@www.sltrib.com Sat, 13 Sep 2014 21:43:48 MDT Arab allies pledge to fight Islamic State http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58404063-68/state-iraq-islamic-group.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58404063-68/state-iraq-islamic-group.html.csp">Arab allies pledge to fight Islamic State</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By LARA JAKES </span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">and ADAM SCHRECK</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-11T20:35:20.672-06:00">Updated Sep 11, 2014 08:35PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Jiddah, Saudi Arabia • Key Arab allies promised Thursday to “do their share” to fight Islamic State militants, but NATO member Turkey refused to join in, signaling the struggle the U.S. faces in trying to get front-line nations to put aside their regional animosities and work together to defeat a common enemy. The Arab states’ endorsement of a broad strategy to stop the flow of fighters and funding to the insurgents, and possibly to join military action, came as the CIA doubled its assessment o...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-584040632014-09-11T20:35:20.672-06:00" id="#license-2014-09-11T20:35:20.672-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58404063@www.sltrib.com Thu, 11 Sep 2014 20:35:20 MDT Pres. Barack Obama’s request to combat militants draws support http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58402107-68/obama-president-speech-congress.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58402107-68/obama-president-speech-congress.html.csp">Pres. Barack Obama’s request to combat militants draws support</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By DAVID ESPO </span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">and BRADLEY KLAPPER</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-11T20:35:20.596-06:00">Updated Sep 11, 2014 08:35PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • On the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Republicans and Democrats in Congress voiced strong pre-election support Thursday for President Barack Obama’s call for new authority to combat Islamic State militants in the heart of the Middle East. “Over the next week, following a series of briefings, Congress will work with the administration to ensure that our forces have the resources they need to carry out these missions,” said Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. Majo...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-584021072014-09-11T20:35:20.596-06:00" id="#license-2014-09-11T20:35:20.596-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58402107@www.sltrib.com Thu, 11 Sep 2014 20:35:20 MDT Mitch McConnell: Obama needs plan for Islamic militants http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58397605-68/obama-needs-mcconnell-islamic.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58397605-68/obama-needs-mcconnell-islamic.html.csp">Mitch McConnell: Obama needs plan for Islamic militants</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-10T17:05:17.677-06:00">Updated Sep 10, 2014 05:05PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell says President Barack Obama is a rather reluctant commander in chief who needs a plan to defeat Islamic State terrorists. In remarks several hours Wednesday before Obama’s scheduled prime-time speech, the Kentucky lawmaker said the president needs to lay out a military strategy to defeat the terrorists, outline any funding and authorization he needs from Congress and rally public support. He added that if the threat from the militants require...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-583976052014-09-10T17:05:17.677-06:00" id="#license-2014-09-10T17:05:17.677-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58397605@www.sltrib.com Wed, 10 Sep 2014 17:05:17 MDT Obama to outline strategy to defeat Islamic State http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58389407-68/obama-militants-islamic-state.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58389407-68/obama-militants-islamic-state.html.csp">Obama to outline strategy to defeat Islamic State</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By LARA JAKES </span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">and JULIE PACE</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-08T17:43:01.772-06:00">Updated Sep 8, 2014 05:43PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • President Barack Obama will outline plans this week for an expanded U.S. campaign to defeat violent Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, a strategy that will also involve cooperation from allies in Europe, the Middle East and elsewhere. Obama will launch an aggressive effort to build support for his strategy on Capitol Hill and with the American public. He’ll meet with congressional leaders from both parties at the White House Tuesday, then deliver a speech detailing his stra...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-583894072014-09-08T17:43:01.772-06:00" id="#license-2014-09-08T17:43:01.772-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58389407@www.sltrib.com Mon, 08 Sep 2014 17:43:01 MDT U.S. launches airstrikes around Iraq’s Haditha Dam http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58385034-68/dam-airstrikes-militants-forces.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58385034-68/dam-airstrikes-militants-forces.html.csp">U.S. launches airstrikes around Iraq’s Haditha Dam</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By LOLITA C. BALDOR</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-07T10:13:20.925-06:00">Updated Sep 7, 2014 10:13AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Tbilisi, Georgia • The U.S. military said Sunday it launched airstrikes around Haditha Dam in western Iraq, targeting Islamic State insurgents there for the first time in a move to prevent the group from capturing the vital dam. The strikes represented a broadening of the U.S. campaign against the Islamic State militants, moving the military operations closer to the border of Syria, where the group also has been operating. Speaking in Georgia where he’s meeting with government and defense offici...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-583850342014-09-07T10:13:20.925-06:00" id="#license-2014-09-07T10:13:20.925-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58385034@www.sltrib.com Sun, 07 Sep 2014 10:13:20 MDT Arab League leader calls for confronting Islamic State http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58386565-68/arab-state-islamic-league.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58386565-68/arab-state-islamic-league.html.csp">Arab League leader calls for confronting Islamic State</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By SARAH EL DEEB </span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">and SAMEER N. YACOUB</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-07T20:04:47.839-06:00">Updated Sep 7, 2014 08:04PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Cairo • The head of the Arab League urged its members Sunday to confront Islamic State extremists “militarily and politically,” issuing an apparent call to arms as President Barack Obama prepares to go to lawmakers and the American public with his own plan to stop the militants. Backing from the 22-country Arab League could provide crucial support across the Middle East for Obama’s effort to assemble an international coalition against the Islamic State, the marauding group that has conquered a ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-583865652014-09-07T20:04:47.839-06:00" id="#license-2014-09-07T20:04:47.839-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58386565@www.sltrib.com Sun, 07 Sep 2014 20:04:47 MDT Obama to give speech Wednesday on Islamic State http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58385014-68/obama-state-islamic-threat.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58385014-68/obama-state-islamic-threat.html.csp">Obama to give speech Wednesday on Islamic State</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By DARLENE SUPERVILLE</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-07T10:05:19.385-06:00">Updated Sep 7, 2014 10:05AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • President Barack Obama will begin laying out a strategy this week to defeat Islamic State militants in the Middle East, meeting with congressional leaders Tuesday and giving a speech Wednesday, the eve of the 13th anniversary of the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil. Obama disclosed his plans during an interview broadcast Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “I just want the American people to understand the nature of the threat and how we’re going to deal with it and to have con...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-583850142014-09-07T10:05:19.385-06:00" id="#license-2014-09-07T10:05:19.385-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58385014@www.sltrib.com Sun, 07 Sep 2014 10:05:19 MDT NATO allies agree to take on Islamic State threat http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58379381-68/state-nato-coalition-group.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58379381-68/state-nato-coalition-group.html.csp">NATO allies agree to take on Islamic State threat</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-05T17:24:30.465-06:00">Updated Sep 5, 2014 05:24PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Newport, Wales • The U.S. and 10 of its key allies agreed Friday that the Islamic State group is a significant threat to NATO countries and that they will take on the militants by squeezing their financial resources and going after them with military might. With the Islamic State militants spreading across eastern Syria and northern and western Iraq, President Barack Obama noted that the moderate Syrian rebels fighting both the group and the government of Bashar Assad are “outgunned and outmann...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-583793812014-09-05T17:24:30.465-06:00" id="#license-2014-09-05T17:24:30.465-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58379381@www.sltrib.com Fri, 05 Sep 2014 17:24:30 MDT Some Christians arm as Mideast perils mount http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58377766-68/christians-syria-christian-iraq.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58377766-68/christians-syria-christian-iraq.html.csp">Some Christians arm as Mideast perils mount</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By BASSEM MROUE and ZEINA KARAM</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-05T08:55:02.39-06:00">Updated Sep 5, 2014 08:55AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">QAA, Lebanon • Every day around sunset, dozens of residents of this small Lebanese Christian village on the border carry their automatic rifles and deploy on surrounding hills, taking up positions and laying ambushes in case Muslim extremists from neighboring Syria attack. “We all know that if they come, they will slit our throats for no reason,” said one villager as he drove through the streets of Qaa, an assault rifle resting next to him. For months, Lebanese Christians have watched with dread...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58377766@www.sltrib.com Fri, 05 Sep 2014 08:55:02 MDT Leaders: U.S., U.K. will ‘not be cowed’ by militants http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58375624-68/nato-obama-state-cameron.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58375624-68/nato-obama-state-cameron.html.csp">Leaders: U.S., U.K. will ‘not be cowed’ by militants</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By JULIE PACE</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-04T19:24:58.44-06:00">Updated Sep 4, 2014 07:24PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Newport, Wales • NATO leaders grappled Thursday with whether the alliance has a role in containing a mounting militant threat in the Middle East, as heads of state converged in Wales for a high-stakes summit also focused on the crisis in Ukraine and next steps in Afghanistan. President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron declared that their nations would “not be cowed” by extremists from the Islamic State group who have claimed responsibility for killing two American journalis...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-583756242014-09-04T19:24:58.44-06:00" id="#license-2014-09-04T19:24:58.44-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58375624@www.sltrib.com Thu, 04 Sep 2014 19:24:58 MDT Report accuses Islamic State group of war crimes http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58364485-68/iraq-group-report-islamic.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58364485-68/iraq-group-report-islamic.html.csp">Report accuses Islamic State group of war crimes</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By SINAN SALAHEDDIN and DIAA HADID</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-02T10:52:09.616-06:00">Updated Sep 2, 2014 10:52AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Baghdad • An international rights group accused the extremist Islamic State group on Tuesday of systematic “ethnic cleansing” in northern Iraq targeting indigenous religious minorities, as well as conducting mass killings of men and abducting women. In a new report, Amnesty International said militants abducted “hundreds, if not thousands” of women and girls of the Yazidi faith. The extremists also killed “hundreds” of Yazidi men and boys, Amnesty said. In at least one incident, the report said ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-583644852014-09-02T10:52:09.616-06:00" id="#license-2014-09-02T10:52:09.616-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58364485@www.sltrib.com Tue, 02 Sep 2014 10:52:09 MDT 6 militants killed in U.S. Somalia strike http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58364319-68/shabab-godane-somalia-killed.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58364319-68/shabab-godane-somalia-killed.html.csp">6 militants killed in U.S. Somalia strike</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By ABDI GULED</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-02T20:05:08.32-06:00">Updated Sep 2, 2014 08:05PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Mogadishu, Somalia • U.S. airstrikes in Somalia may have killed the leader of the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab, with a militant commander saying Tuesday that he was in a car that was struck and that six people died. The leader, Ahmed Abdi Godane, has no heir apparent. If he has been killed, it would be a “significant blow” to al-Shabab’s organization and abilities, said U.S. Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby, a Pentagon spokesman, who confirmed the strikes targeting Godane. But Godane’s death coul...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-583643192014-09-02T20:05:08.32-06:00" id="#license-2014-09-02T20:05:08.32-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58364319@www.sltrib.com Tue, 02 Sep 2014 20:05:08 MDT Iraqi leader praises fighters for breaking militants’ grip on town http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58361194-68/shiite-forces-iraqi-militants.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58361194-68/shiite-forces-iraqi-militants.html.csp">Iraqi leader praises fighters for breaking militants’ grip on town</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By SAMEER N. YACOUB</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-01T20:57:07.053-06:00">Updated Sep 1, 2014 08:57PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Baghdad • Iraq’s outgoing prime minster pledged Monday to turn his country into “a big grave” for Sunni militants from the Islamic State group and commended security forces who achieved a rare victory over insurgents by ending the siege of a Shiite town. Nouri al-Maliki made the comments during an unannounced visit to the northern community of Amirli, where he was greeted with hugs. A day earlier, Iraqi forces backed by Iran-allied Shiite militias and U.S. airstrikes broke a two-month siege of ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-583611942014-09-01T20:57:07.053-06:00" id="#license-2014-09-01T20:57:07.053-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58361194@www.sltrib.com Mon, 01 Sep 2014 20:57:07 MDT Congress prods Obama to take decisive action against Islamic State threats http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58358553-68/state-islamic-feinstein-group.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58358553-68/state-islamic-feinstein-group.html.csp">Congress prods Obama to take decisive action against Islamic State threats</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By PHILIP ELLIOTT</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-31T21:55:47.167-06:00">Updated Aug 31, 2014 09:55PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • Leaders of the House and Senate intelligence committees on Sunday prodded President Barack Obama to take decisive action against what they say are growing threats from Islamic State militants on U.S. soil. The lawmakers, one Republican and one Democratic, offered bipartisan pressure on the White House to turn back the hazard of Islamist fighters who have taken control of vast swaths of Syria and Iraq. Those militants now are looking toward the United States or Western Europe for it...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-583585532014-08-31T21:55:47.167-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-31T21:55:47.167-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58358553@www.sltrib.com Sun, 31 Aug 2014 21:55:47 MDT Housing group: 20 years to rebuild Gaza http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58355047-68/gaza-israel-hamas-housing.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58355047-68/gaza-israel-hamas-housing.html.csp">Housing group: 20 years to rebuild Gaza</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By PETER ENAV</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-30T16:14:05.868-06:00">Updated Aug 30, 2014 04:14PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Gaza City, Gaza Strip • An international organization involved in assessing post-conflict reconstruction says it will take 20 years for Gaza’s battered and neglected housing stock to be rebuilt following the war between Hamas and Israel. The assessment by Shelter Cluster, co-chaired by the U.N. refugee agency and the Red Cross, underscores the complexities involved in an overall reconstruction program for the Gaza Strip, which some Palestinian officials have estimated could cost in excess of $6...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-583550472014-08-30T16:14:05.868-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-30T16:14:05.868-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58355047@www.sltrib.com Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:14:05 MDT U.S. warplanes bomb targets in northern Iraq http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58348747-68/iraq-airstrikes-islamic-northern.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58348747-68/iraq-airstrikes-islamic-northern.html.csp">U.S. warplanes bomb targets in northern Iraq</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-28T17:25:47.002-06:00">Updated Aug 28, 2014 05:25PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • U.S. fighter planes conducted five airstrikes against Islamic State targets in northern Iraq on Thursday, continuing a limited campaign aimed at helping Iraqi and Kurdish forces retake key territory and degrade the militants’ capability. U.S. Central Command said in a brief statement that the fighters destroyed a Humvee, a tank, four armed vehicles and a construction vehicle near the Mosul Dam on the Tigris River. They also damaged an Islamic State checkpoint. The attacks on Thursd...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-583487472014-08-28T17:25:47.002-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-28T17:25:47.002-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58348747@www.sltrib.com Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:25:47 MDT