President Barack Obama on Tuesday ordered about 350 more US troops to Baghdad to protect American diplomatic facilities and staff in the Iraqi capital, the White House said.
The announcement came hours after the so-called Islamic State (also known as ISIL) released another video showing a masked terrorist with a British accent beheading a US journalist.
The footage released Tuesday purports to show the execution of Steven Sotloff at the hands of an IS member. In the same video, the radical Islamist group threatened to execute British national David Cawthorne Haines next unless its demands were met. The murder of Sotloff came a few weeks after US journalist James Foley was executed in the same manner.
As Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and US Secretary of State John Kerry push for a renewal of Israeli-Palestinian talks, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continues to publicly focus on regional threats rather than possible negotiations.
Netanyahu stressed the need for US-Israeli cooperation in facing radical Islam when he spoke Monday before a private meeting in Jerusalem with visiting US congressmen Dana Rohrabacher (R-California) and Gregory Meeks (D-New York).
“We are closely following the situation on the Golan Heights, where al-Nusra terrorists kidnapped UN observers,” Netanyahu said. “I think that the UN would do itself a great favor if instead of automatically attacking Israel, it would turn its attention, and its investigation committees, toward the terrorists who are trampling the values and norms upon which the UN was founded.”
Large land tract in Gush Etzion to be declared state land, COGAT announces • Move comes in wake of kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teens not far from the land in question • Bennett: This is an answer to terrorism. Hamas murders and we build.
The Coordinator for Government Activities in the Territories announced on Sunday that nearly 1,000 acres in the community of Gvaot in Judea would be declared state land.
According to a statement issued by COGAT head Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai, the move constituted a continuation of "instructions from the political echelon when Operation Brother's Keeper ended."
The decision to declare the area state land came after the Civil Administration conducted a thorough check into the matter of the land's ownership. Before the Civil Administration began researching the ownership, a process that took a number of years, the land in question had not been declared the property of the state.
King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has warned that Western countries will be the next target of the radical jihadists sweeping through Syria and Iraq, unless there is "rapid" action to curb their growth.
"If we ignore them, I am sure they will reach Europe in a month and America in another month," he said in remarks quoted on Saturday by Asharq al-Awsat daily and Saudi-backed Al-Arabiya television station.
Speaking at a welcoming ceremony on Friday for new ambassadors – including a new envoy from Saudi ally the United States – King Abdullah warned of the threat posed by resurgent terror movements: "Terrorism knows no border and its danger could affect several countries outside the Middle East."
The contrast between Friday’s press conference in London by British Prime Minister David Cameron and Thursday’s White House remarks by President Obama could not have been starker.
Mr. Cameron delivered a robust assessment of the scale of the Islamist threat to Great Britain and to the free world.
He told journalists assembled at Downing Street that “what we are facing in Iraq now with ISIL (Islamic State) is a greater threat to our security than we have seen before.”
While David Cameron appeared self-assured and determined in his approach, Barack Obama came across as a deer in the headlights, unable to outline a coherent U.S. response to a rapidly growing crisis in the Middle East.
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