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Gen. John Allen named as US envoy to anti-IS coalition


Gen. John Allen in 2012 (photo: Chad J. McNeeley, US Navy/DoD)

As part of the effort against the Islamic State group, US Secretary of State John Kerry formally announced Saturday that retired Marine Gen. John Allen was joining the State Department as a special presidential envoy to coordinate the international coalition. Allen worked with international allies as the top US commander in Afghanistan from 2011-2013.

President Barack Obama on Saturday condemned as a "barbaric murder" the slaying of British aid worker David Haines by Islamic State extremists. Haines was abducted last year in Syria, and extremists released a video on Saturday showing his beheading.

Netanyahu:
ISIS, Hamas, al-Qaida all branches of the same poison tree


(photo: Haim Zach, GPO)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned against the rising tide of extremism in the world on Sunday, asserting that the Islamic State, Hamas, al-Qaida, the Nusra Fronta, Boko Haram and Hezbollah are all "branches of the same poison tree."

Speaking during a meeting with a visiting Israel Bonds leadership delegation, Netanyahu said all of the groups in question share the same ideology.

"The main difference between ISIS [Islamic State] and Hamas is that these guys cut off heads, while the other guys shoot at heads."

Kerry opposes Iran role in anti-Islamic State coalition


Kerry and Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan meet in Ankara September 12, 2014.
(photo: Turkish Presidential Press Office via Reuters)

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday it was "not appropriate" for Iran to join talks on confronting Islamic State militants, as he appeared to play down how fast countries can commit to force or other steps in an emerging coalition.

Kerry met Turkish leaders to try to secure backing for U.S.-led action against Islamic State militants, but Ankara's reluctance to play a frontline role highlighted the difficulty of building a willing coalition for a complex military campaign in the heart of the Middle East.

As he tours the region to gather support for President Barack Obama's plan to strike both sides of the Syrian-Iraqi frontier to defeat Islamic State Sunni fighters, Kerry said Shi'ite Iran should have no role in talks on how to go about it.

Kerry:
Egypt on frontline in fight against terrorism

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Egypt was on the frontline of fighting “terrorism” as he sought Cairo’s support for a coalition against Islamic State jihadists.

“Egypt is on the frontline of the fight against terrorism, particularly when it comes to fighting extremist groups in Sinai,” Kerry told a press conference with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri.

Egypt’s powerful army is unlikely to take part in military action against the Islamic State jihadists, but it has closely cooperated with the United States on counter-terrorism.

Israel likely to take a backseat
in war against Islamic State

Israel will likely have an important yet backseat role in the international coalition forming against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

That role will probably be defined by Jerusalem’s ability to provide rapid and precise intelligence support to the US-led military forces charged with making air strikes on Islamic State positions.

Israeli defense officials will not publicly confirm any plans to provide aid to the emerging war effort.

Haniyeh:
Hamas will never give up weapons


(photo: Flash90)

Hamas will never give up its weapons or agree to Gaza’s demilitarization, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said Saturday.

Haniyeh said Hamas’s military capabilities were legitimate and would remain so until 'Palestine' was freed from Israel.

"... the weapons of the resistance and its capabilities are a red line that cannot be crossed, and which no one can touch," he said.

Israel concerned ISIS threat may distract Obama from Iran

The New York Times dedicated its top slot on Thursday to the concern within Israel that Obama will focus less and less on Iranian efforts to develop nuclear weapons, at a critical moment in the diplomatic effort to curb such a result.

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