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Jordan pounds IS as Iraqi ground offensive looms

Amman - Jordan announced it has carried out dozens of air strikes on the Islamic State group, as a top US envoy said Iraqi troops would begin a major ground offensive against the jihadists in the weeks ahead.

Op-Ed: Congress must approve force, with ground troops, against ISIS

President Barack Obama wants Congress to vote to authorize U.S. military force against ISIS, and may ask for it as early as Friday, February 6. Why Congress must approve this request, including the use of boots on the ground.

Jordan's Abdullah II: The king who vowed to crush IS

Amman - King Abdullah II of Jordan, a member of the US-led coalition battling the Islamic State group, faces the toughest challenge of his 16-year reign after IS murdered a downed pilot.

Jordan: Torture, arbitrary detention, accepted honor killings

Washington - US lawmakers from both parties are calling for increased aid to Jordan's authoritarian monarchy following the horrific burning alive of a Jordanian pilot by Islamic State militants.

Jordan warplanes strike IS after pilot murder

Amman - Jordan said its warplanes launched dozens of new strikes Thursday against the Islamic State group, after vowing a harsh response to the burning alive of a pilot captured in Syria.

Jordan weighs options against IS after pilot murder

Amman - Jordan weighed its next move Thursday against the Islamic State group after vowing a harsh response to the burning alive of a fighter pilot, whose family called for the jihadists to be "destroyed".

Jordan executes terrorists in wake of pilot's murder

Jordan has executed two prisoners with ties to the Islamic State Wednesday morning. This move came following the release of a video by the terrorist group showing the brutal murder by of a Jordanian fighter pilot.

Jordan executes jihadists after IS murder of pilot

Amman - Jordan executed two death-row Iraqi jihadists, including a woman, on Wednesday after vowing to avenge the burning alive of one of its fighter pilots by the Islamic State group.

Jordan vows 'earth-shattering' response to pilot murder

Amman - Jordan vowed to begin executing death-row Islamic extremists at dawn on Wednesday, an "earth-shattering" response to the burning alive of one of its fighter pilots by the Islamic State group.

IS claims pilot burned alive, angry Jordan vows revenge

Amman - The Islamic State group released a video Tuesday purportedly showing a Jordanian pilot being burned alive in a cage, in the jihadists' most brutal execution yet of a foreign hostage.

Syria air strikes kill 44

Ramtha - Syrian government air strikes on opposition-held towns across the country killed at least 44 people on Monday and wounded more than 100, a monitoring group said.

Jordan demands proof pilot alive as IS deadline passes

Amman - Jordan demanded proof Thursday that a pilot threatened with execution by the Islamic State group was alive, as a deadline set by the jihadists to free a female militant expired.

Anxious wait as Jordan offers to exchange jihadist for pilot

Amman - Jordan offered Wednesday to exchange a female jihadist for a Jordanian pilot held by the Islamic State group, whose deadline for executing the airman and a Japanese journalist is thought to have passed.

Switzerland drops artificial prop of the franc

Switzerland has dropped its commitment to the Swiss francs 1.20 ceiling cap versus the euro and created chaos in European financial markets.

Middle East Muslims protest prophet cartoon

Amman - Muslims marched Friday in Middle Eastern cities against a new cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed published by French magazine Charlie Hebdo, as Gulf states warned the drawing could fuel hatred.

European football leaders welcome Blatter challenge

Amman - European football leaders on Tuesday backed the move by FIFA vice president Prince Ali bin Al Hussein to challenge Sepp Blatter for the presidency of football's scandal-tainted world body.

Jordan vows 'all efforts' to save pilot seized by IS

Amman - Jordan vowed Thursday to make every effort to save a pilot captured by the Islamic State group in Syria as Washington denied claims the jihadists had shot down his warplane.

Palestinians kill four in attack on Jerusalem synagogue

Jerusalem - Four Jewish worshippers were killed Tuesday when two Palestinians attacked their Jerusalem synagogue before being fatally shot by Israeli police.

Fearing backlash, Jordan asserts Al-Aqsa custodianship

Amman - Jordan's tough stance towards Israel over Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque reflects a determination to preserve its custodianship of the flashpoint site as well as its own stability, analysts say.

Steps agreed to lower Israeli-Palestinian tensions: Kerry

Amman - US Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday that steps were agreed at talks in Amman to lower tensions between the Israelis and Palestinians.
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