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US considers arming and training Sunni tribes in Anbar

The US is looking at ways if engaging with the Sunni Muslims in Iraq and empowering them in their fight against Islamic State (ISIS) militants, General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said yesterday.


Washington supports Egypt's establishment of a buffer zone around Gaza

The Obama administration has reiterated its support for the Egyptian regime's on-going war against terrorism, including the establishment of a controversial buffer zone on the border with Gaza, but at the same time also insisted that Egypt should take into consideration the displaced communities.


Former Israeli Ambassador to Washington: I do not doubt that Obama will refrain from using veto

The former Israeli Ambassador to the United States Danny Ayalon recently said he would not be surprised if US President Barack Obama did not use the US veto in the upcoming decision on the Palestinian state. "I do not doubt that President Obama will refrain from using the US veto to abort the draft resolution for the establishment of a Palestinian state and to end what he calls the Israeli occupation".


UN: Israel is raising doubts about its commitment to peace

A senior official at the United Nations has said that Israel's commitment to build 1,060 settler homes in East Jerusalem raises serious doubts about the country's commitment to peace with the Palestinians.


US officials dismiss Netanyahu criticism

The spokesperson of the US State Department, Jen Psaki, described an American official's strong criticism of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as "inappropriate and counterproductive".