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BAGHDAD – Here's a look at U.S. military action across the Middle East:
IRAQ:
U.S. President Barack Obama this month authorized the deployment of up to 1,500 more American troops to Iraq. That could more than double the total number of U.S. forces to 3,100. A team of U.S. advisers first arrived to help fight the Islamic State group there in June, two and a half years after Obama declared an ...

A United Nations official criticized the US justice system’s treatment of African Americans after a Ferguson grand jury failed to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of black teenager Michael Brown.
High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein blasted the US for the number of young African Americans killed by police officers and the incarceration rate ...

An Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps official has hinted at Tehran’s nuclear weapons capabilities, after saying there are “no weapons that the military cannot manufacture.”
Brig. Gen. Mohammad Rida Naqdi’s comments were carried by Fars news agency, on the same day that Iran and six world powers failed for a second time this year to end the dispute over Tehran’s suspe ...

U.S. President Barack Obama authorizes a greater-than-previously-announced role for American troops in fighting in conflict-ridden Afghanistan, some security analysts in the country believe the announcement might have more negative impacts than positive ones.
According to the New York Times, Obama has broadened the role of the U.S. military in Afghanistan for the year 2015, in a shift from prior p ...

Turkey and the United States smoothed over some differences in the fight against Islamic State during a weekend visit by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, but the talks heralded little in the way of deeper military cooperation between the NATO allies.
Turkey has been a reluctant partner in the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State, refusing to take a frontline military role despite its 1,200 km (7 ...

A former leader of Bangladesh's ruling party was sentenced to death by a war crimes tribunal on Monday in connection with atrocities committed during the country's war of independence from Pakistan.
Mobarak Hossain, 64, a local leader expelled from the ruling Awami League party in 2011, was found guilty of charges including mass killing, abduction and torture, prosecutors said.
Bangladesh became p ...

Two U.S. soldiers were killed when their vehicle was hit by a bomb in the Afghan capital Kabul on Monday, officials and sources said.
"It was a magnetic bomb," said Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi. "It was either attached to the vehicle belonging to the foreigners or it was planted and detonated remotely."
The ISAF international military coalition in Afghanistan gave ...

Three Ukrainian servicemen have been killed in the past 24 hours in fighting with pro-Russian separatists in the east despite a ceasefire in place since early September, a Ukrainian military spokesman said on Monday.
Ukraine lost four other serviceman on Saturday, and the death toll among Ukrainian soldiers since the ceasefire came into force now stands at about 150, according to Kiev's military.
...

At least four people have been killed in a US assassination drone strike in Afghanistan’s eastern Logar Province.
The attack took place on Monday, with Afghan army officials saying that the victims were Taliban militants. Some reports said a local Taliban commander was among those killed.
The Taliban have not commented on the issue.
The US carries out targeted killings through drone strikes ...

A man who was held at Guantanamo Bay for more than a decade was released from U.S. custody and transferred to Saudi Arabian authorities, the U.S. Defense Department said on Saturday.
Muhammed Murdi Issa al-Zahrani, a Saudi national, had been held at the controversial military facility in Cuba since August 2002.
U.S. authorities suspected him of fighting for al-Qaeda in Afghanistan.
According to th ...

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