Hagel Announces Increased International Aid to Kurdish Forces in Iraq

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-08_9d5f5b4c4b.jpgiStockphoto/Thinkstock (BAGHDAD, Iraq) -- On Tuesday, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced that a number of nations, in addition to the U.S., will commit to providing aid to Kurdish forces in need of arms and equipment in the battle against militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Hagel commissioned a working group about two weeks ago in an effort to resupply the Kurdish forces in northern Iraq.

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Israel Accepts Cease-Fire Plan to End War Against Hamas

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-08_ac7816f800.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (JERUSALEM) -- After 50 days of fighting in Gaza, both Israel and Hamas have agreed to a new open-ended cease-fire that began at noon eastern time on Tuesday. Shortly after the truce began at 7 p.m. local time, a number of rockets were fired onto Southern Israel, but now the attacks have stopped and Israel is holding its fire.

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ISIS Demands $6.6M Ransom for 26-Year-Old American Woman

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-08_fc9678f4a9.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- A third American hostage held by ISIS has been identified as a 26-year-old American woman who was kidnapped a year ago while doing humanitarian relief work in Syria. The terror group is demanding $6.6 million and the release of U.S. prisoners for the life of the young woman, who the family requested not be identified.

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James Foley's Last Images of the Syrian War

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-08_439ee4f55d.jpg iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Slain U.S. journalist James Foley's intrepid reporting in Syria gave civilians across the world a glimpse into the country's brutal civil war, one video report at a time. Even after his death at the hands of ISIS, those clips live on. Some of his final footage was taken in the August of 2012 in Aleppo, the country's largest city and the site of many attacks between the Syrian army and rebel forces.

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Iran Foreign Minister Confusion: Did he say 'Iraq' or 'Arak'?

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-08_def46a18e7.jpgJoerg Koch/Getty Images (TEHRAN, Iran) -- A defiant statement by the Iranian Foreign Minister linking cooperation against ISIS in Iraq to sanctions relief might actually be a giant, lost-in-translation misunderstanding, the State Department said Thursday. According to state-run media, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that Iran would help the West with the crisis in Iraq if the West lifts sanctions -- a report that has made its way into English-speaking media.

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