Alliances

Obama to hold talks with Jordan's King Abdullah at White House

President Obama will hold talks at the White House next week with Jordan's King Abdullah, a key U.S. ally in the Middle East.

The White House says the military campaign to counter the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria will top the agenda. Jordan is one of five Arab nations to participate in the U.S.-led airstrike campaign against the militants in Syria.

The leaders are also expected to discuss the ongoing civil war in Syria, which has led to a refugee crisis in neighboring Jordan, as well as tensions between Israel and Palestinians.

The meeting will take place on Dec. 5.