Expanded U.S. strikes in Iraq include land-based bomber attacks

Aug 18, 2014

Expanded U.S. strikes in Iraq include land-based bomber attacks

The U.S. has expanded its air campaign in Iraq with attacks aimed at helping Iraqi forces regain control of the strategic Mosul dam. The White House said President Barack Obama notified Congress on Sunday that the widened mission would be limited in duration and ...

Islamic fighters kill scores of Yazidi men in Iraq

Aug 17, 2014

Islamic fighters kill scores of Yazidi men in Iraq

Islamic extremists shot scores of Yazidi men to death in Iraq, lining them up in small groups and opening fire with assault rifles before abducting their wives and children, according to an eyewitness, government officials and people who live in the area. A Yazidi ...

Ukraine rebels gearing up for eastern counterstrike

Aug 17, 2014

Ukraine rebels gearing up for eastern counterstrike

Pro-Russian separatist fighters in eastern Ukraine are receiving new armored vehicles and fighters trained in Russia, and plan to launch a major counteroffensive against government forces, a rebel leader said in a video released on Saturday. The four-month conflict in eastern Ukraine has reached ...

Islamic State executed 700 from Syrian tribe

Aug 17, 2014

Islamic State executed 700 from Syrian tribe

The Islamic State militant group has executed 700 members of a tribe it has been battling in eastern Syria during the past two weeks, the majority of them civilians, a human rights monitoring group and activists said on Saturday. The Syrian Observatory for Human ...

Aug 17, 2014

U.S. conducts airstrikes in Iraq near Irbil and Mosul dam

Washington REUTERS The United States on Saturday conducted airstrikes in Iraq against Islamic State fighters near the Kurdish capital of Irbil and the Mosul dam, the U.S. Central Command said. The dam, Iraq’s biggest, fell under control of Islamic State militants earlier this month. ...

Aug 16, 2014

Russia denies military column entered Ukraine, was largely destroyed

NATO on Friday said a Russian military column ventured into Ukraine overnight on Thursday, and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s said Ukraine forces destroyed most of it. Russia denied all of this, but the reports spooked global markets and overshadowed optimism driven by agreement over ...

Aug 14, 2014

U.N. says Iraq humanitarian crisis at highest level

The United Nations on Wednesday called its highest level of emergency for the humanitarian crisis in Iraq, where hundreds of thousands have been driven from their homes and tens of thousands have been trapped in a desert mountain by the advance of Islamic militants ...

Aug 14, 2014

Giant bronze statue to French WWI soldiers is stolen

A memorial to soldiers killed in World War I has been stolen from its pedestal in a French town. Veterans Minister Kader Arif said Wednesday that the theft of the monument in the northern town of Craonne in the Aisne region is an “insult ...