Despite bombing campaign, Islamic State is no weaker than a year ago

Aug 1, 2015

Despite bombing campaign, Islamic State is no weaker than a year ago

American intelligence agencies have concluded that despite billions of dollars spent and more than 10,000 extremist fighters killed, the Islamic State group is fundamentally no weaker than it was when the U.S.-led bombing campaign began a year ago. U.S. military commanders on the ground ...

Al-Qaida executes six Houthis captured north of Aden

Jul 31, 2015

Al-Qaida executes six Houthis captured north of Aden

Al-Qaida fighters have publicly shot to death six Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, in a town north of Aden, Yemeni security officials and witnesses said Thursday. The witnesses, speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of retribution, said al-Qaida made the captured Houthi fighters, ...

18 Iraqi troops killed in suicide attacks using stolen Humvees

Jul 30, 2015

18 Iraqi troops killed in suicide attacks using stolen Humvees

Militants in Iraq used stolen Humvees loaded with explosives to unleash a series of suicide car bombings targeting Iraqi security forces on Wednesday, killing at least 18 Iraqi troops, officials said. The attacks came as the government pressed on with efforts to reclaim territory ...

Iraqi militias train teens to face the threat of the Islamic State

Jul 29, 2015

Iraqi militias train teens to face the threat of the Islamic State

A quiet middle-class Shiite neighborhood in western Baghdad was transformed recently into a mini-boot camp, training teenagers for battle against the Islamic State group. The Shiite boys and young men, some as young as 15, ran through its normally placid streets carrying out mock ...

Jul 28, 2015

NATO backs Turkey's fight against Islamic State

NATO offered political support for Turkey’s campaign against militants in Syria and Iraq at an emergency meeting Tuesday, and President Tayyip Erdogan signaled the alliance may have a “duty” to become more involved. Turkey requested urgent consultations with its 27 NATO allies in Brussels ...

Jul 28, 2015

Chadian forces in 'violent clashes' with Boko Haram on lake isles

Heavy fighting pitted the Chadian army on Monday against insurgents from the Nigeria-based Boko Haram group on islands in Lake Chad, security and local sources said. “Violent clashes” were underway near Baga Sola, one of the main Chadian towns in the lake that straddles ...