Nov 16, 2014

Ukraine cuts off rebel east as fighting rumbles on

Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko issued a decree Saturday ordering the withdrawal of all state services from rebel-held eastern regions, a further acknowledgement that the Kremlin-backed areas are effectively breaking away. The latest move toward splintering the war-torn ex-Soviet country came after fresh clashes between ...

Nov 16, 2014

Iraq forces break jihadist siege of main oil refinery

Iraqi forces broke the Islamic State group’s months-long siege of the country’s largest oil refinery Saturday as America’s top officer flew in to discuss the expanding war against the jihadists. This new success for the government came a day after the recapture of nearby ...

Islamic State group to mint own coins

Nov 15, 2014

Islamic State group to mint own coins

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State group, has ordered the terrorist organization to start minting gold, silver and copper coins for its own currency — the Islamic dinar. A website affiliated with the group posted the order late Thursday, saying al-Baghdadi ...

Russian troops hold drills in Serbia

Nov 15, 2014

Russian troops hold drills in Serbia

Camouflage-clad Russian soldiers parachuted from the sky, armored vehicles fired live rounds on an open field after being dropped from military transport jets, and helicopters fired missiles against enemy positions. Although the flat terrain resembled the Ukrainian war zones, this was not an armed ...

Militants seize hometown of kidnapped schoolgirls

Nov 15, 2014

Militants seize hometown of kidnapped schoolgirls

Islamic extremists in Nigeria have seized Chibok, the town where insurgents kidnapped nearly 300 schoolgirls in April, forcing thousands of people to flee, a local official said Friday. The Boko Haram insurgents entered the town Thursday, shooting from pickup trucks and motorcycles, said Bana ...

Nov 11, 2014

British drones strike Islamic State fighters in Iraq

Britain has used its unmanned aerial drones in Iraq for the first time to strike Islamic State jihadis, the Ministry of Defense said Monday. Over the weekend, a remotely piloted Reaper aircraft successfully launched a missile attack on Islamic State extremists near Baiji, north ...