Islamic State marks Mosul capture by airing 'anniversary documentary'

Jun 12, 2015

Islamic State marks Mosul capture by airing 'anniversary documentary'

The Islamic State group Thursday released a propaganda documentary marking a year since it captured Mosul and recounting its surprise at how easily it took over Iraq’s second city. The film glamorizes the founding moment of the “caliphate” Islamic State proclaimed less than three ...

Jun 11, 2015

Hackers targeted Iran nuclear talks: Kaspersky Lab

A computer virus was used to hack into venues linked to international talks on Iran’s nuclear program, the Russian computer security company Kaspersky Lab said on Wednesday. Kaspersky said it found the software in three European hotels used in the negotiations involving Iran and ...

Iranian cartoonists use pens to jab Islamic State — and West

Jun 3, 2015

Iranian cartoonists use pens to jab Islamic State — and West

Caricatures of Arab and Western leaders appeared beside those of top jihadis at an Iranian cartoon contest on Islamic State group crimes that drew entries from artists around the world. Political cartoons have a long tradition in Iran, despite many restrictions in the staunchly ...

Kin press Congress to gain release of Americans held by Iran

Jun 3, 2015

Kin press Congress to gain release of Americans held by Iran

Relatives of four Americans missing or detained in Iran told Congress on Tuesday of milestones missed — weddings, graduations, birth of grandchildren — and asked U.S. officials to push for their release in negotiations with Tehran on a nuclear deal. Lawmakers from both parties ...

May 30, 2015

Syrian Christian beheads jihadi in revenge killing

A Syrian Christian fighter has beheaded an Islamic State group militant to avenge people “executed” by the jihadis in northeastern Syria, a monitor said on Friday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the incident took place on Thursday in Hasakeh province, where the ...

Islamic State builds an 'air force' out of truck bombs

| May 30, 2015

Islamic State builds an 'air force' out of truck bombs

The Islamic State group’s monstrous truck bombs — easy to make, hard to stop and capable of destroying a city block — are reshaping the battlefield. The jihadis used about 30 explosives-rigged vehicles in the Iraqi city of Ramadi this month, blasting their way ...

May 28, 2015

Iran, North Korea forging ballistic, nuclear ties: dissidents

An exiled Iranian opposition group said on Thursday that a delegation of North Korean experts in nuclear warheads and ballistic missiles had visited a military site near Tehran in April amid talks between world powers and Iran over its nuclear program. The dissident National ...

Airstrike option alone seen not working against fluid Islamic State

May 28, 2015

Airstrike option alone seen not working against fluid Islamic State

It is the modern era’s military strategy of choice: overwhelming air power delivering precision-guided punishment backed by intelligence on the ground, with minimal exposure for soldiers of the striking side. Seductive though it is to risk-averse governments with war-weary publics, the approach has its ...