An Iraq in peril struggles to hold together

Aug 1, 2014

An Iraq in peril struggles to hold together

Salman Khaled has already lived through Baghdad’s sectarian disintegration; with Iraq now splintering into Shiite, Sunni Arab and Kurdish regions, he says this time the survival of the country is at stake. “Things are really tense and it could get worse,” said the 23-year-old ...

Jul 29, 2014

Islamic State militants open office for hopeful wives

Islamic State insurgents have opened an office in northern Syria where single women and widows can register to marry fighters from the radical al-Qaida offshoot, a monitoring group said Monday. The office in al-Bab, a town northeast of the city of Aleppo, records the ...

Islamic State militants destroy historic mosque in Mosul

Jul 28, 2014

Islamic State militants destroy historic mosque in Mosul

Islamic State militants blew up a mosque and shrine dating back to the 14th century in Mosul on Sunday, local residents said — the latest casualty in a week that has seen half a dozen of the Iraqi city’s most revered holy places destroyed. ...

Jul 28, 2014

Xinjiang extremists may have joined Iraq conflict, China envoy says

Muslim extremists from China’s far western region of Xinjiang have gone to the Middle East for training and some may have crossed into Iraq to participate in the conflict there, China’s special envoy for the Middle East said on Monday. China has repeatedly expressed ...

Jul 25, 2014

Group divorced from reality: top Turkish cleric

The declaration of a so-called caliphate by Islamist militants in Iraq lacks legitimacy and their death threats to Christians are a danger to civilization, Turkey’s top cleric, the successor to the last caliph’s most senior imam, said. The Islamic State last month declared its ...

Jul 25, 2014

'Caliphate' tours big business for jihadists

Known for kidnapping, public stonings, lashings and executions, the Islamic State is now expanding into tourism, taking jihadists on honeymoon and civilians to visit other parts of its so-called caliphate. Running twice-weekly tours from the Syrian city of Raqqa to Iraq’s Anbar, Islamic State ...

Islamic State crushes, coerces opposition

Jul 25, 2014

Islamic State crushes, coerces opposition

Using its own version of soft and hard power, the Islamic State is crushing resistance across northern Iraq so successfully that its promise to march on Baghdad may no longer be unrealistic bravado. While conventional states try to win hearts and minds abroad before ...

Baghdad suicide car bomb kills 23: police

Jul 23, 2014

Baghdad suicide car bomb kills 23: police

A suicide car bomb explosion ripped through a police checkpoint in Baghdad Tuesday, killing 23 people and wounding more than 40, police and medical sources said. The suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle at an entrance to the northwestern neighborhood of Kadhimiyah, a police ...

Jul 20, 2014

Islamic State group claims responsibility for Baghdad bombings

The Islamic State extremist group has claimed responsibility for four bombings in Baghdad that were among a string of attacks Saturday that left at least 27 people dead. The group said in a statement posted online late Saturday that two of the attacks were ...