Dec 21, 2014

Kurds advance against IS group in Syria, Iraq

Kurdish fighters advanced on the Islamic State extremist group in Iraq and Syria on Saturday, pushing into the contested, refugee-packed Sinjar mountains and gaining ground in the embattled Syrian border town of Kobani after heavy clashes, Kurdish officials and an activist group said. In ...

U.S. search expands for Iraq war vet wanted for six murders

Dec 17, 2014

U.S. search expands for Iraq war vet wanted for six murders

U.S. police stepped up a manhunt Tuesday for an Iraq war veteran accused of murdering his ex-wife and five members of her family on a killing spree near Philadelphia. Bradley William Stone, 35, is “armed and dangerous” and Pennsylvania state police ordered residents in ...

Dec 16, 2014

Iraq reports 2,700 missing since June jihadist onslaught

At least 2,700 people, mostly soldiers, are missing as a result of attacks by the Islamic State group in Iraq, the human rights ministry said on Monday. More than half of those registered as missing by the government are soldiers who were at the ...

U.S. torture report med with a shrug in Middle East

Dec 11, 2014

U.S. torture report med with a shrug in Middle East

This week’s revelations about the CIA’s harsh treatment of terrorism suspects in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks have been met with a collective shrug in most parts of the Middle East, where they merely reinforced a long-held view of American brutality — ...

Hagel sees 'steady progress' in war on Islamic State

Dec 10, 2014

Hagel sees 'steady progress' in war on Islamic State

U.S. defense chief Chuck Hagel on Tuesday hailed “steady progress” in the war on the Islamic State group but Iraq appealed for increased military assistance to break the back of the jihadists. Meeting Hagel in Baghdad, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said that Iraqi forces ...

Syrian-trained Britons  jailed for terror offenses

Dec 6, 2014

Syrian-trained Britons jailed for terror offenses

As British security forces crack down on what they say is a mounting threat from jihadists radicalized by the ongoing Syrian conflict, two British men were sentenced to prison for terrorism offenses Friday. Childhood friends Mohammed Ahmed and Yusuf Sarwar, both aged 22 and ...