Iraqi forces reach key city's center in battle against militants

Apr 1, 2015

Iraqi forces reach key city's center in battle against militants

Iraqi forces on Wednesday picked through the rubble-strewn streets of Tikrit after storming to the city center, searching for die-hard jihadi fighters and avoiding the booby traps left behind. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi claimed the city was liberated but the U.S.-led coalition that has ...

U.S.-led coalition said planning to carry out Tikrit airstrikes

Mar 26, 2015

U.S.-led coalition said planning to carry out Tikrit airstrikes

The U.S.-led coalition is planning to carry out airstrikes in support of Iraqi operations against Islamic State in the city of Tikrit, a U.S. official said on Wednesday, confirming comments by Iraq’s president in an interview with Reuters. The U.S. official, speaking to Reuters ...

Mar 25, 2015

230 suspected jihadis prevented from leaving Australia

Counterterrorism squads have prevented 230 suspected jihadis from departing Australian airports for the Middle East including at least three teenage boys this month, officials said on Wednesday. Officials had previously announced that two Sydney-born brothers, aged 16 and 17, had been intercepted at Sydney ...

Iraq request for U.S.-led Tikrit airstrikes 'imminent': diplomat

Mar 24, 2015

Iraq request for U.S.-led Tikrit airstrikes "imminent": diplomat

Iraq’s request to the U.S.-led coalition for airstrikes in the campaign to retake Tikrit from Islamic State insurgents is “imminent,” a senior diplomat from a Western nation that is part of the coalition said Tuesday. If the coalition accepts the request, it would see ...

Mar 24, 2015

Canada to extend anti-Islamic State mission, strike targets in Syria

Canada’s prime minister will announce a one-year extension of its military mission against the Islamic State group and expand it to include airstrikes on targets in Syria, a senior government official said Monday. The official said Prime Minister Stephen Harper will announce the extension ...

CIA director: Iran general 'destabilizing' efforts in Iraq

Mar 23, 2015

CIA director: Iran general 'destabilizing' efforts in Iraq

Having the leader of Iran’s elite Quds Force direct Iraqi forces battling the Islamic State group is complicating the U.S. mission against terrorism and contributing to destabilization in Iraq, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency said Sunday. The comments by CIA Director John ...