Winning Baiji battle 'crucial' to routing Islamic State: Abadi

Aug 26, 2015

Winning Baiji battle 'crucial' to routing Islamic State: Abadi

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said the battle over the northern town of Baiji and its refinery — Iraq’s largest — was critical to the fight against Islamic State. The town, about 190 km (120 miles) north of Baghdad, has been a battlefront for more ...

Aug 25, 2015

Islamic State claims to kill 30 for sodomy, U.N. meeting told

The Islamic State extremist group has claimed responsibility for killing at least 30 people for sodomy, the head of an international gay rights organization said Monday at the first-ever U.N. Security Council meeting spotlighting violence and discrimination against lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people. ...

IS systematically destroying heritage sites, UNESCO chief says

Aug 22, 2015

IS systematically destroying heritage sites, UNESCO chief says

Islamic State extremists in Syria and Iraq are engaged in the “most brutal, systematic” destruction of ancient sites since World War II, the head of the U.N. cultural agency said Friday after militants demolished a monastery with ancient foundations in central Syria. The world’s ...

U.S. suspects Islamic State used chemical agent against Kurds in Iraq

Aug 14, 2015

U.S. suspects Islamic State used chemical agent against Kurds in Iraq

The United States is investigating whether the Islamic State used chemical weapons, the White House said Thursday, following allegations that the group’s militants deployed chemical weapons against Kurdish forces in northern Iraq. Alistair Baskey, a spokesman for the White House’s National Security Council, said ...

Islamic State truck bomb targeting Shiites kills 67 at Baghdad market

Aug 14, 2015

Islamic State truck bomb targeting Shiites kills 67 at Baghdad market

In one of the deadliest single attacks in postwar Baghdad, a truck bomb shattered a popular fruit-and-vegetable market in a teeming Shiite neighborhood Thursday, killing 67 people and wounding more than 150 others. Militants from the self-described Islamic State claimed responsibility for the bombing ...

Top general: U.S. should consider embedding troops in Iraq

Aug 13, 2015

Top general: U.S. should consider embedding troops in Iraq

If Iraqi forces are not making good progress against Islamic State militants in the next several months, the U.S. should consider embedding American troops with the Iraqis, the Army’s retiring top general said Wednesday. Gen. Raymond Odierno, who retires as Army chief of staff ...

Spanish-born war photojournalist wins Mika Yamamoto award

Aug 13, 2015

Spanish-born war photojournalist wins Mika Yamamoto award

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Ricardo Garcia Vilanova, a Spanish-born photojournalist, believes photography has the power to make the world a better, more peaceful place. Since around 2000, Vilanova, 43, has documented the lives of women and children living in conflict zones in such countries as Afghanistan, Iraq and ...