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 ...

Jul 20, 2014

Iraq's ancient Christian population of Mosul flees ISIL

The ancient Christian community of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul had all but fled by Saturday, ending a presence stretching back nearly two millennia after radical Islamists set them a midday deadline to submit to Islamic rule or leave. The ultimatum by the ...

Clinton papers on Iraq, Haiti released

Jul 20, 2014

Clinton papers on Iraq, Haiti released

President Bill Clinton’s advisers carefully considered how to explain the president’s military action against Iraq in 1998 as the House was debating his impeachment, according to records from the Clinton White House that were released Friday. The documents also touched upon al-Qaida leader Osama ...

Iraqi Christians flee Mosul militant threat

Jul 19, 2014

Iraqi Christians flee Mosul militant threat

Thousands of Christians poured into Kurdistan as they fled a Saturday ultimatum by jihadists who overran northwestern Iraq last month and proclaimed a caliphate. As militants attempted to break government defenses in strategic areas and edge closer to Baghdad, Christians joined hundreds of thousands ...

Jul 18, 2014

Syria Kurds impose military service amid civil war

Syria’s Kurds have imposed compulsory military service for their men to ward off a push by Islamic extremists in the predominantly Kurdish areas in northern Syria, Kurdish officials said Thursday. The move reflects fears among Syrian Kurds that the ongoing offensive by the Islamic ...

Jul 15, 2014

U.S. teams complete assessment of Iraqi forces: Pentagon

U.S. military teams have completed an assessment of Iraqi security forces, the Pentagon said Monday, amid reports the American officers came away with bleak conclusions. The teams were deployed to Baghdad this month after Sunni militants swiftly advanced across the country in a string ...