Saudi Arabia bolsters border to shut out Islamic State

Feb 25, 2015

Saudi Arabia bolsters border to shut out Islamic State

The chain-link fences, topped with coils of barbed wire, rise and fall like a serpent’s back across the desert scrubland between Saudi Arabia and the jihadi threat just across the Iraqi border. A double-fence system and complementary hi-tech surveillance tools, officially completed in September, ...

In soldiers' rescue, Turkey plays off warring sides in Syria

| Feb 24, 2015

In soldiers' rescue, Turkey plays off warring sides in Syria

By extracting dozens of its soldiers surrounded by Islamist fighters in Syria, Turkey has warded off a potential crisis and shown its ability to maneuver between rival warring parties, including the Islamic State group. Several hundred Turkish ground troops, backed by tanks and drones, ...

Feb 24, 2015

France seizes passports of would-be jihadis

Six French citizens have had their passports confiscated and 40 more will be banned from leaving the country as Europe cracks down on would-be jihadis planning to travel to Syria and Iraq. This is the first time France has resorted to the measure since ...

Pentagon chief vows 'lasting defeat' against Islamic State

Feb 23, 2015

Pentagon chief vows 'lasting defeat' against Islamic State

New Pentagon chief Ashton Carter vowed Monday the “lasting defeat” of the Islamic State group as he summoned top generals and diplomats to Kuwait to review the war effort against the jihadis. Only days after taking office, Carter convened the extraordinary meeting of more ...

Feb 23, 2015

Japan to set up consular office in northern Iraq

The Abe administration is preparing to establish a consulate in northern Iraq in a bid to improve the government’s ability to protect Japanese nationals and counter terrorism through enhanced information gathering. The office will be set up in Irbil, the largest city and capital ...

Islamic State group has near-impregnable base, mass appeal: author

Feb 23, 2015

Islamic State group has near-impregnable base, mass appeal: author

The Islamic State group has learned from the mistakes of past jihadi movements and established a near-impregnable base of support within Iraq and Syria with spectacular appeal to many of the world’s Sunni Muslims, a new book has warned. The authors of “ISIS: Inside ...

Feb 23, 2015

Attacks kill 19 people in Iraq

Multiple bombings, including a suicide truck bomb attack on Shiite militiamen, killed 19 people on Sunday in Iraq, as police found four bodies with gunshot wounds in the capital, officials said. Police officials said the deadliest attack took place Sunday afternoon when a suicide ...