Hollande says 'no time to lose' in fighting Islamic State

Sep 15, 2014

Hollande says 'no time to lose' in fighting Islamic State

The leaders of France and Iraq on Monday urged swift action against Islamic State militants, with President Francois Hollande warning there was “no time to lose” as he opened an international conference to shore up an anti-jihadist coalition. “The fight of the Iraqis against ...

U.S. denies threatening Foley family over raising ransom

Sep 13, 2014

U.S. denies threatening Foley family over raising ransom

The United States on Friday denied threatening the family of executed reporter James Foley with prosecution had they raised a ransom for his release, insisting the government did everything possible to bring him home. Foley’s mother, Diane, had told U.S. media her family was ...

U.S. strikes could weaken ability of Assad to survive

Sep 13, 2014

U.S. strikes could weaken ability of Assad to survive

Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government is angry Washington has not taken it on as a partner in the international campaign to hit the Islamic State group, likely for a very significant reason: It is worried that once the United States has crossed the Rubicon ...

Islamic State group name raises objections

Sep 13, 2014

Islamic State group name raises objections

Propaganda has been one of the core strategies of the Sunni militant group in Syria and Iraq that today calls itself the Islamic State — and its name is very much a part of that. In July, the group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, announced ...

U.S. will increase airstrikes soon in Iraq

Sep 13, 2014

U.S. will increase airstrikes soon in Iraq

As U.S. forces gear up for airstrikes in Syria, the first demonstration of President Barack Obama’s more aggressive military campaign against the Islamic State group is likely to unfold first in Iraq as early as the coming week, officials said Friday. In Syria, U.S. ...

Sep 12, 2014

China says fighters returned from Iraq, Syria pose threat

China and its Central Asian neighbors face increased terrorism threats as their citizens return home after fighting in Iraq and Syria, the head of a regional anti-terrorism organization said Thursday. The Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s Regional Anti-Terrorism Agency is assisting authorities in those countries in ...

Sep 12, 2014

Islamic State threatens to behead Iraqi journalist: RSF

An Iraqi journalist has been kidnapped by Islamic State militants who are threatening to behead him if he refuses to work for them, media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) warned Thursday. Raad Mohammed al-Azzawi, a cameraman, was taken prisoner on Sunday in Samarra, a ...

Sep 11, 2014

Islamic State group not an unstoppable juggernaut

The Islamic State group is often described as the most fearsome jihadi outfit of all: a global menace outweighing al-Qaida, with armies trembling before its advance. But while the group has been successful at seizing parts of Iraq and Syria, it is no unstoppable ...