Feb 13, 2015

U.N. takes aim at Islamic State financing from oil, antiquities

The U.N. Security Council on Thursday unanimously adopted a resolution aimed at choking off millions of dollars in earnings from oil smuggling, antiquities trafficking and ransom payments to the Islamic State group. The resolution was co-sponsored by more than 35 countries in a show ...

Feb 12, 2015

Obama asks Congress to authorize war on Islamic State

U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday sent Congress his long-awaited formal request to authorize military force against Islamic State, meeting swift resistance from Republicans as well as his fellow Democrats wary of another war in the Middle East. Republicans, who control Congress and say ...

Yazidis take revenge as Islamic State atrocities unearthed

| Feb 12, 2015

Yazidis take revenge as Islamic State atrocities unearthed

Some members of Iraq’s Yazidi minority are turning on their Arab neighbors, staging deadly reprisals against Sunni villagers they believe collaborated in atrocities inflicted by Islamic State on their community. Yazidis returning to their northern home area of Sinjar are uncovering one mass grave ...

Obama asks Congress for war powers to fight Islamic State

Feb 12, 2015

Obama asks Congress for war powers to fight Islamic State

U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday asked Congress for its backing to fight the Islamic State group without geographical limits, but with curbs on the use of ground forces. Tantamount to a declaration of war, the authority would allow Obama to prosecute the fight ...

Hometown mourns for American woman held by Islamic State

Feb 11, 2015

Hometown mourns for American woman held by Islamic State

The small Arizona town where Kayla Jean Mueller grew up gathered in grief Tuesday upon learning that the 26-year-old aid worker who traveled the world on a quest to help others had died while in the hands of Islamic State militants. A memorial of ...

Feb 11, 2015

Foreign fighters flooding Syria's battlefields: U.S.

Foreign fighters are flocking to Syria at an “unprecedented” rate, with more than 20,000 volunteers from around the world joining the Islamic State or other extremist groups, U.S. intelligence officials said Tuesday. The foreign fighters have traveled to Syria from more than 90 countries, ...

Mueller was among hostages sought in failed rescue, says Obama

Feb 11, 2015

Mueller was among hostages sought in failed rescue, says Obama

Kayla Jean Mueller, the U.S. aid worker whose death as a captive of Islamic State extremists was confirmed Tuesday, was among the hostages sought in a failed U.S. rescue attempt last year, President Barack Obama said. Obama, in an interview on Tuesday with the ...