Canadians set to join air war against Islamic State group in Iraq

Oct 4, 2014

Canadians set to join air war against Islamic State group in Iraq

Canada is poised to join the international coalition launching airstrikes on the Islamic State group in Iraq after Prime Minister Stephen Harper sought parliament’s support Friday. If lawmakers greenlight the action on Monday — as expected — it will be Canada’s first military expedition ...

U.S. aid worker threatened in Syria is an army veteran

Oct 4, 2014

U.S. aid worker threatened in Syria is an army veteran

Peter Kassig first visited Beirut on a trip during spring break in college. What the former Army Ranger saw there prompted him to return, the next time as a medical assistant and humanitarian worker hoping to offer blankets, food and medical care to victims ...

Slain British hostage Henning aimed to help Syrians

| Oct 4, 2014

Slain British hostage Henning aimed to help Syrians

Alan Henning, a British volunteer aid worker apparently slain by the Islamic State militant group, was described by friends as a hard-working family man who felt compelled to help people suffering from the civil war in Syria. Henning, 47, had joined an aid convoy ...

Islamic State beheads second British hostage, issues video

Oct 4, 2014

Islamic State beheads second British hostage, issues video

Islamic State militants beheaded British aid worker Alan Henning in a video posted on Friday, triggering swift condemnation by the British and U.S. governments. The footage on YouTube, highlighted on pro-Islamic State Twitter feeds, showed a middle-aged man in an orange jumpsuit kneeling next ...

Oct 3, 2014

Turkey military gets OK to pursue Islamic State in Syria, Iraq

Turkey’s parliament gave the government new powers Thursday to launch military incursions into Syria and Iraq, and to allow foreign forces to use its territory for possible operations against the Islamic State group. The move opens the way for Turkey, a NATO member with ...

Oct 3, 2014

Iran warns Turkey against aggravating regional tensions

Iran warned Turkey Thursday against doing anything that might aggravate tensions in the region, after the parliament in Ankara voted to authorize military intervention in Syria and Iraq. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif spoke by telephone with his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu, and “criticised ...

Turkish lawmakers back military action as jihadists advance

Oct 3, 2014

Turkish lawmakers back military action as jihadists advance

Turkey’s parliament Thursday authorized military action in Syria and Iraq against the Islamic State jihadist group, whose fighters have battled their way to the doorstep of a key Kurdish border town. The move allows the deployment of Turkish armed forces in the two neighboring ...

U.S., British airstrikes seek to reverse Islamic State advances

Oct 1, 2014

U.S., British airstrikes seek to reverse Islamic State advances

U.S. warplanes launched multiple strikes against Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria on Tuesday, seeking to turn up the heat on jihadists as Britain carried out its first air raids against the group. Islamic State militants closing in on a key town near ...

Battle against Islamic State creates new alliances

| Sep 30, 2014

Battle against Islamic State creates new alliances

On a recent evening, two of Jordan’s top pro-al-Qaida ideologues held court on the rooftop of a villa decorated with strings of lights. Sporting shaggy beards and clad in robes, the Muslim preachers whispered to each other and rose occasionally from plastic chairs to ...

Sep 29, 2014

Suspected Islamic State recruiter held in Spanish custody

A Spanish court Sunday remanded in custody the suspected leader of a militant cell based in North Africa that recruited fighters for the Islamic State jihadists. High Court Judge Javier Gomez Bermudez in Madrid ruled that there was a “high probability” that Mohamed Said ...