McCain urges 'boots on the ground' to combat Islamic State

Jan 20, 2015

McCain urges 'boots on the ground' to combat Islamic State

U.S. Sen. John McCain on Monday urged the deployment of international ground forces to combat jihadis in Syria and Iraq, as he toured the Middle East with a Senate delegation. “For months we’ve been bombing (Syrian border town) Kobani and we still haven’t driven ...

Islamic State frees around 350 Yazidi captives in Iraq's north

Jan 18, 2015

Islamic State frees around 350 Yazidi captives in Iraq's north

The Islamic State group freed around 350 members of Iraq’s Yazidi minority Saturday, delivering them to safety in the country’s Kurdish north. Almost all those released were elderly, disabled, or unwell, and included several infants with serious illnesses, according to a Reuters reporter who ...

Jan 14, 2015

Islamic State video purports to show boy executing 'Russian spies'

The Islamic State group released a video Tuesday purporting to show a young boy executing two men accused of working for Russian intelligence services. The video shows the two men apparently being shot dead by the child after being interrogated on camera about their ...

Jan 7, 2015

U.S.-led strikes may have killed civilians: Pentagon

The U.S. military is investigating several incidents in which civilians may have been killed in coalition airstrikes against Islamic State jihadists in Iraq and Syria, officials said Tuesday. The comments marked the first time the U.S. military has acknowledged that the air war may ...

Jan 6, 2015

U.S.-led warplanes target jihadist oil pipeline in Syria

U.S. and coalition aircraft on Sunday targeted a crude oil pipeline and collection depots in Syria held by Islamic State jihadists, the American military said, in the latest bid to undercut the group’s oil smuggling. Allied fighter jets and bombers carried out 14 air ...

Lebanon limits entry of Syrians fleeing war

Jan 5, 2015

Lebanon limits entry of Syrians fleeing war

Overwhelmed by a massive influx of desperate refugees, Lebanon began imposing unprecedented visa restrictions on Syrians on Monday, including those fleeing their country’s civil war. “Today we began implementing the new entry measures and Syrians at the borders have begun presenting their documents to ...