Mar 24, 2015

Canada to extend anti-Islamic State mission, strike targets in Syria

Canada’s prime minister will announce a one-year extension of its military mission against the Islamic State group and expand it to include airstrikes on targets in Syria, a senior government official said Monday. The official said Prime Minister Stephen Harper will announce the extension ...

CIA director: Iran general 'destabilizing' efforts in Iraq

Mar 23, 2015

CIA director: Iran general 'destabilizing' efforts in Iraq

Having the leader of Iran’s elite Quds Force direct Iraqi forces battling the Islamic State group is complicating the U.S. mission against terrorism and contributing to destabilization in Iraq, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency said Sunday. The comments by CIA Director John ...

Mar 22, 2015

Nine British medical students believed to have traveled to Syria

Nine British medical students have traveled to Syria, apparently to work in hospitals controlled by Islamic State, Britain’s Observer newspaper reported Saturday. The group of four women and five men crossed into Syria from Turkey last week, having traveled from Sudan where they had ...

Mar 18, 2015

U.S. Air Force veteran accused of trying to assist Islamic State

A U.S. Air Force veteran has been charged with trying to provide support for the Islamic State militant group, U.S. prosecutors said on Tuesday. A federal grand jury in New York City indicted Tairod Nathan Webster Pugh for attempting to provide material support to ...

Iraq's 'Angel of Death' takes on the Islamic State

Mar 17, 2015

Iraq's 'Angel of Death' takes on the Islamic State

Abu Azrael — Father of the Angel of Death — is the black-bearded, blade-wielding embodiment of the retribution many Iraqis want against brutal jihadis who seized swaths of their country. A Facebook page dedicated to the fighter in the Shiite Imam Ali Brigades militia ...

Iraq Army says coalition airstrikes needed to take Tikrit

Mar 16, 2015

Iraq Army says coalition airstrikes needed to take Tikrit

Coalition airstrikes are needed to retake Tikrit, where die-hard jihadis are defending their last redoubt with trenches, sandbags and roadside bombs, Iraqi officers said Sunday. Two weeks into Baghdad’s biggest operation yet against the Islamic State group, Iraqi forces have a complete stranglehold on ...

Saddam's tomb suffers extensive damage in Iraq fighting

Mar 16, 2015

Saddam's tomb suffers extensive damage in Iraq fighting

The tomb of Iraq’s late dictator Saddam Hussein was virtually leveled in heavy clashes between militants from the Islamic State group and Iraqi forces in a fight for control of the city of Tikrit. Fighting intensified to the north and south of Saddam Hussein’s ...