Christians flee jihadis after Syria kidnappings

Feb 26, 2015

Christians flee jihadis after Syria kidnappings

The kidnapping of dozens of Assyrian Christians by the Islamic State jihadi group in Syria has prompted an exodus of terrified families fleeing their homes, activists said Wednesday. The United States condemned the mass abduction of Christians — the first of its kind in ...

Saudi Arabia bolsters border to shut out Islamic State

Feb 25, 2015

Saudi Arabia bolsters border to shut out Islamic State

The chain-link fences, topped with coils of barbed wire, rise and fall like a serpent’s back across the desert scrubland between Saudi Arabia and the jihadi threat just across the Iraqi border. A double-fence system and complementary hi-tech surveillance tools, officially completed in September, ...

Feb 25, 2015

Kayla Mueller's parents wanted her 'to tell the truth'

Kayla Mueller’s parents say they wanted their daughter to tell the truth, though doing that may have cost her a chance to gain her freedom from Islamic State militants. The international aid worker and her Syrian boyfriend were taken hostage in August 2013. He ...

In soldiers' rescue, Turkey plays off warring sides in Syria

| Feb 24, 2015

In soldiers' rescue, Turkey plays off warring sides in Syria

By extracting dozens of its soldiers surrounded by Islamist fighters in Syria, Turkey has warded off a potential crisis and shown its ability to maneuver between rival warring parties, including the Islamic State group. Several hundred Turkish ground troops, backed by tanks and drones, ...

U.K. police brief students at school of Syria-bound girls

Feb 24, 2015

U.K. police brief students at school of Syria-bound girls

British police have briefed students at an east London school attended by three girls believed to be traveling to Syria, their headmaster said on Monday. Mark Keary said the police were part of a “support team” including experts in de-radicalzsation from the British government’s ...

Erdogan says relocation of tomb, troops from Syria not a retreat

Feb 24, 2015

Erdogan says relocation of tomb, troops from Syria not a retreat

Turkey’s military incursion into Syria to relocate a tomb surrounded by Islamic State militants and evacuate the soldiers guarding it was a temporary move to safeguard their lives and not a retreat, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday. The action, which involved tanks, drones ...

Feb 24, 2015

France seizes passports of would-be jihadis

Six French citizens have had their passports confiscated and 40 more will be banned from leaving the country as Europe cracks down on would-be jihadis planning to travel to Syria and Iraq. This is the first time France has resorted to the measure since ...

Feb 23, 2015

France bans six people from traveling to extremists in Syria

France has barred six people from leaving the country because they wanted to join extremists in Syria, the first such travel ban under a new law aimed at keeping French radicals from gaining violent experience abroad. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve says some 40 others ...

Pentagon chief vows 'lasting defeat' against Islamic State

Feb 23, 2015

Pentagon chief vows 'lasting defeat' against Islamic State

New Pentagon chief Ashton Carter vowed Monday the “lasting defeat” of the Islamic State group as he summoned top generals and diplomats to Kuwait to review the war effort against the jihadis. Only days after taking office, Carter convened the extraordinary meeting of more ...