Nov 10, 2014

Syrian Kurds give women equal rights, snubbing jihadists

The local government in a majority Kurdish area of Syria has passed a decree granting women equal rights in what a monitoring group called “an affront” to discriminatory jihadist moves. Published on the local government’s official Facebook page on Wednesday, the decree states that ...

Nov 7, 2014

U.S. hits al-Qaida affiliate in Syria, may have killed top bomb-maker

American aircraft bombed al-Qaida-linked militants in Syria on Thursday, and activists said another radical rebel group also was hit — an apparent expansion of the aerial campaign against the Islamic State group to target other extremists deemed a threat to the West. Initial reports ...

Islamic State suffering setbacks in Syria and Iraq

Nov 7, 2014

Islamic State suffering setbacks in Syria and Iraq

For a force that has built its reputation on an aura of momentum and invincibility, the Islamic State group is now dealing with a series of military setbacks in Iraq and a prolonged stalemate in the small Syrian border town of Kobani. Gone are ...

Nov 7, 2014

French bombmaker killed by U.S. strike in Syria: Fox News

U.S.-led airstrikes in Syria have killed 24-year-old French bombmaker David Drugeon, a Muslim convert who joined an al-Qaida offshoot, the Khorasan group, Fox News reported Thursday. A strike by a U.S. Predator drone struck a vehicle in Syria’s Idlib province, in which Drugeon was ...

Nov 6, 2014

Obama to seek new war powers from Congress

President Barack Obama said Wednesday he would work with Congress on new war powers to fight Islamic State militants and expressed cautious optimism about whether the international face-off over Iran’s nuclear program will be resolved — two issues that could prove harder for the ...

Nov 5, 2014

Islamic State abused captive children: report

Islamic State militants tortured and abused Kurdish children captured earlier this year near the northern Syrian town of Kobani, beating them with hoses and electric cables, an international rights group said Tuesday. Human Rights Watch based its conclusions on interviews with several children who ...

Nov 5, 2014

Britain to send troops to train Iraqi forces: report

Britain is preparing to send troops to Iraq to help train local forces to fight Islamic State militants, The Times newspaper reported Wednesday. The British Ministry of Defence declined to comment on the report but said an announcement would be forthcoming. The newspaper reported ...