Canadians plan to fight Islamic State

Nov 22, 2014

Canadians plan to fight Islamic State

Several former Canadian soldiers plan to join Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State militants in the coming weeks, with at least one already in Iraq, Canadian media reported Friday, bolstering the ranks of foreigners fighting alongside the Kurds. The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. said a half-dozen ...

Nov 20, 2014

U.S. renews airstrikes on Khorasan group in Syria

American warplanes have carried out another airstrike on the Khorasan group in northwest Syria, the latest of several raids on the al-Qaida offshoot, the U.S. military said Wednesday. U.S. aircraft “struck and destroyed a storage facility associated with a network of veteran Al-Qaeda operatives, ...

Nov 18, 2014

Review of hostage cases is ordered

President Barack Obama has ordered a comprehensive review of U.S. policy on “overseas terrorist-related” hostage cases, a letter from the Pentagon has revealed. The missive surfaced just one day after the Islamic State group posted a grisly online video about the beheading of yet ...

Video horror suggests Islamic State is worried

| Nov 18, 2014

Video horror suggests Islamic State is worried

In its latest propaganda video, the Islamic State group tried to project unwavering confidence and unstoppable growth, in what some analysts saw as a reply to a string of setbacks. A 15-minute video released on Sunday shows the severed head of U.S. aid worker ...

Islamic State casualties mount in Kobani amid war of attrition

Nov 18, 2014

Islamic State casualties mount in Kobani amid war of attrition

Islamic State casualties in the Syrian city of Kobani are mounting in a war of attrition with Kurdish fighters, according to a rights monitor and analysts. More than 1,150 people, including at least 712 members of Islamic State, have been killed in clashes there ...

Western-backed Syrian rebels shaken on multiple fronts

Nov 17, 2014

Western-backed Syrian rebels shaken on multiple fronts

During a key battle in the rugged mountains of a northern province earlier this month, U.S.-backed Syrian rebels collapsed before an assault by al-Qaida fighters. Some surrendered their weapons. Others outright defected to the militants. A detailed account of the battle in Idlib, from ...