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 ...

French aircraft carrier begins Iraq operations

Feb 23, 2015

French aircraft carrier begins Iraq operations

France’s Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier has started military operations against Islamic State in Iraq, a French army source said Monday. “The carrier and its naval group has officially started missions as part of its Chammal operation in Iraq,” the source said, referring to ...

Islamic State group has near-impregnable base, mass appeal: author

Feb 23, 2015

Islamic State group has near-impregnable base, mass appeal: author

The Islamic State group has learned from the mistakes of past jihadi movements and established a near-impregnable base of support within Iraq and Syria with spectacular appeal to many of the world’s Sunni Muslims, a new book has warned. The authors of “ISIS: Inside ...

Turkish mission evacuates 40 soldiers guarding tomb deep inside Syria

Feb 22, 2015

Turkish mission evacuates 40 soldiers guarding tomb deep inside Syria

Turkish soldiers launched an overnight raid Saturday into neighboring Syria, evacuating dozens of besieged troops guarding an Ottoman tomb and moving the crypt back to Turkey on Sunday after ceremonially planting the country’s crescent-and-star flag. The mission, saving Turkish soldiers reportedly stranded for months ...

Feb 22, 2015

Come home, families beg Syria-bound U.K. schoolgirls

The families of three British schoolgirls feared to be traveling to join the Islamic State group in Syria issued emotional appeals for them to come home Saturday. Close friends Kadiza Sultana, 17, and 15-year-olds Shamima Begum and Amira Abase left their east London homes ...

Qatar tried to help free Japanese hostages

Feb 22, 2015

Qatar tried to help free Japanese hostages

Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid bin Mohammed al-Attiyah said Saturday during a visit to Japan that Qatar’s government tried to mediate the release of Japanese hostages before they were killed by the Islamic State group. In an interview with Kyodo News, al-Attiyah said, “The Japanese ...