Feb 14, 2015

Poll shows Americans see Islamic State group as top threat

Americans believe the Islamic State group poses the most serious threat to the United States in the next decade, according to a poll released Friday. Eighty-four percent of those quizzed by Gallup said Islamic State militants, who have grabbed large areas of Iraq and ...

Islamic State seizes Iraqi town near base with U.S. forces

Feb 14, 2015

Islamic State seizes Iraqi town near base with U.S. forces

Islamic State jihadis have captured the western Iraqi town of al-Baghdadi, putting them within striking distance of an air base where American troops are training Iraqi forces, the U.S. military said Friday. The fall of the town, which the Pentagon played down as a ...

Islamic State says it's holding Israeli spy in Syria

Feb 13, 2015

Islamic State says it's holding Israeli spy in Syria

The Islamic State group said on Thursday it was holding an Israeli Arab who had posed as a foreign fighter in order to spy for Mossad, an account denied by Israel and by the man’s family, who said he had been kidnapped. In an ...

Feb 13, 2015

Syria rebels call for help against Assad as death toll rises

A Syrian opposition leader called Thursday on world leaders to take “immediate action” to end government attacks on rebel-held suburbs of Damascus, amid reports that some 150 people have been killed in government airstrikes in the past 10 days. Khaled Khoja, leader of the ...

Feb 13, 2015

U.N. takes aim at Islamic State financing from oil, antiquities

The U.N. Security Council on Thursday unanimously adopted a resolution aimed at choking off millions of dollars in earnings from oil smuggling, antiquities trafficking and ransom payments to the Islamic State group. The resolution was co-sponsored by more than 35 countries in a show ...

Feb 12, 2015

Obama asks Congress to authorize war on Islamic State

U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday sent Congress his long-awaited formal request to authorize military force against Islamic State, meeting swift resistance from Republicans as well as his fellow Democrats wary of another war in the Middle East. Republicans, who control Congress and say ...

Widow of Paris gunman reportedly in Islamic State territory

Feb 12, 2015

Widow of Paris gunman reportedly in Islamic State territory

A magazine run by the Islamic State militant organization has published an interview with the French widow of a Paris hostage taker, its first official claim that Hayat Boumeddiene is in their territory, which spans parts of Syria and Iraq. France launched a search ...

Syrian troops, Hezbollah launch major offensive near Golan

Feb 12, 2015

Syrian troops, Hezbollah launch major offensive near Golan

Syrian troops backed by Lebanese Hezbollah fighters swept south of the capital Damascus on Wednesday, seizing strategic hills and villages from rebels and a local al-Qaida affiliate near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. State media and opposition activists said the surprise counteroffensive is aimed at ...

Obama asks Congress for war powers to fight Islamic State

Feb 12, 2015

Obama asks Congress for war powers to fight Islamic State

U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday asked Congress for its backing to fight the Islamic State group without geographical limits, but with curbs on the use of ground forces. Tantamount to a declaration of war, the authority would allow Obama to prosecute the fight ...

Hometown mourns for American woman held by Islamic State

Feb 11, 2015

Hometown mourns for American woman held by Islamic State

The small Arizona town where Kayla Jean Mueller grew up gathered in grief Tuesday upon learning that the 26-year-old aid worker who traveled the world on a quest to help others had died while in the hands of Islamic State militants. A memorial of ...