Syrian asylum seekers sue for refugee status

Mar 17, 2015

Syrian asylum seekers sue for refugee status

by Tomohiro Osaki

Four asylum seekers from strife-riven Syria sued the central government at the Tokyo District Court on Tuesday, demanding that they be recognized as refugees. The move, the first of its kind by Syrians in Japan, represents a direct challenge to the government’s persistent reluctance ...

Iraq's 'Angel of Death' takes on the Islamic State

Mar 17, 2015

Iraq's 'Angel of Death' takes on the Islamic State

Abu Azrael — Father of the Angel of Death — is the black-bearded, blade-wielding embodiment of the retribution many Iraqis want against brutal jihadis who seized swaths of their country. A Facebook page dedicated to the fighter in the Shiite Imam Ali Brigades militia ...

Kerry suggests place for Assad in Syria talks

Mar 16, 2015

Kerry suggests place for Assad in Syria talks

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States would have to negotiate with Syrian President Bashar Assad for a political transition in Syria and was exploring ways with other countries to pressure him into agreeing to talks. But State Department spokeswoman Marie ...

Iraqi Kurds claim Islamic State group used chemical weapons

Mar 15, 2015

Iraqi Kurds claim Islamic State group used chemical weapons

Kurdish authorities in Iraq said Saturday they have evidence that the Islamic State group used chlorine gas as a chemical weapon against peshmerga fighters, the latest alleged atrocity carried out by the extremist organization now under attack in Tikrit. The allegation by the Kurdistan ...

Iraqi forces pound besieged Islamic State fighters in Tikrit

Mar 14, 2015

Iraqi forces pound besieged Islamic State fighters in Tikrit

Iraqi forces battled Islamic State jihadis making what looked increasingly like a last stand in Tikrit, but the group responded by vowing to expand its “caliphate.” Thousands of fighters surrounded a few hundred Islamic State holdouts, pounding their positions with helicopter and artillery strikes ...

Islamic State tightens its grip over city of Mosul

| Mar 14, 2015

Islamic State tightens its grip over city of Mosul

Freedom from the Islamic State group comes at a steep price, as one newly married couple recently discovered. Eager to live a normal life, away from the harsh dominion of the militants’ self-styled caliphate, the young pair is searching for ways to bypass the ...

In coalition of many, U.S. air power does the heavy lifting

Mar 13, 2015

In coalition of many, U.S. air power does the heavy lifting

American refueling planes rumble into the air from this desert air base around the clock to top up coalition aircraft bombing Islamic State militants, whether they’re Arab fighters flying out of regional bases or French warplanes catapulted off an aircraft carrier in the Persian ...

Mar 13, 2015

Islamic State leader accepts allegiance of Nigeria's Boko Haram

The leader of the Islamic State militant group that controls parts of Syria and Iraq has accepted a pledge of allegiance from Nigerian Islamists Boko Haram, his spokesman said in an audio message transmitted on Thursday. “Our caliph, God save him, has accepted the ...