Islamic State militants attack Kurdish outposts across Iraq

Jan 31, 2015

Islamic State militants attack Kurdish outposts across Iraq

Islamic State militants struck at Kurdish forces southwest of the Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Friday, while bombs in Kirkuk, Baghdad, Samarra and Ramadi killed at least 27 people. The Sunni Islamists have often battled Iraqi security forces and Shiite militias further south and ...

| Jan 31, 2015

Jihadis increasingly wary of Internet, experts say

After having used the Internet profusely for propaganda and recruitment, jihadi organizations have realized that investigators are gleaning crucial information online and are increasingly concealing their web presence, experts say. Apart from recent orders given to fighters to limit their exposure, erase the footprint ...

Mabkhout lifts UAE to third-place finish in Asian Cup

Jan 30, 2015

Mabkhout lifts UAE to third-place finish in Asian Cup

Ali Mabkhout put one hand on the Asian Cup top-scorer award on Friday as the United Arab Emirates came from behind to beat 10-man Iraq 3-2 in a rollercoaster third-place playoff. The Al Jazira marksman took his tally for the competition to five with ...

Obama to request big hike in Pentagon's budget

Jan 28, 2015

Obama to request big hike in Pentagon's budget

President Barack Obama will ask Congress for an almost 8 percent boost in money for the Pentagon, including $5.3 billion to equip and train Iraqi soldiers and moderate Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State militants in the Middle East. Obama will ask for $534 ...

Secret talks underway, but obstacles to hostage deal abound

Jan 28, 2015

Secret talks underway, but obstacles to hostage deal abound

Secret talks were underway Tuesday in Jordan in the presence of a Japanese envoy to secure the freedom of a Japanese journalist and a Jordanian pilot captured by Islamic State extremists and purportedly threatened with death within 24 hours. The global efforts to free ...

Islamic State pushed out of Kobani

Jan 27, 2015

Islamic State pushed out of Kobani

Kurdish fighters backed by intense U.S.-led airstrikes pushed the Islamic State group almost entirely out of the Syrian town of Kobani on Monday, marking a major loss for extremists whose hopes for easy victory dissolved into a bloody, costly siege that seems close to ...

Iraq's 'sleeper cells' undermining Islamic State

Jan 27, 2015

Iraq's 'sleeper cells' undermining Islamic State

“Sleeper cells” made up of former Iraqi police officers and soldiers are tipping off authorities to Islamic State group positions in the northern city of Mosul, a prominent lawmaker has told reporters. The comments by Hakim al-Zamili, the head of parliament’s security and defense ...