Nov 23, 2014

Up to 300 Swedes fighting with Islamic State: official

As many as 300 Swedes may have joined the brutal Islamic State group insurgency in Iraq and Syria, Sweden’s intelligence chief said Saturday. “A hundred cases of people who have left to join the fighting have been confirmed, then there are the presumed cases ...

Nov 22, 2014

Berlin says 550 Germans joined jihadist cause in Syria, Iraq

Hundreds of Germans have left their home country to fight alongside Islamic militants in Syria and Iraq, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said. “We estimate 550. Just a few days ago we had 450,” the minister told German television channel Phoenix on Friday. “These ...

Islamic State's drive for Kobani is blunted

| Nov 22, 2014

Islamic State's drive for Kobani is blunted

More than two months into its assault on Kobani, the Islamic State group is still pouring fighters and resources into trying to capture the besieged Syrian Kurdish town, but the drive has been blunted. Helped by more than 270 airstrikes from a U.S.-led coalition, ...

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 ...

Peshmerga open new offensive in Iraq against Islamic State

Nov 20, 2014

Peshmerga open new offensive in Iraq against Islamic State

Kurdish forces, backed by U.S.-led airstrikes, launched a new offensive Wednesday targeting the Islamic State group in areas of Iraq that the extremists had captured this past summer. The operation came as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said details haven’t been finalized for a ...

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 19, 2014

Iraq is starting to push back jihadists: U.N.

The new Iraqi government’s strategy of enlisting Kurds and local tribes in the fight against Islamist State jihadists is yielding results, the U.N. envoy for Iraq told the Security Council on Tuesday. Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi has made it a priority to pay ...

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 ...