Major offensive under way in Iraq to retake Tikrit from Islamic State

Mar 2, 2015

Major offensive under way in Iraq to retake Tikrit from Islamic State

Some 30,000 Iraqi troops and militia backed by aircraft pounded jihadist positions in and around Tikrit on Monday in the biggest offensive yet to retake one of the Islamic State group’s main strongholds. “Security forces are advancing on three main fronts towards Tikrit, Ad-Dawr ...

Iraqi leader gives ultimatum ahead of hinted Tikrit attack

Mar 2, 2015

Iraqi leader gives ultimatum ahead of hinted Tikrit attack

Iraq’s prime minister called on Sunni tribal fighters to abandon the Islamic State group Sunday, ahead of a promised offensive to retake Saddam Hussein’s hometown from the extremists. Haider al-Abadi offered no timeline for an attack on Tikrit, the hometown of the late Iraqi ...

Mar 2, 2015

Mosul offensive will start when the moment is right, Kerry says

Plans to retake Iraq’s second-largest city from Islamic State fighters may not be ready to begin this spring as some U..S. military officials have forecast, Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday. Kerry, the top U.S. diplomat, dismissed an estimate from a Central Command ...

'Jihadi John' relatives under watch in Kuwait, local reports say

Mar 1, 2015

'Jihadi John' relatives under watch in Kuwait, local reports say

Kuwaiti authorities are monitoring several relatives of “Jihadi John,” the masked knife-wielding extremist seen in execution videos released by the Islamic State group. A number of relatives of Mohammed Emwazi live and work in the Gulf emirate where he was born, press reports said ...

Baghdad museum reopens 12 years after looting

Mar 1, 2015

Baghdad museum reopens 12 years after looting

Iraq’s national museum officially reopened Saturday after 12 years of painstaking efforts during which close to a third of 15,000 pieces looted during the U.S.-led invasion were recovered. The reopening was brought forward in what officials said was a response to the destruction of ...

Feb 28, 2015

Canada worried as a growing number of youths join jihad

Concerned about a growing number of Canadian youths traveling overseas to join jihadis, and lacking an immediate alternative, political leaders have asked parents to keep a more watchful eye on their children for signs of extremism. “These situations are disastrous,” Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard ...