Oct 23, 2014

Tribes in Baghdad suburb vow to keep Islamic State at bay

The Baghdad suburb of Abu Ghraib, best known for its infamous prison, sits close enough to Baghdad’s airport that you can see the control tower in the distance. It’s an enticing potential prize for Islamic State militants. For now, this Sunni-dominated town remains beyond ...

Oct 23, 2014

Jihadists again besiege Iraq's Mount Sinjar

The Islamic State jihadist group has again surrounded Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq, where it trapped thousands of civilians this summer, commanders in the area said Wednesday. The civilians, mostly members of the Yazidi religious minority, eventually escaped via Syria with the help of ...

U.S. airdrops, Turkey boost Kurd battle against jihadists

Oct 21, 2014

U.S. airdrops, Turkey boost Kurd battle against jihadists

Kurds battling jihadists for the Syrian border town of Kobani welcomed a first U.S. airdrop of weapons Monday as neighboring Turkey said it will help Iraqi Kurds to support the fight. In an apparent bid to cut Kobani off from Turkey, two suicide car ...

Kerry to seek help on Islamic State

Oct 20, 2014

Kerry to seek help on Islamic State

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Indonesia on Monday to attend Joko Widodo’s presidential inauguration and press Southeast Asian nations to step up their efforts in the fight against the Islamic State (IS) group. Kerry is among foreign dignitaries visiting Jakarta for ...

Oct 20, 2014

Australia to deploy 200 special forces members in Iraq

Australia will soon deploy 200 special forces troops in Iraq to advise and assist Iraqi security forces a month after the Australians were sent to the Middle East, the foreign minister said Monday. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said in a statement from Baghdad that ...

Jihadists believed taking heavy losses in battle for Syria's Kobani

Oct 20, 2014

Jihadists believed taking heavy losses in battle for Syria's Kobani

The Islamic State group was taking heavy losses in the Syrian battleground of Kobani Sunday as Iraqi forces fought the jihadists buoyed by U.S. backing for top government security appointments. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the appointment of defense and interior ministers ...

Oct 19, 2014

Kurds thwart new jihadist bid to cut off Syria town

Kurdish forces in the Syrian town of Kobani repulsed a new attempt by Islamic State fighters to cut off the border with Turkey Saturday as troops battled the jihadists in neighboring Iraq. It came as the U.S. military said it had unleashed 25 more ...

Oct 17, 2014

Kurds hold out in Syria's Kobani one month into Islamic State assault

Kurdish fighters backed by a flurry of U.S.-led airstrikes were still holding out Thursday against jihadists in Kobani as an Islamic State offensive on the Syrian border town entered its second month. The militants have also been beaten back this week from Amriyat al-Fallujah, ...