Mar 22, 2015

Nine British medical students believed to have traveled to Syria

Nine British medical students have traveled to Syria, apparently to work in hospitals controlled by Islamic State, Britain’s Observer newspaper reported Saturday. The group of four women and five men crossed into Syria from Turkey last week, having traveled from Sudan where they had ...

Mar 18, 2015

U.S. Air Force veteran accused of trying to assist Islamic State

A U.S. Air Force veteran has been charged with trying to provide support for the Islamic State militant group, U.S. prosecutors said on Tuesday. A federal grand jury in New York City indicted Tairod Nathan Webster Pugh for attempting to provide material support to ...

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 ...

Iraq Army says coalition airstrikes needed to take Tikrit

Mar 16, 2015

Iraq Army says coalition airstrikes needed to take Tikrit

Coalition airstrikes are needed to retake Tikrit, where die-hard jihadis are defending their last redoubt with trenches, sandbags and roadside bombs, Iraqi officers said Sunday. Two weeks into Baghdad’s biggest operation yet against the Islamic State group, Iraqi forces have a complete stranglehold on ...

Saddam's tomb suffers extensive damage in Iraq fighting

Mar 16, 2015

Saddam's tomb suffers extensive damage in Iraq fighting

The tomb of Iraq’s late dictator Saddam Hussein was virtually leveled in heavy clashes between militants from the Islamic State group and Iraqi forces in a fight for control of the city of Tikrit. Fighting intensified to the north and south of Saddam Hussein’s ...

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 ...