Jun 6, 2015

Islamic State working to develop chemical weapons: Australia

The Islamic State group has shown it is prepared to use chemical weapons and is likely to have among its recruits the technical expertise to develop them, Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said. In a speech late Friday, Bishop said Australia had no doubt ...

Tariq Aziz, Saddam's voice through war and crises, dies

Jun 6, 2015

Tariq Aziz, Saddam's voice through war and crises, dies

Through long years of conflict and crisis in Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, Tariq Aziz was his master’s voice to the outside world — an urbane, cigar-smoking diplomat who relayed Saddam’s tough and uncompromising stance to his enemies. In the months leading up to the 1991 ...

Iranian cartoonists use pens to jab Islamic State — and West

Jun 3, 2015

Iranian cartoonists use pens to jab Islamic State — and West

Caricatures of Arab and Western leaders appeared beside those of top jihadis at an Iranian cartoon contest on Islamic State group crimes that drew entries from artists around the world. Political cartoons have a long tradition in Iran, despite many restrictions in the staunchly ...

British actor joins Kurds fighting Islamic State group

Jun 3, 2015

British actor joins Kurds fighting Islamic State group

A British actor who has had minor roles in Hollywood films has joined Kurdish fighters battling the Islamic State group in Syria and appeared in an online video Tuesday. Michael Enright, who played a deckhand in “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest,” appeared ...

Islamic State a media-savvy PR machine in battle for recruits

Jun 2, 2015

Islamic State a media-savvy PR machine in battle for recruits

After a selection of tunes, the presenter with an American accent offers “a glimpse at our main headlines.” Islamic State militants have just seized three Iraqi cities. A bomb blows up a factory, killing everyone inside. Militants destroy four enemy Hummers and an armored ...

May 30, 2015

Syrian Christian beheads jihadi in revenge killing

A Syrian Christian fighter has beheaded an Islamic State group militant to avenge people “executed” by the jihadis in northeastern Syria, a monitor said on Friday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the incident took place on Thursday in Hasakeh province, where the ...