Sep 12, 2014

Islamic State threatens to behead Iraqi journalist: RSF

An Iraqi journalist has been kidnapped by Islamic State militants who are threatening to behead him if he refuses to work for them, media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) warned Thursday. Raad Mohammed al-Azzawi, a cameraman, was taken prisoner on Sunday in Samarra, a ...

Sep 11, 2014

Islamic State group not an unstoppable juggernaut

The Islamic State group is often described as the most fearsome jihadi outfit of all: a global menace outweighing al-Qaida, with armies trembling before its advance. But while the group has been successful at seizing parts of Iraq and Syria, it is no unstoppable ...

Dick Cheney lectures Obama on Islamic State

Sep 11, 2014

Dick Cheney lectures Obama on Islamic State

He spent eight years bending the ear of George W. Bush. On Wednesday, former Vice President Dick Cheney sought to advise another U.S. leader, this time over how to contend with violent jihadists. In a Washington speech, Cheney, an architect of the U.S. invasion ...

France ready to participate in Iraq airstrikes

Sep 11, 2014

France ready to participate in Iraq airstrikes

France’s foreign minister said Wednesday his country is ready to take part in airstrikes against extremist fighters in Iraq if needed. Laurent Fabius called for international mobilization against “this transnational danger that could reach all the way to our soil.” He spoke in Paris ...

Sep 10, 2014

Arabs rally behind U.S. efforts for anti-jihadist coalition

Arab nations rallied Tuesday behind U.S. efforts to form a broad coalition against jihadists in Iraq and Syria as Secretary of State John Kerry headed to the region to cement their support. Regional heavyweight Saudi Arabia is to host talks Thursday between Kerry and ...

Sep 9, 2014

Iran arrests three foreigners on suspicion of planning to join Islamic State

Iranian authorities have detained three foreigners traveling through Iran under the suspicion that they were planning to join the extremists Islamic State group in neighboring Iraq, a state-owned Tehran newspapers reported Tuesday. The report by the IRAN daily quoted Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli ...

Khalilzad, ex-top U.S. diplomat, in laundering probe

Sep 9, 2014

Khalilzad, ex-top U.S. diplomat, in laundering probe

Zalmay Khalilzad, who served as U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq and the United Nations under President George W. Bush, is being investigated by American authorities for suspected money laundering, Austrian officials said Monday. State prosecutor Thomas Vecsey confirmed a report in the Austrian weekly ...

Islamic State makes inroads in South Asia

Sep 9, 2014

Islamic State makes inroads in South Asia

Islamic State pamphlets and flags have appeared in parts of Pakistan and India, alongside signs that the ultraradical group is inspiring militants even in the strongholds of the Taliban and al-Qaida. A splinter group of Pakistan’s Taliban insurgents, Jamat-ul Ahrar, has already declared its ...