Aug 26, 2015

First man from Ghana joins IS, family says

A 25-year-old Muslim from Ghana has traveled to an Islamic State training camp, becoming the first known recruit from the West African nation to join the militant group, his family said on Tuesday. The decision by university graduate Nazir Nortei Alema is likely to ...

Assad opposes alliance of Syrian rebels against Islamic State

Aug 26, 2015

Assad opposes alliance of Syrian rebels against Islamic State

Syrian President Bashar Assad said Tuesday that he is open to the idea of a coalition against Islamic State but indicated there is little chance of it happening among his enemies, casting further doubt on a Russian plan to forge an alliance against the ...

Islamic State publishes images of Palmyra temple destruction

Aug 26, 2015

Islamic State publishes images of Palmyra temple destruction

The Islamic State group on Tuesday published images showing the destruction of the Baal Shamin temple in Syria’s Palmyra. The images showed militants placing barrels and small containers, presumably containing explosives, into the temple, as well as similar containers placed on parts of its ...

Aug 25, 2015

U.S. to welcome 5,000 to 8,000 Syrian refugees in 2016

The United States expects to accept between 5,000 and 8,000 Syrian refugees in 2016, officials said Monday. State Department spokesman John Kirby also said 15,000 Syrian refugees have been referred to the U.S. for resettlement by the U.N. refugee agency. In December, Washington had ...

Aug 25, 2015

Islamic State claims to kill 30 for sodomy, U.N. meeting told

The Islamic State extremist group has claimed responsibility for killing at least 30 people for sodomy, the head of an international gay rights organization said Monday at the first-ever U.N. Security Council meeting spotlighting violence and discrimination against lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people. ...

Islamic State blew up ancient Palmyra temple, activists report

Aug 24, 2015

Islamic State blew up ancient Palmyra temple, activists report

Islamic State militants have destroyed a temple at Syria’s ancient ruins of Palmyra, activists said Sunday, realizing the worst fears archaeologists had for the 2,000-year-old Roman-era city after the extremists seized it and beheaded a local scholar. Palmyra, one of the Middle East’s most ...

IS systematically destroying heritage sites, UNESCO chief says

Aug 22, 2015

IS systematically destroying heritage sites, UNESCO chief says

Islamic State extremists in Syria and Iraq are engaged in the “most brutal, systematic” destruction of ancient sites since World War II, the head of the U.N. cultural agency said Friday after militants demolished a monastery with ancient foundations in central Syria. The world’s ...

Aug 21, 2015

Australia considers U.S. request to bomb IS targets in Syria

Australia is considering a U.S. request to launch airstrikes against Islamic State fighters in Syria in an unprecedented departure from Australian foreign policy that could spark political division at home. Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Friday that his government had received a request from ...