Jan 22, 2015

180 Australians backing Islamic State group, says minister

Australia called Wednesday for a broader international coalition, led by the U.S., to combat the “terrifying challenge” of jihadi groups that are challenging governments and aiming to establish an Islamic caliphate in the Middle East. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said she’s “deeply troubled” by ...

Jan 21, 2015

Briton who faked own death in Syria admits terrorism offenses

A Briton who fought with an Islamist group in Syria and then faked his own death in the hope of being able to return home undetected has admitted to terrorism offenses in a London court. Imran Khawaja, 27, of Southall, west London, traveled to ...

Jan 20, 2015

Syria starts razing chemical weapons sites: watchdog

Syria has begun destroying its remaining chemical weapons production sites, despite being hampered by bad weather and logistical problems, the world’s chemical watchdog said Monday. “Destruction operations commenced in December,” Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) spokesman Peter Sawczak told AFP in ...

Iran general killed with Hezbollah fighters in Israeli Golan raid

Jan 20, 2015

Iran general killed with Hezbollah fighters in Israeli Golan raid

An Israeli strike on Syria killed an Iranian general, Tehran confirmed Monday, as thousands of supporters of Lebanon’s Hezbollah gathered to bury one of six fighters killed in the same raid. The attack on Sunday near Quneitra on the Syrian-controlled side of the Golan ...

Italy has expelled nine suspected jihadis since December

Jan 19, 2015

Italy has expelled nine suspected jihadis since December

Italy has expelled nine suspected jihadis since late December, and a top minister vowed on Sunday that authorities would order more expulsions in a heightened terrorism crackdown. Interior Minister Angelino Alfano told reporters that the expelled include five Tunisians and citizens from Turkey, Egypt, ...

Jan 19, 2015

35 Syrian soldiers killed in cargo plane crash: monitor

At least 35 Syrian soldiers were killed overnight when an army cargo plane crashed in bad weather in the northwest of the country, a monitor said on Sunday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the plane crashed after hitting electricity lines in heavy ...