Syria's Nusra Front releases Fijian U.N. peacekeepers on Golan Heights

Sep 12, 2014

Syria's Nusra Front releases Fijian U.N. peacekeepers on Golan Heights

Dozens of Fijian U.N. peacekeepers, released by al Qaida-linked group Nusra Front in Syria, arrived in Israeli-held territory on the Golan Heights on Thursday, an Israeli military spokeswoman said. “We opened the border and they entered,” the Israeli military spokeswoman said, without giving numbers. ...

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 ...

Suicide bombing kills head of leading Syrian rebel group

Sep 10, 2014

Suicide bombing kills head of leading Syrian rebel group

The leader of an ultraconservative Islamic rebel group in Syria was killed Tuesday in a suicide bombing along with other of its top officials, its allies said, weakening the ranks of the country’s already shaky armed opposition. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the ...

Sep 10, 2014

Obama to deliver prime-time address on taking on Islamic State

President Barack Obama sought support from congressional leaders Tuesday for a broad and potentially lengthy military campaign to root out violent extremists in Iraq and Syria, a day before outlining his plans to the American people in a rare prime-time address. The president’s strategy ...

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 ...

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 ...