Christians flee jihadis after Syria kidnappings

Feb 26, 2015

Christians flee jihadis after Syria kidnappings

The kidnapping of dozens of Assyrian Christians by the Islamic State jihadi group in Syria has prompted an exodus of terrified families fleeing their homes, activists said Wednesday. The United States condemned the mass abduction of Christians — the first of its kind in ...

In soldiers' rescue, Turkey plays off warring sides in Syria

| Feb 24, 2015

In soldiers' rescue, Turkey plays off warring sides in Syria

By extracting dozens of its soldiers surrounded by Islamist fighters in Syria, Turkey has warded off a potential crisis and shown its ability to maneuver between rival warring parties, including the Islamic State group. Several hundred Turkish ground troops, backed by tanks and drones, ...

U.K. police brief students at school of Syria-bound girls

Feb 24, 2015

U.K. police brief students at school of Syria-bound girls

British police have briefed students at an east London school attended by three girls believed to be traveling to Syria, their headmaster said on Monday. Mark Keary said the police were part of a “support team” including experts in de-radicalzsation from the British government’s ...

Erdogan says relocation of tomb, troops from Syria not a retreat

Feb 24, 2015

Erdogan says relocation of tomb, troops from Syria not a retreat

Turkey’s military incursion into Syria to relocate a tomb surrounded by Islamic State militants and evacuate the soldiers guarding it was a temporary move to safeguard their lives and not a retreat, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday. The action, which involved tanks, drones ...

Feb 24, 2015

France seizes passports of would-be jihadis

Six French citizens have had their passports confiscated and 40 more will be banned from leaving the country as Europe cracks down on would-be jihadis planning to travel to Syria and Iraq. This is the first time France has resorted to the measure since ...

Turkish mission evacuates 40 soldiers guarding tomb deep inside Syria

Feb 22, 2015

Turkish mission evacuates 40 soldiers guarding tomb deep inside Syria

Turkish soldiers launched an overnight raid Saturday into neighboring Syria, evacuating dozens of besieged troops guarding an Ottoman tomb and moving the crypt back to Turkey on Sunday after ceremonially planting the country’s crescent-and-star flag. The mission, saving Turkish soldiers reportedly stranded for months ...

Turkey closes Yemen embassy after telling citizens to leave

Feb 17, 2015

Turkey closes Yemen embassy after telling citizens to leave

Turkey has closed its embassy in Yemen, the Foreign Ministry in Ankara said on Monday, the latest of a number of foreign powers to withdraw their diplomats as the country’s civil conflict worsens. The ambassador and other embassy staff had returned to Turkey, a ...

Islamic State says it's holding Israeli spy in Syria

Feb 13, 2015

Islamic State says it's holding Israeli spy in Syria

The Islamic State group said on Thursday it was holding an Israeli Arab who had posed as a foreign fighter in order to spy for Mossad, an account denied by Israel and by the man’s family, who said he had been kidnapped. In an ...