Iraq says Islamic State militants 'bulldozed' ancient Nimrud site

Mar 6, 2015

Iraq says Islamic State militants 'bulldozed' ancient Nimrud site

Islamic State militants “bulldozed” the ancient Nimrud archaeological site near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on Thursday using heavy military vehicles, the government said. A statement from Iraq’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities didn’t elaborate on the extent of the damage, saying only ...

28,000 flee drive to retake Iraq's Tikrit, U.N. reports

Mar 6, 2015

28,000 flee drive to retake Iraq's Tikrit, U.N. reports

Some 28,000 people have fled the Tikrit area as Iraqi forces battle the Islamic State jihadi group in a massive offensive aimed at retaking the city, the U.N. said Thursday. The involvement of Shiite militiamen in the operation, which has been dubbed an attempt ...

U.S. military's Mosul briefing 'inaccurate': Pentagon

Mar 4, 2015

U.S. military's Mosul briefing 'inaccurate': Pentagon

A U.S. military official who briefed news media about Iraq’s upcoming offensive to retake Mosul provided inaccurate information but should never have publicly discussed war plans anyway, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Tuesday. Carter’s criticism of the February news briefing by an official ...

Mar 4, 2015

Emwazi's father says there is no proof his son is 'Jihadi John'

The father of “Jihadi John” said in an interview published Wednesday that there is no proof that his son is the Islamic State executioner, adding that there are a number of “false rumors” circulating. “There is nothing that proves what is being circulated in ...

Iraq jihadis slow Tikrit advance with bombs and snipers

Mar 4, 2015

Iraq jihadis slow Tikrit advance with bombs and snipers

Iraqi forces closed in on Tikrit Tuesday, their progress slowed by jihadi snipers and booby traps, on the second day of Baghdad’s largest operation yet against the Islamic State group. The government has mobilized a 30,000-strong force for the push to retake Tikrit made ...

Mar 3, 2015

Tapes surface of 'Jihadi John' talking about U.K. scrutiny

Audio tapes have surfaced in which a man identified as “Jihadi John” complains about scrutiny from British intelligence services. The tapes contained a man identified as Mohammed Emwazi describing to the Muslim advocacy group CAGE his encounters with British agents in 2009. They were ...

Iraqi forces try to seal off Islamic State around Tikrit

Mar 3, 2015

Iraqi forces try to seal off Islamic State around Tikrit

Thousands of Iraqi soldiers and Shiite militiamen sought to seal off Islamic State fighters in Tikrit and nearby towns on Tuesday, the second day of Iraq’s biggest offensive yet against a stronghold of the radical Sunni Islamist militants. Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani, who ...

Mar 3, 2015

Australia expected to announce more troops bound for Iraq

Australia was expected to confirm Tuesday an increase in troops to be sent to Iraq to help train Iraqi security forces to fight the Islamic State group. The Cabinet on Monday night approved the deployment as part of a joint Australia-New Zealand training mission ...