Sep 17, 2014

NSA chief on tech-savvy Islamic State: 'I'm watching'

While U.S. military leaders appeared before Congress to outline their strategy to fight Islamic State militants on the battlefield, the National Security Agency chief said on Tuesday he was watching the media-savvy group’s cybercapabilities. Asked whether the Sunni Muslim group was planning cyberattacks on ...

Sep 16, 2014

Islamic State group's war chest is growing daily

Islamic State militants, who once relied on wealthy Persian Gulf donors for money, have become a self-sustaining financial juggernaut, earning more than $3 million a day from oil smuggling, human trafficking, theft and extortion, according to U.S. intelligence officials and private experts. The extremist ...

Hollande says 'no time to lose' in fighting Islamic State

Sep 15, 2014

Hollande says 'no time to lose' in fighting Islamic State

The leaders of France and Iraq on Monday urged swift action against Islamic State militants, with President Francois Hollande warning there was “no time to lose” as he opened an international conference to shore up an anti-jihadist coalition. “The fight of the Iraqis against ...

U.S. denies threatening Foley family over raising ransom

Sep 13, 2014

U.S. denies threatening Foley family over raising ransom

The United States on Friday denied threatening the family of executed reporter James Foley with prosecution had they raised a ransom for his release, insisting the government did everything possible to bring him home. Foley’s mother, Diane, had told U.S. media her family was ...

U.S. strikes could weaken ability of Assad to survive

Sep 13, 2014

U.S. strikes could weaken ability of Assad to survive

Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government is angry Washington has not taken it on as a partner in the international campaign to hit the Islamic State group, likely for a very significant reason: It is worried that once the United States has crossed the Rubicon ...

Islamic State group name raises objections

Sep 13, 2014

Islamic State group name raises objections

Propaganda has been one of the core strategies of the Sunni militant group in Syria and Iraq that today calls itself the Islamic State — and its name is very much a part of that. In July, the group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, announced ...