Sep 23, 2014

U.S., Arab allies unleash airstrikes on Islamic State targets in Syria

The United States and Arab allies unleashed bombs and Tomahawk cruise missiles on Islamic State group targets in eastern Syria early Tuesday, opening a new front in the fight against the militants, defense officials said. Syria’s Foreign Ministry said Damascus had been informed by ...

Sep 23, 2014

Islamic State calls for Muslims to attack its foes worldwide

The Islamic State group’s spokesman said its fighters are ready to battle a U.S.-led military coalition, casting it as a historic clash between Muslims and their enemies and calling for attacks at home and abroad. Abu Mohammed al-Adnani’s 42-minute audio statement, which appeared to ...

Sep 23, 2014

Jihadists kill 40 Iraqi soldiers, capture at least 70

Jihadists attacked an Iraqi army base west of Baghdad with six suicide bombers, killing 40 soldiers and capturing at least 70 others who fled, a senior army officer said Monday. Four suicide bombers detonated explosives-rigged armored personnel carriers at the base in Saqlawiyah on ...

Sep 22, 2014

To defeat and destroy Islamic State

Islamic State forces in Iraq and Syria can be defeated, but doing so will require a serious and thoughtful strategy, not a knee-jerk, emotional reaction to its brutality.

Bomb, mortar attacks on Shiite areas kill 13 in Iraq

Sep 22, 2014

Bomb, mortar attacks on Shiite areas kill 13 in Iraq

Bombs and mortar fire killed 13 people in Shiite areas in and around Baghdad on Sunday, as Iraqi security forces said they succeeded in breaking a siege on soldiers who had been surrounded by Islamic State militants west of Baghdad. Police officials said three ...

Sep 22, 2014

Islamic State an online threat, authorities say

The latest issue of the digital magazine Dabiq features glossy photos of smiling militants from the Islamic State group, mutilated bodies on the battlefield and articles with titles such as, “There is No Life Without Jihad” and “Foley’s Blood is on Obama’s Hands.” It ...

Turkey says no ransom paid in release of Islamic State hostages

Sep 22, 2014

Turkey says no ransom paid in release of Islamic State hostages

Turkey said Sunday that dozens of hostages held by Islamic State militants in Iraq had been released without ransom, ending a crisis that has hindered Ankara’s ability to combat jihadists on its borders. “A bargain for money is totally out of the question. There ...