Feb 9, 2016

A turning point in Syria?

The Syrian government and its backers appear to be succeeding in their goal to wipe out moderate opposition forces that the international community could rally to replace President Bashir Assad.

Saudi offer to send troops to Syria comes with uncertainty

Feb 9, 2016

Saudi offer to send troops to Syria comes with uncertainty

Saudi Arabia’s offer to send troops to fight the Islamic State group in Syria is as much about the kingdom’s growing determination to flex its military might as it is about answering U.S. calls for more help from its allies in the Middle East. ...

Feb 9, 2016

Iraqi woman charged with role in U.S. female hostage's death

The wife of a senior Islamic State leader who was killed in a U.S. raid last year has been charged in federal court with holding American Kayla Mueller hostage and with contributing to the aid worker’s death, the Justice Department said Monday. Nisreen Assad ...

Iraq massing forces to retake Islamic State-held Mosul hub

Feb 9, 2016

Iraq massing forces to retake Islamic State-held Mosul hub

The Iraqi army is deploying thousands of soldiers to a northern base in preparation for operations to retake the Islamic State group’s hub of Mosul, officials said on Monday. Islamic State seized Mosul in June 2014 and except for airstrikes has held Iraq’s second ...

Feb 7, 2016

Spanish police arrest seven on suspicion of jihadi links to IS

Spanish police arrested seven suspected members Sunday of a jihadi cell linked to the Islamic State group and Jabhat al-Nusra militants during raids in the provinces of Valencia and Alicante and in Spain’s North African enclave of Ceuta. In a statement, police said the ...

Feb 7, 2016

Aleppo, crossroads of civilizations, now is center of fighting in Syria

A look at Aleppo, Syria’s key northern city: Syria’s largest city and once its commercial center, Aleppo was a crossroads of civilization for millenniums. It has been occupied by the Greeks, Byzantines and multiple Islamic dynasties. As one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited ...

Feb 6, 2016

Twitter moves to actively seek out terrorism supporters

Twitter is now using spam-fighting technology to seek out accounts that might be promoting terrorist activity and is examining other accounts related to those flagged for possible removal, the company announced Friday. The move signaled efforts by Twitter to automatically identify tweets supporting terrorism, ...