Iraq, Turkey pledge to join hands to fight Islamic State jihadists

Dec 26, 2014

Iraq, Turkey pledge to join hands to fight Islamic State jihadists

Iraq and Turkey on Thursday pledged to join forces to fight Islamic State insurgents who are holding swaths of Iraq and Syria. “ISIS threatens not only Iraq’s and Turkey’s security but the entire region,” Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi told a joint news conference ...

Dec 26, 2014

Dozens of jihadists killed as Syria Kurds retake ground: monitor

At least 44 members of the Islamic State group were killed in clashes with Kurdish forces in Syria on Thursday, a monitoring group said. Thirty of the jihadists were killed fighting against members of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in the village of ...

Islamic State downs warplane in Syria, captures Jordanian pilot

Dec 25, 2014

Islamic State downs warplane in Syria, captures Jordanian pilot

The Islamic State group captured a Jordanian pilot after shooting down his warplane over Syria, Jordan said Wednesday, in the extremists’ first successful downing of an aircraft from the international coalition waging an air campaign against the extremists. The show of the extremists’ capabilities ...

Dec 24, 2014

FBI warns of Islamic State threat to Mississippi River bridge

The FBI has warned local authorities of a threat that Islamic State militants would blow up the Memphis & Arkansas Bridge spanning the Mississippi River, an agency spokesman said on Tuesday. The bridge is a major route connecting Tennessee and Arkansas. The Federal Bureau ...

Islamic State's Yazidi sex slaves in Iraq driven to suicide

Dec 24, 2014

Islamic State's Yazidi sex slaves in Iraq driven to suicide

Women and girls from Iraq’s Yazidi religious minority have told rights activists they were beaten and forced into sexual slavery by the Islamic State jihadist group, driving some to suicide. Islamic State militants have overrun swaths of Iraq since June, declared a cross-border caliphate ...

Dec 23, 2014

Iraq says Jordan to begin training Iraqi troops soon

Jordan will begin training the first group of army troops from neighboring Iraq in the next few weeks as part of the international effort to fight the Islamic State group, according to Iraq’s defense minister. Speaking after meeting Jordanian King Abdullah on Monday, Khaled ...

In Islamic State-held Sinjar, Iraqi Kurds face harsh resistance

Dec 23, 2014

In Islamic State-held Sinjar, Iraqi Kurds face harsh resistance

Iraqi Kurdish forces forged ahead with their assault Monday on a militant-held town in northern Iraq, but encountered heavy resistance from Islamic State fighters whose snipers fired at the attackers and who used burning tires to create a smoke screen against coalition airstrikes. The ...

Dec 22, 2014

France driver rampage stokes 'lone wolf' fears

A driver deliberately slammed his car into crowds around the city of Lyon, in southeastern France, on Sunday, raising concerns at a time when Islamic extremists are calling for attacks in France. Police arrested the out-of-control driver after he injured at least 11 people, ...

Iraqi Kurds push into contested northern town of Sinjar

Dec 22, 2014

Iraqi Kurds push into contested northern town of Sinjar

With coalition warplanes circling overhead, Kurdish fighters pushed into the contested northern Iraqi town of Sinjar on Sunday, touching off heavy clashes with Islamic State militants who have controlled the area for months. The battle for Sinjar and the surrounding areas has become the ...