Fresh claims emerge of Islamic State fighters using chlorine bombs

Oct 25, 2014

Fresh claims emerge of Islamic State fighters using chlorine bombs

New allegations have emerged that extremists from the Islamic State group have expanded their arsenal with chlorine bombs and captured fighter jets — weapons that could help the militants in Iraq and Syria. Kurdish fighters in the key Syrian border town of Kobani have ...

After attacks, Canada balances security, openness

Oct 25, 2014

After attacks, Canada balances security, openness

Canada treasures its image as an orderly, open society, a place where the seat of government welcomes weekly public yoga sessions on its front lawn beneath a monument called the Peace Tower. That sensibility has been tested by two deadly attacks this past week ...

Alleged radical Muslim with hatchet attacks New York police

Oct 25, 2014

Alleged radical Muslim with hatchet attacks New York police

A hatchet attack on New York police officers was a “terrorist act” carried out by a radical Muslim who had been in the military and browsed al-Qaida websites, police said Friday. “This was a terrorist act,” police commissioner Bill Bratton told a news conference ...

U.S.: Islamic State earns $1 million per day in black market oil sales

Oct 24, 2014

U.S.: Islamic State earns $1 million per day in black market oil sales

Islamic State militants are amassing wealth at an unprecedented pace, earning about $1 million a day from black market oil sales alone, a U.S. Treasury Department official said Thursday. David Cohen, who leads the department’s effort to undermine the Islamic State’s finances, said the ...

Assad pursues withering campaign against rebels

Oct 23, 2014

Assad pursues withering campaign against rebels

Syrian President Bashar Assad is taking advantage of the U.S.-led coalition’s war against the Islamic State group to pursue a withering air and ground campaign against more mainstream rebels elsewhere in the country, trying to recapture areas he apparently considers more crucial to the ...

Oct 23, 2014

Tribes in Baghdad suburb vow to keep Islamic State at bay

The Baghdad suburb of Abu Ghraib, best known for its infamous prison, sits close enough to Baghdad’s airport that you can see the control tower in the distance. It’s an enticing potential prize for Islamic State militants. For now, this Sunni-dominated town remains beyond ...

Two Baghdad car bombs kill 28

Oct 23, 2014

Two Baghdad car bombs kill 28

Car bombs near a maternity hospital and a service station in Baghdad killed at least 28 people Wednesday, the latest in a spate of blasts to hit the city, police and medics said. One blast struck across the street from the hospital in the ...

Oct 23, 2014

Jihadists again besiege Iraq's Mount Sinjar

The Islamic State jihadist group has again surrounded Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq, where it trapped thousands of civilians this summer, commanders in the area said Wednesday. The civilians, mostly members of the Yazidi religious minority, eventually escaped via Syria with the help of ...