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 ...

Iraqi Kurds authorize sending fighters to Kobani via Turkey

Oct 23, 2014

Iraqi Kurds authorize sending fighters to Kobani via Turkey

Lawmakers in Iraq’s largely autonomous Kurdish region voted Wednesday to authorize sending Kurdish fighters known as peshmerga to help defend the embattled town of Kobani in Syria, where fellow Kurds are facing an onslaught by militants of the Islamic State group. Kurdish officials said ...

U.S. airdrops, Turkey boost Kurd battle against jihadists

Oct 21, 2014

U.S. airdrops, Turkey boost Kurd battle against jihadists

Kurds battling jihadists for the Syrian border town of Kobani welcomed a first U.S. airdrop of weapons Monday as neighboring Turkey said it will help Iraqi Kurds to support the fight. In an apparent bid to cut Kobani off from Turkey, two suicide car ...