Overtures made to Islamic State over Christian captives

Mar 2, 2015

Overtures made to Islamic State over Christian captives

Syrian Christian leaders and Sunni tribal sheikhs are reaching out to the Islamic State group to try to negotiate the release of more than 220 Christians who were kidnapped by the militants last week, activists said Sunday. Islamic State fighters swept through a string ...

Christians flee jihadis after Syria kidnappings

Feb 26, 2015

Christians flee jihadis after Syria kidnappings

The kidnapping of dozens of Assyrian Christians by the Islamic State jihadi group in Syria has prompted an exodus of terrified families fleeing their homes, activists said Wednesday. The United States condemned the mass abduction of Christians — the first of its kind in ...

Feb 23, 2015

New Islamic State video shows Kurdish fighters in cages in Iraq

The Islamic State jihadi group released a new video on Sunday purporting to show captured Kurdish peshmerga fighters paraded through Iraqi streets in cages. The video shows 21 captives presented as 16 peshmerga fighters, two Iraqi army officers and three policemen from Kirkuk, a ...

Feb 10, 2015

Kurds recapture ground from Islamic State north of Mosul: U.S.

Kurdish forces backed up by U.S.-led airstrikes have recaptured territory from Islamic State jihadis near the strategic city of Mosul in northern Iraq, the American military said Monday. The advance is the latest push by Kurdish forces around Mosul, considered a crucial battleground for ...

Jan 28, 2015

U.S. sees Kobani as key win but Mosul may require new tactics

The Kurdish recapture of Kobani in northern Syria appears to have provided a blueprint for defeating the Islamic State, bringing together U.S. air power with an effective ground force and protected routes for the movement of fighters and weaponry. Taking back the key Iraqi ...

Jan 22, 2015

Kurdish forces launch push against Islamic State in northern Iraq

Kurdish security forces launched an offensive on the Islamic State group in northern Iraq Wednesday, backed by U.S.-led airstrikes, and retook villages the jihadis used to launch attacks, officials said. The Kurdistan Regional Security Council said peshmerga forces, who began a “large-scale offensive” around ...

McCain urges 'boots on the ground' to combat Islamic State

Jan 20, 2015

McCain urges 'boots on the ground' to combat Islamic State

U.S. Sen. John McCain on Monday urged the deployment of international ground forces to combat jihadis in Syria and Iraq, as he toured the Middle East with a Senate delegation. “For months we’ve been bombing (Syrian border town) Kobani and we still haven’t driven ...

Islamic State group losing ground in symbolic Kobani battle

Jan 15, 2015

Islamic State group losing ground in symbolic Kobani battle

With more than a thousand militants killed and territory slipping away, the Islamic State group is losing its grip on the Syrian border town of Kobani under intense U.S.-led airstrikes and astonishingly stiff resistance by Kurdish fighters. It is a stunning reversal for the ...

Jan 7, 2015

Kurds kill 24 jihadists in Syria's Kobani: monitor

At least 24 Islamic State jihadists were killed in clashes with Kurdish fighters Tuesday in the Syrian town of Kobani, where a battle has raged for almost four months, a monitoring group said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the Islamic State militants ...

Jan 6, 2015

Kurdish fighters capture key area in northern Syrian town of Kobani

Kurdish fighters advanced in the northern Syrian town of Kobani on Monday, capturing a vital zone housing government buildings after heavy fighting with Islamic State militants, a Kurdish official and an activist group said. Kobani official Idriss Nassan and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for ...