Kurds report more chlorine attacks; Iraq pauses Tikrit offensive

Mar 17, 2015

Kurds report more chlorine attacks; Iraq pauses Tikrit offensive

Iraq paused its Tikrit offensive on Monday and officials called for more airstrikes against Islamic State militants, while an officer said Kurdish forces sustained two more chlorine gas attacks by insurgents. Gen. Aziz Waisi told journalists the insurgents used chlorine twice during a January ...

Iraqi forces, militias sweep into Islamic State-held Tikrit

Mar 12, 2015

Iraqi forces, militias sweep into Islamic State-held Tikrit

Iraqi soldiers and allied Shiite militiamen swept into the Islamic State-held city of Tikrit on Wednesday, launching a two-front offensive to squeeze extremists out of Saddam Hussein’s hometown in a major test of the troops’ resolve. Explosions and heavy gunfire echoed through Tikrit, a ...

Kurdish forces attack Islamic State west of Kirkuk

Mar 10, 2015

Kurdish forces attack Islamic State west of Kirkuk

Kurdish forces drove Islamic State militants back from the oil-rich city of Kirkuk in northern Iraq on Monday, in an advance backed by heavy airstrikes from a U.S.-led coalition. Speaking to a local television channel near the frontline, Kirkuk Gov. Najmaldin Karim, who was ...

German woman killed fighting Islamic State in Syria

Mar 10, 2015

German woman killed fighting Islamic State in Syria

A young German woman fighting alongside Kurdish forces in Syria was killed over the weekend in clashes with Islamic State fighters, Kurdish officials and a Turkey-based communist group said on Monday. The Kurdish forces, backed by U.S. airstrikes and local rebel fighters, have been ...

Canada and Kurds disagree over soldier's death in Iraq

Mar 9, 2015

Canada and Kurds disagree over soldier's death in Iraq

The Canadian government and Kurdish officials are publicly disagreeing over the circumstances of a Canadian soldier’s death in a friendly fire incident in Iraq. The death Friday of Sgt. Andrew Joseph Doiron marked Canada’s first casualty as part of the U.S.-led coalition’s war on ...

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 ...