Turkey says no ransom paid in release of Islamic State hostages

Sep 22, 2014

Turkey says no ransom paid in release of Islamic State hostages

Turkey said Sunday that dozens of hostages held by Islamic State militants in Iraq had been released without ransom, ending a crisis that has hindered Ankara’s ability to combat jihadists on its borders. “A bargain for money is totally out of the question. There ...

Islamic State extends gains in north Iraq, Christians flee

Aug 8, 2014

Islamic State extends gains in north Iraq, Christians flee

Islamic State militants extended their gains in northern Iraq on Thursday, seizing more towns and strengthening a foothold near the Kurdish region in an offensive that has alarmed the Baghdad government and regional powers. The advance forced thousands of residents of Iraq’s biggest Christian ...

Jun 19, 2014

Imagine a U.S.-Iran alliance

by William Pfaff

A U.S. interest now coincides with Iran's. Both wish to save the Shiite government of Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki from the ISIS advance. But the prospect of an Iran-U.S. alliance will cause a political clash.