Islamic State forcing thousands to flee Syria, U.N. says

Oct 1, 2014

Islamic State forcing thousands to flee Syria, U.N. says

The U.N humanitarian chief on Tuesday said tens of thousands of people are fleeing Syria as the Islamic State militant group expands its grip on large parts of the country despite a U.S.-led airstrike campaign. Valerie Amos said tens of thousands more could flee ...

Turkey 'can't stay out' of anti-IS fight: Erdogan

Sep 29, 2014

Turkey 'can't stay out' of anti-IS fight: Erdogan

Turkey cannot stay out of the international coalition fighting Islamic State jihadists, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday, as Ankara prepares in the coming week to define its military involvement. Turkey has for months frustrated the West with its cautious position against IS, but ...

Islamic State offensive poses problems for Turkey

Sep 23, 2014

Islamic State offensive poses problems for Turkey

Fierce fighting Monday between the Islamic State militant group and Kurdish forces just over the border in Syria brought the battle closer to Turkey, triggering a surge of tens of thousands of refugees and raising pressure for the government to step up efforts to ...

Thousands flee north Nigeria as attackers pursue 'Islamic caliphate'

Sep 4, 2014

Thousands flee north Nigeria as attackers pursue 'Islamic caliphate'

Thousands of refugees are fleeing northeast Nigeria into Cameroon, the U.N. refugee agency reported Wednesday, as extremists pursue a new strategy to hold land they are calling an “Islamic caliphate.” Hundreds of Cameroonians also are abandoning their homes since Nigerian Islamic extremists last week ...

Islamic State executed 700 from Syrian tribe

Aug 17, 2014

Islamic State executed 700 from Syrian tribe

The Islamic State militant group has executed 700 members of a tribe it has been battling in eastern Syria during the past two weeks, the majority of them civilians, a human rights monitoring group and activists said on Saturday. The Syrian Observatory for Human ...

Obama weighing options for rescuing Iraqi refugees

Aug 14, 2014

Obama weighing options for rescuing Iraqi refugees

President Barack Obama is considering a range of military options, including airlifts and creating safe passages, for rescuing thousands of Iraqi refugees trapped on a mountain, and is expected to make a decision in days, the White House said Wednesday. Deputy national security adviser ...