Sep 23, 2014

German police arrest suspected Islamic State fighter

German police have arrested a Turkish man suspected of having fought for the Islamic State jihadist group in Syria, public prosecutors said Monday. The 40-year-old, who lives in Berlin and is a Turkish citizen, was detained by a special police unit in the German ...

Sep 22, 2014

To defeat and destroy Islamic State

Islamic State forces in Iraq and Syria can be defeated, but doing so will require a serious and thoughtful strategy, not a knee-jerk, emotional reaction to its brutality.

Turkey says 49 hostages kidnapped by Islamic State are freed

Sep 20, 2014

Turkey says 49 hostages kidnapped by Islamic State are freed

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Saturday that 49 Turkish hostages who were seized by Islamic militants in Iraq have been freed and safely returned to Turkey, ending Ankara’s most serious hostage crisis. The Turks, including diplomatic staff, were seized from the consulate on ...

Skepticism grows over Obama's 'no boots on the ground' war plan

| Sep 20, 2014

Skepticism grows over Obama's 'no boots on the ground' war plan

President Barack Obama faces growing skepticism in Washington over his plan to defeat Islamic State jihadists in Iraq and Syria without U.S. ground troops, with critics blasting the strategy as unrealistic and half-hearted. Obama’s repeated vow that he will not order “boots on the ...

U.S. Senate authorizes Obama plan to train moderate Syrian rebels

Sep 19, 2014

U.S. Senate authorizes Obama plan to train moderate Syrian rebels

Congress on Thursday passed President Barack Obama’s plan to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels to battle Islamic State jihadists, a key plank of his strategy to smash the militants. The Senate voted 78-22 to authorize the first step in Obama’s move to degrade ...

Sep 19, 2014

Assad broke chemical arms pact with chlorine gas this year: Kerry

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday accused Syrian President Bashar Assad of breaking the terms of a global pact on chemical weapons by unleashing chlorine gas this year. “We believe there is evidence of Assad’s use of chlorine, which when you use ...