Islamic fighters led by al-Qaida in Syria seize major city

Mar 29, 2015

Islamic fighters led by al-Qaida in Syria seize major city

Islamic fighters led by al-Qaida’s branch in Syria seized almost full control of the northwestern city of Idlib on Saturday, taking over major roundabouts and government buildings in a powerful blow to President Bashar Assad whose forces rapidly collapsed after four days of heavy ...

Mar 27, 2015

Syria's Assad says he's open to dialogue with U.S.: CBS interview

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is open to having a dialogue with the United States, but there can be no “pressuring of the sovereignty” of his country, he said in an excerpt of an interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes” that aired on Thursday. Asked about ...

Mar 25, 2015

230 suspected jihadis prevented from leaving Australia

Counterterrorism squads have prevented 230 suspected jihadis from departing Australian airports for the Middle East including at least three teenage boys this month, officials said on Wednesday. Officials had previously announced that two Sydney-born brothers, aged 16 and 17, had been intercepted at Sydney ...

Nusra Front quietly rises in Syria as Islamic State targeted

| Mar 25, 2015

Nusra Front quietly rises in Syria as Islamic State targeted

The Nusra Front, Syria’s al-Qaida affiliate, is consolidating power in territory stretching from the Turkish border to central and southern Syria, crushing moderate opponents and forcibly converting minorities using tactics akin to its ultraconservative rival, the Islamic State group. But while the Islamic State ...

Iraq request for U.S.-led Tikrit airstrikes 'imminent': diplomat

Mar 24, 2015

Iraq request for U.S.-led Tikrit airstrikes "imminent": diplomat

Iraq’s request to the U.S.-led coalition for airstrikes in the campaign to retake Tikrit from Islamic State insurgents is “imminent,” a senior diplomat from a Western nation that is part of the coalition said Tuesday. If the coalition accepts the request, it would see ...

Mar 24, 2015

Islamic State has recruited 400 kids since January: Syria monitor

Islamic State has recruited at least 400 children in Syria in the past three months and given these so-called “Cubs of the Caliphate” military training and hard-line indoctrination, a monitoring group said Tuesday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the children, all aged ...

Mar 24, 2015

Canada to extend anti-Islamic State mission, strike targets in Syria

Canada’s prime minister will announce a one-year extension of its military mission against the Islamic State group and expand it to include airstrikes on targets in Syria, a senior government official said Monday. The official said Prime Minister Stephen Harper will announce the extension ...