Islamic State guides Egyptian militants, expanding its influence

Sep 6, 2014

Islamic State guides Egyptian militants, expanding its influence

The Islamic State, fighting to redraw the map of the Middle East, has been coaching Egypt’s most dangerous militant group, complicating efforts to stabilize the biggest Arab nation. Confirmation that the Islamic Sate, currently the most successful of the region’s jihadi groups, is extending ...

NATO allies agree to action against the Islamic State

Sep 6, 2014

NATO allies agree to action against the Islamic State

The U.S. and nine key allies agreed Friday that the Islamic State group is a significant threat to NATO countries and that they will take on the militants by squeezing their financial resources and going after them with military might. With the militants spreading ...

Sep 2, 2014

Pro-government Syrian activist arrested over rare public defiance

Syrian authorities have arrested a pro-government activist who launched a social media campaign calling on officials to provide information about hundreds of missing soldiers, residents and activists said Monday. The arrest on Friday has fueled an already unusually bold push by some government supporters ...

U.N. says situation for detained peacekeepers in Syria 'very fluid'

Aug 30, 2014

U.N. says situation for detained peacekeepers in Syria 'very fluid'

The plight of dozens of U.N. peacekeepers in Syria remained “very, very fluid” Friday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s spokesman said, as talks aimed at their release stretched into a second day. Some radio contact has been made with the 72 peacekeepers from the Philippines who ...

Photos show gruesome Islamic State seizure of Syrian air base

Aug 28, 2014

Photos show gruesome Islamic State seizure of Syrian air base

Shocking new images emerged Wednesday of mass killings and brutality committed by Islamic State militants following the group’s takeover of a strategic air base in Syria. The images were released as a U.N. report, accusing the Islamic State militant group of crimes against humanity ...

U.S. man fighting with Islamic State believed killed in Syria

Aug 27, 2014

U.S. man fighting with Islamic State believed killed in Syria

An American man suspected of fighting alongside Islamic State militants who have seized large areas of Iraq and Syria to the alarm of the Baghdad government and its allies in the West has been killed in Syria, a U.S. official said Tuesday. “We were ...

Islamic State militants seize key Syrian air base, trove of weaponry

Aug 25, 2014

Islamic State militants seize key Syrian air base, trove of weaponry

Islamic State fighters captured a major military air base in northeastern Syria on Sunday, eliminating the last government-held outpost in a province otherwise dominated by the jihadist group, activists and state media said. Tabqa airfield — home to several warplane squadrons, helicopters, tanks, artillery, ...

Britain says it's close to identifying beheading suspect

Aug 25, 2014

Britain says it's close to identifying beheading suspect

Britain is close to identifying a suspected British national shown beheading American journalist James Foley in a video released by Islamic State militants last week, the British ambassador to the United States said on Sunday. With Islamic State fighters now in control of vast ...

Britain plans new laws to tackle home-grown jihadists

Aug 24, 2014

Britain plans new laws to tackle home-grown jihadists

Britain said on Saturday it planned tougher laws to deal with British Islamist militants after Islamic State (IS) fighters in the Middle East released a video showing a suspected Briton beheading U.S. journalist James Foley. British Muslims and politicians have expressed horror at the ...

Death toll from Syrian civil war tops 191,000: U.N.

Aug 23, 2014

Death toll from Syrian civil war tops 191,000: U.N.

The death toll from three years of Syria’s civil war has risen to more than 191,000 people, the United Nations reported Friday. The figure, covering the period from March 2011 to April 2014, is the first issued by the U.N.’s human rights office since ...