Nov 25, 2014

Islamic State group raked in up to $45 million in ransom cash

The Islamic State group, which controls a large swath of Syria and Iraq, has received between $35 million and $45 million in ransom payments in the past year, a U.N. expert monitoring sanctions against al-Qaida said Monday. Yotsna Lalji told a meeting of the ...

Nov 24, 2014

Islamic clerics meet in Iran to counter extremists

Shiite and Sunni clerics from about 80 countries gathered in Iran’s holy city of Qom to develop a strategy to combat extremists, including the Islamic State group that has captured large parts of Iraq and Syria. Shiite-majority Iran has been helping Iraqi, Syrian and ...

Nov 23, 2014

Up to 300 Swedes fighting with Islamic State: official

As many as 300 Swedes may have joined the brutal Islamic State group insurgency in Iraq and Syria, Sweden’s intelligence chief said Saturday. “A hundred cases of people who have left to join the fighting have been confirmed, then there are the presumed cases ...

Islamic State's drive for Kobani is blunted

| Nov 22, 2014

Islamic State's drive for Kobani is blunted

More than two months into its assault on Kobani, the Islamic State group is still pouring fighters and resources into trying to capture the besieged Syrian Kurdish town, but the drive has been blunted. Helped by more than 270 airstrikes from a U.S.-led coalition, ...

Canadians plan to fight Islamic State

Nov 22, 2014

Canadians plan to fight Islamic State

Several former Canadian soldiers plan to join Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State militants in the coming weeks, with at least one already in Iraq, Canadian media reported Friday, bolstering the ranks of foreigners fighting alongside the Kurds. The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. said a half-dozen ...

Nov 18, 2014

Review of hostage cases is ordered

President Barack Obama has ordered a comprehensive review of U.S. policy on “overseas terrorist-related” hostage cases, a letter from the Pentagon has revealed. The missive surfaced just one day after the Islamic State group posted a grisly online video about the beheading of yet ...

Video horror suggests Islamic State is worried

| Nov 18, 2014

Video horror suggests Islamic State is worried

In its latest propaganda video, the Islamic State group tried to project unwavering confidence and unstoppable growth, in what some analysts saw as a reply to a string of setbacks. A 15-minute video released on Sunday shows the severed head of U.S. aid worker ...

Western-backed Syrian rebels shaken on multiple fronts

Nov 17, 2014

Western-backed Syrian rebels shaken on multiple fronts

During a key battle in the rugged mountains of a northern province earlier this month, U.S.-backed Syrian rebels collapsed before an assault by al-Qaida fighters. Some surrendered their weapons. Others outright defected to the militants. A detailed account of the battle in Idlib, from ...