Iraqi forces pound besieged Islamic State fighters in Tikrit

Mar 14, 2015

Iraqi forces pound besieged Islamic State fighters in Tikrit

Iraqi forces battled Islamic State jihadis making what looked increasingly like a last stand in Tikrit, but the group responded by vowing to expand its “caliphate.” Thousands of fighters surrounded a few hundred Islamic State holdouts, pounding their positions with helicopter and artillery strikes ...

Islamic State tightens its grip over city of Mosul

| Mar 14, 2015

Islamic State tightens its grip over city of Mosul

Freedom from the Islamic State group comes at a steep price, as one newly married couple recently discovered. Eager to live a normal life, away from the harsh dominion of the militants’ self-styled caliphate, the young pair is searching for ways to bypass the ...

Australia had alleged IS teen suicide bomber under surveillance

Mar 12, 2015

Australia had alleged IS teen suicide bomber under surveillance

An Australian teenager who militants claimed carried out a suicide attack in Iraq was under surveillance and his passport had been canceled, officials said Thursday, as reports emerged that he left bomb-making material at his home before fleeing. A photo posted online, purportedly from ...

Satellite images capture how the lights have gone out in Syria

Mar 12, 2015

Satellite images capture how the lights have gone out in Syria

Over the four years that researcher Xi Li has watched Syria’s civil war unfold through nighttime satellite imagery, he has seen the pinpricks of light that dotted the north and east fade and the Mediterranean coast darken until 83 percent of the country’s lights ...

Little progress in key plank of Obama anti-IS strategy

Mar 12, 2015

Little progress in key plank of Obama anti-IS strategy

U.S. military and intelligence officials are voicing increasing pessimism about a key tenet of the Obama administration’s strategy to dislodge the Islamic State group and stabilize Iraq. They say they are seeing little sign of any political accommodation between the country’s Shiite-led government and ...

Islamic State video shows child killing 'Israel spy'

Mar 11, 2015

Islamic State video shows child killing 'Israel spy'

The Islamic State group released a video Tuesday that purports to show the killing of a Palestinian man accused of being a spy for Israeli intelligence. In the 13-minute video posted online, a militant and a boy dressed in camouflage stand behind a man ...

Mar 10, 2015

Islamic State reportedly beheads gays in northern Iraq

The Islamic State group has publicly beheaded three men in northern Iraq, two of them for allegedly engaging in homosexual acts, according to photos shared by sympathizers on social media Tuesday. The jihadi group, which controls large areas of Iraq and neighboring Syria, has ...

Syria's slide from protests to all-out civil war

Mar 10, 2015

Syria's slide from protests to all-out civil war

Abed Hakawati spends his days in a devastated, rebel-held neighborhood of Aleppo, writing graffiti on the walls to remind residents and rebels alike of the original goals of the uprising that erupted four years ago: “Freedom, dignity and social equality.” The 37-year-old, once an ...

In Islamic State backlash, Amman cleaners swap orange for turquoise

Mar 10, 2015

In Islamic State backlash, Amman cleaners swap orange for turquoise

After the grisly execution videos, including one of a Jordanian national, the country’s 5,000 sanitation workers are getting a new color for their uniforms. The Jordanian capital decided to swap the workers’ orange uniforms for turquoise ones because the old garb was too reminiscent ...

Are European fears of the Islamization grounded in reality?

Mar 10, 2015

Are European fears of the Islamization grounded in reality?

The headlines would suggest Europe is under siege: Thousands of Germans march against the continent’s “Islamization.” French readers flock to read a novel about a Muslim president who imposes Shariah law on their country. Commentators warn darkly about an encroaching age of “Eurabia” in ...

Mar 10, 2015

'Britain's white jihadi' a teen from Australia: report

A Westerner pictured alongside Islamic State group fighters and dubbed “Britain’s white jihadi” is in fact an Australian teenager who converted to Islam, a report said Monday. A photo of the meek-looking youth, holding a rifle and sitting in between two jihadis with a ...