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 22, 2015

Nine British medical students believed to have traveled to Syria

Nine British medical students have traveled to Syria, apparently to work in hospitals controlled by Islamic State, Britain’s Observer newspaper reported Saturday. The group of four women and five men crossed into Syria from Turkey last week, having traveled from Sudan where they had ...

Report says nearly 650,000 Syrians living in besieged areas

Mar 21, 2015

Report says nearly 650,000 Syrians living in besieged areas

Nearly 650,000 Syrians are living in besieged communities in the country’s civil war, more than three times the U.N. estimate, according to a new report that offers a graphic account of hundreds of deaths in areas the world has struggled for years to reach. ...

Iraq's 'Angel of Death' takes on the Islamic State

Mar 17, 2015

Iraq's 'Angel of Death' takes on the Islamic State

Abu Azrael — Father of the Angel of Death — is the black-bearded, blade-wielding embodiment of the retribution many Iraqis want against brutal jihadis who seized swaths of their country. A Facebook page dedicated to the fighter in the Shiite Imam Ali Brigades militia ...

Kerry suggests place for Assad in Syria talks

Mar 16, 2015

Kerry suggests place for Assad in Syria talks

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States would have to negotiate with Syrian President Bashar Assad for a political transition in Syria and was exploring ways with other countries to pressure him into agreeing to talks. But State Department spokeswoman Marie ...

Iraqi Kurds claim Islamic State group used chemical weapons

Mar 15, 2015

Iraqi Kurds claim Islamic State group used chemical weapons

Kurdish authorities in Iraq said Saturday they have evidence that the Islamic State group used chlorine gas as a chemical weapon against peshmerga fighters, the latest alleged atrocity carried out by the extremist organization now under attack in Tikrit. The allegation by the Kurdistan ...