French aircraft carrier begins Iraq operations

Feb 23, 2015

French aircraft carrier begins Iraq operations

France’s Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier has started military operations against Islamic State in Iraq, a French army source said Monday. “The carrier and its naval group has officially started missions as part of its Chammal operation in Iraq,” the source said, referring to ...

Jogging cops help keep Tokyo Marathon safe

Feb 23, 2015

Jogging cops help keep Tokyo Marathon safe

The Tokyo Marathon came off without a major hitch Sunday amid tight security that included police officers running among the participants. More than 10,000 people from the public and private sectors were on full alert for the annual event in the wake of recent ...

Feb 23, 2015

Japan to set up consular office in northern Iraq

The Abe administration is preparing to establish a consulate in northern Iraq in a bid to improve the government’s ability to protect Japanese nationals and counter terrorism through enhanced information gathering. The office will be set up in Irbil, the largest city and capital ...

Islamic State group has near-impregnable base, mass appeal: author

Feb 23, 2015

Islamic State group has near-impregnable base, mass appeal: author

The Islamic State group has learned from the mistakes of past jihadi movements and established a near-impregnable base of support within Iraq and Syria with spectacular appeal to many of the world’s Sunni Muslims, a new book has warned. The authors of “ISIS: Inside ...

Somalia extremists call for attacks on Western shopping malls

Feb 23, 2015

Somalia extremists call for attacks on Western shopping malls

A video purported to be by Somalia’s al-Qaida-linked rebel group al-Shabab urged Muslims to attack shopping malls in the U.S., Canada, Britain and other Western countries. U.S. authorities said there was “no credible” evidence suggesting a U.S. mall attack was in the works. The ...

Feb 23, 2015

Slain hostage's dad slams U.S. ransom policy

The father of American hostage Kayla Mueller, who died while being held by the Islamic State group, has accused the Obama administration of putting its policy of not paying ransoms “in front of American lives.” Islamic State fighters claimed Mueller, who was seized in ...

Feb 23, 2015

Attacks kill 19 people in Iraq

Multiple bombings, including a suicide truck bomb attack on Shiite militiamen, killed 19 people on Sunday in Iraq, as police found four bodies with gunshot wounds in the capital, officials said. Police officials said the deadliest attack took place Sunday afternoon when a suicide ...

Feb 23, 2015

New Islamic State video shows Kurdish fighters in cages in Iraq

The Islamic State jihadi group released a new video on Sunday purporting to show captured Kurdish peshmerga fighters paraded through Iraqi streets in cages. The video shows 21 captives presented as 16 peshmerga fighters, two Iraqi army officers and three policemen from Kirkuk, a ...

Feb 22, 2015

Come home, families beg Syria-bound U.K. schoolgirls

The families of three British schoolgirls feared to be traveling to join the Islamic State group in Syria issued emotional appeals for them to come home Saturday. Close friends Kadiza Sultana, 17, and 15-year-olds Shamima Begum and Amira Abase left their east London homes ...