Slain British hostage Henning aimed to help Syrians

| Oct 4, 2014

Slain British hostage Henning aimed to help Syrians

Alan Henning, a British volunteer aid worker apparently slain by the Islamic State militant group, was described by friends as a hard-working family man who felt compelled to help people suffering from the civil war in Syria. Henning, 47, had joined an aid convoy ...

Islamic State beheads second British hostage, issues video

Oct 4, 2014

Islamic State beheads second British hostage, issues video

Islamic State militants beheaded British aid worker Alan Henning in a video posted on Friday, triggering swift condemnation by the British and U.S. governments. The footage on YouTube, highlighted on pro-Islamic State Twitter feeds, showed a middle-aged man in an orange jumpsuit kneeling next ...

Oct 3, 2014

Turkey military gets OK to pursue Islamic State in Syria, Iraq

Turkey’s parliament gave the government new powers Thursday to launch military incursions into Syria and Iraq, and to allow foreign forces to use its territory for possible operations against the Islamic State group. The move opens the way for Turkey, a NATO member with ...

Britain considers curbs in bid to mute extremists

Oct 1, 2014

Britain considers curbs in bid to mute extremists

Britain on Tuesday proposed measures to ban extremist groups and curb the activities of radical preachers even if they have not committed a crime, in a move one leading Islamist called an attempt to distract from British foreign policy. “Not all extremism leads to ...

Sep 30, 2014

Australian police arrest man in counterterror raids

One man was arrested in counterterrorism raids in the Australian city of Melbourne on Tuesday after police said he provided money to a U.S. citizen fighting alongside extremists in Syria. The 23-year-old man, whom police have not named, will be charged with intentionally making ...

Battle against Islamic State creates new alliances

| Sep 30, 2014

Battle against Islamic State creates new alliances

On a recent evening, two of Jordan’s top pro-al-Qaida ideologues held court on the rooftop of a villa decorated with strings of lights. Sporting shaggy beards and clad in robes, the Muslim preachers whispered to each other and rose occasionally from plastic chairs to ...

U.S. airstrikes pile pressure on al-Qaida's Syria wing

Sep 28, 2014

U.S. airstrikes pile pressure on al-Qaida's Syria wing

Al-Qaida’s affiliate in Syria, the Nusra Front, is facing mounting pressure from its own members to reconcile with its main rival, the Islamic State group, and confront a common enemy after U.S.-led airstrikes hit both groups last week. But that move would require pledging ...