Feb 24, 2015

France seizes passports of would-be jihadis

Six French citizens have had their passports confiscated and 40 more will be banned from leaving the country as Europe cracks down on would-be jihadis planning to travel to Syria and Iraq. This is the first time France has resorted to the measure since ...

Turkish mission evacuates 40 soldiers guarding tomb deep inside Syria

Feb 22, 2015

Turkish mission evacuates 40 soldiers guarding tomb deep inside Syria

Turkish soldiers launched an overnight raid Saturday into neighboring Syria, evacuating dozens of besieged troops guarding an Ottoman tomb and moving the crypt back to Turkey on Sunday after ceremonially planting the country’s crescent-and-star flag. The mission, saving Turkish soldiers reportedly stranded for months ...

Turkey closes Yemen embassy after telling citizens to leave

Feb 17, 2015

Turkey closes Yemen embassy after telling citizens to leave

Turkey has closed its embassy in Yemen, the Foreign Ministry in Ankara said on Monday, the latest of a number of foreign powers to withdraw their diplomats as the country’s civil conflict worsens. The ambassador and other embassy staff had returned to Turkey, a ...

Islamic State says it's holding Israeli spy in Syria

Feb 13, 2015

Islamic State says it's holding Israeli spy in Syria

The Islamic State group said on Thursday it was holding an Israeli Arab who had posed as a foreign fighter in order to spy for Mossad, an account denied by Israel and by the man’s family, who said he had been kidnapped. In an ...

Feb 6, 2015

Turkey did all it could in hostage crisis, foreign minister says

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said his country made every effort to win the release of the two Japanese hostages murdered by the Islamic State militant group. In his first Japanese media interview since the crisis broke in January, the minister also said Wednesday ...

Abe thanks Turkish president for assistance in hostage crisis

Feb 4, 2015

Abe thanks Turkish president for assistance in hostage crisis

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has expressed his appreciation to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for Turkey’s assistance in trying to resolve the hostage crisis that ended with Islamic State militants killing two Japanese nationals, officials said. “Japan will fulfill its responsibility to contribute to stability ...

Islamic State pushed out of Kobani

Jan 27, 2015

Islamic State pushed out of Kobani

Kurdish fighters backed by intense U.S.-led airstrikes pushed the Islamic State group almost entirely out of the Syrian town of Kobani on Monday, marking a major loss for extremists whose hopes for easy victory dissolved into a bloody, costly siege that seems close to ...