As Kobani battle rages, Syrian Kurds feel abandoned

Oct 15, 2014

As Kobani battle rages, Syrian Kurds feel abandoned

Kneeling over his brother’s fresh grave, Ali Mehmud gathered clumps of dirt in his hands, raised them to his lips to kiss them, then softly placed them back on the small mound. His brother, Seydo, a truck driver and father of four from the ...

Istanbul rattled by signs of support for Islamic State

Oct 15, 2014

Istanbul rattled by signs of support for Islamic State

Istanbul University student Aysegul Korkut is outraged by the images coming out of Syria. But these days the Islamic State group’s horrors seem closer to home: She recently faced off against masked supporters of the brutal militants on her own campus. “I couldn’t understand ...

How two French girls were lured to jihad online

Oct 12, 2014

How two French girls were lured to jihad online

by Lori Hinnant

On the day she left for Syria, Sahra strode along the train platform with two bulky schoolbags slung over her shoulder. In a grainy image caught on security camera, the French teen tucks her hair into a headscarf. Just two months earlier and a ...

Oct 12, 2014

U.S. drops supplies to embattled Iraqi soldiers

U.S. military aircraft have delivered food, water and ammunition to besieged Iraqi troops battling Islamic State militants, the Pentagon said Saturday, as the coalition pursued its air assault in Iraq and Syria. The move marked the first time that coalition aircraft airdropped supplies to ...

Worried Iraqi capital sees Islamic State militant push around it

Oct 12, 2014

Worried Iraqi capital sees Islamic State militant push around it

On the western edge of Iraq’s capital, Islamic State group militants battle government forces and exchange mortar fire, only adding to the sense of siege in Baghdad despite airstrikes by a U.S.-led coalition. Yet military experts say the Sunni militants of the Islamic State ...

Ukraine, Russia chiefs to meet in bid to save truce

Oct 12, 2014

Ukraine, Russia chiefs to meet in bid to save truce

Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko on Saturday said he will meet with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin this week as Kiev reported rebel attacks have subsided, signaling the possibility of rescuing a truce in the six-month conflict. Pro-Russian rebels and the Ukrainian military in the eastern ...