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  • Turkey launches new overnight air raids against PKK: army
    Turkey launches new overnight air raids against PKK: army 2 hours 48 minutes ago

    Turkish warplanes struck Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) targets in northern Iraq and eastern Turkey overnight, in a new air operation against the Kurdish militant group, the army said Sunday. More »

  • Assad forsees success for Russia, Iran, Iraq, Syria coalition 2 hours 48 minutes ago

    DUBAI (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said a coalition of Iran, Iraq, Russia and Syria had to prevail in his country's civil war or else Syria might not survive, Iranian state television reported. Speaking in Arabic through a Farsi interpreter, Assad said he was confident about the efficiency of the coalition and that the chances of it succeeding were big. If it was not successful, it could lead to the destruction of Syria. (Reporting by Sami Aboudi and Firouz Sedarat, Writing by WIlliam Maclean; Editing by Alison Williams) More »

  • Cameron: Britain will get more drones to fight extremists 2 hours 58 minutes ago

    LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister David Cameron says Britain will get 20 more drones and strengthen its special forces as Britain tries to help quell the growth of the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq. More »

  • Turkish jets strike PKK targets in eastern Turkey, Iraq - Anadolu Agency 4 hours ago

    Turkey's army carried out air strikes targeting Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) targets in the southeast, northeast and in northern Iraq over the weekend, the Anadolu Agency said on Sunday, citing security sources. The raids destroyed shelters, camps and caves in Hakkari on the border with Syria, the northeastern province of Kars and in northern Iraq. Turkey's crackdown on the PKK began in July after a 2 1/2-year ceasefire collapsed and has escalated ahead of a national election on Nov. 1. More »

  • Jordanian MP says son joined IS, carried out suicide attack 4 hours ago

    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — A Jordanian parliament member said he learned from Islamic State-linked media that his son carried out a suicide attack in Iraq, three months after dropping out of medical school and joining the extremist group. More »

  • A growing identity crisis for Iraqi Kurds
    A growing identity crisis for Iraqi Kurds 8 hours ago

    There is a gnawing sense that the war against ISIL may be the final test for Iraq's Kurds. More »

  • Cameron signals he will push for vote on Syria military action - Telegraph 17 hours ago

    Prime Minister David Cameron signalled that he would push ahead with plans for a vote in the British parliament to approve military action against Islamic State militants in Syria, The Daily Telegraph newspaper said. Cameron was quoted as saying that British military attacks in Syria "may well become possible." Previously, Cameron has said he sees a strong case for extending British air strikes to Syria from Iraq. Cameron lost a parliamentary vote on the use of force in Syria in 2013. More »

  • Has US foreign policy failed in Afghanistan and Iraq?
    Has US foreign policy failed in Afghanistan and Iraq? 19 hours ago

    Armed groups have made comebacks in Iraq and Afghanistan following Obama administration's policy to withdraw troops. More »

  • Two suicide car bombs kill at least 18 in Baghdad - police, medics 19 hours ago

    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Suicide car bomb attacks targeting two mainly Shi'ite Muslim districts of Baghdad killed at least 18 people on Saturday, police and medical sources said. The attacks targeted Kadhimiya and Hurriya in the north of the capital. Police said at least 60 people were wounded. Islamic State, which controls large parts of northern and western Iraq, claimed responsibility and said the target was "rejectionists", its derogatory word for Shi'ites. (Reporting by Baghdad newsroom; Writing by Babak Dehghanpisheh; Editing by Louise Ireland) More »

  • Iraqi Kurdish leader urges Russia, U.S. to coordinate in anti-IS fight
    Iraqi Kurdish leader urges Russia, U.S. to coordinate in anti-IS fight 20 hours ago

    The president of Iraq's Kurdistan region said on Saturday that "better results" could be achieved in the war against Islamic State militants if Russia and the international coalition coordinated their efforts. In a statement, Massoud Barzani also said he welcomed assistance from any country, including Russia, for his autonomous region's peshmerga forces, which are dug in along a frontline with the militants in northern Iraq. The Kurds have emerged as a key ally for the coalition of more than 60 nations, driving the insurgents back in northern Iraq with the help of air strikes and advisers. More »

  • Tunisia joining US-led coalition against IS: PM
    Tunisia joining US-led coalition against IS: PM 21 hours ago

    Tunisia's prime minister said on Saturday that his country is joining the US-led military coalition fighting the Islamist State group in Syria and Iraq mainly to "exchange information". More »

  • Lost 'Epic of Gilgamesh' Verse Depicts Cacophonous Abode of Gods
    Lost 'Epic of Gilgamesh' Verse Depicts Cacophonous Abode of Gods 23 hours ago

    The new finding, a clay tablet, reveals a previously unknown "chapter" of the epic poem from ancient Mesopotamia. In 2011, the Sulaymaniyah Museum in Slemani, in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, purchased a set of 80 to 90 clay tablets from a known smuggler. The large block of clay, etched with cuneiform writing, was still caked in mud when Al-Rawi advised the Sulaymaniyah Museum to purchase artifact for the agreed upon $800. More »

  • U.S., allies hit Islamic State with 27 air strikes - statement Sat, Oct 3, 2015

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S.-led coalition targeted Islamic State insurgents in 27 air strikes in Iraq and Syria on Friday, the Combined Joint Task Force said on Saturday. Seventeen of the attacks were in Iraq with six of them focussed near Ramadi. In all, eight areas were targeted and Islamic State tactical units, fighting positions, weapons and other assets were hit, the task force said in a statement. In Syria, 10 strikes near five cities hit similar targets. (Writing by Bill Trott; Editing by Alison Williams) More »

  • Australian officials say Sydney police HQ shooting 'linked to terrorism …
    Australian officials say Sydney police HQ shooting 'linked to terrorism … Sat, Oct 3, 2015

    By Lincoln Feast SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian police said on Saturday they believed the shooting of a police worker by a 15-year-old boy in Sydney the previous day was "linked to terrorism", the latest in a series of attacks blamed on radicalised youth. Australia, a staunch ally of the United States and its battle against Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria, has been on heightened alert for attacks by home-grown radicals since last year. The teenager was shot dead by police on Friday afternoon after he gunned down, at close range, a police employee leaving the headquarters of the New South Wales Police, police and witnesses said. More »

  • Military vet shot seven times as he protected Oregon classmates Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    By Courtney Sherwood ROSEBURG, Ore. (Reuters) - An Iraq war veteran and mixed martial arts fighter whose son turned 6 years old on Thursday was shot seven times as he blocked the gunman from entering a classroom, possibly saving lives during a mass shooting in southern Oregon. Chris Mintz, 30, was in the hospital on Friday after seven hours of surgery and significant blood loss from his injuries in the tragedy that left 10 dead including the shooter at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, said his former girlfriend Jamie Skinner. Before and after his surgery, Mintz was conscious and told Skinner of the chaotic scene. More »

  • Syria doubts value of talks, air strikes useless without Damascus Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    By Louis Charbonneau and Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem on Friday questioned the value of political negotiations and said air strikes against militants in his country are useless if they are not coordinated with his government. "Terrorism cannot be fought only from the air, and all of the previous operations to combat it have only served its spread and outbreak," Moualem told the United Nations General Assembly. Moualem was apparently referring to U.S.-led coalition air strikes on Islamic State fighters and the al Qaeda-linked Nursra Front in Syria and Iraq that began nearly a year go. More »

  • U.S., allies short on options as Russia, Iran flex muscle in Syria
    U.S., allies short on options as Russia, Iran flex muscle in Syria Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    By Samia Nakhoul BEIRUT (Reuters)- - Across the Middle East, America’s traditional allies are watching with disbelief as Russia and Iran mount a show of force in Syria, and they are wondering how it will end. The U.S.-led coalition, created to combat the jihadi threat from Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, has been wrong footed by the Russian jets pounding the rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and by an influx of Iranian forces. The question on everyone’s mind is: will the United States and its European and regional Sunni allies intervene to stop President Vladimir Putin from reversing the gains made by mainstream Syrian rebels after more than four years of war? More »

  • Islamic State targeted in 28 air strikes by U.S., allies - statement Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    The U.S.-led coalition conducted 28 air strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria and Iraq on Thursday, a joint statement said on Friday. Twenty of the attacks were in Iraq with six of them concentrated near the city of Al Huwayjah. Air strikes also were carried out near eight other Iraqi cities, hitting tactical units, vehicles, fighting positions and other Islamic State assets, according to the statement from the Combined Joint Task Force. More »

  • Jordan MP's son 'carried out Iraq suicide attack'
    Jordan MP's son 'carried out Iraq suicide attack' Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    A Jordanian parliamentarian's son died carrying out a suicide attack claimed by the Islamic State militant group in Iraq this week, Jordanian media said Friday. More »

  • AP PHOTOS: Children find simple joys along migrant trail
    AP PHOTOS: Children find simple joys along migrant trail Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    Among the hundreds of thousands of people making their way across Europe, fleeing conflict and poverty in places like Syria and Iraq, there are many families whose young children find things to smile about even after harrowing experiences and long journeys. More »

  • Leading Iraqi cleric urges wider war against Islamic State Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    Iraq's most powerful Shi'ite cleric called for a global war against Islamic State on Friday, a day after the prime minister said he would welcome Russian air strikes against the group on Iraqi soil. Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, who has a huge following and can often influence government thinking, was speaking through an aide after nationally televised Friday prayers. "Battle with Daesh is destined for all Iraqis," said Sistani, using an Arabic acronym for Islamic State. More »

  • Greece urges health precautions after suspect cholera case on Kos Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    Greek health authorities urged the public to take health precautions on Friday after a suspected cholera case was discovered on Kos island, a tourist destination and entry point for migrants from the Middle East and Asia. An official for the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention told Reuters a 79-year-old Dutch tourist was transferred from Kos for tests and treatment in an Athens hospital with symptoms of cholera, including bad diarrhoea and high fever, but the diagnosis was not yet confirmed. Kos has seen an influx of thousands of migrants and refugees from countries including Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan who cross the Aegean Sea from nearby Turkey. More »

  • Despair, hardship as Iraq cuts off wages in Islamic State cities Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    By Isabel Coles ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - The Iraqi government's decision to choke off funding for Islamic State by cutting off all wages and pensions in cities controlled by the group has plunged people into hardship and could help the insurgents tighten their grip, officials and residents say. For a year after Islamic State fighters swept through a third of Iraq, Baghdad continued to pay pensions and salaries of state employees inside the self-proclaimed caliphate. The move is meant to cut Islamic State militants off from of an income stream they have been skimming to fund their efforts to build a self-sustaining state in Iraq and Syria. More »

  • Russia criticizes US for seeking ouster of Syria's Assad
    Russia criticizes US for seeking ouster of Syria's Assad Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia's foreign minister criticized the United States and other countries trying to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad on Thursday, warning that U.S.-led campaigns that got rid of Iraq's Saddam Hussein and Libya's Moammar Gadhafi brought those countries turmoil, not peace. More »

  • France debates extending spy powers abroad Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    PARIS (AP) — French lawmakers have opened the way to passage of a bill that would allow spying on communications overseas, hoping to legalize a practice that intelligence services already use to keep tabs on extremists who have joined jihadis in Syria and Iraq. More »

  • Iraq would welcome Russian strikes against Islamic State - Abadi Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    Iraq's government would welcome Russian air strikes against Islamic State and was receiving information from both Syria and Russia on the militant group, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Thursday. The United States has led air strikes against Islamic State in Iraq for more than a year, but Baghdad has repeatedly bemoaned the lack of engagement and air support for Iraqi forces trying to regain territory against the group. More »

  • The Latest: Russia says not invited to strike in Iraq
    The Latest: Russia says not invited to strike in Iraq Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) — The latest developments as Russia and other nations counter Islamic State militants in Syria. All times local: More »

  • Isis: Who are on the US most-wanted jihadists list?
    Isis: Who are on the US most-wanted jihadists list? Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    On 29 September the US administration added 35 names, including those of three British citizens, to its list of "foreign terrorist fighters" − the black list of the most-wanted jihadists in the world. The State Department also announced sanctions against 25 people and five groups connected to IS in Iraq and Syria or its regional spin-offs in Russia's Caucasus region, Algeria, Indonesia and Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. Here are some of the individuals who have made it to the US' most-wanted Jihadists list. More »

  • Russian FM says his country has not been 'invited' to carry out anti-IS … Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russian FM says his country has not been 'invited' to carry out anti-IS airstrikes in Iraq. More »

  • Russia says would consider any Iraqi request for air strikes against Islamic … Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Russian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday it would consider any request from the Iraqi government to conduct air strikes against Islamic State inside Iraq, but said it had not yet received such an appeal, the RIA Novosti news agency reported. It cited the foreign ministry as saying it would evaluate the "political and military" logic of such a move if a request was forthcoming. (Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; Editing by Andrew osborn) More »

  • What draws women to ISIS Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    The sophisticated campaign to draw new recruits to the Islamic State organization isn’t just focusing on encouraging Muslim men to emigrate to war-torn Syria and Iraq. In increasing numbers, young Western women are leaving home for a life of adventure, religious devotion, and cloistered housework in the IS group’s self-proclaimed caliphate. For 20-year-old Hoda Muthana of Birmingham, Ala., it was the opportunity to join a community of like-minded women and men helping to build what they believe is a pure Islamic utopia in the Middle East. More »

  • Commander of Syrian Kurdish militia says war could last 10 years - monitor Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    The commander of the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia has said the involvement of big powers in Syria means its civil war could continue for 10 years. Sipan Hemo, whose group has ousted Islamic State from swathes of the northeast this year, was speaking to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights on Tuesday, the day before Russia launched its first air strikes inside Syria, the monitoring group said on Thursday. Russia had already alarmed Western powers with a military build-up to prop up its ally, President Bashar al-Assad, as the United States leads its own aerial campaign against the Islamist militants in Syria and Iraq, in some cases giving the YPG air support. More »

  • U.S., Russia press rival air campaigns over crowded Syrian skies Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    By Phil Stewart and Yeganeh Torbati WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The scene in Baghdad was like something out of a movie: A Russian general appeared at around 9 a.m. on Wednesday at the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, warning America to clear the skies in neighbouring Syria. Russia's bombing was about to begin. "The coalition will continue to fly missions over Iraq and Syria as planned, as we did today," U.S. Defence Secretary Ash Carter told a news briefing. More »

  • Turkish hostages freed in Iraq return home
    Turkish hostages freed in Iraq return home Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    Sixteen men, kidnapped four weeks ago from stadium they were building outside Baghdad, land in Ankara. More »

  • Russia launches second day of Syria airstrikes after 'dozens of civilians …
    Russia launches second day of Syria airstrikes after 'dozens of civilians … Wed, Sep 30, 2015

    Russian jets launched a second day of air strikes in Syria on Thursday, targeting rebel-held areas but not Islamic State militants. Moscow said eight strikes with Sukhoi warplanes struck four Islamic State targets overnight. The alliance includes the Nusra Front, al-Qaeda’s Syrian branch, but not Islamic State, which has captured swathes of Syria and Iraq. More »