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  • Islamic State group seizes 200 residents of Iraqi town 5 hours ago

    BAGHDAD (AP) — The mayor of a remote, Islamic State-held town in western Iraq said on Monday that some 200 residents have been detained by the group at an unknown location following clashes there. More »

  • A year on, Yazidis so close yet so far from Iraq hub
    A year on, Yazidis so close yet so far from Iraq hub 17 hours ago

    Jihadists occupying the Iraqi town of Sinjar are so close that Kurdish fighters can watch them without binoculars and battles are often fought with hand grenades. More »

  • Australia urges more European nations to join IS air strikes
    Australia urges more European nations to join IS air strikes 18 hours ago

    Australia on Monday urged more European nations to begin air strikes against Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq as a way of tackling the escalating refugee crisis gripping the continent. More »

  • U.S., allies conduct 20 air strikes against Islamic State - U.S. military Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and its allies conducted 20 air strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria on Saturday, the Combined Joint Task Force said in a statement on Sunday. In Syria, the seven attacks included one on three fighting positions near Al Hawl, a strike on an Islamic State facility near Ar Raqqah, and four strikes near Kobani on two tactical units, three excavators, five motorcycles, three structures, two guard shacks, two excavators and a vehicle. ... More »

  • Four civilians, two police officers killed in attacks in southeast Turkey Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    A child, three other civilians and two police officer were killed in violence in southeast Turkey on Sunday following the breakdown of a ceasefire between the government and Kurdish militants. Fighting between the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and the military has taken place almost daily since last month. The PKK has been hitting military and police targets after the government resumed air strikes on PKK camps in northern Iraq. More »

  • Islamic State targeted in 22 airstrikes in Iraq, Syria - U.S. Military Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and its allies staged 15 airstrikes on Islamic State targets in Iraq and seven in Syria since early Saturday, the Combined Joint Task Force said in a statement on Sunday. In Iraq, targets successfully struck included two boats and two IED caches near Al Baghdadi; a tactical unit, three vehicles and a building near Bayji; and a tactical unit and armoured vehicle near Tuz. ... More »

  • Thousands stranded in Iraq's front-line town
    Thousands stranded in Iraq's front-line town Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    More than a month after launch of military offensive in Anbar, ISIL continues to control much of the western province. More »

  • Iraq minister outlines problems behind electricity woes
    Iraq minister outlines problems behind electricity woes Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Iraq's electricity minister outlined to parliament Saturday a slew of problems that have contributed to abysmal power services, which have sparked widespread public anger and protests. More »

  • Turkish jets join U.S.-led coalition strikes on Islamic State Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Turkish jets took part in U.S.-led coalition air strikes against Islamic State in Syria for the first time on Friday, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said. Turkey last month agreed to open its strategically important air bases to the coalition, but has been reluctant to play a leading role in the fight against Islamic State, fearing a backlash. Friday's operation follows a technical agreement with the United States on Aug. 24 about Turkey's role in the campaign against the Sunni Islamists who control large areas of Syria and Iraq. More »

  • Facing heat, Iraq's electricity minister passes parliament quizzing Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    By Saif Hameed BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's parliament on Saturday expressed confidence in the answers of Electricity Minister Qassim al-Fahdawi following an interrogation about a persistent power crisis that has prompted widespread protests and a new push for reform. Demonstrations in Baghdad and many southern cities, precipitated last month by anger at widespread electricity cuts amid a sweltering heatwave, have evolved in recent weeks to call for the trial of corrupt politicians and the shakeup of a system riddled with graft and incompetence. The exoneration of Fahdawi, who took office a year ago, could stir anger among protesters who complain they have yet to see tangible results from reforms announced this month by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. More »

  • Isis in Iraq: 'Iraqi Rambo' Abu Azrael filmed slicing Islamic State …
    Isis in Iraq: 'Iraqi Rambo' Abu Azrael filmed slicing Islamic State … Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Footage has emerged of the "Iraqi Rambo" Abu Azrael carving the flesh from the body of a charred Islamic State (Isis) fighter. Ayyub al-Rubaie, who goes by the nickname Abu Azrael – "Father of Azrael" – burned the man alive and hung his body from an electricity pylon in Baiji, northern Iraq, according to Al-Jazeera. In the video Azrael, who has been dubbed by the "Iraqi Rambo" because of his muscular physique and "ferocity on the battlefield", stands holding a sword by the blackened corpse of a suspected Isis militant. More »

  • MP David Davis wants legal support curb in Iraq war inquiry
    MP David Davis wants legal support curb in Iraq war inquiry Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    A limit should be placed on the taxpayer-funded legal support available to individuals criticised by the Iraq war inquiry to speed up the publication of the final report, a Conservative MP said. More »

  • U.S. confirms Islamic State computer expert killed in air strike Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    The U.S. military confirmed on Friday that a British hacker who was one of the Islamic State movement's top computer experts and active in encouraging people abroad to carry out "lone wolf" attacks was killed in Syria by a U.S. air strike. Junaid Hussain of Birmingham, England, was killed on Aug. 24 by a U.S. military air strike on the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqah, said Air Force Colonel Pat Ryder, a spokesman for U.S. Central Command. Hussain had been involved in "actively recruiting ISIL sympathizers in the west to carry out 'lone wolf' style attacks," Ryder said, using an acronym for the militant group that has seized large parts of Syria and Iraq. More »

  • Walker: More Iraq combat, but no more boots on ground, yet
    Walker: More Iraq combat, but no more boots on ground, yet Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker is calling for U.S. forces in Iraq to engage in direct combat to defeat "radical Islamic terrorists" in the Middle East. More »

  • Kurdish forces free seven villages in Iraq: officials
    Kurdish forces free seven villages in Iraq: officials Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Western-backed Kurdish fighters freed seven villages from the clasps of the Islamic State group in northern Iraq in recent days, the US-led coalition battling the jihadists. More »

  • Iraq's top Shia cleric voices support for protests
    Iraq's top Shia cleric voices support for protests Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani says government must show it is serious about implementing reforms as tens of thousands rally. More »

  • Thousands protest against corruption in Iraq capital
    Thousands protest against corruption in Iraq capital Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Thousands of Iraqis demonstrated against corruption in Baghdad's Tahrir Square on Friday, including supporters of powerful Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr. More »

  • Iraq's top cleric says government must genuinely seek change
    Iraq's top cleric says government must genuinely seek change Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's top Shiite cleric said on Friday the government must show it was seeking genuine change to combat corruption and improve services and not just introduce temporary measures to placate the embattled nation. More »

  • U.S., allies conduct 20 air strikes in Syria, Iraq -military Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An international coalition led by the United States conducted seven air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria and 13 in Iraq on Thursday, according to a statement released on Friday. In Syria, the coalition focussed attacks near Washiyah, where three air strikes hit tactical units and destroyed an Islamic State vehicle, the Combined Joint Task Forces said in the statement. Strikes against the militant group in Iraq were spread across the country and included two near Baiji, two near Mosul and one near Ramadi. ... More »

  • Video of celebrity Iraq fighter slicing body goes viral
    Video of celebrity Iraq fighter slicing body goes viral Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Shia commander dubbed "Iraq's Rambo" defends cutting up charred corpse he says was body of ISIL fighter killed in Beiji. More »

  • Militants posing as migrants? Unlikely, say European experts Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    By Mark Trevelyan LONDON (Reuters) - The risk that groups like Islamic State could smuggle militants into Europe under cover of a huge wave of migrants is much smaller than some politicians suggest, according to security specialists with close ties to governments and intelligence agencies. By the end of July, more than a third of a million migrants and refugees had entered the European Union, mainly via Italy, Greece and Hungary, according to EU border agency Frontex. Once inside the bloc's borderless Schengen zone, the new arrivals -- many from countries like Syria and Iraq where Islamic State holds sway over vast areas -- are free to travel through 26 countries without restrictions or checks. More »

  • Iraq PM orders forces to prepare to open Green Zone
    Iraq PM orders forces to prepare to open Green Zone Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has ordered security forces to prepare to open Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone government and embassy area to the public, his office said Friday. More »

  • Sweden to tighten anti-terrorism laws Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Sweden will ban travel for the purpose of committing terrorist acts and tighten laws on taking part in training camps and terrorism funding, the government said on Friday. In a signed article in daily Dagens Nyheter, Minister for Home Affairs Anders Ygeman said the measures would be introduced this autumn as part of a wider effort to counter radicalisation. Ygeman said around 250-300 people had travelled from Sweden to Syria or Iraq to join Islamic State, the hardline Sunni militant group which controls large parts of both countries. More »

  • U.S., allies hit Islamic State in Iraq with 21 air strikes - military Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A coalition led by the United States pummelled Islamic State targets in Iraq on Wednesday with 21 air strikes concentrated near the cities of Baji and Tuz, according to a statement released on Thursday. Five strikes near Baiji denied the militant group "an avenue of approach" and destroyed 19 of its buildings as well as vehicles, a mortar system and a weapons cache, the Combined Joint Task Force said in the statement. Six strikes near Tuz destroyed Islamic State fighting positions and a vehicle. ... More »

  • Spain accuses suspect of running Islamic State network in Morocco Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    A Moroccan man arrested in Spain this week is accused of coordinating a network of Islamic State supporters in Moroccan cities who spread the group's message and recruit militants to fight in Iraq and Syria, a court document said on Thursday. Abdeladim Achriaa was detained on Tuesday in a small town near Madrid as part of a joint Moroccan-Spanish police operation against alleged Islamic State sympathisers. Thirteen others were arrested in Morocco. More »

  • Romania: Police seize Iraqi-American convicted of kidnapping Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — An Iraqi-American man convicted in the kidnapping of three Romanian journalists in Iraq in 2005 was handed over to Romania on Thursday and is now in police custody, officials said. More »

  • IS kills two generals in Iraq, advances in Syria
    IS kills two generals in Iraq, advances in Syria Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    A suicide attack claimed by the Islamic State group killed two Iraqi generals on Thursday in the key battleground province of Anbar, as the jihadists made gains in neighbouring Syria. More »

  • Emboldened UK government eyes ISIL strikes in Syria
    Emboldened UK government eyes ISIL strikes in Syria Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    After extending air war against fighters in Iraq, London contemplates military targets in Syria as well. More »

  • Islamic State claims attack on top Iraqi commanders near Ramadi - statement Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Islamic State said on Thursday it carried out the suicide car bomb attacks near Ramadi, capital of Iraq's western Anbar province, which had killed at least five people, including two senior military commanders. In a statement distributed online by supporters, the radical Islamist group said it had targeted a main military headquarters, killing the deputy commander of Anbar Operations Command and the head of the 10th army division. (Writing by Stephen Kalin; Editing by Dominic Evans) More »

  • China sentences 45 in Xinjiang in illegal border crossing cases Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    China sentenced 45 people to prison in its Xinjiang region for cases involving illegal border crossings, state media reported on Thursday, saying they sought out "holy war" and had committed crimes including organising or funding "terrorist groups". Hundreds, possibly thousands, of Muslim ethnic Uighurs, keen to escape unrest in their western home region of Xinjiang, have travelled clandestinely via Southeast Asia to Turkey. Beijing, which blames Islamist militants for violent attacks in Xinjiang in the past three years in which hundreds have died, says some people are trafficked across the border and end up fighting for groups such as Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. More »

  • Dutch freeze terror suspects' assets in militant clamp-down
    Dutch freeze terror suspects' assets in militant clamp-down Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    By Yoruk Bahceli AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The Dutch government added further suspected militants to its list of citizens subject to an asset freeze in the latest crackdown by European governments who are increasingly concerned at the threat of homegrown Islamist militancy. The risk of attacks in Europe by militants motivated by radical Islamist ideology was highlighted at the weekend when a suspected radical opened fire on passengers on a Paris-bound train that had left Amsterdam hours earlier. The government believes the move will make it harder for Dutch citizens participating in conflicts in Syria and Iraq to send money to help would-be fighters who have not yet left the Netherlands and also stop them funding attacks in Europe. More »

  • Sweden's Tolerance Tested By Migrant Surge
    Sweden's Tolerance Tested By Migrant Surge Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Just under an hour's drive to the southwest of the Swedish capital, Stockholm, is the town of Södertälje. It is a place where the openness of Sweden's policy on immigration is palpable but so too are the strains and tensions it is causing. More than 10,000 of Södertälje's residents have roots in Iraq. More »

  • FBI warns U.S. art dealers about antiquities looted from Syria, Iraq Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    The FBI on Wednesday urged art dealers in the United States to be careful when buying antiquities from the Middle East, saying there is evidence collectors have recently been offered artefacts plundered by Islamic State fighters in Syria and Iraq. The looting of ancient artefacts across Iraq and Syria and their sale on the black market has become a source of funding for Islamic State militants, and there is growing concern those items are showing up in the Western marketplace, the FBI said in a press release. More »

  • British hacker for Islamic State killed in U.S. drone strike in Syria - sou … Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A British hacker who U.S. and European officials said became a top cyber expert for Islamic State in Syria has been killed in a U.S. drone strike, a U.S. source familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. It was the second reported killing of a senior Islamic State figure in the last eight days after the group's second-in-command was killed in a U.S. air strike in Iraq on Aug. 18. The source indicated that the U.S. Defense Department was likely involved in the drone strike that killed British hacker Junaid Hussain, a former Birmingham, England, resident. More »

  • U.S. Drone Strike in Syria Kills Leading ISIS Hacker
    U.S. Drone Strike in Syria Kills Leading ISIS Hacker Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    A British hacker who U.S. and European officials said became a top cyber expert for Islamic State in Syria has been killed in a U.S. drone strike, a U.S. source familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. It was the second reported killing of a senior Islamic State figure in the last eight days. Islamic State's second-in-command was killed in a U.S. air strike near Mosul, Iraq, on Aug. 18. More »