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Kerry confident Middle East powers can send ground troops to Syria

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday he was confident Middle East powers would send troops to help defeat the ISIS group in Syria. Washington has so far resisted suggestions it put U.S. boots on the ground to

ISIS claims bomb attack on Yemeni mosque

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria claimed responsibility for two bombings at a mosque in a northern district of the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Wednesday. Media sources affiliated with the Houthis claim that at least 28 people were killed

IS denounced for shedding Muslim blood

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman

The Cabinet, chaired by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, denounced Friday’s terrorist attack on a Qatif mosque and said it was aimed at undermining the Kingdom’s security and stability. “The heinous crime resulted in the killing of

From middle-class Aussie to IS bride…

Quietly — almost secretly — Zehra Duman morphed from private school student to Islamic State bride and online recruiter for the movement. Her family did not see it coming. So when the 21-year-old Turkish-Australian gave up her middle-class life in

IS tightens grip on Ramadi

Islamic State militants who overran Ramadi in a major defeat for the Iraqi government and its Western backers tightened their grip on the city, flying back flags on key buildings and setting free prisoners in a drive to win the

ISIS militants down regime aircraft in south Syria

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) shot down a regime aircraft near a key military airport in southern Syria Friday, with pro-ISIS Twitter accounts saying the militant group had captured the pilot, a monitor said. The plane went

US: No reason to believe ISIS chief wounded

U.S. forces have no reason to think ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was wounded in an air strike against an Iraqi target last month, the Pentagon said Tuesday. British daily The Guardian had earlier reported that the militant, who styles

Two Egyptian policemen killed by unidentified gunmen in Cairo

Two Egyptian policemen were killed after being shot by unidentified gunmen in Cairo on Tuesday evening, an Interior Ministry spokesman told Reuters. “Two unidentified gunmen opened fire on a car carrying Colonel Wael Tahoon in the district of Ain Shams

U.S., Lebanon discuss efforts to defeat ISIS

White House counterterrorism adviser Lisa Monaco met with Lebanese Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk on Tuesday to discuss security concerns in the region and ongoing efforts to defeat ISIS, the White House said in a statement. Monaco reiterated the need for

U.N. unveils six-point plan to end Libya crisis

The United Nations unveiled Tuesday a six-point proposal aimed at ending the violence plaguing Libya by establishing a transitional government to rule until a new constitution is adopted and elections held. Envoy Bernardino Leon, who has been shepherding peace talks

Yemen’s Hadi pleads for Security Council help

Yemen’s embattled president asked the U.N. Security Council to authorize a military intervention in support of his government to oust Houthi Shiite rebels who control much of the disintegrating country’s north and are advancing south. President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi

U.S. mulls air strikes for Tikrit offensive

The United States is considering launching air strikes and could do so within days to back up Iraqi and Shiite forces battling to recapture Tikrit from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group, U.S. officials said Tuesday. Top

Up to 700 Turks in IS

Istanbul: Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said up to 700 Turkish nationals have joined the Islamic State group, sounding the alarm over the risk of attacks inside Turkey if the extremists return home. “There are around 500-700 Turkish citizens who

Jihadi John ‘wounded’ in U.S.-Iraqi airstrike

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant who killed two British and American hostages in a series of videos posted online in the past months was wounded following a U.S. air strike in Syria, Britain’s Daily Mail reported.

After U.S. girls’ jihad quest, a focus on outreach

Gathered under the fluorescent lights of an austere Denver mosque, a group of parents stared at a photo projected on a wall in front of them. It showed a knife, a gun and a phone. Some seemed perplexed. “You can

ISIS accused of crimes against humanity

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria group is committing war crimes and crimes against humanity on a large scale in areas under its control, a U.N. panel investigating war crimes in Syria said Friday. The U.N. Commission of Inquiry

Iraqi forces drive ISIS from refinery town of Beiji

Iraqi forces retook the strategic northern town of Beiji on Friday after more than two weeks of fighting with the Islamic State jihadist group, Agence France-Presse quoted officials as saying. Baiji, which had been out of government control for months,

ISIS chief releases audio after death reports

The Islamic State group Thursday released an audio recording it claimed was of chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, days after reports suggested he was wounded or killed in a U.S. air strike. In the 17-minute message, purported Baghdad made no direct

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