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IS militants 'biggest threat' to US

IS militants 'biggest threat' to US

Islamic State militants are the most dangerous threat the US has faced in recent years, Washington has warned. Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said US air strikes had helped to break the Islamist advance in Iraq, but the militants could be expected to regroup. America's top general Martin Dempsey stressed that IS could not be defeated...

US tried but failed to free US hostages in Syria

US tried but failed to free US hostages in Syria

A US secret military mission had "recently" tried but failed "to free a number of American hostages held in Syria", the Pentagon has revealed. It did not say whether the US troops had also tried to rescue US journalist James Foley, a video of whose beheading by Islamic State appeared on Tuesday. However, senior US...

UK condemns US journalist 'beheading'

UK condemns US journalist 'beheading'

British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Philip Hammond has described the apparent beheading of a US journalist by an Islamic State militant with a British accent as "an appalling example of the brutality of this organisation". The foreign secretary said a video of the killing appeared to be genuine. He added that...

Obama justifies strikes on Iraq dam

Obama justifies strikes on Iraq dam

US air strikes in support of Iraqi forces' efforts to retake the country's largest dam are aimed at protecting US interests there, President Obama says. The failure of Mosul dam may put US staff and facilities, including the US embassy in Baghdad, at risk, Barack Obama warned Congress in a letter. It comes after the...

IS insurgents 'massacre' 80 Yazidis in Iraq

IS insurgents 'massacre' 80 Yazidis in Iraq

Islamic State militants "massacred" some 80 members of Iraq's Yazidi minority in a village in the country's north, a Yazidi lawmaker said as Kurdish troops backed by US warplanes yesterday launched a bid to recapture Mosul dam. "They arrived in vehicles and they started their killing this afternoon," senior Kurdish official Hoshiyar Zebari told Reuters. "We believe it's because of their creed: convert or be killed." A Yazidi lawmaker and another senior Kurdish official also said the killings had taken place and that the women of the village were kidnapped. A push by Islamic State militants through northern Iraq to the border with the Kurdish region has alarmed the Baghdad government, drawn...

'New massacres' in Iraq, Syria

'New massacres' in Iraq, Syria

Islamic State (IS) militants have been accused of massacring hundreds of people in areas under their control in northern Iraq and eastern Syria. At least 80 members of the Yazidi religious minority are believed to have been killed with women and children abducted in a village in Iraq. IS is also accused of killing 700...

IS massacres 80 Yazidis in Iraq

IS massacres 80 Yazidis in Iraq

Militants in northern Iraq have massacred at least 80 men from the Yazidi faith in a village and abducted women and children, reports say. Islamic State (IS) fighters entered Kocho, 45km (30 miles) from Sinjar, on Friday afternoon, reportedly telling men to convert to Islam or die. The group's atrocities against non-Sunni Muslims have shocked...

Maliki quits as Iraq PM to end deadlock

Maliki quits as Iraq PM to end deadlock

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki has stepped aside, ending political deadlock in Baghdad as the government struggles against insurgents. He resigned on state TV to make way for Haider al-Abadi, who was asked by Iraq's president to form a government. An offensive led by Islamic State (IS) rebels in the north has triggered a security...

Only 11 countries in the world are actually free from conflict

Only 11 countries in the world are actually free from conflict

With the crisis in Gaza, the rise of Islamist militants in Iraq and Syria and the international stand-off ongoing in Ukraine, it can sometimes feel like the whole world is at war. But experts believe this is actually almost universally the case, according to a think-tank which produces one of the world’s leading measures...

Maliki sidelined as fresh chaos reigns Iraq

Iraq's premier designate was gaining widespread support from countries hoping political reconciliation will undercut jihadists, as Iran yesterday further dashed Nuri al-Maliki's hopes of clinging to power. Washington urged Maliki's successor, Haidar al-Abadi, to rapidly form a broad-based government able to unite Iraqis in the fight against jihadist-led militants who have overrun swathes of the country. The United States, and other countries, said they were working to deliver much-needed arms to the Kurds, who are fighting the Islamic State (IS) on...

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