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Turkish hostages held by IS in Iraq released

Turkish hostages held by IS in Iraq released

Some 49 Turkish hostages seized by Islamic State (IS) in the north Iraqi city of Mosul in June are now back in Turkey, PM Ahmet Davutoglu says. The hostages included diplomats and their families as well as soldiers. They were seized from Turkey's consulate after IS militants seized Mosul in a rapid advance in June. Turkey...

France launches first air strikes on IS in Iraq

France launches first air strikes on IS in Iraq

French jets have carried out their first strikes against Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq, the office of President Francois Hollande says. A statement said planes had attacked an IS depot in north-east Iraq, and there would be more raids in the coming days. The US has carried out more than 170 air strikes against...

First US airstrikes in Iraq under new IS plan

First US airstrikes in Iraq under new IS plan

The US has carried out airstrikes in Iraq in support of troops who were being attacked by Islamic State (IS) fighters, the US military has said. It said that the attacks took place on Sunday and Monday near Mount Sinjar and south-west of Baghdad. They were the first made as part of expanded efforts outlined...

As core al-Qaida weakened, its successors spread

As core al-Qaida weakened, its successors spread

Osama bin Laden is dead and al-Qaida dispersed, yet the horrors keep coming. Western hostages beheaded on camera. School girls abducted by gunmen in the night. Families fleeing their homes in fear they might be killed because of their religion. The news from much of the Middle East and Africa is relentlessly brutal. The Islamic...

Coalition set for IS talks in Paris

Coalition set for IS talks in Paris

US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet foreign ministers from around the world in Paris on Monday to discuss how to defeat Islamic State (IS) militants. French President Francois Hollande said the beheading of a British aid worker showed the world must act against IS. About 40 countries, including 10 Arab states, have signed...

World leaders vow to help fight IS

World leaders vow to help fight IS

Thirty countries have pledged to help Iraq fight Islamic State (IS) militants "by all means necessary". A joint statement by foreign ministers taking part in a major conference in Paris talks said support would include "appropriate military assistance". The talks had been called to agree a strategy to combat the group, which controls large parts...

US Congress wary of greenlighting 'Iraq 2.0'

US lawmakers will likely give President Barack Obama authority to train Syrian rebels to combat jihadists, but Democrats and many Republicans are wary of repeating America's Iraq war debacle. Mindful of the risks of war in the Middle East, Congress will rally to an embattled commander in chief's strategy to defeat the Islamic State extremist group, but seek to keep his war powers in check. This has led to an introspective mood in Washington, where lawmakers have only a few days...

Another Caliphate

AS the focus of the West is riveted on the Caliphate declared by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a not dissimilar development has happened almost unnoticed in Nigeria. The Islamist outfit, Boko Haram,  has reinforced its fanatical fury with Monday's declaration of a Caliphate or religious fiefdom in the territories under its control. More towns have been seized along Nigeria's border with Cameroon, and the group, given to kidnappings and killings, appears to have graduated from...

Australia raises terrorism threat level

Australia raises terrorism threat level

Australia has raised its terrorism threat level from medium to high, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has announced. The move comes in response to growing concern over the domestic impact of militant conflicts in Iraq and Syria. Security officials were concerned by the growing number of Australians "working with, connected to or inspired by" Islamist groups,...

Obama orders US airstrikes in Syria against IS

Obama orders US airstrikes in Syria against IS

President Barack Obama told Americans on Wednesday he had authorised US airstrikes for the first time in Syria and more attacks in Iraq in a broad escalation of a campaign against the Islamic State militant group. Obama's decision to launch attacks inside Syria, which is embroiled in a three-year civil war, marked a turnabout...

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