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Jihadi John 'felt like dead man walking'

Jihadi John 'felt like dead man walking'

The man identified as extremist "Jihadi John" said he felt like a "dead man walking" after being contacted by UK security services, a newspaper reports. Mohammed Emwazi, a Kuwaiti-born British man from west London, made the claims in 2010 in email exchanges with a Mail on Sunday journalist, the paper says. Emwazi said he had...

Looted Iraqi Museum reopens after 12 years

Looted Iraqi Museum reopens after 12 years

Iraq's national museum has officially reopened in Baghdad, 12 years after it was closed in the aftermath of the US-led invasion. Many of the antiquities looted during the war have now been recovered and restored. The museum's opening was brought forward in response to an Islamic State (IS) video showing statues being destroyed in Mosul. Iraqi...

'Jihadi John' named as London man

'Jihadi John' named as London man

The masked Islamic State (IS) militant known as "Jihadi John", who has been pictured in the videos of the beheadings of Western hostages, has been named. He is Mohammed Emwazi, a Kuwaiti-born British man in his mid-20s from west London, who was previously known to British security services. They chose not to disclose his name...

Amnesty calls on UN powers to lose veto on genocide votes

Amnesty calls on UN powers to lose veto on genocide votes

Amnesty International has urged the five permanent members of the UN Security Council to give up their power of veto in situations of mass atrocities. In its annual report, the rights group said the global response to an array of catastrophes in 2014 had been shameful. Richer countries were guilty of taking an "abhorrent" stance...

NZ to send non-combat troops to Iraq

NZ to send non-combat troops to Iraq

New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key has announced plans to send 143 non-combat troops to Iraq to help the fight against Islamic State (IS) militants. Key told parliament most personnel would be based with Australian troops in Taji Camp north of Baghdad. He said New Zealand had "an obligation to support stability and the rule...

US at war with those perverting Islam: Obama

US at war with those perverting Islam: Obama

US President Barack Obama says the US is "not at war with Islam - we are at war with the people who have perverted Islam". He was speaking to representatives from 60 nations attending a three-day event on extremism that follows attacks in Denmark and France.

IS 'burns to death 45 in Iraq'

IS 'burns to death 45 in Iraq'

Jihadist militants from Islamic State (IS) have burned to death 45 people in the western Iraqi town of al-Baghdadi, the local police chief says. Exactly who these people were and why they were killed is not clear, but Col Qasim al-Obeidi said he believed some were members of the security forces. IS fighters captured much...

8 IS fighters killed by Iraqi forces: US

8 IS fighters killed by Iraqi forces: US

Eight Islamic State (IS) fighters were killed when they attacked an air base where US and coalition forces are training Iraqi forces. Army Col Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, said that initial reports Friday showed that all of the IS attackers were killed by Iraqi troops at or inside a gate to al-Asad air...

Syria 'informed on anti-IS strikes'

Syria 'informed on anti-IS strikes'

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad says his government is receiving messages from the US-led coalition battling the jihadist group, Islamic State. Assad told the BBC that there had been no direct co-operation since air strikes began in Syria in September. But third parties - among them Iraq - were conveying "information". He also denied that Syrian government...

15 civilians killed in suicide bombing in Baghdad

15 civilians killed in suicide bombing in Baghdad

At least 15 people were killed in two bombings in and around Baghdad on Monday, police and medical sources said, the latest in a string of deadly attacks to hit the Iraqi capital in the last two weeks. A suicide bombing at a security checkpoint in the Shi'ite neighborhood of Kadhimiya killed 13 civilians...

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