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Syrian govt air strikes kill 63 in Raqqa

Syrian govt air strikes kill 63 in Raqqa

At least 63 people, half of them civilians, were killed when Syrian war planes struck the northeastern city of Raqqa on Tuesday, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the war in Syria. Syrian government officials were not immediately available for comment. Rami Abdulrahman, who runs the Britain-based Observatory, said 10 war...

Canadian troops plan to join fight against IS

Canadian troops plan to join fight against IS

Several former Canadian soldiers plan to join Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State militants in coming weeks, with at least one already in Iraq, Canadian media reported on Friday, bolstering the ranks of foreigners fighting alongside the Kurds. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation said a half-dozen former armed forces personnel were enlisting, citing unnamed sources. Meanwhile,...

Second Frenchman seen in IS video

Second Frenchman seen in IS video

France has confirmed that a second Frenchman features in a video showing the beheading of Syrian prisoners, and the body of a US hostage killed by Islamic State (IS). French media quote unnamed official sources as saying he is a 22-year-old from an eastern suburb of Paris. Earlier, the government named Maxime Hauchard, from Normandy,...

IS hostage killing is pure evil: Obama

IS hostage killing is pure evil: Obama

US President Barack Obama has condemned the killing of US aid worker Abdul-Rahman Kassig as "an act of pure evil". The Islamic State (IS) militant group released a video showing a masked man standing over a severed head, which the White House confirmed was Kassig. His parents said he died "as a result of his...

'Jihadi John' reportedly wounded in airstrike

'Jihadi John' reportedly wounded in airstrike

One of the world's most wanted men "Jihadi John" has reportedly been wounded in an airstrike, reports a UK-based daily. “Jihadi John”, the man accused of executing British hostages David Haines and Alan Henning and two Americans held by Isil, may have been injured in an airstrike on an Iraqi town close to the...

Syrian 'hero boy' video faked by Norwegian director

Syrian 'hero boy' video faked by Norwegian director

  Millions of YouTube viewers have been captivated by the 'Syrian hero boy' who manages to rescue a little girl while under gunfire. Now a group of Norwegian filmmakers have told BBC Trending they are behind it. They say it was filmed on location in Malta this summer with the intention of being presented...

IS leader urges attacks in Saudi Arabia

IS leader urges attacks in Saudi Arabia

Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi called for attacks against the rulers of Saudi Arabia in a speech purported to be in his name on Thursday, saying his self-declared caliphate was expanding there and in four other Arab countries. Baghdadi also said a US-led military campaign against his group in Syria and Iraq was...

Video shows Syria boy 'braving sniper fire' to rescue young girl

Video shows Syria boy 'braving sniper fire' to rescue young girl

A young Syrian boy has been labelled a hero after video footage emerged appearing to show him braving a shower of bullets to rescue another child trapped in the middle of a shoot-out. Footage released by the Shaam News Network, a news channel run by Syrian activists in Damascus, appears to show the boy...

Attack in Syria kills 5 nuclear scientists

Attack in Syria kills 5 nuclear scientists

Four Syrian and one Iranian nuclear scientists were killed near Damascus after gunmen opened fire on their bus in an area where there was no fighting, suggesting they were the target of the attack, according to activists and a pro-government website. Al-Watan said the men were on a bus heading to the Scientific Research...

US air strikes target IS gathering in Iraq

US air strikes target IS gathering in Iraq

Coalition air strikes have targeted a gathering of Islamic State leaders near Mosul in northern Iraq, the US says. Friday's strikes destroyed a convoy of vehicles, a US defence official said, but could not confirm whether IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was present. Baghdadi made a rare public appearance at a mosque in Mosul in...

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