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US urges global 'coalition'

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US urges global 'coalition'

Gulf Arab monarchies yesterday said they were ready to help counter advances by jihadists in Syria and Iraq, after the US called for a global coalition to fight the militants. The foreign ministers of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates -- the six GCC states -- also pledged a...

IS Jihadists' Threat in Syria

We don't have a strategy: Obama

We don't have a strategy: Obama

The US does not yet have a strategy to tackle the Islamic State (Isis) in Syria, Barack Obama has admitted after criticism that American and British failures in the country allowed group to rise. Meanwhile, the UN yesterday said the number of refugees from the conflict in Syria has now topped three million. The record...

The European Union and the Twin Civil Wars in Syria/Iraq

IS this one of those rare occasions where policymakers self-critically correct a gigantic blunder? Or is it a cold turn-about guided by pure self-interest? On August the 15th, the Foreign Ministers of EU-countries gathered in Brussels and decided that each would henceforth be free to supply arms to Kurdish rebels fighting Sunni extremists of ISIS in the North of Iraq. Even Germany which in the past had been unwilling to furnish military supplies to warring parties  in 'conflict zones',...

More than 3m have fled Syria: UN

More than 3m have fled Syria: UN

More than three million Syrians are now registered as refugees and the desperate crisis is only getting worse, the UN's refugee agency says. The UNHCR says Syria is now "the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era" with almost half of all Syrians forced to flee their homes. The majority of refugees have fled to countries...

American 'fighter' dies in Syria battle

American 'fighter' dies in Syria battle

An American man, believed to be fighting alongside Islamist militants in Syria, has been killed, the White House has confirmed. A cousin of Douglas McCain told the BBC the US government called his mother to confirm his death on Monday. McCain was found dead by Free Syrian Army fighters after a battle at the weekend,...

Syria 'used chlorine gas': UN

Syria 'used chlorine gas': UN

Islamic State militants have committed "mass atrocities" in Syria, including the recruitment of children as fighters, the United Nations says. Investigators have also accused the Syrian government of using chemical agents in eight separate incidents in western Syria this year. Islamic State (IS), which now controls areas of Syria, is one of the groups fighting...

US may strike IS in Syria too

The United States was said to be considering air strikes aimed at eliminating individual leaders of Islamic State (IS) after Washington branded the beheading of an American journalist a "terrorist attack". Meanwhile, Iraq yesterday called for urgent global support for its fight against jihadists, as Shia neighbour Iran said it was helping Baghdad resist the militants but not with soldiers on the ground. Iraq is struggling to regain ground after a lightning militant offensive led by the IS jihadist group seized...

Islamic State seizes Syria airbase

Islamic State seizes Syria airbase

Fighters from Islamic State (IS) have taken control of a key Syrian government airbase, activists say. The Tabqa airbase was the last remaining stronghold of Bashar al-Assad's government in Raqqa province. State TV confirmed that government forces had "evacuated" the airbase. Days of fighting there have reportedly killed hundreds on both sides. More than 191,000 people...

US warns on jihadist threat in Iraq, beyond

Iraqi forces battled militants northeast of Baghdad yesterday, as Washington said a powerful jihadist group was "beyond anything" it has seen and that operations in Syria may also be needed. Pentagon chiefs warned of the dangers of the Islamic State, a slick, well-funded operation powered by an "apocalyptic end of days" ideology as the West reeled from the grisly execution of American journalist James Foley. But despite the jihadists' threat to kill a second reporter if it does not halt air...

Death toll from Syrian civil war tops 191,000

Death toll from Syrian civil war tops 191,000

The death toll from three years of Syria's civil war has risen to more than 191,000 people, the United Nations reported Friday. The figure, covering the period from March 2011 to April 2014, is the first issued by the UN's human rights office since July 2013, when it documented more than 100,000 killed. The high...

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