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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...

Ebola outbreak: UN calls for $1bn to fight virus

Ebola outbreak: UN calls for $1bn to fight virus

More than $1bn is needed to fight the West Africa Ebola outbreak - a tenfold increase in the past month, the UN's Ebola co-ordinator has said. David Nabarro made the announcement as the World Health Organization (WHO) described the health crisis as "unparalleled in modern times". It has killed 2,461 people this year, half of...

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...

2 US Navy jets crash in Pacific ocean

2 US Navy jets crash in Pacific ocean

The US Navy is continuing to search for a missing pilot, after two of its jets crashed into the western Pacific Ocean, a spokesman has said. The F/A-18C Hornets were operating off the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson when they came down. Pledge to ACT if you notice signs of distress in your shipmates ...

CIA triples estimate of IS number

CIA triples estimate of IS number

The CIA says the Islamic State (IS) militant group may have up to 31,000 fighters in Iraq and Syria - three times as many as previously feared. A spokesman said the new estimate was based on a review of intelligence reports from May to August. IS has seized vast swathes of Iraq and beheaded several...

Can Obama wage war without consent of Congress?

Can Obama wage war without consent of Congress?

As a US senator from Illinois running for the White House in 2007, Barack Obama sponsored a resolution to prohibit President George W Bush's administration from taking military action against Iran unless it was explicitly authorized by Congress. His idea died in committee. Nearly seven years later, US fighter jets and unmanned drones armed...

Syrian opposition welcomes Obama speech on ISIS

Syrian opposition welcomes Obama speech on ISIS

Syria's Western-backed National Coalition opposition on Thursday urged US Congress to approve as soon as possible President Barack Obama's policy on Islamic State militants after he authorised US airstrikes for the first time in Syria. "The Syrian Coalition ... stands ready and willing to partner with the international community not only to defeat ISIS...

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...

US father 'killed his five children'

US father 'killed his five children'

A US father is suspected of killing his five children and dumping their bodies in another state, police have said. Timothy Ray Jones faces multiples charges in his home state of South Carolina, the Associated Press news agency reports. He was arrested on Saturday in Mississippi on unrelated charges. The children, ages one to eight, were...

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