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US-led coalition providing tactical support in Tikrit offensive, official says

The US-led coalition targeting the Islamic State group has begun surveillance flights over the extremist-held city of Tikrit and sending intelligence to Iraqi forces fighting to retake Saddam Hussein’s hometown, a senior official said on Tuesday.<p>Leader of Iranian force fighting Isis is complicating …

Middle East

Sources: U.S. pulling last of its Special Operations forces out of Yemen

<b>Sanaa, Yemen (CNN) —</b> The U.S. military is in the process of evacuating about 100 Special Operations forces members from the Al Anad airbase in Yemen due to that country's deteriorating security situation, sources in the region familiar with the situation told CNN.<p>Those being evacuated are the last …

Middle East

This is the heavy military hardware that the Middle East is buying up to fight ISIS

In fact, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), military exports to the states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), several of which are engaged in fighting Islamic State, have <i>surged 71% in the last four years</i>.<p>Here's some of the heavy weaponry being bought up …

Under ISIS, Life In Mosul Takes A Turn For The Bleak

Thousands of Sunni Arabs from Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, escaped to Erbil at the end of the summer when the militants of the self-proclaimed Islamic State first overran the city and imposed a draconian social code.<p>Among them is a man we'll call the professor — he, his wife and their …

Tikrit offensive stalled as Kurds claim two new chemical attacks

Iraq has put its Tikrit offensive on pause, asking for more airstrikes as Kurdish officials claim two new chemical attacks by ISIL.<p>Dramatic footage has emerged showing the apparent after effects of a chlorine attack.<p>The images date back to December but officials said they hadn’t released them until …

Middle East

Islamic State accepts Boko Haram's allegiance pledge

Islamic Statehas accepted a pledge of allegiance by Nigerian extremist groupBoko Haram, announcing the expansion of the Syrian-based organization into sub-Saharan Africa.<p>In a move seen as a propaganda boost to Islamic State, Boko Haram leader<p>Abubakar Shekaulast week pledged allegiance to the …

US-led coalition conducts 13 air strikes against Isis in Iraq and Syria in 24 hours

US and coalition forces conducted 12 air strikes against Islamic State (Isis) fighters in Iraq and one in Syria in the past 24 hours, the US military said on Sunday.<p>The Syria strike, near Kobani, hit an Isis tactical unit and destroyed five fighting positions, according to the military’s …

Middle East

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US claims its air strikes enabled Iraqi push poised to retake Tikrit from Isis

Isis militants destroy remains of Hatra in northern Iraq<p>Read more<p>The one-two punch of Iranian-backed militias and Iraqi government troops is likely to prevail in the unfolding battle for Tikrit, but it would not have been possible if US air strikes had not tied down Islamic State (Isis) fighters …

Middle East

New Report Maps ISIS Support on Twitter

A new analysis of Twitter accounts that support ISIS provides one of the most comprehensive looks yet at the militant group’s online success in …

Sanctions target backers of Islamic State and Assad regime

Sanctions have been placed on people and institutions suspected of being linked to Islamic State terrorists and Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian regime, the UK foreign secretary has revealed. Philip Hammond said that a middleman in oil deals between the two was among those targeted by the European Union.<p>A …

Middle East

Outcry over Isis destruction of ancient Assyrian site of Nimrud

Activists, officials and historians have condemned Islamic State (Isis) for the destruction of the ancient Assyrian archaeological site of Nimrud in Iraq, with Unesco describing the act as a war crime.<p>“They are not destroying our present life, or only taking the villages, churches, and homes, or …

British Museum

Iraq: pro-government forces struggle to topple Isis in Tikrit

An offensive to retake Saddam Hussein’s home town of Tikrit appears to have slowed, with fighters struggling to uproot Islamic State militants battling to retain control of one of their major bastions in Iraq.<p>Pro-government forces, led by Shia militias and including the Iraqi army and tribal …

Middle East

Islamic State targeted in 12 air strikes by U.S., coalition: statement | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and its allies staged 12 air strikes on Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria in a 24-hour period, the Combined Joint Task Force said in a statement on Wednesday.<p>Three strikes near Kobani, Syria, hit a tactical unit and destroyed five fighting positions …

ISIS releases Christian hostages -- but why?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Igniting a live man in a cage; severing the heads of dozens; kidnapping, raping and selling women and children -- ISIS' shocking maltreatment of its captives has become regrettably predictable.<p>But that has made their latest decision on the fate of 19 Christian prisoners all the more …

Human Rights

Qatar Says U.S. Must Do More in Fight Against ISIS

WASHINGTON — The United States must do more to fight ISIS and to stop Syria’s President Bashar Assad from using barrel bombs against civilians, senior officials from Qatar said Wednesday on a visit to Washington.<p>One official from the key U.S. ally told reporters it had been a mistake for President …

ISIS Is Massively Wealthy, Despite Obama's Contention Poverty the Cause of Terrorism

Last week, President Barack Obama sparked outrage when he declared that the root cause of Islamic State (ISIS) terrorism is not radical Islam but …

Terrorism