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Arab leaders agree to form joint military force to combat jihadis in region

Leaders at Arab League summit also agree that Saudi-led air strikes in Yemen will continue until Shia Houthi rebels ‘withdraw and surrender their weapons’<p>Arab leaders have agreed to form a joint military force, the Egyptian president, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, announced on Sunday on the second and final …

Middle East
Middle East

US-led task forces continues air strikes as officials say 14 Isis targets are hit

The attacks struck 14 targets in Iraq and one in Syria, including positions held by militants near the cities of Mosul, Tikrit and Fallujah<p>Members of the US-led coalition struck targets in Iraq and Syria overnight between Saturday and Sunday as part of the fight against Islamic State militants, …

Mosul

Claims link ISIS to Yemen attacks; 135 dead

<b>Sanaa, Yemen (CNN) —</b> The Sunni terror group ISIS purportedly claimed it committed Friday's bombings that killed scores of people at two mosques frequented by Shiite rebels in Yemen's capital -- an attack that would mark ISIS's first large-scale attack in the Arabian Peninsula country.<p>At least 137 …

Middle East
Boko Haram

Spy from U.S.-led coalition helped British girls join Islamic State, Turkey alleges

Over 750 people gathered in Brampton on Monday for the funeral of a teen killed while tracking down his lost cellphone.<p>St. Anne's Roman Catholic Church was packed to capacity, and an overflow room was set up for those who couldn't fit in the main hall but still wanted to say their goodbyes to …

Middle East
North Africa
Islam
Africa
Middle East

UK police defend actions over teenage girls who flew to Syria

LONDON (Reuters) - British police on Saturday denied accusations that they had failed to pass on crucial information that could have allowed families to stop three teenage girls from traveling to Syria to join Islamic State militants.<p>British teenage girls Shamima Begun, Amira Abase and Kadiza …

North Africa

Islamic State will try to profit from the treasures of Nimrud

With oil revenues falling, the terrorist group will resort to smuggling antiquities as another way of making money<p>Islamist fervour will not have been the sole reason for Isil's decision to <b>loot the ancient city of Nimrud.</b> The terrorists who pillaged the treasures bequeathed by history will also have …

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 …

Social Media
Middle East

Signs point to Iran taking over the ground war in Iraq

It's been said that "the enemy of my enemy is my friend." But, when it comes to Iraq and Iran, it's not quite so simple, as the United States and allies such as Canada are finding out.<p>During the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq War, Washington made a clear choice: Iran, ruled by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, was …

Senior Nusra Front commander killed in Syria air strike

An air strike by Syrian government forces has killed a senior commander of al-Nusra Front, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda, the group and state media have said.<p>The SANA state news agency said Abu Hammam al-Shami, also known as al-Farouq al-Suri, was killed in a special army operation in Idlib …

Middle East

Iran is 'taking over Iraq' and Obama must put boots on the ground against Isil, warns Saudi Arabia

Thousands flee Isil-held Tikrit ahead of Iraqi assault as Saudi foreign minister calls for US coalition presence 'on the ground' to prevent Iran overrunning country<p>Saudi Arabia became the second key American ally in the Middle East to demand President Barack Obama change tack towards Iran on …

Boko Haram beheading video shows ties to ISIS, say experts

Nigerian Islamic terrorist organization Boko Haram has taken a page out of the ISIS playbook, releasing a new video Monday of two prisoner beheadings so similar to clips posted by the Middle East jihadist group that experts now believe the terror groups are working together.<p>The 6-minute video, …

Climate Change Helped Spark Syrian War, Study Says

Research provides first deep look at how global warming may already influence armed conflict.<p>A severe drought, worsened by a warming climate, drove Syrian farmers to abandon their crops and flock to cities, helping trigger a civil war that has killed hundreds of thousands of people, according to a …

Australia to send 300 more troops to Iraq on training mission | Reuters

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia will send an additional 300 soldiers to help train Iraqi forces fighting Islamic State militants, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Tuesday, following a request from the United States to contribute to an international training coalition.<p>Australia last year committed a …

Middle East

ISIS Rules Revealed: Foosball's Fine, and AK-47's for Women — Leaving? Not So Much

Men are forbidden from wearing western clothing. A woman is free to carry a Kalashnikov rifle, as long as it’s not slung over the shoulder in such a way to give definition to her body — which is to be covered in a traditional cloak.<p>Playing foosball is OK, as long as there is no gambling …

Terrorism

Syria's civil war 'linked to global warming'

Syria may have fallen into its vicious civil war due, in part, to a drought caused by climate change in what scientists say is strongest connection between violence and human-caused climate change<p>The conflict that has torn Syria apart can be traced, in part, to a record drought worsened by global …