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There's a huge wild card that could cripple Obama's plans to defeat ISIS in Iraq

Further north, meanwhile, Kurdish Peshmerga forces and the Iraqi army are trying to figure out how they can recapture Mosul — Iraq's second-largest city — from ISIS, without getting in each other's way.<p>For many, the tension is symbolic of the extent to which Iraq has been irrevocably fractured …

Middle East

Islamic State dealt hefty body blow with death of top aide: officials | Reuters

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Islamic State will struggle to recover from the death of a top aide, reported this week in a U.S. air strike, whose overview of the group’s finances, politics and administration was unmatched, Iraqi and U.S. sources said.<p>An Islamic State flag is seen in this picture illustration …

Islam
Russia

Latest Islamic State killing video features blond Frenchman

Man talks of enemies of Isis and says to expect something that will ‘make them forget September 11 and Paris’<p>A blond-haired Frenchman has appeared in the latest Islamic State video threatening new terrorist attacks in the west.<p>The man, whose eyes are uncovered but whose features and hair can be …

Terrorism

Sky News - First For Breaking News From The UK And Around The World

Top Stories<p>The Latest News from the UK and Around the World | Sky News<p>Follow the red carpet and the ceremony live from the Dolby Theatre on Sky News …

Cologne imam: Women provoked sex attacks by 'wearing perfume' and being 'half-naked'

A Salafist imam in Cologne has said victims of the New Year's Eve sexual assaults were partly responsible for the attacks. In a subsequent interview, …

No sign militants posing as refugees to reach EU

Dutch authorities have said there was no sign of militant groups systematically using Europe's asylum provisions as a way of smuggling attackers into …

Islamic State defectors: Three case studies

<b>A new report has compiled cases of defectors from the so-called Islamic State (IS) group speaking to the media about their experience. You can read the full story here. Below are three case studies from the report.</b><p>Anonymous, Syria<p>This Syrian IS recruit initially joined an Islamist brigade of the …

New York Times

Sky News - First For Breaking News From The UK And Around The World

Top Stories<p>The Latest News from the UK and Around the World | Sky News<p>The Prime Minister is facing calls to reject a Brussels bid to potentially …

Why Isis fights

Jihadi fighters in Iraq and Syria reveal the apocalyptic motivations of the militant movement that has hijacked the Syrian uprising – and transformed the Middle East<p>اقرأ التقرير باللغة العربية<p>For more than a century, Dabiq was one of northern Syria’s forsaken villages, a speck on a vast …

Middle East

Australian fighter jets bomb Isis tank in east Syria airstrike, says Kevin Andrews

Defence minister confirms Australian Hornet fighter aircraft destroyed an Isis armoured personnel carrier in ‘first successful’ strike on Monday<p>Australia has undertaken its first successful airstrikes in eastern Syria against Islamic State targets, the defence minister, Kevin Andrews, has confirmed.<p>…

Middle East

Syria crisis: 'Only four or five' US-trained Syrian rebels are still fighting

<b>A US scheme to train Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State (IS) militants has been branded a total failure after a US general admitted only four or five were still fighting.</b><p>Congress approved $500m (£323m) to train and equip around 5,000 rebels as a key plank of US strategy against IS.<p>But the first …

Middle East

RAF strikes since 2014 'have killed around 330 IS fighters'

<b>About 330 fighters from the Islamic State group are estimated to have been killed as a result of RAF air strikes, the defence secretary has said.</b><p>Michael Fallon said the figure was "highly approximate", partly because there were no UK troops on the ground to confirm the impact of the campaign.<p>He …

Middle East

Obama's battle against ISIS is failing

<b>(CNN) —</b> It's been a year since Steven Sotloff was brutally murdered. The images, which have become all too commonplace, shocked the American public -- and consequently, the American President -- into responding to the horror that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has wrought in the Middle East. …

Obama Administration

CIA involved in drone campaign against IS - report

The CIA and US special forces are carrying out a secret campaign using armed drones to target and kill Islamic State leaders in Syria, the Washington …

Hundreds of thousands spent on lawyers for quartet linked to 'Jihadi John’ cell

Four terror suspects linked to “Jihadi John” have been granted hundreds of thousands of pounds in legal aid to sue the Government<p>Four terrorism suspects linked to the British Isil executioner known as ­“Jihadi John” have been granted hundreds of thousands of pounds in legal aid to sue the …

No regrets, no remorse: Isis mastermind who sent out 15 suicide bombers

In prison interview, Baghdad commander is defiant as he details his deadly campaign that left more than 100 people dead, including children<p>For almost a year Abu Abdullah was the most wanted man in Baghdad. He was known among his bosses inside Islamic State as “the planner” – the man responsible for …

Extremism

Will a Turkish border deal block IS recruits?

<b>Fifteen months after the jihadists of so-called "Islamic State" overran Mosul and announced their controversial "caliphate", measures are in train that could seriously disrupt their supply of recruits.</b><p>In co-ordination with Washington and other NATO allies, Turkey is now considering imposing a …

Middle East

Sky News - First For Breaking News From The UK And Around The World

Top Stories<p>The Latest News from the UK and Around the World | Sky News<p>The father of a murdered student yelled at Mr Trump to "fix it", saying he can …

The crucial role of women within Islamic State

<b>Whitehall officials have told the BBC that contrary to recent announcements, the number of Britons emigrating to Syria to live under Islamic State (IS) rule peaked two years ago. However, the proportion of women among those joining the extremist group has risen dramatically. So what's behind this</b> …

Islam

In pictures: PKK fighters prepare for battle with IS

<b>For the three decades, the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) has been fighting the Turkish government. The PKK is considered a terrorist organisation by the Turkish authorities and several Western states, but it is now a key player in the battle against the jihadist group Islamic State (IS). BBC</b> …

Middle East

US asks Australia to expand air cover into Syria

<b>The US has formally asked Australia to expand its role fighting against Islamic State (IS) to include Syria, local media reported.</b><p>The request was reportedly sent to the Australian embassy in Washington on Thursday.<p>The government would say only that the request would be "properly considered".<p>The …

Middle East
Australia

The Governance of ISIS and of Much of the Muslim World Are Uncomfortably Similar

It must be clearly stated again that ISIS (or Daesh as many of us Muslims like to call it) has bastardized Islam beyond recognition.<p>Justifying rape as a form of worship, as reported in the <i>New York Times</i>' article "ISIS Enshrines a Theology of Rape," encapsulates the dehumanization of girls and women …

Religion
Yazidis

Officials: ISIS leader sexually abused U.S. hostage

<b>(CNN) —</b> ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi sexually abused American hostage Kayla Mueller while she was in captivity, U.S. government officials said.<p>A spokeswoman for Mueller's family -- who learned she was dead in February -- confirmed the information to CNN.<p>"We were told Kayla was tortured, that …

Special Forces

Horrific moment two gay men are thrown off tall building by ISIS then stoned by baying mob including children

• <b>The two men were thrown from the roof of a building in Homs, Syria</b>• <b><br>The video shows the bloodthirsty crowd then surge forward to stone them</b>• <b><br>It then</b> …

Iraq

SAS go into Syria to kill ISIS chief: UK 'boots on the ground' for ferocious joint US gunbattle that killed terror financier Abu Sayaff

• <b>British Special Forces took part in mission to kill Syrian-based commander</b>• <b><br>Troops wore American uniforms to keep the joint mission in May a secret</b>• <b><br>Dug</b> …