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Kerry: ISIS is being defeated

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Secretary of State John Kerry insisted that the United States' allies in the Middle East remain on course to defeat ISIS -- though he acknowledged the challenge in Syria is a particularly difficult one.<p>"Each time the Iraqis have now gone forward in an offensive effort, together …

Family of ex-marine who died battling Isis praise his courage and conviction

The family of a former British Royal Marine who died fighting for Kurdish forces against Islamic State (Isis) in northern Syria have paid tribute to his “love, courage and conviction”.<p>Konstandinos Erik Scurfield, 25, was killed fighting Isis militants on Monday, according to the official …

Middle East

Egyptian couple startles guests with ISIS-themed wedding

An Egyptian groom surprised his bride with an ISIS-themed wedding, complete with the newlyweds being placed in a cage by masked men brandishing fake knives, while guests sang a jihadi anthem, a video of the event shows.<p>The idea, thought up by the groom, had some guests believing the wedding was …

Iraqi army and militia begin assault on Isis strongholds north of Baghdad

Iraq’s armed forces, backed by Shia militia, have begun a fresh campaign to wrest control and “liberate” Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit, now a stronghold of Islamic State (Isis), the country’s prime minister has said.<p>The long-promised battle for Tikrit and the province of Salahuddin, north of …

Middle East

Horrific video claims to show a nine-year-old 'ISIS supporter' being executed by Shia militia - but is it just the latest piece of jihadi propaganda?

• <b>Shocking footage shows a young child being murdered by armed men</b>• <b><br>He is accused of firing a gun at the men before they managed to catch him</b>• <b><br>Video claims</b> …

War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Some 60 miles from his office in the capital of Iraq’s oil-rich province of Kirkuk, a battle is raging for control of Tikrit. It might seem a hopeful …

BBC defends Mohammed Emwazi coverage

The BBC has defended its coverage of the unmasking of Islamic State fighter Mohammed Emwazi as “Jihadi John” after some viewers accused them of glamorising his cause.<p>Emwazi was named last month and details about his family life and education in west London were uncovered by journalists.<p>The BBC said …

BBC

Twitter escalates online battle against ISIS

Twitter has stepped up its battle against online terrorism with the suspension of at least 2,000 accounts linked to supporters of the Islamic State …

Social Media

Isil tries to lure Italian jihadists with offer of a free fridge

Islamic State pamphlet extolling the apparent merits of life in jihadist-ruled regions of Syria circulated on extremist online forums<p>Isil is attempting to lure Italian would-be jihadists away from the country's world-famous cappuccinos, pizza and gelato with the promise of a free fridge and …

'Jihadi John': Mohammed Emwazi 'felt like dead man walking'

<b>The man identified as extremist "Jihadi John" said he felt like a "dead man walking" after being contacted by UK security services, a newspaper reports.</b><p>Mohammed Emwazi, a Kuwaiti-born British man from west London, made the claims in 2010 in email exchanges with a Mail on Sunday journalist, the …

US-led task force launches 20 air strikes in continued attacks on Isis

Emwazi and the London schoolmates who became militant jihadis<p>Read more<p>US-led coalition forces have launched 11 air strikes in Iraq and nine in Syria since early on Friday, the Combined Joint Task Force said on Saturday.<p>The strikes targeted Islamic State (Isis) fighters and positions in both …

Middle East

US rethinking plan to retake Mosul from ISIS

The U.S. military is considering a months-long campaign of airstrikes to squeeze Islamic State fighters in Mosul before inserting Iraqi ground forces to retake the city, officials said Friday.<p>The on-the-ground fight to retake Mosul isn’t likely to start until the fall at the earliest, after an …

Kerry tight-lipped on strategy to fight Isis in Mosul as air strikes continue

Up to 25,000 Iraqi troops preparing for attack on Islamic State in Mosul<p>Read more<p>As US-led coalition forces said they had launched seven air strikes on Islamic State (Isis) targets in Iraq and two in Syria, Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday dampened talk of an imminent offensive against Isis …

Middle East

20 British teenage girls have gone to Syria to join Isil

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Helen Ball says 60 women have travelled to Syria to join Isil including 18 teenage girls<p>Nearly 20 teenage girls have travelled to Syria to join Isil in the past year after being "carefully prepared" for travel to ensure they don't stand out, one of Britain's most …

Islamic State frees 19 abducted Assyrian Christians after ransom paid, activists say

Islamic State (IS) militants have freed 19 of the 220 Assyrian Christians they took hostage in Syria last week, after a ransom was paid for their …

Isil frees 19 abducted Christians

Activist says hostages arrived on two buses after ransoms were paid for some of the 220 Assyrians captured in Syria last week<p>The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) on Sunday freed 19 of the 220 Assyrian Christians they took hostage in Syria last week, after a ransom was paid for their …