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ISIS using chlorine gas Iraq says

<b>BAGHDAD</b> -- Iraqi officials Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants used chlorine gas during fighting with Iraqi security forces and Shiite …

Middle East

Attacks in West Raise New Fears Over ISIS’s Influence

Al Qaeda Commander Tweets Support for ISIS Hostage Abdul Rahman Kassig

An al Qaeda commander tweeted his support for Abdul Rahman Kassig, the American captive threatened with execution by ISIS. “The doctor who welcomed me in the [the city of Deir Ezzour] hospital and performed a successful operation was Peter,” Abu Omar Aqidi, a local commander with the Al-Nusra …

Al-Qaeda

Woman arrested in UK on terrorism charges

British police have taken a 25-year-old woman into custody on suspicion of terrorism offences related to the ongoing civil war in Syria, officials have said.<p>London's counter terrorism command said on Wednesday that officers had arrested the woman in Bedfordshire, north of the capital, on suspicion …

Isis apparently takes control of US weapons airdrop intended for Kurds

· Pentagon admits one of 28 loads missing and blames wind · Turkey criticises arms airdrops saying the strategy will never lead to desired results<p>The Pentagon admitted on Wednesday that one of the airdrops of weapons intended for Kurds in the besieged Syrian town of Kobani almost certainly ended up …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Father of IS hostage John Cantlie dies

Paul Cantlie, 81, whose son was kidnapped in Syria two years ago, has died from pneumonia-related complications<p>The elderly father of a British journalist being held by Islamic State (Isis) in Syria has died after making a moving appeal from his hospital bed for the release of his son John …

Kurdish Protesters Killed In Turkey Amid Calls To Save Kobani

<i>Updated at 1:15 p.m. ET</i><p>At least a dozen people have been killed as Kurds protest across Turkey demanding that the government do more to break the siege of the Syrian border town of Kobani.<p>For days, Turkish tanks have deployed to the border within sight of the fighting between the self-declared …

10 Ways ISIS Is Violating The Laws Of Islam

The letter, signed by 126 Muslims, offers an academic rebuke of Baghdadi's interpretation of Islam, which the leader has claimed is the basis for founding an Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.<p>That letter outlines 24 violations of Islamic Law, noting it's forbidden to kill the innocent, torture …

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

UK hostage strategy scrutinised after Isis threatens fifth western hostage

Britain’s refusal to pay ransoms and insistence on media blackouts questioned by families of hostages killed by Isis<p>Two key elements of the British government’s hostage negotiation strategy – refusing to pay ransoms and requesting a media blackout – are under increasing scrutiny after Islamic State …

Theresa May to push EU to stem flow of jihadis to and from Syria and Iraq

Proposals include a Europe-wide air passenger database and tightening security checks at EU’s external borders<p>The British home secretary, Theresa May, is to lead a fresh Europe-wide effort to accelerate measures to tackle the growing flow of jihadi fighters to and from Syria and Iraq.<p>The measures …

Friends: Aid worker captured in Syria knew risks

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An American aid worker threatened with beheading in Syria had researched the region and knew the dangers, but he believed the good he could accomplish through his relief organization outweighed the risk, his friends said Wednesday.<p>Separately, the mother of the 26-year-old …

General Who Championed Air Power Challenges Pentagon on ISIS

Once a United States military effort bogs down, as is now happening in the battle for the Syrian border town of Kobani, two things happen: Pentagon …

Iran Says It’s Under Attack by ISIS

Suicide bombs. Captured soldiers. Guerrilla attacks. Iran claims it’s under assault by Sunni militants like ISIS. Now Tehran is making mass arrests …

Mother of U.S. hostage reaches out to ISIS

No proof Chicago teen sought to support ISIS terrorists, lawyer claims

Prosecutors don't have the evidence to prove a 19-year-old from suburban Chicago actually sought to provide material support to Islamic State militants in Syria, his attorney said Thursday in the first public defense of the suspect.<p>Mohammed Hamzah Khan's lawyer spoke after a detention hearing, …

James Foley parents: Negotiate with ISIS

The parents of slain American journalist James Foley said Friday the U.S. and other governments will eventually have to negotiate with the Islamist group that beheaded their son in August.<p>"Eventually I think we're going to have to negotiate," John Foley said in an interview on French radio. "This …

Erik Prince Is Right: Private Contractors Will Probably Join The Fight Against ISIS

"If the old Blackwater team were still together, I have high confidence that a multi-brigade-size unit of veteran American contractors or a multi-national force could be rapidly assembled and deployed to be that necessary ground combat team," Prince wrote on the website of Frontier Services Group, …

Al-Shabaab

Ex-Blackwater Chief Urges Hired Guns to Take on ISIS

The man who founded and ran Blackwater—the company that sent thousands of private workers into Afghanistan and Iraq—says President Barack Obama …

20,000 Kurds protest against IS in Germany

BERLIN (AP) — More than 20,000 Kurdish immigrants have protested in Germany against the Islamic State group.<p>Police said the demonstration Saturday in the western German city of Duesseldorf was peaceful with people marching through the city's downtown area and waving large Kurdish flags.<p>The …

Americans at Risk of Being Kidnapped as ISIS Tries to Raise Funds

U.S. citizens are at risk of being kidnapped and taken hostage as extremist groups like ISIS and al-Qaida look for ways to finance their operations, according to a State Department caution released on Friday. ISIS, al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) …

Arabian Peninsula

Iraq asks for US ground troops as Isil threaten Baghdad

Islamic State jihadists move within eight miles of the Iraqi capital, sparking calls for America to return to the country<p>Iraqi officials have issued a desperate plea for America to bring US ground troops back to the embattled country, as heavily armed <b>Islamic State</b> militants came within striking …

Middle East

Young girl snatched by ISIS tells of her escape

<b>MAQLUBA, Iraq --</b> The young Yazidi girl rocked apprehensively as she described the ordeal that took her from her family, snatched from her home by …

Iraqis Displaced By ISIS Face Another Threat: Winter

Leeza Guerges sits on the concrete floor of the unfinished building where she lives now.<p>She calls for her two kids, husband and in-laws to eat the eggs, meat and rice she's prepared. The meat was donated, a rare treat for the family displaced from their home near the northern city of Mosul when …

British hostage John Cantlie appears in latest Isil video

Hostage John Cantlie reveals details of his captivity with Islamic State in magazine article and video<p>British hostage John Cantlie has revealed details of his captivity at the hands of the terror group Isil in its latest sickening propaganda.<p>The journalist who has been held for two years has …

What Happened When Wisconsin Man Jordan Matson Decided To Take On ISIS

DERIKE, Syria (RNS) Like many Americans, Jordan Matson is outraged by the brutality of the Islamic State. But unlike virtually every other American, he decided to take on the militants head-on.<p>Now, the 28-year-old Racine, Wis., man is recovering in a hospital in northeastern Syria from a shrapnel …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Islamic State captive Peter Kassig told parents his 'time was running out'

Parents of US aid worker threatened with beheading in Syria, released more details from son’s letter written in captivity<p>The parents of the American aid worker who has been threatened with beheading in Syria released more of their son’s letter from captivity on Monday, as part of their campaign to …

Tunisia becomes breeding ground for Islamic State fighters

By some estimates, there could be more Tunisians fighting for Isis than combatants from any other single country<p>Aymen Arbaoui told his family he would be gone for just a few weeks. He was only 17, but was already a dab hand at interior decorating. The young Tunisian heard there was casual work …

Iraqis Swear: Baghdad Airport is Safe From ISIS

Never mind what America’s top general said. ISIS was never close to overrunning this strategically crucial location, Iraqi officials claim.<p>ERBIL, …