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American who died fighting ISIL inspired by TV

A Massachusetts man who traveled to Syria to fight Islamic State militants alongside Kurdish forces was inspired to make the trip by something he saw on television, a friend of his is telling various news media.<p>Keith Broomfield bought a plane ticket and traveled to Syria a few months ago after …

Boko Haram kidnap victim: Stigmatized for carrying captor's baby

<b>(CNN) —</b> Um Haleema was just 16 years old when she was kidnapped. Her first few months in captivity, at the hands of militant group Boko Haram, were enough to break anyone's spirit -- let alone that of a teenage girl so far from home.<p>She was captured trying to escape, along with three of her …

White House not ruling out even more troops in Iraq

The White House on Thursday did not rule out sending even more troops to Iraq, a day after the administration announced a plan to send 450 military advisers to an additional Iraqi base to help Iraqi forces reclaim the city of Ramadi from Islamic State.<p>Pentagon and White House officials sketched out …

House rejects measure to force vote on Islamic State fight | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The House of Representatives rejected an amendment to a defense bill on Thursday that would have forced lawmakers to vote on a formal authorization for the use of military force against Islamic State.<p>A mosque that Shi'ite fighters said was destroyed by Islamic State militants …

Virginia 17-year-old pleads guilty to assisting ISIL

WASHINGTON — A Virginia honor student pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to charges that he supported the Islamic State's recruitment campaign in the U.S. The 17-year-old, one of the youngest Americans to face such terrorism-related charges, is the latest example of the growing influence of …

Suspected Boko Haram gunmen kill 37 near northeast Nigeria's Maiduguri

MAIDUGURI (Reuters) - Suspected Boko Haram gunmen killed 37 people in raids on five villages around Maiduguri, the capital of northeast Nigeria’s Borno state, a military source and a local village defense group said on Friday.<p>The Islamist militants, who arrived on motorcycles and in four-wheel …

Africa

Iraq militias say they don't need US help in Anbar operation

KESSARRAT, Iraq (AP) — Ali Ahsan paced back and forth carrying a rifle more than half his height in the searing heat as his militia convoy made a pit …

Secret CIA effort in Syria faces large funding cut

Key lawmakers have moved to slash funding of a secret CIA operation to train and arm rebels in Syria, a move that U.S. officials said reflects rising skepticism of the effectiveness of the agency program and the Obama administration’s strategy in the Middle East.<p>The House Intelligence Committee …