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IRAQ FINANCE MINISTER: ISIS is putting up a tough fight in Fallujah

"Fallujah is a tough nut to crack," he told Reuters in an interview on Thursday evening. "Daesh are holding the population as hostages, not allowing them to escape, and they are putting up a tough fight there," he added, using an Arabic acronym for the group, which is also known as ISIS or …

Islam

Libyans will eradicate Islamic State in their country: unity government PM

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libya is uniting its various armed factions and will be able to eradicate Islamic State militants on its territory with its own forces, the head of the U.N.-backed unity government in Tripoli said on Friday.<p>Prime Minister of Libya's unity government Fayez Seraj delivers a speech …

Africa

Syria conflict: Troops 'cross into IS-held Raqqa province'

<b>Syrian troops have crossed into Raqqa province, nearing the capital of so-called Islamic State, activists say.</b><p>The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said heavy Russian air strikes had helped the offensive. There is no Syrian or Russian confirmation.<p>A US-backed alliance of Syrian Kurdish …

Anti-ISIS forces defeat militants in battle for Falluja

<b>(CNN) —</b> Iraqi security forces rapidly closed in on key ISIS-held territories on Saturday with advances to regain control of militant controlled towns, military officials say.<p>Meanwhile, Syrian forces made progress against the militant group in the region surrounding the province of Raqqa in the …

Middle East

Will Supreme Court allow government unions to override the First Amendment?

Can government unions override the First Amendment? Should public employees be forced to fund speech and activities they do not support? On January 11th, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Friedrichs vs. California Teachers Association, a case that seeks a definitive answer to these …

Why ISIS Cannot Be Negotiated With

Jonathan Powell argues that talking to terrorists has brought peace in the past. But the Islamic State really is different.<p>In his recent <i>Atlantic</i> piece on “What to Do About ISIS,” Jonathan Powell, a former senior British diplomat, posits that eventually, the West would have to negotiate with the …

Political Science

US and South Korea in strategic talks after North's nuclear test

The United States and South Korea are discussing sending more strategic US assets to the Korean peninsula following the North’s claimed hydrogen bomb test last week.<p>On Sunday a B52 bomber flanked by US and South Korean fighter jets flew over Osan Air Base in a show of strength.<p>The White House said …

North Korea

The town nicknamed 'Little London' at the heart of Islamic State's war

Manbij, west of Isil's de facto capital Raqqa, has been overrun with British Isil fighters and their families<p>There was little to draw foreign visitors to the town of Manbij in northern Syria before the civil war. It had not much more than a prison and a large flour mill.<p>When the Islamic State of …

Free Syrian Army

Trump threatens to continue Clinton attacks over past allegations

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Donald Trump has no qualms about attacking Hillary Clinton over past allegations of Bill Clinton's behavior.<p>"Well, I don't want to say it's a threat. But it is a threat," he told NBC's Chuck Todd on "Meet the Press" in an interview aired Sunday.<p>He added "it's fine" if his own …

Donald Trump

PUTIN: The deterioration of Russia's relationship with the West is the result of many 'mistakes'

"We have done everything wrong," Putin told BILD publisher Kai Diekmann and BILD politics editor Nikolaus Blome last week, according to a transcript provided to Business Insider.<p>"From the beginning, we failed to overcome Europe's division. Twenty-five years ago, the Berlin Wall fell, but invisible …

2,000 miles from Syria, ISIS is trying to lure recruits in Somalia

NAIROBI — Two thousand miles from Syria, the Islamic State is trying to expand its territory by establishing a branch in what its fighters call the “little emirate”: the war-torn country of Somalia.<p>Winning ground there won’t be easy. Al-Shabab, a Somali group linked to al-Qaeda, has a long-standing …

Islam

Paris Attacks: Abdelhamid Abaaoud's Photos Offer Glimpse of ISIS Life

<i>Tuesday's explosions in Brussels will raise new questions about Islamist extremism in Belgium — a country which experts say has the highest number per capita of militants fighting in Syria and Iraq. In December, NBC News investigated Belgian-born Paris attacks ringleader Abdelhamid Abaaoud.</i><p>ISTANBUL …

Terrorism

French see their children add to ISIS ranks in Syria

Valérie Aubry-Dumont got the news in a WhatsApp message from deep inside Islamic State territory. "Mom, you're going to be a grandmother," wrote her teenage daughter, Cléa.<p>When Aubry-Dumont last saw her daughter, Cléa was a 16-year-old girl attending Catholic school in a Paris suburb. After a …

Child Care

Milos Zeman says children, the old and sick deserve compassion but young single men fleeing Middle East should stay behind and take up arms<p>The Czech president, Milos Zeman, has called the movement of refugees into Europe “an organised invasion” and declared that young men from Syria and Iraq should …

Middle East

Pentagon: US carried out Christmas Day airstrikes on 'Islamic State'

Washington has said it carried out a string of airstrikes in Syria and Iraq over the holiday. The move comes as the US and its international allies …

Middle East

ISIS leader taunts US, Saudi-led coalition in latest audio message

The Islamic State released a new audio message Saturday purportedly of its leader taunting the U.S. for not sending troops to fight the so-called “caliphate” in the Middle East.<p>In the 24-minute audio, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi said the U.S. won’t come to fight the extremists because “their hearts are …

Middle East

Military officials said five of the strikes were carried out in Syria and 12 in Iraq, with all US aircraft returning safely<p>The Pentagon says the United States hit Islamic State group targets in Iraq and Syria with 17 airstrikes on Christmas Day.<p>The strikes targeting Isis fighters, facilities and …

Middle East

Iraqi troops advance in Ramadi, pockets of IS remain

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi forces backed by U.S.-led airstrikes drove Islamic State militants out of the center of Ramadi on Monday and seized the main …

Islam

Copies of 15-metre Temple of Bel entrance in Syria to be built in Trafalgar Square and Times Square in ‘gesture of defiance’<p>Replicas of an ancient monument in Palmyra that has apparently survived attempts by Islamic State to demolish it are to be erected in London and New York.<p>The 15-metre …

Archaeology

Obama administration hails Iraqi victory in Ramadi

The Pentagon hailed Iraqi forces' retaking of Ramadi from the Islamic State on Monday as a "proud moment for Iraq" months in the making.<p>"We congratulate the Iraqi Security Forces for their continued success against ISIL in Ramadi," coalition spokesman Col. Steve Warren said in a statement. "The …

Middle East

Iraqi Forces Take Ramadi from ISIS: Pictures

Iraq

Isil issues rules for sex slavery in the 'caliphate'

Fatwa from Islamic State theologians says father and son cannot share a sex slave, among other regulations<p>Islamic State theologians have issued an extremely detailed ruling on when "owners" of women enslaved by the extremist group can have sex with them, in an apparent effort to curb what they …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Pentagon Names 10 ISIS Leaders Killed This Month

You know it’s a different kind of war when the Pentagon spends several minutes running down a list—by name, occupation and date of demise—of 10 …

War

ISIS has been dealt 2 major blows in the past month

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi planted the national flag in Ramadi after the army retook the city center from Islamic State, a victory that could help vindicate his strategy for rebuilding the military after stunning defeats.<p>"Over the past month, we've killed 10 ISIL leadership figures with …

Armed Forces

After retaking most of Ramadi from ISIS, Iraq sets sights on Mosul

<b>Baghdad, Iraq (CNN) —</b> After retaking most of the key city of Ramadi from ISIS militants, Iraqi leaders say they are setting their sights on an even bigger prize: Mosul.<p>Iraqi forces have driven ISIS jihadists out of the heart of Ramadi, which the Sunni extremist group seized in May in a humiliating …

Islamic State (ISIS)