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Why Foreign Fighters Are Joining ISIL (Part 3 of 3)

Part 3 of 3 in a series. Read Part 1 and Part 2.<p><b>Defeating ISIL and its ideology</b><p>For peaceful democratic societies, the challenge is this: how do you stop a destructive force like ISIL, one which cherishes death? How do you convince the globe's Islamic radicals, and ISIL in particular, that life -- …

ISIL fight: 'Operation Inherent Resolve'

The U.S.-led fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant finally has a name: Operation Inherent Resolve.<p>Air Force Col. Ed Thomas, a spokesman for Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, walked into the Pentagon press room on Wednesday morning and made the brief announcement. Later, …

ISIL losing ground in Syrian town of Kobani as US-led airstrikes continue

The fight against Islamic State extremists in the Syrian town of Kobani is being won, according to the US military.<p>Kurdish forces on the ground say that ISIL has been driven out of most of the town, which borders Turkey. US-led air strikes have helped push back the jihadists, with more than a dozen …

Iraqi forces clash with Islamic State fighters west of Baghdad

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Coalition air strikes killed around 25 Islamic State fighters on Wednesday near the northern Iraqi city of Baiji, residents told Reuters.<p>A man looks at a vehicle belonging to the Iraqi security forces in the Anbar province town of Hit, October 6, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer<p>They said …