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How America Can Eliminate ISIS and Avoid a 9/11-Type Attack

There are various local copies of the international terrorist group al Qaeda that engage in internal conflicts. These include "ISIS" in Iraq and Syria, "Qaeda in Arabia" in Saudi Arabia, "Alnusrah Front" in Syria, "supporters of jihad" in Egypt and "Ansar al-Sharia" in Yemen. As different as these …

Iran reportedly sent military advisers, head of Quds Force to Iraq

Iran reportedly has sent military advisers into Iraq and dispatched the head of its infamous Quds Force to help Baghdad strategize in its fight against Sunni militants, as the United States takes similar steps despite concern about Tehran's involvement.<p>While not in lockstep, Tehran and Washington …

ISIS Threats to American Interests 'Extremely High'

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Islamic State (ISIS)

U.S. sends more troops to Iraq

The United States has increased its military presence in Iraq, ordering 300 more troops to the violence-ravaged nation, the Pentagon announced Monday.<p>ISIS militants have "continued to pose a legitimate threat to Baghdad and its environs," a U.S. official told CNN. "We have seen them reinforce …

Iran Ready to Send Arms to Iraq to 'Fight Against Terrorism'

MOSCOW - Tehran has not received any request from Iraq to supply it with weapons but would be ready to do so if asked, a senior Iranian official said on Tuesday. Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, a deputy foreign minister, said during a visit to Moscow that Tehran had no plans to send troops to Iraq to …

Middle East

Isis leader calls on Muslims to 'build Islamic state'

<b>The leader of jihadist militant group Isis has called on Muslims to travel to Iraq and Syria to help build an Islamic state, in an audio message.</b><p>Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi called on Muslims to immigrate to the "Islamic State", saying it was a duty.<p>He made a "special call" for judges, doctors, engineers …

Osama Bin Laden

Omar the Chechen: The young, friendly face of ISIL’s insurgency

A young, red-bearded ethnic Chechen has rapidly become one of the most prominent commanders in the breakaway al-Qaeda group that has overrun swaths of Iraq and Syria, illustrating the international nature of the movement.<p>Omar al-Shishani, one of hundreds of Chechens who have been among the toughest</i> …

'Iranian fighter jets deployed' to help Iraq fight Isis

<b>Iran has supplied Iraq with attack jets to help it counter an offensive by Sunni rebels led by the Islamist group Isis, strong evidence suggests.</b><p>Russia supplied an initial delivery of the aircraft just a few days ago.<p>But analysts at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London …

Middle East

The Militants in Iraq Threaten the Entire Middle East (and the U.S.)

In recent weeks, Sunni radicals have marched across Iraq, slaying security forces as well as civilians, and swiftly taking large swaths of land.<p>The …

19-Year-Old American Woman Charged With Trying To Help ISIS Militants

An FBI criminal complaint alleges that Shannon Maureen Conley, along with others, attempted to make contact with the militant group and travel to Syria via Turkey, AP reports.<p>Reuters has more on the criminal complaint:<p>It said she met a co-conspirator, only identified as Y.M. in court papers, on the …

8 killed in Baghdad bombing as Iraqi PM declares amnesty for tribes

Eight people were killed and 17 were injured Wednesday when an improvised explosive device detonated followed by a suicide bomber's explosion, according to police and medical officials.<p>The attacks targeted people leaving al-Mustafa Shiite mosque after night-time prayers in al-Furat neighborhood in …

Islamic militants fighting in Iraq help boost the fortunes of FireChat, a new mobile app

When you are a brand-new tech startup with a cool mobile app, you don't expect early adopters to come from war-torn Iraq. But that's what Micha Benoliel and his colleagues noticed with their app FireChat, released a few months ago.<p>Recently, their app was downloaded more than forty thousand times …

Saudi Arabia: Sandwiched by jihadists in Iraq and Yemen

<b>Along Saudi Arabia's long, lonely desert border with its northern neighbour Iraq, the Ministry of Interior guards have every reason to stay alert.</b><p>Isis, the well-armed and well-funded jihadist army that has seized control of most of western Iraq, is now effectively at the kingdom's doorstep.<p>Nearly …

Middle East

Pakistan passes tough anti-terrorism law

Pakistan has passed a law giving security forces sweeping powers to clamp down on terrorism, but many activists and politicians have described the provisions as draconian.<p>The new legislation adopted on Wednesday grants police officers the powers to shoot and kill alleged terrorists and detain …

Grandson of aquanaut Jacques Cousteau surfaces after record underwater stay

Fabien Cousteau spent a record-breaking 31 days living under water, where he observed marine life<p>Fabien Cousteau, grandson of famed French oceanographer Jacques Cousteau, has emerged from the waters off the Florida Keys, after a record-breaking 31-day stay underwater.<p>Mr Cousteau, 46, along with two …