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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 …

Ebola As ISIS Bio-Weapon?

ISIS may already be thinking of using Ebola as a low-tech weapon of bio-terror, says a national security expert, who notes that the “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria” and terror groups like it wouldn’t even have to weaponize the virus to attempt to wreak strategic global infection.<p>Such groups could …

Syrian Kurds say air strikes against Isis are not working

US-led air strikes in northern Syria have failed to interrupt the advance of Islamic State (Isis) fighters closing in on a key city on the Turkish border, raising questions about the western strategy for defeating the jihadi movement.<p>Almost two weeks after the Pentagon extended its aerial campaign …

President Obama Wages War on the Islamic State, aka ISIS and ISIL: Anatomy of a Disaster in the Making

A full-blooded war in its early stages is now underway, involving two antagonists, the Islamic State led by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, known to his followers as Caliph Ibrahim, and the United States of America, led by President Barack Obama. The former, creator of the world's first Islamic caliphate in …

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Kurds battle Islamist militants closing in on Syrian town

MURSITPINAR Turkey (Reuters) - Islamist militants attacking a Syrian border town fought some of their heaviest battles so far with Kurdish forces on Sunday, a local official said, and five people were wounded inside Turkey by a projectile fired across the frontier.<p>Smoke rises from the Syrian town …

Isil's reign of terror rooted in the political culture of Iraq and Syria

Isil's extreme cruelty and filmic savagery has shocked the world, but it is not very different from what leaders of Iraq and Syria – and to some extent their colonial predecessors – have been doing to local people for decades<p>The beheading of Alan Henning was not Isil's first, as we all know full …

Airstrikes In Syria Are Angering People The US Needs To Win Over

Instead it would build up moderate rebels to the point where, with American help, they could take on both IS and, eventually, Mr Assad's forces. Five Sunni Arab states joined the air campaign in Syria, where Western friends declined to go. Across the border in Iraq, a new prime minister was …

ISIS Is Getting Dangerously Close To Baghdad International Airport

The Islamic State group is reportedly in shooting distance from the Baghdad International Airport, according to a report by Mitchell Prothero of McClatchy.<p>Militants from the Sunni extremist group are now moving freely in Abu Ghraib, only around 40 km (24 miles) from the Iraqi capital, forcing Iraqi …

Iraqi Prime Minister's Warning Of An ISIS Subway Plot Confuses His Own President

NEW YORK — Iraq's president says he is as confused as anyone by his prime minister's warning Thursday that ISIS is planning an imminent attack on the New York and Paris subway systems.<p>"Personally I don't have any information about this," said Iraqi President Fuad Masum in an appearance Friday …

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Denmark joins fight against Islamic State group

LONDON (AP) — Britain, Belgium and Denmark on Friday joined the U.S.-led coalition of nations that are launching airstrikes on the Islamic State group in Iraq, committing warplanes to the struggle against the extremists.<p>The European lawmakers flatly described the moves as critical to security on …

Anti-ISIS coalition grows, but that doesn't mean victory is near

The coalition is growing -- not just in words, but in action.<p>Just over two weeks after U.S. President Barack Obama vowed "America will lead a broad coalition to roll back this terrorist threat" posed by ISIS, more than 50 countries have signed up, so far, to support the fight.<p>They include new …

UK Parliament votes to authorize airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq

British lawmakers meeting in emergency session approved a motion Friday to participate in airstrikes against ISIS targets in Iraq.<p>The 524-43 vote came after Prime Minister David Cameron told Parliament that the country had a "duty to take part" in international efforts to combat the extremist group.<p>…

Taliban fighters storm Afghanistan district

Dozens of casualties reported after five days of fighting in Ajrestan, 300km southwest of Kabul.<p>Hundreds of Taliban fighters have stormed a district southwest of the Afghan capital and officials say the area is in danger of falling to the armed group after five days of fighting.<p>Al Jazeera's …

Nato sees Russia pullback in Ukraine

<b>Nato says it has observed a "significant" withdrawal of Russian troops from eastern Ukraine, but adds that some forces still remain there.</b><p>Nato spokesman Lt Col Jay Janzen says it is difficult to determine the number of soldiers in Ukraine, as pro-Russian rebels control some border crossings.<p>Moscow …

Abu Qatada cleared of terror charges in Jordan

Court rules there was insufficient evidence against Abu Qatada and he is expected to be released 'within hours'<p>Abu Qatada, the radical Islamic preacher deported from Britain, has been found not guilty of terrorism offences by a court in Jordan.<p>After spending years incarcerated in British prisons, …

Hollande: Islamic extremists beheaded hostage

French hostage Herve Gourdel was abducted and beheaded, a killing shown on video, French President Francois Hollande told the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday.<p>"You will understand that today I am speaking before you with a particularly high level of emotion because one of my compatriots …

Watchdog: Algerian militant group linked to ISIS kills French hostage

An Algerian extremist group linked to the Islamic State has decapitated a French hostage in retaliation for France’s airstrikes against militants, French President Francois Hollande confirmed Wednesday.<p>A group calling itself Jund al-Khilafah said after abducting Herve Gourdel on Sunday that he …

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French hostage 'beheaded in Algeria'

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1110000/1110968_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1537687774_832b4d3791d155d7f59442f81995f1be<p><b>France has confirmed that an Algerian jihadist group linked to Islamic State (IS) militants has beheaded tourist Herve Gourdel, seized on Sunday.</b><p>Jund …

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Nigeria military claims Boko Haram leader dead

Defence spokesman Chris Olukolade told reporters in Abuja that a heavily bearded Islamist fighter identified as Mohammed Bashir died during fighting in the town of Konduga, in Borno state.<p>Bashir, who was said to have had several aliases, had "been acting or posing on videos as the deceased Abubakar …

In U.N. speech, Obama warns Islamic militants to leave battlefield

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama made his case to the United Nations on Wednesday for a more forceful, coordinated global response against Islamic militants in the Middle East that would seek to dismantle their “network of death.”<p>In a speech to the U.N. General Assembly in New …

ISIS Oil Refineries in Syria Targeted by U.S., Coalition Strikes

World<p>U.S. military forces and Arab partner nations targeted 12 ISIS-controlled modular oil refineries in eastern Syria on Wednesday, officials said. Coalition forces also took out one vehicle linked to ISIS in the strikes, which involved Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.<p>In a release, the …

Islamic State crisis: UN aims to stop jihadist recruits

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1110000/1110894_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1537687773_4e6a1f5aa9bcffc9867f56ae41c30e60<p><b>The UN Security Council has adopted a binding resolution compelling states to prevent their nationals joining jihadists in Iraq and Syria.</b><p>US President …

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Obama Opens Door For Sanctions Relief For Russia Over Ukraine

United Nations (United States) (AFP) - US President Barack Obama slammed Russia's "aggression" in Ukraine but offered to lift sanctions against Moscow if it threw its weight behind an unraveling peace deal with Kiev.<p>The outstretched hand to Moscow came a day after pro-Russian guerrillas brushed off …

An American Held in North Korea Begins Six Years of Hard Labor

An American man has begun a six-year sentence of hard labor in North Korea, CNN reports.<p>Matthew Miller, of Bakersfield, Calif., was arrested in North …

US aims to wipe out Isis funding with air strikes on oil wells in Syria

The latest US air strikes in Syria targeted oil facilities controlled by Islamic State (Isis) in a deliberate attempt to wipe out a lucrative source of income for the rapidly expanding jihadist group.<p>US central command said 13 air strikes were launched against refineries in the east of the country. …

Taliban behead 12 people in remote Afghan province

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban beheaded 12 Afghan civilians, mostly family members of local policemen, in an assault that was part of a …

Islamic State crisis: 'More than 3,000' Europeans join IS

<b>The number of Europeans joining Islamist fighters in Syria and Iraq has risen to more than 3,000, the EU's anti-terrorism chief has told the BBC.</b><p>Gilles de Kerchove also warned that Western air strikes would increase the risk of retaliatory attacks in Europe.<p>US-led forces have launched more than 200 …