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Islamic State suffering setbacks in Syria and Iraq

BEIRUT (AP) — For a force that has built its reputation on an aura of momentum and invincibility, the Islamic State group is now dealing with a …

Troops will only go to Iraq for limited training mission, says defence secretary

Britain’s defence secretary, Michael Fallon, has promised UK troops will be sent to Iraq only as part of a limited training mission, as Amnesty International called for reassurances that British forces will not be complicit in Baghdad-backed “death squads”.<p>Speaking from Iraq, Fallon said a small …

Domestic terrorism: Isis housewives told how to prepare battle snacks

After Isis’s success in recruiting women to its cause, the insurgents have launched the Zora Foundation – a media arm that has been dubbed an Isis “finishing school”, and offers tips, advice and even recipes. It’s a guide for women that puts the “domestic” into “domestic terrorism”.<p>Female followers …

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Report: Airstrikes target another Islamist group in Syria

Airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS targeted the Islamist rebel group Ahrar al Sham for the first time overnight in Syria, a monitoring group said Thursday.<p>One airstrike hit the headquarters for Ahrar al Sham in Babsaqa, Idlib province, near the Bab al-Hawa border crossing with …

U.S., allied warplanes bombing 12 oil refineries in Syria

Making the first major push to choke off financing for Islamic State, U.S. and allied Arab warplanes bombed a dozen small oil refineries in eastern Syria on Wednesday that U.S. officials said were part of a $2 million-a-day revenue stream for the Sunni Muslim extremist group.<p>The Obama …

Isis doesn't deserve to be called Islamic, Australian imams say

Australian imams have called for the term “Islamic” not to be used when referring to the Islamic State (Isis) group, saying it serves only to give credibility to the group’s claims of religious authority.<p>There was nothing Islamic about its murderous actions, the Australian National Imams Council …

Obama Arms Moderate Syrian Rebel

As part of his plan to degrade and destroy ISIS, President Obama has begun arming a moderate Syrian rebel. Earlier this week the CIA certified that Husni al-Ziad, a middle-aged accountant living in Hama, was a "moderate rebel."<p>"We will continue to search for others, but right now al-Ziad is our …

Prince Alwaleed talks about ISIS, Obama

House GOP drafting Syria language

House Republicans want to keep the Obama administration on a short leash when it comes to arming and training Syrian rebels.<p>The legislation that the GOP is drafting to give the White House authority to provide military support to the Free Syria Army will require the Obama administration to send a …

Obama's request to arm Syrians faces skepticism before Congress votes

President<p>Obama's request forCongressto authorize the training and equipping of Syrian rebels seemed a modest piece of the administration's new offensive againstIslamic Statemilitants.<p>But it has proved to be anything but easy as skeptical lawmakers appear to have more questions than resolve to …

Most Americans Believe in Obama's ISIS Plan, but Not in Him

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Most Americans support President Obama's plan to attack the Islamic State, even though a majority of …

U.S. Hits ISIS Position Near Baghdad in New Phase of Strikes: Official

The U.S. carried out an airstrike near Baghdad on Monday as the beginning of intensified action against ISIS militants in Iraq, defense officials told NBC News.<p>U.S. attack aircraft hit an ISIS fighting position southwest of the capital in support of the Iraqi security forces, defense officials …

U.S. scouts for Sunni allies on the ground in Iraq | Reuters

BAGHDAD/AMMAN (Reuters) - Unwilling to send U.S. troops back to Iraq, Washington is trying to persuade armed Sunni factions and tribal figures to fight Islamic State militants in an echo of the “Awakening” movement that drove al Qaeda from the country six years ago.<p>Members of Iraqi security forces …

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Fear of ISIS Triggers Double Threat to Checks and Balances

Whatever you may think of the harms carried out by the group referred to as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the fear of ISIS is now creating a double threat to our system of checks and balances. We now have a Congress so anxious to avoid tough votes that it is ducking any decision on …

Islamic State steps up anti-US propaganda with calls to attack Times Square

Online propaganda videos and messages posted by Isil supporters encourage "lone wolf" attacks against numerous US tourist destinations and details how to make homemade pipe bombs<p>The Islamic State (Isil) has encouraged “lone wolf” attacks by extremists equipped with homemade pipe bombs on Times …

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Iraqi PM says no to foreign ground troops in Islamic State fight

Iraq's new leader told the Associated Press on Wednesday that foreign ground troops are unwanted and unnecessary in his country's fight against the Islamic State militant group.<p>Prime Minister Haider Abadi's comments came a day after Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of …

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Obama: This will not be America's fight

Iran Leader Says ISIS Wants to ‘Kill Humanity’

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told NBC News’s Ann Curry on Wednesday that ISIS terrorists “want to kill humanity.”<p>In an exclusive interview at the …

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Iranian leader rips ISIS, questions U.S. willingness to 'sacrifice' in terror fight

Sounding as much like a Western leader as a Middle Eastern one, Iran's president is denouncing ISIS in strong terms, but even in firm opposition he's hardly embracing the U.S.-led military effort intent on destroying the extremist group.<p>Hassan Rouhani, in an interview with NBC News, characterized …

ISIS video is counterpoint to Obama's 'dismantle' and 'destroy' speech

The production is slick. The imagery: ominous.<p>The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is out with a new video from its Al Hayat Media Center. ISIS also produced the videos of the beheadings of two American journalists and a British aid worker.<p>It took nearly a week, but this appears to be the terror …

ISIS Is Trying To 'Suck The West' Into A New War In Iraq, Warns Top Terrorism Expert

ISIS is deliberately trying "to suck the west" into a new war in Iraq, one of the world's leading experts on Islamist terrorism has warned.<p>Speaking …