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ISIL under heavy assault by Kurds in Iraq

Peshmerga forces backed by US and UK air power launch attacks on three fronts against ISIL.<p>Kurdish peshmerga forces backed by US and British air attacks have pushed into territory held by ISIL in Iraq, recapturing several towns and villages that had recently fallen to the group.<p>The peshmerga began …

Isis reconciles with al-Qaida group as Syria air strikes continue

Air strikes continued to target Islamic State (Isis) positions near the Kurdish town of Kobani and hubs across north-east Syria on Sunday, as the terror group moved towards a new alliance with Syria’s largest al-Qaida group that could help offset the threat from the air.<p>Jabhat al-Nusra, which has …

Islamic State Defector: 'If You Turn Against ISIS, They Will Kill You'

When the Sunni extremists declared a caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria, their ranks swelled to about 30,000 fighters, according to estimates by the CIA. The recent airstrikes carried out by the U.S.-led coalition might change the rush to join the self-declared Islamic State, also known as …

Major terrorist attack is ‘inevitable’ as Isis fighters return, say EU officials

A major Islamist terror attack in Europe is almost inevitable as European members of Islamic State (Isis) return from Syria and Iraq, according to senior EU officials familiar with the diplomatic, intelligence, and security planning taking place to try to counter the threat.<p>They said the EU’s …

Assad Unlikely to Compromise for US Coalition

The Syrian government was quick to inform the world it was aware of US and Arab allied strikes hitting the Islamic State (IS). A statement released on Syrian state television hours after the first strikes early Sept. 23 said Syria was informed via Washington's UN envoy, which was confirmed shortly …

British MPs vote on joining Iraq airstrikes

The hours-long debate is to begin with a speech by Prime Minister David Cameron at 0930 GMT and the motion is likely to pass as it is backed by the main opposition parties as well as the government.<p>Cameron has urged Britain not to be "frozen with fear" about re-entering conflict in a country its …