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Can Islamic State keep control of Mosul?

The most credible story available today about the Islamic State (IS) occupation of Mosul on June 9 reads that IS occupied Mosul several years before …

Battle turning against IS, says US Gen Martin Dempsey

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1124000/1124384_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1515074534_905325eb1a90969b4b496105928c7da8<p><b>America's top general has told US troops in Iraq that momentum is turning against Islamic State militants.</b><p>Gen Martin Dempsey, on an unannounced visit, …

What a Pledge of Allegiance to ISIS Means

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria extended its geographic influence on Monday when Egypt’s most deadly militant outfit pledged obedience to ISIS’ …

Islamic State (ISIS)

As Kobe faces Duncan for 78th time, comparison unavoidable

LOS ANGELES – When Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan square off for the 78th time Friday night, it will be nothing like the good ol' days for two of the league's preeminent oldie-but-goodies.<p>At least not for Bryant.<p>While the San Antonio Spurs look fully capable of defending their title and winning a sixth …

After another loss, Lakers' Kobe Bryant yearns for the old days

The<p>Lakersare so upside down, so lost in their worst start since the 1950s, that Kobe Bryant reacted to another loss by almost wishing the Lakers were still together.<p>Not these Lakers, really. The ones that were champions just a handful of a years ago.<p>The trip down championship lane happened after …

Basketball

Kurds block an Islamic State supply route to Syria's Kobani

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Kurdish forces blocked a road Islamic State militants use to resupply their forces in a Syrian town on the Turkish border, a town official and a monitoring group said on Wednesday, the first major gain against the jihadists after weeks of violence.<p>Iraqi-Kurdish peshmerga forces …

Arab-Israeli violence: Is Netanyahu’s rhetoric fanning the flames?

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, who called Monday for Israeli Arab protesters to move to Gaza and the West Bank, is being pressed hard from the …

Israel

Special Report: The fighters of Iraq who answer to Iran

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Among the thousands of militia fighters who flocked to northern Iraq to battle militant group Islamic State over the summer was Qais al-Khazali.<p>Like the fighters, Khazali wore green camouflage. But he also sported a shoulder-strapped pistol and sunglasses and was flanked by …

Five takeaways in Lakers' loss to Memphis

The<p>Lakersdidn’t play poorly Tuesday but there was that obvious breakdown in communication on who should take the last shot. Here are five takeaways from their 107-102 loss at Memphis.<p><b>1)</b> History will remember it as the night<p>Kobe Bryantset theNBAmark with 13,418 career missed shots. But he couldn’t …

Basketball

Ukraine violence flares as ceasefire collapses

Gunfire crackles and flames scar battlefields in eastern Ukraine -- signs, officials warn, of a crumbling ceasefire in the volatile region.<p>And there's new fear that the long simmering battle may be about to explode to a deadly new level.<p>Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, NATO Supreme Allied Commander …

Kobe Bryant has missed more shots than any player in NBA history

The King of Clank. The Baron of Bricks. Kobe Bryant has missed more shots than any player in basketball history, and for that, we salute him.<p>Its official -- Kobe Bryant is on top of the record books. He passed all the greats on the way up the leaderboard and now he's the greatest of all time. The …

Iraqi authorities report IS leader wounded in airstrike

Iraqi officials said Sunday that the head of the<p>Islamic Stategroup Abu Bakr Baghdadi was wounded in an airstrike in western Anbar province.Pentagonofficials said they had no immediate information on such an attack or on themilitantleader being injured.<p>Iraq's Defense and Interior ministries both …

Middle East

"Key Partner" In War On Terror Is In Chaos, Top General Says

WASHINGTON -- When President Barack Obama prepared the nation in September for yet another military engagement in the Middle East, he made sure to cite some success stories -- bright spots on an otherwise gloomy map, to prove that U.S. policy in the region could work.<p>"This strategy of taking out …

Kyrie Irving laughs off reports

DENVER -- LeBron James denied an ESPN report that he and Kyrie Irving "exchanged words" following the Cleveland Cavaliers' 19-point loss to the …

Iran general said to mastermind Iraq ground war

BAGHDAD (AP) — When Islamic State militants retreated from the embattled town of Jurf al-Sakher last week, the Iraqi military was quick to flaunt a rare victory. State television showed tanks and Humvees parading through the town and soldiers touring government buildings that the Sunni extremist …

Damian Lillard scores 27 as Blazers stifle LeBron James, Cavs

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts took it upon himself to address Damian Lillard's night.<p>"You don't have to ask what's wrong with …

Dallas Mavericks Already Flashing Explosive Offensive Potential

When the Dallas Mavericks scooped up Chandler Parsons with a massive three-year, $46 million offer (with a gaudy $16 million player option for year three, according to ShamSports.com), the team's offensive ceiling was raised a few notches.<p>Through four games, the Mavericks appear determined to …

ISIS kills 300 members of Sunni tribe, Iraqi government says

ISIS militants killed more than 300 members of a Sunni tribe in a recent series of executions, the Iraqi government said Monday.<p>Some of the 322 people executed were women and children, Iraq's Ministry of Human Rights said. The dead belonged to the Albu Nimr tribe, known for its fighting …

Updated: Descent rudders deployed early before Virgin Galactic space plane’s crash

Advertisement<p>7 Comments<p>Credit: Mark Greenberg/Virgin Galactic/Getty Images<p>Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo crashed Friday after special tail “feathers” …

Space Travel

US military strategy for defeating Isil in Iraq leaked

Iraqi ground troops to lead fightback against Islamic State jihadists next spring, according to leaked plans<p>A major Iraqi fightback against the jihadists of Isil will not start until next spring, according to leaks of Washington's strategy for the war.<p>Iraqi ground troops will lead a …

Watch: Isil jihadists boast about buying Yazidi sex slaves

Young men filmed boasting about their hopes for "distribution day at the slave market"<p>A new video has surfaced showing Isil jihadists joking about buying and selling Yazidi women as sex slaves, refocusing attention on the thousands of women and girls who have been kidnapped in Iraq.<p>The video shows …

Richard Spencer

We Talked to a Former CIA Spook About Political Murder

After ruffling some feathers at the CIA, Robert Baer resigned from the agency in 1997. We spoke to him about his new book, <i>The Perfect Kill</i>, which chronicles the art of political murder.<p>​<p><i>This post originally appeared on VICE UK</i><p>Robert Baer appears to have a knack for pissing off really …

Saddam Hussein

Islamic State group massacres more families

BAGHDAD (AP) — Islamic State group militants shot and killed 36 Sunni tribesmen, women and children in public Monday, an Iraqi official and a tribal leader said, pushing the total number of members slain by the extremists in recent days to more than 200.<p>Sheik Naim al-Gaoud, a senior figure in the …

U.S. Launches 10 Air Strikes In Syria, Iraq

WASHINGTON, Nov 1 (Reuters) - U.S. fighter and bomber planes have launched five attacks against Islamic State militants near Kobani, Syria and five in Iraq since Friday, Central Command said on Saturday.<p>The Kobani strikes "suppressed or destroyed" nine Islamic State fighting positions and a …

Middle East

ISIS targets Sunni tribe in Iraq

They were taken from their homes, some pulled from their beds, in the middle of the night.<p>They were fathers, brothers and sons, members of the U.S.-allied Albu Nimr tribe -- the Sunni clan considered among the last holdouts against ISIS in Iraq's western desert.<p>About 50 members of the tribe were …

Iraq militants changing tactics, complicating US airstrike mission

Islamic militant forces in northern Iraq appear to be shifting tactics in the face of the newly launched U.S. airstrike campaign, Defense officials say, posing a new challenge to the Obama administration as it seeks to at least slow the terrorists’ advances.<p>According to officials, until now the …