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Al-Qaida: IS should rejoin group and fight West

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. intelligence analysts are closely watching al-Qaida's overtures to the renegade Islamic State to reunite and fight the West, …

ISIS threatens government center in Iraq's Anbar province

ISIS militants are fighting Iraqi military and tribal forces close to the main government complex of Anbar province in the center of Ramadi, according to a local official there.<p>The fighting started Friday after ISIS militants launched a coordinated assault from different direction around the city, …

Islamic State relaxes vetting of foreign jihadists in a bid to boost recruits

Exclusive: safe house operatives working for Isil tell the Telegraph they have dropped security restrictions in order to swell the ranks joining the caliphate<p>The Islamic State in the Levant has relaxed "vetting" procedures for <b>foreign jihadists joining the group</b>, and expanded military training camps …

ISIS Attacking Syrian Border Town Kobani; Activists Cite Turkish Involvement

The Islamic State group Saturday mounted an assault on the Syrian border town of Kobani, reportedly from within Turkey. The struggle began when a …

Islamic State recruits broadly, not just fighters

WASHINGTON (AP) — As it looks to expand its territorial base across broad swaths of Iraq and Syria, the Islamic State group is recruiting for more …

Iraqi troops killed in twin 'ISIL attacks'

Two attacks by three suicide bombers have killed at least 30 Iraqi soldiers and security personnel in the country's western Anbar province.<p>Tuesday's attacks, which security sources said were undertaken by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), targeted an army checkpoint and a mosque on …

Why does Isis slay hostages? To cover up the fact that it’s losing

The Islamic State’s real social media skill makes commentators too willing to believe its shaky territorial claims<p>At this point in the war between the jihadist group known as the Islamic State and a US-led international coalition, many observers are wondering how Isis keeps winning. Isis is up …

The Glamour of Islamic State

The Pentagon is trying to figure out why Islamic State has been so successful at attracting followers.“What makes I.S. so magnetic, …

ISIS 'plan to destroy the walls of Nineveh, the capital of the Assyrian Empire and one of the most important archaeological sites in Iraq'

• <b>The walls of Nineveh, near the city of Mosul, date back nearly 3,000 years</b> <b></b>• <b><br>Islamic State militants say they will destroy them if the Iraqi army …

Islamic State seeking bases inside Lebanon: Lebanon security chief | Reuters

KAWTHARIET ASSIYAD, Lebanon (Reuters) - Islamic State militants holed up in the Qalamoun mountains on the Syrian-Lebanese border are seeking to gain control of nearby Lebanese villages to support their fighting positions, the head of Lebanon’s main security apparatus told Reuters.<p>Major General …

After Making Waves In 2014, ISIS' Power Appears To Ebb

In the heat of summer in 2014, Baghdad was spooked. A third of Iraq was under the control of the self-proclaimed Islamic State, or ISIS. The extremist group thrived in the chaos of the Syrian civil war, then surged over the border into Iraq and took over the cities of Mosul and Tikrit. People …

Isil hostage John Cantlie releases new propaganda video

British hostage, held by Jihadists, publishes 'travelogue' of life in in Mosul produced in the the style of a television programme<p>John Cantlie, the British journalist held by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, has produced another propaganda video.<p>Intended to show that life is carrying on as …

Iran will do what it takes to fight ISIS - CNN.com

<b>(CNN) —</b> If there is one regional player that gained the most from America's gamble in Iraq, it is Iran. With its invasion in 2003, the United States ousted Tehran's sworn enemy, Saddam Hussein, from power. Then Washington helped install a Shiite government for the first time in Iraq's modern …

Endless Middle East Wars? Richard Engel Reports - NBC News

Foreigners fighting Islamic State in Syria: who and why? | Reuters

DERIK, Syria (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - While illegally crossing the Iraqi-Syrian border, Canadian Peter Douglas was adamant that his incursion was for humanitarian reasons - to help the people of Syria.<p>Foreign fighters (R) join members of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in the …

Asio: Isis still a threat despite coalition successes in Syria and Iraq

Islamic State (Isis) has “proven resilient” and remains a threat despite recent military operations against it in Syria and Iraq, according to a brief of evidence compiled by the Australian spy agency.<p>The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (Asio) provided the assessment as part of the …

Middle East

ISIS’s Futile Quest to Go Legit

With its latest propaganda videos and recruitment for a medical school, the group’s attempts to portray a functioning caliphate seem increasingly …

Where Islamic State gets its money

IT WILL not be easy to defeat the brutal jihadists of Islamic State (IS), as the American-led coalition against the group aims to do. IS is one of …

Middle East

Kurdish Fighters Push Back ISIS in Kobani

Kurdish troops fighting militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have captured an important district in the city of Kobani in …

What Comes After the Islamic State Is Defeated?

When American troops were about to invade Iraq in 2003 to dislodge Saddam Hussein from power, then-Maj. Gen. David Petraeus told a reporter: “Tell me …

Middle East

ISIS Closes Schools In Syria, Leaving 670,000 Children Without Education: UN

* Militants order school closures in three Syrian provinces<p>* Curriculum to conform with "religious rules" (Adds details)<p>GENEVA, Jan 6 (Reuters) - An estimated 670,000 children in Syria are being deprived of education after Islamic State forces ordered schools closed while the curriculum is made to …

Lebanon's drug lords say they're ready to join the fight against ISIS

With so many overlapping conflicts in the Middle East, it can be hard to keep track of who's fighting whom, and which former enemies are now finding common ground. Consider the case of Ali Nasri Shamas, who lives in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley.<p>Shamas runs a small factory on a hillside in the village of …

Is ISIS Funny?

Humor's intimate—and unsettling—relationship to violence<p>ISIS is a disgrace. In recent months, it has slaughtered hundreds of defenseless Iraqi soldiers and Shiite civilians, gunning them into trenches. It has raped and enslaved hundreds of women. It has brutalized children by forcing them to watch …

ISIS Is Losing Its Greatest Weapon: Momentum

Evidence suggests that the Islamic State's power has been declining for months.<p>There was a time when the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria appeared unstoppable. In September and October, as the jihadist group captured territory through a major offensive in Iraq’s Anbar province, culminating in the …

Middle East

Islamic State: Fighting for Sinjar city, street by street

In northern Iraq, Kurdish forces are making progress against Islamic State (IS) in the strategically important town of Sinjar, after breaking the siege of nearby Mount Sinjar.<p>Taking back control of Sinjar would mean restoring much of the territory seized by IS from Iraqi Kurds in the last six …

Pentagon: We're gaining on ISIS

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> It's not yet "mission accomplished," but the Pentagon may be edging closer to its goal of stopping ISIS.<p>"We very much see ISIL largely in a defensive posture inside Iraq, that whatever momentum they had been enjoying has been halted, has been blunted. That has stayed steady over …

Syria: US Special Forces Mission To Rescue Captured Jordanian Pilot Fails Amid Intense Fighting

Two attempted rescue missions to save hostages held by Islamic State group, or ISIS, in Syria ended in failure Thursday, according to reports.<p>The …

German cabinet approves training mission to Iraq | Reuters

BERLIN (Reuters) - The German cabinet on Wednesday agreed to send around 100 German troops to northern Iraq to train Kurdish peshmerga forces fighting Islamic State (IS) militants.<p>A Peshmerga fighter kneels next to a French-German anti-tank light infantry missile MILAN during a training session at …