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Balkans launch fight against jihadist recruitment

2014-09-30 09:48

With the world on high alert over foreign fighters joining jihadist ranks in Syria and Iraq, Balkan states are launching efforts to clamp down on recruiting in their region.

ISIS close in on key Syria border town

2014-09-29 22:25

ISIS group fighters are closing in to within only a few kilometres of a key Kurdish town on Syria's border with Turkey.

UK warplanes on 1st mission to hit ISIS

2014-09-27 16:45

UK's Ministry of Defence says warplanes have taken off for their first combat mission over Iraq since its parliament approved airstrikes targeting the Islamic state of Iraq and Syria group.

Australian PM warns of 'lone wolf' terrorism

2014-09-26 09:35

Australian PM Tony Abbott says he is deeply worried about the potential for lone wolf terror attacks, days after an 18-year-old suspected militant was shot dead while attacking police.

ISIS plans subway attacks in US, Paris - Iraq PM

2014-09-26 06:13

Iraq has "credible" intelligence that ISIS militants plan to attack subway systems in Paris and the US, the prime minister says, but US and French officials say they have no evidence to back up claims.

How the US has justified overseas military action

2014-09-23 15:40

A look at the domestic legal justifications the US has used for military action around the world.

Accused White House intruder is decorated Iraq war veteran

2014-09-22 12:21

The Texas man accused of breaking into the White House while armed with a knife is a US military veteran who was decorated for his service in the Iraq war, the US army says.

UK journo John Cantlie purportedly shown in ISIS video

2014-09-18 20:51

A man identified as British journalist John Cantlie has purportedly appeared as a captive of Islamic State militants in a video posted by the organisation's supporters online.

Iran rules out co-operating with US in Iraq

2014-09-18 08:12

Iran's foreign minister ruled out co-operating with the US in helping Iraq fight Islamic State militants and warned that the terrorist group poses a much broader threat that needs new thinking.

General: Air strikes not enough to destroy ISIS

2014-09-17 20:06

Air strikes alone will not be enough to destroy Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria, and Baghdad will need training to rebuild ground forces.

ISIS video warns US over Iraq

2014-09-17 16:51

A slick new video by the militant ISIS group has warned the US against Iraq deployment. VIDEO not for sensitive viewers.

French parliament approves jihadist travel ban

2014-09-17 12:08

France's parliament has approved a new anti-terror bill aimed at preventing potential jihadists from travelling to Iraq, Syria or elsewhere by confiscating their passports.

General: US could send advisors into combat in Iraq

2014-09-16 17:37

The US military's top officer has raised the possibility that American troops serving as advisers to Iraqi forces eventually could be sent on combat missions against ISIS.

ISIS issues new school curriculum in Iraq

2014-09-15 22:13

The extremist-held city of Mosul is set to usher in a new school year. But unlike years past, classes about history, literature and Christianity have been "permanently annulled".

Iraq wins pledge of military support against ISIS

2014-09-15 17:34

The world's top diplomats have pledged to support Iraq in its fight against Islamic State militants by "any means necessary", including "appropriate military assistance".

French jets to begin Iraq reconnaissance flights

2014-09-15 11:00

French aircraft will begin reconnaissance flights over Iraq, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius says before a conference bringing together some 30 countries to discuss how to fight against ISIS militants.

Beheaded aid worker's employer slams 'barbaric' crime

2014-09-14 13:12
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The humanitarian aid group that employed David Haines, apparently beheaded by Islamic State militants, has voiced outrage at the "barbaric crime" and stressed it should not go unpunished.

ISIS video shows beheading of British hostage

2014-09-14 07:26
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The Islamic State has claimed the beheading of a British aid worker, in an act slammed as "pure evil" by Prime Minister David Cameron, who vowed Britain would do all it could to catch the killers.

Up to 31 500 ISIS fighters in Iraq and Syria - CIA

2014-09-12 05:58

Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria now have about 20 000 to 31 500 fighters on the ground, the Central Intelligence Agency says, much higher than a previous estimate of 10 000.

10 Arab states commit to join fight against ISIS

2014-09-11 20:41

Ten Arab states, including heavyweight Saudi Arabia, have agreed in Jeddah to rally behind Washington in the fight against Islamic State jihadists.

Obama to send 475 additional troops to Iraq

2014-09-11 09:15

President Barack Obama is sending 475 more US troops into Iraq to supplement an existing American military presence that is helping Iraqi security forces battle Islamic State of Iraq and Syria militants.

Britain sends arms to Iraqi army, Kurds

2014-09-09 19:27

Britain says it will send machine guns and ammunition to Iraq to help the new government in its battle against Islamic State militants.

Around 700 children in Iraq killed, hurt YTD

2014-09-09 00:13

The UN envoy says around 700 children have been killed or hurt in Iraq this year, some as suicide bombers.

 

Turkey mulls joining anti-ISIS coalition

2014-09-30 08:03

Islamic State fighters have closed to within a few kilometres of a key Kurdish town on Syria's border with Turkey, as Ankara mulls joining the anti-ISIS coalition.

Obama: US intel underestimated ISIS

2014-09-28 18:50

US intelligence agencies underestimated ISIS activity inside Syria, which has become "ground zero" for jihadists worldwide, President Barack Obama says.

British parliament approves ISIS air strikes

2014-09-26 21:20

Britain's parliament has voted to approve air strikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq by by 524 votes to 43.

ISIS 'brand' gains ground among Asian militants

2014-09-26 09:35

A threat by Philippine militants to kill a German hostage in a show of solidarity with ISIS is the latest sign that the Middle East group's brand of radicalism is winning recruits in Asia and posing a growing security risk.

US strikes ISIS oil refineries in Syria

2014-09-25 11:33

The United States has bombed ISIS-controlled oil refineries in Syria as president Barack Obama recruited more allies to fight the jihadist "network of death".

US bombs ISIS in Syria - Pentagon

2014-09-23 05:46
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The United States and its "partners" have launched a barrage of bombs and Tomahawk cruise missiles on ISIS extremists in Syria, the Pentagon says.

49 Turks kidnapped by IS militants freed

2014-09-20 10:30

Dozens of Turkish nationals held hostage by Islamic State jihadists in northern Iraq for more than three months have been released, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has said.

ISIS 'mafia' cash flow a difficult target for West

2014-09-18 12:35

Western governments are facing an uphill battle trying to squeeze the finances of ISIS jihadists, as the extremists operate like a "mafia" in territory under their control in Syria and Iraq, experts say.

Wary lawmakers ready to OK arms for Syrian rebels

2014-09-17 21:09

Wary House lawmakers have prepared to give President Barack Obama authority to arm and train Syrian rebels in the fight against Islamic State militants.

Iraq PM: No foreign troops wanted

2014-09-17 18:15

Iraq's new prime minister has said that foreign ground troops are neither necessary nor wanted in his country's fight against the Islamic State group.

Dempsey: Half of Iraqi army not OK as US partners

2014-09-17 16:01

About half of Iraq's army is incapable of partnering effectively with the US to roll back the Islamic State group's territorial gains, a top US military officer has said.

US man indicted for material support to ISIS

2014-09-17 10:23

A Yemini-born US man has been indicted for allegedly providing material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria by recruiting members for the jihadist group.

US airstrikes target ISIS near Baghdad

2014-09-16 05:32

US military forces have conducted airstrikes against an ISIS target near Baghdad for the first time as part of an expanded effort to combat the jihadist militants, the US Central Command says.

Iraq calls for end to extremist sanctuaries

2014-09-15 20:47

Diplomats from around the world have pledged to fight Islamic State militants "by any means necessary" as Iraq asked allies to thwart the extremists wherever they find sanctuary.

Blast turns wedding joy into funeral grief

2014-09-15 15:57

Raghda Yaqub was just days away from marriage, but a bombing in east Baghdad meant the 24-year-old Iraqi was buried wearing her wedding dress instead.

Beheading: Cameron vows to 'hunt down' ISIS

2014-09-14 14:53
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Britain is ready to "take whatever steps are necessary" to destroy Islamic State militants after they murdered a British aid worker, says PM David Cameron.

Australia commits military forces to fight ISIS

2014-09-14 10:50

Australia has become the first country to detail troop numbers and aircraft for a US-led coalition fighting Islamic State militants in Iraq, with PM Tony Abbott describing it as a "death cult".

Iraq PM orders halt to shelling of civilian areas

2014-09-13 14:33

raq's prime minister has said he has ordered the army to stop shelling populated areas held by militants.

Obama Iraq plan 'a good starting point'

2014-09-12 11:37

President Barack Obama’s decision to intensify the fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria is a good starting point and could succeed, retired General David Petraeus says.

US warplanes to fly from Iraqi base to take on ISIS

2014-09-11 21:17

US combat aircraft will soon start flying out of a base in the Kurdish region of northern Iraq as part of an expanded air campaign against ISIS jihadists.

IS gunmen kidnap 20 Iraqi villagers

2014-09-11 18:46

Islamic State jihadists have kidnapped 20 people in a northern Iraqi village suspected of forming a local group to fight them.

Obama orders airstrikes in Syria for first time

2014-09-11 08:02
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President Barack Obama has authorised airstrikes inside Syria for the first time, along with expanded strikes in Iraq as part of a broad mission to root out the violent ISS militants.

Kerry holds Iraq talks on jihadist strategy

2014-09-10 17:02

US Secretary of State John Kerry has held talks with Iraq's new leaders on their role in a long-awaited strategy against ISIS jihadists.

Iran hopes new Iraq government can restore calm

2014-09-09 13:00

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has welcomed Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi's new government, saying he hoped it would help turn the tide against Islamic State jihadists.

Iran arrests Afghan, Pakistani ISIS volunteers

2014-09-08 18:24

Afghan and Pakistani nationals who were planning to join the ranks of ISIS jihadists fighting in Syria and Iraq have been arrested in Iran.

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