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ISIS and SA link: unfounded claims

2014-11-27 08:24

A recent article in the weekend newspapers has created unnecessary suspicion on the Muslim community in South Africa, writes Mohamed Saeed.

Baghdad car bomb kills at least 10

2014-11-24 21:02

A car bomb has exploded in a crowded Shi'ite-majority area of the Iraqi capital, killing at least 10 people and wounding at least 31, security and medical officials say.

Intelligence not aware of ISIS SA recruitment

2014-11-23 12:00
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The state security department says while it is not aware of South Africans being recruited for ISIS, it continues to monitor issues of terrorism.

Up to 300 Swedes fighting with ISIS

2014-11-22 22:06

As many as 300 Swedes could have joined the Islamic State insurgency, whose brutal tactics in Iraq and Syria have shocked the world, Sweden's intelligence chief says.

Jordan queen says anti-ISIS fight key to saving Islam

2014-11-18 15:38
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Jordan's Queen Rania has urged support for US-led air strikes against ISIS, saying the future of the Middle East and Islam was at stake.

ISIS claims it beheaded US aid worker

2014-11-16 12:01

Islamic State militants fighting in Iraq and Syria claim they in a video posted online that they had beheaded American hostage Peter Kassig.

Iraq needs 80 000 troops to retake lost territory

2014-11-13 21:12

Iraq will need about 80 000 effective military troops to retake the terrain it lost to Islamic State militants and restore its border with Syria, the top US general has said.

US war against ISIS steadily escalates

2014-11-12 11:47

US military action against ISIS jihadists in Iraq and Syria began on a small scale three months ago but has steadily expanded in size and scope, raising stakes for Washington, experts say.

Obama: US troop increase in Iraq signals new phase

2014-11-09 20:40

The deployment of an additional 1 500 American troops to Iraq marks a "new phase" in the campaign against ISIS, US President Barack Obama has said.

Corruption in Iraq's army helps ISIS: Cleric

2014-11-07 15:59

Iraq's most influential Shi'ite cleric says that corruption in the armed forces had enabled ISIS to seize much of northern Iraq, criticism that will pressure the government to enact reforms.

Obama writes rare letter to Iran's supreme leader

2014-11-07 09:24

In a rare outreach to Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, President Barack Obama has written a letter about the fight against Islamic State militants, a common enemy in Syria and Iraq.

Obama to ask Congress to approve force against ISIS

2014-11-06 07:25

President Barack Obama says he wants to work with Congress on a new authorisation to use military force against the ISIS group.

German ISIS rapper seen in beheading video

2014-11-05 11:12

The German rapper Denis Cuspert, also known as Deso Dogg, has been identified in an ISIS video purportedly showing a beheading that was released by an activist group.

Canadian warplanes launch first airstrike in Iraq

2014-11-03 06:05

Canadian warplanes involved in the US-led bombing campaign against militants in Iraq have launched their first airstrikes since deploying to the region.

Unesco chief slams destruction of Iraq heritage

2014-11-02 15:56

Unesco chief Irina Bokova has slammed the "barbaric" destruction of Iraq's cultural heritage, as jihadists from the Islamic State group destroy age-old sites.

Kurdish peshmerga in Kobani

2014-11-01 18:16

Iraqi Kurdish forces have arrived in the Syrian town of Kobani with heavy weapons to help Syrian Kurds fend off attacks by ISIS.

US man pleads guilty to trying to help ISIS

2014-10-31 12:22

A US man has pleaded guilty to trying to help the ISIS and now faces 15 years in prison and a $250 000 fine, officials said.

Kurds to use anti-tank weapons against ISIS

2014-10-29 13:45

Iraqi Kurdish fighters are expected to bring anti-tank and anti-armour weapons when they enter the Syrian town of Kobani to aid fellow Kurds in their fight against ISIS militants.

US air war on ISIS costs $8.3m a day

2014-10-28 08:39

The Pentagon has revised its estimate of the cost of the US air war in Iraq and Syria, saying the price tag for the campaign against the ISIS comes to about $8.3m a day.

Car bombings in Iraq kill 34 people

2014-10-27 22:32

Authorities say two car bombings in Iraq, including one where a suicide attacker drove a Humvee into a checkpoint manned by Iraqi troops, have killed at least 34 people.

ISIS militants now world's richest

2014-10-23 22:25

The Islamic State has become the world's wealthiest terror group, generating tens of millions of dollars a month from black market oil sales, ransoms and extortion.

Lawyers for convicted Blackwater guards to appeal

2014-10-23 10:57

Lawyers for four former Blackwater security guards convicted in the 2007 shootings of more than 30 Iraqis in Baghdad plan to appeal, they say. The convictions stemmed from an incident that inflamed anti-American sentiment around the globe.

Car bombs kill at least 18 in Baghdad

2014-10-22 05:00

Three car bombs have exploded in a Shi'ite area of northeast Baghdad, killing at least 18 people, Iraqi security and medical officials say.

 

ISIS most brutal threat ever to region, says Merkel

2014-11-26 15:34

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned that Islamic State jihadists in Iraq and Syria are one of the greatest ever threats to the region.

ISIS recruits, exploits children

2014-11-24 05:00

Across the vast region in Iraq and Syria under ISIS control, the group is actively conscripting children for battle and committing abuses against the most vulnerable.

ISIS recruiting in SA - report

2014-11-23 08:01
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An estimated 140 South Africans have reportedly joined the Islamic State insurgency to fight in Iraq and Syria, with at least three already killed in action, according to a report.

US concerned over reports of ISIS extremists in Libya

2014-11-20 08:10

The US says it is 'concerned' about reports that radical extremists with avowed ties to the ISIS are destabilising eastern Libya.

Iraqi Kurds: West not providing enough arms to defeat ISIS

2014-11-19 14:17

The president of Iraqi Kurdistan, Massoud Barzani, has accused Western countries of not providing enough heavy weapons to help his 'peshmerga' forces deliver a "decisive blow" against ISIS militants.

ISIS claims UN Baghdad bomb attack

2014-11-17 22:28

The ISIS jihadist group has claimed responsibility for a suicide car bomb attack against a UN convoy near Baghdad airport.

Iraqi forces close to Baiji refinery

2014-11-14 22:34

Iraqi government forces are within a kilometre of the country's biggest refinery, the closest they have come to breaking an Islamic State siege of the facility in months.

Obama seeks human rights waiver on war funds

2014-11-14 08:47

The Obama administration has repeatedly asked congress to exempt its military effort against ISIS from a longstanding ban on US assistance to torturers and war criminals.

Truce deal one of few ideas left for Syria peace

2014-11-12 11:47

Traction is growing for one of the few ideas left for peace in Syria's civil war: Work out a series of local cease-fires to try to quiet the bloodiest fronts around the country, without tackling the core issues.

Pentagon can't confirm fate of ISIS leader

2014-11-10 22:39

The US military can not confirm reports that the Islamic State group leader may have been struck in an airstrike, but an official suggested that lower-level figures may have been hit.

Fate of ISIS leader unclear after US strikes

2014-11-09 07:31

The fate of the Islamic State group's enigmatic leader remains unclear after the US-led coalition unleashed airstrikes near the Iraqi city of Mosul targeting top jihadist militants.

600 US troops exposed to chemical agents - officials

2014-11-07 10:32

More than 600 US troops since 2003 have reported that they were exposed to chemical agents in Iraq, officials say, a much higher number than the Pentagon stated previously.

Obama wants $3.2bn for air war on ISIS

2014-11-07 07:49

President Barack Obama will ask lawmakers for an additional $3.2bn to pay for the war against ISIS, including funds to train and arm Baghdad government forces.

UK sending army trainers to Iraq

2014-11-05 20:17

Britain will boost the number of its army trainers in Iraq in the coming weeks to support the Iraqi armed forces' battle against ISIS.

Iraq on 'high alert' amid ISIS attacks, killings

2014-11-03 21:46

Iraq has boosted security amid fears of ISIS launching major attacks on Shi'ite pilgrims flocking to the shrine city of Karbala as further reports emerged of mass killings.

Officials: ISIS executes 50 in Iraq

2014-11-02 15:56

Islamic State group extremists have lined up and shot dead at least 50 Iraqi tribesmen, women and children, officials say.

ISIS kills 85 more members of Iraqi tribe

2014-11-01 20:05

ISIS has executed 85 more members of the Albu Nimr tribe in Iraq, as part of a mass killing campaign launched last week to break local resistance.

Kurdish peshmerga head to Kobani

2014-10-31 22:20

A convoy of Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces in Turkey have headed towards the Syrian border where they were expected to help push back Islamic State insurgents.

Group says militants killed 600 Iraqi prisoners

2014-10-30 18:53

Rights group are accusing ISIS militants of killing around 600 Shi'ite Iraqi prison inmates.

US urges online fight against ISIS

2014-10-28 09:31

The US-led coalition has carried out fresh air strikes against jihadists in Syria and Iraq as Washington called for the battle against the ISIS group to be taken to the internet.

ISIS video places UK hostage in Kobane

2014-10-28 08:23

ISIS has released a video showing a British hostage apparently in Kobane, in a bid to disprove that it was losing the battle for the disputed Syrian border town.

French raid destroys ISIS arms centre

2014-10-24 12:54

France’s military chief says an overnight air raid has destroyed an arms depot for the Islamic State group in Iraq.

Belgium extends Iraq air mission

2014-10-23 20:00

Belgium has said six F-16 fighter jets would continue operations until the end of the year as part of the US-led coalition trying to force back Islamic State militants in Iraq.

US may expand training of Iraq military advisers

2014-10-22 14:09

Any Iraqi request for more American military advisers or trainers to help the country's security forces fight ISIS will be considered, senior US officials say.

Baghdad shootout points to growing militia threat

2014-10-21 14:42

Shortly after midnight, when a curfew usually shrouds the Iraqi capital in silence, the thudding sounds of heavy machinegun fire rip through the air and echo across Baghdad.

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