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ISIS recruits broadly, not just fighters

2014-12-17 05:00

ISIS is targeting its sophisticated propaganda beyond male fighters, seeking to entice not only wives but also professionals such as doctors, accountants and engineers.

Record 17 million Shi'ite pilgrims in Karbala

2014-12-12 06:52

Iraqi Defence Minister Khaled al-Obeidi said that the number of pilgrims in the city of Karbala for the annual Arbaeen commemoration had reached a record 17.5 million this year.

Kerry: New flexible war powers needed to fight ISIS

2014-12-10 13:45

Secretary of State John Kerry says a new congressional authorisation for US military operations against ISIS should not be limited to Iraq and Syria and should not bind President Obama.

20 Aussie jihadists killed in Syria, Iraq

2014-12-09 14:18

Australia has accused Islamic militants of using foreign fighters as 'cannon fodder' and 'propaganda tools' after 20 nationals have now been killed in Syria and Iraq.

Canada urges vigilance after ISIS video

2014-12-08 10:17

Canada's public safety minister has urged the country to be vigilant after the release of an online video in which a man believed to be a Canadian fighting for ISIS called on Canadian Muslims to carry out lone wolf attacks.

Any Iran strikes against ISIS positive – Kerry

2014-12-04 07:53

US Secretary of State John Kerry has welcomed any Iranian military action against ISIS jihadists in Iraq as “positive” after the Pentagon said Tehran had carried out air strikes against the group.

Top Iraq official raises alarm over kidnappings

2014-12-02 21:26

The rise in the number of kidnappings poses a greater threat to Baghdad's security than the ISIS group, top security official says.

Putin to visit Turkey amid Syria differences

2014-12-01 13:18

Russian President Vladimir Putin is travelling to Turkey for discussions on economic ties and the crisis in Syria and Iraq.

India believes its abducted workers in Iraq are alive

2014-11-28 12:20

The Indian government believes 39 Indian citizens abducted by ISIS near the Iraqi town of Mosul are alive.

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.

 

Iraq reports 2 700 missing since ISIS onslaught

2014-12-15 22:22

At least 2 700 people, mostly soldiers, are missing as a result of attacks by the Islamic State group in Iraq, the human rights ministry has said.

15 killed in ISIS battle in Iraq

2014-12-10 16:46

A series of attacks in and near Baghdad, including one involving a suicide bomber driving a tanker truck, killed at least 15 people, Iraqi officials have said.

Hagel in Baghdad to meet with Iraqi officials

2014-12-09 21:08

US defence secretary Chuck Hagel has arrived in Baghdad to consult with Iraqi government officials and confer with US commanders about the campaign to defeat ISIS.

US allies to send 1 500 troops to Iraq

2014-12-09 06:26

US allies have committed to send about 1 500 forces to Iraq to help train and advise Iraqi and Kurdish soldiers battling the Islamic State.

ISIS attacks east Syrian airbase

2014-12-04 18:34

ISIS militants have launched an attack against the last major Syrian military air base in the eastern province of Deir el-Zour, activists say.

Anti-ISIS fight will take years - Kerry

2014-12-03 16:06

US Secretary of State John Kerry has warned it will take years for a US-led coalition to defeat ISIS, as Washington said arch-foe Iran had launched its first air strikes against the jihadists.

Iraqi army retakes chemical weapons site from ISIS

2014-12-02 13:14

The Iraqi army has retaken from Islamist insurgents a sprawling complex where aging remnants of Saddam Hussein's chemical weapons programme are stored in bunkers.

Iraq PM: Graft probe finds 50 000 ghost soldiers

2014-11-30 19:07

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi has announced that an investigation had uncovered the existence of 50 000 "ghost soldiers", and promised a widening crackdown on corruption.

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.

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