Airstrike

  • US to Assad: Beware of interfering with US air power in Syria 5 days ago

    Washington: The Syrian military's air defenses would face retaliation if Syria attempted to respond to US air strikes that are expected against Islamic State targets in Syria, senior US officials said on Monday. President Barack Obama's authorization of the use of American air power against Islamic State's strongholds in Syria has...
  • Won't take part in airstrikes on Syria: Britain September 11, 2014

    Berlin: Britain's foreign secretary says his country won't participate in airstrikes on Syria, following an announcement from Washington that it would begin hitting targets inside the country. Speaking on Thursday after talks with his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Philip Hammond said that Britain won't be "revisiting" the issue after Parliament...
  • Somalia's al Shabaab name new leader after US strike, warn of revenge September 7, 2014

    Mogadishu, Somalia: The Somali Islamist militant group al Shabaab confirmed on Saturday that its leader Ahmed Godane had been killed in a US air strike this week and named a new leader, promising "great distress" to its enemies. US forces struck Godane's encampment in south-central Somalia with Hellfire missiles and laser-guided...
  • Syrian strikes on Islamic State strongholds kill 13 September 6, 2014

    Beirut: Syrian airstrikes targeting a stronghold of the Islamic State extremist group, including one that struck a crowded bakery, killed at least 13 civilians on Saturday, activists said. The eight airstrikes targeted the northeastern city of Raqqa, which is under the full control of the militant group, said the Britain-based Syrian...
  • US confirms death of al-Shabaab leader Godane in Somalia air strike September 5, 2014

    Washington: The Pentagon confirmed on Friday that Ahmed Godane, a founder of the al-Shabaab Islamist group, was killed in a US air strike in Somalia this week, calling it a "major symbolic and operational loss" for the al Qaeda-affiliated organization. "We have confirmed that Ahmed Godane, the co-founder of al-Shabaab, has...
  • Five civilians killed in Iraq airstrike miss September 5, 2014

    Mosul: Five civilians were killed and eight injured when warplanes missed their target on Friday in an attempted strike on the Turkish consulate in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul used as headquarters by Islamic State (IS) militants, local sources said. Iraqi warplanes carried out the attack on the consulate headquarters...
  • US says journalist Sotloff beheading video is authentic September 3, 2014

    Washington: The United States said Wednesday that a video showing the beheading of a second US journalist by Islamic State militants is authentic. Islamic State extremists on Tuesday released the video showing freelance reporter Steven Sotloff's beheading, two weeks after the emergence of a video showing the killing of journalist James...
  • Barack Obama sends 350 troops to protect US Embassy in Baghdad September 3, 2014

    Washington: The US is adding 350 more troops to help protect the American Embassy in Baghdad and its support facilities in the capital, raising the number of US forces in the country to over 1,000, officials said Tuesday. President Barack Obama approved the additional troops for protection of American personnel following...
  • US military conducts airstrike against ISIS near Mosul Dam in Iraq September 3, 2014

    Washington: US military officials said that an airstrike against Islamic State militants in Iraq has damaged or destroyed 16 armed vehicles near the Mosul Dam. In a statement on Tuesday evening from US Central Command, officials said an airstrike conducted on Monday in northern Iraq involved fighters and attack aircraft. By Central...
  • A clear strategy needed against Islamic State terrorists, says Obama August 29, 2014

    Even as US continues airstrikes against Islamic State terrorists in Iraq, President Barack Obama admitted that they need a clear strategy against the group. He also agreed to be prepared to offer support to Iraq. ...
  • Australia to help US in Iraq air strikes August 28, 2014

    Canberra: Australia has expressed willingness to contribute its Super Hornet fighter jets to help US-led air strikes in Iraq. Defence Minister David Johnston said Wednesday night that Australia was ready to assist the US with air strikes targeting IS terrorists in Iraq, Xinhua reported. Johnston said the Australian defence force started to...
  • Iraq: Kurds push to drive militants from Mosul Dam with US air support August 18, 2014

    Dohuk: Kurdish fighters pushed to retake Iraq's largest dam on Sunday in an attempt to reverse gains by Islamic State insurgents who have overrun much of the country's north, officials said. Islamic State militants have seized several towns and oilfields as well as Mosul Dam in recent weeks, possibly giving them...
  • US says conducts air strikes in Iraq near Arbil and Mosul dam August 17, 2014

    Washington: The United States on Saturday conducted air strikes in Iraq against Islamic State fighters near the Kurdish capital of Arbil and the Mosul dam, the US Central Command said. The Mosul dam, Iraq's biggest, fell under control of Islamic State militants earlier this month. Control of the dam could give...
  • US and Iraqi airstrikes target; thousands of Yazidis flee ISIS forces August 16, 2014

    US and Iraqi airstrikes target ISIS near Mosul Dam. Local officials say Sunni militants are moving many abducted women to the north of the country. "Abducted women are being taken to ISIS controlled cities in the north", say officials. ...
  • Iraqi boy with shrapnel in his brain treated in Gurgaon August 10, 2014

    Gurgaon: Even as US aircraft started pounding bases of ISIS in Iraq on Friday, a 13-year-old Iraqi boy was recovering in a hospital bed in faraway Gurgaon. He is back from the jaws of death in his home country. Among many innocent victims of the bloodshed in Iraq, Haidar got...
  • How US President Barack Obama decided on airstrikes in Iraq August 9, 2014

    Washington: For much of the summer, US President Barack Obama had watched with alarm as a brutal, al-Qaeda-linked insurgency seized more and more territory in northern Iraq. But it wasn't until Thursday, when Obama learned that genocide could be imminent, that the President decided the US military had to act. The...
  • US launches three airstrikes in 24 hours on the Islamic state in Iraq August 9, 2014

    There has been another round of US airstrikes targeting ISIS in Iraq. This is the third round of airstrikes by the US in the last 24 hours. Their latest strike took place in the Kurdish city of Irbil and targeted Sunni militants. The Pentagon says the strikes are meant to...
  • America re-engages in Iraq as Obama authorises targeted airstrikes in the region August 8, 2014

    Washington: US fighters dropped bombs on Islamic militants in Iraq Friday, the Pentagon said, carrying out President Barack Obama's promise of military force to counter the advancing militants and confront the threat they pose to Iraqi civilians and Americans still stationed there. Pentagon press secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby said that...
  • Obama authorises air strikes in Iraq but says won't drag US into war August 8, 2014

    US President Barack Obama has authorised targeted air strikes in Iraq for the first time since troops withdrew three years ago. However, he said that the US will be not be dragged back to war. ...
  • US President Barack Obama authorises airstrikes in Iraq August 8, 2014

    Washington: US President Barack Obama announced on Thursday night that he had authorised the Pentagon to launch targeted airstrikes if needed to protect Americans from Islamic militants in northern Iraq and help Iraqi security forces protect civilians under siege, threatening to revive US military involvement in the country's long sectarian...
  • Israel, Hamas battle over public opinion online July 23, 2014

    Jerusalem: Beyond the boom of Israeli airstrikes and the stream of rockets fired from Gaza, Israel and Hamas are also battling to control the message emanating from this latest Israeli-Palestinian conflagration. Using videos, Twitter, text messages, leaflets and phone calls, both sides have attempted to direct the tone of the fighting...
  • 13 militants die in Pakistan airstrikes July 23, 2014

    Islamabad: At least 13 militants were killed on Wednesday during air strikes carried out in Pakistan's North Waziristan region. According to military officials, six militant hideouts were destroyed in the airstrikes in the Shawal mountains and the area near Dattakhel, Dawn online reported. So far, more than 400 militants, mostly foreigners,...
  • Gaza toll hits 342 on day 12, UN chief heads to region July 20, 2014

    Gaza/Jerusalem: Israel on Saturday pressed on with its lethal ground offensive and intensive airstrikes across Gaza, killing 46 Palestinians including children in one of the bloodiest days of fighting as the death toll rose to 342 with the UN chief set to visit the region. Israeli tanks plunged deeper into Gaza...
  • Israel, Hamas agree to Gaza humanitarian aid truce July 17, 2014

    Gaza city: Israel and Hamas have agreed to a UN request to halt hostilities for five hours on humanitarian grounds on Thursday, while efforts continue to broker a longer-term truce. The sides announced the temporary lull in fighting across the Gaza border after an Israeli strike killed four children on a...
  • Gaza death toll climbs to 172; refugees take shelter in schools July 14, 2014

    Death toll from the airstikes in Gaza has mounted to 172 after Israeli ground troops entered the region. More than 1200 have been injured. UN officials have said that 17,000 refugees have taken shelter inside 20 schools in Gaza. Meanwhile, UK, US, France and Germany discuss an international push for...
  • Protests outside Israeli Embassy over airstrikes in Gaza Strip July 13, 2014

    New Delhi: Scores of protesters, mostly students of Jawaharlal Nehru University had gathered outside the Israeli Embassy on Sunday to protest against Israel's air strikes in the Gaza Strip resulting in civilian casualties. "There were around 70-80 protesters mostly students from JNU. They reached the Israeli embassy at around 2 PM,...
  • Al Qaeda's No 2 in Yemen killed in airstrike September 11, 2012

    Sanaa: An airstrike killed al Qaeda's No 2 leader in Yemen along with six others traveling with him in one car on Monday, US and Yemeni officials said, a major breakthrough for US-backed efforts to cripple the group in the impoverished Arab nation. Saeed al-Shihri, a Saudi national who fought in...
  • Syria: At least 30 civilians killed in airstrike on Izaz August 16, 2012

    Syrian activists have said that an airstrike has killed at least 30 civilians in the town of Izaz. ...
  • No US soldier to be charged over NATO strike in Pak March 26, 2012

    New York: The US military has decided that none of its soldiers involved in a NATO airstrike in November last year that had killed 24 Pakistani soldiers will face disciplinary charges, an incident that had plunged the bilateral ties to a new low. A second inquiry to determine whether any American...
  • Pak airstrike was a mistake, admits NATO December 22, 2011

    Washington: Asserting that its US-led NATO forces "legitimately responded in self-defense" after being fired upon on November 26, NATO on Thursday said that mistakes were committed on both sides that resulted in the death of 24 Pakistani soldiers. "The combined international and Afghan force was initially fired upon by unidentified forces,...