AIRSTRIKE

  • UN says 519 dead in two weeks of Yemen fighting April 3, 2015

    United Nations: Some 519 people have been killed and nearly 1,700 injured in two weeks of fighting in Yemen, the UN aid chief has said, raising alarm over the fate of civilians. Valerie Amos on Wednesday said she was "extremely concerned" for the safety of civilians trapped in the fierce fighting...
  • UN staff flee war-torn Yemen, Russia voices concern March 29, 2015

    Sanaa: The United Nations evacuated staff from war-torn Yemen as Russia warned Saudi-led air strikes on Iranian-backed rebels were affecting crunch nuclear talks between world powers and Tehran. Yemen's President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi urged his Arab allies to keep up the bombing raids in his country until the Huthi Shiite rebels...
  • Arab coalition 'has destroyed most of Yemen rebels' missiles' March 29, 2015

    Riyadh: Saudi-led airstrikes have destroyed "most" missile capabilities of the Shiite Huthi rebels and their allies, coalition spokesman General Ahmed Assiri said. "We believe that we have destroyed most of these capabilities, but we will continue targeting these missiles wherever" they may be, he told reporters in Riyadh. Before the Huthis seized...
  • Saudi pounds Yemen rebel camps, Arab allies gather March 28, 2015

    Sanaa: Saudi-led coalition warplanes bombed rebel camps in Yemen on Friday in a second straight day of strikes as embattled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi arrived in Egypt for talks with Arab allies. A months-long rebellion by Shiite fighters has escalated into a regional conflict that threatens to tear apart the impoverished...
  • Yemen unrest impacts oil price March 27, 2015

    The global oil market is shaky after Saudi Arabia, the world's biggest oil exporter launched airstrikes on rebel targets in Yemen. ...
  • Iran calls Saudi airstrikes in Yemen 'dangerous step' March 26, 2015

    Sanaa: Saudi Arabia launched airstrikes on Thursday targeting military installations in Yemen held by Shiite rebels who were taking over a key port city in the country's south and had driven the embattled president to flee by sea, security officials said. Some of the strikes hit positions in the country's...
  • Jordan says it launched 56 airstrikes against Islamic State February 8, 2015

    Amman: Jordan has launched 56 airstrikes against Islamic State group weapons depots, training centers and military barracks since terrorists released a video of them burning a Jordanian pilot to death, Jordan's air force chief said on Sunday. Jordanian officials have said they would retaliate harshly for the slaying of the pilot,...
  • Jordan launches new airstrikes after vowing harsh war on Islamic State February 5, 2015

    Amman: Jordanian fighter jets have carried out new air strikes, the military said on Thursday, a day after the country's king vowed to wage a "harsh" war against Islamic State terrorists who control parts of neighbouring Syria and Iraq. The army statement did not say which country was targeted. Jordan is...
  • Pakistan kills 39 terrorists in airstrikes December 27, 2014

    Islamabad: At least 39 suspected terrorists were killed in airstrikes by military fighter jets in the Dattakhel area of North Waziristan Tribal Agency, media reported on Saturday. Official sources said the airstrikes carried out on Friday targeted militant hideouts in Madakhel, Lataka and Basikel areas and destroyed at least six...
  • US 'horrified' by Syrian regime raids, slams Assad November 27, 2014

    Washington: The United States said it was "horrified" by Syrian regime air strikes in the stronghold Raqa that killed at least 95 people, slamming the government for its "continued slaughter." The bombing on Tuesday was the deadliest by President Bashar al-Assad's air force since Islamic State jihadists seized the city last...
  • Australia launches first airstrike in Iraq October 9, 2014

    Canberra: An Australian jet fighter has made the country's first airstrike against an Islamic State target in Iraq since the Australian government committed its air force to combat missions, defense officials said on Thursday. The Australian Defense Force did not say what type of facility had been attacked or where in...
  • Airstrikes hit Jihadists near embattled Syria town October 7, 2014

    Mursitpinar: Warplanes believed to have been sent by the US-led coalition on Tuesday struck positions held by Islamic State militants near a Syrian border town that beleaguered Kurdish forces have been struggling to defend. The airstrikes began late Monday and came as Kurdish forces pushed Islamic State militants out of the...
  • US will push ISIS back militarily: Obama September 29, 2014

    After carrying out repeated airstrikes in both Iraq and Syria against the Islamic State - US President Barack Obama now admits that his administration underestimated the rise of the militant group. He said America will continue to push them back militarily. ...
  • US-led coalition launches new airstrikes in Syria September 27, 2014

    Beirut: Activists say the American-led coalition attacking a jihadi group in Syrian has launched airstrikes on its positions including wheat silos in the country's east. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the strikes targeted compounds for the Islamic State group in the central province of Homs and the northern...
  • Netherlands joins military mission against IS in Iraq September 25, 2014

    The Hague: The Dutch government on Wednesday said that it will send a military mission to fight the Islamic State (IS) Sunni radical group in Iraq. "The Dutch contribution to the international mission is aimed at breaking the military strength and advance of IS," Xinhua quoted a cabinet letter as saying. "Netherlands...
  • Shadowy al-Qaeda cell, hit by US in Syria, seen as 'imminent' threat September 24, 2014

    Washington: While the world has focused on a US-led air assault on Islamic State strongholds in Syria, American officials said they also struck a blow there against a little-known cadre of hardened al-Qaeda militants that posed a more immediate threat to the West. The strikes early on Tuesday on what Washington...
  • UN chief welcomes airstrikes in Syria September 24, 2014

    United Nations: The United Nations secretary-general welcomed airstrikes against militants in Syria which he said pose "an immediate threat to international peace and security." In opening remarks at a climate summit press conference, Ban urged world leaders gathered in New York "to come together decisively" in support of efforts to...
  • US bombards ISIS targets in Syria in first airstrikes September 23, 2014

    US President Barack Obama on Tuesday vowed to continue the fight against Islamic State fighters following the first US-led airstrikes targeting the militant group in Syria, and pledged to build even more international support for the effort. "Once again, it must be clear to anyone who would plot against America and...
  • US, partner nations begin airstrikes in Syria: Pentagon September 23, 2014

    Washington: The US and partner nations began launching airstrikes against Islamic State group targets in Syria for the first time on Monday night, expanding a military campaign against the militants with a mix of fighter jets, bombers and Tomahawk cruise missiles fired from ships in the region. The strikes were part...
  • Syria air strikes kill 42, including 16 children September 22, 2014

    Beirut: Syrian government air strikes killed at least 42 people, including 16 children, in Idlib province in the northwest, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Monday. The air raids on Sunday afternoon and evening killed 19 people, including six children, outside the city of Saraqeb, and another 23 people,...
  • We can transfer weapons but we cannot transfer political will: US September 16, 2014

    The US on Monday said that nearly 40 nations have agreed to contribute to the fight against the militants. US Secretary of State John Kerry is on the road, building a coalition to fight Islamic State terrorists. It's all part of US President Barack Obama's plan to dismantle and destroy...
  • US to Assad: Beware of interfering with US air power in Syria September 16, 2014

    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...
  • Countries are ready to engage in military action against ISIS: John Kerry September 15, 2014

    US Secretary of State John Kerry has been touring the Middle East to coordinate a response to Islamic State's growing power in eastern Syria and western Iraq. He said, "We have countries in this region, countries outside of this region, in addition to the United States, all of whom are...
  • 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 FrankWalter 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 southcentral Somalia with Hellfire missiles and laserguided...
  • 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 Britainbased Syrian...
  • US confirms death of alShabaab leader Godane in Somalia air strike September 5, 2014

    Washington: The Pentagon confirmed on Friday that Ahmed Godane, a founder of the alShabaab Islamist group, was killed in a US air strike in Somalia this week, calling it a "major symbolic and operational loss" for the al Qaedaaffiliated organization. "We have confirmed that Ahmed Godane, the cofounder of alShabaab, 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...