AIRSTRIKE

  • 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...
  • 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 USled 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. ...
  • US airstrikes against ISIS help Kurds recapture two towns August 11, 2014

    The US military said fighter jets struck five targets on Sunday and that helped Kurdish forces reclaim two towns, Mahmour and Gweyr, from ISIS. Airtrikes are also clearing the way for humanitarian efforts to continue. US and French cargoes dropped food and water to help the thousands of Yazidis who...
  • 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 13yearold 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, alQaedalinked 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...