Islam

  • IS uses chemical weapons against army in Iraq 11 hours 13 minutes ago

    Baghdad: The Islamic State (IS) terrorist group has reportedly launched a chemical attack on Iraqi forces in Saladin province, media reports claimed on Friday. The attack took place Wednesday and Thursday in the town of Dhuluiya, and left around a dozen people and army personnal affected, Press TV reported citing local...
  • Islamic State releases another video of British hostage 12 hours 53 minutes ago

    London: The Islamic State (IS) militant group has released a new video showing another British journalist who says he is being held hostage by the extremists. In the video, the hostage who identifies himself as John Cantlie, is sitting behind a desk as he speaks to the camera. The hostage, dressed in...
  • Australia contributing planes for anti-IS campaign 4 days ago

    Canberra: Terrorists will use Australia's deployment of troops and war planes to the Middle East as an excuse to target Australians, Prime Minister Tony Abbott warned on Saturday. Australia is preparing to contribute 600 troops and up to 10 military aircraft to the increasingly aggressive campaign against the Islamic State extremists...
  • US sees Middle East help fighting IS, Britain cautious after beheading 4 days ago

    Washington: Washington said countries in the Middle East had offered to join air strikes against Islamic State militants and Australia said it would send troops, but Britain held back even after the group beheaded a British hostage and threatened to kill another. US Secretary of State John Kerry has been touring...
  • John Kerry says some nations offer ground troops to fight Islamic State 5 days ago

    Washington: US Secretary of State John Kerry said that he was "extremely encouraged" by pledges of military assistance against Islamic State militants by countries inside and outside the Middle East and that some nations had offered ground troops. Kerry has been touring the Middle East to try to secure backing for...
  • UK names second hostage held by Islamic State 5 days ago

    London: British officials have named a second UK hostage being held by the Islamic State group. Alan Henning is being threatened with death in the latest Islamic State video, which announced the beheading of another British hostage, David Haines. In the video, Henning is shown briefly on camera and also threatened...
  • ISIS video showing beheading of British hostage genuine, confirms UK 5 days ago

    London: Britain on Sunday confirmed that the video released by the Islamic State (IS) terror group showing the beheading of British hostage and aid worker David Haines is genuine. The video shows Haines, who was captured by militants in Syria in 2013, wearing an orange jumpsuit and kneeling in the desert...
  • Pakistan militant group renounces violence 5 days ago

    Islamabad: A Pakistan Taliban militant group renounced violence to pursue implementation of Sharia in the country through peaceful means. The Punjabi Taliban militant group would now pursue the implementation of Islamic law through peaceful means, it said in a statement. The decision to end violence was taken after consultation with...
  • Britain verifying video of aid worker's beheading by ISIS 5 days ago

    London: The UK foreign office said on Saturday it was "working urgently to verify" a video purporting to show beheading of a British hostage by the Sunni militant group Islamic State (IS) in Syria, media reported. The foreign office said that it was trying to confirm the authenticity of the video...
  • ISIS murder of British hostage an 'act of pure evil': David Cameron 5 days ago

    London: The beheading of a British hostage by Islamic State militants was an "act of pure evil," Prime Minister David Cameron said on Sunday, vowing Britain will do all in its power to bring the killers to justice. "This is a despicable and appalling murder of an innocent aid worker. It...
  • Iraq PM says he will protect civilians after US-Iraq air strikes against Islamic State 5 days ago

    Baghdad: Iraq's Shiite Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Saturday that he had ordered his air force to halt strikes on civilian areas, following attacks by both Iraqi and US jets in large areas of the country held by Islamic State fighters. The announcement, which comes as the United States tries...
  • Islamic State video purports to show beheading of UK hostage David Haines 5 days ago

    Baghdad: Islamic State militants fighting in Iraq and Syria released a video on Saturday which purported to show the beheading of British aid worker David Haines. David Haines, a 44-year-old father of two from Perth in Scotland, was kidnapped in 2013 while working for the French agency ACTED. The video entitled, "A...
  • Iraq PM says will protect civilians after US-Iraq air strikes against Islamic States 6 days ago

    Baghdad/Cairo: Iraq's Shi'ite Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Saturday that he had ordered his air force to halt strikes on civilians, following attacks by both Iraqi and US jets in large areas of the country held by Islamic State fighters. The announcement, which comes as the United States tries to...
  • Egypt on frontline in fight against IS militants, says John Kerry 6 days ago

    Cairo: US Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday said that Egypt was on the "frontline of fighting terrorism" as he met Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi in his effort to build a broad coalition against Islamic State terrorists who have seized large chunks of land in Iraq and Syria. Kerry,...
  • Combatting Islamic State not US fight alone: Obama 6 days ago

    Washington: President Barack Obama is distinguishing the military campaign against Islamic State militants from the decade-long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He says the fight must avoid what he calls mistakes of the past. Obama says under US leadership more nations are joining a coalition against the extremists, who control up...
  • Islamic State's Twitter silence raises questions 6 days ago

    Washington: Islamic State's Twitter users, which have trumpeted the group's violent acts and world view on the social media service, have gone abruptly quiet in past days. Several accounts affiliated with the militant group appear to have gone dormant, according to US government sources, raising questions about whether the government has...
  • Barack Obama points to 'silver lining' in IS mayhem in the region 6 days ago

    Washington: US President Barack Obama has pointed to a "silver lining" in the violence wrought by the Islamic State, saying it has brought "clarity" in the Muslim world in a long time about the need to snuff out this "brand of Islamic extremism". At a Democratic Party fund-raiser, Obama said the...
  • US opposes Iran role in anti-Islamic State coalition 6 days ago

    Ankara: US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday it was "not appropriate" for Iran to join talks on confronting Islamic State militants, as he appeared to play down how fast countries can commit to force or other steps in an emerging coalition. Kerry met Turkish leaders to try to...
  • White House insists Barack Obama authorized to strike IS 1 week ago

    Washington: The White House insisted that President Barack Obama was authorized to strike the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria under a law passed by Congress after the September 11 attacks in 2001. Obama believes he can act under the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), despite previously calling...
  • Respect sovereignty in fight against terrorism: China September 11, 2014

    Beijing: China on Thursday called for respecting sovereignty and territorial integrity of countries in the fight against terrorism, as US President Barack Obama vowed to expand airstrikes in Iraq and Syria to contain the Islamic State militants. "We hold that in the international struggle against terrorism, the international law should be...
  • North America's first Islamic art museum to open in Toronto September 11, 2014

    Toronto: A shiny new Islamic art museum and cultural center will open in Toronto next week, becoming the first of its kind in North America. Bankrolled by Prince Karim Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of Ismaili Muslims, the facility will feature more than 1,000 artifacts - including rare scriptures of the...
  • Obama orders airstrikes in Syria for the first time to root out ISIS September 11, 2014

    Washington: Opening a new military front in the Middle East, President Barack Obama authorized US airstrikes inside Syria for the first time on Wednesday night, along with expanded strikes in Iraq as part of a broad mission to root out the violent Islamic State militants whose reign of terror has...
  • John Kerry in Iraq backs government, says Baghdad a partner against Islamic State September 10, 2014

    Baghdad: US Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday endorsed Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's plans to mend Baghdad's relations with Sunnis and Kurds, and said Iraq was a partner in the fight against Islamic State militants. Kerry, on a tour of the Middle East to build military, political and financial...
  • Second British voice identified in IS 'jihadi' video September 10, 2014

    London: A second British voice has been identified in the disturbing video of an American hostage's beheading released by the Islamic State militants, according to a latest scientific analysis. The words "Death to them" and "Yeah" can be heard off camera in the recording of US journalist Steven Sotloff's last moments,...
  • Australia raids Islamic centre, arrests two for jihadist links September 10, 2014

    Brisbane: The raids involving 180 police came a day after the country's spy chief said he was "actively considering" raising the terror threat level over Australians' involvement in overseas militant groups. Australian Federal Police said the men, aged 21 and 31, were arrested for terrorism offences, alleging they were "involved in...
  • Barack Obama says he has authority to act against IS September 10, 2014

    Washington: US President Barack Obama told top lawmakers on Tuesday that he has the authority if he needs to take action against Islamic State (IS) militants. Obama, US Vice President Joe Biden and Congressional leaders had a "productive" discussion and the leaders expressed their support for efforts to degrade and ultimately...
  • Islamic State advances in Iraq force Syria to cancel wheat deal September 9, 2014

    Abu Dhabi: Syria has canceled a deal to sell 200,000 tonnes of wheat from its 2013 local crop to Iraqi private traders as conflict raging in both countries has paralysed transport of the grain, a source at Syria's state grain agency said on Tuesday. The deal was agreed in a June...
  • UN Security Council plans to suppress foreign extremist fighters September 9, 2014

    United Nations: The UN Security Council plans to demand countries "prevent and suppress" the recruitment and travel of foreign fighters to join extremist militant groups like Islamic State by ensuring it is considered a serious criminal offence under domestic laws. The United States circulated a draft resolution late on Monday, obtained...
  • UK's Luton airport evacuated over suspicious item September 8, 2014

    London: The UK's fifth largest airport was evacuated on Monday after a security alert over a "suspicious" suitcase, disrupting flights for thousands of passengers. All incoming flights were suspended at the Luton Airport in London over an alert sparked by the checked-in suitcase which was picked out by a security scanner. Police...
  • Bihar: Woman harassed for protesting husband's conversion to Islam September 8, 2014

    Sitamarhi: A dalit woman has lodged an FIR against seven persons for harassing her and family members for protesting her husband's conversion to Islam at Rampur Khurd in Sitamarhi district, police said on Monday. Yashoda Devi lodged the FIR against seven persons, including a former mukhia (village head) Jiaur Rahman, under...