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  • Chuck Hagel, under pressure, resigns as US defence secretary 21 hours 32 minutes ago

    Washington: US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel resigned on Monday, leaving under pressure as President Barack Obama faces critical national security challenges, including fighting Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and revising plans to exit Afghanistan. It was the first major change to Obama's Cabinet since his Democrats were routed in midterm...
  • World must recognise threat of terrorism: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad 4 days ago

    Damascus: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said that international acknowledgment of the threats of terrorism is one of the factors determining the future of the region. Addressing the members of the ruling Al Baath Party on Thursday, Assad said that the region is going through a "critical juncture", Xinhua reported, citing...
  • ISIS releases new beheading video November 16, 2014

    The Islamic State Jihadist group on Sunday released another beheading video of US aid worker Peter Kassig. ...
  • Islamic State claims beheading of US aid worker, 18 Syrians November 16, 2014

    Beirut: The Islamic State jihadist group on Sunday claimed to have executed Peter Kassig, a US aid worker kidnapped in Syria, as a warning to the United States. The same video showed the gruesome simultaneous beheadings of at least 18 men described as Syrian military personnel, the latest in a...
  • UN secretary-general appoints Indian on Gaza probe panel November 11, 2014

    United Nations: An eminent Indian official has been named on a UN inquiry panel set up by the world body's chief Ban Ki-moon to probe the presence of arms in UN premises in the Gaza strip and the damage to its facilities during the conflict between Israel and Palestinian factions....
  • US, allies hit Islamic State with 14 air strikes in Iraq, Syria November 7, 2014

    Washington: US and allied nations staged eight air strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria in the past three days and also hit the insurgent group in six attacks in Iraq, the US Central Command said on Friday. Seven strikes near the Syrian border town of Kobani, a regular target for...
  • Barack Obama sent secret letter to Iran on fighting Islamic State: WSJ November 6, 2014

    Washington: US President Barack Obama sent a secret letter to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei last month stressing the two countries' shared interest in fighting Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, a media report on Thursday said. According to the Wall Street Journal, the letter in mid-October said that...
  • US launches fresh strikes on Khorasan group in Syria November 6, 2014

    Washington: The United States said it conducted air strikes on Wednesday night against the so-called Khorasan group of al Qaeda-linked militants based in Syria, saying the group was plotting to attack Europe or the United States. Separately, one US official said a target of the strike was David Drugeon, a French-born...
  • Al Qaeda, IM team up to train terrorists and turn India into 'Syria and Iraq': Intelligence reports November 6, 2014

    New Delhi: Decrypted communications between Indian Mujahideen (IM) and Al Qaeda and testimony from suspects have triggered alarm among intelligence officials in New Delhi: the groups appear to be working together to launch major attacks in the region. The officials told Reuters that plots they had uncovered included the kidnapping of...
  • Nearly 2,000 dead in Syria jails this year: Monitor November 3, 2014

    Beirut: Nearly 2,000 people have died in Syrian prisons of torture, starvation and lack of medical treatment so far this year, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Sunday. The Britain-based monitor said it had documented 1,917 deaths in Syrian prisons since the start of 2014, among them 27 children...
  • Iraqi Kurdish forces enter Syria to fight Islamic State October 30, 2014

    Suruk: A first group of Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters entered the besieged Syrian town of Kobani on Thursday to help push back Islamic State militants who have defied US air strikes and threatened to massacre its Kurdish defenders. Kobani, on the border with Turkey, has been encircled by the Sunni Muslim...
  • Iraqi peshmerga fighters head for Syria to fight Islamic State October 29, 2014

    Arbil: Iraqi peshmerga fighters headed for the Syrian town of Kobani on Tuesday to help fellow Kurds repel an Islamic State advance that has defied US-led air strikes and become an important test of the coalition's ability to combat the Sunni insurgents. Kobani, nestled on the border with Turkey, has been...
  • US, allies stage 13 attacks on Islamic State targets in Syria, Iraq October 28, 2014

    Washington: US forces staged four air strikes on Islamic State militants in Syria on Tuesday and allies joined in nine strikes on the group in Iraq, the US Central Command said. In Syria, US attack and fighter aircraft went after targets near the border city of Kobani, destroying a small Islamic...
  • Barack Obama reviews ISIS strategy with national security team October 25, 2014

    Washington: US President Barack Obama has reviewed his administration's strategy against the Islamic State with his national security team, during which he discussed the status of comprehensive campaign to counter the feared militant group in Iraq and Syria. Obama held the meeting at the State Department, which among others was attended...
  • Islamic State militants now world's richest terror group: Experts October 24, 2014

    Washington: The Islamic State has become the world's wealthiest terror group, generating tens of millions of dollars a month from black market oil sales, ransoms and extortion, officials said on Thursday. It earns US dollar 1 million a day alone by selling crude oil from fields captured when the group swept...
  • Female terror suspect held in Britain October 22, 2014

    London: A woman has been arrested in Britain on suspicion of "preparation of terrorist acts", police said on Wednesday. Scotland Yard says the woman, 25, was arrested in Bedfordshire and taken to a police station in London, BBC reported. The investigation "is related to Syria" and two addresses in Bedfordshire are now...
  • IS terrorists stone woman to death for adultery, releases video October 21, 2014

    Beirut: Terrorists of the Islamic State (IS) Sunni radical group released a video on Tuesday showing its members stoning a woman to death whom they accused of committing adultery. At the beginning of the five-minute recording, the woman appears in front of her father and an IS fighter who states that...
  • Al-Qaeda urges worldwide Muslim support of Islamic State October 17, 2014

    Dubai: Al-Qaeda's deadly Yemen-based franchise on Friday urged Muslims worldwide to support Islamic State jihadists in Syria and Iraq in the face of attacks by a US-led military coalition. Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, classified by the United States as the network's deadliest franchise, "prohibits taking part in the fight against"...
  • Obama, foreign military chiefs coordinate Islamic State plans October 15, 2014

    Washington: President Barack Obama on Tuesday told military leaders from more than 20 countries working with Washington to defeat Islamic State that he was deeply concerned about the radical group's advances at the north Syrian town of Kobani and in western Iraq. But Obama did not hint any changes to what...
  • US-led air strikes intensify as Syria conflict destabilises Turkey October 15, 2014

    Mursitpinar: American-led forces have sharply intensified air strikes in the past two days against Islamic State fighters threatening Kurds on Syria's Turkish border after the jihadists' advance began to destabilise Turkey. The coalition had conducted 21 attacks on the militants near the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani over Monday and Tuesday...
  • European Union calls for greater international cooperation against IS October 11, 2014

    Brussels: The European Union has called on for greater international cooperation in the fight against the Islamic State group after the jihadists seized the headquarters of Kurdish fighters defending the Syrian border town of Kobane. "We are deeply concerned by the security and humanitarian situation in Kobane and the rest of...
  • Islamic State seize Kurdish headquarters in Syria's Kobane October 10, 2014

    Suruc (Turkey): Islamic State captured the headquarters of Kurdish fighters defending the battleground Syrian town of Kobane on Friday as a UN envoy warned of a looming "massacre" by the Islamic State group. Outgunned Kurdish militia were struggling to prevent the jihadists closing off the last escape route for the thousands...
  • Islamic State seizes large areas of Syrian town despite air strikes October 9, 2014

    Mursitpinar Turkey/Beirut: Islamic State fighters seized more than a third of the Syrian border town of Kobani, a monitoring group said on Thursday, as US-led air strikes failed to halt their advance and Turkish forces nearby looked on without intervening. With Washington ruling out a ground operation in Syria, Turkey described...
  • Islamic State seizes one third of Syrian town Kobani, say observers October 9, 2014

    Islamic State fighters have seized more than a third of the Syrian border town of Kobani despite US.-led air strikes targeting them in and around the mainly Kurdish community, a monitoring group said on Thursday. The commander of Kobani's heavily outgunned Kurdish defenders said Islamic State controlled a slightly smaller area....
  • Riots in Turkey kill 19 over failure to aid besieged Syrian Kurds October 8, 2014

    Mursitpinar: At least 19 people were reported killed in riots across Turkey, the deadliest street unrest in years, after the Kurdish minority rose up in fury at the government's refusal to protect a besieged Syrian town from Islamic State. Street battles raged between Kurdish protesters and police across Turkey's mainly Kurdish...
  • 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...
  • Syrian refugees join Mozart opera to deliver message of peace October 7, 2014

    London: Appeals for peace in Syria are usually made by politicians and activists calling for ceasefires, negotiations and aid supplies. However, in southwest Germany dozens of Syrian refugees who have, for now, found safe haven after fleeing civil war in their homeland, are delivering a message of peace through opera. A special...
  • Street fighting rages in Syrian town as Islamic State moves in October 7, 2014

    Mursitpinar: Street fighting raged between Kurdish defenders and Islamic State militants who advanced into Kobani on Monday after subjecting the Syrian border town to an assault lasting almost three weeks, residents and fighters said. Islamic State had earlier raised its black flag over a building in the outskirts and forced thousands...
  • French teen girl stopped 'on way to jihad in Syria' October 5, 2014

    A 15-year-old French girl was in police custody on Sunday after she disappeared from her family home in southern France, suspected of wanting to travel to Syria to wage jihad. Assia Saidi was "found on Saturday night by her parents in a bar, near Marseille station, where she had been working...
  • Woman doctor among 22 Malaysians with Islamic State in Syria October 5, 2014

    Kuala Lumpur: A 26-year-old woman doctor was among the 22 Malaysians in Syria reportedly involved in the activities of terrorist group Islamic State (IS), police confirmed. The doctor was married to a Malaysian, who was a member of the IS group, police counter-terrorism official Ayub Khan Mydin Pitchay said. "We...