SYRIA

  • IS trains hundreds of child soldiers in Syria: report 2 days ago

    Beirut: The Islamic State group has trained more than 400 children in Syria as fighters in 2015 alone, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said on Tuesday. Calling them "Cubs of the Caliphate," the jihadist group provides intense military and religious training to children throughout its areas of control in...
  • Islamic State recruits 400 children since Janurary: Syria monitor 3 days ago

    Beirut: Islamic State has recruited at least 400 children in Syria in the past three months and given these so-called "Cubs of the Caliphate" military training and hardline indoctrination, a monitoring group said on Tuesday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the children, all aged under 18, were recruited near...
  • ISIS convinces Afghans to join their fight in Syria, reveals video 3 days ago

    A day after President Ashraf Ghani said that ISIS is making bids to take over Afghanistan, a video shows recruiters of the terror group trying to convince Afghans to join the their fight in Syria. It is also an evidence of ISIS' attempts to expand its reach across the region....
  • Barack Obama to host Iraq PM on April 14, discuss ISIL campaign: White House 4 days ago

    Washington: US President Barack Obama will host Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi next month and discuss political and security issues, including the campaign against militant group ISIL in the violence-torn country. Obama and Abadi's meeting would take place on April 14, the White House said. "The Prime Minister's visit underscores the...
  • France says Syria President Assad talks would be 'scandalous gift' to IS March 16, 2015

    Brussels: French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on Monday rejected any role for Syria President Bashar al-Assad in peace talks, saying it would be a "scandalous gift" to the Islamic State group. Fabius's comments came a day after US Secretary of State John Kerry acknowledged that talks with Assad were necessary to...
  • Scotland Yard admits error 'in hindsight' over runaway UK school girls March 8, 2015

    London: Scotland Yard has admitted that they could have handled better the case of the three runaway schoolgirls, believed to have joined IS extremists in Syria, after the teenage girls' families criticised the police for not passing on vital information to them. The girls' families say the Metropolitan Police did not...
  • Emails suggest 'Jihadi John' had suicidal thoughts March 2, 2015

    London: Newly published emails suggest the man who became known as "Jihadi John" had suicidal thoughts before leaving Britain for Syria. In an email exchange with the Mail on Sunday five years ago, he talked of taking too many sleeping pills and sleeping forever as a way to get away from...
  • ISIS burns down Mosul Public Library, claims it was god's order February 27, 2015

    As ISIS attempts to establish its Islamic Caliphate in Iraq and Northern Syria, culture is just one of its many casualties. The terror group burned down the Mosul Public Library, which is home to more than 8-thousand old, rare books and manuscripts. ...
  • IS terrorist 'Jihadi John' resembles man raised in UK February 26, 2015

    London: A British-accented militant who has appeared in beheading videos released by the Islamic State group in Syria bears strong similarities to a man who grew up in London, a Muslim lobbying group said on Thursday. Mohammed Emwazi has been identified by news organizations as the masked militant more commonly known...
  • Bombs in Iraq, including twin blasts in busy street, kill 40 February 24, 2015

    Baghdad: A series of bombings in Iraq, including twin blasts in a busy street in a Baghdad suburb, killed at least 40 people and wounded dozens on Tuesday, Iraqi officials said. The deadliest of the day's attacks came shortly before sunset, when a bomb exploded in Baghdad's southeastern suburb of Jisr...
  • Islamic State in Syria abducts at least 90 Christians February 24, 2015

    Amman: Islamic State militants have abducted at least 90 people from Assyrian Christian villages in northeastern Syria, a monitoring group tracking violence in Syria said on Tuesday. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said they carried out dawn raids on rural villages inhabited by the ancient Christian minority west of...
  • All have a role in the 'fight against Islamist extremist terror': David Cameron February 22, 2015

    "It is deeply concerning and obviously our authorities will do everything we can to help these girls but it does make a broader point which is the fight against Islamist terror is not just one that we can wage by the police and border control. It needs every school, every...
  • British Police launch appeal to find 'Syria-bound' schoolgirls February 21, 2015

    British police launched an appeal on Friday to trace three London schoolgirls who are believed to be making their way to Syria, having flown to Turkey earlier this week. The three friends, two aged 15 and one 16, left their east London homes on Tuesday and travelled to Gatwick airport where...
  • Obama proposes war authorisation against Islamic State, says terror group 'poses grave threat' February 11, 2015

    Washington: US President Barack Obama is asking Congress to formally authorise war against Islamic State terrorists, offering a draft resolution that says the Islamic State 'poses a grave threat'. Obama is sending Congress a proposed three-page authorisation for military force. Obama would limit authorisation to three years, with no restriction where US...
  • Islamic State says airstrike killed US hostage, US skeptical February 7, 2015

    Beirut: Islamic State extremists claimed that an American woman held hostage by the group has been killed in a Jordanian airstrike in northern Syria, but the government of Jordan dismissed the statement as "criminal propaganda" and the US said it had not seen any evidence to corroborate the report. The...
  • 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...
  • Islamic State video purports to show Jordanian pilot burnt alive February 3, 2015

    Beirut: Islamic State militants released a video on Tuesday purporting to show a captive Jordanian pilot being burnt alive, and Jordanian state television said he was murdered a month ago. Reuters could not immediately confirm the video, which showed a man resembling the captive pilot standing in a black cage before...
  • We have no information on captured Indians: Syrian Ambassador February 3, 2015

    The Syrian Ambassador to India spoke to CNN-IBN on Indian construction workers who are still held captive by ISIS. He has said that India should talk to Turkey and Qatar for the release of the Indians. ...
  • Nine people deported to India from Turkey after suspected ISIS links January 31, 2015

    Bengaluru: The Turkish authorities on Friday deported nine people including five children to India from Turkey. The deported people are sent back to India on the suspicion that they were trying to cross over Syria from the Turkish border. The group had gone to Istanbul on tourist visas and landed in...
  • US woman who tried to help terrorists sentenced to 4 years in prison January 24, 2015

    Denver: A 19-year-old woman who tried to go to Syria to help Islamic State terrorists has been sentenced to four years in prison. Shannon Conley learned her punishment in Denver federal court on Friday as her parents watched. She wore a black and tan headscarf with her jail uniform. Conley pleaded guilty to...
  • Islamic State threatens two Japanese captives in video January 20, 2015

    Dubai: The terrorist Islamic State group, which holds territory in Iraq and Syria, issued a video online on Tuesday purporting to show two Japanese captives and demanding $200 million from the Japanese government to save their lives. A black-clad figure with a knife, standing in a desert area along with two...
  • Hyderabad Police arrests engineer over suspected links with Islamic State January 17, 2015

    Hyderabad: Hyderabad Police on Saturday arrested a 22-year-old engineer over suspected links with the Islamic State. The engineer was arrested while attempting to fly to Dubai on Thursday. Police said Salman Moinuddin is a resident of Hyderabad's Asif Nagar and was planning to join his partner, a UK-national, and travel to...
  • IS video purports to show boy executing 'Russian spies' January 14, 2015

    Beirut: The Islamic State jihadist group released a video on Monday purporting to show a young boy executing two men accused of working for Russian intelligence services. The video shows the two men apparently being shot dead by the child after being interrogated on camera about their alleged attempts to infiltrate...
  • 1,400 from France have joined jihadis in Syria, Iraq January 12, 2015

    Paris: Some 1,400 people living in France have either joined the jihadist cause in Syria and Iraq or are planning to do so, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Monday. "There are 1,400 individuals who are involved in the departures for jihad, for terrorism, in Syria and in Iraq," Valls said. "There...
  • Islamic State beheads Syria imam January 9, 2015

    Beirut: The Islamic State (IS) group on Thursday beheaded a Syrian imam, or mosque prayer leader, a monitoring group said. "The IS executed the imam of a mosque from the village of Abu Khuyut near Hasakeh city (in northeastern Syria) at dawn Thursday,"said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The Britain-based Observatory...
  • New Zealand: IS terrorist mistakenly broadcasts his location over Twitter December 31, 2014

    Washington: A jihadi from New Zealand who has links with the Al Qaeda and has taken up arms in Syria, mistakenly broadcasted his exact location after forgetting to turn off a tracking function on his phone, media reported Wednesday. Mohammad Daniel, alias Abu Abdul Rahman, formerly known as Mark John Taylor,...
  • Father asks Islamic State to treat captured pilot son as 'guest' December 25, 2014

    Amman: The father of a Jordanian pilot captured by Islamic State fighters after his plane crashed in Syria said he did not consider his son a hostage and called on his captors to treat him as a "guest". Jordan is one of several Arab countries participating in the US-led military mission...
  • Islamic State captures Jordanian pilot after warplane comes down in Syria December 24, 2014

    Amman: Islamic State fighters took a Jordanian pilot captive after his warplane came down in northeast Syria on Wednesday, the first captive taken from the US-led coalition battling the jihadi group. Jordan's armed forces said one of its pilots had been captured after a coalition air raid over the province of...
  • Sixty journalists killed in 2014, Mideast deadliest area: Watchdog December 23, 2014

    Washington: At least 60 journalists were killed globally this year in work-related violence, with the Middle East the deadliest region, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said in a year-end report on Tuesday. The 2014 death toll marks a drop from 2013, when 70 journalists were killed, the New York-based watchdog...
  • Austria arrests couple with machine gun in plane luggage December 21, 2014

    Vienna: An Austrian man and a Turkish woman were arrested on a plane about to take off from Vienna for Istanbul after a machine gun was found in their checked-in luggage, authorities said on Saturday. "The couple were already on board the aircraft by the time the machine gun and live...