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U.S.-led Forces Launch 34 Air Strikes in Syria, Iraq: U.S. Military
Date:  Monday, January 26, 2015
Title:  U.S.-led Forces Launch 34 Air Strikes in Syria, Iraq: U.S. Military
Description:  As it intensified its assault on Islamic State around Kobani, Syria, the U.S. military said on Monday, it and partner nations have launched 21 air strikes in Syria and 13 in Iraq over a 24-hour period. The Combined Joint Task Force said in a statement, 17 of the strikes since Sunday targeted Kobani, a contested city on the border with Turkey where the Islamic militants are battling for control. It...
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Five Indicted in Kosovo on Terrorism Charges
Date:  Monday, January 26, 2015
Title:  Five Indicted in Kosovo on Terrorism Charges
Description:  Five people in Kosovo have been indicted on terrorism charges for fighting in Syria, trying to buy assault rifles, and assaulting two Christian missionaries from the United States in 2013. The indictments coincided with a vote in parliament on introducing prison sentences for waging war abroad, as the predominantly Muslim Balkan country seeks to confront the threat posed by radical Islamists retur...
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McCain Gives Thumbs up to American Sniper Movie
Date:  Monday, January 26, 2015
Title:  McCain Gives Thumbs up to American Sniper Movie
Description:  The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee says critics of U.S. foreign policy are disparaging the movie, American Sniper and denigrating the memory of Chris Kyle, the U.S. serviceman depicted in the film. In a statement Monday, Sen. John McCain congratulated director Clint Eastwood and the cast and crew of the movie for honoring the life of Kyle whom he calls an American hero.
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Controversial Sniper Tops US Box Office for Second Week
Date:  Sunday, January 25, 2015
Title:  Controversial Sniper Tops US Box Office for Second Week
Description:  Clint Eastwood's mega-hit American Sniper was the top film at North American movie houses for a second week, despite controversy over what some feel is a jingoistic message and graphic violence. The war drama, based on the true story of Iraq War Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, earned $64.4 million this weekend.
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U.S., Allies Conduct Air Strikes in Syria and Iraq [UPDATE]
Date:  Saturday, January 24, 2015
Title:  U.S., Allies Conduct Air Strikes in Syria and Iraq [UPDATE]
Description:  The United States and its coalition partners have launched another round of air strikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, conducting 26 strikes since early Friday. In a statement on Saturday from the Combined Joint Task Force leading the military operation, officials said 13 strikes hit in Syria and also 13 hit in Iraq. In Syria, 12 air strikes targeted Islamic State positions nea...
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Kurdish Forces Fire Into Islamic State-controlled Mosul
Date:  Saturday, January 24, 2015
Title:  Kurdish Forces Fire Into Islamic State-controlled Mosul
Description:  Kurdish forces have fired rockets into Mosul for the first time since Islamic State militants overran the northern Iraqi city last summer. We hit their positions, said Captain Shivan Ahmed, who belongs to the unit that fired the rockets from around 20 kilometers north of Mosul. It was not possible to independently verify the accounts.
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Clint Eastwood on American Snipers Biggest Antiwar Statement
Date:  Saturday, January 24, 2015
Title:  Clint Eastwood on American Snipers Biggest Antiwar Statement
Description:  The biggest antiwar statement any film can makes is to show the fact of what war does to the family, Clint Eastwood said at Saturday's Producers Guild Award Nominees Breakfast, which took place at The Saban Theater in Beverly Hills. The Warner Brothers film has become a flash point for heated debate since its wide release on Jan. 16, reeling in praise and sharp criticism for its portrayal of the I...
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Spain Says to Negotiate Increase of U.S. Troops at Air Base
Date:  Friday, January 23, 2015
Title:  Spain Says to Negotiate Increase of U.S. Troops at Air Base
Description:  Spain's Deputy Prime Minister says Spain will start talks with the United States about further increasing the number of U.S. troops at an air base in the south of the country. She did not say why Washington sought the changes at the Moron base near Seville. A Defense Ministry spokeswoman had no immediate comment. But the national daily El Pais said it was to improve vigilance of Islamist militant ...
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U.S.-led Coalition Hits Islamic State With 25 Air Strikes: Task Force
Date:  Friday, January 23, 2015
Title:  U.S.-led Coalition Hits Islamic State With 25 Air Strikes: Task Force
Description:  The United States and its coalition partners have launched another round of air strikes against Islamic State, conducting 25 strikes since early Thursday. In a statement on Friday from the Combined Joint Task Force leading the military operation, officials said 13 air strikes hit in Iraq, including eight near Mosul that struck four Islamic state fighter units and destroyed a variety of militant-ow...
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Kurds Criticize Exclusion From U.S.-led Coalition Meeting
Date:  Friday, January 23, 2015
Title:  Kurds Criticize Exclusion From U.S.-led Coalition Meeting
Description:  The president of Iraqi Kurdistan has complained about being excluded from a meeting in London this week of the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State. He said Kurdish fighters deserved more respect. Masoud Barzani issued a statement saying it was disheartening that no Kurdish representative was invited to the meeting, where Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi called for greater military support...
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Iraq celebrate football victory over Iran in Asian Cup
Date:  Friday, January 23, 2015
Title:  Iraq celebrate football victory over Iran in Asian Cup
Description:  Salam Shakir scored the winning spot-kick as Iraq stunned 10-man Iran 7-6 on penalties to reach the Asian Cup semis in a match of high drama between the arch-rivals. Duration: 00:38
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Iraq’s displaced Yazidis hunker down for winter
Date:  Friday, January 23, 2015
Title:  Iraq’s displaced Yazidis hunker down for winter
Description:  Last summer, tens of thousands of Yazidis faced searing heat as they fled a murderous jihadist onslaught in northern Iraq, but many survivors are now shivering in the snow. Duration: 00:58
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Charges Brought in Iraq Bombing That Killed US Troops
Date:  Friday, January 23, 2015
Title:  Charges Brought in Iraq Bombing That Killed US Troops
Description:  Federal officials said that a man accused of taking part in a deadly attack on American forces in Iraq has been brought to the U.S. to face the charges. Faruq Khalil Muhammed will appear in federal court in Brooklyn Saturday to face conspiracy charges stemming from a 2009 truck bomb attack in Mosul that killed five U.S. servicemen. He's charged with orchestrating the attack on the U.S. forward ope...
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In Iraq, IS kills with hidden bombs even after leaving
Date:  Thursday, January 22, 2015
Title:  In Iraq, IS kills with hidden bombs even after leaving
Description:  A massage belt, a PlayStation controller, a gold ring -- it sounds like a gift list, but the items the Islamic State group left in Iraq are rigged with explosives to kill. Duration: 00:37
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German Police Arrest Two Suspected Members of Islamic State
Date:  Thursday, January 22, 2015
Title:  German Police Arrest Two Suspected Members of Islamic State
Description:  The federal public prosecutors office said on Thursday, police have arrested two German men suspected of being members of insurgent group Islamic State. The two men, identified by the prosecutors office in Karlsruhe only as 26-year old Mustafa C. and 27-year old Sebastian B., were arrested in North Rhine-Westphalia state. Authorities are worried about possible attacks in Germany by Islamists who h...
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U.S.-led Coalition Needs two Years to Expel Islamic State From Iraq, Says UK
Date:  Thursday, January 22, 2015
Title:  U.S.-led Coalition Needs two Years to Expel Islamic State From Iraq, Says UK
Description:  The U.S.-led coalition could take up to two years to expel Islamic State from Iraq, and Baghdad's own forces will be incapable of proper combat operations for months, Britain's foreign minister warned on Thursday. Speaking before he hosted a meeting of 21 coalition members in London, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said the task of pushing the Islamist militants back would be slow. This isn't goi...
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Iraq months Off Major IS Offensive, Says UKs Hammond Before London Meeting
Date:  Thursday, January 22, 2015
Title:  Iraq months Off Major IS Offensive, Says UKs Hammond Before London Meeting
Description:  Iraqi forces are months away from being able to launch proper combat operations against Islamic State (IS), Britain's foreign minister warned on Thursday, hours before hosting a London meeting of the U.S.-led coalition against the militant group.
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UK and US vow to ramp up fight against IS
Date:  Thursday, January 22, 2015
Title:  UK and US vow to ramp up fight against IS
Description:  Britain and the United States have pledged to ramp up efforts to defeat Islamic State (IS) fighters who have seized large swathes of Iraq and Syria while wreaking havoc across the region.
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U.N. Approved Cross-border Aid Helps 600,000 Syrians in Six Months
Date:  Thursday, January 22, 2015
Title:  U.N. Approved Cross-border Aid Helps 600,000 Syrians in Six Months
Description:  The United Nations said on Thursday that 54 aid shipments to Syria had been made since the U.N. Security Council authorized some cross-border routes in July, supplying food to 600,000 people, along with water and medical supplies. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the United Nations and partners had made 40 shipments from Turkey and 14 from Jordan. The Security Council approved humanitarian acces...
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Canada Denies Mission Creep After Troops Kill Islamic Militants
Date:  Thursday, January 22, 2015
Title:  Canada Denies Mission Creep After Troops Kill Islamic Militants
Description:  Canada on Thursday denied it was being sucked into combat operations against Islamic State militants after its troops in Iraq shot and killed rebels who fired on them. Canada said in October that it would join the U.S.-led bombing campaign in Iraq for six months. It also has about 70 special forces on the ground that Ottawa said would advise and assist Iraqi troops but not engage in combat.
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In Mosul, Islamic State Turns Captured City Into Fortress
Date:  Thursday, January 22, 2015
Title:  In Mosul, Islamic State Turns Captured City Into Fortress
Description:  Islamic State is working to defend Mosul, the city it conquered in June. The city stands at the center of the group's aim to carve out a modern caliphate from large parts of Syria and Iraq. A source told Reuters, Islamic State gathered contractors to bid for a project to build a trench around Mosul.
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Islamic State Momentum Halted or Reversed in Iraq: Kerry
Date:  Thursday, January 22, 2015
Title:  Islamic State Momentum Halted or Reversed in Iraq: Kerry
Description:  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday that Islamic State's momentum in Iraq had been halted or reversed and that U.S. weapons for government forces would be arriving very shortly. Kerry told a London news conference after a meeting of the U.S.-led coalition fighting IS: In recent months we have seen definitively ... momentum halted in Iraq and in some cases reversed. Ground forces su...
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U.S.-led Forces Launch 31 Air Strikes in Iraq, Syria: U.S. Military
Date:  Thursday, January 22, 2015
Title:  U.S.-led Forces Launch 31 Air Strikes in Iraq, Syria: U.S. Military
Description:  The American military says U.S.-led forces attacked Islamic State targets with 21 air strikes in Iraq and 10 in Syria since Wednesday, Sixteen of the air strikes in Iraq were centered around Mosul, where they hit tactical units, vehicles, bridges, and artillery systems. The Combined Joint Task Force said in a statement that 0ther strikes in Iraq hit near Sinjar, Tal Afar and Kirkuk. A tenth air st...
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Oil Export Losses to Reach $300 Billion in Middle East
Date:  Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Title:  Oil Export Losses to Reach $300 Billion in Middle East
Description:  The International Monetary Fund said on Wednesday, losses from lower oil exports should sap up to $300 billion from economies in the Middle East and Central Asia this year, as countries in the region adjust to falling crude prices. Economies that are particularly dependent on oil exports, including Qatar, Iraq, Libya and Saudi Arabia, will be hit hardest by the more than 50 percent decline in petr...
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AP Interview: Iraq Premier Appeals for Aid to Fight IS Group
Date:  Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Title:  AP Interview: Iraq Premier Appeals for Aid to Fight IS Group
Description:  Iraq's prime minister on Wednesday appealed to the U.S.-led coalition and the international community to do more to help his country win the war against the Islamic State group, saying the assistance pledged so far falls short of the nation's urgent needs. In an interview with The Associated Press, Haider al-Abadi said the coalition has stalled on key issues, particularly commitments on training I...
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