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U.S. Must Do More to Fight ISIS, Key Ally Says
Date:  Thursday, February 26, 2015
Title:  U.S. Must Do More to Fight ISIS, Key Ally Says
Description:  Senior officials from Qatar said Wednesday on a visit to Washington, the United States must do more to fight ISIS and to stop Syria's President Bashar Assad from using barrel bombs against civilians. The Qataris — part of the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS in Syria and Iraq — are also unhappy with the White House refusal until now to train so-called moderate Syrian rebels who are fighting both th...
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The Names: This is Who ISIS Has Recruited From the West
Date:  Thursday, February 26, 2015
Title:  The Names: This is Who ISIS Has Recruited From the West
Description:  More than 20,000 foreigners have flocked to fight for ISIS, the radical Sunni group that controls portions of Iraq and Syria. According to Nicholas Rasmussen, the director of the National Counterterrorism Center, they come from 90 countries, and an estimated 3,400 fighters come from Western states,. Those are the numbers -- estimates, of course. U.S. officials say more than 150 fighters have trave...
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U.S. Deserter Needs Iraq War Crimes Evidence to Be Refugee: EU Court
Date:  Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Title:  U.S. Deserter Needs Iraq War Crimes Evidence to Be Refugee: EU Court
Description:  Europe's highest court said on Thursday, a U.S. soldier who deserted because he thought the Iraq war was illegal could have grounds for seeking asylum in Germany but only if he can show he would have been involved in war crimes. Thee European Court of Justice added that, even if Andre Shepherd could prove war crimes were very likely to have been committed, he would then still have to show he had n...
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U.S.-led Coalition Stages 15 Airstrikes Against Islamic State: Statement
Date:  Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Title:  U.S.-led Coalition Stages 15 Airstrikes Against Islamic State: Statement
Description:  The United States and its partner nations launched 15 strikes against Islamic State since early Tuesday, the Combined Joint Task Force said. The task force said in a statement on Wednesday, nine air strikes hit in Syria, with six of them striking three units of Islamic State fighters and several fighting positions near the border town of Kobani.
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ISIS Burns More Than 8,000 Rare Books in Mosul
Date:  Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Title:  ISIS Burns More Than 8,000 Rare Books in Mosul
Description:  More than 8,000 rare books and manuscripts – including books printed in the 19th century in Iraq’s first printing house – have been burned by Islamic State militants in Mosul, despite pleas from the public. Ghanim al-Ta'an, the director of the library, told the Fiscal Times, “ISIS militants bombed the Mosul Public Library. They used improvised explosive devices.
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ISIS Kidnaps Dozens in Separate Attacks in Syria and Iraq
Date:  Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Title:  ISIS Kidnaps Dozens in Separate Attacks in Syria and Iraq
Description:  According to reports, Islamic State militants have reportedly captured dozens of Christians in northeastern Syria Monday and may have kidnapped several civilians in a separate attack in Iraq. Activists and Syrian state-run media said Wednesday that those kidnapped in the Hassakeh province of the country had been targeted in a series of early morning attacks on Monday in the countryside near Tal Ta...
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Kurdish, Christian Forces Battle ISIS as Fate of 150 Reported Hostages Unclear
Date:  Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Title:  Kurdish, Christian Forces Battle ISIS as Fate of 150 Reported Hostages Unclear
Description:  Kurdish and Christian militiamen battled Islamic State militants Wednesday in northeastern Syria, where the extremist group abducted at least 150 people from Assyrian Christian villages, according to activists. Hassakeh province, which borders Turkey and Iraq, has become the latest battleground for the fight against the terror group Islamic State, also known as ISIS. It is predominantly Kurdish, b...
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US Embassy in Jordan Warns of Threat Against high-end Malls in Capital Amid Airstrikes
Date:  Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Title:  US Embassy in Jordan Warns of Threat Against high-end Malls in Capital Amid Airstrikes
Description:  The U.S. Embassy in Jordan has issued a warning to citizens that high-end malls in Jordan's capital could be attacked as the kingdom takes part in airstrikes targeting the extremist Islamic State group. The embassy's statement Wednesday night did not elaborate on the threat to Amman, though it said it was judged to be credible. There was no immediate comment from Jordanian officials.
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Sniper Killer Lost Desire for Life After Iraq: Uncle
Date:  Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Title:  Sniper Killer Lost Desire for Life After Iraq: Uncle
Description:  The uncle of Eddie Ray Routh, the ex-Marine who was convicted of murder for shooting and killing American Sniper Chris Kyle and another man, told jurors that his nephew wasn't the same after serving in Iraq. Routh was found guilty on Tuesday night. The verdict carries an automatic life sentence. The defense sought to make an insanity case and argued that Routh was in the grip of psychosis when he ...
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Islamic State Seize 100 Iraqi Tribesmen Before Battle for Tikrit
Date:  Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Title:  Islamic State Seize 100 Iraqi Tribesmen Before Battle for Tikrit
Description:  Local tribal leaders said on Wednesday that Islamic State fighters have abducted 100 Sunni Muslim tribesmen near the city of Tikrit, apparently to neutralize suspected opponents before a widely expected army offensive. Iraqi soldiers and pro-government Shi'ite militias have been massing for days in preparation for an attack on Islamic State strongholds along the Tigris River to the north and south...
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Kurdish Forces in Iraq are Reaching Their Limits Against ISIS, Experts Say
Date:  Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Title:  Kurdish Forces in Iraq are Reaching Their Limits Against ISIS, Experts Say
Description:  According to regional experts, Kurdish forces are reaching their limits in northern Iraq as they work to push back ISIS terrorists. Dr. Anwar Anaid and Dr. Henri Barkey told Fox News National Security Analyst KT McFarland the situation in northern Iraq is reaching a crucial point. Both sides remain locked in a standoff over who controls Mosul and surrounding territory. Iraqi and Kurdish Peshmerga ...
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U.S. Treasury Presses Qatar on Terror Finance
Date:  Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Title:  U.S. Treasury Presses Qatar on Terror Finance
Description:  U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew met with the emir of Qatar and emphasized the importance of fighting terror financing, amid suspicions that money from one of the key U.S. Middle East allies had gone to violent extremists in the region. Secretary Lew emphasized the vital importance of combating the financing of terrorism. Lew expressed his hope that in the coming months ...
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More Moderate Syrians Ready to Battle Islamic State Than Expected: U.S. Official
Date:  Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Title:  More Moderate Syrians Ready to Battle Islamic State Than Expected: U.S. Official
Description:  The White House's special envoy for the campaign against the group said on Wednesday, Moderate Syrian fighters in greater numbers than U.S. officials had expected are stepping forward to battle Islamic State militants. Retired General John Allen, President Barack Obama's envoy to the anti-IS coalition, told a U.S Senate committee, The numbers are much higher than we thought, and it's been a very e...
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U.S. Condemns Islamic State Attacks on Christian Villages in Syria
Date:  Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Title:  U.S. Condemns Islamic State Attacks on Christian Villages in Syria
Description:  The United States on Wednesday condemned recent attacks by Islamic State militants on Assyrian Christian villages in northeastern Syria, which it said included the burning of homes and churches and abduction of women, children and the elderly. In a statement, the White House said: This is but the latest round of atrocities perpetrated by ISIL against the innocent people of the region. Christian Sy...
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Syrian Kurds Cut IS Supply Line Near Iraq; Fears for Christians Mount
Date:  Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Title:  Syrian Kurds Cut IS Supply Line Near Iraq; Fears for Christians Mount
Description:  Kurdish militia pressed an offensive against Islamic State in northeast Syria on Wednesday, cutting one of its supply lines from Iraq, as fears mounted for dozens of Christians abducted by the hardline group. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which tracks the conflict, at least 90 Assyrian Christians were seized from villages in Hasaka province in a mass abduction coinciding wi...
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Special Report: How Irans Military Chiefs Operate in Iraq
Date:  Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Title:  Special Report: How Irans Military Chiefs Operate in Iraq
Description:  The face stares out from multiple billboards in central Baghdad, a grey-haired general casting a watchful eye across the Iraqi capital. This military commander is not Iraqi, though. He's Iranian. The posters are a recent arrival, reflecting the influence Iran now wields in Baghdad. Iraq is a mainly Arab country. Its citizens, Shi'ite and Sunni Muslims alike, have long mistrusted Iran, the Persian ...
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Wave of Bombings in Baghdad Kills 28 People
Date:  Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Title:  Wave of Bombings in Baghdad Kills 28 People
Description:  Police and medical sources said a wave of bomb attacks around Baghdad killed 28 people on Tuesday, as at least seven explosions struck in or near the Iraqi capital,. Fifteen people were killed in the district, southeast of the city, in two blasts on Tuesday evening, one of them caused by a car bomb.
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Closing Arguments Near in American Sniper Trial
Date:  Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Title:  Closing Arguments Near in American Sniper Trial
Description:  The murder case against Eddie Ray Routh, the former Marine who shot and killed American Sniper Chris Kyle and another man two years ago, will go to a Texas jury soon. Court was called off Monday because of an ice storm. Routh, who had served in Iraq, shot and killed Kyle and the other man, Chad Littlefield, at a gun range during what was meant to be a therapeutic session to help him cope with post...
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U.S. Arms Flow to Iraq Ahead of Planned Mosul Offensive
Date:  Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Title:  U.S. Arms Flow to Iraq Ahead of Planned Mosul Offensive
Description:  The Pentagon said on Tuesday that some 10,000 U.S. M-16 rifles and other military supplies worth about $17.9 million arrived in Iraq this week as U.S. troops pushed ahead with training and supplying Iraqi security forces battling Islamic State fighters. The update on U.S. efforts to arm Iraqi troops followed an unusual, detailed briefing last week on preparations for an operation this spring to re...
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Qatar Assures U.S. it is Committed to Fighting Islamic State
Date:  Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Title:  Qatar Assures U.S. it is Committed to Fighting Islamic State
Description:  Qatar is committed to defeating the Islamic State, its emir, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad al-Thani, assured U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday in his first official visit to the White House. Obama said the emir committed to fighting Islamic extremists and supporting the moderate opposition in Syria. The two leaders are deeply concerned about the situation in Syria and shared ideas on how they can tr...
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Bombs in Iraq, Including Twin Blasts in Busy Street, Kill 40
Date:  Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Title:  Bombs in Iraq, Including Twin Blasts in Busy Street, Kill 40
Description:  Iraqi officials said Tuesday that 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. The deadliest of the day's attacks came shortly before sunset, when a bomb exploded in Baghdad's southeastern suburb of Jisr Diyala. Minutes later, a car bomb went off near the site of the first blast as people started gathering t...
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American Sniper Trial: New Recording From Killer
Date:  Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Title:  American Sniper Trial: New Recording From Killer
Description:  Four months after he shot American Sniper Chris Kyle to death, Eddie Ray Routh told a reporter: It tore my (expletive) heart out what I did. Prosecutors in Stephenville, Texas, played the recording for jurors for the first time Tuesday as Routh's murder trial neared its conclusion. Routh, speaking by phone from jail, was talking to a reporter from The New Yorker magazine on May 31, 2013. Routh, wh...
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U.S., Allies Stage 25 Air Strikes on Islamic State: Joint Task Force
Date:  Monday, February 23, 2015
Title:  U.S., Allies Stage 25 Air Strikes on Islamic State: Joint Task Force
Description:  The Combined Joint Task Force said on Monday the United States and its allies staged 25 air strikes on Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria, focusing on the Syrian cities of Kobani and Hasakah. The task force said in a statement that in attacks from Sunday morning through Monday morning, the coalition staged 11 strikes near Hasakah that hit 10 tactical units and six raids near Kobani that stru...
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French Aircraft Carrier Begins Iraq Operations: French Sources
Date:  Monday, February 23, 2015
Title:  French Aircraft Carrier Begins Iraq Operations: French Sources
Description:  A French army source said on Monday that France's Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier has started military operations against Islamic State in Iraq. The source told Reuters in a reference to the name of the mission, The carrier and its naval group has officially started missions as part of its Chammal operation in Iraq. A second source said the carrier would be engaged for several weeks.
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Cameron: Internet Firms Must Do More After UK Girls Head to Syria
Date:  Monday, February 23, 2015
Title:  Cameron: Internet Firms Must Do More After UK Girls Head to Syria
Description:  British Prime Minister David Cameron said internet firms must do more to deal with online extremism after three teenage girls radicalized in their bedrooms left London in an apparent bid to travel to Syria. On Monday, Cameron told members of Parliament, Given reports that one of the girls was following as many as 70 extremists online, this case underlines the importance of the work we are doing wi...
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