Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant - updates

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Britain's Cameron urges use of 'Daesh' for ISIS

Dec 02, 2015 - 10:59 PM

Daesh is clearly an improvement and I think it s important that we all try to use this language says the British Prime Minister

CHANGE THE NAME. British Prime Minister David Cameron urges the use of 'Daesh' to refer to the terrorist group. File photo by AFP

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May 26, 2015 - 5:59 PM

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Gov't engineer, Facebook recruiters among Malaysia ISIS arrests

Oct 16, 2014 - 3:19 PM

Those arrested range in age from 14 to 48 years old and include two women

Syria raids on jihadist bastion kill 53, mostly civilians: NGO

Sep 07, 2014 - 8:18 AM

The strikes come amid a stepped up campaign by President Bashar al Assad s regime targeting IS positions in northern and eastern Syria

ISIS crucifies 8 men in Syria's Aleppo: NGO

Jun 29, 2014 - 6:41 PM

A Britain based NGO says the ISIS in Syria has publicly executed and crucified nine men eight of them rebels fighting both President Bashar al Assad s regime and the jihadists

ONLINE JIHAD. An image made available by the jihadist Twitter account Al-Baraka news on June 16, 2014 allegedly shows Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants executing members of the Iraqi forces on the Iraqi-Syrian border. AFP Photo / Ho / Al-Baraka News

Clashes near Tikrit as Iraqi troops strike back

Jun 29, 2014 - 12:17 AM

Iraqi forces press a campaign to retake militant held Tikrit clashing with Sunni fighters nearby and pounding positions inside the city with air strikes in their biggest counter offensive so far

Obama seeks $500M to train, equip Syrian rebels

Jun 27, 2014 - 8:29 AM

The proposed fund would serve vetted elements of the Syrian armed opposition to help defend the Syrian people the White House says

Kerry to visit Saudi Arabia on Friday for Iraq talks

Jun 26, 2014 - 12:22 AM

US Secretary of State John Kerry will talk to Saudi Arabia s King Abdullah about how we can counter the sheer threat that is posed by ISIS

Turkey raises fears over potential spillover from Iraq

Jun 25, 2014 - 11:19 PM

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria which Turkey included in its list of terrorist organizations in early June has also kidnapped 31 Turkish truck drivers

Qaeda unit in Syria border town joins ISIS

Jun 25, 2014 - 10:25 PM

After months of clashes between the the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and the Al Nusra Front in several parts of Syria Nusra s Albu Kamal branch pledged loyalty to ISIS

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Jihadists fight Iraq battle on ground and online

Jun 24, 2014 - 9:41 PM

A powerful jihadist group pushing toward Baghdad is waging a parallel war online flooding social media with updates and riding the football World Cup frenzy to spread its message with corporate like sophistication

ONLINE JIHAD. An image made available by the jihadist Twitter account Al-Baraka news on June 16, 2014 allegedly shows Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants executing members of the Iraqi forces on the Iraqi-Syrian border. AFP Photo / Ho / Al-Baraka News

Obama warns Iraq on unity

Jun 21, 2014 - 7:52 AM

US President Barack Obama says American sacrifices had given Iraq a chance at a stable democracy but it had been squandered

Obama to send advisors to Iraq, open to military action

Jun 20, 2014 - 9:02 AM

UPDATED According to a US defense official President Barack Obama is leaning toward a limited course of action that would embed the commandos with Iraqi forces

Fighting nears Baghdad as UN warns crisis 'life-threatening'

Jun 17, 2014 - 8:46 PM

Militants push a weeklong offensive that has overrun swathes of Iraq to within 60 kilometers of Baghdad Tuesday June 17 as the UN warns the country s very existence is under threat

READY. An Iraqi young boy holds a gun from the window of a vehicle carrying volunteers joining Iraqi security forces in the fight against Jihadist militants who have taken over several northern Iraqi cities on June 16, 2014 in the capital Baghdad. Photo by Ahmad Al-Rubaye / AFP

Militants attack parts of Baquba

Jun 17, 2014 - 5:24 PM

Baquba some 60 kilometers north of Baghdad is the closest the fighting has come to the capital since a major militant offensive swept down from the north last week

Iraqi Kurd PM issues warning over ISIS offensive

Jun 17, 2014 - 4:08 PM

Kurdistan regional PM Nechirvan Barzani tells the BBC it will be difficult to find a resolution with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al Maliki in power and recommended an autonomous region for Sunnis as a potential solution

FLEEING TO SAFETY. Iraqis who fled the violence in Mosul stand in a queue at a checkpoint in Erbil, Kurdistan region, north Iraq, 11 June 2014. Kamal Akrayi/EPA

Militants battle Iraq forces as US weighs drone strikes

Jun 17, 2014 - 7:06 AM

US Secretary of State John Kerry said he was open to cooperating with arch foe Iran to resolve the week long crisis

READY FOR BATTLE? Iraqi tribesmen carry their weapons as they gather to show their willingness to join Iraqi security forces in the fight against Jihadist militants, on June 16, 2014 in the southern city of Basra. Stringer/AFP

US to evacuate Baghdad embassy staff

Jun 16, 2014 - 6:51 AM

Embassy staff are being relocated using commercial charter and State Department aircraft The US military also has air assets available as needed

US 'committed' to Iraq: Kerry

Jun 15, 2014 - 10:48 AM

Kerry adds that US assistance would only be successful if Iraqi leaders put aside their differences to stress national unity to move the country forward

TALKING IRAQ. US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks on the situation in Iraq at the State Department in Washington, DC, USA, 12 June 2014. Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

Iraq forces preparing for counter-offensive

Jun 14, 2014 - 4:06 PM

The jihadists of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant have overrun a large chunk of northern and north central Iraq since Monday

Obama rules out sending troops as cleric calls Iraqis to arms

Jun 14, 2014 - 11:33 AM

We will not be sending US troops back into combat in Iraq but I have asked my national security team to prepare a range of other options that could help support Iraqi security forces the US president says

Iraqi leaders to blame for army's collapse – US

Jun 14, 2014 - 10:21 AM

We had gotten them on their feet and helped build their capacity and quite frankly they did not take advantage of that opportunity State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf tells reporters

US 'looking at all options' in Iraq – Obama

Jun 13, 2014 - 9:38 AM

US officials refuse to say publicly what military options are being considered except to rule out sending troops back into the country invaded by the US in 2003

TALKS. Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki speaks during a meeting with US President Barack Obama during a meeting in the Oval Office on November 1, 2013. Photo by AFP

Jihadists seize hostages at campus in Iraq's Ramadi

Jun 07, 2014 - 5:38 PM

The attack is the third major operation by militants in 3 days

Jihadist battle sparks exodus, Syria rebels on way out of Homs

May 04, 2014 - 8:44 AM

Some 60 000 Syrians have fled from three towns to escape fighting between the Al Nusra front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant

Deal for Syria rebels to withdraw from Homs bastion

May 03, 2014 - 8:26 AM

The agreement comes after government forces began an assault against the few remaining rebel held areas in the city last month

WITHDRAW FROM HOMS. Syrian policemen and citizens inspect the damage at the site of a car bomb explosion in the Abbasid neighborhood, Homs province, Syria, April 29, 2014. Photo by STR/EPA

Dozens killed in Syria, watchdog to probe chlorine claims

Apr 30, 2014 - 12:18 PM

The regime and rebels have blamed each other for using chlorine in at least one attack

ALMOST THERE. Syria's chemical weapons are due to be destroyed by June 30. A majority of storage and productions sites are now closed, according to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical and the United Nations. File photo by Evert-Jan Daniels/EPA

Syria has 8% of chemical material left – monitor

Apr 28, 2014 - 12:51 AM

The country misses a crucial deadline but the watchdog overseeing the mission is still hopeful a June 30 deadline for the complete destruction of the chemical arms would be met

Mock executions, beatings: French journalists describe Syria ordeal

Apr 21, 2014 - 10:04 PM

The freed journalists share some harrowing details of their 10 month captivity at the hands of the most radical of Syria s jihadist groups

FREEDOM. A screengrab taken on April 19, 2014, from a video released by Dogan News Agency shows the freed French journalists arriving at the Mehmet Akif Inan Training & Research Hospital after 10 months in captivity in Syria. Photo from AFP and Dogan News Agency

Saudi Arabia lists 'terror' groups, orders foreign fighters home

Mar 07, 2014 - 10:35 PM

Saudi Arabia lists the Muslim Brotherhood and two Syrian jihadist groups as terrorist organizations

Baghdad bombs, including near Green Zone, kill 33

Feb 06, 2014 - 9:54 AM

Diplomats have urged the Shiite led government to reach out to the Sunni Arab minority to undercut support for militancy but Prime Minister Nuri al Maliki has taken a hard stance

Syria death toll tops 136,000; future talks uncertain

Feb 02, 2014 - 8:45 AM

The prospects of a peaceful outcome looked dim after 10 days of talks in Geneva yielded no tangible results and the regime said it was unsure whether it would return to the negotiating table

AMID THE RUINS. A Syrian man walks amid debris and dust following an alleged air strike by Syrian government forces on January 31, 2014 in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. Mohammed al-Khatieb/AFP

ISIL 'reaching out' to Syria rebels: audio message

Jan 20, 2014 - 12:49 AM

The remarks mark a shift for ISIL which said earlier it would crush opposition fighters and considered members of the Syrian National Coalition and the military command of the Free Syrian Army to be legitimate targets

West hails Syria opposition vote to join peace talks

Jan 19, 2014 - 6:40 PM

United States Britain France and Germany were equally elated with the opposition s decision to overcome internal divisions and go to Switzerland

UN Council backs Iraq gov't against militants

Jan 11, 2014 - 8:56 AM

The 15 nation council strongly supports efforts of the Iraqi government to retake cities from Al Qaeda linked militants

IN THE WAKE OF VIOLENCE. A picture taken with a mobile phone on January 3, 2014 shows people in a street with empty bullets on the groud following fighting between Islamist jihadists and Iraqi special forces in the Iraqi city of Ramadi, west of Baghdad. Photo from Agence France-Presse/Azhar Shallal

Syria rebels lay siege to Qaeda-linked jihadists

Jan 06, 2014 - 11:48 PM

Raqa the site of the seige is the latest front in a fight pitting a broad coalition of moderates and Islamists opposed to President Bashar al Assad against the Al Qaeda linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant

Iran ready to help Iraq battle Al-Qaeda: military chief

Jan 06, 2014 - 12:57 AM

Both Iran and Iraq are predominantly Shiite Muslim nations and their governments have strengthened political and economic ties in recent years

Iraq readying 'major attack' to retake Fallujah

Jan 05, 2014 - 9:05 PM

Iraq s ground forces commander said that the city should wait for what is coming – a reference to the impending assault

More than 100 die as Iraq forces battle Al-Qaeda

Jan 04, 2014 - 7:54 AM

The worst violence to hit Iraq in 5 years is said to be driven by anger at the Shiite led government among the Sunni minority

IN THE WAKE OF VIOLENCE. A picture taken with a mobile phone on January 3, 2014 shows people in a street with empty bullets on the groud following fighting between Islamist jihadists and Iraqi special forces in the Iraqi city of Ramadi, west of Baghdad. Photo from Agence France-Presse/Azhar Shallal

Syria opposition condemns jihadist attacks on rebels

Sep 20, 2013 - 2:36 PM

Syria s opposition National Coalition condemned recent attacks by loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant against Free Syrian Army rebels

ATTACKS ON REBELS. Syria's opposition National Coalition condemned attacks by Al-Qaeda loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant on Free Syrian Army rebels