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US bombs IS near Baghdad for first time

Paris - US warplanes carried out their first air strike on the Islamic State near Baghdad, as world diplomats pledged to support Iraq in its fight against the militants.

US in first air strike near Baghdad on IS: officials

Washington - The United States bombed the Islamic State near Baghdad, the first time the US has targeted the militants close to the Iraqi capital, US officials said Monday.

First German trial of 'Islamic State jihadist' opens

Frankfurt - An alleged German jihadist went on trial Monday accused of fighting in Syria for the Islamic State group, amid calls for tougher action to prevent attacks in Europe by militants.

Iraq gets pledges of support, including military aid

Paris - Participants at an international conference in Paris on Monday pledged to support Iraq by all possible means to fight jihadists, including providing military support."They committed to supporting the new Iraqi government in its fight ...

Briton's beheading boosts resolve of anti-IS coalition

London - The Islamic State's beheading of another Western hostage has strengthened the resolve of a US-led coalition ahead of a Paris conference Monday on how to jointly eliminate the jihadist group.

France says 930 citizens or residents involved 'in jihad'

Paris - Around 930 French citizens or residents, including at least 60 women, are either actively engaged in jihad in Iraq and Syria or are planning to go there, the interior minister said Sunday.

Australia commits 600 troops to anti-IS campaign

Sydney - Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Sunday Australia would deploy 600 troops to the United Arab Emirates to join the US-led international coalition gearing up for war against Islamic State jihadists.

Britain vows action after 'pure evil' IS murder of aid worker

London - Condemning an act of "pure evil", Prime Minister David Cameron vowed Sunday that Britain would do all it can to catch the killers of a British aid worker beheaded by the Islamic State.

Islamic State claims beheading of British hostage: SITE

Washington - The Islamic State jihadist group claimed Saturday it beheaded British aid worker David Haines, in what would be the third such execution in recent weeks, after two US journalists were shown murdered.

Kerry drums up support for U.S. 'war' on IS jihadists

Arbil - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry heads to Cairo on Saturday, amid a growing campaign to build a broad international coalition for a "war" against Islamic State extremists in Syria and Iraq.

U.S. denies threatening Foley family over raising ransom

Washington - The United States denied threatening the family of executed reporter James Foley with prosecution had they raised a ransom for his release, insisting the government did everything possible to bring him home.

Brussels Jewish museum suspect in custody for 3 months

Brussels - Frenchman Mehdi Nemmouche, suspected of killing four people at Brussels' Jewish Museum in May, was remanded in custody for another three months on Friday, judicial officials said.

Germany, eyeing threat, bans aiding Islamic State

Berlin - Germany on Friday outlawed active support for the Islamic State, warning the "terrorist" group operating in Iraq and Syria also posed a threat to Europe.

Kerry in Ankara seeking support for anti-IS coalition

Ankara - US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Ankara Friday for talks aimed at building a coalition against Islamic State jihadists, a visit that comes after Turkey said it would not allow its air bases to be used for strikes on the extremists.

Australia raises terror alert level to 'high' on Mideast fears

Sydney - Australia on Friday raised its terror threat level to "high" for the first time in a decade on growing concern about Australian jihadists returning from fighting in Iraq and Syria.

Arabs back anti-IS move as Syria warns on 'attacks'

Jeddah - Arab nations rallied behind US President Barack Obama's call to expand operations against jihadists in Iraq and Syria, as Damascus warned it would consider any action on its territory as an attack.

IS has 20,000-31,500 fighters in Iraq and Syria: CIA

Washington - Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria now have as many as 31,000 fighters on the ground, the Central Intelligence Agency said, much higher than a previous estimate of 10,000.

Fijian joy as Syrian rebels release peacekeepers

Shamir - Jubilant Fijians celebrated Friday the release of 45 UN peacekeepers from the South Pacific nation who were kidnapped by Al-Qaeda linked rebels on the Golan Heights, hailing them as heroes after their two-week ordeal.

Obama waits for Congress on Syria rebel aid

Washington - President Barack Obama learned Thursday that he may have a wait on his hands before Congress signs off on his plan to train and equip Syrian rebels, a key plank in his strategy to destroy Islamic State radicals.

Obama remembers 9/11 as he sizes up new Mideast war

Washington - President Barack Obama on Thursday warned Americans "do not give in to fear" as he marked the anniversary of the September 11 attacks, hours after summoning his weary nation to a new war on Islamic extremism.

Cameron 'has not ruled anything out' on Syria air strikes

London - British Prime Minister David Cameron is not ruling out military action against Islamic State militants in Syria, a spokesman said on Thursday, after Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said Britain would not join any US air strikes in Syria.

Arabs back anti-IS move as Syria warns on 'attacks'

Jeddah - Arab nations rallied Thursday behind US President Barack Obama's call to expand operations against jihadists in Iraq and Syria, as Damascus warned it would consider any action on its territory as an attack.

Kidnapped UN peacekeepers in Syria released

New York - A group of 45 UN peacekeepers kidnapped two weeks ago in the Golan were released Thursday and are in good condition, a UN spokesman said.

'Syria recruiters' in court as Australia stems terror financing

Sydney - Two men charged in Australia with allegedly recruiting, funding and sending jihadist fighters to Syria faced court Thursday as Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced new measures to stem terrorism financing.

Israel likely to have committed Gaza war crimes: HRW

Jerusalem - Israel is likely to have committed war crimes in Gaza, Human Rights Watch said Thursday, a day after the army announced five criminal investigations into incidents involving its forces.

What will the U.S.-led war against jihadists look like?

Washington - President Barack Obama's vow to take the fight to jihadists in Syria and Iraq will expand a U.S.-led air war already underway and likely require deploying more special forces to help local troops.

Obama vows Syria air strikes to destroy Islamic State

Washington - US President Barack Obama on Wednesday ordered a "relentless" war against the Islamic State, including air strikes in Syria and expanded operations in Iraq to "destroy" the marauding jihadist army.

Watchdog confirms 'systematic' chlorine attacks in Syria

Den Haag - The world's chemical watchdog on Wednesday confirmed the "systematic" use of chlorine as a weapon in Syria, according to a report by its team investigating alleged attacks there.

Obama eyes air strikes in Syria, fixing Iraqi army

Washington - President Barack Obama will vow in a national address Wednesday to target the Islamic State with air strikes "wherever they exist" in a sign he plans to attack the jihadists inside Syria for the first time.

Syria rebel group names new chiefs after blast kills leaders

Idlib - Syria's Islamist Ahrar al-Sham rebel brigade named new chiefs on Wednesday after a devastating blast killed nearly 50 members of its leadership in a northwestern province largely under rebel control.
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