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Turkey votes to extend mandate for military action in Syria, Iraq

Ankara - Turkey's parliament on Thursday voted to extend for another year a mandate that allows the military to combat Islamist jihadists and Kurdish militants in neighbouring Syria and Iraq, as the country battles its biggest ever security crisis.

Dutch soldier said to have joined Islamic militants

Den Haag - A Dutch sergeant is believed to have run away to Syria to join Islamic State militants in the first such case involving a serving soldier in the Netherlands, defence officials said Thursday.

Turkey confirms 18 construction workers kidnapped in Baghdad

Ankara - Turkey on Wednesday confirmed that 18 Turkish construction workers have been kidnapped by unknown individuals in the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

Gunmen kidnap 18 Turks in Iraq capital

Baghdad - Gunmen kidnapped at least 18 Turkish employees of a company building a football stadium in Baghdad on Wednesday, officials said, but it was not immediately clear who was holding them.

'I want a blue-eyed Yazidi': Teen describes IS slave market

Paris - Kidnapped, beaten, sold and raped: the Islamic State group is running an international market in Iraq where Christian and Yazidi women are sold as sexual slaves, a teenager who escaped told AFP on Tuesday.

A year on, Yazidis so close yet so far from Iraq hub

Sinjar - Jihadists occupying the Iraqi town of Sinjar are so close that Kurdish fighters can watch them without binoculars and battles are often fought with hand grenades.

Australia urges more European nations to join IS air strikes

Sydney - Australia on Monday urged more European nations to begin air strikes against Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq as a way of tackling the escalating refugee crisis gripping the continent.

Kurdish forces free seven villages in Iraq: Officials

Washington - Western-backed Kurdish fighters freed seven villages from the clasps of the Islamic State group in northern Iraq in recent days, the US-led coalition battling the jihadists.

IS kills two generals in Iraq, advances in Syria

Baghdad - A suicide attack claimed by the Islamic State group killed two Iraqi generals on Thursday in the key battleground province of Anbar, as the jihadists made gains in neighbouring Syria.

14 suspected IS recruiters arrested in Spain, Morocco

Madrid - Spain and Morocco on Tuesday arrested 14 people on suspicion of belonging to a network that recruited and sent fighters to the Islamic State group.

UN council hears from gays who fled IS terror

New York - UN Security Council members on Monday heard Syrian and Iraqi gays tell of their terror-filled lives under the Islamic State, in the first-ever council meeting on LGBT rights.

Turkish soldier killed, ruling party HQ attacked in new PKK violence

Istanbul - A soldier was killed in southeastern Turkey and a regional headquarters of the country's ruling party hit by a bomb attack, in new violence blamed on Kurdish militants, the army and sources said Saturday.

No. 2 leader of ISIS killed in drone strike, U.S. officials say

Washington - One of the top leaders of feared Iraqi terrorist group Islamic State was killed Wednesday in a drone strike, U.S. officials acknowledged this week.

US air strike kills 'IS number two': White House

Washington - The second-in-command of the Islamic State jihadist group has been killed in a US air strike in northern Iraq, the White House said.

Turkey seeks to extend mandate for Iraq, Syria incursions: Official

Ankara - Turkey's government is seeking to extend for one more year a parliamentary mandate that allows the military to combat Islamist jihadists and Kurdish militants in neighbouring Syria and Iraq, a foreign ministry official said on Friday.

Australia considers joining U.S.-led Syria air campaign against IS

Perth - Australia is considering a request from the United States to extend its air campaign against the Islamic State group in Iraq into Syria, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Friday.

UK Labour's Corbyn vows Iraq war apology if elected leader

London - Jeremy Corbyn, a leftwinger touted to head Britain's main opposition Labour party, said Friday he would apologise over the Iraq war if he wins next month's leadership contest.

Arbil: The departure terminal for Iraq's exodus

Arbil - Iraq's gateway to Europe, the northern city of Arbil, is the first bottleneck on a long and uncertain journey for a growing number of Iraqis choosing exile."We're selling a lot of one-way tickets these days. More than ever.

Turkey's risky offensive can weaken but not destroy PKK: Analysts

Istanbul - Turkey's almost month-long campaign of air strikes against the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in the Turkish southeast and northern Iraq will weaken but cannot destroy the Kurdish militant group, analysts say.

Iraq could face 'partition' without reform: Top Shiite cleric

Baghdad - Iraq's top Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, warned on Thursday that the country faces dire consequences including possible "partition" if real reform is not carried out.

Seven young 'jihadists' stopped from leaving Australia

Sydney - Seven young suspected jihadists have been stopped from leaving Australia amid fears they planned to fight for terrorist groups in the Middle East, Prime Minister Tony Abbott revealed Thursday.

Iraq inquiry finds officials grossly mismanaged Mosul crisis

Baghdad - Top Iraqi officials ignored ample warnings of an impending attack on the second city of Mosul and grossly mismanaged the ensuing crisis that saw jihadists seize it, a parliamentary report obtained by AFP says.

Iraq PM scraps third of cabinet posts in reform drive

Baghdad - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the removal of 11 of 33 cabinet posts Sunday, the first concrete step in a reform drive to curb corruption and streamline the government.

Iraq probe finds Maliki, others responsible for Mosul fall

Baghdad - An Iraqi parliamentary investigation found ex-premier Nuri al-Maliki and 35 others responsible for jihadists overrunning second city Mosul, in a report being sent for possible legal action, lawmakers said Sunday.

Iraq PM clears way for military trials over Ramadi loss

Baghdad - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi approved an investigative commission's recommendation that commanders face military justice and probable trial for withdrawing from Ramadi without orders, his office said Sunday.

Iraqi brothers smuggled to Greece wore burqas to escape IS

Kos - When the Islamic State group took over their Iraqi city and burned down the family's home, two teenaged brothers decided to risk everything to leave Iraq, cross Syria and reach Europe.

Four Turkish security forces 'killed in PKK attacks' after new raids

Istanbul - Three Turkish soldiers and a police officer were killed Saturday in attacks blamed on members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in eastern Turkey, as authorities carried out new raids to arrest suspected militants.

U.S. hostage raped by top IS leader before death: report

New York - US hostage Kayla Mueller was raped repeatedly by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-proclaimed caliph of the Islamic State jihadist group, before her death, US television reported.

Three Turkish soldiers killed in PKK attack in southeast

Istanbul - Three Turkish soldiers were killed on Friday in an attack by Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) rebels in the southeast of the country, the army said.

PKK leader warns of 'heavy price' amid new Turkey violence

Diyarbakir - A senior figure in the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) on Friday warned that Turkey would pay "a heavy price" for its offensive against the rebels amid new deadly clashes in the Kurdish-majority southeast.
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