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High civilian death toll in U.S. coalition strikes in Iraq, Syria

Dozens of innocent civilians have been killed in US-led coalition and Iraqi government bombings targeting Islamic State fighters and infrastructure in Syria and Iraq over the weekend.

Obama says US 'intensifying' anti-IS efforts in Syria

Washington - President Barack Obama said Monday the US-led coalition battling Islamic State jihadists was "intensifying" its campaign against the group's base in Syria, but cautioned the fight would be long.

Iraq jet accidentally bombs Baghdad, killing eight

Baghdad - A bomb fell from an Iraqi Sukhoi warplane and exploded in eastern Baghdad on Monday because of a "technical problem", killing at least eight people and wounding 17, officials said.

Syria army enters last rebel bastion by Lebanon border

Ak - Syrian government forces backed by fighters from Lebanon's Hezbollah entered the town of Zabadani on Sunday in a bid to take the last rebel-held bastion along the Lebanese border.

Australian killed fighting for Kurds against IS in Syria: Family

Sydney - An Australian man has died after stepping on a landmine in Syria while fighting for Kurdish forces against the Islamic State group, his family said Wednesday.

Obama sent Iran message ahead of nuclear deadline: Report

Tehran - US President Barack Obama recently sent a private message to Iran's leadership via Iraq's prime minister, an Iranian newspaper reported Monday on the eve of a deadline for a nuclear deal.

IS threat grows as 'caliphate' enters second year

Mosul - The Islamic State group's "caliphate" enters its second year Monday with the jihadists expanding their territory in Syria and Iraq and their global reach by claiming attacks in Tunisia and Kuwait.

Australian IS fighter 'still alive' after drone strike: Report

Sydney - Canberra was Sunday attempting to verify whether an Australian Islamic State group fighter, notorious for being photographed with severed heads, had survived a drone attack after a report said he was still alive.

Tajikistan changes citizenship law amid IS threat

Dushanbe - The parliament of ex-Soviet Tajikistan passed a law Wednesday annulling the citizenship of nationals fighting abroad with militant organisations including the radical Islamic State group active in Iraq and Syria.

Russia's Caucasus Islamists 'pledge allegiance' to IS

Moscow - Islamist militants in four regions of Russia's Caucasus have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group, according to a recording which was welcomed by IS after being posted online.

14 killed in Iraq suicide bombing claimed by IS

Ba'quba - A suicide bomber detonated a car bomb at a gathering of Iraqi Sunni tribal leaders, killing 14 people in an attack claimed Wednesday by the Islamic State group, police said.

Australia introduces laws to strip citizenship from terrorists

Sydney - Dual nationals who help terrorists could automatically lose their Australian citizenship even if they have never stepped foot out of the country under new laws introduced to parliament on Wednesday.

Mother begs Australia to help daughter, grandchildren flee IS

Sydney - The mother-in-law of one of Australia's most notorious Islamic State fighters has pleaded for the government to help her "desperate" daughter and five grandchildren flee the Middle East, saying she made "the mistake of a lifetime".

IS drowns, decapitates 'spies' in brutal new video

Baghdad - An Islamic State group video released Tuesday showed the jihadists murdering 16 men by drowning them in a cage, decapitating them with explosives and firing a rocket-propelled grenade into a car.

Two notorious Australian IS fighters reported dead

Sydney - Canberra was Tuesday working to verify reports that two of Australia's most wanted Islamic State group fighters, notorious for being pictured holding severed heads, have been killed.

Syria Kurds advance after seizing base from IS

Birut - Syrian Kurds and allied rebels advanced against the Islamic State group on Tuesday, capturing a strategic town a day after seizing a base from the jihadists near their Raqa bastion.

Twitter, YouTube analysis pinpoints IS strategy

Paris - Tweets and YouTube videos by fighters from the Islamic State group have allowed analysts to pinpoint their movements in Iraq and Syria, highlighting the group's increasing push towards government strongholds.

A year on, no quick fix to halt IS 'caliphate'

Birut - A year after its establishment, the Islamic State group's self-declared "caliphate" in Syria and Iraq remains well-funded and heavily armed, and experts say it could be around for years to come.

Kurds emerge as key force in fight against IS 'caliphate'

Baghdad - Kurdish fighters in Iraq and Syria have emerged as some of the most effective forces battling the Islamic State jihadist group in the year since IS declared a cross-border "caliphate".

Syria's Raqa: for IS a 'model city', for others a living hell

Birut - It's called Heaven Square, but after the Islamic State group started using the roundabout in Raqa for gruesome public executions it earned a new name: Hell Square.

Fourth alleged IS suspect arrested in NY area

New York - A fourth US citizen has been arrested in the greater New York area in less than a week on allegations of supporting the Islamic State extremist group, officials said.

A year on, Islamic State 'caliphate' infamous for brutality

Birut - In the year since it declared its "caliphate," the Islamic State group has become the world's most infamous jihadist organisation, attracting international franchises and spreading fear with acts of extreme violence.

EU anti-terror chief: Very young Europeans joining IS

Brussels - The Islamic State group is recruiting a growing number of very young men and women from Europe despite battlefield setbacks, EU counter-terror chief Gilles de Kerchove has told AFP.

Europe faces tricky balancing act over its departing jihadists

Paris - With thousands of Europeans fighting in Syria and Iraq, governments have slapped unprecedented and controversial controls on would-be jihadists, but experts say a legacy of mistrust has hampered intelligence sharing.

Iraq PM to visit Iran for 'talks on anti-IS war'

Baghdad - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi will travel to Iran on Wednesday for talks on the war against the Islamic State jihadist group, his office said.

Op-Ed: Has war on U.S. cops begun?

Dallas - Was it a horror movie or breaking news from the Iraq Militants using an armored car and packed with explosives attack a police station. But the location is Dallas, in what is arguably the most heavily armed state in the nation, Texas.

A year later, U.S. struggles to stop IS onslaught

Washington - A year after Islamic State jihadists overran much of Iraq, the United States and its allies are struggling to turn the tide against the extremists and their self-declared "caliphate.

Iraq forces battle IS, extra US troops heading to Anbar

Baghdad - Iraqi forces battled jihadists on several fronts Thursday and were poised to receive the help of 450 extra US troops slated for deployment near Ramadi.

Obama approves 450 more troops for Iraq training mission

Washington - US President Barack Obama on Wednesday approved the deployment of 450 more US military trainers to Iraq, a cautious bid to reverse gains by the Islamic State group.

French army chief urges more strikes on IS command centres

Paris - The US-led coalition carrying out air strikes against the Islamic State group must do more to target the jihadists' command centres, French army chief Denis Mercier said Wednesday.
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Sajad Jiyad picketing the British Broadcasting Corporation over its reporting of the crisis in Iraq.
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Soldiers in Iraq.
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STAYING PUT: Protesters in Baghdad carry portraits of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Wednesday at a demonstration of support in Baghdad.
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Suicide bomber kills and injures over 100 in this mornings bomb attack in the Iraq city of Baghdad.
Suicide bomber kills and injures over 100 in this mornings bomb attack in the Iraq city of Baghdad.
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A poster for the party of Ayad Allawi, the former interim prime minister, takes centre stage.
Al Jazeera English
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NERVE CENTER: U.S. President Barack Obama and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton meet in the Oval Office in 2009.
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Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protest the government's policies on immigration. Many also promoted the ideologies of socialism and communism, while a group performed music.
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Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protest the government's policies on immigration. Many also promoted the ideologies of socialism and communism, while a group performed music.
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The aftermath of a suicide bomb in the Iraq city of Baquba
The aftermath of a suicide bomb in the Iraq city of Baquba
Al Jazeera English
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This camera is identical to the one carried by one of two reuters journalist killed by the US military in Iraq. Wikileaks believes this is what the military saw in the hands of photographer not a weapon.
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Husayn Mosque in Karbala
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Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protest the government's policies on immigration. Many also promoted the ideologies of socialism and communism, while a group performed music.
Edmonton Coalition Against War and Racism information picket concerning Canada s role in Iraq.
Edmonton Coalition Against War and Racism information picket concerning Canada's role in Iraq.
Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protes...
Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protest the government's policies on immigration. Many also promoted the ideologies of socialism and communism, while a group performed music.
Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protes...
Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protest the government's policies on immigration. Many also promoted the ideologies of socialism and communism, while a group performed music.
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