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IS suicide bombers kill four at Iraq-Jordan crossing

Baghdad - The Islamic State group claimed an attack Saturday by French, Belgian and Senegalese suicide bombers on the Iraq-Jordan border that officials said killed at least four Iraqi security personnel.

IS group is 'Russia's greatest enemy', not U.S., says Lavrov

Moscow - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday that the Islamic State group was Moscow's greatest enemy, notwithstanding the strained relations with the United States over the Ukraine conflict.

Turkey calls for more help to stop foreign fighters

Washington - Turkey appealed for more help Tuesday in cracking down on foreign fighters flooding to join militant ranks in Iraq and Syria, revealing it had placed 12,800 people on a no-entry list.

Over 114,000 flee fighting in Iraq's Ramadi area: UN

Ginebra - More than 114,000 people have fled fighting over the past two weeks in the Ramadi area of Iraq's Anbar province, the United Nations said Tuesday, expressing concern over the mounting problems faced by the displaced.

Australia brokers intelligence-sharing deal with Iran

Sydney - Australia and Iran will share intelligence to track foreign fighters working with the Islamic State group in Iraq, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Monday, as lawmakers urged caution.

U.S. seeking to allay Gulf fears amid regional chaos

Washington - With conflicts raging across the Middle East, the U.S. is seeking to reassure its Gulf allies that it has a regional strategy which will be bolstered, not shredded, by any Iran nuclear deal.

Iraq testing body of suspected Saddam VP

Kirkuk - Iraq is to test the body of a man killed on Friday by pro-government forces to determine if it is that of Saddam Hussein's long-fugitive deputy Izzat Ibrahim al-Duri.Duri was vice president at the time of the 2003 US-led invasion.

Iraq massacre site turns into 'shrine' of anti-IS war

Tikrit - On the Tigris River waterfront where jihadists executed hundreds of captured Iraqi army recruits last year, bloodstains are gradually being covered by streaks of candle wax dripping down the quay.

Iraq PM vows to end sectarian divisions at end of U.S. visit

Washington - Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi wrapped up his inaugural visit to the U.S. on Thursday, winning pledges that long-delayed F-16 fighter jets will soon be delivered and vowing to calm the sectarian tensions dividing his country.

Calgary imams fight back against Islamic State recruitment

Calgary - A group of Calgary imams is marking the first line of defense at the foot of the Rocky Mountains against the Islamic State group's recruitment of Canadians as fighters.

Obama hails progress in fight against Islamic State in Iraq

Washington - President Barack Obama hosted Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi at the White House on Tuesday and hailed the US-backed Iraqi forces' progress against the Islamic State group.

Islamic State battle to dominate U.S.-Iraq White House talks

Washington - Iraq's prime minister will plead for more U.S. military support in the war against insurgent Islamic State jihadists during a first White House meeting with President Barack Obama on Tuesday.

Blackwater guards get heavy sentences in 2007 Iraq killings

Washington - A former Blackwater guard was sentenced to life in prison and three others received 30-year sentences Monday for their roles in a 2007 mass shooting in Iraq that left at least 14 civilians dead.

Iraq PM says will ask US for more arms, strikes

Baghdad - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Monday he will use a visit to the United States to seek increased air support and arms deliveries to aid Baghdad's battle against jihadists.

IS video shows destruction of ancient Assyrian city

Baghdad - The Islamic State group on Saturday released a video that shows militants smashing artefacts at the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud in northern Iraq before blowing up the site.

Hacked French TV station admits new 'blunder' over password

Paris - French TV5Monde television channel, which suffered a major hack by self-proclaimed Islamic State militants this week, on Friday admitted an Internet security 'blunder' Thursday during a programme discussing the cyber-attack.

Spain jihadists suspected of planning kidnaps, execution: Judge

Madrid - A gang suspected of links to the Islamic State group planned possible kidnappings, an execution and attacks on Jewish shops and public buildings in Spain, an investigating judge said Friday.

Attacks in Baghdad, north of capital kill 8: Police

Baghdad - A car bomb went off near one of Baghdad's landmark hotels and a suicide attacker blew himself up in a restaurant north of the Iraqi capital Friday, killing eight people, police said.

French TV station restarts after 'unprecedented' jihadist hack

Paris - France's TV5Monde television channel resumed full operations Thursday, 18 hours after an "unprecedented" hack by self-proclaimed Islamic State militants, who shut down transmissions and hijacked its website and social networks.

French TV hack 'a step up' in cyberjihadism

Paris - The "unprecedented" cyber-attack on French television channel TV5Monde represents a major "step up" in the Internet warfare being waged by highly specialised jihadist hackers, experts said Thursday.

French TV station hit by 'unprecedented' pro-Islamic State hack

Paris - French television network TV5Monde was forced to broadcast only pre-recorded programmes Thursday after an "unprecedented" hack by self-proclaimed Islamic State militants, who also hijacked its websites and social networks.

Iraq PM says 'next battle' is retaking Anbar

Baghdad - Iraq's premier said Wednesday that the country's "next battle" is to retake Anbar province from the Islamic State jihadist group, his most direct statement yet on Baghdad's target after Tikrit.

Nearly half of European jihadists in Syria, Iraq are French: report

Paris - Nearly half of European jihadists known to have travelled to territory held by the extremist Islamic State group are French, a report by the country's upper house Senate revealed Wednesday.

IS frees over 200 Yazidis in Iraq

Kirkuk - The Islamic State group has freed more than 200 members of Iraq's Yazidi minority it held captive for months, a commander in the Kurdish peshmerga security forces said Wednesday.

Spain arrests 10 over alleged Islamic State links

Madrid - Spanish police arrested 10 people in the Catalonia region on Wednesday suspected of links to the Islamic State group, authorities said, the latest such raids as European nations seek to stop jihadist recruitment.

Iraq exhumes remains of 47 from Tikrit graves: Spokesman

Tikrit - Iraq has exhumed the remains of 47 people believed to have been massacred by jihadists from mass graves in Tikrit, the human rights ministry's spokesman said Tuesday.

Pope demands action on 'humanitarian tragedy' in Syria and Iraq

- Pope Francis used his Easter address Sunday to urge the international community not stand by in the face of the "immense humanitarian tragedy" in Syria and Iraq.

Australian questioned after helping fight Islamic State: Report

Sydney - A former unionist and Australian political figure was Sunday questioned on his return from the Middle East where he is believed to have helped those fighting against the Islamic State group, reports said.

Amnesty probing reports of Iraqi forces' abuses in Tikrit

Baghdad - Amnesty International said Thursday it was investigating reports of serious human rights violations committed by Iraqi government and allied forces in the operation to retake the city of Tikrit.

New York women charged in U.S. bomb plot

New York - Two American women inspired by Al-Qaeda and extremists in Syria were arrested in New York on Thursday, charged with planning to build a bomb and attack the United States, prosecutors said.
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