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Iraqi forces 'failed to fight' in Ramadi: Pentagon chief

Washington - Pentagon chief Ashton Carter said Sunday that Iraqi forces "failed to fight" in Ramadi, which has fallen to Islamic State militants, adding the troops lacked the will to defend themselves.

US says Iraqi forces lack will to fight IS

Baghdad - Washington on Sunday accused Iraqi forces of lacking the will to fight the Islamic State group, which scored a resounding victory a week earlier with the capture of Ramadi.

Iraq claws back land from IS near Ramadi

Baghdad - Iraqi forces retook territory from the Islamic State group east of Ramadi Saturday, commanders said, in their first counterattack since the jihadists' capture of the Anbar provincial capital last week.

Obama stays the course despite IS group's advance

Washington - President Barack Obama's war strategy failed to stop Islamic State jihadists from overrunning Ramadi but he appears reluctant to change course despite the group's advances on the battlefield.

London bombmaker jailed for life for U.S. soldier murder in Iraq

London - A London taxi driver who made bombs targeting coalition troops in Iraq, one of which killed a U.S. soldier, was jailed for life with a minimum of 38 years after being convicted of murder.

Op-Ed: Times prematurely warns ISIS no threat

Riyad - No need to worry about ISIS, a New York Times” op-ed piece, headlined “Calm Down, ISIS Isn’t Winning” said Friday morning. Whoops.

Iraqi forces clear path to key refinery

Washington - Iraqi troops fighting Islamic State group forces have cleared a ground route into the country's largest oil refinery, the US military said Friday.

Retreating Iraqis in Ramadi leave U.S.-provided weapons for ISIS

Ramadi - Iraqi troops retreating from Ramadi last Sunday left behind many U.S.-provided vehicles, including tanks, armoured personnel carriers and artillery for ISIS fighters.

Destruction of Palmyra would be 'enormous loss to humanity:' UNESCO chief

Paris - The destruction of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Palmyra would be an "enormous loss to humanity", the head of the organisation warned on Thursday after Islamic State fighters seized the ancient Syrian city.

Syria's Palmyra in peril as IS seizes ancient city

Damascus - Islamic State group jihadists seized Syria's Palmyra on Thursday, as UNESCO warned that the destruction of the ancient city would be "an enormous loss to humanity".

Ten nabbed in Canada's fight against radicalized youth

Montr - With a combination of new anti-terror measures and appeals to parents, Canada is striving to keep its youths from joining Islamist extremist groups and leaving to fight in Syria.Last weekend, the drive seemed to pay off.

UNESCO chief 'deeply concerned' about Palmyra, urges ceasefire

Paris - The head of UNESCO said on Wednesday she was "deeply concerned" about fighting in Syria's ancient city of Palmyra and called for an "immediate" end to hostilities.

Obama mulls enhanced support for Sunnis after Iraq rout

Baghdad - The United States said it is considering accelerating the training and equipping of Iraqi tribal forces to fight the Islamic State group after the fall of the city of Ramadi.

International meeting on Iraq and Syria in Paris June 2: France

Paris - An international meeting on the conflicts in Iraq and Syria will take place in Paris on June 2, French government spokesman Stephane Le Foll said Wednesday.

IS enters Syria's Palmyra, threatening ancient site

Damascus - Islamic State group fighters recaptured the north of Syria's historic city of Palmyra Wednesday in another setback to efforts to repel the advancing jihadists after the fall of Iraq's Ramadi.

Obama set to speed arms shipments, training for Iraq tribes

Washington - US President Barack Obama is poised to quicken the pace of weapons supplies and training to Iraqi tribes, while eyeing a rapid offensive to recapture Ramadi from the Islamic State group.

10 arrested in Canada over attempt to join IS

Montr - Canadian police arrested 10 young people as they allegedly tried to leave the country to join the Islamic State group, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said Tuesday.

Despite U.S. strikes, IS advances in Syria, Iraq

Birut - The Islamic State jihadist group has made several high-profile advances in recent days, despite a U.S.-led air campaign against the movement in Syria and Iraq.

Ramadi fall failure of Iraqi PM's anti-IS strategy: Analysts

Baghdad - The fall of Ramadi has scuppered Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's efforts to build a credible cross-sectarian force to fight the Islamic State group, analysts said Monday.

Shiite militias head for Iraq's Ramadi after IS takeover

Baghdad - Shiite militias converged on Ramadi Monday to try to recapture it from jihadists who dealt the Iraqi government a stinging blow by overrunning the city in a deadly three-day blitz.

IS takes Ramadi as Iraqi forces pull out

Baghdad - Iraqi government forces staged a desperate retreat from their last bases in Ramadi on Sunday, effectively giving the Islamic State group full control of the capital of Iraq's largest province.

IS jihadists seize command centre in Iraq's Ramadi: Official

Baghdad - Islamic State group fighters on Sunday took over the provincial operations command centre in Ramadi, putting the jihadists on the brink of capturing the Iraqi city, officials said.

U.S. raid in Syria killed 32 IS members, including 4 leaders: monitor

Birut - A U.S. special forces raid in eastern Syria killed 32 members of the Islamic State jihadist group, including four leaders, a monitoring group said Sunday.

Op-Ed: The Kill Chain gets another notch

Headlines around the world heralded the latest kill America has notched up, showing it is capable of making Weapons of Individual Destruction as well as WMDs.

Baath-linked TV channels release recording of Saddam deputy

Baghdad - TV channels with links to Iraq's former ruling Baath party on Friday released an audio recording purportedly of the elusive Saddam Hussein deputy some officials said had been killed last month.

U.S. commandos kill top IS leader in Syria raid

Washington - U.S. special forces killed a senior Islamic State group leader in a raid in eastern Syria, the White House said Saturday, as jihadists closed in on ancient Palmyra and Ramadi in Iraq.

Jihadists advance on ancient Palmyra as US kills top IS leader

Palmyra - US special forces killed a senior Islamic State group leader in a raid in eastern Syria, the White House said Saturday, as jihadists closed in on Syria's ancient Palmyra and Ramadi in Iraq.

IS seizes Iraqi govt compound, kills dozens in Syria

Ramadi - Islamic State extremists made key gains, seizing a government compound in the strategic Iraqi city of Ramadi hours after allegedly massacring dozens of civilians as they closed in on Syria's ancient metropolis of Palmyra.

IS seizes government HQ in Iraq's Ramadi

Baghdad - Islamic State fighters seized the government compound in the city of Ramadi on Friday and edged closer to what would be their biggest victory in Iraq this year, officials said.

IS kills Syria civilians in advance on ancient Palmyra

Birut - Extremists from the Islamic State jihadist group executed at least 23 civilians on Friday as they advanced towards Syria's ancient desert metropolis of Palmyra, a monitoring group said.
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The Iraqi army joins forces with local tribesmen to drive out al Qaeda militants.
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Edmonton Coalition Against War and Racism information picket concerning Canada's role in Iraq.
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A map outlining where ISIS have control or influence in Syria and Iraq
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Edmonton Coalition Against War and Racism information picket concerning Canada's role in Iraq.
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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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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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