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Amnesty accuses IS of 'systematic ethnic cleansing' in Iraq

Kirkuk - Amnesty International on Tuesday accused Islamic State fighters of "systematic ethnic cleansing" in northern Iraq, as Iraqi troops, Kurdish fighters and Shiite militiamen backed by US air strikes fought back against the jihadists.

Iraq breaks months-long jihadist siege

Kirkuk - Iraqi forces, aided by US air strikes, have broken through to the jihadist-besieged Shiite town of Amerli where thousands have been trapped for over two months with dwindling food and water supplies.

Iraq breaks months-long jihadist siege

Kirkuk - Iraqi forces broke through Sunday to the jihadist-besieged Shiite town of Amerli, where thousands of people have been trapped for more than two months with dwindling food and water supplies.

West drops aid to Iraq town under jihadist siege

Kirkuk - Western warplanes dropped desperately needed aid on Sunday to an Iraqi Shiite town under blockade by jihadists for well over two months as preparations to break the siege dragged on.

U.S. cyber-warriors battling Islamic State on Twitter

Washington - The United States has launched a social media offensive against the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda, setting out to win the war of ideas by ridiculing the militants with a mixture of blunt language and sarcasm.

Gulf monarchies say ready to help counter jihadists

Jeddah - Gulf Arab monarchies said Saturday they were ready to help counter advances by jihadists in Syria and Iraq, after the US called for a global coalition to fight the militants.

Iraq launches drive to break jihadist siege of Amerli

Kirkuk - Iraq launched a major operation on Saturday to liberate a jihadist-besieged town, as US Secretary of State John Kerry called for a global coalition to combat the "genocidal" militants.

Kerry urges global 'coalition' to fight IS jihadists

Damascus - US Secretary of State John Kerry has called for a global coalition to combat the Islamic State jihadist group and their "genocidal agenda".

UK raises alert level as Syria refugees top 3 million

Damascus - Britain raised its terror alert level Friday over fears of possible jihadist attacks as the United Nations said the number of refugees from the Syria conflict now tops three million.

Britain raises terror threat level on Iraq, Syria fears

London - Britain raised its terror threat risk level to "severe" on Friday because of fears over the situation in Iraq and Syria, meaning an attack is thought to be "highly likely".

Syria refugees top 3 million, US has no strategy 'yet'

Damascus - The number of refugees from the Syria conflict now tops three million, the UN said Friday, as US President Barack Obama admitted he has no strategy to tackle advancing jihadists.

UN chief slams 'brutal' IS killings in Iraq

Nusa Dua - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday slammed "brutal killings of civilians" by Islamic State jihadists in northern Iraq, saying the Sunni radical group was tearing apart whole communities.

Obama says 'no strategy yet' as IS executes Syrian troops

Damascus - US President Barack Obama admitted Thursday that he still does not have a strategy to fight Islamic State jihadists in Syria, as the militants boasted they had executed scores of Syrian troops -- the latest in a string of atrocities that have shocked t...

Obama says 'no strategy yet' as IS executes Syrian troops

Damascus - US President Barack Obama admitted Thursday that he still did not have a strategy to fight Islamic State jihadists in Syria, as the militants boasted they had executed scores of Syrian troops -- the latest in a string of atrocities that have shocked th...

'Jihad recruiters' arrested in Netherlands, Germany

The Hague - Police in the Netherlands and Germany have arrested two men for allegedly recruiting jihadi fighters to go to Iraq and Syria, Dutch police said Thursday.

IS executes scores of Syrian troops in new atrocity

Damascus - Islamic State jihadists boasted Thursday they had executed scores of Syrian troops after capturing a key air base, the latest in a string of abuses that have shocked the world.

France rules out cooperation with Assad against Islamic State

Paris - France's president on Thursday rejected any cooperation with Bashar al-Assad whom he accused of being a "de-facto ally" of jihadists wreaking havoc in Syria and Iraq, and urged a "humanitarian and military" response to the threat.

Iraq forces mass in bid to break jihadist siege of Turkmen town

Kirkuk - Iraq was massing forces Wednesday for an operation to break the two-month jihadist siege of the Shiite Turkmen town of Amerli, amid growing fears for residents short of food and water.

15 Australian fighters killed in Iraq, Syria: spy chief

Sydney - Fifteen Australians, including two young suicide bombers, are believed to have died fighting in Syria and Iraq, intelligence chief David Irvine said Wednesday, warning that espionage and foreign intervention threats were increasing.

A mother's appeal as fears mount for Syria hostages

Washington - The mother of a US hostage who has been threatened with death by jihadist militants pleaded for his life on Wednesday amid mounting fears for Americans captured in Syria.

Op-Ed: Both IS and Iraqi security forces guilty of war crimes

Baghdad - While no doubt the scale of Islamic State(IS) crimes are greater than those of Iraq security forces, both groups are guilty of what can only be termed war crimes.

U.S. rules out coordination with Syria as it spies on jihadists

Damascus - The United States has begun reconnaissance flights over Syria to track Islamic State jihadists but insisted it has "no plans" to coordinate with Syria on targeting the militants.

American fighting for IS killed in Syria

Washington - An American fighting for the Islamic State was killed over the weekend in Syria, US officials said, underlining growing concerns about Westerners signing up for extremist groups in the Middle East.

American fighting in IS ranks killed in Syria: reports

Washington - An American was killed last weekend in Syria, where he was fighting for the Islamic State, US media reported Tuesday, in an account only partially confirmed by US officials.

U.S. spies on jihadists — Rules out coordination with Syria

Damascus - The United States has begun reconnaissance flights over Syria to track Islamic State jihadists but insisted Tuesday it has "no plans" to coordinate with Syria on targeting the militants.

Op-Ed: Silver lining of ISIS terror may be dialogue with Iran, Russia

The rise of ISIS has created strange bedfellows: With airstrikes on ISIS renegades, the U.S. is now on the same side as Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad and the leaders of Iran. Could a silver lining of ISIS terror be dialogue with Iran?

Op-Ed: Assessing upcoming US action against IS in Syria

Given the Washington administrations reluctance to deploy "boots on the ground" in the fight against Islamic State, one wonders what kind of a campaign we may see against Islamic State in Syria.

US to track jihadists in Syria with spy planes

Damascus - The United States is poised to send spy planes into Syria to track Islamic State jihadists whose advances have sparked international concern and American air strikes in neighbouring Iraq.

UN slams jihadist abuses in Iraq as US warns of threat

Baghdad - The UN on Monday accused jihadists in Iraq of "ethnic and religious cleansing" as the most senior US military officer warned they will soon threaten America and Europe.

US hostage freed after 22-month Syria ordeal

Jerusalem - An American hostage held by rebels in Syria for 22 months has been freed after Qatari mediation, just days after a video showed a fellow US journalist being beheaded by jihadists.
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Detainee abuse is common and widespread in Iraq.  Here  a 34-year-old detainee sentenced to death in...
Detainee abuse is common and widespread in Iraq. Here, a 34-year-old detainee sentenced to death in 2008 said interrogators in 2007 blindfolded him and attacked him with a pipe on various parts of his body. His ensuing head would was left untreated.
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Iraqi Chaldean Christians fleeing to neighboring Jordan.
Iraqi Chaldean Christians fleeing to neighboring Jordan.
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The site of a suicide bomb in Baquba
The site of a suicide bomb in Baquba
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Husayn Mosque in Karbala
Husayn Mosque in Karbala
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Members and supporters of the group Hizb ut-Tahrir, which favors establishment of an Islamic state, demonstrate on the streets of Copenhagen, Denmark, in 2006.
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BBC publish image of Iraqi dead when reporting on Syria.
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A map outlining where ISIS have control or influence in Syria and Iraq
A map outlining where ISIS have control or influence in Syria and Iraq
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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 U.S. Army Soldier of Company A  1st Battalion  30th Infantry Regiment moves down a flight of stair...
A U.S. Army Soldier of Company A, 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment moves down a flight of stairs in a suspected insurgent safehouse during a 2007 air assault operation in Arab Jabour, Iraq.
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STAYING PUT: Protesters in Baghdad carry portraits of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Wednes...
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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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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U.S. President George W. Bush and U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair shake hands after receiving notific...
U.S. President George W. Bush and U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair shake hands after receiving notification that the Coalition Provisional Authority had returned full sovereignty to Iraq
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A woman sits in a polling room in Baghdad  waiting for voters.
A woman sits in a polling room in Baghdad, waiting for voters.
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File photo: U.S. Army troops in a fierce shootout with insurgents during a raid on an al-Qaida in Ir...
File photo: U.S. Army troops in a fierce shootout with insurgents during a raid on an al-Qaida in Iraq
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A poster for the party of Ayad Allawi  the former interim prime minister  takes centre stage.
A poster for the party of Ayad Allawi, the former interim prime minister, takes centre stage.
Al Jazeera English
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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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Internally displaced persons in Iraq receive little  if any  governmantal support.  Hassan  who is b...
Internally displaced persons in Iraq receive little, if any, governmantal support. Hassan, who is blind, fled his home in Taji, north of Baghdad, moving to Chikook with his wife and few belongings. He has no plan of moving back to his former neighborhood.
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MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicles sit on the parking ramp at Balad Air Base  Iraq
MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicles sit on the parking ramp at Balad Air Base, Iraq
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A file image grab taken from a video uploaded on YouTube on August 23  2013 allegedly shows a member...
A file image grab taken from a video uploaded on YouTube on August 23, 2013 allegedly shows a member of Ussud Al-Anbar (Anbar Lions), a group affiliated to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), holding up the black and white Islamist flag
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Most trash generated at the base in Bagram  Afghanistan is burned in an open pit or in several small...
Most trash generated at the base in Bagram, Afghanistan is burned in an open pit or in several small incinerators that are located just 300 yards beyond the runway. Bulldozers constantly shovel rubbish into the fire, creating thick columns of brown smoke. Jan. 5, 2012.
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