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Jordan pounds IS as Iraqi ground offensive looms

Amman - Jordan announced it has carried out dozens of air strikes on the Islamic State group, as a top US envoy said Iraqi troops would begin a major ground offensive against the jihadists in the weeks ahead.

Coalition planes bomb IS 'capital' in Syria

Birut - Coalition warplanes pounded a stronghold of the Islamic State group in Syria Saturday amid uncertainty over the fate of a US hostage the jihadists claim was killed in an earlier raid.

U.S. hostage parents appeal to Islamic State

Washington - The parents of an American hostage who the Islamic State group claimed had been killed in a US-led coalition air strike have said they are "hopeful" she is still alive.

US says no proof for IS claim American killed in airstrike

Washington - The US said it had no proof to support a claim from the Islamic State group that a coalition air strike killed an American woman it was holding hostage in Syria.

ISIS claims U.S. hostage Kayla Mueller killed in airstrike

Islamic State claimed on Friday that a 26-year-old American woman being held hostage by the militant group was killed in a Jordanian airstrike against it in Syria.

No evidence 'at this time' to confirm IS hostage claim: U.S.

Washington - The United States said Friday that it has not yet seen any proof to confirm a claim by the Islamic State group that a female American hostage has been killed in an air strike in Syria by a Jordanian plane.

Jordan's Abdullah II: The king who vowed to crush IS

Amman - King Abdullah II of Jordan, a member of the US-led coalition battling the Islamic State group, faces the toughest challenge of his 16-year reign after IS murdered a downed pilot.

Jordan: Torture, arbitrary detention, accepted honor killings

Washington - US lawmakers from both parties are calling for increased aid to Jordan's authoritarian monarchy following the horrific burning alive of a Jordanian pilot by Islamic State militants.

Jordan warplanes strike IS after pilot murder

Amman - Jordan said its warplanes launched dozens of new strikes Thursday against the Islamic State group, after vowing a harsh response to the burning alive of a pilot captured in Syria.

Jordan weighs options against IS after pilot murder

Amman - Jordan weighed its next move Thursday against the Islamic State group after vowing a harsh response to the burning alive of a fighter pilot, whose family called for the jihadists to be "destroyed".

Top Muslim body calls for 'killing, crucifixion' of IS militants

Cairo - Al-Azhar, Sunni Islam's most prestigious centre of learning, expressed outrage at the Islamic State group for burning to death a captive Jordanian pilot, saying its militants deserve to be killed or crucified.

Jordan executes terrorists in wake of pilot's murder

Jordan has executed two prisoners with ties to the Islamic State Wednesday morning. This move came following the release of a video by the terrorist group showing the brutal murder by of a Jordanian fighter pilot.

Jordan executes jihadists after IS murder of pilot

Amman - Jordan executed two death-row Iraqi jihadists, including a woman, on Wednesday after vowing to avenge the burning alive of one of its fighter pilots by the Islamic State group.

Jordan vows 'earth-shattering' response to pilot murder

Amman - Jordan vowed to begin executing death-row Islamic extremists at dawn on Wednesday, an "earth-shattering" response to the burning alive of one of its fighter pilots by the Islamic State group.

IS claims pilot burned alive, angry Jordan vows revenge

Amman - The Islamic State group released a video Tuesday purportedly showing a Jordanian pilot being burned alive in a cage, in the jihadists' most brutal execution yet of a foreign hostage.

Murdered Japanese journalist's peace tweet goes viral

Toukyo - A poignant tweet by murdered journalist Kenji Goto on the virtue of being calm was spreading rapidly on social media Tuesday, days after he was apparently beheaded by Islamist militants."Close your eyes and remain patient.

Hostage crisis poses stark test for pacifist Japan

Toukyo - The apparent beheading of two Japanese hostages by Islamic State militants poses a stark diplomatic test for pacifist Japan, underscoring how Tokyo's image as a benign aid donor offers no immunity from violence, analysts say.

Japan condemns 'despicable' IS hostage beheading claim

Toukyo - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday denounced as "heinous and despicable" the apparent beheading of a second Japanese hostage by the Islamic State group, as global leaders denounced the jihadists.

IS claims beheading of second Japanese captive

Toukyo - The Islamic State group claimed in a video that it has beheaded a second Japanese hostage, drawing international condemnation and outrage from a visibly upset Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who denounced it as a "heinous and despicable" act.

Japan says hostage negotiations 'deadlocked'

Toukyo - Japan's deputy foreign minister has said negotiations with the Islamic State group threatening to execute a Jordanian pilot and a Japanese journalist have become "deadlocked", local media reported Saturday.

Jordan demands proof pilot alive as IS deadline passes

Amman - Jordan demanded proof Thursday that a pilot threatened with execution by the Islamic State group was alive, as a deadline set by the jihadists to free a female militant expired.

Anxious wait as Jordan offers to exchange jihadist for pilot

Amman - Jordan offered Wednesday to exchange a female jihadist for a Jordanian pilot held by the Islamic State group, whose deadline for executing the airman and a Japanese journalist is thought to have passed.

Hostage parents make anguished pleas as IS deadline nears

Toukyo - The parents of a Japanese journalist and a Jordanian airman held by Islamic State militants made last-ditch pleas for their lives as a deadline for an exchange with a jihadi bomber neared Wednesday.

IS threatens to kill Japan hostage, Jordan pilot within 24 hours

Birut - The Islamic State jihadist group threatened Tuesday to kill a Japanese journalist and a Jordanian pilot within 24 hours unless Amman frees a jailed female militant.

Jordan vows 'all efforts' to save pilot seized by IS

Amman - Jordan vowed Thursday to make every effort to save a pilot captured by the Islamic State group in Syria as Washington denied claims the jihadists had shot down his warplane.

IS downs warplane over Syria, claims capture of Jordan pilot

Birut - The Islamic State group on Wednesday shot down a warplane from the US-led coalition over northern Syria, a monitoring group said, with the jihadists claiming to have captured a Jordanian pilot.

Fearing backlash, Jordan asserts Al-Aqsa custodianship

Amman - Jordan's tough stance towards Israel over Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque reflects a determination to preserve its custodianship of the flashpoint site as well as its own stability, analysts say.

Jordan recalls envoy to Israel over mosque clashes

Amman - Jordan recalled its ambassador to Israel on Wednesday and moved to file a UN complaint after police clashed with stone-throwing Palestinians inside the flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound.

Abu Qatada walks free after Jordan terror acquittal

Amman - Radical cleric Abu Qatada was acquitted of terrorism charges by a Jordanian court Wednesday and freed from jail, ending more than a decade of legal cases against the firebrand preacher.

Op-Ed: Islamic State — The 'wrong' kind of brutality

San Francisco - As the United States and five Arab nations — none of them democracies, most of them repressive dictatorships — begin bombing Islamic State targets in Syria, President Barack Obama has begun boasting on the "broad coalition" he's enlisted in the fight.
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