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Cameron defends security services after media unmask 'Jihadi John'

London - Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday defended Britain's security services and vowed to defeat Islamic extremists after media reports named Islamic State executioner "Jihadi John" as London graduate Mohammed Emwazi.

Iraq statue-smashing sparks outrage, heritage fears

Baghdad - A video of jihadists in Iraq gleefully smashing ancient statues to pieces with sledgehammers sparked global outrage and fears Friday that more of the world's oldest heritage will be destroyed.

US-led strikes on IS after group seizes 220 Christians

Birut - The US-led coalition has carried out air strikes against the Islamic State group in northeastern Syria, where the jihadists have launched a new offensive and kidnapped 220 Assyrian Christians.

IS executioner 'Jihadi John' named as London graduate

London - "Jihadi John", the masked Islamic State group militant believed responsible for beheading of at least five Western hostages, has been named as Kuwaiti-born computing graduate Mohammed Emwazi from London.

Fears grow as IS 'seizes 220 Assyrian Christians'

Birut - Islamic State group jihadists have abducted 220 Assyrian Christians in northeastern Syria in recent days, a monitoring group said Thursday, as international concern grows for the minority group.

Australia warns women IS no 'romantic adventure'

Sydney - A worrying number of Australian women are heading to Iraq and Syria to become so-called Islamic State group "jihadi brides", Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Thursday, warning against notions of a "romantic adventure".

New Yorkers charged over IS extremist plot

New York - Two New York Muslims were arraigned in federal court charged with plotting to join Islamic State extremists in Syria and threatening to carry out attacks in the United States.FBI agents arrested Akhror Saidakhmetov, 19, at John F.

Christians flee jihadists after Syria kidnappings

Birut - The kidnapping of nearly 100 Assyrian Christians by Islamic State militants in Syria has prompted terrified families to flee their homes, activists said, as Washington vowed to defeat the group.

Anti-IS mission puts hardened French pilot on new flight path

Mosul - After flying missions over Afghanistan and Libya, French Rafale fighter pilot "Sharpy" now faces fresh challenges on his new assignment against the Islamic State jihadist group in Iraq.

Op-Ed: When Syria becomes a spring break destination

London - Last week, a group of three teenage British girls, Amira Abase, 15, Shamima Begum, 15, and Kadiza Sultana, 16, left their homes in east London, and flew from Gatwick airport to Turkey.

French warship on front line of air war against IS

A dozen French fighter jets are catapulted into the sky from an aircraft carrier in the Gulf, roaring off towards Iraq as part of the campaign against the Islamic State jihadist group.

Norway opens first trial of suspected IS jihadists

Oslo - Two Norwegians accused of fighting with Islamic State (IS) extremists appeared before an Oslo court Tuesday charged with aiding a "terrorist organisation", in Norway's first ever trial of suspected jihadists.

Timing for key Iraq battle spurs controversy

Baghdad - Iraqi officials have expressed irritation and analysts scepticism at the US prediction that an offensive to retake Iraq's key city of Mosul from jihadists could be launched in April-May.

US condemns IS jihadist kidnap of Christians in Syria

Birut - The United States has condemned the abduction by the Islamic State group of dozens of Assyrian Christians in Syria and demanded their immediate release.It was the first mass kidnapping of Christians in the war-torn country.

New Zealand military trainers to join anti-IS effort

Wellington - New Zealand will send troops to Iraq on a 'behind-the-wire" non-combat mission to boost the local military's ability to fight the Islamic State (IS) group, Prime Minister John Key said on Tuesday.

Turkey's evacuation of Syrian tomb 'no retreat'

Ankara - Turkey's decision to evacuate an historic tomb and the soldiers guarding it from Syrian territory was not a retreat, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday, rejecting opposition claims Ankara had surrendered the area to jihadists.

France seizes passports of would-be jihadists

Paris - Six French citizens have had their passports confiscated and 40 more will be banned from leaving the country as Europe cracks down on would-be jihadists planning to travel to Syria and Iraq.

U.S.-led strikes in Syria 'kill 1,600' in five months

Birut - US-led air strikes against the Islamic State group in Syria have killed more than 1,600 people, mainly jihadists, since they began five months ago, a monitor said on Monday.

French carrier joins fight as US reviews anti-IS effort

A French aircraft carrier launched operations against the Islamic State jihadist group Monday as the new Pentagon chief summoned top generals and diplomats to Kuwait to review the war effort.

US defence chief convenes anti-IS war council in Kuwait

Kuwait City - New Pentagon chief Ashton Carter will hold talks Monday in Kuwait with top US commanders and diplomats to discuss the war effort against the Islamic State jihadist group, officials said.

Turkish troops enter Syria to relocate historic tomb

Ankara - Almost 600 Turkish troops pushed deep into Syria in an unprecedented incursion Sunday, relocating a historic tomb and evacuating the soldiers guarding the monument after it was surrounded by Islamic State (IS) jihadists.

Suicide bomber kills 4 in Assad clan's hometown

Damascus - A suicide bomber driving an ambulance killed four people on Sunday in an unprecedented attack on a hospital that took Syria's civil war to the ruling Assad clan's hometown for the first time, a monitoring group said.

UN probe ready to release Syria 'war criminals' list

Geneva - UN investigators said Friday they were prepared to publish secret lists of alleged war criminals in Syria to help stem an "exponential rise" in atrocities from nearly four years of war.

U.S. wants Mosul offensive on IS in April-May

Washington - The U.S. wants Iraq to launch its offensive to retake the strategic northern city of Mosul from the Islamic State group in April or May, military officials said.

Syria regime ready for Aleppo ceasefire, UN envoy says

Birut - The Syrian regime is ready to suspend aerial bombardment of Aleppo to allow a humanitarian ceasefire, a UN envoy said, even as government troops sought to encircle embattled rebels.

In battle for Kobane, US crews recount heavy bombing

Washington - American pilots call it "going Winchester," when a warplane drops every bomb on board, and air crews for the B-1 bomber told AFP it was not uncommon in the battle for the Syrian town of Kobane, recaptured by Kurdish forces last month.

Assad 'part of the solution' in Syria: UN envoy

Vienna - Any resolution to the fighting in Syria must involve President Bashar al-Assad, the United Nations envoy to Syria has said in the first such acknowledgement by the UN.

Op-Ed: Kayla Mueller: a fearless generous soul

Most people would not sacrifice the safety and comfort of their lives to venture to a foreign country and help those who are most in need. Kayla Mueller was not like most people.

UN takes aim at Islamic State financing from oil, antiquities

New York - The UN Security Council on Thursday unanimously adopted a resolution aimed at choking off millions of dollars in earnings from oil smuggling, antiquities trafficking and ransom payments to the Islamic State group.

UN takes aim at Islamic State financing from oil, antiquities

New York - The UN Security Council on Thursday unanimously adopted a resolution aimed at choking off millions of dollars in earnings from oil smuggling, antiquities trafficking and ransom payments to the Islamic State group.
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The St Thecla Monanstery at Maaloula, Syria, where some of the last Aramaic-speakers live
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Hundreds of protesters gather at Toronto Old City Hall for Syria s National Day of Action.
Hundreds of protesters gather at Toronto Old City Hall for Syria's National Day of Action.
President of the Syrian National Coalition Ahmad Al-Jarba
President of the Syrian National Coalition Ahmad Al-Jarba
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A Syrian refugee girl in a camp in Lebanon
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Bashar al-Assad, President of Syria, reviewing the military guard of honour
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A Syrian man holds the head of a severely wounded man at the entrance of a house that is used as a hospital in Bab Amr. Feb. 6, 2012
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Syria: The Crac des Chevaliers was built by the Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem from 1142 to 1271
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Man who was allegedly kidnapped by Syrian soldiers, forced to take off all their clothes and then executed.
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A Syrian protester shouting Farsi slogans during a National Day of Action demonstration outside of Toronto's Old City Hall.
Free Syrian Army rebels chant slogans against President Bashar Al-Assad in Damascus.
Free Syrian Army rebels chant slogans against President Bashar Al-Assad in Damascus.
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Hundreds of protesters gather at Toronto Old City Hall for Syria s National Day of Action.
Hundreds of protesters gather at Toronto Old City Hall for Syria's National Day of Action.
A horrific image of a young Christian woman in Syria who was gang raped by over a dozen jihadists an...
A horrific image of a young Christian woman in Syria who was gang raped by over a dozen jihadists and then murdered in her home. Signs of torture are obvious as her eyes are gouged out and a large wooden crucifix is jammed into her mouth. The jihadists also appear to have made an unsuccessful effort to severe her left breast. This image was released to the public by the parents of the young woman who want the world, especially the West, to know the plight of Christians in Syria.
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BBC publish image of Iraqi dead when reporting on Syria.
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A Syrian soldier aims an AK-47 assault rifle from his position in a foxhole during a firepower demonstration, part of Operation Desert Shield. The soldier is wearing a Soviet-made Model ShMS nuclear-biological-chemical warfare masks.
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A Syrian national flag flutters at a government-controlled district as seen from a rebel-held area in Aleppo's Karm al-Jabal district
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A group of protesters have their hands tied with rope outside of Toronto's Old City Hall for a Syria's National Day of Action demonstrations.
A neighborhood in Damascus.
A neighborhood in Damascus.
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A group of protesters have their hands tied with rope outside of Toronto s Old City Hall for a Syria...
A group of protesters have their hands tied with rope outside of Toronto's Old City Hall for a Syria's National Day of Action demonstrations.
Residents inspect a huge hole in the ground at a site hit by what activists say was a Scud missile f...
Residents inspect a huge hole in the ground at a site hit by what activists say was a Scud missile from forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Raqqa, eastern Syria
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