U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to Indonesia on Monday to visit with President Joko Widodo and urge him to take more action against the Islamic State.
Washington (AFP) — The United States said Tuesday it was “horrific” watching in real time the battle for the Syrian border town of Kobane, insisting it did not want to see the city fall to Islamic militants. The blitz on Kobane by the Islamic State group follows a three-week siege that sent 190,000 refugees streaming […]
Even with accurate air strikes and Kurdish fighters battling against IS jihadists, the Pentagon warns that there will be “no quick and easy end to the fighting.”
Jihadists linked to the Islamic State group beheaded a Frenchman that was abducted from a national park in Algeria after Paris ignored their demand to cease air strikes.
Fighter jets, bombers, drones, and Tomahawk missiles were fired from U.S. warships at targeted IS fighter positions, training compounds, command centers, and armed vehicles.
The U.S. has started to implement the Obama administration’s strategy for battling IS militants, with some progress being made.
Washington (AFP) — Planned U.S. air strikes against Islamic State jihadists in Syria will target extremist sanctuaries, command centers, and logistic networks, Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel told lawmakers Tuesday. “This plan includes targeted actions against ISIL safe havens in Syria — including its command and control, logistics capabilities, and infrastructure,” Hagel told the Senate Armed […]
Baghdad (AFP) — The United States has bombed militants near Baghdad in support of Iraqi forces, striking close to the capital for the first time in its expanded campaign against Islamic State jihadists. But in a sign of their growing strength, a monitoring group said the jihadists had managed to bring down a Syrian warplane […]
Within minutes after President Obama concluded his strong and sensible address explaining how he intends to destroy ISIS, the so-called Islamic State terrorist organization, Republicans popped up on television like political snipers. He should have kept a “residual force” in Iraq, complained Senator John McCain (R-AZ), and he is to blame for ISIS advances. He […]
Baghdad (AFP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry held talks with Iraq’s new leaders Wednesday on their role in a long-awaited strategy against Islamic State jihadists to be unveiled by President Barack Obama. Iraq has been at the center of U.S. efforts to halt IS since its fighters spearheaded a lightning offensive in June […]
Washington (AFP) — Americans and Congress have grown hawkish in their views of jihadists, according to a Tuesday poll and lawmakers who say President Barack Obama should take stronger military action against the Islamic State (IS). The increasingly aggressive stance frames the backdrop of Obama’s upcoming speech to the nation Wednesday, when he will lay […]
By Serene Assir Badriyah (Iraq) (AFP) — U.S. warplanes and drones carried out 15 air strikes on Monday against Islamic State (IS) militants battling for control of a major dam in northern Iraq, the military said. Fighter jets, bombers, and unmanned planes destroyed nine IS positions and eight vehicles around the Mosul dam, where insurgents […]
Beirut (AFP) — The United States will supply Lebanon’s army with additional munitions and ordnance in a bid to bolster the force after clashes with jihadists, the U.S. ambassador to Beirut said Thursday. The new assistance comes after Lebanon’s military requested emergency aid following unprecedented clashes with jihadists in the eastern Arsal region of the […]
Baghdad (AFP) – Militants pushed a week-long offensive that has overrun swathes of Iraq to within 37 miles of Baghdad Tuesday, as the UN warned the country’s very existence was under threat. Washington meanwhile deployed 275 military personnel to protect its embassy in Baghdad, the first time it has sent troops to Iraq since it […]
Baghdad (AFP) – Leading Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani called on Iraqis Friday to take up arms against Sunni extremists marching on Baghdad, as thousands volunteered to bolster the the capital’s defenses. Sistani’s call to defend the country against the offensive spearheaded by the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) came […]
By Aoun Sahi and Shashank Bengali, Los Angeles Times ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s busiest airport came under attack Tuesday for the second time this week when assailants riding a motorbike sprayed bullets at a camp used by security forces and escaped. A heavy contingent of Pakistani soldiers were searching for the attackers in slums near the […]