Islamic State lacks funds to keep control of Iraqi, Syrian territory - experts


LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Islamic State (IS) militants may ultimately lose the war in Iraq and Syria because they do not have enough money to run the territory under their control, despite holding assets worth more than $2 trillion, international terrorism experts said.

Islamic State fighters battle Iraqi forces near Baiji refinery

BAGHDAD - Islamic State insurgents battled Iraqi forces in the centre of Baiji on Tuesday, a week after the army broke their prolonged siege of the country's largest oil refinery just outside the town, an army officer and residents said.

World, 25 Nov 2014

Hagel, under pressure, resigns as U.S. defense secretary

WASHINGTON - U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel resigned on Monday, leaving under pressure as President Barack Obama faces critical national security challenges, including fighting Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and revising plans to exit Afghanistan. | Video

Top News, World, Syria, 25 Nov 2014

Islamic State has lured 550 Germans into fighting - spy agency

BERLIN - The number of Germans fighting alongside Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq has increased sharply to 550 and around 180 have returned, the head of Germany's domestic intelligence said in a newspaper interview published on Sunday.

World, Syria, 23 Nov 2014

Turkey trains Kurdish peshmerga forces in fight against Islamic State

ISTANBUL - Turkish soldiers are training Kurdish peshmerga fighters in northern Iraq and will give similar assistance to a new national army unit in Baghdad as part of the struggle against Islamic State, a senior Turkish official said on Saturday.

World, 23 Nov 2014

U.S. plans to arm Iraq's Sunni tribesmen with AK-47s, RPGs, mortars

WASHINGTON - The United States plans to buy arms for Sunni tribesmen in Iraq including AK-47s, rocket-propelled grenades and mortar rounds to help bolster the battle against Islamic State militants in Anbar province, according to a Pentagon document prepared for Congress.

Top News, World, 23 Nov 2014

Islamic State attacks Iraq provincial capital - officials

BAGHDAD - Islamic State fighters attacked a government complex in the heart of an Iraqi provincial capital on Friday, local officials said, in an apparently coordinated effort to seize full control of the city.

World, 21 Nov 2014

Militants shoot at Iraqi government building in Ramadi - officials

BAGHDAD - Islamic State gunmen fired at an Iraqi government building in central Ramadi on Friday, local officials said, and mosques broadcast appeals for reinforcements to confront the apparent attempt to take full control of the city.

World, 21 Nov 2014

Senior Islamic State figure killed in Mosul - sources

BAGHDAD - An Islamic State leader has been killed in an air strike in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, residents and a local medical source said on Thursday.

World, 20 Nov 2014

U.S.-led air strikes target Islamic State, Khorasan in Syria - officials

WASHINGTON - U.S.-led forces conducted six air strikes against Islamic State militants and one against the al Qaeda-affiliated Khorasan Group in Syria since Monday and 24 air strikes in Iraq during the same period, the U.S. military said.

World, Syria, 20 Nov 2014