Iraq

Kosovo makes arrests in new push to stem flow of fighters to Syria, Iraq

PRISTINA - Police in Kosovo arrested 15 people on Wednesday, including a number of imams, in the second major operation in weeks to stem the flow of young ethnic Albanians joining Islamist fighters in Iraq and Syria, a police source said.

Iraqi official briefs Syria's Assad on efforts against Islamic State

BEIRUT - Iraq's national security adviser briefed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on efforts to counter Islamic State on Tuesday, in the first such meeting since the United States launched air strikes on the radical group in Iraq.

World, Syria, 2:08am IST

U.N. chief urges nations to 'act decisively' on Islamic State

UNITED NATIONS - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged countries with the capacity to do so to take decisive action against Islamic State militants, who have taken over large swaths of Iraq and Syria.

World, Syria, 16 Sep 2014

Iraq parliament rejects defence, interior minister nominees

BAGHDAD - Iraq's parliament failed to approve Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's candidates for the sensitive posts of defence and interior ministers in a vote on Tuesday, according to state television.

World, 16 Sep 2014

Al Qaeda groups urge warring militants in Iraq, Syria to unite

DOHA - Two al Qaeda branches urged warring militant factions in Iraq and Syria to stop fighting each other and unite against a U.S.-led alliance preparing to attack the ultra hardline Islamic State armed group, according to a joint statement posted online.

World, Syria, 16 Sep 2014

Islamic State supporter warns of attacks against U.S - SITE

BEIRUT - A supporter of Islamic State militants has warned of attacks on the United States and its allies if they continue to carry out military action against the group that has seized large parts of Iraq and Syria, the SITE monitoring service said.

World, 16 Sep 2014

U.S. scouts for Sunni allies on the ground in Iraq

By Oliver Holmes, Suleiman Al-Khalidi, Jason Szep and Ned Parker

World, 16 Sep 2014

Turkish military weighs "buffer zone" against Iraq, Syria threats - media

ANKARA - Turkey's military is drawing up plans for a possible "buffer zone" on the country's southern border, where it faces a threat from Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, Turkish media quoted President Tayyip Erdogan as saying on Monday.

World, Syria, 16 Sep 2014

Insight: Syria's 'moderate' rebels say they need weapons, not training

JEDDAH Saudi Arabia - As President Barack Obama knits together an international coalition to take its campaign against Islamic State from Iraq into Syria, fighters like Ammar al-Wawi could make the difference.

World, Syria, 15 Sep 2014

Qatar-based cleric criticises US role against Islamic State

DUBAI - A Sunni Muslim cleric at the centre of a diplomatic rift among Gulf Arab states has criticised Washington's role in the campaign against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria as purely self-interested.

World, Syria, 14 Sep 2014