Iraq

U.S. seeing rapid expansion of Sunni outreach at new Anbar base

WASHINGTON - The United States is seeing signs that new efforts to draw Sunni tribesmen into Iraq's battle against Islamic State may be taking root at a military base near the fallen capital of Sunni-dominated Anbar province, U.S. officials say.

Islamic State looting Syrian, Iraqi sites on industrial scale - UNESCO

LONDON - Islamic State militants are looting ancient sites across Iraq and Syria on an industrial scale and selling on treasures to middlemen to raise cash, Irina Bokova, the head of the U.N. cultural agency UNESCO said on Thursday.

World, Syria, 02 Jul 2015

Iraqi forces say most of Baiji town recaptured from Islamic State

BAGHDAD - Iraqi forces have cleared Islamic State militants from most of the northern town of Baiji and hope to drive them from the nearby oil refinery within days, a spokesman for the Shi'ite militias leading the fight said on Thursday.

World, 02 Jul 2015

Islamic State seen as potent force a year after caliphate declaration - Pentagon

WASHINGTON - A year after Islamic State declared a caliphate on territory seized in Iraq and Syria, the al Qaeda splinter group faces military pressure from a U.S.-led coalition but remains a potent force holding key cities, the Pentagon said on Monday.

World, Syria, 30 Jun 2015

Cameron: IS militants are plotting 'terrible' UK attacks

LONDON - Prime Minister David Cameron warned on Monday that Islamic State militants based in Syria and Iraq were planning specific attacks against Britain and posed an existential threat to the West.

World, Top News, Syria, 29 Jun 2015

Iraq Kurds expel some suspected Islamic State supporters from villages

ERBIL - The four men helped each other clamber up the far side of a trench into the no-man's land between frontlines in northern Iraq, fearing what lay ahead but unable to turn back.

World, 26 Jun 2015

More German women joining IS to fight, intelligence head says

BERLIN - Germany's domestic intelligence agency (BfV) fears a growing number of women have gone to Iraq and Syria to fight alongside Islamic State militants, its chief said on Wednesday.

World, Syria, 24 Jun 2015

Iraqi Shi'ite special forces take lead in Baiji fight

BAGHDAD - Iraq's most powerful Shi'ite force said it is relying more heavily on elite units who fought in Syria in the battle against Islamic State for control of a critical Iraqi refinery and is now well placed to counter the militants' guerrilla warfare.

World, Syria, 24 Jun 2015

NATO working on plan to advise Iraq on reforming its army

BRUSSELS - NATO is expected to announce soon a plan to advise the Iraqi government on reforming its security forces which are fighting back after collapsing in the face of an offensive by Islamic State fighters, NATO diplomats said on Tuesday.

World, 24 Jun 2015

Australian 'severed head' militants reportedly killed in Iraq

SYDNEY - Australia is close to confirming the reported death in Iraq of two home-grown militants who shot to infamy last year after being photographed holding the severed heads of Syrian soldiers, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said on Tuesday.

World, Syria, 23 Jun 2015

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