Iraq claims victory over Islamic State in Tikrit


TIKRIT, Iraq - The Iraqi government claimed victory over Islamic State insurgents in Tikrit on Wednesday after a month-long battle for the city supported by Shi'ite militiamen and U.S.-led air strikes, saying that only small pockets of resistance remained. | Video

Iraqi forces drive Islamic State out of central Tikrit - PM

TIKRIT, Iraq - Iraqi troops aided by Shi'ite paramilitaries have driven Islamic State out of central Tikrit, Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi said on Tuesday, but the fight to retake all of Saddam Hussein's hometown continued.

World, 01 Apr 2015

Syria, Iraq a 'finishing school' for foreign fighters - U.N. report

UNITED NATIONS - More than 25,000 foreign fighters from some 100 countries are linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State, with Syria and Iraq comprising a "veritable international finishing school for extremists," United Nations experts reported to the U.N. Security Council.

World, Libya, Yemen, Syria, 01 Apr 2015

UN Secretary General troubled by Iraq abuse claims, refugees

BAGHDAD - United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said on Monday he was concerned about reported abuses by Iraqi pro-government forces and militias in their war against Islamic State.

World, 30 Mar 2015

Syria's Assad says Islamic State has expanded since start of U.S. air strikes

WASHINGTON - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in a U.S. television interview that Islamic State, which has seized swaths of territory in Syria and Iraq, has been gaining recruits since the start of U.S.-led air strikes against the militant group.

World, Syria, 30 Mar 2015

Enemy fire, booby-traps delay Iraqi forces' advance in Tikrit

BAGHDAD - Iraqi security forces battled Islamic State militants in central Tikrit on Sunday as the United States and its allies provided aerial support and local officials warned that the battle to retake the Sunni Muslim city would not be quick.

World, 29 Mar 2015

"Unholy alliance" of Islamists threatens Sweden - spy chief

STOCKHOLM - Sweden, once cited by Osama bin Laden as the kind of country al Qaeda did not attack, is facing a rising threat from Islamist militants because of the crises in Iraq and Syria, its spy chief said in an interview on Friday.

World, Yemen, Syria, Osama bin Laden, 28 Mar 2015

Iraq special forces advance in Tikrit, U.S. coalition joins fight

BAGHDAD - Iraqi special forces advanced on central Tikrit on Thursday as U.S.-led coalition planes joined the largest offensive yet against Islamic State militants holding out in Saddam Hussein's home city. | Video

World, Top News 27 Mar 2015

Asylum seekers in the West highest since Bosnia war - UNHCR

GENEVA - Wars in Syria and Iraq drove the number of people requesting asylum in industrialised countries to a 22-year high last year, the United Nations said on Thursday, appealing for Western nations to open their doors to more refugees.

World, Syria, 26 Mar 2015

U.S. ruled out Shi'ite militias before joining Tikrit strikes - U.S. general

WASHINGTON - The United States conditioned its entry into Iraq's battle to retake Tikrit from Islamic State on the withdrawal of Iran-backed Shi'ite militias from the clearing operation, and they are no longer there, a senior U.S. general told Congress on Thursday.

World, 26 Mar 2015