Pentagon releases photos tied to Afghan, Iraq detainee abuse


WASHINGTON The Pentagon on Friday released 198 photographs linked to allegations of abuse of detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan, many of them showing close-ups of cuts and bruises to arms and legs of prisoners held in U.S. facilities.

New U.S. intelligence report says Islamic State weaker

Islamic State has as many as 25,000 fighters in Syria and Iraq, down from a previous estimate of up to 31,000, according to a U.S. intelligence report revealed by the White House on Thursday.

World, Syria, 05 Feb 2016

To silence propaganda, Iraq seeks to take Islamic State offline

DUBAI Iraq is trying to persuade satellite firms to halt Internet services in areas under Islamic State's rule, seeking to deal a major blow to the group's potent propaganda machine which relies heavily on social media to inspire its followers to wage jihad.

Tech, World, Syria, 04 Feb 2016

Iraq building security wall around Baghdad: military commander

BAGHDAD Iraqi security forces have begun building a concrete wall surrounding the capital Baghdad in a bid to prevent attacks by Islamic State militants, a military statement said on Wednesday.

World, 03 Feb 2016

Arabs, Kurds retake northern Iraq village from Islamic State

ERBIL, Iraq Sunni Muslim Arab fighters backed by Kurdish forces and U.S.-led air strikes retook a village in northern Iraq on Wednesday in an example of effective military cooperation on the ground between them against Islamic State insurgents.

World, 03 Feb 2016

Iraqi Kurdish leader calls for non-binding independence referendum

ERBIL, Iraq Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region should hold a non-binding referendum on independence, its president said on Tuesday, despite the numerous crises it is facing.

World, 03 Feb 2016

Italy's Trevi to sign Mosul dam repair contract in coming weeks

ROME Italy's Trevi Group has won a bid to make urgent repairs to Iraq's Mosul hydro-electric dam, close to territory held by Islamic State (IS) militants, and expects to sign a contract in coming weeks, the Italian foreign minister said on Tuesday.

World, 03 Feb 2016

IS pushed back in Iraq, Syria, but a threat in Libya - Kerry

ROME An international coalition is pushing back Islamic State militants in their Syrian and Iraqi strongholds, but the group is threatening Libya and could seize the nation's oil wealth, U.S Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday.

World, Libya, Syria, 02 Feb 2016

Iraqis running out of food and medicine in besieged Falluja

BAGHDAD Tens of thousands of trapped Iraqi civilians are running out of food and medicine in the western city of Falluja, an Islamic State stronghold under siege by security forces, according to local officials and residents.

World, 02 Feb 2016

Insight: U.S.-led coalition aims to recapture IS 'caliphate' in Iraq, Syria

BAGHDAD The U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State aims this year to recapture Iraq’s second city Mosul, working with Iraqi government forces, and drive the jihadis out of Raqqa, their stronghold in northeast Syria, Arab and Western officials say.

World, 02 Feb 2016