Tag Archives: Islamic

Iraq unsure if UN help needed to probe Islamic State crimes

UNITED NATIONS: Iraq is assessing what help it might need to collect and preserve evidence of Islamic State crimes, but has not yet decided whether it needs United Nations assistance, the country’s U.N. Ambassador, Mohamed Ali Alhakim, said on Friday. Britain is drafting a U.N. Security Council resolution to establish a U.N. investigation to collect… Read More »

Iraq to continue striking Islamic State targets in Syria, Abadi says

SULEIMANIYA, Iraq: Iraq will continue hitting Islamic State targets in Syria, as well as in neighbouring countries if they give their approval, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Wednesday. “I respect the sovereignty of states, and I have secured the approval of Syria to strike positions (on its territory),” he told a conference in… Read More »

Turkey says kills 51 Islamic State militants in northern Syria

ANKARA: Turkey hit 59 Islamic State targets and killed 51 militants in northern Syria as part of its ongoing incursion, the Turkish military said on Saturday. Turkish forces have surrounded the Islamic State-controlled town of al-Bab for weeks as part of an operation that has been going on for more than five months. Four of… Read More »

Syrian army signals further operations against Islamic State northeast of Aleppo

BEIRUT: The Syrian army said on Thursday that recent advances against Islamic State northeast of Aleppo were a starting point for further operations to drive the jihadist group back and extend government control in the area. The army’s general command said in a statement it had recently recaptured more than 30 towns and farms, confirming… Read More »

Islamic state claims responsibility for attack on Sinai police checkpoint – Amaq

CAIRO: Islamic State is responsible for an attack on a security checkpoint in Egypt’s North Sinai province that killed at least eight people on Monday, the group’s Amaq news agency said on Tuesday. “A surprise attack launched by Islamic State fighters on a checkpoint west of Arish city in North Sinai followed the detonation of… Read More »

Turkish army says 48 Islamic State militants killed in Syria on Sunday

ISTANBUL: Turkish-led air and ground operations in Syria killed 48 Islamic State militants on Sunday (Jan 8) while Turkish warplanes destroyed 23 buildings and shelters used by the jihadists, Turkey’s armed forces said in a statement on Monday. Turkey launched the ‘Euphrates Shield’ operation in support of Syrian rebels more than four months ago to… Read More »

US expects Islamic State to wield chemical weapons in Mosul fight

WASHINGTON: The United States expects Islamic State to use crude chemical weapons as it tries to repel an Iraqi-led offensive on the city of Mosul, U.S. officials say, although adding that the group’s technical ability to develop such weapons is highly limited. U.S. forces have begun to regularly collect shell fragments to test for possible… Read More »

German major sees lengthy battle for Islamic State Iraq stronghold

ERBIL, Iraq: Islamic State militants are expected to fight bitterly to hold onto their de-facto Iraqi capital, and the battle to retake Mosul will likely be a bloody one, a German major helping train local forces said on Thursday. Major Rene Braun leads a group of 40 German soldiers who are training Kurdish peshmerga forces… Read More »

Kosovo Islamic party leader charged with incitement

PRISTINA: Prosecutors in Kosovo have brought charges against the leader of the country’s only Islamic political party, accusing him of inciting viewers to resist state authority during a television broadcast two years ago. Charges were also filed against four imams in the predominantly secular Muslim state, where authorities are concerned about militant Islamist recruitment after… Read More »

US says Libya close to eliminating Islamic State from Sirte

LONDON: U.S.-backed Libyan forces are close to vanquishing Islamic State from its last holdouts in the city of Sirte, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Wednesday. Carter said forces aligned with Libya’s U.N.-backed government, who have been aided by U.S. air strikes since the beginning of August, had cornered Islamic State in one small… Read More »