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Press Review - 2014

Ground offensive against Islamic State months away in Iraq: U.S.

Iraqi forces are months away from being able to start waging any kind of sustained ground offensive against the Islamic State and any similar effort in Syria will take longer, officials at the U.S. military's Central Command said on Thursday. In Iraq, the timing will depend on a host of factors, some out of the mil...

24/10/2014

Chad says Nigeria deal with Boko Haram to free girls still on

Chad said it believed Nigeria's secret deal with Boko Haram Islamists to free more than 200 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls would go ahead despite the breakdown of a truce, and revealed that the key to the agreement was a prisoner swap. The accord mediated by Chad for the release of the girls seized from Chibok i...

24/10/2014

Turkey allows 1,300 Free Syria fighters to join battle for Kobane

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday that 1,300 Free Syrian Army fighters would join Kurds in defending the key Syrian border town of Kobane from an assault by Islamic State jihadists. The Syrian Kurds have "accepted 1,300 people from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and they are holding talks to determine t...

24/10/2014

The battle to defund Islamic State

US-led efforts to reduce revenue streams to the Islamic State are hampered by the group's relationship with Syria and the refusal so far of Qatar and Kuwait to act against financiers targeted by the United States and the United Nations.

24/10/2014

Syria conflict: '200 air force strikes' in 36 hours

The Syrian military has stepped up air strikes on rebel areas dramatically, carrying out more than 200 in recent days, opposition activists say.

24/10/2014

Pakistan and Iran exchange mortar fire on border

Pakistani and Iranian forces have exchanged mortar fire along their porous border.

24/10/2014

Turkish PM reveals contentious domestic security package

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu outlined 11 pillars of a domestic security package that the government will submit to Parliament in the coming days. “We are making a revolutionary reform. A committee for the surveillance of police forces will be formed in line with EU standards,” Davutoğlu said, addressing his parlia...

21/10/2014

Head of Iran's chief clerical body dead at 83

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A leading Iranian cleric, Ayatollah Mohammadreza Mahdavi Kani, who headed the country's most influential clerical body charged with choosing or dismissing the nation's supreme leader, has died. He was 83. Kani was the chairman of the Assembly of Experts, a body of 86 senior clerics that monitors ...

21/10/2014

Syria tribal revolt against Islamic State ignored, fueling resentment

The cost of turning against the Islamic State was made brutally apparent in the streets of a dusty backwater town in eastern Syria in early August. Over a three-day period, vengeful fighters shelled, beheaded, crucified and shot hundreds of members of the Shaitat tribe after they dared to rise up against the extremists...

21/10/2014

Yemen's Houthis push south into Ibb

Sanaa province's governor resigns and diplomat returns from UN to take up PM's post as Shia group takes over new town.

20/10/2014

Turkey to let Iraqi Kurds reinforce Kobani as U.S. drops arms to defenders

Turkey said on Monday it would allow Iraqi Kurdish fighters to reinforce fellow Kurds in the Syrian border town of Kobani, while the United States air-dropped arms for the first time to help the defenders resist an Islamic State assault. Washington said the arms had been supplied by Iraqi Kurdish authorities and had...

20/10/2014

Iraqi forces launch anti-ISIL operation north of Tikrit

Iraqi security forces launched an operation on Oct. 17 aimed at regaining ground from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) jihadist group north of the militant-held city of Tikrit, officials said. Security forces backed by air support have begun "an operation to liberate areas north of the city of T...

17/10/2014

U.S. says Baghdad is not under ‘imminent threat’ from ISIS

The Iraqi capital Baghdad is not facing immediate danger from ISIS jihadists despite battlefield gains by the group in the country’s west and recent car bombings in the city, the US military said Thursday. Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby acknowledged several deadly bombing attacks in Baghdad earlier Thurs...

17/10/2014

Eight-year-old Kosovo boy rescued from ISIS

An eight-year-old Kosovo boy, taken to Syria five months ago by his father who Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants there, has been brought home after an intelligence operation, officials said Thursday. “The Kosovo Intelligence Agency (AKI) has successfully completed an operation of locating, detecting a...

17/10/2014

Report: Nasrallah in Military Fatigues during Visit to Party Fighters on Border with Syria

Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has reportedly visited his party's fighters on the Lebanese-Syrian border dressed in military fatigues in a strong show of support. Al-Liwaa newspaper said Friday that Nasrallah met the fighters in their posts after he visited some families in the eastern Bekaa Valley to exten...

17/10/2014

Turkey won’t embark on adventure in Syria: PM Davutoğlu

Turkey will not embark on an “adventure” in Syria without certain agreements from the international community, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said, reiterating Ankara deems establishing safe havens and no-fly zones in northern Syria as a must for Turkish participation in the international coalition. “Turkey will no...

15/10/2014

Rebels in Aleppo stretched thin between regime and IS

Rebel supply lines to the city of Aleppo are at risk of being cut as the rebels simultaneously fight government forces and the Islamic State in Aleppo’s northern countryside.

15/10/2014

Iraq: Shia militias 'killing Sunnis in reprisal attacks'

Shia militias in Iraq have kidnapped and killed scores of Sunni civilians in recent months, a report by campaign group Amnesty International has said.

14/10/2014

Six top TTP commanders announce allegiance to Islamic State's Baghdadi

PESHAWAR: Six top commanders of the outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan, including spokesman Shahidullah Shahid, have announced their allegiance to Abu Bakar Al-Baghdadi of the Islamic State and an allegiance statement was also issued in this regard.

14/10/2014

Islamic State crisis: Kurds 'recapture key Kobane hill'

Kurdish fighters battling Islamic State (IS) say they have recaptured a strategically important hilltop west of Kobane on Syria's border with Turkey.

14/10/2014

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