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From brides to battlefield, women taking up new roles with Islamic State

59 minutes agoNews : Reuters: World News

ERBIL, Iraq (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Women traveling to join Islamic State militants are no longer just seeking to become "jihadi brides" but are taking on new roles, on the frontline in logistics and intelligence and as medics, according to military and expert sources.

Coalition Forces Hit ISIL With 14 Airstrikes - US Central Command

The US Central Command reports that the US-led coalition forces conducted 14 airstrikes against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.

Video: ISIS floating truce while Iraq Iran takes back Tikrit

“What’s the alternative, launch airstrikes in half-a-dozen countries at once?”

Don’t let Obama’s first-term advisers off the hook on Iran

While the concessions in the P5+1 talks pile up, the relationship with Israel frays to the breaking point, the Islamic State still occupies a good chunk of two countries as Iran forces take up positions in Iraq, Bashar al-Assad remains in power in Syria with the death toll climbing, and Saudi Arabia is leading a […]

Photos: Liberating Tikrit, Iraq from ISIS

This week, Iraqi forces announced the defeat of the Islamic State in central Tikrit. Tikrit was a stronghold for the terrorist organization in Iraq for some time. ISIS forces continuted combat on the outskirts of the city after Iraqi forces defeated them. Show More Summary

Iraq Claims Victory Over Militants In Strategic City Of Tikrit

6 hours agoNews : The Two-Way

Iraqi flags are flying over government buildings again in Tikrit, one month after a major offensive to reclaim the city from fighters with the self-proclaimed Islamic State.

Largest-Ever Study of Military Suicides Finds No Connection Between Deployment, Suicide Rate

A massive study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association did not find that service members who'd been deployed overseas in roles related to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars committed suicide at higher rates than others. Show More Summary

The last thing Yemen needs is more war. But that is what it’s getting

After years of hearing how terrible Western interventions are in the Middle East (Exhibits A, B and C the fiascos of Iraq, Afghanistan and post-Gaddafi Libya), it will be interesting… Continue reading The post The last thing Yemen needs is more war. But that is what it’s getting appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Iraq declares 'magnificent victory,' retake Tikrit from ISIS

8 hours agoNews : NY Daily News

The Iraqi government declared a “magnificent victory” Wednesday over ISIS as its forces drove Muslim militants out of Tikrit.

Why ISIS Is Acting -- or Claiming To -- Outside of Its 'Caliphate'

ISIS initially claimed its "caliphate" focused on an "Islamic State" in Syria and Iraq. Today though, roughly nine months after last year's initial June 30 announcement, ISIS is acting -- or claiming to acting -- outside of its "caliphate." ISIS...Show More Summary

Why ISIS Is Acting -- or Claiming To -- Outside of Its 'Caliphate'

ISIS initially claimed its "caliphate" focused on an "Islamic State" in Syria and Iraq. Today though, roughly nine months after last year's initial June 30 announcement, ISIS is acting -- or claiming to acting -- outside of its "caliphate." ISIS...Show More Summary

Refugees Almost Drown in Vat of Chocolate

Syrian and Egyptian refugees nearly drowned in a vat of melted chocolate while trying to enter Britain from Calais. The group were part of a larger contingent of 25 migrants which were split up by a Kurdish trafficker from Iraq. He reportedly...Show More Summary

IS Expansion Is More Illusion Than Reality

Islamic State has been getting a lot of attention lately, and not just for its grisly beheading videos coming out of Iraq and Syria. It also seems to be expanding rapidly, with offshoots taking credit for atrocities across northern Africa and the Middle East. Show More Summary

Iraq's Defense Minister Declares 'Magnificent Victory' Over ISIS In Tikrit

11 hours agoNews : Huffington Post

TIKRIT, Iraq (AP) — Iraq declared a "magnificent victory" Wednesday over the Islamic State group in Tikrit, a key step in driving the militants out of their biggest strongholds. Iraqi Defense Minister Khalid al-Obeidi made the pronouncement,...Show More Summary

Iraq Declares Victory Over ISIS in Tikrit

The U.S. launched airstrikes last week in support of Iraqi ground forces

Iraq declares victory over Islamic State group in Tikrit

11 hours agoNews : The Newsroom

TIKRIT, Iraq (AP) — Iraq's defense minister says security forces have achieved a "magnificent victory" over the Islamic State group in Tikrit.

An Iraqi Band's (Semi) Happy Ending

Fifteen years ago, Marwan Hussein, Firas Al-Lateef, Faisal Talal and Tony Aziz were teenage headbangers in Saddam Hussein's Iraq, learning to play Metallica and Slayer off bootleg cassettes. They named their band Acrassicauda (after Iraq's ubiquitous black scorpion, Androctonus crassicauda) and joined a small but active heavy-metal scene in Baghdad. Then,...

ISIS to Exhibit Floating Pavilion of Art Destruction at Venice Biennale

12 hours agoArts : Hyperallergic

VENICE — The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has announced that it will have its first-ever Venice Biennale pavilion when the international art exhibition opens next month.

Iraq forces hunt down diehard Islamic State jihadists after retaking Tikrit

12 hours agoNews : The Raw Story

Iraqi forces battled the last jihadists in Tikrit on Wednesday to seal a victory the government described as a milestone in efforts to rid the country of the Islamic State group. Iraqi fighters picked their way through the rubble-strewn streets of the city, wary of any last-ditch attack from...

Iraq Forces Hunt for ISIL Militants After Liberating Tikrit

Iraqi armed forces went through the war-torn streets of Tikrit searching for Islamic State militants as their fate remains unknown.

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