France’s Hollande arrives in Iraq to visit troops battling IS group

France’s Hollande arrives in Iraq to visit troops battling IS group

French President Francois Hollande arrived in Baghdad Monday to meet the French forces helping Iraq in the fight against the Islamic State group and to hold talks with top officials. Hollande had already visited in 2014 and remains the most prominent head of state to come to Iraq since the launch two and half years ago […]

Suspects in foiled terror attack ‘took orders’ from IS group in Iraq, Syria

Suspects in foiled terror attack ‘took orders’ from IS group in Iraq, Syria

Paris Prosecutor François Molins said Friday that five men arrested in weekend raids in Strasbourg and Marseille had received orders from the Islamic State (IS) group in Iraq or Syria and were planning a terror attack for next week. “An imminent attack was thwarted,” Molins told a news conference. “A Strasbourg commando team and a […]

US to boost military presence in Iraq ahead of Mosul battle

US to boost military presence in Iraq ahead of Mosul battle

President Barack Obama is preparing to send more troops to Iraq to help reclaim the city of Mosul from the Islamic State group, U.S. officials said Wednesday. The troops will train and advise Iraqi forces as planning for the Mosul operation ramps up, officials said. Though the precise number of troops was not immediately disclosed, […]

US probes possible IS group chemical attack near Iraq base

US probes possible IS group chemical attack near Iraq base

The U.S. military is testing to see if a chemical agent may have been used in a rocket attack in Iraq by Islamic State that came within hundreds of yards (meters) of U.S. forces but injured no one, a U.S. military official said on Wednesday. The rocket fell on Tuesday in an unpopulated area near […]

US military confirms more civilian deaths in Iraq, Syria

US military confirms more civilian deaths in Iraq, Syria

The US military Thursday confirmed 14 new civilian deaths resulting from the bombing campaign against the Islamic State group, bringing the total official toll to 55 killed. The announcement from the US Central Command (Centcom) — which oversees US military operations in the Middle East — followed an internal investigation into six US airstrikes between […]

Top Islamic State group commander ‘killed’ in Iraq

Top Islamic State group commander ‘killed’ in Iraq

A top Islamic State group commander, Omar al-Shishani, has been killed in Iraq, the jihadist-linked Amaq agency said on Wednesday. Amaq did not specify when Shishani was killed, but the loss of the commander is a significant blow to the jihadist group, which has suffered a string of setbacks in Iraq this year. The Pentagon […]

ISIS tells Muslims to destroy their satellite TV sets so they don’t ‘pollute their ethics’

ISIS tells Muslims to destroy their satellite TV sets so they don’t ‘pollute their ethics’

The extremist group has also banned televisions and satellite receivers being bought, sold or repaired in ISIS-controlled parts of Syria and Iraq ISIS has urged Muslims to smash their satellite TV sets to prevent hostile channels “destroying their beliefs and polluting their ethics”. The terror thugs issued claim its enemies are “waging a media war […]