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Kurds push ISIS back in Syria, Iraq

Iraqi Kurdish forces throw victory signs, as they drive near the front lines in Zumar, Iraq, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. Sporadic clashes between Iraqi Kurdish fighters and Islamic State extremists, as well as other logistics problems, are delaying the evacuation of the last Yazidis still trapped on Sinjar mountain, an Iraqi lawmaker said Friday. (AP Photo/Zana Ahmed)

Kurdish fighters advanced on the Islamic State extremist group in Iraq and Syria on Saturday, pushing into the contested, refugee-packed Sinjar mountains and gaining ground in the embattled Syrian border town of Kobani after heavy clashes, Kurdish officials and an activist group said.

Posted: December 21st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

US-led aircraft bombing ISIS in Iraq since Monday

In this Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014 photo released by the U.S. Air Force, a formation of U.S. Navy F-18E Super Hornets leaves after receiving fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker over northern Iraq, as part of U.S. led coalition airstrikes on the Islamic State group and other targets in Syria. AP

US and allied warplanes have carried out 61 air strikes against Islamic State jihadists in Iraq since Monday, including dozens in support of Kurdish forces, the military said Wednesday.

Posted: December 18th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Nobel peace winners fear ‘new, more dangerous Cold War’

Peace Summit Award

Nobel peace prize winners on Sunday expressed deep concern about the growing threat of conflict, including nuclear war, and “a new and more dangerous Cold War”.

Posted: December 15th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Islamic State group shoots down Iraqi helicopter

Undated image made available by the US Air Force Tuesday Jan. 7, 2014, of a USAF HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter of the same type as one that crashed at about 6 p.m. local time Tuesday near Salthouse on the Norfolk coast of eastern England .  AP / US AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH

Islamic State group militants shot down an Iraqi military helicopter, officials said Saturday, killing the two pilots onboard and raising fresh concerns about the extremists’ ability to attack aircraft amid ongoing US-led coalition airstrikes.

Posted: December 13th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

ISIS losing steam—US general

Iraqi security forces are deployed during a military operation to regain control of the villages around the town of Tikrit, 80 miles (130 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Dec. 8, 2014.  The commander of U.S. forces fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, Army Lt. Gen. James Terry says the extremist group has been thrown on the defensive, because coalition airstrikes and other measures are taking a toll on IS ability to communicate. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

Islamic State fighters have lost the initiative in Iraq and are now “on defense” with far less ability to generate the kind of ground maneuvers that enabled the extremists to capture large chunks of Iraq earlier this year, a senior U.S. general said Monday.

Posted: December 9th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

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