Islamic State

France Says Russian Airstrikes in Syria Should Only Target Daesh

PARIS, Nov. 30 (Reuters) – Russian air strikes in Syria must clearly target only Daesh militants, France’s foreign ministry said on Monday in response to questions over recent raids by Moscow on opposition groups in the north of the country. After travelling to the Russian capital on Thursday, French President Francois Hollande said he had

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Turkey Prepares to Hand Over Pilot’s Body to Russia

ANKARA, Nov. 29 (Reuters) – The body of the pilot killed when Turkey shot down a Russian jet was taken to Turkey late on Saturday to be handed over to Russia, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said. The body is being treated in accordance with the Orthodox tradition, Davutoglu said in a news conference in Ankara

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China Steps Up Efforts to Fight Militancy After Mali Attack

By Sui-Lee Wee BEIJING, Nov. 26 (Reuters) – China will strengthen its cooperation with Africa in the fight against violent extremism after an attack last week by Islamist militants in Mali killed 19 people, including three Chinese citizens, China’s foreign minister said on Thursday. Chinese President Xi Jinping called for relevant departments to boost security

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China Urges Stronger Coordination After Turkey Downs Russian Jet

BEIJING, Nov. 25 (Reuters) – China called for more coordination in the fight against terrorism on Wednesday after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane near the Syrian border, one of the most serious clashes between a NATO member country and Russia for half a century. Moscow’s decision to launch separate air strikes in Syria means

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Russia Eyes Economic Retaliation Against Turkey

By Maria Kiselyova MOSCOW, Nov. 25 (Reuters) – Russia is to send an advanced air defence system to reinforce its air base in Syria and is considering cancelling a raft of joint business projects with Ankara after Turkey shot down of one of its warplanes, top government officials said. The incident, which resulted in the

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A Divided House

By Mohammed A. Salih Kurdistan’s future looks bleak, threatened by political rifts Hawre, 24, is struggling to make ends meet by selling sunglasses placed on a small table just a couple of yards away from Erbil’s millennia-old citadel. Hawre’s task, like others’, has become more difficult these days as Iraq’s Kurdish region is facing economic challenges

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Belgium Detains Five More Suspects in Raids Linked to Paris Attacks

BRUSSELS, Nov. 23 – Belgium has detained five more people following raids on Monday morning in the Brussels and Liege regions as it searches the country’s links to the Paris attacks, federal prosecutors said. The federal prosecutors’ office said it had carried out five raids in the Brussels area and two around the eastern city

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British PM to Discuss Strategy on Daesh in Parliament

PARIS, Nov 23 – British Prime Minister David Cameron said in Paris on Monday that he was convinced the UK should carry out military air strikes alongside France and other partners in Syria in an effort to defeat Daesh. “Later this week I will set out in parliament our comprehensive strategy for tackling Daesh,” Cameron

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Russia Says 11 Militants Who Smuggled Fighters Across Syria Killed

MOSCOW, Nov 22 (Reuters) – Russian security services have killed 11 Islamist militants who had been helping smuggle fighters across borders to Syria to join Daesh, the country’s anti-terrorism committee said. It said the militants were holed up in a fortified base in a wooded, mountainous area of the Kabardino-Balkaria republic in southern Russia, near

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Authorities Say No Explosives Found on Turkish Airlines Flight

By Jeffrey Hodgson TORONTO, Nov 22 (Reuters) – No explosives were found on a Turkish Airlines flight diverted to Halifax, Canada, after a bomb threat and the plane was cleared to continue its journey, Canadian police and the airline said on Sunday. The flight, originally bound for Istanbul from New York, has now safely departed,

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