Islamic State: One year since IS assault began, Iraq still on the brink

Iraq's Shi'ite paramilitaries ride in military vehicles in Nibai

A year after the Islamic State (IS) group launched a brutally effective offensive, Iraq is struggling to survive as a unified nation, gripped by seemingly endless violence, sectarianism and humanitarian tragedy. IS began the offensive on June 9, 2014, and overran a third of the country, declaring it and areas in neighbouring Syria a “caliphate” and carrying out atrocities from

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Britain to send 125 more troops to train Iraqi and Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State group

LONDON : Prime Minister David Cameron says Britain will send 125 more troops to Iraq to train local forces fighting the Islamic State group. The deployment brings to 275 the number of U.K. personnel helping the Baghdad government and Kurdish authorities battle the militants. Cameron made the announcement Sunday at a meeting of G-7 leaders in Germany, saying IS terrorism

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How IS seeks sectarian war in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia's capital is peaceful, but residents remember al-Qaeda’s bombing campaign of 10 years ago

By Frank Gardner BBC security correspondent Saudi Arabia has now suffered three deliberate attacks by supporters of Islamic State (IS) on the restive Shia Muslim minority living in the country’s oil-rich Eastern Province. The first, in November 2014, was a gun attack. And, in May 2015, there have been two devastating suicide bomb blasts targeting worshippers at Friday prayers. The

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A senior female Islamic State commander who left the terror group has claimed it has a specialised social media grooming unit, where fighters work in shifts to radicalise vulnerable young people online. The woman, known as Um Asmah, was also the first person to have contact with British schoolgirls Shamima Begum, Kadiza Sultana and Amira Abase after they crossed the

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Iraq lost thousands of armoured vehicles to Islamic State in Mosul offensive: PM

Islamic State militants parade through the main street of Mosul on an Iraqi armoured vehicle after capturing the city last year.

Baghdad: The scale of Iraqi losses to Islamic State is starting to emerge with country’s prime minister telling reporters that his security forces lost thousands of Humvee armoured vehicles when the jihadist group overran the northern city of Mosul. “In the collapse of Mosul, we lost a lot of weapons,” Mr Abadi said in an interview with Iraqiya state TV

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2 Indian-origin youths from South Africa die fighting for Islamic State

Two Indian-origin youths from South Africa have died allegedly fighting for the IS, becoming one of the first South Africans to have died in strife-torn Syria.

JOHANNESBURG: Two Indian-origin youths from South Africa have died allegedly fighting for the Islamic State, becoming one of the first South Africans to have died in strife-torn Syria. Articles in media outlets today said a confidential report had indicated that Fayaaz Valli, 23, had gone to Syria claiming to be working for an orphanage but ended up being killed while

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