UN envoy warns that lack of funding for aid may be driving Iraqis to Islamic State extremists


United Nations : The U.N. envoy for Iraq is warning that a lack of funds for desperately needed humanitarian aid has already cut food rations to millions of Iraqis and may be forcing communities and families to look to the Islamic State extremist group for life-saving assistance. Jan Kubis told the U.N. Security Council Wednesday that the United Nations is very

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Deadly strikes by US-led coalition target Islamic State in Syria

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Beirut : U.S.-led coalition aircraft unleashed a series of airstrikes targeting the Islamic State group’s stronghold of Raqqa in eastern Syria, killing at least 10 militants and wounding many others, the coalition and the group said Sunday. At least 16 airstrikes were reported late Saturday and early Sunday, triggering successive explosions that shook the city and created panic among residents, activists said.

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US blocks attempts by Arab allies to fly heavy weapons directly to Kurds to fight Islamic State


Middle East allies accuse Barack Obama and David Cameron of failing to show strategic leadership in fight against Isil, as MPs could be given vote on whether to bomb Syria The United States has blocked attempts by its Middle East allies to fly heavy weapons directly to the Kurds fighting Islamic State jihadists in Iraq, The Telegraph has learnt. Some

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US reassessing Islamic State after ‘Bloody Friday’


Washington : US intelligence agencies are reassessing their approach to the Islamic State (IS) terror group as a “regional threat” following three terrorist attacks in three countries over the weekend, media reported. The US National Counter-terrorism Center is working with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to determine the extent to which the attacks were coordinated by IS terrorists, a report

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Islamic State is Winning Message War, US Says


WASHINGTON: An internal State Department assessment paints a dismal picture of the efforts by the Obama administration and its foreign allies to combat the Islamic State’s message machine, portraying a fractured coalition that cannot get its own message straight. The assessment comes months after the State Department signaled that it was planning to energize its social media campaign against the

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