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Kurds urge more air strikes on ISIL, seek corridor via Turkey
13 Oct 2014 17:11

Kurds urge more air strikes on ISIL, seek corridor via Turkey

Kurdish forces defending Kobani urged a US-led coalition to escalate air strikes on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants, who tightened their grip on Kobani over the weekend.A group that monitors the Syrian civil war said Kurdish forces faced inevitable defeat in Kobani if Turkey ...

 
Four killed in Turkish military helicopter crash
13 Oct 2014 17:09

Four killed in Turkish military helicopter crash

Four army officers were killed as a military helicopter crashed in Kocaeli province on Sunday, Turkish army said in a statement.The Sikorsky helicopter that took off from Cengiz Topel Military Air Base on Sunday in Kocaeli disappeared on a routine flight to Konya province. Turkish army launched an operation ...

 
Battle for Baghdad: ISIS now within 8 miles of airport, armed with MANPADS
11 Oct 2014 17:16

Battle for Baghdad: ISIS now within 8 miles of airport, armed with MANPADS

Islamic State’s offensive on the Iraqi capital intensified as the jihadist fighters advanced as far as Abu Ghraib, a suburb only 8 miles away from Baghdad’s international airport.The outer suburb of Abu Ghraib is also the site of the infamous prison the US military used to humiliate and ...

 
Iraqi Yazidi girl tells of captivity with ISIS
11 Oct 2014 17:13

Iraqi Yazidi girl tells of captivity with ISIS

The young Yazidi girl rocked apprehensively as she described the ordeal that saw her taken from her family, snatched from her home by militants in Iraq, then sold as a slave in Syria before finally escaping to Turkey.The 15-year-old is now with what is left of her family - two of her brothers and some ...

 
US Russia’s biggest enemy: Poll
11 Oct 2014 17:12

US Russia’s biggest enemy: Poll

A recent opinion poll has shown that an overwhelming majority of Russians count the United States as their country’s biggest foe.According to the survey, which was conducted at the end of September by the polling institution Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VTsIOM), the number of Russians ...

 
UK police, spy agencies have automatic access to call records
11 Oct 2014 17:10

UK police, spy agencies have automatic access to call records

Britain’s mobile phone companies have made customers’ call records available to the country’s police and spy agencies through automated systems, media reports say.A Guardian investigation revealed on Friday that phone companies EE, Vodafone, and Three delivered customer’s data ...

 
Rand Paul to Obama: Don’t close Guantanamo
11 Oct 2014 17:07

Rand Paul to Obama: Don’t close Guantanamo

Republican Senator Rand Paul has called on President Barack Obama not to close the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, by executive decree. Paul, who is seen as a potential Republican presidential candidate in the 2016 election, made the remarks in an interview with CNN on Friday, a day after ...

 
Twitter CEO Dick Costolo received Isis death threats:
10 Oct 2014 16:51

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo received Isis death threats: 'That’s a jarring thing for anyone to deal with'

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo and his staff have received death threats from Isis, he has claimed.The Jihadist militant group (also known as Islamic State) was using the social media channel to share its news, so their accounts were shut down.“After we started suspending their accounts, some folks ...

 
Only 100 cybercrime brains worldwide says Europol boss
10 Oct 2014 16:48

Only 100 cybercrime brains worldwide says Europol boss

There are only "around 100" cybercriminal kingpins behind global cybercrime, according to the head of Europol's Cybercrime Centre.Speaking to the BBC's Tech Tent radio show, Troels Oerting said that law enforcers needed to target the "rather limited group of good programmers"."...

 
ISIL uses Qatar-linked arms: Evidence hint
10 Oct 2014 16:46

ISIL uses Qatar-linked arms: Evidence hint

Evidence suggests that weaponry, supplied by Qatar to insurgents in Syria, have ended up in the hands of ISIL Takfiri militants.Image grabs from video footage have surfaced, showing a militant with a Chinese FN-6 man-portable air-defense system and what appears to be an Mi-17 Iraqi helicopter.The Iraqi ...

 
We oppose both ISIL, Syria: Turkey PM
10 Oct 2014 16:44

We oppose both ISIL, Syria: Turkey PM

Amid accusations of Turkey’s support for ISIL militants, Turkish Prime Minister says Ankara is opposed to the Takfiri militants in the same way it opposes Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.Referring to another acronym for the terrorist group, Ahmet Davutoglu said on Friday that the country"...

 
ISIS now controls at least 40% of Kobani, captures Kurd HQ - reports
10 Oct 2014 16:42

ISIS now controls at least 40% of Kobani, captures Kurd HQ - reports

IS forces have made new gains in Kobani, now controlling at least 40 percent of the Syrian town. They have seized the Kurd headquarters, a monitoring group said."They have taken at least 40 percent (of the town)," Rami Abdulrahman, who runs the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said by ...

 
Twitter sues US over violating freedom of speech
8 Oct 2014 08:56

Twitter sues US over violating freedom of speech

The social network company Twitter has sued the US administration over restrictions it has imposed on the firm for disclosing the government’s secret orders to hand over user data in the name of national security.The micro-blogging giant filed a lawsuit in California on Tuesday, saying the restrictions ...

 
Muslim inmate’s beard length at US court
8 Oct 2014 08:54

Muslim inmate’s beard length at US court

US Supreme Court justices have voiced doubts over whether a Muslim prisoner’s beard can threaten the security of a prison in Arkansas.In a court hearing held on Tuesday, arguments started over whether Muslim inmate Gregory Holt could wear a half-inch (1.3 cm) beard due to religious reasons.The ...

 
ISIL set to take over Kobani: Dempsey
8 Oct 2014 08:51

ISIL set to take over Kobani: Dempsey

America's top military officer General Martin Dempsey says the ISIL terrorist group is on the verge of capturing the key Syrian border city of Kobani.In an interview with ABC News on Tuesday, the chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff said, “I am fearful that Kobani will fall.”Heavy clashes are underway ...

 
Most recent ISIS munitions US-made during Iraq occupation - study
8 Oct 2014 08:49

Most recent ISIS munitions US-made during Iraq occupation - study

An analysis of cartridges used by Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria shows that their newest ammunition is of American origin. China and the Soviet Union were identified as the biggest sources of munitions, but with bullets made 25 years ago.The Conflict Armament Research (CAR) group analyzed ...

 
US firm Raytheon wins $149m Iron Dome contract
6 Oct 2014 16:55

US firm Raytheon wins $149m Iron Dome contract

Raytheon, a major American defense contractor and the world’s largest producer of guided missiles, has won an Israeli contract to supply $149.3 million in Tamir missiles, the projectiles used in Israel’s Iron Dome defense system.The Iron Dome system was jointly developed and funded by the ...

 
Netanyahu: Criticism of construction is against American values
6 Oct 2014 16:46

Netanyahu: Criticism of construction is against American values

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said in an interview which aired Sunday on CBS that the White House’s rebuke of Israeli construction in Jerusalem goes “against American values”.In the interview, which was recorded on Thursday and of which excerpts were quoted by The Associated Press (AP),...

 
ISIL members to travel to Europe under refugee guise: US intelligence report
6 Oct 2014 16:43

ISIL members to travel to Europe under refugee guise: US intelligence report

Takfiri militants fighting in Iraq and Syria may pose as refugees in order to enter Europe, shows a US intelligence report.German national Sunday newspaper Bild am Sonntag reported that “Americans succeeded in decoding locked communications of the ISIL leadership.”The report said the new information ...

 
US should consider ground troops in fight against ISIL: McCarthy
6 Oct 2014 16:39

US should consider ground troops in fight against ISIL: McCarthy

The United States should consider deploying ground troops in fight against the ISIL terrorist group in Iraq and Syria, says the Majority Leader of the US House of Representatives.“If we need special forces there, if that's what the generals say, then we need to do it, Kevin McCarthy said on CBS’...