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On Wednesday, Russia fired 26 cruise missiles at what it said were ISIS targets in Syria, assisting a ground offensive launched by the Syrian military in central western Syria. U.S. officials said that it was unclear if the Russian missiles caused any damage or casualties as they crashed in Iranian territory. A video released by the Russian Defense Ministry of the missile launches also included an animation detailing the trajectory the missiles took flying over northwestern Iran and northern Iraq en route to their targets in Syria.
Posted on 9 October 2015 | 12:50 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The crush and stampede last month outside of Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca killed at least 1,399 people during the hajj pilgrimage, a new tally Thursday showed, 630 more than the kingdom's official toll.
Posted on 8 October 2015 | 10:32 pm
By Louis Charbonneau and Tom Miles UNITED NATIONS/GENEVA (Reuters) – U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has disregarded a request from a large number of member states to keep the U.N. high commissioner for refugees in his job for an extra year to cope with the worsening refugee crisis, diplomats said. Former Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres was elected by the U.N. General Assembly in 2005 and re-elected in 2010. Many countries, including those hit by the surge of refugees in the Middle East that has spilled over into Europe, backed an extension for Guterres, concerned his departure could leave a temporary leadership vacuum at a time of crisis, diplomats said.
Posted on 8 October 2015 | 10:13 pm
French lawmakers adopted a draft law Thursday that will require minors to have permission from their parents or legal guardians before leaving the country in a bid to curb departures for jihad in Iraq or Syria. At the moment, children in France only need their identity card or passport to travel, making it easy for them to fly to Turkey and make their way to Syria to join the ranks of the Islamic State group (IS). Parents can currently request that their children be blocked from leaving the country, but this is of no use if they are unaware of their plans.
Posted on 8 October 2015 | 8:53 pm
WASHINGTON/MOSCOW (Reuters) – U.S. officials said four Russian cruise missiles fired at Syria from a warship in the Caspian Sea on Wednesday had crashed in Iran while Russia insisted they had reached their targets in Syria. The White House declined to comment on the report from the officials, who asked not to be identified, and the State Department said it could not confirm it.
Posted on 8 October 2015 | 8:30 pm
Europe, which has long had a Muslim minority, was not prepared for this summer’s wave of asylum seekers, mainly from Syria. Now with Russian military strikes escalating the war in Syria, Europe anticipates millions more fleeing toward its borders. Germany, which is accepting nearly a million new entrants, is facing a test more severe than its post-cold-war reunification 25 years ago, says President Joachim Gauck.
Posted on 8 October 2015 | 8:24 pm
FBI counterterrorism agents followed dozens of potential militants around the United States full time over the summer and disrupted activities pursued by many of them, FBI Director James Comey told a congressional committee on Thursday. Comey also told the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs that U.S. investigators knew of many U.S.-based Islamic militant suspects who used encrypted communications. Nick Rasmussen, director of the National Counterterrorism Center, also speaking to the panel, estimated that about 250 Americans had traveled to fight or train in parts of Iraq and Syria where Islamic State militants have declared a caliphate.
Posted on 8 October 2015 | 8:12 pm
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Clashes intensified Thursday between Syrian troops and insurgents in central and northwestern Syria, part of what a top general called a "wide-ranging" offensive aided by Russian airstrikes and apparently aimed at clearing positions near government strongholds on the coast.
Posted on 8 October 2015 | 8:10 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — As many as four of the 26 long-range cruise missiles that Russia said it fired at Syrian targets landed instead in Iran, U.S. defense officials said Thursday.
Posted on 8 October 2015 | 8:09 pm
By Alastair Macdonald and Tom Körkemeier LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – European Union governments agreed on Thursday to step up deportations of illegal immigrants and discussed creating an EU border force among measures to cope with hundreds of thousands of refugees from Syria's civil war. Underlining the havoc brought by chaotic mass treks across Europe's open borders over recent months, the German state of Bavaria threatened to break ranks with Berlin and send back to Austria migrants who cross its Alpine frontier. Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose welcome for refugees has taken a toll on her ratings, insists she will not shut the door.
Posted on 8 October 2015 | 7:56 pm
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Andrea Vance: Key's Iraq trip – pre-cooked photo op or genuine support for troops?
The prime minister speaks to media during his top secret mission to Taji Military Base in Iraq. Source: ONE News. But whether used as a force for good or bad, military propaganda is still a modern political tool. Some of the most striking images of …
Shining a light on New Zealand in IraqRadio New Zealand
PM's Iraq trip a 'whitewash'3News NZ
Editorial: Too soon for vindication on IraqThe Dominion Post
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Posted on 8 October 2015 | 10:24 pm
Mortar attacks kill 27 in Iraq – police
BAGHDAD Twenty seven people were killed in Iraq on Thursday when mortars landed in the provincial capital of Baquba, police and medics said. It was not clear who fired the mortars at the northern town. Iraq is facing a multitude of security challenges, …
15 people killed in mortar barrage, gunfire in IraqBusiness Standard
15 killed in mortar barrage, gunfire in IraqZee News
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Posted on 8 October 2015 | 4:25 pm
Al Jazeera America
Rights activist calls on Iraqi lawmakers to legalize women's shelters
Al Jazeera America
A prominent women's rights advocate will urge the U.N. Security Council next week to help fight sex trafficking in Iraq by pushing Baghdad to legalize shelters for women fleeing abuse and enslavement. Yanar Mohammed, an Iraqi activist who founded an …
Posted on 8 October 2015 | 3:48 pm
Protesters scuffle with police in Iraq's Kurdistan region
ERBIL, Iraq Protesters hurled stones and scuffled with riot police in the second largest city in Iraq's Kurdish north on Thursday, in the most intense show of discontent since an economic crisis hit the region. Teachers, hospital workers and other …
Kurds protest in north Iraq as discontent grows with governmentBusiness Insider
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Posted on 8 October 2015 | 3:45 pm
Denbighshire Free Press
Hollywood actor to play father of Bala soldier killed in Iraq
Denbighshire Free Press
THE life of a Bala father who fought to bring the Government to account over the Iraq War will be brought to the screen by a Hollywood actor. Reg tells the story of Reg Keys, the campaigning father of an Iraq war victim who stood against Tony Blair in …
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Posted on 8 October 2015 | 2:38 pm
Munchies_ Food by VICE
Is Tahini from ISIS-Controlled Iraq Making Its Way into Canada?
Munchies_ Food by VICE
On the one hand, they encourage women to cook healthy meals for their caliphate-obsessed husbands. On the other, they maintain tight control over the food that comes in and out of its non-contiguous swaths of land in Syria and Iraq. Food from the West …
Intelligence gathering equipment for four-nation security pact reaches BaghdadRudaw
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Posted on 8 October 2015 | 2:05 pm
Canada has flown in 2.4 per cent of allied airstrikes in Iraq and Syria …
New figures show Canada has conducted only a small fraction of allied airstrikes in Iraq and Syria since last year. It was exactly a year ago Wednesday that Parliament voted in favour of sending Canadian military aircraft to the Middle East to …
Strikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria, IraqDepartment of Defense
US-Led Coalition Launches 24 Airstrikes Against ISIL in Syria, IraqSputnik International
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Posted on 8 October 2015 | 1:57 pm
Popularity of 'Putin the Shiite' sky high in Iraq
Baghdad (AFP) – Russian President Vladimir Putin's bullish entry into the Syrian conflict has worked wonders for his popularity in neighbouring Iraq, where some await "Hajji Putin" like a saviour.
US: Four Russian missiles miss Syrian targets, hit IranUSA TODAY
Baghdad may ask Russia to carry out airstrikes in IraqMiddle East Monitor
Putin Popularity In Iraq? Russian Airstrikes In Syria Welcomed In BaghdadInternational Business Times
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Posted on 8 October 2015 | 9:53 am
Radio New Zealand
John Key's drama filled Iraq visit included potential security breach
NZDF military trainers talk about helping Iraqi army soldiers learn the skills to defeat their enemy. Camp Taji military base in Iraq must be the closest thing to hell on earth. Surrounded by desert and pockets of Islamic State sympathisers, it is just …
PM's secret three-day visit to IraqRadio New Zealand
PM's secret trip to IraqNew Zealand Herald
John Key feels 'intimately involved' with Iraq operation3News NZ
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Posted on 7 October 2015 | 6:26 pm
'We are seeking bigger role for Russia than Americans' – Iraq defense …
Baghdad, Russia's ally in its fight against ISIS, wants Russia to have a bigger role in the anti-terrorist campaign in Iraq than the US and may soon officially request to start airstrikes on its soil, the chairman of Iraqi parliament's defense …
Iraq leans toward Russia in war on Islamic StateReuters
Iraq May Request Russian Airstrikes Against ISIS: OfficialNBCNews.com
Military officials say Iraq likely to welcome 'no red line' Russian airstrikesMiddle East Eye
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Posted on 7 October 2015 | 11:24 am