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EU to set up new counter-terrorism centre

European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans comments during an interview in Brussels, April 27, 2015, that the centre will try to see whether the member states can learn to work with each other on the basis of trustThe EU on Tuesday announced plans for an intelligence sharing centre to help its 28 member states ward off deadly jihadist attacks, but with limited powers that will not amount to the equivalent of a European FBI. Unveiling the bloc's security priorities for the next five years, European Commission First Vice President Frans Timmermans told AFP that the counter-terrorism centre would be set up within Europol, the continent's policing agency based in The Hague. "We're creating the centre to see whether the member states can come together more often and learn to work with each other on the basis of trust," Timmermans said in an interview in his Brussels office before travelling to the French city of Strasbourg to brief the European Parliament on the security plan. With jihadists launching deadly attacks in the last 12 months in Brussels, Copenhagen and Paris, the European Commission — the bloc's executive arm — is trying to promote counter-terrorism cooperation among member states.

Posted on 28 April 2015 | 5:36 pm

UK man accused of killing US soldier with bomb in Iraq

LONDON (AP) — A British man went on trial in London on Tuesday accused of making a roadside bomb that killed a U.S. soldier in Iraq in 2007.

Posted on 28 April 2015 | 5:12 pm

EU officials seek major changes to face security challenges

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — European Union officials on Tuesday called for sweeping changes in bloc policies and practices to confront new security risks to its 500 million citizens from terrorism, organized crime and cybercrime.

Posted on 28 April 2015 | 4:02 pm

Saudis arrest 93 jihadists, say attacks foiled

Saudi Arabia witnessed a wave of deadly attacks by Al-Qaeda between 2003 and 2006Saudi Arabia has arrested nearly 100 jihadists, mostly linked to the Islamic State group, and foiled several plots to carry out attacks including on the American embassy, authorities said Tuesday. The arrests have taken place since December and most of those detained were Saudis, the interior ministry said in a statement published by the official news agency SPA. It said two Syrians and a Saudi who had threatened to launch a suicide car attack against the American embassy in Riyadh last month were among those held. US consular services in Saudi Arabia were suspended for a week in March over what was reported at the time as "heightened security concerns".

Posted on 28 April 2015 | 3:53 pm

Kurds arrest alleged IS cell behind attack on US mission

Civilians and security forces gather at the scene of a car bomb explosion in Baghdad's western district of Mansour, Iraq, Monday, April 27, 2015. A series of car bombings targeting busy commercial areas in Iraq's capital left many civilians killed and others wounded, officials said. (AP Photo)BAGHDAD (AP) — Kurdish authorities announced Tuesday the arrest of a cell with alleged links to the Islamic State group that they say is responsible for the deadly bomb attack two weeks ago against the U.S. consulate in northern Iraq.

Posted on 28 April 2015 | 3:44 pm

Iran’s Rouhani warns change coming for ‘sanctions busters’

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani delivers a speech during a ceremony ahead of Labour Day in Tehran, on April 28, 2015President Hassan Rouhani warned Tuesday that middlemen who have circumvented sanctions will need to "think of another job" as a potential final nuclear deal brings changes to Iran's economy. The remarks, at a ceremony in Tehran ahead of Labour Day on Friday, signalled Rouhani's intent to tackle a black market that has thrived in Iran after official trading routes were cut off. Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council — Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States — plus Germany have begun drafting a final nuclear accord which is due by June 30. The agreement is intended to ensure the wholly peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear activities in exchange for the lifting of a slew of international sanctions imposed since 2006.

Posted on 28 April 2015 | 3:40 pm

Man who fought in Syria detained in Bosnia over police killing

By Daria Sito-Sucic SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Two Bosnians, one of whom fought in Syria, were arrested on Tuesday in connection with an assault on a police station by a man shouting “Allahu Akbar” (God is greatest) that left one officer and the gunman dead and two policemen wounded. Though the precise motive is not yet known, the attack on Monday evening in the eastern, mainly ethnic Serb, town of Zvornik has revived fears of radical Islam in Bosnia, where authorities estimate that up to 200 Muslims have fought alongside militants in Syria and Iraq. The assailant, 24-year-old Muslim Bosniak Nerdin Ibric, was killed in an exchange of fire as he stormed into the police station. Bosnian Security Minister Dragan Mektic said one person who had fought in Syria and been in contact with Ibric had been detained and a second person regarded by authorities as “extremely radical” had been questioned.

Posted on 28 April 2015 | 2:52 pm

The Obama paradox: Can a first-term senator win the White House again?

Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and Rand Paul all have a Barack Obama problem. All three Republicans are running for president as first-term senators – just as a young Senator Obama did eight years ago. Mr. Obama won the presidency – twice. In fact, the three freshmen may be furthering a whole new paradigm, begun by Obama, for presidential candidacies.

Posted on 28 April 2015 | 2:39 pm

Kurds arrest five over bombing outside U.S. consulate in Erbil

Smoke rises from the site of a bomb attack in Erbil, the capital of Iraq's Kurdistan regionBy Isabel Coles ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) – Kurdish authorities have arrested five men they say carried out a car bombing on behalf of Islamic State that killed two people outside the U.S. consulate in their autonomous region of northern Iraq. Four of the men are Kurds from Erbil, the region's Security Council said in a statement on Tuesday, highlighting the threat posed by homegrown militants in the relatively safe region. According to a video of the confessions seen by Reuters, the ringleader was a 25-year old engineering graduate named Darya Homdamin, whom the other three Kurds identified as introducing them to jihadist thought after they met through a local mosque. Darya said he had made contact via Facebook with a Kurdish militant called Mala Shwan, a cleric from Erbil who joined Islamic State and has appeared in a number of the group's propaganda videos.

Posted on 28 April 2015 | 2:24 pm

10 Things to Know for Today

Royal fans John Loughrey, right and Terry Hutt share out the last of the royal pastries outside St Mary's Hospital, as they wait for Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, to arrive for the birth of her second child, in London, Tuesday, April, 28, 2015. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have offered a sweet surprise to die-hard fans, sending luxury pastries to thank them for camping outside the hospital and awaiting the birth of their second royal baby.(AP Photo/Alastair Grant)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

Posted on 28 April 2015 | 2:08 pm

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​Iraq War commander’s security firm probed over alleged $135mn fraud – RT


RT

Iraq War commander's security firm probed over alleged $135mn fraud
RT
A private security company run by an ex-special forces colonel, who famously gave a rousing speech on the eve of the Iraq War, is now under investigation by a US government watchdog for alleged fraud. Colonel Tim Collins, who was investigated for war …
Iraq war hero Tim Collins faces US fraud probe into Afghan training costsIrish Independent
Firm run by Iraq war veteran Tim Collins faces US fraud probe into Afghan Belfast Telegraph

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Posted on 28 April 2015 | 2:51 pm

Obama launches 2800 strikes on Iraq, Syria without congressional approval – Washington Times


Washington Times

Obama launches 2800 strikes on Iraq, Syria without congressional approval
Washington Times
U.S. forces have now surpassed 2,800 strikes against targets in Iraq and Syria under President Obama's war against the Islamic State, all as part of a conflict Congress has yet to specifically authorize — and amid worries lawmakers won't ever act.
Another View: Islamic State far from defeated in Iraq or in SyriaPress Herald

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Posted on 28 April 2015 | 2:28 pm

The exodus of Ramadi as IS advance in Iraq – BBC News


BBC News

The exodus of Ramadi as IS advance in Iraq
BBC News
Iraqi forces and US coalition fighter jets have been battling to stop the advance of Islamic State in Iraq. The militants were forced out of Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit last month. But they have advanced in the key central city of Ramadi

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Posted on 28 April 2015 | 2:27 pm

Rand Paul: Bush made ‘mistake’ to topple Saddam Hussein in Iraq – Washington Times


Washington Times

Rand Paul: Bush made 'mistake' to topple Saddam Hussein in Iraq
Washington Times
“All the way back to the Iraq War, I think it was a mistake to topple [Saddam] Hussein. Hussein was the bulwark against Iran. The Sunnis didn't like the Shiites, now Iraq is a vassal state for Iran,” Mr. Paul said at headquarters of the National

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Posted on 28 April 2015 | 12:13 pm

Briton accused of murdering US soldier with bomb in Iraq goes on trial in UK – The Guardian


The Guardian

Briton accused of murdering US soldier with bomb in Iraq goes on trial in UK
The Guardian
Opening the prosecution case, Max Hill QC told the jury: “This is an unusual trial in that almost all of the evidence you will hear and see comes from Iraq. The offences, we say, are the most serious imaginable, and the British link is the fact that
Briton Goes on Trial in London for Killing US Soldier in IraqTIME
British 'bombmaker' identified by fingerprints on roadside IEDsTelegraph.co.uk
UK man accused of killing US soldier with bomb in IraqU.S. News & World Report
Wall Street Journal -expressandstar.com -RT
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Posted on 28 April 2015 | 11:04 am

Gunmen abduct UN local staffer in Iraq: official – Globalnews.ca


Globalnews.ca

Gunmen abduct UN local staffer in Iraq: official
Globalnews.ca
BAGHDAD – Gunmen abducted a local staffer working for the United Nations in Iraq as police found eight bodies in different parts of the capital, Baghdad, authorities said Tuesday. Eliana Nabaa, a spokeswoman for the U.N. mission, said the man was …
Kurds Arrest Alleged IS Cell Behind Attack on US MissionABC News
Gunmen abduct UN local staffer in Iraq as police find 8 bodies around the Times Colonist

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Posted on 28 April 2015 | 9:29 am

Iraq faces huge challenges dislodging Islamic State in Anbar – U.S. News & World Report


U.S. News & World Report

Iraq faces huge challenges dislodging Islamic State in Anbar
U.S. News & World Report
In this Sunday, April 26, 2015 photo, Iraqi security forces clash with Islamic State group militants, during an operation to retake the water control station on a canal lost over the weekend, in the town of Garma, between Baghdad and the Islamic State
Iraq's refugee crisis: 100000 people displaced by fighting as Isis regains The Independent
Iraq: Baghdad Bombings Kill CiviliansNew York Times
Car Bombings in Iraq's Capital Kill at Least 20 CiviliansABC News

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Posted on 28 April 2015 | 6:21 am

Winston Peters attacks refugee killed in Iraq – New Zealand Herald


Sunday Star Times

Winston Peters attacks refugee killed in Iraq
New Zealand Herald
A New Zealand refugee with 24 children who was killed in Iraq has been accused of disrespecting his adopted country by New Zealand First leader Winston Peters. Mr Peters also questioned the refugee status of Kadhem Chilab Abbas, from Napier, who died …
Peters: Refugee killed in Iraq disrespected NZSunday Star Times

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Posted on 28 April 2015 | 5:08 am

Airstrikes in Iraq, Syria Hit ISIL Tactical Positions, Equipment – Department of Defense


National Post

Airstrikes in Iraq, Syria Hit ISIL Tactical Positions, Equipment
Department of Defense
SOUTHWEST ASIA, April 27, 2015 – U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today. Officials reported
Military airstrikes continue against ISIL in Syria and IraqDVIDS (press release)

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Posted on 27 April 2015 | 7:34 pm

Islamic State are executing deserters trying to flee air strikes in northern Iraq – Express.co.uk


Express.co.uk

Islamic State are executing deserters trying to flee air strikes in northern Iraq
Express.co.uk
“Credible” reports of IS deserters being executed by their own side are coming out of northern Iraq, either for trying to flee altogether or retreat to Syria where IS has a stronger grip on power. IS is not breaking up but the reports point to growing
Military: US, Allies Conduct 15 Airstrikes in Syria, IraqVoice of America
US, allies conduct 31 air strikes in Syria, Iraq – US militaryChannel News Asia
Airstrikes continue against IS targets in Syria, IraqXinhua
Department of Defense
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Posted on 27 April 2015 | 12:08 am