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After Paris attacks, calls to tighten US visa rules

US politicians are calling for changes to a law that allows Europeans and other foreigners to enter the country without visas, citing fears that jihadists could exploit the rules to stage attacks on American soilUS politicians are calling for changes to a law that allows Europeans and other foreigners to enter the country without visas, citing fears that jihadists could exploit the rules to stage attacks on American soil. The visa waiver program, which covers tourists from 38 countries, represents the "Achilles' heel of America," said Senator Dianne Feinstein, who is urging a tightening of the rules. The attacks against the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris this month have renewed concerns in Washington that extremists with Western passports will slip into the United States under the cover of the visa-free travel program. Feinstein, former head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, is working on a bill to reform the rules that will be proposed soon, her aides said.

Posted on 1 February 2015 | 5:09 am

IS claims beheading of second Japanese captive

Two women read an extra edition newspaper reporting the killing of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto in Tokyo on February 1, 2015The Islamic State group claimed in a video that it has beheaded a second Japanese hostage, drawing international condemnation and outrage from a visibly upset Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who denounced it as a "heinous and despicable" act. The apparent killing of 47-year-old Kenji Goto — the second beheading of a Japanese hostage in a week — was announced in a video released online that included no mention of a Jordanian pilot also being held by IS, whom the jihadist group has threatened to kill. Goto, a respected freelance journalist, is seen in an orange outfit — similar to those worn by Guantanamo Bay inmates — kneeling next to a standing masked man who speaks with a British accent and blames the Japanese government for his "slaughter". The executioner addresses Abe, saying the murder was the result of "reckless" decisions by the Japanese government and would mark the beginning of "the nightmare for Japan".

Posted on 1 February 2015 | 4:06 am

Japan outraged as video purportedly shows hostage beheaded

A banner with a picture of Jordanian pilot, Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh, who is held by the Islamic State group militants, is being raised by workers near a tent prepared for receiving supporters, in Amman, Jordan, Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. The fates of a Japanese journalist and Jordanian military pilot were unknown Friday, a day after the latest purported deadline for a possible prisoner swap passed with no further word from the Islamic State group holding them captive. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)TOKYO (AP) — Japan and other nations condemned with outrage and horror on Sunday the beheading purportedly by the Islamic State group of Kenji Goto, a journalist who sought through his coverage of Syria to convey the plight of refugees, children and other victims of war.

Posted on 1 February 2015 | 3:52 am

Obama condemns Japanese hostage’s ‘heinous murder’

US President Barack Obama speaks on January 30, 2015 in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DCPresident Barack Obama condemned the "heinous murder" of a Japanese hostage after the Islamic State group released a video purportedly showing his beheading. "The United States condemns the heinous murder of Japanese citizen and journalist Kenji Goto by the terrorist group ISIL," Obama said in a statement, using an acronym by which the IS group is known.

Posted on 1 February 2015 | 1:46 am

Islamic State says it has beheaded second Japanese hostage Goto

People walk past television screens displaying a news program, about an Islamic State video showing Japanese captive Kenji Goto, in TokyoBy Kiyoshi Takenaka and Nobuhiro Kubo TOKYO (Reuters) – Islamic State militants said they had beheaded a second Japanese hostage, journalist Kenji Goto, prompting Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to vow to step up humanitarian aid to the group's opponents in the Middle East and help bring his killers to justice. The hardline Islamist group, which controls large parts of Syria and Iraq, released the video showing a hooded man standing over Goto with a knife to his throat, followed by footage of a head put on the back of a human body. Japanese Defense Minister Gen Nakatani said the video appeared to be genuine. The video was released exactly a week after footage appearing to show the beheaded body of another Japanese hostage, Haruna Yukawa.

Posted on 1 February 2015 | 1:31 am

The Life of Kenji Goto

The Life of Kenji GotoA video purportedly released by the Islamic State on Saturday appeared to show the beheading of Kenji Goto, a Japanese journalist whom militants had captured in Syria and held hostage. The death of Goto came one week after ISIS executed Haruna Yukawa, a fellow Japanese citizen who had traveled to Syria as a private security contractor. The two murders followed ISIS demands of $200 million in ransom from the Japanese government, as well as the release of Sajida Mubarak al-Rishawi, a woman imprisoned in Jordan for her role in a 2005 failed suicide bombing. Goto's kidnapping elicited much interest in Japan.

Posted on 31 January 2015 | 10:55 pm

Paris, Rabat put differences aside, resume judicial cooperation

French Justice minister Christiane Taubira leaves the Elysee Palace in Paris after a weekly cabinet meeting, on January 28, 2015France and Morocco are to resume judicial cooperation after a year-long row, according to a joint statement Saturday, in a move that will help French investigators gather intelligence on terror suspects. The agreement will allow the two countries — each of which has an unknown number of nationals believed to be fighting with the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq — to resume working together on security issues, seen as critical following Islamist attacks in Paris earlier this month in which 17 people died. Morocco broke off cooperation with France in late February 2014 after French authorities attempted to question the head of Morocco's DGST domestic intelligence service, Abdellatif Hammouchi, over torture allegations while he was on a visit to Paris.

Posted on 31 January 2015 | 9:44 pm

Islamic State fighters admit defeat in Syrian town of Kobani

In this picture taken Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, a Syrian Kurdish sniper looks at the rubble in the Syrian city of Ain al-Arab, also known as Kobani. The Islamic State group has acknowledged for the first time that its fighters have been defeated in the Syrian town of Kobani and vowed to attack the town again. (AP Photo)BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group has acknowledged for the first time that its fighters have been defeated in the Syrian town of Kobani and vowed to attack the town again.

Posted on 31 January 2015 | 9:30 pm

Why Paris terrorist wore a GoPro

The information, first released by CNN, supports an earlier report by French magazine L’Express that Coulibaly used a GoPro camera to record seven minutes of his raid. Coulibaly killed four people and held others hostage at the kosher supermarket on Jan. 9, shortly after the attack on French magazine Charlie Hebdo occurred. Coulibaly was carrying the GoPro camera on his torso during the January 9 attack and subsequent standoff, the source told L’Express.

Posted on 31 January 2015 | 8:27 pm

U.S. general says Syrian town of Kobani taken from Islamic State

Kurdish ground forces, helped by U.S. and allied air support, have retaken the Syrian town of Kobani from Islamic State militants, U.S. Lieutenant-General James Terry said on Saturday. Supporting what Kurdish forces said earlier this week, Terry, commander of the Combined Joint Task Force that has been leading air strikes against Islamic State, said in a statement issued by the U.S. military: “Kurdish ground forces, supported by our air component, were successful in retaking the town of Kobani.” A monitoring group and Syrian state media reported Kurdish fighters took full control of Kobani on Monday, but on Tuesday a U.S. official said the town on the Turkish border had not been fully retaken.

Posted on 31 January 2015 | 8:14 pm

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World Woman Festival 2015: Women in countries such as Iraq, Syria and … – The Independent


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World Woman Festival 2015: Women in countries such as Iraq, Syria and
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Yanar Mohammed, the president of the Organisation of Women's Freedom in Iraq (OWFI), which runs secret shelters in Baghdad for women fleeing abuse, said Iraqi women were suffering because of policies put in place by the US and Britain which had …

Posted on 1 February 2015 | 1:18 am

Isis weapons engineer killed in airstrike in Iraq, claims US military – The Guardian


The Guardian

Isis weapons engineer killed in airstrike in Iraq, claims US military
The Guardian
Central Command, which commands the daily barrage of airstrikes against Isis in Iraq and Syria, has never before identified a militant it has killed. Though the Pentagon claims to have killed 6,000 Isis fighters since the August airstrikes began
Kurds retake oil facility in north Iraq, 15 workers still missingReuters
ISIS burning books at Iraq libraries and loading artifacts onto refrigerated National Post
ISIS Chemical Weapons Expert, Abu Malik, Killed in Iraq Airstrike: USNBCNews.com
New York Times -Daily Mail -Antiwar.com
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Posted on 31 January 2015 | 10:55 pm

Hagel: US may need ground troops in Iraq – Al-Arabiya


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Hagel: US may need ground troops in Iraq
Al-Arabiya
Hagel, who announced his resignation under pressure in November, told CNN all options must be considered in Iraq, including sending troops for non-combat roles such as gathering intelligence and locating ISIS targets. “I think it may require a forward …
Hagel: US Ground Troops Could Be Needed In IraqHuffington Post
Chuck Hagel: U.S. may need ground troops in Iraq to push back Islamic StateWashington Times
Hagel: Ground Troops May Be Needed in IraqTIME
The Hill
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Posted on 31 January 2015 | 9:27 pm

Coalition carries out 27 strikes on Isis as Hagel says more troops may go to Iraq – The Guardian


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Coalition carries out 27 strikes on Isis as Hagel says more troops may go to Iraq
The Guardian
The US-led coalition carrying out air strikes against Islamic State (Isis) militants in Syria and Iraq reported on Saturday that it had carried out 27 strikes since early on Friday. News of the strikes came a day after the outgoing US defense secretary
US Carries Out Six Additional Airstrikes Against ISIS Targets in Syria, IraqmyCentralOregon.com
Iraq adopts revised 2015 budget constrained by falling oil pricesArab Times Kuwait English Daily

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Posted on 31 January 2015 | 9:07 pm

Iraq’s PM pledges hard line against alleged militia abuses – Reuters UK


Reuters UK

Iraq's PM pledges hard line against alleged militia abuses
Reuters UK
1 of 2. Iraq's President Fouad Massoum (L), Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi (R) and Ammar al-Hakim (C), leader of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq (ISCI), attend a conference dialogue among religious sects in Baghdad January 31, 2015.

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Posted on 31 January 2015 | 7:45 pm

UPDATE 2-Kurds retake oil facility in north Iraq, 15 workers still missing – Reuters


UPDATE 2-Kurds retake oil facility in north Iraq, 15 workers still missing
Reuters
KIRKUK, Iraq, Jan 31 (Reuters) – Kurdish peshmerga forces retook a small crude oil station near the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk which Islamic State insurgents seized earlier on Saturday, but the fate of 15 employees remained unclear. Two officials

Posted on 31 January 2015 | 6:02 pm

Islamic Militants Surprise Kurds in Iraq, Killing a Commander in a Day of Attacks – New York Times


New York Times

Islamic Militants Surprise Kurds in Iraq, Killing a Commander in a Day of Attacks
New York Times
The assault was one of the most aggressive undertaken against Kirkuk in months by the Islamic State, the jihadist group that straddles a large stretch of Iraq and Syria. The city, in northern Iraq, is an oil hub that is seen as central to the

Posted on 31 January 2015 | 12:36 am

United Arab Emirates down Iraq to finish third at Asian Cup – The Guardian


The Guardian

United Arab Emirates down Iraq to finish third at Asian Cup
The Guardian
The United Arab Emirates overcame 10-man Iraq 3-2 in an action-packed Asian Cup third-placed playoff to complete an impressive tournament for Mahdi Ali's side. Ahmed Khalil netted twice before Ali Mabkhout converted a second-half penalty for his fifth
Game DetailsESPN FC
UAE beat Iraq, take third in Asian Cupninemsn
Iraq, UAE play for Middle East supremacy in 3rd-place matchYahoo News
The National -The Roar
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Posted on 30 January 2015 | 7:42 pm

The Iraq mission’s dangerous, unspoken reality – The Globe and Mail


The Iraq mission's dangerous, unspoken reality
The Globe and Mail
The initial parliamentary resolution spoke of a six-month deployment, to be reviewed before its expiration. Anyone who believed the six-month deadline to be serious had not been paying attention to the Islamic State, Iraq, the Middle East or statements

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Posted on 30 January 2015 | 7:52 am

Iraq probes alleged massacre by Shia militia in Diyala – BBC News


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Iraq probes alleged massacre by Shia militia in Diyala
BBC News
Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has ordered an investigation into allegations Shia militiamen massacred Sunni residents of an eastern village. Witnesses said more than 70 people were killed on Monday after pro-government forces expelled Islamic …
What Are the Iranians Doing in Iraq?Newsweek
Iraq's war within a warAljazeera.com (blog)
Ethno-sectarian hypocrisy and the media in IraqMiddle East Monitor
Middle East Eye -NDTV
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Posted on 29 January 2015 | 2:50 pm