Intelligence gaps may help Islamic State gain foothold in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan — Saturday’s massive suicide attack in eastern Afghanistan claimed by Islamic State militants highlights shortcomings in intelligence gathering by coalition forces that complicate their ability to gauge the group’s strength in the country. A self-styled Islamic State spokesman claimed responsibility for the attack, which occurred when a motorcyclist detonated his explosives in a crowd of government workers collecting their pay at a bank in Jalalabad, killing 35 people and Read more [...]

War Might Be Health of State, But It’s Hell on Immigrants

Article by Correspondent Dallas Darling The waters of the Mediterranean Sea have again swallowed a number of innocent victims. But instead of a shipwreck caused by a natural disaster or mechanical failure, it was caused by the ongoing wars in North Africa. According to Italy's Coast Guard, a confirmed 24 people died when a 66 foot vessel filled with 700 fleeing immigrants overturned. As of this moment, there is no immediate way to determine how many refugees were aboard, how many have perished, Read more [...]

Islamic State shoots and beheads 30 Ethiopian Christians in Libya – video

By Sylvia Westall CAIRO (Reuters) - A video purportedly made by Islamic State and posted on social media sites on Sunday appeared to show militants shooting and beheading about 30 Ethiopian Christians in Libya. Reuters was unable to verify the authenticity of the video, but the killings resemble past violence carried out by Islamic State, an ultra-hardline group that has expanded its reach from strongholds in Iraq and... - Photown News Read more [...]

In surprise offensive, Islamic State takes 3 villages near Ramadi

IRBIL, Iraq (Tribune Content Agency) — Two weeks after a critical victory at Tikrit, where a combination of U.S. airstrikes, government troops and Shiite Muslim militias overwhelmed an Islamic State force that had held the city for nearly a year, the Iraqi government faced a new challenge Wednesday, a sign of how much remains to be done to defeat the militants. In a surprise assault, Islamic State fighters captured three villages outside Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province 100 miles south of Read more [...]

Islamic State seizes village in Iraq’s Anbar province

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Islamic State militants gained ground in western Iraq on Wednesday, overrunning another village near the capital of Anbar province in a dawn raid, police sources and local officials said. Hundreds of families were fleeing Albu Ghanim after security forces came under attack from the militants overnight and withdrew from the area, around 5 km (3 miles) northeast of the provincial capital Ramadi. The militants have been making inroads on Ramadi's northern periphery since the government Read more [...]

Obama plans to remove Cuba’s designation as state sponsor of terrorism

President Obama plans to remove Cuba from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism after more than a quarter-century, the White House said Tuesday, taking a major step toward Obama’s goal of normalizing relations with the island nation.
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