6 more French fighter jets join fight against ISIS

France’s defense minister said Wednesday the country will send an additional six fighter jets to aid the battle against extremists from the Islamic State group, Reuters news agency reported. Jean-Yves Le Drian announced the reinforcements in comments to the French parliament. The French Defense Ministry says there are 12 French aircraft already in the region […]

Iraq’s anti-ISIS strategy ‘bearing fruit’, says UN envoy

The new Iraqi government’s strategy of enlisting Kurds and local tribes in the fight against Islamists is yielding results, the U.N. envoy for Iraq told the Security Council on Tuesday. Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi has made it a priority to pay salaries, arm and train fighters from local tribes and communities and provide legal […]

ISIS Imposes Education Tax on Students

ISIS has announced monthly taxes on students attending schools and colleges in Iraq’s second-largest city, parents and a security official said Wednesday. Iraqi government schools have been state-funded since 1974. But parents in Mosul — which ISIS militants now control — have been told they must pay 25,000 Iraqi dinars (about $21) for every child […]

U.N. Urges Arab World to Denounce Islamic State

The United Nations’ top human rights official called on the Muslim world to denounce the “monstrous” crimes of the extremist group that seeks to establish an Islamic state in Iraq and Syria, calling its actions both a violation of international law and Islamic tenets. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, a member of the Jordanian royal family […]

Battle with IS starting to turn, says US military chief

The United States’ top military officer told American troops on a surprise visit to Baghdad on Saturday that the momentum in the battle with Islamic State was “starting to turn”, but predicted a drawn-out campaign lasting several years. General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was visiting Iraq for the first time […]

ISIS suffers setbacks in Iraq as it loses territory and fighters

By Tim Lister Is the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) finally beginning to feel the pressure?  The first signs are emerging that a combination of coalition airstrikes and more assertive Iraqi and Kurdish forces are forcing ISIS to change its behavior, and inflicting serious losses of both territory and fighters. Analysts tell CNN […]