Lebanon detains wife and daughter of Islamic State chief

The Lebanese army detained a wife and daughter of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as they crossed from Syria nine daysLebanese army detained a wife and daughter of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as they crossed from Syria , security officials said on Tuesday, in a setback to the group as it comes […]

Islamic State crisis: UK gives £20m to Lebanon to keep it safe

The Lebanese army’s Brig Gen Ali Mourad got a WhatsApp message from the Islamic State (IS). It was short and to the point. “We are the heroes of Qalamoun,” it said, referring to the mountains on Syria’s border with Lebanon, “and we’re going to kill you.” Gen Mourad has a robust attitude to this threat. […]

Secret British role in halting ISIL ‘massacre’ in Lebanon

A British team has secretly saved a Christian town in Lebanon from advancing Isil forces by constructing a network of watchtowers, The Telegraph can disclose. The clandestine British squad worked at speed to coordinate the huge effort to build 12 towers — with more planned — along the border with Syria to prevent the forces […]

Assad regime cuts subsidies as Syria’s GDP falls to half prewar level

Syria’s economy is in a tailspin, and the regime of President Bashar al-Assad is increasingly struggling to find resources to quash the four-year-old rebellion, analysts say. The government has had to scale back subsidies for citizens for goods ranging from water to heating oil over the last six months. That has angered Syrians, who already […]

Iranian official blames Maliki and Assad for ISIS creation

In an unprecedented development the Iranian Foreign Ministry adviser, Mohammad Ali Sobhani, yesterday blamed the Iraqi regime of  Nouri al-Maliki, and the Syrian regime of Bashar al Assad for the creation of the islamic State of Iraq  and Syria  ( ISIS) In an interview with a local Iranian website «telltale News» Sobhani said  the sectarian policies during the reign of former […]

Raqqa strikes’ death toll rises to 95, activists

The death toll from a series of Syrian government airstrikes on the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) stronghold in northeastern Syria has risen to at least 95, making it one of the deadliest attacks on the city of Raqqa in the past three years, activists said Wednesday. Some of the Tuesday airstrikes hit […]

US announces new aid to Syrian civilian refugees in Turkey

Vice President Joe Biden and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan emerged from a nearly four-hour meeting Saturday, offering no indication that the U.S. and Turkey had bridged their differences about how to deal with Islamic State fighters or Syrian President Bashar Assad. Biden announced $135 million in new U.S. aid for Syrian civilians, including some […]

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 […]