My Sinchew/ IS

Rebuilt once, Kadhafi's home town lies in ruins again

The Islamic State group's beleaguered Libyan stronghold of Sirte has been devastated by months of fighting, the second time in five years it has been wrecked.


IS traps Mosul civilians as human shields: Pentagon

Islamic State jihadists are trapping Mosul's civilians to use as human shields, the Pentagon said Tuesday as President Barack Obama warned of "significant" potential displacement as the offensive for the Iraqi city progresses.


Iraqis fleeing IS face revenge attacks: Amnesty

Paramilitary groups and government forces in Iraq have tortured, arbitrarily detained and executed thousands of civilians escaping areas controlled by the Islamic State group, Amnesty International warned Tuesday.


Mosul offensive provides a pre-election boon for Obama

The battle for Mosul is a chance for President Barack Obama to claim an election-year victory over the Islamic State group in Iraq and offset failures in Syria.


Mosul op could take weeks or more: US-led coalition

The operation Iraqi forces launched on Monday to retake the city of Mosul from the Islamic State group could last weeks and "possibly longer", a top US general said.


UN 'extremely concerned' for 1.5 million civilians in Mosul

The UN deputy Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief voiced grave concern Sunday at risks faced by civilians as operations to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul began.


Iraq forces launch battle to liberate Mosul from IS

Iraqi forces have launched a campaign to retake Mosul, the self-declared capital of the Islamic State, the prime minister said Monday in what the US hailed as a "decisive moment" in the battle to crush the jihadist group.


Europe's prisons 'breeding ground' for jihadists: study

Prisons in Europe are becoming "breeding grounds" for jihadist groups, with some criminals seeing violent extremism as a form of redemption for their crimes, a report by a British think tank published Tuesday said.


IS bomb suspect planned to target Berlin airport

A Syrian refugee arrested in Germany on Monday after being tied up by three compatriots was plotting to bomb a Berlin airport in the name of the Islamic State group, the head of domestic intelligence said.


IS recruits more educated than average: World Bank study

Recruits into the Islamic State group are better educated than their average countryman, contrary to popular belief, according to a new World Bank study.


 

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