BAGHDAD (Reuters) – When Islamic State fighters tried to storm the Tigris River town of Dhuluiya north of Baghdad this week, they were repelled by a rare coalition of Sunni tribal fighters inside the town and Shi’ites in its sister city Balad on the opposite bank.
The assault, which began late on Tuesday ran into Thursday, was one of several major battles in recent days in which Sunni tribes joined pro-government forces against the militants, in what Baghdad and Washington hope is a sign of increasing cooperation across sectarian lines to save the country.
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Islamic State militants are changing tactics in the face of U.S. air strikes in northern Iraq, ditching conspicuous convoys in favor of motorcycles and planting their black flags on civilian homes, tribal sources and eyewitnesses say.
They reported fewer militant checkpoints to weed out “apostates” and less cell phone use since the air strikes intensified and more U.S. allies pledged to join the campaign that began in August, saying the militants had also split up to limit casualties.
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Islamic State urged its followers on Monday to attack citizens of the United States, France and other countries which have joined a coalition to destroy the militant group.
Islamic State spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani also taunted U.S. President Barack Obama and other Western “crusaders” in a statement carried by the SITE monitoring website, saying their forces faced inevitable defeat at the militants’ hands.
BAGHDAD/DUBAI (Reuters) – Sometimes they came pretending to buy things. Sometimes they texted, sometimes they called, but the message was always the same: “Give us money.”
Months before they took control of the Iraqi city of Mosul in June, Islamic State militants were already busy collecting money to finance their campaign of setting up a 7th century-style caliphate.
BAGHDAD/DUBAI, Sept 11 (Reuters) – Sometimes they came
pretending to buy things. Sometimes they texted, sometimes they
called, but the message was always the same: “Give us money.”
Months before they took control of the Iraqi city of Mosul
in June, Islamic State militants were already busy collecting
money to finance their campaign of setting up a 7th
Aug 24 (Reuters) – Al Qaeda-linked militants in Syria on
Sunday freed an American writer missing since 2012 following
what officials said were efforts by the Gulf Arab state of Qatar
to win his release.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement that
Peter Theo Curtis had been held by Nusra Front, al Qaeda’s
official wing in Syria whose rivalry with militant group Islamic
State has fueled war among the insurgents themselves.
DUBAI (Reuters) – The Mosul Dam was always meant to be a symbol of Iraq’s grandiose ambition to escape poverty and underdevelopment.
But from the start, the $1.5 billion barrier north of the city was beset with significant engineering problems, now made worse after it became the center of a battle between Islamist insurgents and U.S. and Iraqi forces.
ADEN/DUBAI (Reuters) – Yemen’s al Qaeda wing has ordered men and women in the east to obey its strict interpretation of Islamic law, saying it aimed to set up an emirate in the remote area, local media and a resident said.
The announcement by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) will stoke concerns about the territorial ambitions of militant groups weeks after al Qaeda offshoot Islamic State declared its own caliphate across parts of Syria and Iraq.
SANAA/DUBAI, July 21 (Reuters) – A clampdown on state
spending was an effort by Yemen’s government this month to win
public support before its biggest economic reform in years:
higher fuel prices. But an angry public may not be won over.
In the capital Sanaa, where roads to petrol stations have
been choked for months by queues of cars waiting for scarce fuel
supplies, the frustration is palpable.
DUBAI (Reuters) – Bahrain interrogated its top opposition leader on Wednesday after expelling a senior U.S. diplomat for meeting him, a remarkable slap at Washington from the ally that hosts the U.S. Navy’s Middle East fleet.
U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Tom Malinowski left Bahrain late on Tuesday, the U.S. embassy said, after the foreign ministry ordered him out because he had “intervened flagrantly” in the country’s internal affairs by “holding meetings with one party”.