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US drops arms to Kurds battling IS

US drops arms to Kurds battling IS

US military aircraft have dropped weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to Kurdish fighters battling Islamic State (IS) militants in the key Syrian town of Kobane. US Central Command said C-130 transport aircraft had made "multiple" drops of supplies provided by Kurdish authorities in Iraq. Hêjmarek mezin ji Çek û teqemenî gihişt KOBANÊ... وصلت كمية كبيرة...

IS 'nearly driven out of Kobane'

IS 'nearly driven out of Kobane'

The Islamic State (IS) militant group has been driven out of most of the northern Syrian town of Kobane, a Kurdish commander has told the BBC. Baharin Kandal said IS fighters had retreated from all areas, except for two pockets of resistance in the east. US-led air strikes have helped push back the militants, with...

UK troops training Kurdish forces in Iraq

UK troops training Kurdish forces in Iraq

A "specialist team" of 12 UK soldiers is training Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State militants in Iraq, the Ministry of Defence has said. It said troops from the Yorkshire Regiment were training Iraqi Kurds to use UK-supplied heavy machine guns. The soldiers are expected to spend a week in Irbil, in Kurdish-controlled northern Iraq. Royal Air...

Iraq appeals for help in Anbar against IS

Iraq appeals for help in Anbar against IS

Iraqi officials have made an urgent appeal for military help in the western Anbar province, saying the area could fall to Islamic State (IS) militants. The jihadist group has been attacking the provincial capital Ramadi, and has seized army bases in the area. A US official told AFP news agency the situation in Anbar was...

Dhaka seeks info on Burdwan blast

Dhaka seeks info on Burdwan blast

The Bangladesh government today asked its Indian counterpart to share more information of the October 2 bomb blast at Burdwan district in the West Bengal for which the Indian media pointed finger to "militants from Bangladesh". The Ministry of Foreign Affairs sent a note verbale to the High Commission of India (HCI) this morning. The...

Third video of UK hostage John Cantlie released

Third video of UK hostage John Cantlie released

A third video has appeared featuring British hostage John Cantlie who is being held by Islamic State militants. The journalist delivers a scripted message responding to US President Barack Obama's recent speech on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. The script mocks the US's strategy of employing air power combined with local ground forces. Cantile appears sat at a desk against a black backdrop, following the same format as in previous videos. Further messages The message ends with a comment by him that Islamic State (IS) says it welcomes meeting with what is described as President Obama's under-construction army.

US-led strikes hit IS-held oil sites in Syria

US-led strikes hit IS-held oil sites in Syria

US-led airstrikes targeted Syrian oil installations held by the extremist Islamic State group overnight and early Thursday, killing at least 19 people as more families of militants left their key stronghold, fearing further raids, activists said. The strikes aimed to knock out one of the militants' main revenue streams — black market oil sales...

Cops capture 2 'ISIS recruitees'

Cops capture 2 'ISIS recruitees'

A UK citizen of Bangladeshi origin is now in Dhaka to recruit fighters for ISIS, detectives said yesterday after the arrest of “two of his recruits”. On Wednesday night, a DB team arrested Asif Adnan, 26, and Fazle Elahi Tanzil, 24, who had allegedly been planning to go to Syria through Turkey with the...

2 held for trying to join Islamic State

2 held for trying to join Islamic State

Detectives in Dhaka have arrested two youths while they were preparing to fly for Syria to join Islamic State militants. Investigators said 26-year-old Asif Adnan is son of a former judge while 24-year-old Fazle Elahi Tanzil is son of an incumbent senior bureaucrat. Adnan has completed his graduation in economics from Dhaka University while Tanzil...

US-led strikes kill 14 militants in Syria: Monitor

US-led strikes kill 14 militants in Syria: Monitor

At least 14 Islamic State fighters were killed in air strikes by US-led forces overnight in northeast Syria, a group monitoring the war said on Thursday. The strikes also killed at least five civilians, said Rami Abdulrahman, who runs the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. US-led forces started air strikes on Syria on...

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