American forces were involved in their first ground battle with Islamic State fighters, according to Kurdish media outlet Shafaq News, near the Ain Al-Assad base in the Anbar province of Iraq early Sunday. The report could not be independently verified.
Two ex-soldiers who travelled from Britain to Syria to join Kurdish troops fighting Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) said the battlefield “was like World War I.” They also revealed they had a plan to kill each other rather than face capture.
Draft reports of a public inquiry into the UK's 2003 Iraq war have rattled Britain’s establishment, with senior Whitehall figures battling to sanitize its findings. Critics say the war was central to the rise of ISIS, and the fragmentation of Iraq.
Two men have been arrested after handing out extremist leaflets in London’s Oxford Street, implicitly supporting Islamic State. The illegal leaflets caused outrage on social media when the men were spotted distributing information in August.
Tony Blair will face an inquiry into British complicity in the CIA's torture of terror suspects. The former prime minister’s decision came to light following Home Secretary Theresa May’s announcement that the probe would not be judge-led.
UK defense officials face heated condemnation this week as the findings of a public inquiry into one of Britain’s most brutal battles in recent years surfaces. UK troops have been accused of the unlawful murder and torture of Iraqi citizens in 2004.
A police operation is underway at a café in central Sydney, where up to 40 hostages are being held by an armed attacker and a black flag with Arabic inscriptions can be seen. Australia is contributing to the US-led operation against the Islamic State.
New interrogation techniques being forced on the British Army by “ambulance-chasing lawyers” and “play-it-safe judges” are hampering the business of getting vital intelligence out of terrorist suspects, army chiefs warn.
Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim Jafari says that his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, has made an offer to help Iraq fight Islamic State militants. Beijing has volunteered to assist with airstrikes, though it will not join the US-led coalition against ISIS.
Britain’s deputy prime minister has called for the publication of the 2003 Iraq war inquiry to be brought forward, amid fears that more setbacks will mean the report will be delayed until after the May 2015 general election.