The US is reviewing the possibility that civilians may have died in coalition air strikes in Iraq and Syria. Central Command is carrying out the investigation and has admitted for the first time that members of the general public could have perished.
The Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) has released pictures allegedly showing the execution of eight people. The militants say those killed were Iraqi police, who infiltrated IS to spy for the Iraqi government.
Four peace activists were arrested at a Royal Air Force (RAF) base in Lincolnshire, northern England, on Monday while protesting against Britain’s use of armed drones. The site hosts the control center for UK drones abroad.
A US military veteran said joining a Kurdish group fighting Islamic State militants in Syria was as “easy” as buying an airline ticket, highlighting the simplicity with which westerners have joined both Islamic State and its foes.
Fiji is the happiest country in the world, while war-torn Iraq is the least happy nation, says Gallup survey. At the same time, about 60 percent of respondents, the majority from the Middle East, say they would fight for their country if necessary.
A 14-year-old Syrian boy has given himself in to Iraqi guards wearing a vest full of explosives, The New York Times reports. The teenager, recruited by the Islamic State, said that a mission to bomb a Shiite mosque was his only chance to escape militants.
US and coalition airstrikes against the Islamic State in Syria have killed nearly 1,200 people ‒ including 52 civilians ‒ and wounded at least 800 others at a cost of more than $1 billion since the bombings began in September.