US Vice President Joe Biden has apologized to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after alleging that the leader allowed foreign fighters allied with the Islamic State to cross into Syria. Erdogan was outraged over the remark.
Former Pentagon head Leon Panetta is using a new memoir to bash President Barack Obama and top White House aides for failing to sufficiently lead in talks with the Iraqi government over a deal that would have kept US troops in Iraq past 2011.
As a Western country Australia is automatically a target of terrorism and the fact that it is sending troops and committing to the war in Iraq doesn’t make much of a difference, Shahram Akbarzadeh, Research Professor, Deakin University told RT.
US Vice-President Joe Biden has accused America’s key allies in the Middle East of allowing the rise of the Islamic State (IS), saying they supported extremists with money and weapons in their eagerness to oust the Assad regime in Syria.
Islamic State has been a key foreign policy instrument for the US and a number of its allies and become one of the main drivers of the rebellion in Syria, Charles Shoebridge, security analyst and former British army officer, told RT.
Canberra has authorized deployment of special forces to Iraq to join operation against militants of the Islamic State. From now on, the Australian Air Force craft present in the region will also take part in combat missions against terrorists.
Islamic State (IS) insurgents and associated armed groups in Iraq have committed a “staggering array” of systematic human rights abuses – including mass executions, abducting women, and using girls as sex slaves, according to a UN report.
British jihadists fighting in Syria have threatened to launch a terror attack in Britain in a mark of retribution against UK airstrikes in Iraq. They claim the attack would parallel the 7/7 London bombings and beheading of soldier Lee Rigby.
Russia continues to deliver weapons to Iraqi troops, who got their first batch of state-of-the-art close-range air defense complexes and multiple-launch heavy flame-blast systems to eliminate Islamic State militants.