Dutch say fight against Islamic State insurgents must go to Syria

AMSTERDAM - Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans said on Friday that the fight against Islamic State insurgents can only be successful if the jihadi militants are confronted in Syria as well as Iraq.


Journalist Foley's parents, after call with pope, call for prayer and action 1:44pm BST

ROME - The parents of James Foley, the American journalist killed by Islamic State militants in Iraq, on Friday called for prayer and support to free the remaining captives held by Islamic State fighters.

At least 30 killed in Shi'ite militia attack on Sunni mosque in Iraq 1:04pm BST

BAGHDAD - At least 30 people were killed when a Shi'ite Muslim militia opened fired inside an Iraqi Sunni mosque in the country's eastern Diyala province on Friday, an Iraqi security source said.

Islamic State militants stone man to death in Iraq -witness 12:48pm BST

BAGHDAD - Islamic State militants in Iraq stoned a man to death in the northern city of Mosul after one of their courts sentenced him to die for the crime of adultery, a witness said on Friday.

Iran denies report linking Iraq cooperation to nuclear talks 10:34am BST

DUBAI - Iran denied a report that it is ready to help counter Islamic State insurgents in return for progress in negotiations with world powers over its nuclear programme.


Insight - Amid U.S. air strikes, Iraq struggles to build own air force 6:33am BST

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama told a recent interviewer he did not want the U.S. military to become Iraq's air force. But he may have little choice.

Iran says wants progress in nuclear talks before action on Islamic State 21 Aug 2014

PARIS/DUBAI - Iran is ready to do something to help tackle Islamic State insurgents in Iraq but first wants progress in negotiations with world powers over its nuclear programme, Foreign Minister Javad Zarif was quoted as saying by Iranian media.


Insight - "Terrorists" help U.S. in battle against Islamic State in Iraq 21 Aug 2014

MAKHMUR Iraq - Washington has acquired an unlikely ally in its battle against Islamic State militants in Iraq - a group of fighters it formally classifies as terrorists.

Iraqi Kurdistan sells latest oil cargo, tanker empty near Israel 21 Aug 2014

LONDON - An Iraqi Kurdish crude oil tanker has reappeared off the coast of Israel having offloaded its cargo, ship tracking data on Reuters showed, in the latest sign the autonomous region is finding buyers for its oil in defiance of Baghdad.

Obama unlikely to deepen Iraq military involvement, say U.S. officials 21 Aug 2014

WASHINGTON - Despite outrage at home and abroad over the grisly beheading of an American journalist, President Barack Obama is unlikely to deepen military involvement in Iraq or Syria and will instead stay the course with U.S. air strikes, U.S. officials say.