UNICEF: 14 million children impacted by conflict in Syria and Iraq

NEW YORK/AMMAN, 12 March 2015 – Some 14 million children across the region are now suffering from the escalating conflict sweeping Syria and much of Iraq, said UNICEF today. With the conflict in Syria now entering its fifth year, the situation of more than 5.6 million children inside the country remains the most desperate. That includes up to 2 million children who are living in areas of the country largely cut off from humanitarian assistance […]

FBI chief warns of Islamic State recruits, lone wolf attacks

The radicalization of Americans by Islamic State and other groups, particularly through sophisticated use of social media, is a top concern for the FBI as it grapples with evolving terrorism threats, Director James Comey said on Thursday (March 12). Like other militant groups, Islamic State, also known as ISIL, has called for lone wolf attacks in Western countries and has specifically encouraged attacks on soldiers, law enforcement and the intelligence community, Comey said at an […]

British girls helped by spy from country fighting Islamic State, says Turkish minister

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday (March 12) that a spy working for a country in the U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State helped three British girls who are believed to have crossed into Syria via Turkey. “Do you know who the person was who helped these girls? This person was caught. It turned out to be someone who worked in the intelligence services of a country in the coalition,” said Cavusoglu in an […]

IMF seeks ‘immediate’ stabilization in latest Ukraine bailout

(Reuters) – The International Monetary Fund has agreed to pump $10 billion into Ukraine’s troubled economy over the next year, providing swift assistance for the country’s struggling finances as part of a larger four-year bailout. The IMF board on Wednesday approved a loan of $17.5 billion, with the bulk of the money heading out the door fast: $5 billion likely by the end of this week and another $5 billion in coming months, IMF officials […]

Islamic State ransacks Assyrian capital as Iraq appeals for help

By Dominic Evans BAGHDAD Wed Mar 11, 2015 4:51pm EDT (Reuters) – Islamic State militants have desecrated another ancient Iraqi capital, the government said on Wednesday, razing parts of the 2,700-year-old city of Khorsabad famed for its colossal statues of human-headed winged bulls. Officials have said for several days they were checking reports of damage at Khorsabad following attacks on the cities of Nineveh, Nimrud and Hatra by the Islamist radicals who control much of […]