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World 15 Jan 2016 | 1:18 AM

Turkey hits Islamic State targets in Syria, Iraq after Istanbul bombing

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish tanks and artillery have bombarded Islamic State positions in Syria and Iraq over the past 48 hours, killing almost 200 of its fighters in retaliation for a suicide bombing in Istanbul, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Thursday.

World 19 Nov 2015 | 5:30 AM

Calls for U.S. troops to fight Islamic State misguided, say experts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Americans want the Obama administration to get tougher with the Islamic State following the carnage in Paris, but many of the measures now being proposed could actually make the threat worse, counter-terrorism experts said.

World 15 Nov 2015 | 8:30 AM

After Paris attacks, pressure builds for big military response to Islamic State

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Paris terror attacks are likely to galvanise a stronger global military response to Islamic State, after a U.S.-led air war that has lasted more than a year has failed to contain a group now proving itself to be a growing worldwide threat.

World 14 Nov 2015 | 5:30 AM

U.S. 'reasonably certain' that Islamic State militant Jihadi John killed in strike

WASHINGTON/BEIRUT (Reuters) - The United States announced on Friday it was "reasonably certain" a drone strike in Syria had killed Jihadi John, a British citizen who became the public face of Islamic State and a symbol of its brutality after appearing in hostage execution videos.

World 13 Nov 2015 | 9:05 AM

Sinjar battle could give momentum to Obama's Islamic State strategy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S.-backed drive by Iraqi Kurds to wrest the northern town of Sinjar and a slice of strategic highway from Islamic State could give new momentum to the Obama administration’s strategy to defeat the extremist group, U.S. officials and analysts said on Thursday.

World 08 Jul 2014 | 8:40 PM

Islamic State rounds up ex-Baathists to eliminate potential rivals in Iraq's Mosul

BAGHDAD/MOSUL Iraq (Reuters) - One night last week, Islamic State militants in an SUV with tinted windows pulled up at the home of a former Iraqi army officer, one of the men they see as an obstacle to their goal of establishing a caliphate from Iraq to the Mediterranean.

World 24 Sep 2014 | 6:45 PM

Islamic State advances on Kurdish town in Syria after U.S.-led air strikes

MURSITPINAR Turkey/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State has reinforced fighters who are battling Kurdish forces for control of a Syrian town at the border with Turkey, a redeployment triggered by U.S.-led air strikes on the group elsewhere, a Kurdish military official said.

World 25 Sep 2014 | 4:05 AM

Arab states line up behind U.S. in fight against Islamic State

(Reuters) - U.S. warplanes pounded Islamic State fighters in Syria and Iraq for a second day on Wednesday as President Barack Obama tried to rally support for the coalition fighting the extremist group during an address to the U.N. General Assembly in New York.

World 23 Sep 2014 | 1:35 AM

Turkey struggles with spillover as Syrian Kurds battle Islamic State

MURSITPINAR Turkey (Reuters) - Syrian Kurds battled to defend a key border town from an Islamic State advance on Monday as Kurdish youths from neighbouring Turkey rushed to their aid, heightening the pressure on Ankara to act against the Islamist insurgents.

World 17 Oct 2014 | 12:50 AM

U.S. seeks more from China, Asian Muslim nations, on Islamic State

WASHINGTON/JAKARTA (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will seek greater cooperation from China and Southeast Asia's main Muslim states, Indonesia and Malaysia, in the campaign against Islamic State and staunching the flow of foreign fighters to the militant group, U.S. and Asian officials said.