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World 25 Oct 2014 | 9:00 AM

Islamic State keeps up Syrian oil flow despite U.S-led strikes

AMMAN (Reuters) - Islamic State is still extracting and selling oil in Syria and has adapted its trading techniques despite a month of strikes by U.S.-led forces aimed at cutting off this major source of income for the group, residents, oil executives and traders say.

World 13 Oct 2014 | 11:25 PM

Islamic State seeks to justify enslaving Yazidi women and girls in Iraq

ARBIL Iraq (Reuters) - The Islamic State group said it enslaved families from the minority Yazidi sect after overrunning their villages in northwestern Iraq, in what it praised as the revival of an ancient custom of using women and children as spoils of war.

World 06 Nov 2014 | 2:20 AM

Hiding under corpses - Iraqi tribesmen recount escape from Islamic State

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Muhammed Hilal and about 100 other members of Iraq's Albu Nimr tribe felt safe hiding from Islamic State militants in tall grass -- until the headlights of dozens of cars exposed them.

World 03 Nov 2014 | 4:05 AM

Iraqi Kurds join fight against Islamic State in Kobani

BEIRUT/MURSITPINAR Turkey (Reuters) - Iraqi Kurdish fighters have joined the fight against Islamic State militants in Kobani, hoping their support for fellow Kurds backed by U.S.-led air strikes will keep the ultra-hardline group from seizing the Syrian border town.

World 06 Feb 2015 | 4:15 PM

Insight - Islamic State in Syria seen under strain but far from collapse

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State's defeat in Kobani and other recent setbacks in Syria suggest the group is under strain but far from collapse in the Syrian half of its self-declared caliphate.

World 30 Jun 2015 | 1:10 AM

Factbox - Gulf Arabs on the rise in Islamic State

(Reuters) - Islamic State, which claimed responsibility for Kuwait's worst militant attack last Friday, has built a network of militants in Gulf Arab states responsible for a campaign of suicide bombings against the Arabian Peninsula's Shi'ite minority.

World 02 Oct 2015 | 6:05 PM

Despair, hardship as Iraq cuts off wages in Islamic State cities

ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - The Iraqi government's decision to choke off funding for Islamic State by cutting off all wages and pensions in cities controlled by the group has plunged people into hardship and could help the insurgents tighten their grip, officials and residents say.

World 28 Aug 2014 | 11:40 PM

Video shows Islamic State executes scores of Syrian soldiers

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State fighters executed scores of Syrian soldiers captures when the militants seized an airbase in the province of Raqqa at the weekend, according to a video posted on You Tube on Thursday.

World 21 Aug 2014 | 2:00 AM

Islamic State opens new anti-U.S. front with beheading video

BAGHDAD/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State's beheading of a U.S. journalist and its threat to "destroy the American cross" suggests it has gained enough confidence seizing large areas of Iraq and Syria to take aim at American targets despite the risks.

World 11 Aug 2014 | 9:15 PM

Islamic State beheads, crucifies in push for Syria's east

BEIRUT/AMMAN (Reuters) - Islamic State has crushed a pocket of resistance to its control in eastern Syria, crucifying two people and executing 23 others in the past five days, a monitoring group said on Monday.