Tuesday, September 23, 2014


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The guided-missile cruiser "USS Philippine Sea" launches a Tomahawk cruise missile against Islamic State targets in Syria in the Arabian Gulf on September 23.

Video Obama Vows To Continue Fight Against Islamic State

President Barack Obama has pledged to continue the fight against Islamic State militants following the first U.S.-led air strikes targeting the extremist group in Syria. More

Islamic State Kills, Captures Dozens Of Iraqi Troops

A wave of suicide bombings by Islamic State militants has killed 40 soldiers in the western province of Anbar. More

Iran To 'Help Defend Mideast From Terrorists'

Iranian President Hassan Rohani says Tehran will help people in the Middle East defend themselves against "terrorists." More

Turkish policemen and soldiers walk past Syrian Kurds waiting behind the border fence to cross into Turkey near the southeastern town of Suruc on September 19.

45,000 Syrian Kurds Flee Islamic State

Ankara says tens of thousands of Syrian Kurds have crossed into Turkey over the past day, fleeing clashes with Islamic State militants. More

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan praised an "operation which was preplanned, whose every detail was calculated, which lasted through the night in total secrecy and ended successfully this morning."

Turkish Hostages Seized By IS Freed

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has announced that 49 Turkish hostages seized by Islamic State (IS) militants in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul have been brought safely back to Turkey. More

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Coalition Of One: Iran Leads Own Fight Against Islamic State

Iran is not part of the international coalition against Islamic State militants. But it is waging a war of its own with the group that is likely to overlap with the U.S.-led effort in unpredictable ways.
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Wide Array Of Countries Expected To Join Coalition Against Islamic State Militants

Various Middle Eastern and European countries are expected to join the U.S.-led coalition to roll back Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria. We look at who they are and what they will do.
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Interview: Imam Discusses Islamic State's Recruitment Of European Muslims

Syrian-born Imam Tarfa Baghajati, chairman of the Austrian Muslims Initiative, speaks with RFE/RL about Islamic State's efforts to recruit young people in Europe following reports that hundreds of European-based Muslims have joined their ranks.
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Kicked Off Twitter And Facebook, Islamic State Finds New Tools

Following the beheading of American journalist James Foley, U.S.-based social networks ramped up efforts to ban accounts linked to the Islamic State militant group.
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Explainer: The Yazidi Minority In Iraq

Islamic militants this week encircled thousands of members of the Yazidi minority in northern Iraq, prompting the Obama administration to carry out humanitarian air drops to the refugees who fled their homes to Mount Sinjar. Who are the Yazidis?
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Iraq's Holy Sites Reduced To Rubble

The Islamic State initially exhibited some restraint after entering northwestern Iraq in June, focusing on establishing control and gaining the trust of local Sunnis. But as the self-declared caliphate has grown more comfortable, it has revealed its radical aims by destroying anything that conflicts with its strict interpretation of Islam.
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Mosul Expulsion Ends Centuries-Old Christian Community

When Mosul's Christians fled for their lives, their once vibrant and centuries-old community scattered to the winds. Who were Mosul's Christians?
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Video Christians Say Terror Drove Them From Mosul

Iraqi Christians who fled Mosul say a mounting campaign of terror by the Islamic State drove them to flee their city en masse. RFE/RL spoke with a refugee from Mosul about her experience.
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Helly Luv: Siren Of Kurdish Independence

Kurdish pop singer Helly Luv has racked up more than 2.5 million hits since she released her "Risk It All" video in February urging independence for Iraqi Kurds.
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Iraqi Kurds Talk Independence But Move For Stronger Position In Iraq

Iraq's Kurdish region is playing the independence card, but there are signs it could simply be upping the ante in a bid for more territory and rights within Iraq.
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