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  1. News - Asia - SYRIA

    Australian grandfather in tears at Syria photo of seven-year-old boy with severed head

    Posted Aug 12th 2014, 10:43am

    ... pictured holding a severed head in Syria said the shocking image brought him to tears, with the growing problem of jihadists fighting overseas to be a focus of US-Australia talks on Tuesday. The image of the Sydney-raised boy posing with the rotting head of a soldier, posted on the Twitter account of his father Khaled Sharrouf, an Australian who fled to Syria last year and is now ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1571921/im-scared-children-australian-grandfather-tears-syria-photo-seven-year-old-severed
  2. News - World - ISLAMIC MILITANCY

    Poster girls for jihad: young women raised in West joining militants

    Posted Sep 30th 2014, 08:25pm by GDN

    ... investigators. Girls as young as 14 or 15 are travelling mainly to Syria to marry jihadis, bear their children and join communities of fighters, with a small number taking up arms. Many are recruited ... Cazeneuve, the interior minister. Counterterrorism experts in Britain believe about 50 British girls and women have joined IS, with some known to have travelled to Syria to fight. Many are believed ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1604680/poster-girls-jihad-young-women-raised-west-joining-militants
  3. News - World

    US tallies the price of its military action against Islamic State

    Posted Sep 30th 2014, 08:46pm by Reuters

    ... troops to assess the Iraqi military and advise its leaders. The United States began air strikes against the militants on August 8 and expanded to Syria on September 22. The coalition has made 290 strikes in Iraq and Syria, of which the US military has conducted 265. US planes are making 60 reconnaissance flights a day, and 1,600 US troops are being stationed in Iraq. The think estimated ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1604686/us-tallies-price-its-military-action-against-islamic-state
  4. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Video shows captured Syrian soldiers executed by Islamic State

    Posted Aug 28th 2014, 09:24pm by Reuters

    ... executed scores of Syrian soldiers captured when the militants seized an airbase in Syria's Raqqa province at the weekend, according to a video posted on YouTube yesterday. The video, ... killing of large numbers of its soldiers shows how Islamic State has cemented its grip on Syria's north. The video begins by showing the captives apparently being marched in the desert ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1581481/video-shows-captured-syrian-soldiers-executed-islamic-state
  5. News - World

    Nine arrested in UK ahead of parliament's vote on joining Iraq air strikes

    Posted Sep 26th 2014, 04:28am by AFP

    ... of Iraq and Syria, have beheaded a British aid worker and two US journalists, and are also holding two other Britons. While securing British support may not be crucial to the US-led offensive, ... has taken a cautious approach to military action against Iraq, haunted by a damaging House of Commons defeat over military action against President Bashar al-Assad's regime in Syria last ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1600591/nine-arrested-uk-ahead-parliaments-vote-joining-iraq-air-strikes
  6. News - World - ISLAMIC STATE

    Ten reasons why Islamic State may be more dangerous than al-Qaeda

    Posted Sep 04th 2014, 10:14pm by NYT

    ... more than US$400 million in gold and Iraqi currency. It controls oilfields in Syria and Iraq that generate income, and it has pocketed millions of dollars in ransoms for hostages. 3. Because ... extremist group in history, having captured huge amounts of military weapons and equipment in Iraq and Syria. 7. Islamic State is out-recruiting al-Qaeda. It is estimated that 80 per cent ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1585259/ten-reasons-why-islamic-state-may-be-more-dangerous-al-qaeda
  7. News - World - ISLAMIC MILITANCY

    US moves to deter its citizens from joining Islamic State extremists

    Posted Sep 16th 2014, 10:42pm by AP

    ... on joining the fighting in countries such as Syria and Iraq, US Attorney General Eric Holder said. The programmes are designed in part to identify American extremists seeking to join terror ... the threat posed by violent extremism. And with the emergence of groups like Isil, and the knowledge that some Americans are attempting to travel to countries like Syria and Iraq to take part ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1593993/us-moves-deter-its-citizens-joining-islamic-state-extremists
  8. News - World - ISLAMIC STATE

    Militant jihadist group Islamic State is not an unstoppable juggernaut

    Posted Sep 12th 2014, 05:48am by AP

    ... al-Qaeda. But while IS has seized parts of Iraq and Syria, it is no unstoppable juggernaut. Lacking the major weaponry of an established military, it wields outsize influence through the fanaticism ... and political effort to combat the group in Syria and Iraq, ushered in what will likely be a long-term engagement by the US and its allies to destroy the militants in those countries. It is useful ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1590352/militant-jihadist-group-islamic-state-not-unstoppable-juggernaut
  9. News - World - DIPLOMACY

    North Korean foreign minister labels UN Security Council as a forum of lies

    Posted Sep 29th 2014, 03:23am by AFP

    ... the UN General Assembly on Saturday. He accused the top body of turning a blind eye to civilian deaths in Gaza from Israeli attacks while punishing Syria over the conflict on its territory. Ri said the top council was "showcasing the extreme manifestation of the double standard" and said no action should be taken against Syria "under the disguise ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1603442/north-korean-foreign-minister-labels-un-security-council-forum-lies
  10. News - World - ISLAMIC MILITANCY

    Algerian militants release video showing beheading of French hostage

    Posted Sep 24th 2014, 11:30pm by Reuters

    ... governments. The Caliphate Soldiers, a splinter group linked to Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, had on Monday published a video claiming responsibility for the abduction and showed the man ... Arab allies bombed Islamic State targets inside Syria for the first time on Tuesday. The Sunni Muslim group has seized swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq, slaughtering prisoners ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1599720/algerian-militants-release-video-showing-beheading-french-hostage

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