Victory for thousands of Yazidis trapped on Iraqi mountains since August after Kurdish forces claim they have ended ISIS’s siege of Mount Sinjar 

Victory for thousands of Yazidis trapped on Iraqi mountains since August after Kurdish forces claim they have ended ISIS’s siege of Mount Sinjar 

By Jack Crone for MailOnline Published: 05:27 EST, 19 December 2014 | Updated: 05:32 EST, 19 December 2014 Kursish forces are celebrating their greatest victory over ISIS after claiming they have broken More »

ISIS extremists ‘offer British teenagers cash to become jihadi brides in Syria and Iraq’ by grooming them online just like sexual predators 

ISIS extremists ‘offer British teenagers cash to become jihadi brides in Syria and Iraq’ by grooming them online just like sexual predators 

By John Hall for MailOnline Published: 06:23 EST, 19 December 2014 | Updated: 06:45 EST, 19 December 2014 British Muslim extremists are offering teenagers money to join the Islamic State militants waging More »

From Syria and Iraq to Iran: Kurdish Minorities Push For Autonomy

From Syria and Iraq to Iran: Kurdish Minorities Push For Autonomy

More than than three years into Syria’s brutal civil war, Syrian Kurds have carved out an entity of their own close to the border with Turkey. Their battle against Islamic State, the More »

Million Mummy Discovery Disputed In Egypt

Million Mummy Discovery Disputed In Egypt

A massive cemetery with up to 1 million mummies has reportedly been found in Egypt, but the announcement of the discovery apparently landed a U.S. research team in hot water, and possibly More »

Why it’s so hard to know when oil will bounce back: Don Pittis

Why it’s so hard to know when oil will bounce back: Don Pittis

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Victory for thousands of Yazidis trapped on Iraqi mountains since August after Kurdish forces claim they have ended ISIS’s siege of Mount Sinjar 

Victory for thousands of Yazidis trapped on Iraqi mountains since August after Kurdish forces claim they have ended ISIS’s siege of Mount Sinjar 

Kursish forces are celebrating their greatest victory over ISIS after claiming they have broken the five month siege of Mount Sinjar – liberating thousands of trapped Yazidis.

Around 8,000 fighters launched a two-pronged attack which they said had succeeded in opening a wide corridor to allow members of the Yazidi minority to escape.

ISIS extremists ‘offer British teenagers cash to become jihadi brides in Syria and Iraq’ by grooming them online just like sexual predators 

ISIS extremists ‘offer British teenagers cash to become jihadi brides in Syria and Iraq’ by grooming them online just like sexual predators 

British Muslim extremists are offering teenagers money to join the Islamic State militants waging bloody jihad in Syria and Iraq, it has been claimed.

Supporters of the terror group are believed to be offering cash incentives to encourage schoolgirls as young as 17 to travel to the group’s de facto capital Raqqa and marry fighters.

From Syria and Iraq to Iran: Kurdish Minorities Push For Autonomy

From Syria and Iraq to Iran: Kurdish Minorities Push For Autonomy

More than than three years into Syria’s brutal civil war, Syrian Kurds have carved out an entity of their own close to the border with Turkey. Their battle against Islamic State, the jihadist group that has conquered chunks of Syria and Iraq, for Kobani, a stone’s throw from the Syrian-Turkish border, symbolises Syrian Kurdish aspirations. It has galvanised Turkish Kurdish emotions at a time of fragile peace negotiations between Turkey and the insurgent Kurdish Workers Party (PKK).

Million Mummy Discovery Disputed In Egypt

Million Mummy Discovery Disputed In Egypt

A massive cemetery with up to 1 million mummies has reportedly been found in Egypt, but the announcement of the discovery apparently landed a U.S. research team in hot water, and possibly even kicked off the project.

Archaeologists from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, said the bodies date from between the 1st century and 7th century A.D., when Egypt was controlled by the Roman and Byzantine empires. These mummies didn’t belong to the Egyptian elite, but to the poor.

Why it’s so hard to know when oil will bounce back: Don Pittis

Why it’s so hard to know when oil will bounce back: Don Pittis
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Of $5.4 billion pledged for Gaza, only a fraction delivered

Of $5.4 billion pledged for Gaza, only a fraction delivered
GAZA (Reuters) – Two months after donors pledged $5.4 billion (3.44 billion pounds) to help rebuild Gaza after the war between Israel and Hamas, Palestinian, U.N. and other officials say barely 2 percent of the money has been transferred. 

The conference in Cairo had been hailed as a success, with Qatar promising $1 billion, Saudi Arabia $500 million and the United States and the European Union a combined $780 million in various forms of assistance.

Half was expected to go to rebuilding houses and infrastructure in Gaza destroyed during seven weeks of fighting, and the rest to support the Palestinian budget.

Malnutrition Hits Millions of Children in Yemen

Malnutrition Hits Millions of Children in Yemen

MILAH, Yemen ” A doctor in a bare, rural clinic here decided to extend his working week to five days from two, to cope with the rush of hollow-eyed children who kept showing up in the mornings.

Already this year, two severely malnourished local boys had been so withered that they were beyond saving. The doctor, Abdu Ali Saad, kept pictures of the boys, ages 2 and 4, on his phone: a reminder of the dangers facing children in Yemens long-neglected countryside, more forsaken these days than ever.

Anti-ISIS fight to take at least three years: U.S. general

Anti-ISIS fight to take at least three years: U.S. general

The general in command of U.S. forces involved in the fight against militants belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) said on Thursday he thought it would take a minimum of three years to achieve a turning point against the group.

Asked at a Pentagon briefing about progress on the ground, U.S. Army Lt. Gen. James Terry said that the first U.S. air strikes had taken place only four months ago and counseled patience, estimating it would “at least take a minimum of three years.”

ISIS in Iraq beheads man it accuses of ‘sorcery’

ISIS in Iraq beheads man it accuses of ‘sorcery’

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) on Thursday beheaded a man publicly on charges that he was a “sorcerer,” north of their bastion of Tikrit, the Islamist militant organization and residents said.

The group released pictures of the execution on a square in Nahyat al-Alam, a town a few kilometers north of Tikrit.

Kurdish troops open Sinjar corridor for Yazidis

Kurdish troops open Sinjar corridor for Yazidis

Iraqi Kurdish forces battling ISIS militants managed on Thursday to open up a key corridor so that thousands of people from the country’s Yazidi minority who have been trapped on a mountain can flee, a senior Kurdish official said.

The development was an incremental step in the battle to retake the town of Sinjar, at the foothills of the mountain by the same name, which fell to ISIS militants in early August.

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