Turkey urges more information sharing on foreign jihadists

BERLIN - Turkey's foreign minister on Thursday called for a greater exchange of information with other states to prevent jihadists entering his country and traveling on to Iraq or Syria to join Islamic State militants.

France rules out military action in Syria, prepares Iraq strikes

PARIS - France will not carry out military action against Islamic State militants in Syria, but will soon begin air strikes to support Iraqi and Kurdish forces in Iraq, President Francois Hollande said on Thursday.

World, France, Syria, 1:09pm EDT

Islamic State shows captive British journalist in new video

BEIRUT - Islamic State militants fighting in Iraq and Syria released a video on Thursday that they said shows British journalist John Cantlie in captivity saying he will soon reveal "facts" about the group to counter its portrayal in Western media.

World, Syria, 12:38pm EDT

Saudi role against Islamic State turns on relief for Arab Sunnis

RIYADH - In its war against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria the United States wants strong public support from Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam and champion of Arab Sunni Muslims.

World, Saudi Arabia, Syria, 8:01am EDT

Air strikes not enough to destroy Islamic State: U.S. general

WIESBADEN Germany - Air strikes alone will not be enough to destroy Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria, and Baghdad will need training to rebuild ground forces capable of “going after them and rooting them out,” the U.S. Army Chief of Staff said on Wednesday.

Politics, World, Syria, Tech 17 Sep 2014

Emir assures Merkel Qatar doesn't fund extremists in Syria, Iraq

BERLIN - Qatar's ruler Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani assured the West on Wednesday that it was not aiding Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, telling Germany that his own country's security was jeopardised by the militants.

Politics, World, Germany, Syria, 17 Sep 2014

Kosovo imams arrested in push to stop fighters going to Syria, Iraq

PRISTINA - At least nine imams were among 15 people arrested in Kosovo on Wednesday in the second major operation in weeks to try to stem the flow of young ethnic Albanians joining Islamist fighters in Iraq and Syria. | Video

Politics, World, 17 Sep 2014

Iraqi army launches offensive on Islamic State in three cities

BAGHDAD - Iraqi forces launched an intense military operation against Islamic State insurgents in three cities in central Iraq on Wednesday, fighting to regain control of lost ground, security sources said.

Politics, World, 17 Sep 2014

Exclusive: Iraqi Kurdistan oil heads to Asia, in talks with China

LONDON - At least 3 million barrels of Iraqi Kurdish oil are on ships heading to Asia, with trade sources naming China as a possible destination as the autonomous region expands efforts to establish independent oil sales in defiance of Baghdad.

World, China 17 Sep 2014

Eyeing 'fatal blow' against IS, Britain lays ground to join U.S. air strikes

LONDON - The British government is preparing the ground to join the United States in launching air strikes against Islamic State in Iraq, but is moving cautiously to ensure it avoids a parliamentary defeat and acts as part of a regional coalition.

World, United Nations 17 Sep 2014