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Canada’s Trudeau to end air strikes in Iraq, Syria

Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau speaks as defence minister Harjit Sajjan, international development minister Marie-Claude Bibeau and foreign affairs minister Stephane Dion listen on Feb. 8. / Sean Kilpatrick / AP

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Canada will end air strikes targeting the Islamic State extremist group in Iraq and Syria and pull out six fighter jets within two weeks, Canada’s prime minister announced on February 8. […]

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Wife of ISIL leader charged In U.S. hostage’s death

Nisreen Assad Ibrahim Bahar

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty The United States has charged the wife of an Islamic State (IS) leader killed last year with contributing to American hostage Kayla Mueller’s death. Nisreen Assad Ibrahim Bahar, also known as […]

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Two members of Jihadi John’s ‘Beatles’ beheaders cell identified

Mohammed Emwazi, a.k.a. Jihadi John.

Special to WorldTribune.com Two terrorists have been identified as members of infamous executioner Jihadi John’s “Beatles” cell that beheaded several Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) hostages. Alexe Kotey, 32, and Aine Davis, 31, both of London, became known […]

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Mosul Dam at ‘higher risk’ of failure, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers assesses

Iraqi soldier at Mosul Dam.

Special to WorldTribune.com The lives of over a half million Iraqis are at risk if the Mosul Dam were to collapse and that risk has increased in the past year, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. In an […]

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Iraq deploys thousands of troops to retake Mosul from ISIL

Special to WorldTribune.com Baghdad is preparing for a major offensive in Mosul, mobilizing thousands of troops in a plan to drive Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) out of its main Iraqi stronghold. The Iraqi army has sent large […]

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ISIL, said to fear uprising, executes 300 by firing squad in Mosul

ISIL jihadists hold Sharia Court in Mosul, Iraq.

Special to WorldTribune.com Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) has executed 300 people in Mosul, Iraq. “Daesh (ISIL) terrorists executed 300 people by firing squad in Mosul,” said Mahmoud al-Sourji, a spokesman for Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces on Feb. […]

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Iran’s IRGC chief: Saudis wouldn’t ‘dare’ send troops to Syria

Mohammad Ali Jafari / Morteza Nikoubazl / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty The commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) says Saudi Arabia lacks the courage to send ground troops to Syria. “They claim they will send troops [to Syria], but I […]

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Raqqa residents said overjoyed as U.S.-led coalition planes drops leaflets vowing ISIL’s defeat

leaflet dropped over Raqqa promises residents will soon be free from ISIL.

Special to WorldTribune.com U.S.-led coalition warplanes dropped thousands of leaflets over Islamic State of Iraq and Levant’s (ISIL’s) de facto capital in Syria vowing that ISIL will soon be defeated. The leaflets were dropped over Raqqa during a break in […]

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Saudi Arabia and Turkey weigh military action in Syria

Saudi forces launch artillery at Houthi rebels in Yemen.  /Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com Saudi Arabia and Turkey are considering sending ground troops into Syria to support rebels fighting the Russia-backed Bashar Assad regime, analysts say. “The Saudis believe that the chance of a peaceful solution for the Syrian crisis is […]

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Iraq building moat, wall around Baghdad to keep out ISIL

Officials hope a new security wall will eliminate the need for 50 percent of Baghdad's security checkpoints.  /AP

Special to WorldTribune.com Iraq has begun construction on fortifications in Baghdad that include a moat and a 10-foot high wall. Interior Ministry spokesman Brig. Gen. Saad Maan said the military’s Engineering Corps has started work on a 100 kilometer (65-mile) […]

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