Live: Syria and Iraq

06:33 – Australian PM says police raids follow threat of beheading

“Intelligence showed that militants connected with Islamic State were planning to behead a member of the public in Australia, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Thursday after hundreds of police raided homes in a sweeping counter-terrorism operation.”

Thursday 18 September 2014

13:28 – France arrests six suspected of recruiting female jihadists

“Six people have been arrested near Lyon on suspicions of recruiting young women to join the Islamist militant groups fighting in Syria, France’s top security official said Wednesday.”

13:14 – After Obama speech, Islamic State wins new recruits in Syria – monitor

“Islamic State has won new recruits in Syria since President Barack Obama signalled last week that air strikes against the group will be expanded from Iraq to its strongholds in northern and eastern Syria, a group monitoring the war said on Wednesday.”

Wednesday 17 September 2014

14:54 – Al-Qaeda recruiting European militants in Syria to ‘attack U.S. planes’

“While ISIS is getting the most attention now, another band of extremists in Syria – a mix of hardened militants from Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria and Europe – poses a more direct and imminent threat to the United States, working with Yemeni bomb-makers to target U.S. aviation, American officials say.”

12:15 – Islamic State shoots down Syrian war plane – monitor group

“Islamic State fighters shot down a Syrian war plane using anti-aircraft guns on Tuesday, the first time the group has downed a military jet since declaring its cross-border caliphate in June, a group monitoring the civil war said.”

Tuesday 16 September 2014

23:50 – US hits ISIS position near Baghdad in new phase of strikes: official

“The U.S. carried out an airstrike near Baghdad on Monday in what a defense official described to NBC News as the beginning of intensified action against ISIS militants in Iraq.”

21:35 – Alan Henning: Al-Qaeda appealed to Isis to release British aid worker following kidnap

“Al-Qaeda appealed to Isis to release the British hostage Alan Henning because it believed he was an innocent aid worker who was genuinely trying to help suffering Muslims, it can be revealed.”

16:14 – German Court offers mild punishment to ‘Islamic State’ suspect

“A court in Frankfurt has offered a lenient punishment to alleged IS member Kreshnik B. in return for his cooperation. The 20-year-old is the first suspect affiliated with the jihadist group to face a German court.”

Monday 15 September 2014

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