US President Barack Obama urged Iraqis on Monday to quickly form an inclusive government to unite against Islamic militants, warning "the wolf`s at the door" and that US airstrikes can only accomplish so much.
Islamic extremist militants blew up a revered Muslim shrine traditionally said to be the burial place of the Prophet Jonah in Iraq`s second-largest city, Mosul, on Thursday, residents of the city said.
The US is not co-ordinating military exercises or missions with Iran or Russia to help Iraq in its fight against Islamic militants, but it is assisting the Iraqi security forces in the combat, a top American diplomat has said.
Security forces have captured four members of the al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf group in the southern Philippines, including one accused of the 2002 kidnapping of Christian missionaries who were later beheaded, police said today.
A Libyan air force jet bombed positions held by Islamic militants on Sunday in the eastern city of Benghazi, a senior military official said, apparently as part of a renegade general`s ongoing offensive.
Bracing for a long battle against Islamist militants in Xinjiang, China on Monday said it will harshly crack down on terror attacks and maintain lasting stability in the troubled province bordering Afghanistan and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
Stepping up security in Beijing and other major cities after suffering its bloodiest terror strike in Xinjiang, China said the Islamic militants who carried out the attack were influenced by terrorists from outside the country.