Islamic State

Danish court revokes citizenship of IS volunteer

A Danish appellate court on Friday stripped a man of his Danish citizenship for volunteering to fight for the extremist Islamic State in Syria.

Kenya arrests 'most-wanted' militant with links to IS, al-Shabaab

Kenya has arrested a suspected militant with links to the Islamic State and al-Shabaab terrorist networks, police said Thursday.

Civilian deaths prompt ban on heavy weapons for Iraqi forces in Mosul

Iraqi forces fighting to drive Islamic State militants from Mosul have been ordered not to use heavy weapons after a recent spike in civilian deaths, as visiting UN chief Antonio Guterres stressed Thursday that protecting civilians was an "absolute priority."

Turkish prime minister says Syria operation has reached an end

The Turkish military operation in northern Syria, ongoing since August, has reached its conclusion, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Wednesday.

Kurdish-led forces briefly halt fighting around Syria's Euphrates Dam

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) briefly halted fighting around the Euphrates Dam in Syria after warnings that it might collapse, a Kurdish source and a monitoring group told dpa.

Rebels fight for control of dam, airbase near IS stronghold in Syria

Clashes intensified Sunday on the western outskirts of al-Raqqa as US-backed rebels were trying to capture control of a strategic dam and military airport from the control of Islamic State extremist militia, according to a watchdog and rebels.

IS claims credit for Bangladesh blasts as death toll rises to six

The Islamic State militant group has claimed responsibility for bomb blasts near a suspected militant hideout in Bangladesh, according to a report, while police said on Sunday that the death toll from the explosion had risen to six.

Islamic State claims killing of six Russian servicemen in Chechnya

The extremist militia organization Islamic State claimed responsibility on Friday for killing six Russian servicemen in the southern Russian region of Chechnya.

Over 3,000 civilians killed in Mosul fight, source says

More than 3,000 civilians have been killed in Mosul since Iraq started a US-led campaign to retake the northern city from the Islamic State extremist militia more than a month ago, an official source said Friday.

French defence minister: Battle for al-Raqqa to start in days

A military offensive aimed at dislodging Islamic State from its Syrian stronghold of al-Raqqa is to begin "in the coming days," French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Friday.

Malaysia arrests nine men over suspected Islamic State links

Nine Malaysian men have been arrested on suspicion of being linked to the Islamic State extremist group, police said Friday.

Melbourne wife murdered by aspiring jihadist husband, court told

An Australian mother-of-three was allegedly murdered by her Islamic State-sympathizing husband after the couple fought about his jihadist aspirations, a court in Melbourne heard on Friday.

Islamic State claims London attacker as its 'soldier'

The Islamic State extremist group claims that the attacker who rammed pedestrians and stabbed a police officer in central London was one of its "soldiers."

UN: 400,000 people trapped in Mosul's old city

Some 400,000 people are unable to leave the old city of Mosul as the Iraqi army tries to capture the area that is still under control of Islamic State extremists, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said Thursday.

Global coalition 'firmly united' in effort to defeat Islamic State

The global coalition to defeat and destroy Islamic State recommitted itself to the effort Wednesday, calling for "an integrated, multidimensional, and comprehensive approach."

US, Kurdish forces land near IS stronghold in Syria, watchdog says

US and allied Kurd-led forces landed near the Islamic State's de facto capital in Syria in a move aimed at tightening the noose around the extremist militia there, a monitoring group said Wednesday.

PM says 120 Bosnian citizens in Syrian-Iraqi war zone

Bosnian Council of Ministers Chairman Denis Zvizdic on Wednesday said claims that thousands of people from his country were fighting for Islamic extremists abroad were incorrect and exaggerated, adding that available intelligence showed their number was just over 100.

Philippine police foil alleged bomb attacks by IS-inspired group

Philippine police have foiled alleged bomb attacks being planned by an Islamic State-inspired group in Manila, the country’s police chief said Tuesday.

Syrian government retakes areas seized by rebels in eastern Damascus

Syrian government forces regained control Monday of areas taken by jihadists the day before in a surprise assault near the centre of the capital Damascus, a monitoring group said.

Islamic State militants put up 'fierce resistance' in Mosul

Islamic State fighters have so far refused to yield to an ongoing US-backed campaign to drive them from the centre of Mosul, the last key stronghold of the extremist militia in the country, security officials said Sunday.

Germany charges disillusioned returnee with Islamic State membership

German prosecutors said Thursday that they have brought charges of membership in a foreign terrorist group against a 23-year-old man who returned to Germany after becoming disillusioned by the Islamic State's practices in Syria.

Over 40 per cent of IS-controlled Mosul retaken, Iraq says

Iraqi forces have retaken more than 40 per cent of Islamic State-controlled Mosul as part of an ongoing campaign to drive the militant organization from its last key stronghold in the country, a senior commander said on Sunday.

Death toll in Damascus twin bombings rises to 74, monitor says

The death toll in twin blasts that hit a religious site in the Syrian capital has risen to 74 people, a monitoring group reported on Sunday.

Pro-government Iraqi militia finds 500 bodies at prison near Mosul

A pro-government Shiite Iraqi militia said Saturday they have discovered a mass grave containing the remains of around 500 bodies at a prison located north-west of Mosul.

Iraqi forces reclaim Mosul rail facility from Islamic State

Iraqi forces have retaken a key rail facility in Mosul from Islamic State as part of an ongoing US-backed campaign to dislodge the extremist militia from the northern city, a security official said Saturday.

Monitor: 30 killed in airstrikes on Islamic State-held Syrian areas

At least 30 civilians were killed on Thursday in a series of airstrikes on two areas controlled by the Islamic State extremist militia in Syria, a monitoring group reported.

Attack on Tikrit wedding kills 30, IS loses prison near Mosul

At least 30 people were killed when bombers struck a wedding ceremony late Wednesday in a village in central northern Iraq, just hours after local military announced it had taken control of an Islamic State prison near Mosul.

Germany deports 22 Tunisians including Islamic State suspect

A German state government has deported 22 failed asylum seekers to Tunisia, one of whom is suspected of membership in the Islamic State terrorist group, officials said Wednesday.

Iraqi premier visits Mosul after forces capture government complex

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi arrived in Mosul to inspect combat operations on Tuesday, hours after the forces captured a government complex in the western part of the city from Islamic State militants.

UN: Fighting forces 66,000 to flee al-Bab in northern Syria

Around 66,000 people have been displaced by recent fighting in and around the northern Syrian city of al-Bab, the United Nations humanitarian agency said on Sunday.

Iraqi forces make new advances as over 45,000 flee western Mosul

Iraqi forces on Sunday were edging closer to the central parts of western Mosul, while at least 45,000 people have been displaced from the area since an offensive to dislodge Islamic State militants began last month.

Regime forces gain ground from Islamic State in northern Syria

Syrian government forces have gained ground in the northern part of the war-torn country amid an ongoing campaign against the Islamic State extremist militia, a monitoring group and state media reported Saturday.

US confirms boosted military presence in Minbij to 'deter threats'

The US has increased its military presence in the northern Syrian town of Minbij, seemingly in an effort to ward off a threatened Turkish attack on US allies in the area.

UN warns alleged chemical attack in Mosul amounts to war crime

The United Nations warned on Saturday that the alleged use of chemical weapons in the fighting in Iraq's Mosul amounts to a war crime and a violation of international humanitarian law.

Clashes erupt between rival Kurdish forces in northern Iraq

Clashes erupted Friday between rival Kurdish forces in northern Iraq, near the Sinjar mountains, local media outlets reported, raising concerns for the battle against Islamic State.

Syrian army wrests control of Palmyra from Islamic State

The Syrian army said that its troops regained control of Palmyra from the Islamic State extremist militia on Thursday, a day after they entered the ancient city.

Syrian forces face IS resistance in push to retake control of Palmyra

Syrian regime forces were facing resistance from Islamic State as they attempted to retake full control of the ancient city of Palmyra a day after entering it, a monitoring group said.

Swiss-French cement giant paid protection money to Syrian extremists

The world's largest maker of building materials, LafargeHolcim, paid protection money to extremists in Syria to keep one of its plants running, the firm admitted Thursday.

Russia, Syria aircraft accidentally bomb US-backed rebels

Russian and Syria aircraft inadvertently bombed US-backed rebels in northern Syria, the general overseeing US operations said Wednesday.

UN: 8,000 people have fled western Mosul since start of offensive

Around 8,000 people have fled from western Mosul and surrounding areas since Iraqi forces launched an offensive to dislodge Islamic State militants from the area, according to the United Nations.

Video purportedly shows beheading of German hostage in Philippines

A video shot by Islamist militants purportedly shows the beheading of a German hostage held for three months in the southern Philippines.

Egypt says at least 118 Christian families escape Sinai attacks

At least 90 families reached Egypt's Ismailiya governorate, after escaping targeted killings by a local Islamic State militia in northern Sinai in recent days, an official at the Coptic Orthodox Church said Sunday.

Iraq retakes first neighbourhood in western Mosul from Islamic State

For the first time Iraqi forces have retaken control of a neighbourhood in the the western section of Mosul as they battle to drive the Islamic State group from their last key Iraqi stronghold, a senior commander said Sunday.

Britain faces highest terrorism threat since 1970s, official says

Britain faces its highest threat of terrorism since the 1970s, when the Irish Republican Army planned a series of bomb attacks, a legal official said on Sunday.

Egypt's al-Sissi orders cabinet to help Christians fleeing Sinai

Egypt's president Abdel Fattah al-Sissi ordered the government on Saturday to take all necessary measures to help Christians who escaped northern Sinai after the Islamic State militia killed at least six of them over the past month.

Iraqi forces advance in western Mosul amid fierce resistance from IS

Iraqi forces were making advances in western Mosul, entering a new neighbourhood north of the airport, amid fierce resistance from Islamic State militia, a security official said Saturday.

Coordinated suicide attacks kill over 40 in Syria’s Homs

Forty-two security personnel were killed Saturday in synchronized attacks targeting government security facilities in the Syrian city of Homs, a monitoring group said, with up to six suicide bombers reported to be involved.

Monitor: Death toll in al-Bab car bombing rises to 77

The death toll in a car bombing claimed by the Islamic State extremist militia in the northern Syrian city of al-Bab on Friday has risen to 77 people, a monitoring group reported Saturday.

Iraq launches its first airstrikes against Islamic State in Syria

Iraq launched its first airstrikes against Islamic State targets inside Syria on Friday, retaliation for recent deadly attacks by the extremist militia in Baghdad, the Iraqi army said.

Iraqi forces claim key Mosul base, enter first western district

Iraqi forces seized a major military base from Islamic State on Friday and stormed the first district in the western section of Mosul, part of their campaign to dislodge the radical group from its last key Iraqi stronghold, a senior commander said.

Islamic State claims car bomb that killed 51 in Syria's al-Bab

A car bomb claimed by the Islamic State killed at least 51 people in Syria's northern city of al-Bab on Friday, a day after a Turkish-backed operation seized the area from Islamic State militants, a monitoring group reported.

Syrian rebels claim full control of al-Bab, defeating IS

Syrian rebels backed by Turkey said Thursday they are fully in control of al-Bab, wresting it from Islamic State after a military campaign that began in November and cost hundreds of lives.

State TV: Iraqi forces seize Mosul airport from Islamic State

Iraqi forces recaptured Mosul airport from Islamic State on Thursday, a major gain in an ongoing campaign to drive the extremist militia from its last key stronghold in the country, state television broadcaster al-Iraqiya reported.

Iraq claims advance in retaking Mosul airport from Islamic State

Iraqi forces wrested back half of Mosul's airport from Islamic State Thursday, shortly after entering the facility during their ongoing campaign to drive the extremist militia from its last key stronghold in the country.

Iraq's powerful Shiite militia attacks Islamic State near Mosul

Baghdad (dpa) - Iraq's powerful Shiite militia launched a major attack Wednesday to recapture areas near the city of Mosul from Islamic State, backing an ongoing government offensive against the radical Sunni group.

Canada soon to begin resettling Iraqi refugees, most of them Yezidis

Canada will resettle 1,200 survivors of the Islamic State campaign to target religious minorities in northern Iraq, Canadian officials announced Tuesday. 

French police arrest three over suspected terror plans, source says

French authorities have arrested three men in relation to suspected plans to carry out attacks in the country or travel to Syria, a source close to the investigation told dpa on Tuesday.

Iraqi forces shell Mosul airport in advance of storming it

Iraqi forces began shelling Mosul's airport on Tuesday as they make advances in anticipation of seizing it from the extremist Islamic State militia, police chief Raed Jawdat said.

Rebels seek to halt advances by extremist militia in southern Syria

Moderate Syrian rebels launched a counter-attack on Islamic State-linked militants after a series of Islamic State advances in south-western Syria, near the Golan Heights, a monitoring group said Tuesday.

Iraqi forces advance in Mosul as US Defence Secretary visits Baghdad

Iraqi forces pressed on with their offensive to dislodge the extremist Islamic State militia from their stronghold in northern Iraq, as US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis landed in Baghdad on an unannounced official visit.

Iraq claims early gains in bid to retake Mosul from Islamic State

 Iraqi forces said on Sunday that they had regained territory from Islamic State in the western part of Mosul, hours after the launch of an offensive to dislodge the extremist militia from its last key stronghold in the country.

Iraq announces operation to retake western Mosul from Islamic State

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced Sunday the start of a military operation to drive Islamic State from the western part of Mosul, which is currently still under the extremist militia's control. 

Pakistan vows revenge against Taliban after deadliest week in months

Pakistan's political and military leaders Friday said they would go to any length to crush Islamic extremists after more than 100 people were killed in a latest wave of violence this week ending a period of fragile calm.

70 killed, 250 wounded as IS bomber targets Sufi shrine in Pakistan

A bomb ripped through the most revered shrine of Sufi Islam in Pakistan on Thursday, killing at least 50 devotees and wounding several dozen others, officials said.

Saudi Arabia busts four cells with suspected links to Islamic State

Saudi authorities have dismantled four cells with suspected links to the Islamic State extremist militia, a security official said on Thursday.

Dutch secret service warns of return of radicalized IS children

The Dutch secret service on Wednesday warned of the potential dangers posed by the return to the Netherlands of Dutch Islamic State fighters and their children.

Rival jihadist fighting kills 70 militants in Syria, watchdog says

Fighting between two anti-regime militant factions in north-western Syria has killed nearly 70 fighters from both sides in the last 24 hours, a monitoring group said.

Turkish forces control most of al-Bab in Syria, prime minister says

Turkish forces and allied Syrian rebel forces control of most of al-Bab, a town in northern Syria previously held by Islamic State, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Tuesday.

Syrian opposition says Russia is not serious about ceasefire

The Syrian opposition on Monday accused Russia of not being serious about a ceasefire in the war-torn country and threatened not to attend an upcoming meeting in the Kazah capital Astana.

Syrian army advances in attempt to retake Palmyra from Islamic State

The Syrian state army has advanced to within 20 kilometres of Palmyra in an attempt to retake the ancient oasis city from the UN-designated terrorist group Islamic State, the Russian Defence Ministry said Monday.

Iraq kills Islamic State bombers, seizes arms cache in Mosul

Iraqi forces have killed two would-be bombers from Islamic State and seized an arms cache in a crackdown on suspected militants in the government-held eastern section of the city of Mosul, a security official said Saturday.

French jihadist Rachid Kassim 'likely' dead in Iraq air attack

A French jihadist who has previously encouraged others to commit terrorist acts in France is likely dead following a US-led drone attack in Iraq, US media reported late Friday.

Britain jails five men for encouraging support for Islamic State

A British court sentenced five men to up to six and a half years in prison on Friday for rallying support for Islamic State, including encouragement to travel to Syria to fight with the group.

Leading Syrian jihadist opposes peace talks, vows fighting

A chief of a hardline jihadist alliance, including the al-Qaeda-linked Fatah al-Sham Front, on Friday baulked at talks aimed at ending Syria's conflict of almost six years and vowed to continue fighting.

Islamic State claims rocket attack on Israeli town

An Islamic State affiliate, active in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, claimed Thursday a rocket attack on the resort town of Eilat in Israel.

Iraq busts suspected Islamic State cell near Baghdad

Iraqi authorities have arrested a group with suspected links to the Islamic State extremist militia that planned attacks in the capital Baghdad, security officials said Thursday.

Syrian rebels, regime vie for seizing Islamic State stronghold

Syrian rebels, backed by Turkey, and government forces were vying Wednesday to gain control of the Islamic State stronghold of al-Bab in the northern part of the war-torn country, a monitoring group said.

Bosnian given 4 yrs for joining Islamic State

The Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina on Monday sentenced Bosnian national Mehmed Tutmic to four years in prison after he was found guilty of joining the Islamic State terrorist organisation, the court confirmed.

Turkey detains 1,800 people in anti-terror raids in a week

Turkish authorities detained 1,829 people last week in anti-terror raids, the Interior Ministry said in a statement on Monday, including 820 alleged members of Islamic State.

Syrian regime forces besiege Islamic State-held city

Syrian government forces backed by their allies managed to impose a "complete siege" on an Islamic State stronghold in northern Syria, a monitoring group said Monday.

NATO starts training in Iraq to boost fight against Islamic State

The military alliance NATO on Sunday began a training programme in Iraq as the country is engaged in a relentless fight against the Islamic State extremist militia.

Turkish police detain 400 suspected IS members in nationwide raids

Turkish police have arrested 400 suspected members of the Islamic State terrorist organization in several provinces, news agencies reported on Sunday.

Monitor: IS regains key Syrian town from Turkey-backed rebels

Islamic State militants have recaptured a key town from Turkish–backed Syrian rebels in the northern part of the war-torn country hours after the opposition fighters seized it, a monitoring group reported Sunday.

UN lifts sanctions against former Afghan warlord

Former Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar has been removed from a United Nations Islamic State and Al-Qaeda sanctions list, according to a statement published Friday.

German police arrest Tunisian suspected of IS plot in mass raids

A 36-year-old Tunisian man suspected of supporting and recruiting on behalf of the Islamic State extremist group was arrested in central Germany early Wednesday amid dozens of counterterrorism raids, Frankfurt's chief prosecutor said.

US sends first 'up-armoured' vehicles to Kurdish-led Syria forces

The US military Tuesday said that it had provided reinforced vehicles for the first time to forces fighting in a Kurdish-led coalition against Islamic State in northern Syria.

Trump gives military 30 days to devise new plan against IS

US president Donald Trump has called on his country's military to submit a new plan to defeat Islamic State, in a presidential memorandum issued on Saturday.

Morocco dismantles group with suspected links to Islamic State

Moroccan authorities said Friday they had dismantled a group linked to the Islamic State extremist militia on suspicion of planning terrorist attacks in the North African country.

Iraqi forces take control of eastern Mosul from Islamic State

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Turkey arrests 610 on terrorism related charges in past week

Turkey has arrested 610 people on terrorism related charges in the past week, including 572 people who are alleged followers of Fethullah Gulen, a preacher the government blames for the coup attempt last year, the Interior Ministry said Monday.

Two suspected militants blow themselves up during Saudi police raid

Two suspected terrorists blew themselves up by detonating explosive belts during a police raid in Saudi Arabia's western city of Jeddah on Saturday, a security official said.

Bodies of 89 suspected Islamic State victims found in Iraq mass grave

The bodies of 89 people, thought to be soldiers killed by Islamic State jihadists, were found in a mass grave in north-central Iraq on Saturday, a security official said.

Islamic State destroys key monument, part of Roman theatre in Palmyra

Islamic State's destruction of the facade of an amphitheatre in Palmyra - just hours after using the site as the setting for a mass execution - was decried as a war crime Friday by the United Nations.

Liberation of east Mosul nearly complete, Iraq's al-Abadi says

Iraqi security forces are close to ending Islamic State resistance on the east bank of the Tigris river in Mosul, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Wednesday.

Report: Istanbul nightclub attack directed by Islamic State in Syria

The attack on an Istanbul nightclub just after midnight on January 1 was directed by Islamic State in al-Raqqa, Syria, Hurriyet newspaper reported on Wednesday, citing a copy of the assailant's testimony to the authorities.

Police detain boxer in Spain suspected of Islamic State recruiting

Spanish police on Monday detained a suspected Islamic State member suspected of using his contacts as a boxing instructor to recruit people to carry out terrorist attacks in Europe, Spain's Interior Ministry said.

IS militants abduct thirteen teachers in eastern Afghanistan

Islamic States militants abducted 13 lecturers at a religious school in Afghanistan's eastern Nangarhar province on Sunday, an official said.

Iraqi forces retake Mosul university from Islamic State

Iraqi forces seized control of a key university in the northern city of Mosul on Saturday as part of a US-backed onslaught aimed at driving the extremist militia from its last urban stronghold in the country, a senior army officer said.

Syrian regime and Islamic State launch offensives in desert, east

Government forces Saturday started a major assault on Islamic State positions near Palmyra in Syria's central desert, while the jihadists launched an attack on the last government enclave in the east of the country, a monitoring group said.

Iraq claims gains in Mosul campaign against Islamic State

Elite Iraqi forces retook territory in Mosul from Islamic state on Friday, part of an ongoing US-backed campaign aimed at dislodging the extremist organization from its last Iraqi urban stronghold, a senior army officer said.