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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...

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...

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...

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

An Islamic State suicide bomber blew himself up among devotees at the most revered shrine of Sufi Islam in Pakistan on Thursday, killing at least 70...

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. Spokesman...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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. The self-styled Sinai...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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. Of...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Iraqi forces take control of eastern Mosul from Islamic State

This story is being retracted because the Iraqi Defence Ministry now says the information was released on its website is error. Iraqi security forces...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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. "The teachers...

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...

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...

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...

Germany to boost troops in Mali, extend anti-Islamic State mission

Germany is planning a major boost to the number of troops it deploys in the crisis-hit West African state of Mali and to extend its involvement in the...

Islamic State blows up government buildings in Mosul

Islamic State militants blew up government buildings Tuesday in Mosul, where Iraqi forces are pressing ahead with an offensive to recapture the northern city...

Croatian FM confirms INA's plants in Syria set on fire

Croatian Foreign and European Affairs Minister Davor Ivo Stier confirmed on Monday that forces of the so-called Islamic State had set INA oil and gas...

Iraqi forces advance towards Tigris river in Mosul

Iraqi forces have recaptured several areas by the Tigris River as they secured further advances against Islamic State in the northern city of Mosul, a senior...

Philippine police kill suspected Islamic State sympathizers

Philippine police on Saturday killed a foreign national suspected of being a sympathizer of an armed group that has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, a...

Turkish army: 1,362 Islamic State fighters killed since August

Turkish troops and Sunni allies have killed 1,362 Islamic State fighters since Turkey entered northern Syria in August, army figures showed on Friday. State...

Iraqi forces advance in Mosul against Islamic State

Iraqi forces recaptured a new area in eastern Mosul as they secured further advances against Islamic State in northern Iraq, a senior military official told...

Chad closes border with Libya over terrorist threat

Chad has closed its border with Libya and will deploy troops to prevent militant fighters from entering its territory, the government has announced. "[S]ome...

Iraq launches offensive to retake Islamic State towns near Syria

Iraqi forces launched an offensive Thursday to retake western towns near the Syrian border from Islamic State militants, a senior military officer...

Iraqi Kurdistan closes group helping Yezidi victims of Islamic State

An organization that has assisted members of the Yezidi religious minority victimized by the Islamic State extremist group said on Wednesday that Iraqi Kurdish...

Alleged Islamic State fighter goes on trial in Berlin terror plot

The trial of an alleged Islamic State fighter accused of scouting for potential terrorist targets in Berlin opened in the German capital on Wednesday under...

German police detain Syrian refugee in terrorist financing plot

German police have detained a 38-year-old Syrian asylum seeker for allegedly asking the extremist Islamic State for 180,000 euros (189,000 dollars) to help...

Reports: 8 detained after Islamic State claims Istanbul club attack

Turkish police have detained eight suspects in connection with an Islamic State terrorist attack at a nightclub in Istanbul that left 39 people dead on New...

After Ankara's Syria intervention, Islamic State set sights on Turkey

As in many parts of the Middle East and beyond, the influence of Islamic State had already been felt in Turkey last year, many months before the deadly...

Islamic State claim for Istanbul nightclub attack published online

A member of Islamic State carried out a New Year's Eve attack that killed 39 people in an Istanbul nightclub, a statement published online by apparent...

Eight killed in attack claimed by Islamic State near Iraqi holy city

Eight people were killed on Sunday in a suicide attack claimed by the radical Sunni Islamic State group which targeted a security checkpoint near a holy...

At least 24 killed in Islamic State bombing at busy Baghdad market

At least 24 civilians were killed on Saturday in a double suicide bombing claimed by the Islamic State extremist militia targeting a busy market in...

Report: 40 arrested in anti-Islamic State raid in Turkey

Turkish police have arrested 40 suspected members of the Islamic State terrorist militia in the southern province of Adana, the state news agency Anadolu...

US: Islamic State commander killed in Syria airstrike

A commander of the Islamic State extremist group in Syria has been killed in an airstrike by the US-led coalition, US defence officials said Thursday. Abu...

Erdogan slams NATO partners for abandoning Turkey in northern Syria

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has slammed Turkey's NATO partners for abandoning Ankara in its fight against Islamic State in northern Syria. Turkey...

Iraq launches fresh offensive to retake Mosul from Islamic State

Iraqi forces launched a fresh offensive on Thursday to dislodge Islamic State from its key stronghold of Mosul, a senior army officer said. The new assault...

Up to 2,500 potential terrorists could return to EU, Bosnia security minister says

The European Union is faced with the possible return of 2,000 to 2,500 radicalised persons who fought on the terrorists' side in Syria and Iraq, and this...

Killed Berlin suspect vowed revenge in Islamic State video

The prime suspect in the Berlin Christmas market attack had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State extremist group, according to a video released just hours...

Three charged over foiled Christmas Day terror attack in Australia

Three Australian men have been charged with offences related to planning a major terrorist attack on Christmas Day targeting landmark locations in Melbourne,...

Islamic State executes two Turkish soldiers

Islamic State released a video Thursday showing its militants burning to death two Turkish soldiers, as Ankara's troops and Syrian rebels engage in fierce...

24 civilians killed in Turkish airstrike in Syria, 16 soldiers die

A Turkish airstrike in the Islamic State controlled city al-Bab has killed 24 civilians, including seven women and 10 children, the Syrian Observatory for...

10 Turkish soldiers reported killed in north Syria fighting

At least 10 Turkish soldiers are dead amid fighting with Islamic State forces near the Syrian city of al-Bab, reported the Dogan news agency Wednesday, citing...

Islamic State claims Berlin Christmas market attack

The Islamic State extremist group, via its Aamaq Agency outlet, claims responsibility for the attack on a Berlin Christmas market. The attacker was a "...

Islamic State claims Jordan attack on police and tourists

The Islamic State extremist group Tuesday claimed a series of attacks by gunmen who killed ten people and fought police from a Crusader-era castle two days...

Italy court issues first-ever "foreign fighter" terrorism conviction

An Italian woman who has moved to Syria to join Islamic State was convicted of terrorism and jailed for nine years on Monday, in the first-ever ruling handed...

Turkish police detain more than 1,000 in raids on suspected militants

Turkish police detained more than 1,000 people in operations targeting alleged Kurdish militants and Islamic State activists in the past week, according to a...

Libya declares "liberation" of Sirte from Islamic State

Libya's UN-backed government said it has regained full control of the city of Sirte from Islamic State after a campaign of nearly eight months against the...

US increases price on Islamic State leader al-Baghdadi's head

The US has increased the reward for information that will lead them to Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the State Department said Friday. The...

Wigemark: More fighters in Syria from Gothenburg than from all of Bosnia

Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Bosnia and Herzegovina Lars-Gunnar Wigemark on Thursday said that statements about the danger of people...

Report: Islamic State develops complex weapons production system

The Islamic State extremist group has developed a complex system of industrial weapons production around the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, using components...

Norway prosecutors urge 10-year sentence for Islamic State supporter

Norwegian prosecutors Wednesday requested a 10-year sentence for a man charged with recruiting members for the Islamic State militant group in Syria, the first...

Turkey arrests 16 Islamic State suspects near Syrian border

Turkish authorities have arrested 16 foreigners believed to be members of the Islamic State extremist group, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported on...

Islamic State claims Cairo cathedral bomb attack

The Islamic State extremist group Tuesday claimed responsibility for a suicide attack that killed 23 people during Mass two days earlier at a church adjoining...

Yezidi women accept rights award, call Europe "model of co-existence"

Two Yezidi women who survived sexual enslavement and torture by Islamic State militants held back tears as they received the EU's top human rights prize at an...

3 security force members killed in suicide blasts in Iraq's Fallujah

Two suicide bombers killed three members of the security forces in attacks on checkpoints in the former Islamic State stronghold of Fallujah on Sunday, a local...

Islamic State retakes control of Syria’s ancient Palmyra

The Islamic State extremist group on Sunday regained control of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, in a blow to the prestige of government forces which had...

Monitor: Russian bombing forces Islamic State out of Syria’s Palmyra

Intense Russian airstrikes on Sunday forced Islamic State fighters to withdraw from the central Syrian city of Palmyra, hours after the extremist militia...

Monitor: Islamic State enters Syria's Palmyra months after losing it

Islamic State fighters on Saturday entered Palmyra in central Syria eight months after the extremist militia lost the ancient city to government forces, a...

Indonesian police foil alleged plot to attack presidential palace

Police detonated a bomb found in a rented house near the Indonesian capital on Saturday after arresting three people suspected of plotting an attack on the...

Britain jails man for posting Islamic State video on Facebook

A British court sentenced a 31-year-old man to two years in prison on Friday after he was convicted of encouraging terrorism by posting an Islamic State...

US official warns of risk of terrorists arriving in S-E Europe

US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Michael Carpenter said in Croatia on Friday that the risk of terrorists arriving in the whole region was growing...

Iraqi MP: 120 civilians killed in strikes on Islamic State-held town

Airstrikes on an Iraqi town held by the Islamic State extremist militia killed 120 civilians, an Iraqi member of parliament said Thursday. Some 170 others...

Ljubic agrees with president about Islamic radicalism in Bosnia

The chairman of the Croatian Parliament's Committee on Croats outside Croatia, Bozo Ljubic, said on Wednesday that Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic...

Bosnian official says Grabar-Kitarovic's statement causes serious concern

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic's statement that thousands of fighters are returning to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) from the terrorist Islamic...

Croatian President: Thousands of IS fighters returning to Bosnia

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said in Dubrovnik on Tuesday that one should face the fact that thousands of fighters were returning from Islamic...

120 Bosnian nationals fighting in Syria, Iraq

In the past six months, departures of nationals of Bosnia and Herzegovina wishing to fight in Syria and Iraq have completely stopped, but there are still...

Islamic State calls for attacks on Turkey, Turkish embassies

An audio recording released in the name of the Islamic State extremist group Monday called for attacks on Turkey and on Turkish embassies and consulates...

Libyan forces claim control of last Islamic State stronghold

Forces aligned to Libya's UN-backed national unity government Monday gained full control of Sirte, the Islamic State group's last stronghold in the country, a...

Report: Leader of Islamic State North Caucasus branch killed

Five militants, including the leader of Islamic State's North Caucasus branch, were killed Saturday in the Russian Republic of Dagestan, according to Russian...

Europol: Islamic State planning new terror attacks in Europe

The Islamic State extremist organization is planning fresh terrorist attacks in Europe in the near future, European law enforcement agency Europol warned in a...

German intelligence worker arrested following reported Islamist plot

A German intelligence employee who was operating undercover as an Islamist has been arrested for allegedly making extremist statements online, leaking...

Islamic State claims Ohio uni attacker was "soldier" of the group

The Islamic State extremist group Tuesday claimed as a member the student who injured 11 people in a car and knife attack at Ohio State University the previous...

Iraq parliament grants legal status to mainly Shiite militias

The Iraqi parliament Saturday passed a law granting legal status to mainly Shiite militias who have been a key force in the fight against Islamic State...

Russia can use Iranian air base for Syria attacks, minister says

Russia aeroplanes carrying out strikes in Syria can use an Iranian facility as a base to launch the attacks, the Iranian government said on Saturday. "If...

Islamic State claims deadly suicide bombing at Kabul mosque

The Islamic State extremist group has claimed a suicide attack that killed 30 people in a Shiite mosque in western Kabul. "A martyrdom attack by an Islamic...
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