Wisconsin woman pleads guilty to terrorism charges

U.S. 04/22/19, 20:48

A Wisconsin mother of seven pleaded guilty Monday to trying to plan terrorist attacks on behalf of the Islamic State group by distributing information online on how to make explosives and biological weapons. Waheba Issa Dais (dys) initially pleaded not guilty to two counts of providing material support to terrorists but ...

110 Kosovars, mostly children and women, returned from Syria

World 04/20/19, 09:34

Kosovo authorities announced Saturday they have brought back from Syria 110 Kosovar citizens, mostly women and children, with the assistance of the United States.Justice Minister Abelard Tahiri, top policeman Rashit Qalaj and a health official told journalists early Saturday that "a planned operation to bring back some of our citizens ...

Russian court grants early release to would-be IS bride

Europe 04/16/19, 12:10

A Russian court on Tuesday granted parole to a Moscow student who was sent to prison for trying to join the Islamic State group in Syria.The court in Russia's northwest upheld Varvara Karaulova's plea to cut her prison sentence by one year and 10 days. The 23-year old Moscow State ...

New Zealand, Red Cross at odds over naming captive nurse

World 04/15/19, 23:34

New Zealand's government did not approve an aid agency's decision to release the name of a New Zealand nurse held captive by the Islamic State group in Syria, the country's foreign minister said Tuesday.Foreign Minister Winston Peters said an International Committee of the Red Cross official's claim to have acted ...

Red Cross, New Zealand hope for info on nurse held in Syria

World 04/14/19, 22:15

New Zealand's foreign minister has confirmed a New Zealand nurse has been held captive by the Islamic State group in Syria for almost six years, information long kept secret for fear her life might be at risk.The status of nurse and midwife Louisa Akavi, now 62, is unknown but her ...

German on trial over death of 5-year-old Yazidi slave girl

Europe 04/09/19, 07:03

A German convert to Islam went on trial Tuesday on charges that, as a member of the extremist Islamic State group in Iraq, she allowed a 5-year-old Yazidi girl she and her husband kept as a slave to die of thirst in the hot sun.The 27-year-old, identified only as Jennifer ...

US: Man inspired by IS planned truck attack near DC

U.S. 04/08/19, 15:35

A Maryland man who prosecutors say was inspired by the Islamic State group plotted to ram a stolen U-Haul truck into as many pedestrians as possible at a popular convention and tourist destination just outside the nation's capital, federal prosecutors said Monday.The allegation was made in a court filing Monday ...

Iraqi leader says there’s ‘consensus’ on US troops presence

World 03/29/19, 13:37

Iraq's president says he does not see any "serious" opposition when it comes to the presence of American forces in Iraq as long as they are there specifically to assist in the fight against the Islamic State group.In an exclusive interview with the Associated Press on Friday, Barham Salih says ...

Driver working with NBC News killed in Syria

World 03/24/19, 01:43

The president of NBC News says a driver working with its reporters in Syria was killed by an explosive device.Noah Oppenheim said in a statement Sunday that NBC employees escaped unharmed, and expressed "deepest sympathies" to the driver's family and loved ones. Oppenheim says "we are still gathering information from ...

IS loses all territory but its shadowy leader still at large

World 03/23/19, 08:25

The Islamic State group has lost all the territory it once controlled in Iraq and Syria, but its shadowy leader and self-proclaimed "caliph" is still at large.With a $25 million U.S. bounty on his head, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is the world's most wanted man, responsible for steering his chillingly violent ...

Timeline of the rise and fall of the Islamic State group

World 03/23/19, 03:05

The Islamic State group erupted from the chaos of Syria and Iraq's conflicts and swiftly did what no Islamic militant group had done before, conquering a giant stretch of territory and declaring itself a "caliphate."Its territorial rule, which at its height in 2014 stretched across nearly a third of both ...

US-backed Syrian force declares victory over Islamic State

World 03/23/19, 01:32

A U.S.-backed Syrian force said Saturday that it has liberated the last area held by the Islamic State group in the eastern Syrian village of Baghouz, declaring victory over the extremists and the end of their self-declared caliphate.Mustafa Bali, a spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces, tweeted that "Baghouz is ...

Pompeo, in Kuwait, again urges resolution to Gulf crisis

Politics 03/20/19, 07:55

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is renewing calls for a resolution to a festering dispute between Qatar and four other Arab nations, all America's Mideast partners. On a visit to Kuwait, Pompeo says the crisis that has roiled the Gulf Cooperation Council for almost two years is hindering efforts to ...

Troops celebrate as US-backed force seizes IS camp in Syria

World 03/19/19, 11:33

U.S.-backed Syrian forces on Tuesday seized control of an encampment held by the Islamic State group in eastern Syria, after hundreds of militants surrendered overnight, a spokesman said, signaling the group's collapse after months of stiff resistance. A group of suspects involved in a January bombing that killed four Americans ...

US-backed forces admit to ‘difficulties’ beating IS in Syria

World 03/17/19, 10:27

U.S.-backed forces fighting to recapture the last Islamic State group outpost in Syria admitted on Sunday to facing difficulties defeating the extremists, saying they were being slowed by mines, tunnels and concerns over harming women and children still in the village.The battle to capture the extremist group's last speck of ...

For Syrians, 8 years of war leaves stories of loss and hope

World 03/16/19, 01:26

War is personal. And in Syria, after eight years of a grinding conflict, there are as many stories of loss, dispossession and desperate hope as there are people. What started as peaceful protests in 2011 asking for government change turned into one of the cruelest modern wars and left a trail ...

A look at attacks on houses of worship over last decade

World 03/15/19, 05:00

Houses of worship around the world, a place of reflection and peace, have been targeted for attack by extremists. Here are some of the deadly assaults over the last decade: Oct. 31, 2010: Al-Qaida in Iraq militants attack Our Lady of Salvation Catholic Church in Baghdad during Sunday night mass, killing ...

Iraqi TV: Iran’s president arrives in Baghdad on 3-day visit

World 03/11/19, 01:42

Iraqi television says Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has arrived in Iraq, making his first official visit to the neighboring nation that Tehran once fought a bloody war against and later backed in the battle with the Islamic State group. Rouhani landed in Baghdad on Monday. He is scheduled to meet with ...

Across Baghdad, a moment of respite and guarded hope

World 03/11/19, 01:04

Baghdad's main commercial district has seen more bombings than its residents can count. Death visited almost daily during times of war — most horrifically, a 2015 suicide bombing that ripped through two shopping malls, killing over 300 people.But over the past year or so, streets lined with food stalls are ...

UK studying how to get children of IS followers out of Syria

Europe 03/10/19, 08:44

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt says he is looking for ways to help the children of British citizens who joined the Islamic State group in Syria.Hunt told the BBC on Sunday that he and International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt are studying how the children could be brought to Britain without ...

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