US-backed fighters could soon resume offensive against IS

World 03/09/19, 12:34

U.S.-backed fighters could soon resume an offensive against the Islamic State group in the last area they control in Syria, an official said Saturday, adding that the battle against the extremists is expected to take three days.Aras Orkesh of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces said they have about 2,500 fighters ...

UK official criticized after baby dies in Syrian camp

Europe 03/09/19, 09:37

British Home Secretary Sajid Javid is facing criticism after the death of a U.K. teenager's baby in a Syrian camp.Shamima Begum, who had left London as a 15-year-old in 2015 to join the Islamic State group, had pleaded with British authorities before her baby was born to let her return ...

Video: Abandoned tents, foxholes left behind by IS in Syria

World 03/08/19, 13:07

Abandoned tents, vehicles and foxholes to hide from airstrikes are all that are left from evacuated parts of the Islamic State group's last shred of territory in Syria.An exclusive video obtained by The Associated Press on Friday showed parts of the tiny pocket of land in the village of Baghouz ...

Lawyer for British IS bride says her baby may have died

Europe 03/08/19, 11:44

There were conflicting reports Friday about the newborn son of a U.K.-born teenager who left her London home to join the Islamic State group in Syria, after the mother's lawyer said the boy was reported to have died. Lawyer Tasnime Akunjee tweeted that he has "strong but as yet unconfirmed reports ...

Update: Guilty verdict in Belgian Jewish museum killings

World 03/07/19, 13:47

The Latest on the murder trial from slayings of four people at Brussels Jewish museum (all times local):7:35 p.m.A Belgian court says a Frenchman suspected of working for the Islamic State group in Syria has been found guilty of gunning down four people at a Jewish museum in 2014, making ...

More suspected IS members leave extremists’ holdout in Syria

World 03/07/19, 07:06

Scores of suspected IS members, including foreign fighters, are being screened and searched for concealed weapons and explosives after coming out of the last pocket of territory held by the Islamic State group in Syria.The men, their faces covered, were divided into three groups — Syrians, Iraqis and those of ...

Muslim convert jailed for plot to attack London’s Oxford St

Europe 03/06/19, 12:36

A British Muslim convert was sentenced Wednesday to at least 15 years in prison for plotting a van attack on crowds in London's busy Oxford Street shopping district.Lewis Ludlow had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to preparing acts of terrorism and fundraising for the Islamic State group.Police found planning ...

Afghan official: Suicide blast near airport in east kills 17

World 03/06/19, 07:49

Militants in Afghanistan set off a suicide blast on Wednesday morning and stormed a construction company near the airport in Jalalabad, the capital of eastern Nangarhar province, killing at least 17 people, officials said.The dawn assault triggered an hours-long gunbattle with local guards, drawing in U.S. forces to assist the ...

Father of UK teen who joined IS says don’t scrap citizenship

Europe 03/06/19, 03:02

The father of a British teenager who ran away to join the Islamic State group in Syria said his daughter's citizenship should not be revoked and that she should return to the U.K. and be punished if it was determined she had committed a crime. Shamima Begum fled east London with ...

To the bitter end, IS militants remain organized and brutal

World 03/06/19, 01:20

As final defeat looms, militants of the Islamic State group have remained organized and ruthless to their last breath. Keeping institutions functioning in their last shred of territory, they are continuing benefits like food and money to supporters while their religious police and fighters still impose their rule of fear ...

Group: Hundreds of Iraqi IS child suspects arrested

World 03/06/19, 00:17

Human Rights Watch says Iraq and the Kurdish regional government have charged hundreds of children with terrorism for alleged affiliation with the Islamic State group, often using torture to coerce confessions.The New York-based group released a report on Wednesday estimating that Iraqi and Kurdish authorities were holding approximately 1,500 children ...

Update: Wife says French husband in IS died of wounds

Europe 03/05/19, 08:13

The Latest on developments in Syria with the push on the last patch of territory held by the Islamic State group (all times local): 2:50 p.m. The wife of a French militant who had joined the Islamic State group says her husband, Jean-Michel Clain, has died of his wounds in Syria. The woman, ...

Final IS defeat looms as thousands leave last area in Syria

Europe 03/05/19, 03:32

A spokesman for the U.S.-backed Syrian forces fighting the Islamic State group says thousands of people, including militants, have left the last area held by the extremists in Syria.Mustafa Bali tweeted that about 3,000 came out of the village of Baghouz in eastern Syria on Monday through a humanitarian corridor ...

Dutch husband of Shamima Begum wants to take her home

Europe 03/03/19, 09:54

The Dutch man who married a British teenager after she ran away to join the Islamic State group says he wants to return home to the Netherlands with Shamima Begum and their newborn son.Yago Riedijk, 27, told the BBC from a Kurdish-run detention center that he met Begum within days ...

Update: Al-Qaida militants in Syria kill IS suspects

World 03/02/19, 11:39

The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local):6:40 p.m.A Syrian war monitor and a news agency of an al-Qaida-linked group say militants have shot dead eight men suspected of being members of the Islamic State group a day after a suicide bombing killed seven people in a restaurant ...

Former Yazidi captives of IS reunite with families in Iraq

World 03/02/19, 11:14

A group of Yazidi women and children reunited with their families in Iraq Saturday after five years of captivity at the hands of the Islamic State group, hugging and kissing relatives in emotional scenes that underscored their yearslong ordeal and that of their devastated community.Elated families met their loved ones ...

US-backed Syrian fighters advance on 2 fronts against IS

World 03/02/19, 05:30

Fighters with the U.S.-backed force battling the Islamic State group in eastern Syria advanced on two fronts Saturday as the extremists used snipers and booby traps to slow the push on the last area they control, a spokesman for the group said.Mustafa Bali of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces tweeted ...

Final assault on last IS-held pocket in Syria resumes

World 03/01/19, 16:07

U.S.-backed Syrian forces on Friday resumed military operations to liberate the last piece of territory held by the Islamic state group in Syria after evacuating thousands of civilians and hostages who have been besieged inside, a spokesman said. Mustafa Bali said fighters from the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces have begun clashing ...

Fabien Clain, jihadists’ voice in 2015 Paris attacks, killed

Europe 02/28/19, 14:47

Fabien Clain was the voice of Islamic State for his home country of France — and above all for its capital city, terrorized by squads of extremists who blew themselves up outside the national stadium, and opened fire on concert-goers and cafe diners in November 2015. In a recording released the ...

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