IS frees 6 hostages in exchange with Syrian government

World 10/19/18, 21:43

The Islamic State group early Saturday released two women and four children they had been holding since July in the first part of an exchange with the Syrian government that will set free dozens of women related to members of the extremist group, opposition activists said.The women and children were ...

Radical preacher Anjem Choudary released from UK prison

Europe 10/19/18, 00:18

A radical Islamic preacher was released from a British prison Friday after serving less than half of a 5-1/2-year prison sentence for encouraging support for the Islamic State group.Anjem Choudary, 51, left the high security Belmarsh prison in southeast London and will be subject to a strict supervision regime. Prime ...

Putin says IS seized 700 hostages in Syria; executing some

Europe 10/18/18, 18:05

Russian President Vladimir Putin says Islamic State militants in Syria have recently seized some 700 people as hostages and are carrying out executions. At an international policy forum in Sochi on Thursday, Putin said "they have been recently expanding their area and took about 130 families hostage, which accounts for about ...

US briefs Iraq Chaldean head, Vatican on aid after critique

World 10/17/18, 23:10

A senior American diplomat briefed the leader of Iraq's Chaldean Catholics on U.S. development aid Wednesday after the cardinal accused the United States of failing to help rebuild Christian villages devastated by the Islamic State group. Mark Green, administrator of the State Department's USAID development agency, said he disagreed with Cardinal ...

PHOTOS: IS militants’ children in Iraq’s orphanages

World 10/15/18, 06:31

In Iraqi orphanages, you find all the ways that war wreaks its destruction, embodied in the most innocent of faces: Children of those killed, children born of rape, children abandoned in the chaos of battle. There are also the children of the enemy.Salhiya orphanage, Iraq's state-run facility in Baghdad, is ...

Children of Islamic State group live under a stigma in Iraq

World 10/15/18, 06:19

A family of six lost children lives quietly in a small apartment among strangers in this northern Iraqi city. The "man of the house," an 18-year-old, heads out each morning looking for day labor jobs to pay the rent. His 12-year-old sister acts as the mother, cooking meals, cleaning and ...

IS kidnaps scores of civilians in eastern Syria

World 10/13/18, 09:17

A U.S.-backed Syrian force and a war monitor say members of the Islamic State group have stormed a settlement for displaced people in the country's east and kidnapped scores of civilians.The Syrian Democratic Forces said in a statement that fighting Friday night in the Hajin camp for displaced persons left ...

Rights group criticizes US-led coalition for Raqqa deaths

World 10/12/18, 09:42

The U.S.-led coalition's failure to adequately acknowledge and investigate civilian deaths in the Syrian city of Raqqa is "a slap in the face for survivors" trying to rebuild their lives a year after the offensive to oust the Islamic State group, a prominent rights group said Friday.At a news conference ...

IS reverting to insurgency tactics after losing caliphate

World 10/12/18, 02:25

Nearly defeated on the battlefields of its would-be caliphate, analysts say the Islamic State group has reverted to what it was before its spectacular conquests in 2014 — a shadowy insurgent network that targets civilian populations with guerrilla-style attacks and exploits state weaknesses to incite sectarian strife.In Iraq and Syria, ...

Libyan official: 75 bodies of IS militants found near Sirte

World 10/11/18, 07:41

A Libyan official says authorities have uncovered a collective grave containing more than 75 bodies of suspected Islamic State group fighters near the coast city of Sirte, formerly the main IS stronghold in this North African country.Salem el-Ameel, a spokesman for a local force in Sirte, says a resident reported ...

In Syria’s Sweida, young men take up arms to defend villages

World 10/06/18, 01:20

Maysoun Saab's eyes filled with tears as she recalled finding her parents bleeding to death on the fround outside their home, minutes after they were shot by Islamic State militants on a killing spree across once tranquil villages they infiltrated in a southeastern corner of Syria.Within an hour, she had ...

In Syria’s Sweida, young men take up arms to defend villages

World 10/05/18, 14:51

Maysoun Saab's eyes filled with tears as she recalled finding her parents bleeding to death on the ground outside their home, minutes after they were shot by Islamic State militants on a killing spree across once tranquil villages they infiltrated in a southeastern corner of Syria.Within an hour, she had ...

In Syria’s Sweida, young men take up arms to defend villages

World 10/05/18, 14:35

Maysoun Saab's eyes filled with tears as she recalled finding her parents bleeding to death on the fround outside their home, minutes after they were shot by Islamic State militants on a killing spree across once tranquil villages they infiltrated in a southeastern corner of Syria.Within an hour, she had ...

Ceaseless persecution marks the Yazidis’ history

World 10/05/18, 07:02

Over the past centuries, the Yazidi community, one of Iraq's oldest religious minorities, has repeatedly been subjected to brutal attacks leaving thousands of its members dead. One of their worst subjugations occurred four years ago with the rise of the extremist Islamic State group.IS committed genocide and other crimes against ...

Russia puts deep roots in Syria, warns West against meddling

Europe 09/26/18, 12:52

The same day that Russian diplomats struck a deal with Turkey over a demilitarized zone in Syria's last rebel-run region, dozens of Russian businessmen were flying home from Damascus, contracts in hand for trade with a postwar Syria.Whatever happens to the rebels in Idlib province, Russia is determined to keep ...

Gunmen attack Iran military parade, killing at least 8

World 09/22/18, 02:20

Gunmen attacked an annual Iranian military parade Saturday in the country's oil-rich southwest, killing at least eight members of the country's elite Revolutionary Guard and wounding 20 others, local media reported.No group immediately claimed responsibility for the assault in Ahvaz, which saw gunfire spray into a crowd of marching Guardsmen, ...

Germany arrests woman accused of Islamic State membership

Europe 09/21/18, 06:15

German police have arrested a 20-year-old woman on suspicion of serving in the Islamic State group.Federal prosecutors said Friday the German-Algerian woman, identified as Sarah O. for privacy reasons, is accused of membership in a foreign terrorist organization.Prosecutors say she traveled to Syria as a teenager in October 2013, where ...

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