Civil rights group condemns move to block Trump inauguration protests

Civil rights group condemns move to block Trump inauguration protests

A civil rights group on Wednesday urged US officials to free up Washington landmarks for thousands of people planning protests around the inauguration of president-elect Donald Trump. The Washington-based Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF) said the National Park Service (NPS) had handed over control of sites such as the Lincoln Memorial to the private […]

IS group claims Ohio university attacker one of its ‘soldiers’

IS group claims Ohio university attacker one of its ‘soldiers’

The Somali student who wounded 11 people in a car-ramming and knife attack on an Ohio university campus was a “soldier” of the Islamic State group, a jihadist-linked news agency said Tuesday. The Amaq agency said the rampage by Abdul Razak Ali Artan, a logistics student at Ohio State University, was the result of IS […]

Top commander of former Nusra Front rebel group ‘killed’ in Syria

Top commander of former Nusra Front rebel group ‘killed’ in Syria

The top military commander of the militant group Jabhat Fateh al Sham, the former al Qaeda offshoot in Syria, was killed in an aerial raid that targeted a meeting of the group’s leaders, both the group and rebel sources said on Thursday. The commander Abu Hajer al Homsi, whose alias is Abu Omar Saraqeb, was […]

Dozens killed in wave of Islamic State group suicide bombings in Syria

Dozens killed in wave of Islamic State group suicide bombings in Syria

The Islamic State (IS) group claimed responsibility for a series of bomb attacks across Syria on Monday that left dozens dead in mostly government-controlled territory. The suicide blasts killed Syrian troops, including several officers, as well as some Kurdish fighters, the jihadist group said via its official press agency, Amaq. Amaq reported the so-called IS […]

Notorious UK preacher Anjem Choudary convicted of supporting IS group

Notorious UK preacher Anjem Choudary convicted of supporting IS group

Anjem Choudary, Britain’s most high-profile Islamist preacher whose followers have been linked to numerous plots across the world, has been found guilty of inviting support for the Islamic State (IS) group. Choudary, 49, was convicted at London’s Old Bailey court of using online lectures and messages to encourage support for the banned group which controls […]

Libyan forces recapture key Islamic State group base in Sirte

Libyan forces recapture key Islamic State group base in Sirte

Libyan forces battling to oust Islamic State (IS) from Sirte said they had made major advances on Wednesday, capturing a convention centre previously used as a base by the jihadist group, as well as the city’s university and hospital. “Our forces have complete control of the whole of the Ouagadougou (convention) complex – they even […]

Egyptian military ‘kills leader of Islamic State group in Sinai’

Egyptian military ‘kills leader of Islamic State group in Sinai’

Egypt’s military said on Thursday it had killed Abu Duaa al-Ansari, whom it identified as the leader of the Sinai branch of the so-called Islamic State (IS) group. The military said on its Facebook page that a series of air strikes near Arish, the largest town on the Sinai peninsula, had also killed 45 other […]

US launches air strikes on Islamic State group targets in Libya

US launches air strikes on Islamic State group targets in Libya

US warplanes carried out air strikes on positions of the Islamic State (IS) group in the Libyan city of Sirte for the first time on Monday, the Pentagon and Libya’s unity government announced. “The first American air strikes on precise positions of the Daesh organisation were carried out today, causing heavy losses… in Sirte,” Prime […]

Brother of IS group recruit wants heroes of Nice attacks to be rewarded

Brother of IS group recruit wants heroes of Nice attacks to be rewarded

A 20-year-old man from the north of France has launched an online petition to award the Legion of Honor, the country’s highest award, to the three men who tried to stop the Bastille Day attack in Nice. Many in France are, of course, thankful to those who were willing to risk their own lives to […]

Germany suicide bomber ‘pledged allegiance’ to IS group

Germany suicide bomber ‘pledged allegiance’ to IS group

A Syrian man who blew himself up outside a music festival in Ansbach, Germany had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) group in a video recorded on his mobile phone, Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann revealed on Monday. Herrmann said the video recorded before Sunday’s attack – in which the suspect died and more […]

Islamic State group claims responsibility for train attack in Germany

Islamic State group claims responsibility for train attack in Germany

The Islamic State group said on Tuesday that an Afghan refugee who carried out an axe and knife attack near Wuerzburg in Germany was one of its “fighters”, an IS-linked news agency said. “The perpetrator of the stabbing attack in Germany was one of the fighters of the Islamic State,” the Amaq news agency said, […]

France questions if Turkey a ‘viable’ partner in Islamic State group fight

France questions if Turkey a ‘viable’ partner in Islamic State group fight

France’s foreign minister said on Sunday that questions needed to be asked about whether Turkey is a viable partner in the fight against Islamic State (IS) group in Syria. “There are questions that are being asked and we will ask them. It (Turkey) is partly viable, but there are suspicions as well. Let’s be honest […]

Top Islamic State group commander ‘killed’ in Iraq

Top Islamic State group commander ‘killed’ in Iraq

A top Islamic State group commander, Omar al-Shishani, has been killed in Iraq, the jihadist-linked Amaq agency said on Wednesday. Amaq did not specify when Shishani was killed, but the loss of the commander is a significant blow to the jihadist group, which has suffered a string of setbacks in Iraq this year. The Pentagon […]

IS group claims responsibility for attack on Bangladesh restaurant

IS group claims responsibility for attack on Bangladesh restaurant

Gunmen attacked a restaurant in a diplomatic zone of the Bangladeshi capital Friday night, taking hostages and exchanging gunfire with security forces, authorities said. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack. The head of the elite anti-crime force, Rapid Action Battalion, or RAB, told reporters Friday night that they were working to save […]

India not opposed to Pakistan’s membership of Nuclear Suppliers Group: Swaraj

India not opposed to Pakistan’s membership of Nuclear Suppliers Group: Swaraj

  Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj while addressing a press conference on Sunday said India will not protest Pakistan’s entry to the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). “We are not opposed to any country’s entrance into NSG based on merit, including Pakistan,” Swaraj said, according to Indian media. Swaraj also clarified that China is not […]

Italy stun Belgium 2-0 in Euro 2016 ‘Group of Death’ clash

Italy stun Belgium 2-0 in Euro 2016 ‘Group of Death’ clash

Goals in either half from Emanuele Giaccherini and Graziano Pelle ensured Italy hit the ground running at Euro 2016 as the Azzurri confined highly-fancied Belgium to a 2-0 defeat on Monday. Marc Wilmot’s Belgium, the highest ranked side coming into the European championship finals, dominated for long spells of the Group E clash at the […]

Man ‘claiming allegiance to IS group’ kills French policeman

Man ‘claiming allegiance to IS group’ kills French policeman

  A man who claimed allegiance to the Islamic State group stabbed a French policeman to death on Monday night before he was killed in a dramatic police operation, sources close to the investigation said. French prosecutors have launched an anti-terror probe after the policeman and his partner were killed at their home in the […]

Libya’s Sirte struck by three Islamic State group bombings

Libya’s Sirte struck by three Islamic State group bombings

The Islamic State group carried out three suicide car bombings Sunday against forces allied with Libya’s unity government battling to retake the city of Sirte, an official said. “Three explosions from cars driven by Islamic State suicide bombers targeted our forces in Sirte,” Rida Issa, a spokesman for the unity government’s forces, told AFP. “There […]

Libyan forces claim port in IS group stronghold of Sirte

Libyan forces claim port in IS group stronghold of Sirte

Forces aligned with Libya’s unity government said on Friday they had taken control of the port of Sirte, making further gains in Islamic State’s North African stronghold. Brigades largely composed of fighters from Misrata advanced this week to the perimeter of Sirte’s city centre, after launching a counter attack against Islamic State last month and […]

‘The tide has turned’ in fight against Islamic State group

‘The tide has turned’ in fight against Islamic State group

The Islamic State group caught the world off guard when it conquered vast swaths of territory, including important cities, in Iraq and Syria. Two years later, experts say the tide has finally turned against the jihadist camp. For Iraqi forces, 2016 ushered in the recapture of the Islamic State (IS) group’s headquarters in Ramadi, the […]

W. Sahara independence group says its chief Abdelaziz has died

W. Sahara independence group says its chief Abdelaziz has died

The Polisario Front which demands the Western Sahara’s independence from Morocco said its secretary general Mohamed Abdelaziz died on Tuesday “after a long illness”, Algeria’s APS news agency reported. Abdelaziz, 69, had been leader of the Algeria-backed Polisario since 1976 after the group was founded three years previously to struggle for independence for the former […]

Seven accused of joining IS group in Syria go on trial in France

Seven accused of joining IS group in Syria go on trial in France

The trial of seven Frenchmen suspected of travelling to Syria to join the Islamic State (IS) group was due to get underway Monday, with one the brother of one of the perpetrators of the November 13 Paris terror attacks among the accused. The men from Strasbourg in eastern France, all aged between 24 and 26, […]

Belgian police detain four on suspicion of belonging to a terrorist group

Belgian police detain four on suspicion of belonging to a terrorist group

Belgian police searched houses in the city of Antwerp on Wednesday and detained four people on suspicion of belonging to a terrorist group and trying to drum up recruits to fight with Islamist militants in Syria or Libya, state prosecutors said. Two were formally arrested while the other two were given a conditional release. “They […]

US-backed Syrian alliance launches new attack near IS group’s ‘capital’

US-backed Syrian alliance launches new attack near IS group’s ‘capital’

A US-backed alliance of Syrian militias launched an offensive against the Islamic State (IS) group near their de facto capital of Raqqa on Tuesday, a monitoring group and an official said. An unspecified number of Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters were seen moving south from their stronghold of Tel Abyad near the Turkish border Tuesday […]