IS group stages fierce attack on Syrian army enclave

IS group stages fierce attack on Syrian army enclave

The Islamic State group has launched its fiercest assault in a year against a besieged Syrian government enclave in the city of Deir al-Zor, trying to cut it off from a nearby military air base in a battle that has killed dozens. A Syrian military source said the fighting was intense. “This attack is one […]

Israel buries truck attack victims amid doubts over IS group link

Israel buries truck attack victims amid doubts over IS group link

Hundreds of Israelis attended funerals Monday for four soldiers killed when a Palestinian rammed a truck into troops visiting a popular tourist site in a stark reminder of tensions despite a recent lull in violence. Sunday’s attack, which also saw the driver shot dead, came after months of relative calm and led Prime Minister Benjamin […]

France’s Hollande arrives in Iraq to visit troops battling IS group

France’s Hollande arrives in Iraq to visit troops battling IS group

French President Francois Hollande arrived in Baghdad Monday to meet the French forces helping Iraq in the fight against the Islamic State group and to hold talks with top officials. Hollande had already visited in 2014 and remains the most prominent head of state to come to Iraq since the launch two and half years ago […]

Erdogan accuses the West of backing the IS group

Erdogan accuses the West of backing the IS group

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday said the West was breaking promises in Syria, accusing Ankara’s partners of backing “terror groups” including IS jihadists in the country. At least 37 Turkish soldiers have died in Turkey’s major incursion inside Syria since it was launched in August to back pro-Ankara Syrian fighters battling IS and […]

IS group ‘re-enters’ ancient Syrian city of Palmyra

IS group ‘re-enters’ ancient Syrian city of Palmyra

Islamic State militants on Saturday captured most of Palmyra after breaking through Syrian army defences and securing the heights around the ancient city in eastern Syria following a surprise assault, a monitoring group and rebels said. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights expressed concern over the safety of civilians inside the city because many […]

Pentagon says IS group suffering from fewer fighters and resources

Pentagon says IS group suffering from fewer fighters and resources

At least 50,000 Islamic State jihadists have been killed by the US-led coalition since it began operations in Iraq and Syria in late 2014, a senior US military official said Thursday. A relentless operation using planes and drones from a dozen or so members of the anti-IS coalition since August 2014 has conducted some 16,000 […]

Suspects in foiled terror attack ‘took orders’ from IS group in Iraq, Syria

Suspects in foiled terror attack ‘took orders’ from IS group in Iraq, Syria

Paris Prosecutor François Molins said Friday that five men arrested in weekend raids in Strasbourg and Marseille had received orders from the Islamic State (IS) group in Iraq or Syria and were planning a terror attack for next week. “An imminent attack was thwarted,” Molins told a news conference. “A Strasbourg commando team and a […]

Iraqi forces cut off IS group stronghold of Mosul from Syria

Iraqi forces cut off IS group stronghold of Mosul from Syria

  Forces battling the Islamic State (IS) group said they had trapped the jihadists inside their stronghold of Mosul on Wednesday, when allied militias linked up west of the city. Paramilitary fighters with the Iranian-backed Hashid Shaabi or Popular Mobilisation units cut off the road between the towns of Tal Afar and Sinjar, blocking the […]

Iraqi army say IS group flushed out from Nimrud, site of ancient city

Iraqi army say IS group flushed out from Nimrud, site of ancient city

The Iraqi army said Sunday that troops have driven Islamic State group militants out of the town of Nimrud, south of Mosul, near the site of famed ancient Assyrian ruins that were reportedly destroyed by the extremists. Iraq’s special forces meanwhile battled militants in the city of Mosul itself, where they struggled to advance against […]

IS group leader Baghdadi urges no Mosul retreat, audio message claims

IS group leader Baghdadi urges no Mosul retreat, audio message claims

Jihadist leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi called on his fighters to resist as Iraqi forces were poised Thursday to enter the city of Mosul where he declared a “caliphate” two years ago. The appeal was made in an audio recording released on the Internet and purported to be by the elusive leader of the Islamic State […]

EU awards Sakharov human rights prize to Yazidi women who escaped IS group

EU awards Sakharov human rights prize to Yazidi women who escaped IS group

The European Parliament has awarded its Sakharov Prize for freedom of thought and expression to Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji Bashar, two women from Iraq’s Yazidi community who suffered attack and persecution by Islamic State. Murad and Bashar were among thousands of women and girls abducted and held as sexual slaves by Islamic State fighters […]

US-led coalition preparing to ‘isolate’ IS group’s Syrian bastion Raqqa

US-led coalition preparing to ‘isolate’ IS group’s Syrian bastion Raqqa

The alliance battling the Islamic State (IS) group is “laying the groundwork” for the isolation of Raqqa, the jihadists’ Syrian stronghold, US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter said Tuesday after talks with coalition ministers in Paris. The meeting, hosted by French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, was designed to review the war on the IS group […]

Coalition steps up air strikes as IS group mounts tough defence of Mosul

Coalition steps up air strikes as IS group mounts tough defence of Mosul

Iraqi forces advancing on Mosul faced stiff resistance from the Islamic State (IS) group on Monday as the US-led coalition unleashed an unprecedented wave of air strikes to support the week-old offensive. Federal forces and Kurdish peshmerga fighters were moving forward in several areas around the IS group’s Iraqi stronghold in the north of the […]

Iraqi forces push into town near Mosul after IS group assault on Kirkuk

Iraqi forces push into town near Mosul after IS group assault on Kirkuk

Iraqi forces pushed into a town near the Islamic State group-held city of Mosul Saturday after a wave of militant attacks in and around the northern city of Kirkuk set off more than 24 hours of heavy clashes. US Defense Secretary Ash Carter meanwhile arrived in Baghdad on an unannounced visit to meet with Iraqi […]

France’s Hollande warns Mosul’s IS group fighters could flee to Raqqa

France’s Hollande warns Mosul’s IS group fighters could flee to Raqqa

French President Francois Hollande warned Thursday that Islamic State jihadists under attack in the Iraqi city of Mosul are already fleeing to Raqa, their stronghold in neighbouring Syria. “We can’t afford mistakes in the pursuit of the terrorists who are already leaving Mosul for Raqa,” Hollande told an international conference in Paris.

Belgium charges four suspects over IS group recruiting network

Belgium charges four suspects over IS group recruiting network

Belgian prosecutors on Wednesday charged four people with participating in a terrorist organisation, including funding and recruiting would-be fighters to join the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria. The terror-related charges were announced after 15 early morning raids in the northern cities of Ghent, Antwerp and Deinze, the federal prosecutor’s office said in a statement. […]

Iraqi forces begin operation to retake Mosul from IS group

Iraqi forces begin operation to retake Mosul from IS group

Iraqi forces have launched operations to retake Mosul, a city whose capture by the Islamic State group two years ago left the country on the brink of collapse, the prime minister said Monday. The northern city was where IS supremo Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi publicly proclaimed a “caliphate” straddling Iraq and Syria in June 2014. With […]

Syrian rebels ‘capture’ symbolic town of Dabiq from IS group

Syrian rebels ‘capture’ symbolic town of Dabiq from IS group

Turkish-backed rebel fighters on Sunday captured the northern Syrian town of Dabiq from the Islamic State jihadist group, a monitoring group and rebels said. Dabiq holds crucial ideological importance for IS because of a Sunni prophecy that states it will be the site of an end-of-times battle between Christian forces and Muslims. The town itself […]

Over two-thirds of foreign IS group recruits are well educated, World Bank finds

Over two-thirds of foreign IS group recruits are well educated, World Bank finds

More than two-thirds of the foreigners seeking to join the Islamic State (IS) group have attended high school or university, according to a new study by the World Bank. Many of the young recruits who travel to Syria or Iraq to join the ranks of the Islamic State (IS) group – also known as ISIS, […]

French fighter jets launch mission against IS group in Mosul

French fighter jets launch mission against IS group in Mosul

French fighter jets took off from the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle on Friday for an operation against the Islamic State jihadist organisation (IS) in its Iraqi stronghold of Mosul, an officer said. Eight jets took off from the carrier in the eastern Mediterranean, an AFP photographer on the flight deck reported. The Charles de […]

US probes possible IS group chemical attack near Iraq base

US probes possible IS group chemical attack near Iraq base

The U.S. military is testing to see if a chemical agent may have been used in a rocket attack in Iraq by Islamic State that came within hundreds of yards (meters) of U.S. forces but injured no one, a U.S. military official said on Wednesday. The rocket fell on Tuesday in an unpopulated area near […]

Air strike kills senior IS group leader, Pentagon says

Air strike kills senior IS group leader, Pentagon says

A coalition air strike in Syria has killed a senior Islamic State operative considered the group’s information minister, a week after another raid eliminated a top IS strategist, the Pentagon said Friday. Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said that Wa’il Adil Hasan Salman al-Fayad, also known as “Dr. Wa’il”, was killed in a precision strike on […]

Turkish-backed fighters drive IS group from Syria-Turkey border

Turkish-backed fighters drive IS group from Syria-Turkey border

Turkish troops and allied Syrian rebels expelled the Islamic State group from the last strip of territory it controlled along the Syrian-Turkish border on Sunday, effectively sealing the extremists’ self-styled caliphate off from the outside world. Also on Sunday, Syrian pro-government forces backed by airstrikes launched a wide offensive in the northern city of Aleppo, […]

Scores killed in suicide bombing claimed by IS group in Yemen

Scores killed in suicide bombing claimed by IS group in Yemen

A suicide car bombing claimed by the Islamic State group killed at least 60 people Monday at an army recruitment centre in Aden, in the latest jihadist attack to hit the Yemeni city. Aden is the temporary base of Yemen’s internationally recognised government, which has been battling Iran-backed rebels as well as jihadists across the […]

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