Libyan forces launch ‘final battle’ to oust IS group from Sirte

Libyan forces launch ‘final battle’ to oust IS group from Sirte

  Forces loyal to Libya’s UN-backed unity government on Sunday pushed into the last areas of Sirte held by the Islamic State (IS) group in what was the jihadists’ coastal stronghold. The battle for the hometown of Libya’s slain dictator Muammar Gaddafi was launched more than three months ago by forces loyal to the Tripoli-based […]

Iraqi forces retake key town of Qayara from IS group

Iraqi forces retake key town of Qayara from IS group

Iraqi forces have retaken the key town of Qayara, near a major air base south of Mosul, from the Islamic State group, according to a statement from the Iraqi prime minister’s office. Haider al-Abadi said the victory marks an “important step” on the road to Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city which has been in IS hands […]

Inquiry finds Syrian government, IS group responsible for chemical weapons attacks

Inquiry finds Syrian government, IS group responsible for chemical weapons attacks

Syrian government troops were responsible for two toxic gas attacks and Islamic State militants used sulfur mustard gas, an inquiry by the United Nations and the global chemical weapons watchdog found Wednesday, according to a report seen by Reuters. The year-long U.N. and Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) inquiry – unanimously authorized […]

Turkey shells Kurdish and IS group positions in Syria

Turkey shells Kurdish and IS group positions in Syria

The Turkish army has shelled Kurdish as well as Islamic State (IS) group positions in northern Syria, according to Turkish media reports Tuesday, in a bid to open up a corridor for a major rebel assault. In a double-pronged approach, Turkish artillery shells on Tuesday hit positions held by the Kurdish YPG militants in the […]

France launches new wave of air strikes on IS group targets in Syria’s Raqqa

France launches new wave of air strikes on IS group targets in Syria’s Raqqa

  France on Sunday launched a fresh wave of air strikes targeting the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria, destroying an arms depot and combat positions in the group’s stronghold of Raqqa, the French foreign ministry said. In a statement, the ministry said four Rafale and four Mirage 2000 fighter jets as well as an […]

Turkey backtracks on ‘IS group child bomber’ claims

Turkey backtracks on ‘IS group child bomber’ claims

Turkey on Monday went back on claims that a child bomber linked to Islamic State (IS) jihadists carried out a deadly suicide bombing close to Syria, saying it had no clue who was behind the attack. Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said Ankara could not confirm who was the perpetrator of the attack on a […]

France launches new wave of air strikes on IS group targets in Syria’s Raqqa

France launches new wave of air strikes on IS group targets in Syria’s Raqqa

France on Sunday launched a fresh wave of air strikes targeting the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria, destroying an arms depot and combat positions in the group’s stronghold of Raqqa, the French foreign ministry said. In a statement, the ministry said four Rafale and four Mirage 2000 fighter jets as well as an Atlantique […]

Syrian city celebrates liberation from IS group

Syrian city celebrates liberation from IS group

After Arab and Kurdish fighters pushed the Islamic State (IS) group jihadists from Manbij in Aleppo province, residents who endured two years of occupation were dancing and cheering in the streets. As IS group fighters withdrew from the town on Friday, some women burned the niqabs they were forced to wear while men who had […]

Uncertainty over Boko Haram leadership as IS group ‘names new leader’

Uncertainty over Boko Haram leadership as IS group ‘names new leader’

The Islamic State group’s online weekly Al-Naba has named a new leader for their West African affiliate, fuelling speculation about the fate of Boko Haram’s longtime commander Abubakar Shekau. The jihadist magazine made the announcement on Tuesday in an interview with Sheikh Abu Musab al-Barnawi, whom it referred to as the new “governor of West […]

Nice attack: How solid are alleged IS group links?

Nice attack: How solid are alleged IS group links?

Two days after the IS group said one of its “soldiers” carried out the Nice attack, France says the suspect was radicalised, but that no direct links to the group have been found. How direct do such links need to be before the group claims ownership? On Thursday, Lahouaiej-Bouhlel killed 84 people and wounded nearly […]

Iraqi forces retake government building from IS group in Fallujah

Iraqi forces retake government building from IS group in Fallujah

Iraqi forces on Friday entered the centre of Falluja, the Iraqi city longest held by Islamic State, nearly four weeks after the start of a U.S.-backed offensive that cleared out the tens of thousands of residents still there. Government troops, supported by multiple air strikes from a U.S.-led coalition, recaptured the municipal building, though the […]

No direct link between Orlando shooter and IS group

No direct link between Orlando shooter and IS group

According to US authorities on Monday, there are no direct links between the Islamic State group and the gunman who killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando. They described him as a homegrown extremist inspired by radical Islamist groups. The FBI and other agencies were still looking at evidence inside the club and […]

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