Islamic State group claims responsibility for Berlin truck attack

Islamic State group claims responsibility for Berlin truck attack

The Islamic State (IS) group claimed responsibility Tuesday for a truck attack at a Christmas market in Berlin that killed 12 people and injured 48 others. German police are still hunting for the driver of the truck. “The executor of the operation … in Berlin is a soldier of the Islamic State [who] carried out […]

Israeli forces and Islamic State group in rare deadly Golan Heights firefight

Israeli forces and Islamic State group in rare deadly Golan Heights firefight

Israeli aircraft struck a machine gun-mounted vehicle inside Syria Sunday, killing four Islamic State-affiliated militants inside after they had opened fire on a military patrol on the Israeli side of the Golan Heights, the Israeli military said. Israel has been largely unaffected by the Syrian civil war raging next door, suffering only sporadic incidents of […]

Iraq’s ancient city of Nimrud reduced to ruins by Islamic State group

Iraq’s ancient city of Nimrud reduced to ruins by Islamic State group

In the days after the Iraqi army announced it had recaptured Nimrud from the Islamic State (IS) group, the full extent of destruction wrought by jihadists on the ancient city has gradually became apparent. IS group militants filmed themselves as they lay waste the 3,000-year-old Assyrian city, smashing artwork and other archaeological relics. “The place […]

Fighting the Islamic State group in Mosul with Iraq’s elite Golden Division

Fighting the Islamic State group in Mosul with Iraq’s elite Golden Division

As Iraqi forces battle to retake the country’s second largest city of Mosul from the Islamic State (IS) group, FRANCE 24 joined the elite counter-terrorism unit Golden Division as it pushed into the eastern Zahra district. The battle for Mosul, which was captured by the IS group in 2014, has been a gruelling struggle fought […]

Air strikes on Mosul help breach Islamic State group’s defences

Air strikes on Mosul help breach Islamic State group’s defences

Iraqi elite brigades fought their way into the outskirts of Mosul on Tuesday, backed by coalition air strikes. FRANCE 24’s reporters followed Iraq’s special forces as they coordinated the advance with their international allies. Targeted air strikes by the US-led coalition have been crucial to the troops’ swift offensive, helping Iraqi troops set foot in […]

Islamic State group take 2,000 Syrian hostages as ‘human shields’

Islamic State group take 2,000 Syrian hostages as ‘human shields’

Islamic State group fighters seized around 2,000 civilians to use as “human shields” Friday as they fled their stronghold of Manbij in northern Syria, US-backed forces and a monitor said. The Arab-Kurdish alliance known as the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) expelled most of the IS fighters from the town last week, but a small number […]

US launches air strikes on Islamic State group targets in Libya

US launches air strikes on Islamic State group targets in Libya

“The first American air strikes on precise positions of the Daesh organisation were carried out today, causing heavy losses… in Sirte,” Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj said in a televised speech, using an Arabic term to refer to the IS group. In Washington, the Pentagon said the raids were launched in response to a request from […]

Iraqi operation kicks off to retake Falluja from Islamic State group

Iraqi operation kicks off to retake Falluja from Islamic State group

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the launching of an offensive to retake the Islamic State group’s stronghold of Falluja. The military told residents on Sunday to get ready to leave before fighting started. “Zero hour for the liberation of Falluja has arrived. The moment of great victory has drawn near and Daesh has no […]