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Meetings with Lindh prompt move to revoke convict's release

Jan. 26, 2023 11:29 AM EST

FALLS CHURCH, Va, (AP) — A northern Virginia man convicted nearly a decade ago of supporting the Islamic State group as a teenager has now been accused of violating his terms of release by meeting with convicted Taliban supporter John Walker Lindh. According to court documents, the...

Syrian Kurdish forces arrest IS commander in eastern region

Jan. 26, 2023 07:00 AM EST

RAQQA, Syria (AP) — Syrian Kurdish-led forces captured a local commander of the Islamic State group in eastern Syria as part of an ongoing operation targeting sleeper cells in the city of Raqqa, the U.S.-backed forces announced Thursday. The commander served as the chief of the...

Kurdish forces seize dozens of suspected IS members in Syria

Jan. 25, 2023 07:58 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — U.S.-backed Kurdish-led fighters in northeastern Syria launched an operation Wednesday against suspected Islamic State militants in the area in retaliation for an attack by the extremist group there last month, according to a statement. Syrian Democratic Forces said...

France: More women, children returned from IS camps in Syria

Jan. 24, 2023 11:31 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — France on Tuesday repatriated another group of women and children from former Islamic State group-controlled areas of Syria, the latest return of French nationals who'd been stranded in camps there, eyed warily by Paris. The group was made up of 32 minors and 15 adult...

Building collapse in Syrian city of Aleppo leaves 16 dead

Jan. 22, 2023 09:39 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — A building collapsed in a neighborhood in Syria’s northern city of Aleppo early Sunday, killing at least 16 people, including one child, and injuring four others, state media reported. The five-story building housing about 30 people is in the Sheikh Maksoud...

Judge orders Canada to repatriate 4 men held in Syrian camps

Jan. 20, 2023 19:26 PM EST

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — A judge has ordered the Canadian government to help bring home four Canadian men being held in Syrian camps. In a ruling late Friday, Federal Court Justice Henry Brown directed Ottawa to request repatriation of the men as soon as reasonably possible and...

Trio of suicide drones strike US base in Syria, wounding 2

Jan. 20, 2023 07:11 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Three suicide drones attacked a U.S. base in eastern Syria on Friday, wounding two Syrian opposition fighters, the U.S. military said. No Americans were hurt in the attack. It was not clear who was behind the drone attack, but Iran-backed fighters in the region have...

US military: US, Syrian Kurdish forces detain IS militant

Jan. 19, 2023 14:07 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — American and Syrian Kurdish forces detained a militant from the Islamic State group following a helicopter raid in eastern Syria, the U.S. Central Command said in a statement Thursday. IS sleeper cells continue to carry out deadly attacks in Syria and Iraq. The...

Iran welcomes steps toward Turkey-Syria reconciliation

Jan. 17, 2023 12:01 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Iran welcomes steps toward a reconciliation between Turkey and Syria and is ready to help move the efforts forward, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian said Tuesday. The Iranian minister made the comments in Ankara, weeks after the Turkish and...

Dutch police arrest suspected Islamic State security chief

Jan. 17, 2023 04:03 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch authorities arrested a Syrian man on Tuesday who is suspected of having been a security chief for the Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra extremist groups during Syria's grinding civil war, prosecutors said. “It is suspected that from his...