Latest Islamic State group News

Afghan clerics' assembly urges recognition of Taliban govt

Jul. 02, 2022 11:56 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A three-day assembly of Islamic clerics and tribal elders in the Afghan capital concluded Saturday with pledges of support for the Taliban and calls on the international community to recognize the country's Taliban-led government. The meeting in Kabul was tailored...

New Zealand designates Proud Boys a terrorist organization

Jun. 30, 2022 20:36 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's government has declared that American far-right groups the Proud Boys and The Base are terrorist organizations. The two groups join 18 others including the Islamic State group that have been given an official terrorist designation,...

Lone surviving attacker in Paris massacre guilty of murder

Jun. 29, 2022 17:56 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The lone survivor of a team of Islamic State extremists who terrorized Paris in 2015 was convicted Wednesday of murder and other charges and sentenced to life in prison without parole for the deadliest peacetime attacks in French history. The special terrorism court...

20 convicted in Paris terrorist attacks trial: Who they are

Jun. 29, 2022 17:11 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A total of 20 men were convicted Wednesday over the 2015 Paris attacks by Islamic State extremists on the Bataclan theater, Paris cafes and the national stadium. Most attention has focused on the lone surviving member of the attack team, Salah Abdeslam. Others were...

American who joined Islamic State gets prison term reduced

Jun. 28, 2022 15:22 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — The first American to be convicted in a U.S. jury trial of joining the Islamic State had his prison term reduced Tuesday from 20 years to 14 years after an appeals court ordered a new sentencing hearing. Mohamad Khweis was convicted back in 2017 of providing...

US strike kills Yemeni al-Qaida-linked commander in Syria

Jun. 28, 2022 14:07 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A drone strike by the U.S.-led coalition in northwestern Syria killed a senior member of an al-Qaida-linked group, Syrian opposition activists and the U.S. military said Tuesday. The attack on the suspected militant, who was riding a motorcycle at the time, came...

'I am not a murderer,' Paris attacks defendant maintains

Jun. 27, 2022 12:46 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The only surviving suspected member of the Islamic State attack team that terrorized Paris in 2015 pleaded for leniency during his final appearance in court on Monday, acknowledging he had “made mistakes," but declaring: "I'm not a murderer.” Salah Abdeslam is a...

Burkina Faso to create military zones to fight jihadi rebels

Jun. 22, 2022 10:44 AM EDT

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso’s ruling junta says it will create two military zones where civilians must vacate their homes to allow the army to battle jihadi rebels without any hindrances. The two zones will be established in the country's hard-hit East and Sahel...

Belgium takes back mothers and children from Syria

Jun. 21, 2022 07:59 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgium's judicial authorities said on Tuesday they have repatriated six women of Belgian citizenship who were held in a Syrian detention camp for foreigners affiliated with Islamic State group extremists, along with 16 children. The federal prosecutor's office said...

Islamic State group claims Syria bus attack that killed 13

Jun. 21, 2022 03:55 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for Monday's attack on a civilian bus in northern Syria that killed 13 people and wounded three. The extremist group said in a statement late Monday that its gunmen attacked the bus with automatic rifles. It also...