Latest Islamic State group News

Woman sentenced for supporting Islamic State

May. 29, 2020 6:18 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman was sentenced Friday to five years and 10 months in federal prison for attempting to send cellphones to the Middle East to be used as bomb detonators by the Islamic State terrorist group. Alison Marie Sheppard, 35, of Punta Gorda, had pleaded guilty in Fort Myers...

FILE - In this March 7, 2020, file photo, workers disinfect the ground around the Kaaba, the cubic building at the Grand Mosque, in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, which emptied Islam's holiest site for what they say sterilization over fears of the new coronavirus. The Islamic State group in an audio message released late Thursday, May 28, 2020, blasted Iraq’s new prime minister, calling him an “American agent” and criticizing the closure of Islam’s holiest shrine in the Saudi holy city of Mecca to limit the spread of coronavirus. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

IS blasts Iraq PM as American agent, calls for more attacks

May. 29, 2020 8:54 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Islamic State group in an audio message blasted Iraq’s new prime minister, calling him an “American agent,” and criticized the closure of Islam’s holiest shrine in the Saudi holy city of Mecca to limit the spread of coronavirus. In the message allegedly read...

FBI: Florida man scouted terror targets and attack weapons

May. 27, 2020 9:19 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man is charged with providing material support to the Islamic State extremist group, including attempting to buy multiple weapons and scouting potential targets for an attack in the Tampa Bay area, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. A criminal complaint charges...

Kosovo Albanian women charged with joining IS terror group

May. 22, 2020 10:01 AM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo prosecutors on Friday filed terrorism charges against two ethnic Albanian women for allegedly joining the Islamic State group in Syria. Prosecutors alleged in a statement that the two women, identified only as A.A. and L.I., went to Syria where they “willingly became...

Suspected IS member arrested after being deported to Germany

May. 22, 2020 6:27 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A German woman suspected of joining the Islamic State group in Syria has been taken into custody in her homeland after being deported from Turkey. The suspect, identified only as Zeynep G. in line with German privacy rules, was arrested at Frankfurt airport on Thursday. Federal prosecutors...

In this Wednesday, May 20, 2020 photo, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, right, and fellow leader under a recently signed power-sharing agreement, Abdullah Abdullah, center, hold a meeting with U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad aimed at resuscitating a U.S.-Taliban peace deal signed in February, at the Presidential Palace, in Kabul, Afghanistan. (The Presidential Palace via AP)

US envoy working to resuscitate flagging Afghan peace deal

May. 21, 2020 8:25 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The first visit to Kabul by Washington’s peace envoy since Afghanistan's squabbling political leadership reached a power-sharing agreement comes amid increased violence blamed mostly on an Islamic State affiliate that has been targeted in stepped-up U.S. bombing. Zalmay...

In this Aug. 31, 2019 photo, Layla Taloo reacts as she visits a room in the house where she was held along with her husband and children after Islamic State militants captured the family in 2014, in Tal Afar, Iraq. It was the last place she saw her husband. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

Building a genocide case for IS crimes against Yazidis

May. 21, 2020 5:40 AM EDT

QASR AL-MIHRAB, Iraq (AP) — It was clear he was in charge when he entered the wedding hall-turned-slave pen in the Iraqi city of Mosul, where dozens of Yazidi women and girls huddled on the floor, newly abducted by Islamic State militants. He beat them at the slightest sign of resistance. At one point, he...

In this Aug. 31, 2019 photo, Layla Taloo reacts as she visits a room in the house where she was held along with her husband and children after Islamic State militants captured the family in 2014, in Tal Afar, Iraq. It was the last place she saw her husband. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

Investigators build a case for IS crimes against Yazidis

May. 21, 2020 5:37 AM EDT

QASR AL-MIHRAB, Iraq (AP) — He was burly, with piercing blue eyes, and it was clear he was in charge when he entered the Galaxy, a wedding hall-turned-slave pen in the Iraqi city of Mosul. Dozens of Yazidi women and girls huddled on the floor, newly abducted by Islamic State group militants. He walked...

UN: Civilian casualties by Taliban, Afghan forces rising

May. 19, 2020 7:15 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The United Nations on Tuesday called for an immediate reduction of violence in Afghanistan, warning that civilian casualties at the hands of both the Taliban and Afghan security forces are on the increase. The U.N. mission also expressed concern about stepped-up attacks and...

UN team reports new evidence against Islamic State in Iraq

May. 18, 2020 9:30 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A U.N. investigative team says it has made “significant progress” in collecting new sources of evidence in Iraq against Islamic State extremists, including over 2 million call records that should strengthen cases against perpetrators of crimes against the Yazidi minority...