Latest Islamic State group News

Libya's Sarraj calls for elections in 2019 to end war

Jun. 16, 2019 2:23 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The head of Libya's U.N.-supported government on Sunday proposed holding nationwide elections to end the war in the North African country, as the forces of the rival military commander Khalifa Hifter continue their two-month-long battle to take the capital, Tripoli. Prime Minister Fayez...

Jordanian gets 15 years for trying to join Islamic State

Jun. 14, 2019 9:05 AM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — A Jordanian citizen who was living in Ohio has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for attempting to join the Islamic State group. U.S. District Judge Walter Rice also sentenced Laith Waleed Alebbini to 25 years of probation Thursday, but the 28-year-old Alebbini likely will be deported...

Indian police accuse man of spreading Islamic State ideology

Jun. 14, 2019 7:34 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian police said they have arrested a Facebook friend of the suspected mastermind of the Easter Sunday bomb attacks in Sri Lanka for spreading Islamic State group ideology on social media to recruit young people to participate in a terrorist attack in southern India. A criminal case was...

Europol report details Islamic State propaganda for women

Jun. 14, 2019 7:27 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Islamic State's recruitment and use of women to support its extremist cause could pave the way for more front-line roles for women in jihadi groups in the future, the European Union's police agency said in a report published Friday. In the 34-page report entitled "Women in...

Suicide bomber kills 9 in eastern Afghanistan

Jun. 13, 2019 1:10 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber walked up to an Afghan police vehicle in Jalalabad, the capital of eastern Nangarhar province, and detonated an explosive device that killed three police and six civilians on Thursday, said provincial health department official Shoaib Sahak. He said another 13...

Islamic State in Afghanistan aims to attack US, general says

Jun. 12, 2019 9:34 PM EDT

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany (AP) — The Islamic State group in Afghanistan is a "very worrisome" threat to the United States, and U.S. counterterrorism efforts have yet to shrink its extremist ambitions, a senior American general said Wednesday. Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie said IS would be hard pressed,...

Germany arrests Kosovo man accused of supporting IS group

Jun. 12, 2019 10:09 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German authorities have arrested a Kosovo national accused of supporting the Islamic State group by transferring thousands of euros to a fighter and a would-be recruit. The federal prosecutor's office said the 31-year-old man, identified only as Hassan Rejan B. in line with German privacy...

Swedish appeals court acquits Uzbek man of preparing attack

Jun. 12, 2019 5:34 AM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — A Swedish appeals court has acquitted a 46-year-old man of preparing an attack in Stockholm on behalf of the Islamic State group. The Svea Court freed David Idrisson, an Uzbek national who previously had been sentenced to seven years in jail for having gathered some 500 kilograms (1,100...

Islamic State group claims involvement in Kashmir gunbattle

Jun. 11, 2019 9:02 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — The Islamic State group has claimed involvement in a gunbattle in Kashmir, the disputed Himalayan territory where militants have fought Indian rule for decades. The group released a statement on an IS website Tuesday saying that "soldiers of the caliphate" had been wounded in a clash in...

Muslim couple deny terror-related charges in Madrid re-trial

Jun. 11, 2019 7:12 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — A Moroccan-born Spaniard and his Mexican wife are denying charges in their retrial that they helped recruit militants for the Islamic State group in Madrid. Aziz Zaghanane initially received a six-year prison sentence at last year's trial and his wife Ana Marilú Reyna was sent to prison...