Latest Islamic State group News

Egypt raises death toll to 7 in Sinai attack claimed by IS

Jun. 26, 2019 5:50 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt has raised the death toll from the previous night's attack in a restive northern part of Sinai, saying seven policemen were killed, including an officer. A local affiliate of the Islamic State group on Wednesday claimed responsibility for the attack. The Interior Ministry says an officer...

American who helped Islamic State asks for leniency

Jun. 25, 2019 10:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — An American woman who admitted to participating in the online recruitment of Islamic State fighters is seeking leniency in her terrorism case over the objections of prosecutors who say she double-crossed them. Defense attorneys for Sinmyah Amera Caesar, who once used the nom de guerre "Umm...

Navy rests murder case in Navy SEAL's trial

Jun. 25, 2019 10:10 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The government rested its murder case against a decorated Navy SEAL on Tuesday after a computer specialist testified that the Bronze Star recipient had texted a photo to a comrade in which he is clutching the hair of a dead Islamic State captive in one hand and a knife in the other....

Egypt officials say militants kill 6 police in north Sinai

Jun. 25, 2019 6:21 PM EDT

EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — Militants attacked three police checkpoints in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula late Tuesday, killing at least six policemen and wounding eight other officers, security officials said. The officials said at least four militants were killed, including a suicide bomber who set off...

New Pentagon chief seeks Europe's help for Trump's Iran view

Jun. 25, 2019 3:34 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Trump administration aims to persuade allies the confrontation with Iran, which threatened to worsen into a deadly shooting war last week, is "not Iran versus the United States" but rather a global challenge requiring global diplomacy, the new acting Pentagon chief said Tuesday....

Saudi coalition says head of Yemen's Islamic State captured

Jun. 25, 2019 2:21 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia's special forces captured the leader of the Islamic State group's branch in Yemen during a raid on a house that was under surveillance, a Saudi military statement said Tuesday, dealing a blow to the extremist group which has taken advantage of the country's...

UK F-35 fighters fly missions from Cyprus over Syria, Iraq

Jun. 25, 2019 6:07 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Britain's most advanced military aircraft, the Lightning F-35B, has flown its first missions over Syria and Iraq as part of ongoing operations against remnants of the Islamic State group, the U.K.'s defense secretary said. Defense Secretary Penny Mordaunt said in a statement released...

UN rights chief: Relatives of ex-IS fighters should go home

Jun. 24, 2019 6:59 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Thousands of relatives of former foreign fighters in the Islamic State group should be repatriated, the U.N. human rights chief said Monday, insisting children in particular have suffered "grievous violations" of their rights — a challenge to European and other countries that have been...

Iraqi special forces kill 14 IS militants in country's north

Jun. 24, 2019 5:27 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi special forces say they have conducted an operation near the northern city of Kirkuk in which they killed 14 members of the Islamic State group. A statement from Iraqi Counterterrorism Forces on Monday says that during the operation, Iraqi forces received support from warplanes of the...

Australia repatriating 8 youth from Islamic State families

Jun. 24, 2019 3:12 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Eight Australian offspring of two slain Islamic State group fighters had been removed from Syria in Australia's first organized repatriation from the conflict zone, Australia's prime minister said on Monday. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the eight children being repatriated...