Latest Islamic State group News

IS claims Iraq minibus bombing that killed 12

Sep. 21, 2019 2:24 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Islamic State group claimed responsibility Saturday for a minibus bombing in Iraq a day earlier, which killed 12 people outside the Shiite holy city of Karbala. The brief claim was carried by the group's Aamaq new agency. The charred minibus was still on the road near the city on...

Minibus bombing outside Iraq's Karbala kills 12, injures 5

Sep. 20, 2019 3:55 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — A bomb exploded on a minibus packed with passengers outside the Shiite holy city of Karbala Friday night, killing 12 people and wounding five others, Iraqi security officials and the state news agency said. This was one of the biggest attacks targeting civilians since the extremist Islamic...

Trump scolds Europe over captured Islamic State fighters

Sep. 20, 2019 3:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is warning European nations to take back citizens who joined the Islamic State and are now being held prisoner in Syria and Iraq. Trump told reporters Friday at the White House that the U.S. did Europe a "tremendous favor" by leading the fight to force the Islamic...

US says airstrike against IS in Libya kills 8

Sep. 20, 2019 11:06 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The U.S. military says it has carried out an airstrike against the Islamic State group in Libya. It's the first U.S. airstrike in the North African country in over a year. U.S. Africa Command released a statement Friday saying eight militants were killed in the airstrike, launched a day...

Iraq's stability on the line as US, Iran tensions soar

Sep. 20, 2019 5:37 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — As the United States and Israel escalate their push to contain Iranian influence in the Middle East, countries in Tehran's orbit are feeling the heat. Pro-Iranian militias across Lebanon, Syria and Iraq are being targeted, both with economic sanctions and precision airstrikes hitting their...

Governor: Suicide bomb in southern Afghanistan kills 20

Sep. 19, 2019 6:18 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A powerful suicide truck bomb devastated a hospital in southern Afghanistan early Thursday morning, killing 20 people and wounding 97 others, according to the province's governor, while a deadly drone strike in the country's east was blamed on U.S. forces. The Taliban, who claimed...

Facebook still auto-generating Islamic State, al-Qaida pages

Sep. 18, 2019 5:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the face of criticism that Facebook is not doing enough to combat extremist messaging, the company likes to say that its automated systems remove the vast majority of prohibited content glorifying the Islamic State group and al-Qaida before it's reported. But a whistleblower's...

Amid terrorism talk, bail denied in aircraft sabotage case

Sep. 18, 2019 5:20 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A mechanic accused of sabotaging an American Airlines jetliner had expressed a desire for Allah to hurt non-Muslims, stored violent Islamic State videos on his cellphone and has a brother in Iraq possibly involved with the extremist group, according to new evidence unveiled at his bail hearing...

APNewsBreak: Alabama man arrested in terrorism probe

Sep. 18, 2019 2:13 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — An Alabama man has been apprehended as part of a yearslong terrorism probe in which the FBI says he told agents he would execute a U.S. soldier if ordered to do so by the Islamic State group. FBI agents took Nayef Qashou into custody Monday. He's charged with lying to the FBI and destroying...

Germany extends anti-Islamic State mission in Iraq by 1 year

Sep. 18, 2019 8:38 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel's Cabinet has approved extending Germany's military participation in an international coalition against the Islamic State group. Merkel spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer said Wednesday the Cabinet extended the Bundeswehr's training of local Iraqi forces until Oct. 31, 2020. A...