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IS leader calls on fighters to free detained comrades

Sep. 16, 2019 1:24 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of the Islamic State group released a new alleged audio recording Monday calling on members of the extremist group to do all they can to free IS detainees and women held in jails and camps. The purported audio by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in which he also said that his group is...

UN: Reconstruction of landmark Mosul mosque to begin in 2020

Sep. 11, 2019 10:54 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The United Nations' cultural agency UNESCO announced Wednesday that a landmark reconstruction of Iraq's al-Nouri mosque in Mosul, which was blown up by the Islamic State group in 2017, will start at the beginning of next year. The timeline of the restoration plan of the 12th-century monument,...

A look at the Islamic State affiliate's rise in Afghanistan

Aug. 19, 2019 11:57 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bombing at a wedding party in Kabul claimed by a local Islamic State affiliate has renewed fears about the growing threat posed by its thousands of fighters, as well as their ability to plot global attacks from a stronghold in the forbidding mountains of northeastern...

UN experts: Islamic State aims for resurgence in Iraq, Syria

Jul. 31, 2019 7:41 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Leaders of the Islamic State extremist group are aiming to consolidate and create conditions for an "eventual resurgence in its Iraqi and Syrian heartlands," U.N. experts said in a new report. The panel of experts said in a report to the Security Council this week that the process is...