Latest Islamic State group News

Islamic State claims Kabul attack that killed 7

Apr. 21, 2019 10:03 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Islamic State group's Afghanistan affiliate has claimed a suicide attack in the capital that killed seven people. The group says in a statement Sunday that four "martyrdom seekers" targeted the Telecommunications Ministry the day before. Afghan officials say a suicide bomber...

Separate militant attacks kill nearly 50 Syrian soldiers

Apr. 20, 2019 1:15 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces came under separate attacks from Islamic State militants and al-Qaida-linked insurgents in different parts of the country that killed nearly 50 soldiers and allied fighters, activists and a war monitoring group said Saturday. In one attack, IS militants ambushed...

110 Kosovars, mostly children and women, returned from Syria

Apr. 20, 2019 10:34 AM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo authorities announced Saturday they have brought back from Syria 110 Kosovar citizens, mostly women and children, with the assistance of the United States. Justice Minister Abelard Tahiri, top policeman Rashit Qalaj and a health official told journalists early Saturday that...

Monitor: IS claims to have set up its own Africa province

Apr. 18, 2019 4:42 PM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A group that monitors jihadist websites says the Islamic State extremist group is claiming to have established a province in central Africa. The SITE Intelligence Group said Thursday that it is the first time that IS has mentioned the so-called Islamic State Central African Province....

Man accused of plotting IS-inspired attack due back in court

Apr. 18, 2019 5:12 AM EDT

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — A Maryland man accused of planning an Islamic State-inspired attack at a shopping and entertainment complex near Washington is due back in court later this month for his arraignment. U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas DiGirolamo is scheduled to preside over the April 29 arraignment for...

Iraqi war games: Army trains in desert, defeats 'militants'

Apr. 17, 2019 11:38 AM EDT

TAJI BASE, Iraq (AP) — The "militants" were holding on stubbornly to their position in the scabrous desert outside Baghdad, blocking the Iraqi troops' advance when an infantry unit sprung out of the right flank, forcing the enemy into a hasty retreat. At first glance, it looked real, but the scenario...

Germany arrests man accused of helping recruit for IS group

Apr. 17, 2019 9:06 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German authorities on Wednesday arrested a man suspected of joining the Islamic State group in Syria and later helping send another new recruit for IS from Germany to Syria. Federal prosecutors said the 28-year-old German national, identified only as Volkan L. in line with German privacy...

Lawyers doubt competency of man accused of fighting for IS

Apr. 16, 2019 1:22 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Attorneys for a Detroit-area man accused of providing support to the Islamic State group say their client might be incompetent to stand trial on terrorism charges. The Detroit News reports Tuesday the lawyers seek a competency examination and neuropsychological testing for Ibraheem Musaibli....

Russian court grants early release to would-be IS bride

Apr. 16, 2019 1:11 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian court on Tuesday granted parole to a Moscow student who was sent to prison for trying to join the Islamic State group in Syria. The court in Russia's northwest upheld Varvara Karaulova's plea to cut her prison sentence by one year and 10 days. The 23-year old Moscow State University...

New Zealand, Red Cross at odds over naming captive nurse

Apr. 16, 2019 3:17 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's government did not approve an aid agency's decision to release the name of a New Zealand nurse held captive by the Islamic State group in Syria, the country's foreign minister said Tuesday. Foreign Minister Winston Peters said an International Committee of the...