Latest Islamic State group News

Iraqi jets target Islamic State meeting dens in Syria

Dec. 11, 2018 12:12 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Iraqi military says its jets have bombed two Islamic State positions inside Syria that were being used for as meeting places for the jihadist group. Iraq's Joint Operations Command said in a statement on Tuesday that at least 30 IS members were present in one of the locations targeted...

Germany arrests suspected helper of Islamic State group

Dec. 11, 2018 5:37 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German authorities have arrested a woman suspected of supporting the Islamic State group by helping two members who allegedly planned an attack in Germany. Federal prosecutors said the woman, a 40-year-old German identified only as Songul G., was arrested Tuesday in Hamburg. They said she was...

UN says Islamic State kills 6 captives in Libya

Dec. 11, 2018 5:06 AM EST

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Islamic State militants have killed six people captured during an attack on a small town in central Libya in October, The U.N. mission to Libya said. The U.N. statement late Monday condemned the killing as "particularly abhorrent," without providing further details. The six were...

Sydney teen jailed for planning attack

Dec. 11, 2018 12:27 AM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — An Australian court sentenced a Sydney teenager to at least 12 years in prison on Tuesday for planning an attack inspired by the Islamic State group for which he bought knives and bayonets from a gun shop two years ago. The now 18-year-old male, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was...

Nobel Peace winners urge global action vs. sexual violence

Dec. 10, 2018 5:37 PM EST

STOCKHOLM (AP) — The Congolese doctor who shares this year's Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end the use of rape and sexual violence as weapons of war called Monday for strong international action against the abuse, including reparations for victims. Dr. Denis Mukwege, founder of a hospital in eastern...

UN Syria envoy: Work ongoing for constitutional committee

Dec. 10, 2018 2:36 PM EST

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — The U.N. Special envoy for Syria said Monday work is still ongoing to form a committee meant to draft a new constitution before the end of the year, adding that hurdles remain in place. Staffan de Mistura made his comments in Jordan after meeting Minister of Foreign Affairs Ayman...

Iraq celebrates victory over IS while grappling with legacy

Dec. 10, 2018 11:54 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq began removing cement walls from areas surrounding the capital's most fortified enclave Monday, opening parts of the so-called Green Zone to traffic in a symbolic move coinciding with nationwide celebrations marking the anniversary of the country's costly victory over the Islamic State...

Lebanon says police thwarted bombing attacks by IS

Dec. 10, 2018 9:15 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's Interior Minister Nouhad Mashnouk says the country's police have discovered and thwarted planned bombing attacks by the Islamic State group. Mashnouk told reporters Monday that the bombs were smuggled in from the rebel-held northwestern Syrian province of Idlib in buckets of cheese,...

After defeat in Iraq, IS fights on in last enclave in Syria

Dec. 8, 2018 12:23 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — A year after it was routed from Iraq in a devastating war that left entire neighborhoods and towns in ruins, the Islamic State group is fighting to hang on to its last enclave in eastern Syria, engaging in deadly battles with U.S.-backed forces. Cornered in the desert near the Iraqi border...

Official: Roadside bomb kills 3 civilians in Afghanistan

Dec. 8, 2018 7:37 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A civilian vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb Saturday, killing three civilians in western Herat province, a provincial official said. Gelani Farhad, the provincial governor's spokesman, said the three — who were from the same family — were killed in the Guzra...