Latest Islamic State group News

Islamic State group claims Kabul attack on Shiite shrine

Mar. 22, 2019 4:15 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for a string of bombings near a Shiite shrine and cemetery in the Afghan capital the day before that killed six people and wounded 20. The Sunni militant group, which has repeatedly targeted Afghanistan's minority Shiites, said in...

Analysis: Victory over Islamic State may be short-lived

Mar. 21, 2019 12:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a campaign that spanned five years and two U.S. presidencies, unleashed more than 100,000 bombs and killed untold numbers of civilians, the U.S. military engineered the destruction of the Islamic State group's self-proclaimed empire in Iraq and Syria. That's a military success, but not...

North Macedonia jails 7 IS fighters captured in Syria

Mar. 21, 2019 12:02 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — A court in North Macedonia has jailed seven citizens, accusing them of fighting with the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq. Six men were given six-year sentences for joining IS, while a seventh man was jailed for nine years after also being found guilty on charges of...

The Latest: NZ imam preparing for emotional Friday prayer

Mar. 20, 2019 8:28 PM EDT

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The Latest on the mosque attacks in New Zealand (all times local): 11:30 a.m. An imam says he's expecting thousands of people at an emotional Friday prayer in Christchurch, New Zealand, a week after a gunman killed 42 people at his mosque and 50 people in all. Gamal Fouda...

Trump says IS territory in Syria nearly eliminated

Mar. 20, 2019 7:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Wednesday the last pocket of the Islamic State's land in Syria will be liberated by U.S.-backed forces "by tonight." Trump has previously announced the defeat of the group, but sleeper cells of fighters have re-emerged. With no signs of fighting Wednesday,...

US' Pompeo boosts Israel prime minister ahead of election

Mar. 20, 2019 3:19 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday lauded the White House's warm ties with Israel during a visit to the country and promised to step up pressure on Iran, giving a public boost to Israel's prime minister at the height of a tight re-election campaign. The White House meanwhile...

US-backed Syrian fighters search tunnels in last IS pocket

Mar. 20, 2019 11:49 AM EDT

BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — U.S.-backed Syrian fighters are searching tunnels a day after seizing most of the last pocket of land held by Islamic State militants, an official said Wednesday. The long-running battle to retake the last outpost held by IS in eastern Syria appeared to have reached its conclusion,...

North Macedonia: 7 plead guilty to joining, fighting for IS

Mar. 20, 2019 7:27 AM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Officials in North Macedonia say seven of the country's nationals have pleaded guilty to joining the Islamic State group and fighting with it in Syria and Iraq. The North Macedonian prosecutor's office said late Tuesday the men on trial in a Skopje criminal court were...

Troops celebrate as US-backed force seizes IS camp in Syria

Mar. 19, 2019 2:04 PM EDT

BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — U.S.-backed Syrian forces on Tuesday seized control of an encampment held by the Islamic State group in eastern Syria, after hundreds of militants surrendered overnight, a spokesman said, signaling the group's collapse after months of stiff resistance. A group of suspects involved in...

The Latest: Russia defense minister meets with Syria's Assad

Mar. 19, 2019 1:50 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local): 7:45 p.m. Russia's defense minister has visited Damascus to deliver a letter from President Vladimir Putin to Syrian President Bashar Assad. The Russian Defense Ministry said that during Tuesday's visit, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and...