Latest Islamic State group News

UK official says airstrikes against Islamic State continue

Oct. 22, 2018 12:11 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain's defense secretary says the country has launched 27 airstrikes against Islamic State positions in the last month. Gavin Williamson told Parliament on Monday that the Islamic State extremists represent a "great threat" to Britain even though its territory has been "massively reduced."...

Coalition airstrike targets mosque used by Islamic State

Oct. 21, 2018 5:14 PM EDT

AL-UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar (AP) — An airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group targeted a mosque in Syria last week because it was determined to be an insurgent command-and-control center, the U.S. said Sunday. The coalition said in a statement that while the law of war protects...

Violence, confusion surround Afghan parliamentary elections

Oct. 20, 2018 4:26 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's first parliamentary elections in eight years suffered from violence and chaos Saturday, with a multitude of attacks killing at least 36 people, key election workers failing to show up and many polling stations staying open hours later than scheduled to handle long...

The Latest: Suicide blast kills 3 at Afghan polling station

Oct. 20, 2018 1:27 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Latest on parliamentary elections in Afghanistan (all times local): 6:05 p.m. Police say a suicide bomber blew himself up in front of a polling station in a school in the northern Kabul neighborhood of Khair Khana, the first major attack in Saturday's parliamentary elections....

IS frees 6 hostages in exchange with Syrian government

Oct. 20, 2018 11:53 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group early Saturday released two women and four children they had been holding since July in the first part of an exchange with the Syrian government that will set free dozens of women related to members of the extremist group, opposition activists said. The women and...

Chicago man charged with using social media for terrorists

Oct. 19, 2018 4:58 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago man accused of creating propaganda to promote Islamic State was charged Friday with conspiring to use social media to support a terrorist organization. A 58-page criminal complaint describes Ashraf Al Safoo as a key figure in a group that distributes violent videos, photos and...

Reports: Dozens killed or wounded in east Syria airstrikes

Oct. 19, 2018 3:44 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian state media and a war monitor say airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition on a town held by the Islamic State group have killed and wounded dozens. State news agency SANA said the airstrikes on Sousa Thursday and Friday left several people dead or wounded. The Britain-based Syrian...

Radical preacher Anjem Choudary released from UK prison

Oct. 19, 2018 9:59 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A radical Islamic preacher was released Friday from a British prison after serving less than half of a 5-1/2-year prison sentence for encouraging support for the Islamic State group. Anjem Choudary, 51, left the high security Belmarsh prison in southeast London but will be subject to strict...

Putin says IS seized 700 hostages in Syria, executing some

Oct. 18, 2018 7:06 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin says Islamic State militants in Syria have recently seized some 700 people as hostages and are carrying out executions. At an international policy forum in Sochi on Thursday, Putin said "they have been recently expanding their area and took about 130 families...

US briefs Iraq Chaldean head, Vatican on aid after critique

Oct. 17, 2018 4:57 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — A senior American diplomat briefed the leader of Iraq's Chaldean Catholics on U.S. development aid Wednesday after the cardinal accused the United States of failing to help rebuild Christian villages devastated by the Islamic State group. Mark Green, administrator of the State Department's...