Latest Islamic State group News

Sexual abuses rampant in UAE-controlled prisons in Yemen

Jun. 20, 2018 11:01 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The torturers followed a schedule. Beatings on Saturdays, torture on Sundays, and Monday was a break. The next three days were the same routine. On Fridays, it was time for solitary confinement. From inside a Yemeni prison controlled by the United Arab Emirates — a top U.S. ally...

Detainees held without charges decry Emiratis' sexual abuses

Jun. 20, 2018 10:59 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The 15 officers who arrived at the prison in southern Yemen hid their faces behind headdresses, but their accents were clearly foreign — from the United Arab Emirates. They lined up the detainees and ordered them to undress and lie down. The officers then searched the anal cavity of...

Man pleads guilty to trying to support Islamic State group

Jun. 20, 2018 9:32 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City man has pleaded guilty to attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State group. Parveg Ahmed entered the plea in federal court in Brooklyn on Wednesday. The 22-year-old Queens resident faces up to 20 years in prison. According to a criminal complaint, Ahmed sent...

Man who tried to recruit for Islamic State sentenced

Jun. 20, 2018 5:28 PM EDT

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man who tried to recruit members for the Islamic State group has been sentenced to 16 years in federal prison. Amir Said Rahman Al-Ghazi (ah-MEER' sy-EED' RAHK'-mahn GAH'-zee), formerly Robert McCollum (mah-KAHL'-uhm), pleaded guilty in March 2016 to attempting to provide...

Europol says homegrown jihadis behind most 2017 attacks

Jun. 20, 2018 11:19 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Europol says armed jihadis plotted or carried out more attacks in Europe last year than in 2016, with a total of 33 attacks either planned or executed. A report the law enforcement agency issued Wednesday said 10 plots were realized in 2017, most of them committed by homegrown European...

Tip from public helped Germany foil ricin attack plot

Jun. 20, 2018 10:31 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A call from the public was key to foiling an Islamic extremist's plan to use the toxin ricin to carry out a deadly attack in Germany, security officials said Wednesday. The head of the country's domestic intelligence agency said a phone-in tip helped authorities confirm their suspicions about...

US commander warns against leaving Afghanistan too rapidly

Jun. 19, 2018 6:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The battle-hardened Army commander nominated to take over U.S. military operations in Afghanistan warned senators Tuesday that if America leaves the fight too rapidly, there is a risk Islamic State militants could merge with al-Qaida and plan attacks against the U.S. or its allies. Lt....

Teen said he took bomb to school to cause fear, police say

Jun. 19, 2018 6:31 PM EDT

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — A Utah teenager told police that he tried to blow up a homemade device in his backpack at school because he'd been looking at Islamic State propaganda and wanted to cause fear, according to a video of the conversation shown in court Monday. The 16-year-old's interview with police...

Residents accuse Mali army of killing at least 25 civilians

Jun. 19, 2018 2:03 PM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Malian soldiers killed at least 25 civilians in the central Mopti region last week, a civic association and residents said Tuesday, as concerns rose over alleged abuses during counterterror operations in an area where extremists linked to al-Qaida and the Islamic State group have...

Blurring the border, Turkey deepens roots in northern Syria

Jun. 19, 2018 12:08 PM EDT

AL-BAB, Syria (AP) — A newly paved road links the Turkish town of Elbeyli to the Syrian town of al-Bab, across the border. In al-Bab, Turkish and Syrian flags line the streets, and signs on government buildings are in Arabic and Turkish. One of the first billboards honors Turkish soldiers killed in the...