Latest Islamic State group News

Iraqi court sentences 3 French members of IS to death

May. 26, 2019 10:28 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — A Baghdad court Sunday sentenced to death three French citizens for being members of the Islamic State group, an Iraqi judicial official said. The verdict raised fresh questions about the legal treatment of thousands of foreign nationals formerly with the extremist group. The official said...

"American Taliban" John Walker Lindh is released from prison

May. 23, 2019 9:57 PM EDT

John Walker Lindh, the Californian who took up arms for the Taliban and was captured by U.S. forces in Afghanistan in 2001, got out of prison Thursday after more than 17 years, released under tight restrictions that reflected government fears he still harbors radical views. President Donald Trump reacted by...

Netherlands wants tribunal to try some Islamic State members

May. 23, 2019 5:57 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Netherlands called Thursday for the establishment of a tribunal to prosecute members of the Islamic State extremist group responsible for "mass atrocity crimes." Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok made the proposal at a U.N. Security Council meeting on the protection of civilians in...

Car bomb kills 2 in western Iraqi village near Syrian border

May. 23, 2019 11:23 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — An Iraqi security official says a car bomb has exploded in a western village near the Syrian border, killing two people and wounding two others. The official said the blast occurred Thursday afternoon in the village of Karabila, which until two years ago was controlled by the Islamic State...

Group of Yazidi women victims of IS get new life in France

May. 22, 2019 3:58 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France is taking in a new group of Yazidis including women victimized by the Islamic State group and their children. The families, a total of 130, were arriving Wednesday night in Toulouse, from Irbil, Iraq for resettlement around France. A group of 16 Yazidi women and their children arrived...

Germany charges woman over IS ties, suicide belt

May. 22, 2019 6:12 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Prosecutors say they have filed charges against a German woman accused of belonging to the Islamic State group and attempting to sell a suicide belt online. Federal prosecutors said Wednesday that 26-year-old Derya O., whose last name was not given for privacy reasons, left Germany in...

UN envoy: Islamic State revival in Iraq must be prevented

May. 21, 2019 8:27 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Iraq called Tuesday for "wide-based international support" to prevent Islamic State extremists from regaining a foothold in the country. Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert also told the Security Council that if the issue of thousands of returning Islamic State fighters and...

Russia raises alarm about Islamic extremists in Afghanistan

May. 21, 2019 4:41 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's top security chief on Tuesday raised alarm about Islamic extremists massing on Afghanistan's northern border. Alexander Bortnikov, chief of the main Russian intelligence agency FSB, said on a visit to Tajikistan that some 5,000 fighters of an Islamic State group affiliate have...

IS claims bomb attack targeting US-backed force in Syria

May. 20, 2019 4:38 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A spokesman for a U.S.-backed force in Syria says a suicide bomber from the Islamic State extremist group detonated his explosives on a road in northern Syria, targeting a joint convoy belonging to the force and the U.S.-led anti-IS coalition. Mustafa Bali is a spokesman for the Kurdish-led...

Denmark: Syrian man gets jail for terror planning

May. 20, 2019 8:26 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Syrian asylum seeker in Sweden received Monday a 12-year prison sentence for planning to explode one or more bombs in the Danish capital of Copenhagen and stabbing random people with kitchen knives. The Copenhagen City Court said Moyed Al Zoebi, 32, acted on behalf of the...