Latest Islamic State group News

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...

Once again, Iraq caught up in tensions between US and Iran

May. 18, 2019 10:28 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — When U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sat down with Iraqi officials in Baghdad last week as tensions mounted between America and Iran, he delivered a nuanced message: If you're not going to stand with us, stand aside. The message, relayed to The Associated Press by two Iraqi government...

Libyan officials: Militants kill 3 troops at LNA checkpoint

May. 18, 2019 5:13 AM EDT

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Libyan officials say Islamic State militants have killed at least three troops in an attack on a checkpoint in a desert town. A statement by the self-styled Libyan National Army said the militants captured four soldiers in the attack at the town of Zallah Saturday, but troops were...

Iran could rally regional proxies in case of war with the US

May. 17, 2019 8:01 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — In the event of war with the United States, Iran "will not be alone." That message was delivered by the leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah militant group to a mass rally in Beirut in February marking the 40th anniversary of Iran's Islamic Revolution. "If America launches war on Iran, it will not...

Islamic State group claims deadly ambush on Niger soldiers

May. 16, 2019 11:10 AM EDT

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Jihadists linked to the Islamic State group on Thursday claimed responsibility for ambushing a military convoy in the West African nation of Niger, killing 28 soldiers in an area near the Malian border where extremists killed four U.S. soldiers in 2017. The Nigerien soldiers were on...

US pulls nonessential staff from Iraq amid Mideast tensions

May. 15, 2019 11:41 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — The U.S. on Wednesday ordered all nonessential government staff to leave Iraq, and Germany and the Netherlands both suspended their military assistance programs in the country in the latest sign of tensions sweeping the Persian Gulf region over still-unspecified threats that the Trump...