Latest Islamic State group News

Two daughters ran away to join Islamic State. Years later, their family’s story is an Oscar nominee

Feb. 24, 2024 01:26 AM EST

Olfa Hamrouni doesn’t know much about her granddaughter; not her favorite toy nor food — is it the pasta the child’s mother loves, or something else? The Tunisian grandmother doesn’t even let her mind go there. “I don’t want to know. What for but more heartache?” she...

Iraq announces reopening of a key oil refinery a decade after it was stormed by the Islamic State

Feb. 23, 2024 12:15 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s prime minister announced Friday the reopening of the Beiji refinery, the country’s largest, which had been shut down for a decade after being damaged in the battle against the Islamic State extremist group. Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani said in a...

International watchdog investigation finds Islamic State used mustard gas in 2015 attack in Syria

Feb. 22, 2024 12:59 PM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — An international investigative team said Thursday that its probe into a 2015 attack in Syria found “reasonable grounds to believe” that the Islamic State group used mustard gas, the latest finding of use of poison gas and nerve agents in Syria's grinding civil...

Rebels linked to the Islamic State group kill at least two dozen civilians in eastern Congo

Feb. 20, 2024 13:44 PM EST

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Extremist rebels in eastern Congo have killed at least two dozen civilians in separate attacks this week, local authorities and a civil society group said Tuesday. Rebels with the Allied Democratic Forces, which has ties to the Islamic State group, killed 13...

Philippine troops clash with Muslim militants in a gunbattle that has left at least eight dead

Feb. 19, 2024 09:42 AM EST

CAGAYAN DE ORO, Philippines (AP) — Philippine troops clashed with Muslim militants in a gunbattle that left at least six soldiers and two rebels dead in a fog-shrouded hinterland in the south, military officials said Monday. Military chief Gen. Romeo Brawner Jr. said four other...

The Islamic State group poses rising threat in Africa despite progress, UN experts say

Feb. 16, 2024 18:27 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Islamic State extremist group poses a rising threat amid political instability in West Africa and the Sahel and remains intent on carrying out attacks abroad, the U.N. counter-terrorism chief said Thursday. Vladimir Voronkov reiterated U.N. findings that...

Feds charge Minnesota man who they say trained with ISIS and threatened violence against New York

Feb. 16, 2024 17:53 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A naturalized U.S. citizen who rapped about flying to “shoot New York up” after training with ISIS in his native Somalia has been charged with supporting a terrorist organization, federal prosecutors said Friday. Harafa Hussein Abdi, 41, of Minneapolis was...

Turkish police arrest an Islamic State suspect who worked at a nuclear power plant, reports say

Feb. 13, 2024 07:10 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — Counterterrorism police in Turkey have arrested an Islamic State group suspect who was working at a nuclear power plant being built in the country’s south, local media reported Tuesday. The Russian national had been working at the Akkuyu nuclear facility under...

Iraq says US troop drawdown talks will go on 'as long as nothing disturbs the peace of the talks'

Feb. 11, 2024 21:22 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Iraq and the U.S.-led military coalition resumed meetings Sunday on how to draw down troops who have been deployed there for years combating the Islamic State. The first long-awaited meeting took place Jan. 27, but had since been put on pause after Iran-backed...

Iran marks the 45th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution as tensions grip the wider Middle East

Feb. 11, 2024 06:22 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran marked Sunday the 45th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution amid tensions gripping the wider Middle East over Israel’s continued war on Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Thousands of Iranians marched through major streets and squares decorated with flags,...