Latest Islamic State group News

Syrian Kurdish-led fighters take Hajin, last town held by IS

Dec. 14, 2018 12:22 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — U.S.-backed, Kurdish-led fighters captured the last town held by the Islamic State group on Friday, after three months of ferocious battles in the militants' single remaining enclave in eastern Syria, activists and Kurdish officials said. The fall of Hajin marks an end to the extremist...

Syrian activists: US-backed, Kurdish-led Syrian fighters take last town held by Islamic State group in country's east

Dec. 14, 2018 2:54 AM EST
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian activists: US-backed, Kurdish-led Syrian fighters take last town held by Islamic State group in country's east.

The Latest: Man killed in Strasbourg was market shooter

Dec. 13, 2018 5:48 PM EST

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — The Latest on the attack on a Christmas market in Strasbourg, France (all times local): 11:45 p.m. The office of the Paris prosecutor, which handles terrorism cases in France, says a man killed in Strasbourg in a shootout with police has been identified as the main suspect in a...

Turkey conducts airstrikes against PKK targets in Iraq

Dec. 13, 2018 3:03 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's Defense Ministry says the military has conducted airstrikes against Kurdish rebel targets in Iraq's Sinjar and Mount Karajak regions. A ministry statement, carried by state-run Anadolu Agency, said jets on Thursday targeted shelters, caves, tunnels and depots used by the...

Syrian Kurdish force: Turkey attack would impact war on IS

Dec. 13, 2018 2:53 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The main Syrian Kurdish-led militia warned on Thursday that threats by Turkey's president to launch a new military operation against U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters in Syria will negatively impact their fight against the Islamic State group. Nuri Mehmud, spokesman of the People's Protection...

Amnesty says Islamic State group decimated rural Iraq

Dec. 13, 2018 12:22 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Islamic State group's deliberate destruction of agriculture in northern Iraq has hindered the return of hundreds of thousands of residents, Amnesty International said in a report released Thursday. The New York-based rights group said IS fighters burnt or chopped down orchards and...

Turkey vows to take on US-backed Kurdish militia in Syria

Dec. 12, 2018 5:32 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey will launch a new military operation against U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters in Syria "within a few days," President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday, a move likely to further strain ties between NATO allies Turkey and the United States. In recent months, Turkey has shelled...

Philippine Congress votes to extend martial law in south

Dec. 12, 2018 6:27 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine Congress on Wednesday approved a request by the president to extend martial law in the country's volatile south by a year due to continuing threats by Islamic State group-linked militants and communist insurgents. An overwhelming majority in the Senate and House of...

Italian police identify IS cell suspected in 2013 kidnapping

Dec. 12, 2018 5:51 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Italian authorities said Wednesday they had identified members of the Islamic State group believed to have been behind the 2013 kidnapping in Syria of Italian aid worker Federico Motka and Briton David Haines, who was later killed. Carabinieri police said they had issued arrest warrants against...

Trump signs bill to help religious minorities in Iraq, Syria

Dec. 11, 2018 5:41 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed legislation on Tuesday to help ensure humanitarian relief reaches the members of religious and ethnic minorities in Iraq and Syria who have been targeted for genocide by Islamic State militants. "In recent years, IS has committed horrifying atrocities against...