Latest Islamic State group News

Syria Kurdish forces close in on IS-controlled prison wing

Jan. 24, 2022 15:51 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish fighters deployed inside a prison in northeast Syria on Monday, closing in on the facility’s last wing controlled by militants for days, the force and a war monitor said. The raid follows the surrender of hundreds of Islamic State fighters and aims to...

IS militants holed up in Syria prison on 4th day of clashes

Jan. 23, 2022 23:32 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Clashes between U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish fighters and militants continued for a fourth day Sunday near a prison in northeastern Syria that houses thousands of members of the Islamic State group, the Kurdish force said. The standoff followed a bold assault by the...

Witnesses: Extremists abduct 17 girls in northeast Nigeria

Jan. 22, 2022 13:19 PM EST

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Islamic extremists have abducted 17 girls in northeast Nigeria, witnesses said Saturday as the West African nation’s military said it “remains resolute in decisively countering the terrorists.” Members of the Boko Haram jihadi group attacked Pemi, a...

US-backed fighters chase IS gunmen near prison in Syria

Jan. 22, 2022 13:04 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Kurdish-led fighters advanced slowly Saturday under the cover of U.S.-led coalition air power in Syria's northeast. Intense clashes with Islamic State group militants took place around a prison where thousands of extremists were held, officials said. Fighting broke...

IS jailbreak, attacks in Syria, Iraq raise alarm; scores die

Jan. 21, 2022 14:39 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Islamic State group unleashed its biggest attack in Syria since the fall of its “caliphate” three years ago. More than 100 militants assaulted the main prison holding suspected extremists, sparking a battle with U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters that continued 24 hours later and...

Nigeria extremists still ‘very dangerous,’ says UN official

Jan. 21, 2022 08:46 AM EST

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — The Islamic extremist insurgency in northeast Nigeria is a “very, very dangerous (and) very threatening” crisis that needs more than $1 billion in aid in 2022 to assist those hit by the decade-long conflict, United Nations humanitarian chief Martin Griffiths said. ...

Groups: 6 killed in rocket attack on northern town in Syria

Jan. 20, 2022 17:09 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — A rocket attack on a northern Syrian town controlled by Turkey-backed opposition fighters killed six civilians and wounded over a dozen people on Thursday, Syrian rescuers and a war monitor said. Both blamed U.S-backed Syrian Kurdish forces for the attack. The town...

Jihadi video shows child fighters executing Nigeria soldiers

Jan. 20, 2022 17:03 PM EST

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — An Islamic State-linked extremist group accused of killing hundreds in northeast Nigeria has released a video purporting to show child soldiers executing two men identified as members of the Nigerian military. The video released by the Islamic State West...

Pentagon releases first video of botched Kabul airstrike

Jan. 19, 2022 21:24 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon has declassified and publicly released video footage of a U.S. drone strike in Kabul that killed 10 civilians in the final hours of a chaotic American withdrawal that ended a 20-year war in Afghanistan. The New York Times obtained the footage through...

Pakistan Taliban confirm ex-spokesman's death in Afghanistan

Jan. 13, 2022 14:03 PM EST

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — The Pakistani Taliban on Thursday confirmed the killing over the weekend in neighboring Afghanistan of the group's former spokesman and vowed to avenge the slaying. The outlawed Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, which is also known as TTP, announced on Twitter...