Latest Islamic State group News

Correction: Afghanistan story

Aug. 22, 2019 7:51 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — In a story on Aug. 20 about Afghanistan, The Associated Press erroneously attributed a report about the ongoing conflict to the U.S. government's Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. The report was written by a different entity, the Lead Inspector General. A...

Trump: Germany, France must take back Islamic State fighters

Aug. 21, 2019 4:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump challenged France, Germany and other countries on Wednesday to take back citizens captured fighting for the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq. Otherwise, he warned, the U.S. "will have no choice but to release them into the countries from which they came." Trump...

Iran-backed militias blame US for attacks on bases in Iraq

Aug. 21, 2019 1:36 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi paramilitary forces backed by Iran accused Israeli drones of carrying out a series of attacks on bases run by the militias, saying Wednesday that they hold the United States ultimately responsible. The militias vowed to defend themselves against any future attack. The rare and...

New explosion rocks arms depot north of Iraqi capital

Aug. 20, 2019 2:02 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — A large explosion hit an arms depot belonging to an Iranian-backed militia faction north of Baghdad on Tuesday, the latest in a series of mysterious blasts at military bases and munitions depots around the country in the past few weeks. The explosions have occurred in bases and warehouses...

A look at the Islamic State affiliate's rise in Afghanistan

Aug. 19, 2019 11:57 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bombing at a wedding party in Kabul claimed by a local Islamic State affiliate has renewed fears about the growing threat posed by its thousands of fighters, as well as their ability to plot global attacks from a stronghold in the forbidding mountains of northeastern...

Afghanistan mourns, vows to crush militants after attack

Aug. 19, 2019 11:56 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — As Afghanistan mourned the 63 people killed in a suicide bombing at a Kabul wedding , a brother of the groom spoke through tears of his weariness at the bloodshed in the country and the crushing guilt he felt at having to face his neighbors, many of whom lost relatives in the...

The Latest: At least 66 hurt in eastern Afghanistan blasts

Aug. 19, 2019 11:53 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Latest on attacks in Afghanistan (all times local): 2:55 p.m. An Afghan official says at least 66 people have been wounded in a series of explosions in the eastern province of Nangarhar as the country marks Independence Day. Noor Ahmad Habibi, deputy spokesman for the...

4 German children born to IS to return home from Syria

Aug. 19, 2019 10:18 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Four German children fathered by Islamic State militants, including an ill toddler, were handed over to Germany on Monday by Syria's Kurdish-led administration, a Kurdish official and Germany's foreign minister said. The children had been held in detention camps in Syria alongside over 70,000...

German minister discusses Mideast conflict on Jordan visit

Aug. 19, 2019 10:15 AM EDT

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Germany's defense minister has reaffirmed its support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict during a visit to neighboring Jordan. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said Monday that such an agreement would be a "good basis for living together." She also spoke of the...

10 Things to Know for Today

Aug. 19, 2019 5:42 AM EDT

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. AFGHANISTAN'S VOW AFTER HORRIFIC WEDDING ATTACK President Ashraf Ghani pledges to "eliminate" all safe havens of the Islamic State group after it claimed responsibility for the deadliest attack in the...