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UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:21 p.m.

Besieged IS militants refuse to surrender, ask for an exit

More than 300 Islamic State militants surrounded in a tiny area in eastern Syria are refusing to surrender to U.S.-backed forces and are trying to negotiate an exit, Syrian activists …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:02 p.m.

‘Taking their last breath’: Once-dominant

Once in control of about a third of Syria and Iraq, Islamic State militants now are down to what officials describe as a small tented village atop a network of …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 22, 2018, 8:14 p.m.

U.S. envoy to anti-IS coalition quits over Trump’s Syria move

Brett McGurk, the U.S. envoy to the global coalition fighting the Islamic State group, has resigned in protest over President Donald Trump’s abrupt decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 20, 2018, 10:17 a.m.

U.S. ally in Syria says pullout will aid IS, Putin disagrees

The United States’ main ally in Syria on Thursday categorically rejected President Donald Trump’s claim that Islamic State group militants have been defeated, saying a premature U.S. pullout would have …


Father of Strasbourg attacker said his son backed IS group

The man described as the father of the 29-year-old suspect in this week’s deadly Christmas market attack in Strasbourg says his son subscribed to the beliefs of the Islamic State …


IS gunmen kill 40 US-backed fighters in eastern Syria

The Islamic State group killed at least 40 U.S.-backed Syrian fighters, captured several alive and regained areas they lost earlier this month in eastern Syria near the Iraqi border in …


Watchdog group says Syrians uncovering IS mass graves need help

Syrians working to uncover mass graves in an area once ruled by the Islamic State group need help to preserve evidence, identify human remains and shed more light on the …


UPDATED: Fri., June 8, 2018, 8:52 a.m.

US says it will intensify fight against IS in Afghanistan

The U.S. will intensify combat against the Islamic State affiliate in Afghanistan during the Kabul government’s temporary halt to attacks on the Taliban, senior U.S. officials said Friday.


UPDATED: Mon., May 21, 2018, 11:37 a.m.

Syria says capital is free of militants after defeat of IS

Syria’s military on Monday captured an enclave in southern Damascus from Islamic State militants following a ruinous monthlong battle, bringing the entire capital and its far-flung suburbs under full government …


UPDATED: Sat., May 12, 2018, 5:17 p.m.

Paris stabbings investigated as terror attack, claimed by IS

French authorities are denouncing a knife attack in central Paris that French media say left two dead including the assailant.


Iraqi forces capture 5 top IS leaders in cross-border raid

Iraqi forces in coordination with U.S.-backed Syrian forces have captured five senior Islamic State group leaders, the U.S.-led coalition said Thursday in a statement.


Airstrikes kill 23 in IS-held territory in Syria

Airstrikes killed at least 23 civilians on Tuesday in one of the last pockets of Islamic State-controlled territory in Syria, according to Syrian state media and an opposition-linked monitoring group, …


Syrian military pummels IS-held districts in Damascus

Syrian government forces used warplanes, helicopters and artillery on Sunday to pound districts of the capital held by the Islamic State group, in a bid to enforce an evacuation deal …


Turkey detains 4 IS suspects in probe of U.S. embassy threat

Turkish police detained four Islamic State suspects as part of an investigation into a possible attack on the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, the country’s state-run news agency reported on Monday.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 15, 2018, 8:46 p.m.

Detainee studied in Louisiana, became IS fighter, U.S. says

He was an unruly college student in Louisiana where he mixed booze and gambling with classes on electrical engineering. A decade later, he was guarding an Islamic State oil field …


U.S. and Egypt pledge allegiance in IS fight raging in Sinai

The United States and Egypt on Monday reaffirmed their commitment to battle Islamic militants in the Middle East as U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson held talks with Egyptian officials …


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 4, 2018, 9:49 p.m.

Path of IS Brussels cell survivor shows intersection of crime, terror

He is the mute survivor of the 10-man Islamic State cell that terrorized Paris in November 2015, refusing all pleas to shed light on the attack that left 130 dead …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 29, 2018, 3:22 p.m.

IS attack on military academy in Afghan capital kills 11

Islamic State militants attacked Afghan soldiers guarding a military academy in the capital of Kabul on Monday, killing at least 11 troops and wounding 16.


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 15, 2018, 9 p.m.

Twin bombings in Baghdad kill 38, shatter post-IS calm

Twin suicide bombings rocked Baghdad on Monday, killing 38 people in the deadliest attack since Iraq declared victory over the Islamic State group last month, and raising fears ahead of …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 1, 2018, 10:14 p.m.

U.S. general, citing gains, warns Islamic State still a danger

The U.S. general commanding forces against the Islamic State said it has lost 98 percent of the land it claimed and 7.7 million people have been liberated from its control, …


A ‘martyr’ sniper becomes a hero to Iraq’s Shiites

Ali Jayad al-Salhi, a veteran sniper in an Iraqi militia, was killed in fighting with the Islamic State group earlier this year. He was then vaulted into legend, virtually becoming …


Suicide bomber kills 6 in Afghanistan

A suicide bomber struck Monday near an office of the Afghan intelligence service in the capital, Kabul, killing at least six people, including a woman in a passing vehicle, officials …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 20, 2017, 4:14 p.m.

Cost to oust Islamic State from Mosul: 9,000+ civilians dead

Between 9,000 and 11,000 people were killed in the nine-month battle to liberate the Iraqi city of Mosul from the Islamic State group, a civilian casualty rate nearly 10 times …


Suicide bombers attack church in Pakistan, killing 9

Two suicide bombers struck a church in Pakistan on Sunday, killing nine people and wounding more than 50 others, authorities said, in the first attack on a church claimed by …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 9, 2017, 11:27 a.m.

PM announces on state TV Iraq’s war against IS has ended

After more than three years of combat operations, Iraq announced Saturday that the fight against the Islamic State group is over after the country’s security forces drove the extremists from …


Not a spy, but living a double life: Mosul Eye sheds mask

He led a secret double life as the blogger Mosul Eye, documenting Islamic States atrocities for the world. Now in Europe, Omar Mohammed no longer wants to remain anonymous.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 24, 2017, 12:29 p.m.

‘Die Hard’ for jihadists? IS recruits with heroic tales

The Islamic State is targeting Western recruits with videos suggesting they, too, can be heroes like Bruce Willis’ character in “Die Hard.”


Iraqi forces retake the country’s last IS-held town

Iraqi forces backed by the U.S.-led coalition retook on Friday the last town in the country that was held by the Islamic State group, more than three years after the …


New mass graves found in Iraq could contain up to 400 bodies

Iraqi security forces have found mass graves in an area recently retaken from the Islamic State group that could contain up to 400 bodies, an Iraqi official said Sunday.


Report: IS leader may be in eastern Syrian city of Boukamal

A media outlet linked to the Syrian military said Friday that the Islamic State group’s leader may be holed up in an IS pocket in the eastern town of Boukamal, …