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Turkish high court to review Wikipedia appeal against ban

ANKARA, Turkey – Turkey’s highest court on Wednesday began considering an appeal by Wikipedia aiming to reverse the Turkish government’s more than two-year ban on the online encyclopedia. Turkey blocked …


Afghanistan mourns, vows to crush militants after attack

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 …


Bloody suicide attack claimed by Islamic State on Kabul wedding kills dozens

The local affiliate of the Islamic State claimed responsibility for a suicide bomb attack on a wedding that killed at least 63 people, in a statement posted online with an …


Journalist’s death helps to reshape US handling of hostages

Diane Foley learned her son’s fate not from any government official but from a sobbing journalist who asked if she’d been on Twitter.


UPDATED: Wed., July 3, 2019, 5:25 p.m.

Jury sentences Navy SEAL for posing with Iraq war casualty

A Navy SEAL who was acquitted of killing a wounded Islamic State captive but convicted of posing with the corpse was sentenced by a military jury Wednesday to a reduction …


Navy SEAL seeks to toss slaying case over withheld evidence

Lawyers for a Navy SEAL accused of killing an Islamic State prisoner in Iraq in 2017 want the case thrown out because of alleged prosecutorial misconduct that includes withholding evidence …


Islamic State group claims deadly ambush on Niger soldiers

Jihadists linked to the Islamic State group on Thursday claimed responsibility for ambushing a military convoy in the West African nation of Niger, killing 28 soldiers in an area near …


Defense lawyers in case of Navy SEAL charged with killing IS prisoner say prosecutors installed spying software in emails

Military prosecutors in the case of a Navy SEAL charged with killing an Islamic State prisoner in Iraq in 2017 installed tracking software in emails sent to defense lawyers and …


IS leader outlines path forward for his group post-caliphate

No longer burdened by territory and administration, Islamic State group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi outlined the new path forward for his group: Widen your reach, connect with far-flung militant groups …


IS leader appears in video for first time in 5 years

The shadowy leader of the Islamic State group claimed to appear for the first time in five years in a video released by the extremist group’s propaganda arm on Monday, …


IS legacy of guilt weighs heavily on Iraqi widows, children

When Ahmed Khalil ran out of work as a van driver in the Iraqi city of Mosul three years ago, he signed up with the Islamic State group’s police force, …


UPDATED: Tue., April 23, 2019, 11:47 a.m.

After IS fall, some women who joined plead to come home

The women say it was misguided religious faith, naivety, a search for something to believe in or youthful rebellion. Whatever it was, it led them to travel across the world …


UPDATED: Tue., April 23, 2019, 7:17 p.m.

As Sri Lanka mourns, Islamic State claims Easter bombings

A top Sri Lanka official said Tuesday the Easter bombings that killed 321 people were carried out by a Islamic fundamentalists in apparent retaliation for the New Zealand mosque massacres …


UPDATED: Fri., March 22, 2019, 10:52 a.m.

White House: Islamic State territory in Syria eliminated

All Islamic State-held territory in Syria has been “100 percent” eliminated, the White House announced Friday, though officials said sporadic fighting continues on the ground between coalition forces and the …


UPDATED: Tue., March 19, 2019, 7:58 p.m.

U.S.-backed force says it captured IS camp in Syria

U.S.-backed Syrian forces on Tuesday seized control of an encampment held by the Islamic State group in eastern Syria, after hundreds of militants surrendered overnight, a spokesman said.


Trump wrongly says Islamic State holds no land in Syria

President Donald Trump is asserting that the Islamic State group has now lost 100 percent of the territory it once controlled in Syria, but U.S. officials in Washington and accounts …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 28, 2019, 2:41 p.m.

U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State says French extremist linked to 2015 Paris attacks Paris killed

The U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State group says a prominent French extremist linked to the 2015 attacks on Paris has been killed.


More than 150 IS militants handed over to Iraq from Syria

U.S.-backed Syrian forces fighting the Islamic State group handed over more than 150 Iraqi members of the group to Iraq, an Iraqi security official said Thursday, marking the biggest repatriation …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 7:38 p.m.

U.S. says Alabama woman who joined Islamic State can’t return

An Alabama woman who joined the Islamic State group in Syria won’t be allowed to return to the United States with her toddler son because she is not an American …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:31 p.m.

Civilians, including many children, leave IS-held enclave

A convoy of trucks carrying hundreds of men, women and children left the last enclave held by Islamic State militants in eastern Syria on Wednesday, signaling a possible end to …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:23 p.m.

Alabama woman who joined Islamic State seeks return to US

An Alabama woman who left home to join the Islamic State after becoming radicalized online realized she was wrong and now wants to return to the United States, a lawyer …


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: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:25 p.m.

Family: U.K. teen who joined Islamic State has baby in Syria

Relatives of a British teen who ran away with other London schoolgirls to join the Islamic State extremist group says she has given birth to a baby boy in Syria …


IS militants cling to last square mile in eastern Syria

Islamic State group militants clung to their last square mile of land in eastern Syria on Thursday with an unknown number of civilians trapped inside, officials said.


Marc A. Thiessen: Great nations don’t quit wars before they prevail

Right now, the U.S. military has its boot on the terrorists’ necks. Take that boot away, though, and the terrorists will get up, dust themselves off and go back to …


U.S.-backed fighters launch final push to defeat IS in Syria

U.S.-backed and Kurdish-led Syrian forces said Saturday they have launched a final push to defeat the Islamic State group in the last tiny pocket the extremists hold in eastern Syria.


Airstrike on IS-held village in eastern Syria kills 10

An airstrike on a village held by the Islamic State group in the country’s east on Friday killed at least 10 people including four children as the offensive on the …


Palestinian president to dissolve parliament, Hamas irate

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas pledged on Saturday to implement a court ruling and dissolve the parliament controlled by his rival Hamas movement, triggering warnings of chaos from the Islamic militant …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 22, 2018, 7:46 p.m.

Syria sends reinforcements east after Trump’s pullout plan

Syrian troops have sent reinforcements to the eastern province of Deir el-Zour close to an enclave controlled by the Islamic State group and along the front with U.S.-backed Kurdish-led fighters, …


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 …