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13 French soldiers killed in helicopter collision in Mali

Two helicopters collided on a moonless night and killed 13 French soldiers fighting Islamic State group-linked extremists in Mali, France said Tuesday, mourning its highest military death toll in nearly …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 25, 2019

Conan the dog gets hero’s welcome at White House after raid

A U.S. military dog that played a starring role in the raid that killed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi seemed oblivious to the praise that President Donald Trump heaped …


Pence visits Iraq to reassure Kurdish allies

Vice President Mike Pence made an unannounced visit to Iraq on Saturday, where he met the president of the country’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region to reassure the longtime allies who fought …


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 17, 2019

U.S. commander: Partnership with Kurds against IS still strong

A senior U.S. coalition commander says the partnership with Syrian Kurdish forces remains strong and focused on fighting the Islamic State group.


Judge: U.S.-born woman who joined Islamic State not citizen

A federal judge has ruled the U.S. government was correct when it determined a woman who joined the Islamic State group was not an American citizen despite her birth in …


Islamic State returnees cloud anniversary of Paris attacks

France commemorated the fourth anniversary of the Islamic State attacks that struck the heart of Paris with a solemn reading Wednesday of the names of 131 dead, and the growing …


Turkey starts returning IS fighters; deports US national

Turkey on Monday deported citizens of the United States and Denmark who fought for the Islamic State and made plans to expel other foreign nationals as the government began a …


Erdogan: Turkey captures slain IS leader al-Baghdadi’s wife

Turkey has captured a wife of the slain leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday.


In last days, al-Baghdadi sought safety in shrinking domain

Those who saw him say the Islamic State group’s leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi spent his last months searching for a safe haven in eastern Syria, hiding, shouting about traitors and …


Islamic State group announces successor to al-Baghdadi

The Islamic State group declared a new leader Thursday after it confirmed the death of its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi days earlier in a U.S raid in Syria.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 31, 2019

US armored vehicles in Syria to guard oil fields

The U.S. military says its first batch of mechanized armored vehicles have arrived in southeast Syria, where they are to take part in securing oil fields and fighting remnants of …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 30, 2019

U.S. official predicts Islamic State will replace slain leader

A U.S. counterterrorism official said Wednesday he expects a new Islamic State leader to emerge after the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and warned that the extremist group’s planning of …


Brett McGurk: Baghdadi’s death underscores what we’ve lost in Syria

The details of the raid that took down Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi speak to larger truths about Syria – and to what we have forfeited with the sudden U.S. retreat across …


Security increased at IS prisons after leader’s death

Syrian Kurdish forces said Monday they are increasing security at prisons and detention facilities holding tens of thousands of Islamic State militants and supporters, including foreigners, following the death of …


Trump suggests impeachment was reason he kept IS raid secret

President Donald Trump is suggesting House Democrats’ impeachment probe contributed to his decision to withhold notice to congressional leaders before Saturday’s raid on Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.


Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Islamic State’s ‘terrorist-in-chief,’ dies at 48

When Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi took the reins of the Islamic State of Iraq in 2010, few had heard of the organization or its new leader, then an austere religious scholar …


Islamic State leader blew himself up as U.S. troops closed in, Trump says

President Donald Trump on Sunday announced that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the elusive Islamic State commander, died during a U.S. military operation in Syria.


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 26, 2019

US official: IS leader believed dead in US military assault

US official: The leader of the Islamic State militant network, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is believed dead after being targeted in a U.S. military assault in Syria


Esper: U.S. troops, armored vehicles going to Syria oil fields

The United States will send armored vehicles and combat troops into eastern Syria to keep oil fields from potentially falling into the hands of Islamic State militants, U.S. Defense Secretary …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 18, 2019

Trump touts Turkey cease-fire, even as it appears shaky

President Donald Trump punched back Friday at criticism that his Syria withdrawal is damaging U.S. credibility, betraying Kurdish allies and opening the door for a possible resurgence of the Islamic …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 10, 2019

US to hand over to Iraq IS members evacuated from Syria

The U.S. will hand over to Iraqi authorities nearly 50 Islamic State members who were transferred from Syria in recent days, two Iraqi intelligence officials said Thursday.


US pullback could boost Islamic State group revival in Syria

The American pullback from parts of northeastern Syria could help breathe new life into the Islamic State group if fighting erupts between the Kurds and Turkey.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 7, 2019

As impeachment looms, GOP revolts against Trump on Syria

They may have his back on impeachment, but some of President Donald Trump’s most loyal allies are suddenly revolting against his decision to pull back U.S. troops from northern Syria.


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

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 …