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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

‘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

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

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 …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 28, 2018

Review: ‘On Her Shoulders’ looks at one woman’s fight against sexual violence as a tool of war

“On Her Shoulders” is a moving, sensitive portrayal of a woman – and a people’s – perseverance. Although Murad’s hometown has been liberated, the Yazidis’ struggle to rebuild their homeland …


Prominent Syrian activist killed in rebel-held province

Masked gunmen in Syria’s rebel-held northwestern province shot and killed on Friday a prominent anti-government journalist who was also a sharp critic of Islamist militants.


Suicide bomber targets clerics in Afghan capital, 50 killed

A suicide bomber targeted a gathering of hundreds of Islamic scholars in the Afghan capital on Tuesday, killing at least 50 people as Muslims around the world marked the birthday …


Report: U.S.-led airstrikes kill 40 in IS-held area of Syria

At least 40 people, mostly women and children, were killed Saturday by U.S.-led airstrikes on the last pocket held by Islamic State militants in eastern Syria, a war monitor and …


Russian army: Nearly 270,000 Syrian refugees returned home

The Russian military said nearly 270,000 Syrian refugees have returned home in recent months, a fraction of the estimated 5.6 million Syrians who have fanned out across the world fleeing …


Ex-IS captive says son died in her lap from militant fire

A Syrian woman captured by Islamic State militants said her 8-year-old son died in her lap after the extremists shot him and his cousin during a military operation to liberate …


Bangladeshi immigrant convicted in NYC subway bombing

A Bangladeshi immigrant convicted Tuesday of supporting a terrorist group after setting off a pipe bomb in New York City’s busiest subway station let the jury leave before saying he …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 2, 2018

Islamic State attack on Christian pilgrims in Egypt kills 7, wounds 19

Islamic militants on Friday ambushed three buses carrying Christian pilgrims on their way to a remote desert monastery south of the Egyptian capital of Cairo, killing seven and wounding 19, …


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 …


IS frees 6 hostages in exchange with Syrian government

The Islamic State group early Saturday released two women and four children they had been holding since July in the first part of an exchange with the Syrian government that …