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UPDATED: Sat., March 24, 2018, 8:09 p.m.

Heroic French officer who swapped himself for hostage dies

The French police officer who swapped places with a female supermarket employee being held hostage had already received a lifetime of accolades by the time he walked unarmed into the …


UPDATED: Fri., March 23, 2018, 10:13 p.m.

Extremist slain, 3 dead after rampage in southern France

A gun-wielding extremist unleashed bloodshed in a quiet corner of southern France on Friday, killing three people as he hijacked a car, opened fire on police and took hostages in …


Jury finds Iraqi teen guilty of planting London subway bomb

A teenage Iraqi asylum-seeker who told police he had been trained by the Islamic State group was convicted of attempted murder on Friday for planting a home-made bomb on a …


Suicide bomber kills 9 in Kabul; Taliban kill 16 in province

An Islamic State suicide bomber targeted Afghanistan’s ethnic Hazaras on Friday, blowing himself up at a police checkpoint near a gathering of the minority Shiites in western Kabul, killing nine …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 24, 2018, 2:54 p.m.

U.N. unanimously demands a 30-day cease-fire across Syria

The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a resolution Saturday demanding a 30-day cease-fire across Syria “without delay” to deliver humanitarian aid to millions and evacuate the critically ill and wounded.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 23, 2018, 2:07 p.m.

U.N. to vote on 30-day humanitarian cease-fire in Syria

The U.N. Security Council scheduled a vote Friday on a resolution demanding a 30-day cease-fire across Syria to deliver humanitarian aid to millions and evacuate the critically ill and wounded.


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.K. defense chief: Don’t let 2 British IS suspects return

Britain’s defense secretary says two captured Islamic State group extremists who grew up in England should never be allowed to return.


Ex-hostage wants British IS kidnappers put on trial in U.K.

Former Islamic State hostages and families of the group’s victims are urging Britain and the United States to put two recently captured extremists on trial, arguing that denying them justice …


Islamic State leaves toxic farewell of environmental sabotage, chronic disease

The Islamic State footprint on Iraq’s environment may be unprecedented and permanent, with a toxic legacy that includes wide-scale cattle deaths, fields that no longer yield edible crops and chronic …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 2, 2018, 7:52 p.m.

Militant hideout found in Afghan capital shows security woes

The discovery of an Islamic State hideout filled with explosives and suicide vests in a poor Kabul neighborhood reflects the failure of Afghanistan’s corruption-wracked government to protect the capital, analysts …


Iraqi officers say U.S. plane mistakenly kills 7

A coalition air strike mistakenly hit friendly Iraqi forces and civilians Saturday in western Anbar, according to senior Iraqi officers, but the U.S.-led coalition said the matter is still under …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 27, 2018, 10:59 p.m.

Bomber in ambulance detonates at Afghan checkpoint; 95 dead

A suicide bomber drove an ambulance into a commercial area by pretending to be carrying a patient to a hospital and then detonated his explosives at a checkpoint near the …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 20, 2018, 1:12 p.m.

Turkish jets bombard Kurdish-run city of Afrin in Syria

Turkish jets bombed the Kurdish-controlled city of Afrin in northern Syria on Saturday, as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan promised to expand Turkey’s military border operations against a Kurdish group that …


Mattis says U.S. competitive warfighting edge has eroded

Countering China’s rapidly expanding military and an increasingly aggressive Russia are now the U.S. military’s top national security priorities, outpacing the threat of terrorism, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday. …


Islamic State group offshoot claims 2017 Niger attack on U.S. soldiers

An Islamic State group offshoot is claiming it carried out the attack in Niger that killed four U.S. soldiers and four Nigerian troops in October and sparked questions about U.S. …


In Syrian camps, the future just might be female

Many areas of Syria have been liberated by forces affiliated with the Kurdish Democratic Union Party, in whose territory women are guaranteed representation at every political level, which can be …


Egypt’s el-Sissi attends Christmas Mass amid tight security

In a show of solidarity with Egypt’s embattled Christians, President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi Saturday made a symbolic appearance at an Orthodox Christmas Mass in a new cathedral as tens of thousands …


Few ready to pay to rebuild Iraq after Islamic State defeat

Three years of war devastated much of northern and western Iraq. Baghdad estimates $100 billion is needed nationwide to rebuild. Local leaders in Mosul, the biggest city held by IS, …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 28, 2017, 8:45 p.m.

Islamic State kills 41 in attack on Afghan cultural center

An Islamic State suicide bomber struck a Shiite cultural center in Kabul on Thursday, killing at least 41 people and underscoring the extremist group’s growing reach in Afghanistan even as …


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 …


Mosul’s morgue men bear witness to Islamic State atrocities

The morgue in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul was where atrocity met bureaucracy, the processing point for the machine of butchery that the Islamic State group created across its …


U.S. ups border training in Syria to prevent IS resurgence

The United States is developing an expanded training program for local Kurdish and Arab border guards in Syria, the top U.S. commander for the Middle East said, to help head …


Islamic State claims attack on airport in Egypt’s Sinai

An Islamic State affiliate on Wednesday claimed responsibility for a missile attack the previous day that targeted an airport in Egypt’s northern Sinai Peninsula during an unpublicized visit to the …


No lawyer for detained American accused of fighting with IS

The U.S. government acknowledged Thursday that it has detained an American citizen accused of fighting with the Islamic State for more than two months without fulfilling his request to see …


How an Egyptian village became a target of the Islamic State

Before their village became a killing field, it was a sanctuary. Many of the 305 people slaughtered at a mosque in the village of Rawda on Friday had moved there …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 24, 2017, 3 p.m.

Militants attack Egyptian mosque, kill at least 235 people

In the deadliest-ever attack by Islamic extremists in Egypt, militants assaulted a crowded mosque Friday during prayers, blasting helpless worshippers with gunfire and rocket-propelled grenades and blocking their escape routes. …


Russia, Iran, Turkey agree to advance Syrian peace

The leaders of Russia, Turkey and Iran met Wednesday to discuss ways to advance a political settlement in Syria as the Islamic State group is nearing its defeat, while disparate …


Egypt fears influx of militants after Islamic State defeat

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi says Islamic State militants are making their way to his country via Libya after the defeat of the extremist group in Syria and Iraq.


Syrian troops encircle last Islamic State-held town

Syrian troops and allied fighters encircled the last Islamic State-held town on Wednesday after linking up with Iraqi forces, pro-government media and a Syrian opposition monitoring group said.