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Islamic State expanding globally amid setbacks: US official

Washington - The Islamic State group continues to expand globally with some 20 affiliates, despite being forced out of Syria and the killing of its leaders, a top US counter-terror official said Thursday.

US promises Britain not to seek death penalty against IS 'Beatles'

Washington - The United States will not pursue the death penalty against two members of a notorious Islamic State kidnapping and murder unit dubbed the "Beatles," Attorney General Bill Barr said in a letter released by the Justice Department Wednesday.

Islamic State jihadists on the run after Afghan prison raid

Jalalabad - Afghan authorities were searching Tuesday for about 270 inmates -- most of them Islamic State fighters -- who remained on the loose after escaping during a deadly prison raid.

Mawla the 'Destroyer', brutal new head of IS group

Paris - With monikers as divergent as the "Professor" and the "Destroyer", the Islamic State group's new head has a reputation for brutality, but otherwise remains largely an enigma.

Italy seizes IS-made drugs worth one billion euros

Rome - Italian police said Wednesday they had seized a 14-tonne haul of amphetamines made by the Islamic State group in Syria, calling it the biggest seizure of such drugs in the world.

German court tries IS jihadist over Yazidi genocide

Frankfurt Am Main - An Iraqi man believed to have belonged to the Islamic State group went on trial in Germany on Friday accused of genocide and murdering a child belonging to the Yazidi minority who he held as a slave.

Syria's Baghouz, one year after last IS flag came down

Sulaymaniyah - A year after the last black flag of the Islamic State group was lowered in the Syrian village of Baghouz, local farmer Hamad al-Ibrahim is trying to restore his damaged land.

Taliban fought IS with 'limited' US military support, US general reveals

Washington - The Taliban has shown that it can fight and defeat Islamic State group jihadists in Afghanistan, a top US general said Tuesday, revealing for the first time that it had done so in recent months with "very limited" US military support.

HRW urges probes into fate of missing IS captives

Beirut - Human Rights Watch called Tuesday for Damascus and the Kurdish authorities in northeastern Syria to investigate the fate of thousands of people who went missing in the custody of the Islamic State group.

More than 500 dead in Syria's Al-Hol in 2019: medics

At least 517 people, mostly children, died in 2019 in an overstretched Syrian camp housing displaced people and relatives of Islamic State group fighters, the Kurdish Red Crescent told AFP Thursday.

Bulgarian imam jailed for Islamic State support

Sofia - A Bulgarian imam was jailed for eight and a half years on Tuesday for spreading the ideas of the Islamic State group and propagating hatred and war on religious grounds.

'Children are innocent': Albanians beg for return of IS youngsters

Tirana - After media interest helped mobilise the evacuation of an Albanian boy from northern Syria last month, families of other children of Islamic State fighters are pleading with Tirana to redouble its efforts and bring the rest home.

Stunned residents return after IS losses in east Afghanistan

Jelalabad - Afghan farmer Gulnar Malik had seen her share of hardships as war ravaged her country for decades -- but nothing prepared the mother of five for the arrival of the Islamic State group.

IS 'defeated' in key Afghan province: official

Jalalabad - The Islamic State group's Afghan branch has been "defeated" in one of the key eastern provinces where it first sought to establish a stronghold, a top Afghan security official said Sunday.

New Islamic State chief 'a nobody': US official

Washington - The new leader of the Islamic State group is "a nobody" with little apparent reputation but the United States hopes he will be killed soon, a US official said Wednesday.

IS names Baghdadi successor, threatens US: statement

Beirut - The Islamic State jihadist group confirmed the death of its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and named his replacement as Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Quraishi, said a statement released Thursday."We mourn you...

Pentagon releases video, photos of Baghdadi raid

Washington - The Pentagon released video and photos on Wednesday of the US special forces raid that resulted in the death of Islamic State group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Bursting at the seams: inside an IS prison in Syria

Tanriverdi - Behind the steel door, the cell is as packed as their eyes are empty -- haggard, scrawny prisoners in orange jumpsuits lying head-to-toe cover every inch of floor space.

Anti-IS coalition to meet in Washington November 14: US

Washington - More than 30 nations fighting the Islamic State group will gather in Washington on November 14 in a French-initiated meeting as the United States pulls troops from Syria, a US official said Monday.

With Baghdadi gone, who is heir to the 'caliph'?

Beirut - The US declaration of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's death opens the question of his succession at the helm of the Islamic State jihadist organisation and analysts say the list looks short.

After Baghdadi raid, Syria villagers tell of quiet neighbour

In the middle of the night amid the olive trees of northwest Syria, Abu Ahmad heard soldiers "speaking a foreign language" attack the home next door.

Baghdadi 'The Ghost': jihadist chief who oversaw IS rise and fall

Baghdad - Reclusive jihadist supremo Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi oversaw the bloodstained rise and ultimate collapse of his Islamic State group's "caliphate" while keeping such a low profile that he was nicknamed "The Ghost".

IS head Baghdadi believed dead after US strike in Syria: reports

Jihadist supremo Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the world's most wanted man, was believed Sunday to have been killed in a US special operation in northwest Syria.

More than 100 Islamic State prisoners have escaped in Syria: US envoy

Washington - More than 100 prisoners of the Islamic State extremist movement have escaped in Syria in the chaos since Turkey's incursion, a senior US official said Wednesday."We would say the number is now over 100.

After Turkey attacks Syria, detained IS women await 'deliverance'

In a dusty camp in northeastern Syria, Umm Osama says she hopes a deadly Turkish offensive against her Kurdish jailers will allow Islamic State group supporters like her to escape.

French FM holds Iraq talks on IS prisoners in Syria

Baghdad - France's top diplomat held talks in Baghdad on Thursday on transferring foreign jihadists from northern Syria for trial in Iraq after a Turkish offensive triggered fears of mass jailbreaks.

Pressure mounts to repatriate and try IS foreign fighters

Washington - US President Donald Trump's decision to take custody of dozens of high-value Islamic State militants from the under-siege Kurds avoided their possible release but raised the pressure on Washington and its allies to accept them for trial.

Syria Kurds say prison housing IS fighters hit by Turkey

Beirut - Syria's Kurds said Thursday that Turkish bombardment had hit a prison they use to house captured Islamic State group fighters, despite Ankara's pledge to do nothing to undermine the campaign against the jihadists."The Turkish regime...

US takes custody of two notorious Islamic State 'Beatles' from Syria Kurds

Washington - Two notorious Islamic State jihadists dubbed "The Beatles" who were held by Syrian Kurds are now in US custody and have been moved out of the country, President Donald Trump said early Thursday.

IS threat to spread if Turkey invades northern Syria

Beirut - A feared Turkish invasion of northeast Syria could spark a resurgence of the Islamic State group, analysts and Kurdish forces have warned, despite Ankara's pledge to prevent the jihadists' return.
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