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IS claims deadly attack on Afghan ministry

Beirut - The Islamic State group Sunday claimed responsibility for an attack that killed 10 people and trapped around 2,000 for hours inside the communications ministry in the Afghan capital the previous day.

Amid security worries, gun sales thrive in Iraq's Mosul

Mosul - Hunting rifles, pistols and towers of ammunition magazines: new gun shops are popping up in Iraq's Mosul, where residents are keen to own personal firearms in the unpredictable aftermath of jihadist rule.

Australia grandmother in emotional reunion with IS fighter's orphans

Sydney - An Australian grandmother to children of a notorious Islamic State group fighter has tracked down the orphans in a Syrian refugee camp in an emotional reunion she hopes will lead to their return home.

Islamic State claims deadly Pakistan fruit market bombing

Quetta - Islamic State claimed responsibility for a suicide blast in Pakistan's Quetta city on Friday that killed 20 people and left 48 more injured.

Iraqi troops destroy holdout IS media centre in north

Baghdad - Iraq's elite counter-terrorism force targeted Islamic State group holdouts Thursday in the northern region of Hamreen, including a media centre, more than a year after the country declared IS vanquished.

Syria Kurds announce deal for return of 31,000 displaced Iraqis

Kamishli - Syrian Kurds on Thursday announced a deal with Baghdad for 31,000 displaced Iraqis, mostly women and children, to return from camps in northeastern Syria to Iraq.

Iraq offers to try foreign IS suspects, for a price

Baghdad - Iraq has offered to put on trial hundreds of accused foreign jihadists in Baghdad in exchange for millions of dollars, potentially solving a legal conundrum for Western governments but sparking rights concerns.

German IS woman accused of letting Yazidi 'slave' girl die of thirst

Munich - A German woman who joined the Islamic State jihadist group went on trial Tuesday accused of the war crime of letting a five-year-old Yazidi "slave" girl die of thirst in the sun.

Australia open to return of IS fighter's orphaned children

Canberra - Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Friday he was open to allowing the return of orphaned children of an Australian jihadist in a Syrian refugee camp following their desperate plea for help.

US-backed force tracks Syria jihadists after 'caliphate' falls

Beirut - A US-backed force said Tuesday it was chasing Islamic State group jihadists in eastern Syria, as coalition warplanes pound the militants more than a week after their "caliphate" was declared defeated.

In Syria's Al-Hol camp, ultra-extremists fuel fear

Clashes with guards, violent factional quarrels and a new strain of ultra-extremism -- the Islamic State group's territorial "caliphate" may be defeated, but a camp in eastern Syria is emerging as a fresh jihadist powder keg.

In Syria's desperate Al-Hol camp, a market bustles

Plump fruits, bright slushies, and hair dye -- the colourful market in Al-Hol is an unlikely sight in a Syrian camp overflowing with desperate people displaced as the Islamic State group's "caliphate" collapsed.

A world court on IS crimes: needed but unlikely

Beirut - A world court would offer a much-needed mechanism to address the Islamic State group's horrendous crimes but the path to its creation is fraught with obstacles, experts said.

US not looking at IS court, urges repatriation from Syria

Washington - The United States said Monday it was not looking at an international court to try Islamic State extremists and urged countries to repatriate them after Syria's Kurds proposed a tribunal.

Syria's Kurds hand three Russian orphans to Moscow

Ak - The Kurdish administration in northeast Syria said Monday it handed over three Russian orphans to a delegation from Moscow who will transfer them back home.

Syria's Kurds call for international court to try IS jihadists

Ak - Syria's Kurds called Monday for an international court to be set up in the country to try suspected Islamic State group jihadists following the announced fall of their "caliphate".

Jihadists emerge from tunnels to surrender after 'caliphate' falls

- Islamic State group jihadists emerged from tunnels to surrender to US-backed forces in eastern Syria on Sunday, a Kurdish spokesman said, a day after their "caliphate" was declared defeated.

Post-IS Iraq treads fine line as it seeks regional role

Baghdad - Five years after the Islamic State group swept across Iraq, Baghdad is bidding to reclaim its role as a regional player while walking a tightrope between rival backers the US and Iran.

Syria Kurd autonomy under threat after IS 'caliphate' falls

Beirut - Now the Islamic State group's "caliphate" has fallen, the hard-won limited autonomy of Syria's Kurds will be left in peril if their key US ally goes ahead with its announced pullout.

Islamic State driven from final Syria territory: White House

West Palm Beach - The White House said Friday that the Islamic State jihadist group has lost its final territory in Syria -- even as reports of continued fighting came from the battlefield of Baghouz.

US-backed Syrian forces fight last IS jihadists

Sulaymaniyah - Kurdish-led forces on Friday battled a small group of Islamic State jihadists refusing to surrender and still defending the last few acres of their moribund "caliphate" in eastern Syria.

Renewed US-led air strikes pound IS holdouts

- US-led warplanes bombed the north bank of the Euphrates River in eastern Syria early Friday to flush out holdout jihadists from the last sliver of their crumbling "caliphate".

US-backed forces press offensive against IS Syria enclave

- US-backed forces pressed an offensive against the Islamic State group in its last redoubt in Syria on Thursday, denying reports the jihadist enclave had fallen.

Syria force says it arrested jihadists behind attack on US troops

Beirut - A US-backed force in Syria said Tuesday it has arrested jihadists suspected of involvement in the deadliest attack on US troops since they deployed in the war-torn country in 2014.

Syria's Kurds criticise Damascus 'threats'

- Syria's Kurds have criticised the "threatening language" of the Damascus regime after it pledged to retake northeastern areas they control by reconciliation or by force.

In smouldering last redoubt, IS hide among the reeds

Sulaymaniyah - An air strike pounds a demolished bridge in eastern Syria, sending armed men scampering to hide among the cars and tents of the Islamic State group's smouldering last redoubt.

Thousands believed still inside last IS pocket: Syria force

- Thousands of people are believed to remain inside the Islamic State group's last sliver of territory in eastern Syria, a US-backed force said Sunday citing evacuees, hampering the operation to crush the jihadists.

Syria force locked in battle with IS jihadists in holdout village

Sulaymaniyah - US-backed forces battled Islamic State group fighters Saturday as the holdout jihadists clung to the last dregs of their crumbling "caliphate" in eastern Syria.

Iraq opens first IS mass grave in Yazidi region

- Iraqi authorities on Friday opened a first mass grave containing victims of the Islamic State group in the Yazidi stronghold of Sinjar, where jihadists brutally targeted the minority.

Toiling up Syrian cliff, hundreds in exodus from dying IS 'caliphate'

Sulaymaniyah - Trudging up an ochre cliff-face in eastern Syria, veiled women, wounded men and dusty children make a final journey out of the Islamic State group's crumbling redoubt.
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