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IS attacks advancing US-backed forces in Syria's east: monitor

Beirut - The Islamic State group launched a deadly counter-offensive on Wednesday to repel US-backed forces advancing on a final jihadist-held pocket of eastern Syria, a monitor said.

Syria families demand regime action to free IS hostages

Beirut - The families of Druze hostages held by the Islamic State group rallied for a third day Friday to demand action by the Syrian government to free them, witnesses said.

IS in Egypt's Sinai announces death of top militant

Apo - The Islamic State group has announced the death of one of its leaders in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, where a security source said 15 jihadists were also killed separately.

US Defense Secretary warns of 'tough fight' to oust IS

Paris - The US-led military alliance battling the Islamic State group faces "a tough fight" to oust the jihadists from their last holdouts in Syria, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday.

IS leader Baghdadi, world's 'most wanted', sought in Syria offensive

Paris - US-backed forces have launched an offensive on the Islamic State group's last stronghold in eastern Syria, but the man dubbed the world's "most wanted"-- IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi -- could yet again slip through the net, experts warn.

France's Le Pen ordered to undergo psychiatric tests over IS tweets

Paris - French far-right leader Marine Le Pen expressed outrage Thursday after being ordered to undergo psychiatric tests for tweeting pictures of atrocities committed by the Islamic State group.

France's Le Pen ordered to undergo psychiatric tests over IS tweets

Paris - French far-right leader Marine Le Pen voiced outrage Thursday after being ordered to undergo psychiatric tests for having posted pictures of atrocities committed by the Islamic State group on Twitter.

Iraq court condemns to death 'deputy of IS leader'

Baghdad - An Iraqi court on Wednesday sentenced to death on terror charges a prominent jihadist described as a deputy of Islamic State group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, after he was captured in Turkey.

Iraq court condemns to death 'deputy of IS leader'

Baghdad - An Iraqi court on Wednesday sentenced a prominent jihadist described as a deputy of Islamic State group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to death on terrorism charges.

IS kills 20 US-backed fighters in Syria: monitor

Beirut - At least 20 fighters from a US-backed force fighting the Islamic State group were killed Friday in an IS ambush in eastern Syria, a war monitor said.

Afghan officials say Islamic State leader killed by airstrikes

Kabul - The leader of the Islamic State (IS) in Afghanistan was killed by airstrikes over the weekend along with 10 other people, government officials said Sunday following a string of deadly attacks by the extremist group.

IS claims deadly Libya checkpoint attack

Tripoli - The Islamic State group claimed responsibility Saturday for a deadly attack earlier this week on a checkpoint in western Libya, as Libyan authorities announced the arrest of the suspected perpetrators.

At least 27 hostages held by IS in south Syria: HRW

Beirut - At least 27 people are being held by the Islamic State group in southern Syria, Human Rights Watch said Saturday as it deplored the hostage-taking as a "war crime".

US-led coalition says IS leadership 'irrelevant'

Beirut - The US-led coalition said Thursday the leadership of the Islamic State group was now "irrelevant" after IS issued an audio message it said was by its chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

IS chief Baghdadi urges 'jihad' in purported new recording

Beirut - The leader of the Islamic State jihadist group Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi called on Muslims to wage "jihad" in a purported new audio recording released on Wednesday.

IS chief Baghdadi urges 'jihad' in purported new recording

Beirut - The leader of the Islamic State jihadist group Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi called on Muslims to wage "jihad" in a purported new audio recording released on Wednesday.

US-backed forces repel IS attack in east Syria: monitor

Beirut - US-backed forces have repelled a raid by the Islamic State group targeting barracks housing American and French troops in eastern Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Saturday.

Pro-regime Druze militia in Syria hangs IS member: monitor

Beirut - Pro-government Druze militiamen hanged a member of the Islamic State group in Syria's Sweida on Tuesday, a monitor said, just days after the jihadists executed a young hostage from the minority group.

On the backfoot, IS uses old tactics to gain new strength

Beirut - The Islamic State group is looking to recapture lost power by reverting to the grisly tactics that first propelled it to global notoriety, analysts say, including executions and kidnapping minorities.

IS kills one of dozens of hostages in southern Syria

Beirut - The Islamic State jihadist group has executed one of dozens of Druze hostages abducted from Syria's southern province of Sweida last week, a journalist in the area and a monitor said Sunday.

IS killed hostage from Syria's Sweida

Beirut - The Islamic State jihadist group has executed one of dozens of Druze hostages abducted from Syria's southern province of Sweida last week, a journalist in the area and a monitor said Sunday.

IS killed hostage from Syria's Sweida: media, monitor

Beirut - The Islamic State jihadist group has executed one of dozens of Druze hostages abducted from Syria's southern province of Sweida last month, a Syrian news website and a monitor said Sunday.

Tajikistan to create 'tourist police' after IS-claimed attack kills 4

Dushanbe - Tajikistan on Wednesday pledged to create a "tourist police" force to protect visitors after four tourists were killed in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group.

Cyclists killed in Tajikistan described 'dream' trip

Dushanbe - Cyclists from Europe and the US who were killed in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group in Tajikistan had described their trip as a "dream come true.

IS jihadists cornered in pocket of southern Syria

Beirut - Heavy clashes erupted Tuesday between Syrian regime forces and Islamic State group jihadists cornered in a pocket of southern Daraa province, state media and a monitor said.

Nearly 250 dead in IS attacks on south Syria: new toll

Beirut - The death toll in coordinated Islamic State group suicide bombings and shootings in southern Syria rose to nearly 250 overnight, more than half of them civilians, a monitor said Thursday.

'No evidence' to back IS claim for deadly Toronto attack: police

Montr - Canadian authorities said Wednesday they have no evidence to substantiate a claim by the Islamic State group that the gunman who killed two people in a Toronto rampage was an IS fighter.

IS claims deadly Toronto attack: propaganda agency

Beirut - The Islamic State group on Wednesday claimed responsibility for a weekend shooting that killed two people in Canada's Toronto.The group's propaganda agency Amaq said the attacker was "one of the soldiers of the Islamic State".

UK expects US trial for Syria 'Beatles' fighters

London - Britain said Monday it was sharing intelligence to help the United States bring to trial two British fighters captured in Syria, known as the "Beatles," and sparked outrage by saying it would not block the death penalty.

Iraq admits holding 'terrorism' suspects for months: HRW

Baghdad - An Iraqi security agency has admitted holding hundreds of "terrorism" suspects for months, Human Rights Watch said Sunday while calling on authorities to inform the families of those held.
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