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Women of the Eastern Caliphate: By blood and marriage

Dec 28, 2019 - 9:28 PM

(UPDATED) Part 2: Their men fight at the frontlines, but by blood and marriage, these women played a crucial role in the Marawi siege and the establishment of an ISIS caliphate in the Philippines

Finding love and jihad

Dec 28, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Many women are radicalized on Facebook, and an expert says they are now a permanent part of the jihadi structure

ISIS claims attack that killed 7 Burkina soldiers

Dec 28, 2019 - 8:47 AM

But the Islamic State does not claim responsibility for a simultaneous assault on Arbinda City that left 35 civilians dead

Women of the Eastern Caliphate: Hiding in plain sight

Dec 27, 2019 - 7:00 PM

(UPDATED) Part 1: From hapless accomplices, women are becoming willing and enthusiastic actors in jihad

ISIS claims execution of 11 Christians in Nigeria

Dec 27, 2019 - 6:48 PM

'This is a message to Christians all over the world,' says a masked man in a video posted online by ISIS-linked propaganda arm Amaq

Burkina Faso in mourning amid wave of jihadist attacks

Dec 26, 2019 - 8:48 AM

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the bloodshed

At least 2 killed, 13 injured in jihadist attack in Nigeria

Dec 24, 2019 - 9:24 PM

Islamic State West African Province fighters intensify deadly attacks, targeting soldiers and mounting fake checkpoints to kill and and abduct civilians

Fresh strikes on Syria jihadist enclave kill 13

May 29, 2019 - 8:16 PM

Analysts predict that the government of President Bashar al-Assad and its allies will continue to chip away at the area but not unleash a major assault that would create chaos on Turkey's doorstep

SYRIA. This picture taken on May 29, 2019 shows smoke plumes rising following reported Syrian government forces' bombardment on the town of Khan Sheikhun in the southern countryside of the jihadist-held Idlib province. Photo by Anas Al-dyab/AFP

Suspected jihadists back in dock over murder of 2 Scandinavian women

May 16, 2019 - 1:38 PM

The main suspects are all from the Marrakech region near the site of the killings, which shocked the North African country

TRIAL. A picture taken on May 2, 2019 shows suspects, in the murder of two Scandinavian hikers, arriving for their trial at a Moroccan court in Sale near the capital Rabat. Photo by AFP

Jihadists kill pastor, 4 others in Burkina church attack

Apr 29, 2019 - 9:38 PM

It is the first attack on a church since jihadist violence erupted in Burkina Faso in 2015

Syria force battles into last jihadist pocket

Mar 02, 2019 - 8:48 PM

'Those who have not surrendered by now will meet their fate there,' says the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces Spokespman Adnan Afrin

LAST REDOUBT. A Syrian Democratic Forces fighter uses a binocular to inspect the embattled village of Baghouz in Syria's northern Deir Ezzor province on February 19, 2019. File photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

Dying days of caliphate in Syria as ISIS fighters trapped

Feb 16, 2019 - 11:40 PM

'In a very short time, not longer than a few days, we will officially announce the end of ISIS' existence,' says Syrian Democratic Forces commander Jia Furat

CIVILIANS. Men believed to be civilians fleeing the battered Islamic State-held holdout of Baghouz in the eastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor stand in the back of a truck on February 11, 2019. Photo . by Fadel Senna/AFP

Jihadist defeat, U.S. Syria pullout on table at coalition talks

Feb 15, 2019 - 10:41 AM

With defeat of IS's self-declared 'caliphate' imminent, American troops are set to withdraw from Kurdish-controlled areas, prompting a repositioning of the remaining players in the region

CIVIL WAR. Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and US soldiers gather in the Kurdish-held town of Al-Darbasiyah in northeastern Syria bordering Turkey on November 4, 2018. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

Syria jihadists trapped in last square kilometer

Feb 14, 2019 - 10:51 PM

'The fighting is fierce,' says Adnan Afrin, a spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces

BAGHOUZ. A military vehicle with the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces rides during an operation to expel Islamic State group jihadists from the Baghouz area in the eastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor on February 13, 2019. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

Jihadists sentenced to life for deadly 2015 Tunisia attacks

Feb 09, 2019 - 1:23 PM

The jihadists are sent to prison for attacks at a museum and on a beach in 2015

(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 18, 2015, tunisian security forces secure the area after gunmen attacked Tunis' famed Bardo Museum on March 18, 2015. At least seven foreigners and a Tunisian were killed in an attack by two men armed with assault rifles on the museum, the interior ministry said. - A Tunisian court was poised to give verdicts on February 8, 2019, in the trials of suspects in deadly jihadist attacks on the capital's Bardo museum and on a beach in the tourist resort of Sousse, lawyers told AFP. The court first reopened the trial into the March 18, 2015 attack by two assailants armed with Kalashnikov rifles on the Bardo that killed 21 foreign tourists and a Tunisian security guard. (Photo by Fethi Belaid / AFP)

15 killed in ongoing Islamist attack on Kenya hotel complex

Jan 16, 2019 - 9:06 AM

(UPDATED) 'We still believe there are two or 3 attackers in specific locations,' the first police officer says. 'The situation is far from over.'

DEADLY ATTACK. A man walks past bullet marks on a glass outside the DusitD2 hotel complex in Nairobi's Westlands suburb on January 15, 2019, in Kenya, after a blast followed by a gun battle rocked the upmarket hotel and office complex. Photo by Simon Maina/AFP

Iraq sentenced 616 foreigners for ISIS links in 2018

Dec 31, 2018 - 7:36 PM

The current number brings the count of people suspected of links to the Islamic State group up to around 20,000 since 2014

LINKS. Iraq sentences more than 600 people suspected of links to the militant group a year after the end of a 3-year war against the jihadists. Photo from Shutterstock

52,000 displaced by 'horrific violence' in west Niger – U.N.

Dec 15, 2018 - 8:34 AM

In addition to the number of local residents fleeing, 53,000 other refugees from Mali continue to suffer from violence in the area

BLOCKED.African migrants from Niger prepare to board buses as they are repatriated to their country by Algerian authorities at a transit center for migrants in Tamanrasset in southern Algeria. Photo by Ryad Kramdi/AFP

Rebels fire shells from Syria buffer despite heavy arms pullout

Oct 14, 2018 - 5:42 PM

Under a deal reached by opposition backer Turkey and regime ally Russia last month, rebels and jihadists alike should have pulled out all heavy arms from the horseshoe-shaped zone by October 10

4 jihadi suspects charged in Kosovo over terror plots

Oct 13, 2018 - 7:14 PM

The group are also accused of planning to bomb the NATO-led security force KFOR at two discos in the Serbian enclave of Gracanica

DEFENSE. A Kosovo Security Force (KSF) member stands guard prior to a farewell ceremony of the German NATO led-peacekeeping mission in Kosovo, in the town of Prizren on October 3, 2018. File photo by Armend Nimani/AFP

Iran fires missiles at Syria jihadists after deadly attack

Oct 01, 2018 - 11:10 PM

The pre-dawn strike by Iran was in retaliation for a deadly attack on an Iranian military parade claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group

MISSILE. This handout photo provided by Iran's Revolutionary Guard official website via SEPAH News shows missiles being launched from an undisclosed location to target militants in eastern Syria early on October 1, 2018. Handout/Sepah News/ Iran's Revolutionary Guards Website/AFP

Threat 'acute' as jihadist attacks double in 2017 – Europol

Jun 20, 2018 - 10:37 PM

In its annual report, Europol, says last year, a total 33 terror attacks were reported on the continent and Britain – 10 of which were successful, killing 62 people, while the rest were foiled or failed

EUROPOL. File photo shows an Italian Guardia di Finanza officer (center) walks with a Guardia Civil officer (left) beside a Europol member as they take part in a search at a Restaurant in Barcelona during an international police operation against Italian Mafia. Photo by Josep Lago/AFP

Egypt army says 8 soldiers, 14 jihadists killed in Sinai attack

Apr 14, 2018 - 8:14 PM

The military says it was able to 'foil a large terrorist operation'

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Driver tries to ram soldiers as France mourns terror victims

Mar 29, 2018 - 8:32 PM

The incident comes with France on edge after a jihadist rampage in the towns of Carcassonne and Trebes last week killed 4 people

A French judicial police officer stands at the entrance to the 7th CBA de Reynies mountain infantry military barracks in Varces-Allieres-et-Risset on March 29, 2018, after a man tried to ram his car into soldiers jogging nearby. A hunt was underway on March 29 for a man who tried to ram his car into soldiers jogging near their barracks in southeast France, without causing any injuries, the army said. The incident comes with France on edge after a jihadist rampage in the southwest last week, where a 25-year-old radicalised gunman killed four people, including a policeman who took the place of a hostage in a supermarket siege. / AFP PHOTO / JEAN-PIERRE CLATOT

In Mosul, hundreds fear arrest for sharing names with jihadists

Mar 03, 2018 - 11:37 AM

This puzzle of similar names and the fear of detention is the talk of the town in Mosul

CHECKPOINT. An Iraqi policeman checks the ID of a driver at a checkpoint in Mosul on February 22, 2018 seven months after Iraqi forces retook the northern city from Islamic State (IS) jihadists. Photo by Ahmad MUWAFAQ/AFP

Egypt hangs 15 over attacks on security forces – police

Dec 26, 2017 - 7:39 PM

It is the largest mass execution carried out in the North African country since six convicted jihadists were hanged in 2015

EXECUTION. The men were hanged on Tuesday, December 26, in two jails where they had been held since military courts sentenced them for the attacks in the Sinai, where jihadists are waging an insurgency, the officials said.

PH extradition hearings begin for doctor accused of New York plot

Nov 07, 2017 - 7:37 PM

Russell Salic, a 37-year-old orthopedic surgeon, appears on the first day of the hearing in Manila to extradite him to the United States

EXTRADITION. Filipino doctor Russell Salic (in orange) is escorted by National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) agents following a court hearing in Manila on November 7, 2017. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Iraq forces advance into 'last den' of ISIS

Oct 26, 2017 - 11:21 PM

(UPDATED) The start of the keenly awaited offensive that the US-led coalition fighting ISIS has dubbed 'the last big fight' of the campaign comes even as Iraqi troops launch a new operation against the Kurds

DEFENSE. Iraqi forces stand guard at the Mosul Dam in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on October 24, 2017. Photo by Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP

Fighters in Syria's Raqa prepare for civilian handover

Oct 20, 2017 - 11:37 AM

Raqa's capture leaves the jihadists with little remaining territory in Syria, most of it in neighboring Deir Ezzor province, where some SDF fighters are already headed to carry on the campaign

100 ISIS fighters surrender in Raqa in 24 hours

Oct 14, 2017 - 6:13 PM

"Within the past 24 hours, approximately 100 ISIS terrorists have surrendered in Raqa, and were removed from the city," the coalition says.

AFTERMATH. This file photo taken on September 22, 2017 shows the damage in the embattled northern Syrian city of Raqa. Photo by Delil Souleiman / AFP

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Syria regime enters ISIS-held town in 'severe blow' to ISIS

Oct 07, 2017 - 6:06 PM

Mayadeen in the oil-rich eastern province of Deir Ezzor is seen as the jihadist group's "security and military capital" in Syria, and its loss would deal "a severe blow" to the jihadists.

CLASHES. A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fires a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) during clashes with ISIS near the central hospital of Raqa on October 1, 2017. Photo by Bulent Kilic / AFP

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Oct 06, 2017 - 11:00 AM

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After long silence, ISIS says chief calls on jihadists to 'resist'

Sep 29, 2017 - 9:02 AM

The United States says it is verifying the recording, but also that it has 'no reason to doubt' its authenticity

Syria army seizes airbase from ISIS – military source, monitor

May 13, 2017 - 6:31 PM

The army takes control of more than 170 villages and towns in the area according to Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor

Atop Palmyra's damaged theater, Syrian musicians sing of return

Mar 05, 2017 - 8:17 PM

Everyone will rebuild in their own way We want to rebuild it with music and singing teenage musician Angel Dayoub says

SOUND OF MUSIC. Syrian musicians play at the site of the damaged Roman amphitheatre in the ancient city of Palmyra in central Syria, during a tour organized by the Syrian army for journalists, on March 4, 2017. Syrian troops backed by Russian jets completed the recapture of the historic city of Palmyra from Islamic State (IS) group fighters on March 2, 2017, the Kremlin and the army said. Photo by Louai Beshara/AFP

IS executes 5 Egyptians it accuses of spying for army

Feb 11, 2017 - 6:23 PM

The Islamic State group publishes photos of 5 men in army elements on Telegram

Fears grow over jihadist cyber threat

Jan 28, 2017 - 7:22 PM

Data pirates and cyber criminals from several countries often linked to organized crime offer their services on the darknet

SILENT PROTEST. Nice’s supporters stand next to a flag reading "Fuck ISIS" during the French L1 football match between OGC Nice and Rennes on August 14, 2016, at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice, southern France. Photo by Franck Pennant/AFP

Mali arrests two suspects in planned terror attack

Jan 28, 2017 - 12:16 PM

The attack was planned for the France Africa summit on January 13 and 14 but stringent security measures forced the suspects to delay their plans

AFRICA-FRANCE SUMMIT. In this file photo, some 30 African leaders and French President Francois Hollande gather for an Africa-France summit to discuss the jihadist threat, challenges to governance and the migrant crisis. File photo by Stephane De Sakutin/AFP

Pope slams jihadist attacks as 'homicidal madness'

Jan 09, 2017 - 8:14 PM

We are dealing with a homicidal madness which misuses God s name in order to disseminate death in a play for domination and power Pope Francis says

Pope Francis arrives to pose with the Members of the Diplomatic Corps accredited to the Holy See in the Sistine Chapel at the end of an audience for the traditional exchange of New Year greetings on January 9, 2017 in Vatican. Photo by Alberto Pizzolo/ AFP

'Mastermind' of Bangladesh cafe siege killed – police

Jan 06, 2017 - 1:08 PM

UPDATED Police say the bodies of Nurul Islam Marzan and another suspected extremist were found after officers raided a property in Dhaka s Rayer Bazar neighborhood

4 MONTHS AFTER. Bangladeshi police stand guard in front of the entrance to the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka on November 15, 2016. Police have handed the Holey Artisan Bakery back to its owners after completing a 4-month investigation into the siege by extremists linked to the Islamic State group. File photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

'Intense' fighting in Mosul as civilians flee

Nov 12, 2016 - 5:56 PM

The fighting is intense this morning We re trying to fortify our positions in Arbajiyah before continuing our attack into Al Bakr says Staff Lieutenant Colonel Muntadhar Salem

STRIFE. Elite Iraqi troops battled the Islamic State group in the streets of Mosul, as the UN reported IS jihadists had executed dozens of people inside the city for alleged "treason". Photo by Odd Andersen/ AFP

Authorities fear violence at planned protest by Islamic groups. Here's what you need to know.

Nov 03, 2016 - 10:50 PM

A cheat sheet on the November 4 protest that has government officials police and military on edge

ROUND TWO. The first demonstration in October attracted about 5,000 protesters according to police. Photo by Diego Batara/Rappler

German police hunt Syrian bomb plot suspect

Oct 09, 2016 - 10:10 PM

Security is stepped up at airports and train stations as the search for 22 year old Jaber Albakr continues

The police secures a residential area in Chemnitz, eastern Germany, on October 09, 2016, a day after the police found explosive material in the east German apartment of a Syrian man suspected of planning a bomb attack.  Police found several hundred grams of "explosive materials" in the east German apartment of a Syrian man suspected of planning a bomb attack, and arrested three people connected to him. The suspect who remains at large, 22-year-old Syrian Jaber Albakr, could have had "an Islamist motive" sources close to the police told AFP. / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Hendrik Schmidt / Germany OUT

Libya forces 'retake' Benghazi district from jihadists

Jul 29, 2016 - 11:11 AM

General Khalifa Haftar s troops has retaken the al Gwarcha district of Benghazi which has been marred by unrest since his fighters launched a campaign to drive extremists out of the city earlier this year

Church attacker threatens France in new video

Jul 29, 2016 - 9:30 AM

In the video Abdel Malik Petitjean makes threats against France and directly addresses French President Francois Hollande and Prime Minister Manuel Valls

HOSTAGE-TAKING. A municipal police vehicle blocks an underpass leading to the scene of a hostage taking incident in Saint Etienne du Rouvray, near Rouen, France, July 26, 2016. Photo by Alice Patalacci/EPA

Army ousts jihadists from Yemen base HQ after hours-long battle

Jul 06, 2016 - 11:20 PM

Yemeni Prime Minister Ahmed bin Dagher vows that he would not allow saboteurs to harm the security of residents and block the policies of the government

An armed Yemeni man stands next to the entrance of an army headquarters near Aden airport after Yemeni government forces supported by a Saudi-led coalition recaptured it from suspected jihadists following an hours-long firefight on July 6, 2016 in the southern city.    The militants had penetrated the base after detonating two car bombs in the latest attack on security forces to hit the southern port city where Yemen's government took refuge after rebels seized the capital Sanaa.   / AFP PHOTO / SALEH AL-OBEIDI

Bangladesh commandos end hostage siege, kill six gunmen

Jul 02, 2016 - 3:33 PM

As the Islamic State ISIS group claims responsibility for the attack at the start of the Eid holiday Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina says she was determined to eradicate militancy in the mainly Muslim nation

HOSTAGE. Bangladeshi security forces stand guard as they seal off the streets close to a Spanish resturant, following a hostage taking, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, late 01 July 2016. Photo by EPA

Bangladesh hostage siege: What we know so far

Jul 02, 2016 - 2:14 PM

UPDATED The siege ends with six gunmen killed and one arrested

Shabaab says it executed 6 'spies' in Somalia

Jun 11, 2016 - 7:28 PM

They say one of them helped kill their supreme leader in a US drone strike