Islamic State extends its reach into North Africa

Feb 17, 2015

Islamic State extends its reach into North Africa

The mass beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians in Libya by militants linked to the Islamic State group have thrown a spotlight on the threat the extremists pose beyond their heartland in Syria and Iraq, where they have established a self-declared proto-state. Militants in several ...

Feb 17, 2015

Hezbollah fighting Islamic State in Iraq: leader

Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah is fighting Islamic State militants in Iraq, its chief Hassan Nasrallah revealed for the first time Monday in a speech to supporters. “We may not have spoken about Iraq before, but we have a limited presence because of the ...

Egypt now West ally after IS air raids in Libya

| Feb 17, 2015

Egypt now West ally after IS air raids in Libya

By targeting the Islamic State group with airstrikes in Libya, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, having crushed Islamist opponents at home, has become a key ally of the West against jihadis, experts say. His warplanes bombed IS camps and weapons stores in the Libyan city ...

The Islamic State group's catalogue of killings

Feb 17, 2015

The Islamic State group's catalogue of killings

Here is a list of known killings by militants or movements linked to the jihadi Islamic State group, which announced Sunday it had beheaded 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya. The Islamic State, accused of crimes against humanity by the United Nations, has stepped ...

Feb 14, 2015

Poll shows Americans see Islamic State group as top threat

Americans believe the Islamic State group poses the most serious threat to the United States in the next decade, according to a poll released Friday. Eighty-four percent of those quizzed by Gallup said Islamic State militants, who have grabbed large areas of Iraq and ...

Islamic State seizes Iraqi town near base with U.S. forces

Feb 14, 2015

Islamic State seizes Iraqi town near base with U.S. forces

Islamic State jihadis have captured the western Iraqi town of al-Baghdadi, putting them within striking distance of an air base where American troops are training Iraqi forces, the U.S. military said Friday. The fall of the town, which the Pentagon played down as a ...

Feb 13, 2015

U.N. takes aim at Islamic State financing from oil, antiquities

The U.N. Security Council on Thursday unanimously adopted a resolution aimed at choking off millions of dollars in earnings from oil smuggling, antiquities trafficking and ransom payments to the Islamic State group. The resolution was co-sponsored by more than 35 countries in a show ...