Apr 24, 2015

Ex-SDF member tried to enter area controlled by Islamic State group

A former Self-Defense Forces member detained in northern Iraq’s Kurdistan autonomous region last February told police he was attempting to enter an area controlled by the Islamic State militant group, investigative sources said Friday. The man in his 20s from Osaka Prefecture was detained ...

Apr 22, 2015

Church attack foiled in France, says minister

A man allegedly planning an attack on “one or two churches” has been arrested in Paris, France’s interior minister announced Wednesday, adding that the individual is also thought to have been involved in an apparently motiveless murder of a woman near the French capital. ...

For migrants, Islamic State poses new threat

Apr 22, 2015

For migrants, Islamic State poses new threat

Tesfay Kidane’s troubles began with a simple request: He wanted to go to his brother’s wedding. Doing mandatory national service in the east African country of Eritrea, Kidane asked his commander for permission for a leave to attend the wedding. The request was denied, ...

U.S. dispels rumors Islamic State leader was wounded in airstrike

Apr 22, 2015

U.S. dispels rumors Islamic State leader was wounded in airstrike

U.S. forces have no reason to think Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was wounded in an airstrike against an Iraqi target last month, the Pentagon said Tuesday. British daily The Guardian had earlier reported that the militant, who styles himself caliph of the ...

22 coalition airstrikes target Islamic State fighters in Iraq

Apr 22, 2015

22 coalition airstrikes target Islamic State fighters in Iraq

The U.S.-led coalition said Tuesday its warplanes carried out 22 strikes in Iraq over 24 hours targeting the Islamic State jihadi group north and west of Baghdad. This was the second 24-hour period in a row of a larger-than-usual number of coalition strikes against ...

Six Minnesota men charged with trying to join Islamic State

Apr 21, 2015

Six Minnesota men charged with trying to join Islamic State

Six Minnesota men have been charged with terrorism in a criminal complaint unsealed Monday, the latest Westerners accused of traveling or attempting to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group. The six, whom authorities described as friends who met secretly to plan ...

Nations condemn new Islamic State massacre of Christians

Apr 20, 2015

Nations condemn new Islamic State massacre of Christians

The United States on Sunday condemned the “brutal mass murder” of 30 Ethiopian Christians in Libya after a video released by Islamic State militants purportedly showed their execution. The 29-minute video appears to show militants holding two groups of captives, described in text captions ...

UN: 90,000 people have fled IS advance in Iraq's Anbar province

Apr 20, 2015

UN: 90,000 people have fled IS advance in Iraq's Anbar province

More than 90,000 people have fled the Islamic State group’s advance in Iraq’s western Anbar province, which has set off fierce fighting in and around the provincial capital Ramadi, a United Nations humanitarian agency said Sunday. The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs ...