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    ROME — Pope Francis decried recent lethal attacks Sunday, urging people to “abandon the path of violence” in favor of a peaceful resolution of conflicts. “Last week, various attacks took place in Norway, Afghanistan, England, that caused numerous deaths and wounded many,” the pope said following his weekly Angelus prayer in Saint Peter’s Square. “I express my nearness to the...
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a deadly suicide bombing on a Shiite mosque in southern Afghanistan that killed 47 people and wounded scores more. In a statement posted late Friday on social media, IS said two of the group’s members shot and killed security guards manning the entrance of the Fatimiya mosque in...
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — With the Taliban in power in Afghanistan, there’s a new enemy ascending. The Islamic State group threatens to usher in another violent phase. Except this time the former insurgents, the Taliban, play the role of the state, now that the U.S. troops and their allied Afghan government are gone. The Taliban promised the United States to...
    What is Indigenous Peoples Day? Does it replace Columbus Day? Everything you need to know Ethiopian troops launch all-out assault - rebels Iraq has captured the alleged finance chief of the Islamic State group, Sami Jasim al-Jaburi, who was sought by the United States, in an operation abroad, Iraqi authorities said Monday.  © AHMAD AL-RUBAYE A picture from 2016...
    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq said on Monday it has detained a top leader of the Islamic State group and a longtime al-Qaida operative in a cross-border operation. Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi tweeted the news, identifying the man as Sami Jassem, who oversees the Islamic State group’s financial operations and served as the deputy leader of IS under the...
    ISLAMABAD – The Taliban on Saturday ruled out cooperation with the United States to contain extremist groups in Afghanistan, staking out an uncompromising position on a key issue ahead of the first direct talks between the former foes since America withdrew from the country in August. Senior Taliban officials and U.S. representatives are meeting this weekend in Doha, the capital...
    A Taliban spokesman announced on October 9 that the Taliban would not work with the United States to stave off the extremist Islamic State in Afghanistan. Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen informed the Associated Press that the Taliban would be autonomous when combatting the Islamic State in Afghanistan. “We are able to tackle Daesh independently,” Shaheen told the AP. The word...
    Germany and Denmark have brought back 11 Islamic State women and 37 children from prison camps in Syria, with Denmark arresting three of the women immediately upon their return. A chartered aeroplane, with U.S. backing, landed shortly before midnight on Wednesday at Frankfurt airport returning eight Islamic State women and their 23 children. The flight continued on to land at...
    ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban on Saturday ruled out cooperation with the U.S. to contain extremist groups in Afghanistan, staking out an uncompromising position on a key issue ahead of the first direct talks between the former foes since America withdrew from the country in August. Senior Taliban officials and U.S. representatives are to meet Saturday and Sunday in Doha,...
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Islamic State affiliate claims responsibility for Afghan mosque bombing, says suicide bomber targeted Shiite Hazaras. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Documents from the Swedish state department reveal that Kurdish authorities wanted Sweden to take back Islamic State women from prison camps as they deemed them too dangerous to remain in Syria. On September 5th, three Islamic State women and their children were secretly repatriated from Syria to Sweden, two of them were immediately arrested upon arrival on suspicion of participating...
    Greek police have arrested a 34-year-old Iraqi national who has already been rejected for asylum twice, on suspicion of having ties to the Islamic State. Police took the Iraqi asylum seeker into custody on Monday in Athens on suspicion of being a member of the Islamic State. He was said to be living with his wife and four children at...
    U.S. prosecutors recently charged a Saudi-born Canadian citizen with aiding the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), alleging he not only produced and narrated ISIS propaganda videos depicting executions but also “engaged in armed conflict on behalf of ISIS, including throwing grenades against opposing combatants,” Reuters reported Monday. The U.S. Justice Department unsealed court documents in the U.S. District...
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban forces raided an Islamic State affiliate’s hideout in the Afghan capital and killed several insurgents, hours after a deadly bombing outside a mosque in Kabul, the Taliban said Monday. Sunday’s bombing outside the Eid Gah mosque killed five civilians, and while no claim of responsibility was made, suspicion quickly fell on the Islamic State group,...
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — At least five civilians were killed in a bomb blast at the entrance to a Kabul mosque Sunday, a Taliban official said, describing the deadliest attack in the Afghan capital since U.S. forces left at the end of August. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but suspicion fell on Islamic State extremists who have stepped...
    A Swiss man from the city of St. Gallen is facing trial after allegedly distributing propaganda for the Islamic State terrorist group between February 2018 and October 2019. The 27-year-old man, identified only by his initials A.Z., is set to face trial in the Federal Criminal Court of Bellinzona beginning on October 7th after being indicted by the Office of the...
    Getty A Taliban Fateh fighter, a "special forces" unit, stands guard along a street in Kabul. The weapons and military equipment left behind by the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, including through the collapse of the Afghan army, are now largely in the hands of the Taliban – and likely other militant groups as well. Though many politicians’ and...
    ISIS-K is recruiting jihadis from across Asia as it launches a ferocious guerrilla war against the Taliban, experts warn. Formed in 2015, the evil group killed at least 180 people in a bomb attack at Kabul airport last month. 4A Taliban soldier stands near an ISIS-K bomb attack last month near Kabul 4ISIS-K think the Taliban's approach to women is...
    A Danish court has sentenced 29-year-old Adam Touhou to six years in prison and to be stripped of his citizenship followed by deportation for recruiting for the Islamic State terror group. Touhou began speaking with Hafed Matoussi on Facebook in 2013 about the Islamic State, eventually urging the now 30-year-old to travel to Syria to join the terror group. The Copenhagen...
    Indonesian security forces have neutralized the leader of a local affiliate of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) known for beheading and mutilating Christians, the Jakarta Globe reported Monday. A joint team of Indonesian police and military personnel killed ISIS leader Ali Kalora on September 18 in a “jungle shootout” in the mountainous Parigi Moutong district of Central...
    CAIRO — The extremist Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for a series of deadly bombings targeting Taliban vehicles in eastern Afghanistan. The claim, published late Sunday on the militant group’s media arm, the Aamaq news agency, signals a growing threat to the Taliban by their long-time rivals. At least eight people, including several Taliban fighters, were killed in the...
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Witnesses: Taliban vehicle targeted in 2nd deadly bombing attack in 2 days in Islamic State stronghold of Afghanistan. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials: Pentagon to say deadly drone strike in Kabul mistakenly killed civilians, not Islamic State extremists. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    French forces have killed the leader of the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara, according to the French government. “Adnan Abou Walid al Sahraoui, leader of the terrorist group Islamic State in the Greater Sahara was neutralized by French forces,” French president Emmanuel Macron announced on social media. “This is another major success in our fight against terrorist groups in...
    CNN reported Thursday that the strike on Al-Sahraoui took place in Mali between Aug. 17 and Aug. 22, citing a statement from Florence Parly, French minister for the armed forces. Parly added that Al Sahroui succumbed to wounds sustained in the strike. "His death deals a decisive blow to the leadership of the Islamic State in the Sahel,"...
    PARIS -- France killed the leader of Islamic State in the Greater Sahara because the group attacked French aid workers, African civilians and U.S. troops, French officials said Thursday, calling him "enemy No. 1" in protracted anti-terrorism efforts in the Sahel.French President Emmanuel Macron announced the death of Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi overnight. According to Macron's office, al-Sahrawi personally ordered...
    PARIS (AP) — France killed the leader of Islamic State in the Greater Sahara because the group attacked French aid workers, African civilians and U.S. troops, French officials said Thursday, calling him “enemy No. 1” in protracted anti-terrorism efforts in the Sahel. French President Emmanuel Macron announced the death of Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi overnight. According to Macron’s office, al-Sahrawi...
    France's president announced the death of Islamic State in the Greater Sahara's leader late Wednesday, calling Adnan Abu al-Walid al-Sahrawi's killing "a major success" for the French military after more than eight years fighting extremists in the Sahel. French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted that al-Sahrawi "was neutralized by French forces" but gave no further details. It was not announced...
    BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — French president says head of the Islamic State of the Greater Sahara, Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi, has been killed. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Police arrested three Muslim men who engaged in a street prayer on September 11th using a loud sound system to broadcast the prayer. The three men had gathered on Saturday between 7 am and 7:30 am on the rue du Maréchal de Lattre de Tassigny in Challans, western France, and began the Muslim prayer, broadcasting it over a powerful sound...
    THE only known survivor of a terrorist suicide squad which murdered 130 people in Paris has told a court “I am a soldier of the Islamic State”. Salah Abdeslam, 31, is facing multiple life sentences after admitting being part of the cell that struck the capital city on November 13, 2015.    3Salah Abdeslam is charged with murderCredit: AP 3A person...
    An ISIS suicide bomber who survived the 2015 Paris terror attack that claimed 130 lives declared his loyalty to the terror group in court and said 'there is no god except Allah' as the trial began today.  Belgian-born French and Moroccan national Salah Abdeslam, 31, went on trial today as the main defendant in France's biggest ever criminal case. He...
    PARIS (AP) — For the music lover, it was nearly three hours at gunpoint, wondering if he would become yet another body on the floor of the Bataclan concert hall in Paris. For the grieving mother, the night of carnage robbed her of her son and tarnished her view of the vibrant neighborhood they both loved. For the French...
    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The mother of an Islamic State-inspired extremist who stabbed shoppers in a New Zealand supermarket said her son was radicalized by neighbors from Syria and Iraq who helped him recover from an injury. The attacker, Ahamed Samsudeen, was a 32-year-old Tamil Muslim from Sri Lanka. He arrived in New Zealand 10 years ago on a...
    A British citizen pleaded guilty in court Thursday to being one of the chief architects of an Islamic State terrorist plot to torture and behead Americans taken hostage. Alexanda Amon Kotey, a 37-year-old British male, pleaded guilty in a U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Virginia to each of the eight counts brought against him, according to The Associated Press. Kotey...
    ALEXANDRIA, VA - A British national admitted Thursday evening in a federal courtroom near the nation's capital that he played a leadership role in an Islamic State scheme to torture, hold for ransom and eventually behead American hostages. Alexanda Anon Kotey, 37, pleaded guilty to all eight counts against him at a plea hearing in U.S. District Court in Alexandria....
    Matthew Barakat | Associated Press ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A British national admitted Thursday evening in a federal courtroom near the nation’s capital that he played a leadership role in an Islamic State scheme to torture, hold for ransom and eventually behead American hostages. Alexanda Anon Kotey, 37, pleaded guilty to all eight counts against him at a plea hearing in...
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A British national admitted Thursday evening in a federal courtroom near the nation’s capital that he played a leadership role in an Islamic State scheme to torture, hold for ransom and eventually behead American hostages. Alexanda Anon Kotey, 37, pleaded guilty to all eight counts against him at a plea hearing in U.S. District Court in...
    ALEXANDRIA, VA - Alexanda Kotey, a member of the notorious Islamic State kidnapping cell dubbed the "Beatles," pleaded guilty Thursday in a U.S. court to charges of conspiring to murder four American hostages.   The federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, outside Washington had posted a notice this week for a "change of plea" hearing for Kotey, a former British national and...
    A BRIT who was a member of the bloodthirsty ISIS gang dubbed "The Beatles" has pleaded guilty to helping ISIS torture and kill captives, including four Americans. Alexanda (corr) Kotey, 37, known as ‘Ringo’ in the four-person kidnap gang, changed his plea and admitted all the charges against him, at a hearing in Virginia, the US. 7Kotey pleaded guilty in...
    With the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan complete and the Taliban the sole authority in Kabul, the tough task of governing now falls on the shoulders of Islamist militants who have been out of power for 20 years. The Taliban’s greatest obstacle to consolidating control over the entire country is likely to be fellow Islamist militants of the Islamic State’s affiliate...
    QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan’s counter-terrorism units raided a hideout of the Islamic State group in the restive southwestern Baluchistan province before dawn on Tuesday, setting off a shootout that killed 11 militants, the police said. The units, acting on intelligence, carried out the raid in the district of Mastung, where IS militants had recently killed two police officers. The...
    BERLIN (AP) — A German woman was arrested Monday on suspicion of helping the Islamic State group by backing efforts to transfer money to militants, prosecutors said. The suspect, identified only as Denise S., was arrested in Geretsried, near Munich and faces possible charges of supporting a foreign terrorist organization. She is accused of supporting Aymen A.-J., an Iraqi man...
    KABUL, Afghanistan -- Rocket fire apparently targeting Kabul's international airport struck a nearby neighborhood Monday, the eve of the deadline for American troops to withdraw from the country's longest war after the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. It wasn't immediately clear if anyone was hurt.A U.S. official told ABC News that five rockets were fired toward Hamid Karzai International Airport in...