IS terrorist leader appears in video for first time in 5 years

BEIRUT (AP) — The shadowy leader of the Islamic State group claimed to appear for the first time in five years in a video released by the extremist group’s propaganda arm on Monday, acknowledging defeat in the group’s last stronghold in Syria but vowing a “long battle” ahead. The man said to be Abu Bakr […]

‘Taking their last breath’: IS hides among Syrian civilians

BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — From a self-proclaimed caliphate that once spread across much of Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State group has been knocked back to a speck of land on the countries’ shared border. In that tiny patch on the banks of the Euphrates River, hundreds of militants are hiding among civilians under the […]

Trump salutes remains of 4 Americans killed in Syria attack

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. (AP) — A solemn procession. A long salute. A chaplain’s prayer. President Donald Trump traveled to Delaware’s Dover Air Force Base on Saturday to pay his respects to the returning remains of four Americans who were killed this week in a suicide bomb attack in Syria.The bombing, which was the […]

Militants attack Egyptian mosque, kill at least 235 people

BC-ML–Egypt,1st Ld-Writethru Nov 24, 2017 11:26PM (GMT 05:26) – 1170 words By BRIAN ROHAN and SAMY MAGDY ,  Associated Press Eds: With AP Photos. CAIRO (AP) — In the deadliest-ever attack by Islamic extremists in Egypt, militants assaulted a crowded mosque during prayers, blasting helpless worshippers with gunfire and rocket-propelled grenades and blocking their escape […]

Syrian commander says Syria’s Raqqa is free from IS

BEIRUT (AP) — U.S.-backed Syrian forces liberated the city of Raqqa from Islamic State militants on Tuesday, a senior commander for the force said, adding that clearing operations were underway to remove land mines left behind and search for the extremist group’s sleeper cells. Brig. Gen. Talal Sillo told The Associated Press that there are […]

A military and diplomatic analysis of the Syrian conflict

BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group is in retreat across Syria and Iraq, and the contours of a new conflict among the array of parties battling it are already starting to appear. The U.S. military shot down a Syrian government warplane on Sunday, saying it had targeted an American-allied Kurdish force that is battling […]

London attack: More detentions in hunt for accomplices

LORI HINNANT, Associated Press RAPHAEL SATTER, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — British counterterrorism investigators searched two homes Monday and detained “a number” of people in the investigation into a van and knife attack in the heart of London that left seven people dead. Dozens were injured, many of them critically, in the attack that started […]

Russia fires cruise missiles, targets IS positions in Syria

NATALIYA VASILYEVA, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Russians warships in the Mediterranean Sea have fired four cruise missiles at the Islamic State group’s positions in Syria, the Russian defense ministry said on Wednesday. The announcement came as Syrian government troops pushed ahead in their offensive against IS and militants in central and northern Syria. Moscow […]

Government: 36 Islamic State fighters killed by massive bomb

KABUL, Afghanistan. (AP) — Afghanistan officials say the U.S. attack on a tunnel complex in eastern Afghanistan with the largest non-nuclear weapon ever used in combat by the U.S. military has left 36 Islamic State group fighters dead. There were no civilian casualties, according to the Ministry of Defense statement, which also said that several […]

Prosecutors: NY man aimed to fight with Islamic extremists 

JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A New York man repeatedly traveled to the Middle East to try to join the Islamic State or another extremist group and later told authorities he’d been prepared to strap on a bomb to sacrifice himself for jihad, prosecutors said Saturday. And when police on suburban Long […]