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IS chemical weapons expert killed: US military

IS chemical weapons expert killed: US military

A chemical weapons expert with the Islamic State (IS) militant group in Iraq has been killed in a coalition airstrike, the US military has said. Abu Malik's training provided IS with "expertise to pursue a chemical weapons capability", a statement said. He served as a chemical weapons engineer under former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, before...

Secret world of IS training camps

Secret world of IS training camps

Hamid Ghannam’s first day at an Islamic State (IS) training camp was intense. Very early on the morning of 13 August, he picked up his packed clothes and walked quickly to the main street in his village to meet three of his cousins, reports The Guardian. As with many of IS’s young members, he...

Japan condemns new video, not yet verifying it's of hostages

Japan condemns new video, not yet verifying it's of hostages

Japanese officials said Saturday they were investigating a new online message purporting to be from the extremist Islamic State group about the two Japanese hostages it holds. The purported message claimed one hostage has been killed and demanded a prisoner exchange for the other. But the post was deleted quickly, and militants on a...

Saudi King Abdullah dies at 91, new ruler Salman

Saudi King Abdullah dies at 91, new ruler Salman

Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz has died, royal officials have announced, weeks after he was admitted to hospital. King Abdullah, who was said to be aged about 90, had been suffering from a lung infection. A statement early on Friday said his 79-year-old half brother, Salman, had become king. King Abdullah came to the throne in...

IS sentences musicians to 90 lashes for playing keyboard

IS sentences musicians to 90 lashes for playing keyboard

Islamic State religious police have been filmed beating musicians and destroying their instruments as punishment for playing an 'un-Islamic' keyboard. The men were pictured being hit across the back and legs with a wooden stick in a public square after IS's fanatical Islamic enforcers ruled the electric keyboard was 'offensive to Muslims', reports the...

IS threatens to kill Japan hostages

IS threatens to kill Japan hostages

The Islamic State group threatened to kill two Japanese hostages unless it receives a $200 million ransom within 72 hours, but Tokyo vowed Tuesday it would not give in to "terrorism". IS has murdered five Western hostages since August last year, but it is the first time that the jihadist group -- which has...

Islamic State in Iraq free 350 Yazidis

Islamic State in Iraq free 350 Yazidis

The Islamic State (IS) militant group has freed around 350 members of the Yazidi religious community in northern Iraq. The group of mainly elderly Yazidis crossed out of IS-controlled territory and were received by Kurdish officials near the city of Kirkuk. It is not yet clear why militants released them. IS attacked the Yazidi minority community...

IS boy appears to execute Russian ‘spies’

IS boy appears to execute Russian ‘spies’

A video released Tuesday by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) shows the apparent execution of two men, accused of being spies for Russia, at the hands of a young boy, reports CBS News. The seven-and-a-half-minute long video was released by ISIS' multi-lingual production wing, al-Hayat, and begins with long television news-style...

THE RISE OF ISLAMIC STATE

THE RISE OF ISLAMIC STATE

Islamic State (IS) is a radical Islamist group, who aims to establish a "caliphate", a state ruled by a single political and religious leader according to Islamic law, or Sharia, that has seized large swathes of territory in eastern Syria and across northern and western Iraq. Sworn allegiance to its leader - Ibrahim...

  

Pope condemns religious violence

Pope condemns religious violence

Pope Francis has denounced the "brutal persecution" of religious and ethnic minorities, in his traditional Christmas Day address. In his second "Urbi et Orbi" - to the city and the world - Christmas message, the pontiff highlighted the plight of victims of conflict in Syria and Iraq. "Too many people are being held hostage or...

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