Islamic State militants

May 3, 2017
May 3, 2017

IS militants developing own social media platform

Islamic State militants are developing their own social media platform to avoid security crackdowns on their communications and propaganda, the head of the European Union's police agency says.

June 1, 2016
June 1, 2016

20,000 children trapped in Iraq's Fallujah: UN

At least 20,000 children are trapped in jihadist bastion Fallujah under siege by Iraqi forces and face shortages and forced recruitment as fighters, the UN Children's Fund says.

May 24, 2016
May 24, 2016

Syria blames foreign states for blasts

The Syrian government has accused Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia of being behind a wave of bombings in the coastal cities of Tartous and Jableh.

May 23, 2016
May 23, 2016

IS blasts in Syria kill at least 140

Bomb blasts kill scores of people in Jableh and Tartous on Syria's Mediterranean coast with many others wounded in the government-controlled territory that hosts Russian military bases, monitors and state media said.

March 27, 2016
March 27, 2016

Syria forces retake Palmyra in major victory over IS

Syrian troops backed by Russian forces recapture the famed ancient city of Palmyra from the Islamic State group in a major victory over the jihadists.

February 23, 2016
February 23, 2016

US, Russia announce Syria truce from Saturday

A landmark truce is to take effect in Syria on Saturday, the United States and Russia announced, but the "cessation of hostilities" does not include the Islamic State and Al-Nusra Front, the main jihadist factions.

January 12, 2016
January 12, 2016

IS claims responsibility for Baghdad mall attack

The IS group claims responsibility for the Baghdad mall attack that killed 18 people on Monday. Gunmen stormed into the Jawhara Mall after setting off a car bomb and launching a suicide attack at its entrance.

January 8, 2016
January 8, 2016

IS member executes mother in Syria

An Islamic State militant executes his mother in public in the Syrian city of Raqqa because she encouraged him to leave the group, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports.

January 4, 2016
January 4, 2016

IS video scrutinised by UK security services

The UK's security and intelligence agencies are examining a video by so-called Islamic State, to identify a man and young boy with British accents.

December 20, 2015
December 20, 2015

IS denounces Saudi Arabia's anti-IS coalition

Islamic State threatened to attack Saudi Arabia for "colluding with crusaders" after the oil-rich kingdom said it had established a 34-state Islamic military coalition to target the militants.