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Shin Bet
Islamic State (ISIS)
Middle East

ISIL and Peshmerga forces battle for ground near Kirkuk

Kurdish Peshmerga forces have recaptured a village from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), hours after the armed group seized control of it during deadly clashes, sources told Al Jazeera.<p>Peshmerga forces were able to take back al-Murra village from ISIL fighters on Monday morning, …


Two Bethnal Green schoolgirls 'now married to Isis men' in Syria

Teenagers Shamima Begum, Kadiza Sultana and Amira Abase, 15, fled from Britain in February, and two have had husbands ‘approved’ for them<p>Two of the three east London schoolgirls who fled to join Islamic State in Syria have married men approved for them by the terrorist group, their families have …


Isis video shows killing of Syrian troops at Palmyra amphitheatre

Teenage boys appear to shoot dead 25 men at Unesco world heritage site, in footage linked to Islamic State accounts<p>A video purportedly showing Islamic State militants shooting dead 25 men in the theatre in the ancient city of Palmyra in Syria has been posted online.<p>The footage apparently shows the …

Bashar al-Assad
Middle East

Syrian army 'retakes parts of Hasakeh from Isil'

Heavy clashes continue in the Syrian eighbourhood with "shelling by both sides and air raids on the area", says the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights<p>Syrian regime forces took back several parts of a neighbourhood in the north-eastern city of Hasakeh from Islamic State of Iraq and the …

Middle East

This detailed Syria map shows what territory ISIS is truly fighting for

But there are other motives behind the group's grabs for territory.<p>The Islamic State (also known as ISIS, ISIL, and Daesh) has been seizing territory in Syria and Iraq for the past year ever since it declared the establishment of its "caliphate," an Islamic empire that aims to unite Muslims under a …


Indiana Joneses run hi-tech race against Islamic State

<b>Some of the Middle East's most highly prized archaeological treasures are under threat from the extremist militants of Islamic State (IS).</b><p>So archaeologists are desperately trying to record as much of these sites as they can.<p>And, in contrast to Indiana Jones and its low-tech bullwhip, they're using …

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Terror on the beach: The full story of the Tunisia beach terror attack

Incredible stories of horror and heroism at the resort that turned suddenly from paradise to killing ground<p>Owen Richards just kept running. Around him bodies fell to the ground as the lone gunman took aim and fired at the tourists on the crowded beach.<p>The 16-year-old was hit in the shoulder, the …

Royal Air Force

The Islamic State Celebrates Its First Birthday

Military commanders like to say that “quantity has a quality all its own.” It’s a shorthand way of saying that greater numbers of inferior weapons or …

North Africa

Notorious Australian militant 'may still be alive'

<b>Australian Islamic State (IS) militant Khaled Sharrouf may still be alive, according to local media.</b><p>The Australian government had been trying to confirm reports Sharrouf and fellow Australian Mohamed Elomar were killed in the Middle East.<p>It is now believed Elomar died in an air strike, but …

Activists: IS fighters kill 200 civilians in Syrian town

BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State fighters who launched a surprise attack on a Syrian border town massacred more than 200 civilians, including women and children, before they were killed or driven out by Kurdish forces, activists said on Saturday.<p>Kurdish activist Mustafa Bali, the Britain-based Syrian …

Middle East

Islamic State group 'expels' Kurdish residents from Raqqa stronghold as militia advances

Kurdish forces and other Syrian rebel groups are presenting the biggest challenge to the jihadists' reign in Syria<p>The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) has begun "expelling Kurdish civilians" from Raqqa, as Kurdish militia and allied rebel groups advance towards the extremists' stronghold.<p>…

Middle East

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Kurdish forces besiege Isis fighters in Kobani after massacre of civilians

Islamic State militants infiltrated Syrian town on Thursday, killing at least 154 people and taking more than 100 hostage<p>Kurdish forces are closing in on Islamic State fighters in the town of Kobani in Syria, after the militants slaughtered at least 154 people in one of their biggest massacres aof …

Report: ISIS Goes Door-To-Door Killing Scores Of Civilians In Kobani

Fighters of the self-declared Islamic State have killed some 146 people in a house-to-house massacre of civilians in the Syrian border town of Kobani, a conflict monitoring group says, calling it the second-worse such mass killing by the Islamist extremists since last year.<p>NPR's Deborah Amos, …

Middle East

Islamic State web accounts to be blocked by new police team

<b>A Europe-wide police team is being formed to track and block social media accounts linked to Islamic State (IS).</b><p>A recent US study found there were at least 46,000 accounts on Twitter linked to the militant group, many of which help to recruit new IS members.<p>The European police agency Europol will …

ISIL militants lay explosives in Syria's ancient city of Palmyra

Fears are growing for the UNESCO world heritage site at Palmyra after activists claim Islamist extremists have mined the area.<p>The Syrian city is home to some of the Middle East’s most important Roman-era ruins.<p>The monitoring group, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which relies on a network …

Middle East

Australian Isis fighters reportedly killed in Iraq

Foreign minister says the government cannot verify deaths of Khaled Sharrouf and Mohammed Elomar, reported to have been killed by a drone strike<p>Julie Bishop says the Australian government cannot yet verify reports that two of Australia’s most wanted Islamic State fighters have been killed in …