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Four teachers among six Israeli-Arabs charged for promoting Islamic State

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel’s Shin Bet undercover internal security agency and police said on Monday they had arrested and charged six Arab citizens, including four school teachers, with supporting and spreading the ideology of Islamic State.<p>The six, residents of the Bedouin Negev desert town of …

Israel

Islamic State target Iraq's Haditha town with vehicle bombs

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - An Islamic State militant blew up an explosive-laden bulldozer near Haditha, killing seven Iraqi soldiers in one of a wave of bomb attacks on the northwestern town on Monday, a police source said.<p>Haditha and its nearby dam lie in one of the few parts of the huge western province …

Sunni Islam

ISIL 'recaptures' town from YPG forces in Syria's Raqqa

Syrian Kurdish activists and the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) have denied claims that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has recaptured a Syrian town from Kurdish-led forces near Raqqa city.<p>The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Monday that ISIL forces had …

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

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 told the Guardian.<p>Shamima Begum, 15, Kadiza Sultana, 16, and Amira Abase, 15, fled in February from Britain after deceiving their parents …

Isis video shows killing of Syrian troops at Palmyra amphitheatre

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 murder of soldiers fighting for the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, who were captured in Homs. It was …

Scores killed in Iraqi army raids in Anbar province

At least 73 people have been killed in the the western Iraqi cities of Ramadi and Fallujah, as the Iraqi government stepped up air strikes and artillery fire against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) armed group, sources told Al Jazeera.<p>An air strike on a sports field in Ramadi …

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 …

ISIS claims car bombing in Yemen's capital

<b>Sanaa, Yemen (CNN) —</b> ISIS has claimed responsibility for a car bombing in Yemen's capital city, Sanaa, on Monday night, according to a statement posted on social media, in the latest violence to erupt in the strife-torn country.<p>The explosion injured 35 people, among them women and children, …

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 …

Archaeology

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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 …

Terrorism

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 …

Cameron: IS militants are plotting 'terrible' UK attacks

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron warned on Monday that Islamic State militants based in Syria and Iraq were planning specific attacks against Britain and posed an existential threat to the West.<p>Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron leaves Number 10 Downing Street to speak at …

Downing Street

Tunisia: murder of holidaymakers in Sousse could kill tourism and hope

Hopes that scale of Sousse resort attack will not spark loss of confidence in a country regarded as relatively peaceful, compared with troubled neighbours<p>The slaughter of sunbathers and hotel staff on the beaches of a country that has always prided itself as a carefree, laid-back destination for …

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 …

Julie Bishop

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 …

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>…

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Kurdish forces besiege Isis fighters in Kobani after massacre of civilians

Islamic State attacks Kobani and pro-regime troops in Syria's north<p>Read more<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 civilians in the country’s civil war.<p>A …

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, …

For A British Man, Fighting ISIS Was Simply The Right Thing To Do

We have heard about how ISIS is recruiting foreign fighters to join its ranks. But it's happening on the other side as well.<p>Just last week, a Massachusetts man who died fighting against ISIS in Syria was laid to rest.<p>Last year, a British man who calls himself Macer Gifford left his job as a …

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 …

Social Media

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 …

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 …