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ISIS releases new message by Japanese hostage

29 January 2015, 09:19

ISIS has released a message purportedly extending the deadline for Jordan's release of an Iraqi would-be hotel bomber linked to al-Qaeda.

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ISIS confirms execution of Japanese hostage

26 January 2015, 08:24

The Islamic State group has confirmed that its militants have executed Haruna Yukawa, one of two Japanese it has been holding hostage.

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Pope condemns ISIS, decries suffering of children

25 December 2014, 17:50

Pope Francis has condemned the "brutal persecution" of minorities by Islamic State insurgents and said the joy of Christmas was marred by the suffering of children in the Middle East and around the world.

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ISIS recruits broadly, not just fighters

17 December 2014, 09:30

ISIS is targeting its sophisticated propaganda beyond male fighters, seeking to entice not only wives but also professionals such as doctors, accountants and engineers.

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Video: ISIS threatens to kill Japan hostages

20 January 2015, 12:17

An online video purports to show the ISIS group threatening to kill two Japanese hostages unless it is paid a $200m ransom in 72 hours.

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Thursday, 22 January 2015

Clock ticking for Japanese hostages

22 January 2015, 11:01

The clock is ticking towards a deadline imposed by Islamist militants threatening to kill two Japanese nationals unless Tokyo pays a $200m ransom.

Tuesday, 02 December 2014

Wife of IS leader detained in Lebanon

02 December 2014, 14:05

Wife of IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi detained in Lebanon along with her son.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

ISIS executes another French citizen

20 November 2014, 08:25

A second Frenchman has been identified after appearing unmasked in a grisly execution video of ISIS.

Sunday, 09 November 2014

Friends of US aid worker call on ISIS to free him

09 November 2014, 07:13

Several Syrian friends of an American aid worker who is held by the ISIS group and threatened of being beheaded have called for his release, saying he converted to Islam and is helping Syrians.

Friday, 07 November 2014

Obama writes rare letter to Iran's supreme leader

07 November 2014, 19:55

In a rare outreach to Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, President Barack Obama has written a letter about the fight against Islamic State militants, a common enemy in Syria and Iraq.

Tuesday, 04 November 2014

Jihadists free 93 Syrian Kurdish hostages

04 November 2014, 12:29

The ISIS jihadist group has released at least 93 Syrian Kurds from the flashpoint town of Kobane who were kidnapped in February, a monitor says.

Monday, 03 November 2014

Nearly 2 000 dead in Syria jails this year

03 November 2014, 08:33

Nearly 2 000 people have died in Syrian prisons of torture, starvation and lack of medical treatment so far this year, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights say.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

ISIS video places UK hostage in Kobane

28 October 2014, 09:24

ISIS has released a video showing a British hostage apparently in Kobane, in a bid to disprove that it was losing the battle for the disputed Syrian border town.

Friday, 24 October 2014

ISIS militants now world's richest

24 October 2014, 08:32

The Islamic State has become the world's wealthiest terror group, generating tens of millions of dollars a month from black market oil sales, ransoms and extortion.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Man, woman stoned to death for adultery

21 October 2014, 17:05

A man and a woman have been stoned to death for adultery in separate executions in jihadist- controlled areas of Syria.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Museum to display images of Syrian killings

16 October 2014, 08:23

Images of emaciated and mangled bodies from recent history in Syria are going on public display for the first time at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Monday, 06 October 2014

Parents release photos, letter of IS held aid worker

06 October 2014, 18:35

The parents of an US aid worker held hostage by Islamic State militants have released photographs of their son and parts of a letter he wrote them from captivity in which he says he is scared to die but at peace with his belief.

Sunday, 05 October 2014

Parents of US ISIS captive in video plea for release

05 October 2014, 09:19

The parents of an American aid worker being held captive by Islamic State jihadists have issued a video plea for their son’s release, urging his captors to show mercy.

Saturday, 04 October 2014

Obama condemns 'brutal' murder of British captive

04 October 2014, 09:18

US President Barack Obama has condemned the "brutal" murder of British captive Alan Henning, saying the United States would bring those responsible to justice.

UK leader: British hostage's killers must be found

04 October 2014, 17:56

The Islamic State extremists who have beheaded another Western hostage are deaf to reason and must be destroyed, British Prime Minister David Cameron says.

Wednesday, 01 October 2014

Jihadists free 70 kidnapped children in Syria

01 October 2014, 13:25

The Islamic State group has freed more than 70 Kurdish school children its fighters kidnapped in northern Syria in May, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has said.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

US bombs ISIS in Syria - Pentagon

23 September 2014, 07:15

The United States and its "partners" have launched a barrage of bombs and Tomahawk cruise missiles on ISIS extremists in Syria, the Pentagon says.

ISIS offensive poses problems for Turkey

23 September 2014, 09:46

Fierce fighting between the Islamic State militant group and Kurdish forces just over the border in Syria has brought the battle closer to Turkey, triggering a surge of tens of thousands of refugees.

US strikes kill 30 Qaeda fighters in Syria

23 September 2014, 11:13

US-led coalition air strikes have killed 30 Al-Qaeda militants in western Aleppo province of Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group has said.

Syrian aircraft shot down over Israeli airspace

23 September 2014, 12:20

An Israeli Patriot missile has shot down a Syrian aircraft that flew into Israeli-controlled airspace,the military says, without disclosing the type of plane it intercepted.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

ISIS video shows beheading of British hostage

14 September 2014, 08:49

The Islamic State has claimed the beheading of a British aid worker, in an act slammed as "pure evil" by Prime Minister David Cameron, who vowed Britain would do all it could to catch the killers.

Beheading: Cameron vows to 'hunt down' ISIS

14 September 2014, 16:19

Britain is ready to "take whatever steps are necessary" to destroy Islamic State militants after they murdered a British aid worker, says PM David Cameron.

Friday, 12 September 2014

Up to 31 500 ISIS fighters in Iraq and Syria - CIA

12 September 2014, 08:32

Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria now have about 20 000 to 31 500 fighters on the ground, the Central Intelligence Agency says, much higher than a previous estimate of 10 000.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Syrian air raids kill 11

11 September 2014, 13:52

Syrian government airstrikes kill at least 11 in northern town.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Attack on meeting kills 28 Syria rebel leaders

10 September 2014, 07:10

An attack on a meeting of a Syrian rebel chiefs in the north of the war-ravaged country has killed at least 28 leaders from one group.

Thursday, 04 September 2014

'We'll follow terrorists to 'gates of hell'

04 September 2014, 11:00

US vice president: We'll follow terrorists who killed American journalists to 'gates of hell'.

Wednesday, 03 September 2014

US says Sotloff beheading video is authentic

03 September 2014, 13:18

The US says that the video showing the beheading of a second US journalist by Islamic State militants is authentic.

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Israel downs drone from Syria

31 August 2014, 15:13

Israel downed a drone over the occupied Golan Heights, the army said, amid mounting tension on the UN-patrolled armistice line with Syria on the strategic plateau.

Friday, 29 August 2014

UN says Syria refugees top 3 million mark

29 August 2014, 08:36

UN: The number of refugees from Syria tops 3 million, up by 1 million from a year ago

44 Fijian soldiers held captive by rebels in Syria

29 August 2014, 11:09

44 Fijian soldiers held captive and 75 Philippine troops in standoff with rebels in Syria.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

UN investigators fear for children in ISIS training camps

27 August 2014, 13:13

United Nations investigators voiced concern at the fate of boys forced to join Islamic State training camps in Syria and said that any decision by the United States to bomb the Sunni militant group "must respect the laws of war".

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Obama backs surveillance over Syria

26 August 2014, 06:59

Barrack Obama approves surveillance flights over Syria to gather intelligence on militants.

Monday, 25 August 2014

Syria says ready to work with world against 'terror'

25 August 2014, 14:59

Syria is ready to work with the international community, including the United States, to combat "terrorism" within the framework of a UN resolution on extremists, Syria's foreign minister has said.

Friday, 22 August 2014

UN: death toll from Syrian civil war tops 191,000

22 August 2014, 14:31

The death toll from three years of Syria's civil war has risen to more than 191,000 people, the United Nations reported.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

39 killed in rebel-jihadist clashes in north Syria

13 August 2014, 16:04

At least 39 fighters were killed in fierce clashes between Syrian rebels and jihadists from the Islamic State in the northern Syrian province of Aleppo, an NGO said.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Terror threat against Norway

24 July 2014, 15:53

Norway's intelligence service says it has received information about an imminent "concrete threat" against Norway from people with links to Islamic fighters in Syria.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Fancy a war tour? Jihadists organise tours in their 'caliphate'

23 July 2014, 16:30

Known for kidnapping, public stonings, lashings and executions, the Islamic State (IS) is now expanding into tourism, taking jihadists on honeymoon and civilians to visit other parts of its "caliphate".

Friday, 18 July 2014

Jihadists kill 90 in Syria gas field takeover

18 July 2014, 19:27

Jihadists have killed at least 90 Syrian regime fighters, civilian security guards and employees when they seized a gas field in Homs province, a monitoring group says.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Morocco warns of terror plot from Syria, Iraq

17 July 2014, 12:55

Morocco's interior minister says that Moroccan extremists fighting in Iraq and Syria are plotting terror attacks on prominent figures and sites back home.

Wednesday, 09 July 2014

Syrian opposition coalition elects new president

09 July 2014, 14:46

Syria's Western-backed opposition National Coalition has elected Hadi al-Bahra as its new president following a three-day meeting in Istanbul.

Wednesday, 02 July 2014

Militant urges all Muslims to build Islamic state

02 July 2014, 09:20

The leader of the extremist group that has overrun parts of Iraq and Syria has called on Muslims around the world to flock to territories under his control to fight and build an Islamic state.

Friday, 27 June 2014

US seeks $500m to arm select Syrian rebels

27 June 2014, 12:39

President Barack Obama is seeking to bolster US efforts to train and arm select members of the Syrian opposition.

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Kerry issues warning after Syria bombs Iraq

26 June 2014, 09:13

Syrian warplanes have bombed Sunni militants’ position inside Iraq, military officials say, deepening concerns that the extremist insurgency could morph into an even wider regional conflict.

Monday, 23 June 2014

Syria rebels recruit teenage fighters

23 June 2014, 14:37

Human Rights Watch has urged Syrian rebel groups to stop enlisting teenagers in their ranks and warned their foreign backers that they could be implicated in "war crimes".

Monday, 16 June 2014

20 dead in Syria barrel bomb attack in Aleppo

16 June 2014, 14:25

Syrian regime helicopters dropped barrel bombs on an opposition-held district in northern Aleppo city, killing at least 20 people, including several children, an NGO said.

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