US man charged with trying to join ISIS

A California man who tried to travel to Syria last year has been charged with attempting to join the so-called Islamic state militant group, US prosecutors announced Wednesday.

Iraq forces look to tighten noose around Tikrit

The Iraqi army said Wednesday that its strategy for retaking the jihadist stronghold of Tikrit is to surround the city before launching an assault.

Libyan militants seize two oil fields: Security official

Islamist militants seized control of at least two oil fields in central Libya, a spokesman for the country's oil industry security service said.

DNA juxtaposes AAP and blockbuster Deewaar

Watch the ongoing rift within the Aam Aadmi Party which is nothing less than a Bollywood drama.

Turkey mulls joining US-led coalition in Iraq

Turkish Defence Minister Ismet Yilmaz on Monday said Turkey will consider taking part in military operations by US-led coalition forces to retake control of Mosul city from the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group in Iraq.

Iraq violence killed over 1,100 in February: UN

Latest figures released by the United Nations show that ongoing violence and terror activities claimed the lives of more than 1,100 people across Iraq in the month of February.

Islamic State releases 19 Christians, more than 200 still captive: Monitor

Islamic State released 19 Assyrian Christian captives in Syria on Sunday after processing them through a sharia court, a monitoring group which tracks the conflict said.

Pope denounces 'intolerable brutality' in Iraq, Syria

Pope Francis on Sunday denounced the "intolerable brutality" being inflicted on Christians and other minorities in Iraq and Syria by Islamic State group militants.

IS killer Emwazi linked to 2005 London bombing plot

Mohammed Emwazi, the masked Islamic State (IS) killer who has appeared in several execution videos, was part of a terrorist cell that was behind the failed bomb attack in London on July 21, 2005, according to media reports.

60 British women may have joined IS militants: Official

Sixty British women and girls, including 18 teenagers, are believed to have travelled to war-torn Syria to join Islamic State militants, the UK's top counter-terrorism police officer said on Sunday.

UNESCO chief decries 'cultural cleansing' in IS video

The leader of the UN cultural agency is denouncing the Islamic State group's destruction of ancient statues and artifacts as "cultural cleansing" and a war crime that the world must punish.

Islamic State under pressure as Kurds take Syrian town

Kurdish forces dealt a blow to Islamic State by capturing an important town on Friday in the latest stage of a powerful offensive in northeast Syria, a Kurdish militia spokesman said.

UN cultural body appeals to ICC over Iraq heritage destruction

UNESCO chief Irina Bokova called Friday on the International Criminal Court to look into the destruction of priceless artefacts by jihadists in Iraq that has caused outrage globally.

Iraqi minorities face eradication by IS: Report

Minority communities in Iraq have been targeted by Islamic State (IS) terrorists with the aim of wiping them off large parts of the country, a report by a group of human rights organisations said Friday.

Air strikes hit IS in Syria after 220 Christians abducted

A US-led alliance launched air strikes against Islamic State on Thursday in an area of northeast Syria where the militants are now estimated to have abducted at least 220 Assyrian Christians this week, a group monitoring the war reported.

35 killed in airstrikes, violence in Iraq

At least 35 people were killed and 44 others wounded in airstrikes against positions of the Islamic State (IS) militants and violent attacks across Iraq Thursday, security sources said.

Christians flee jihadists after Syria kidnappings

The kidnapping of nearly 100 Assyrian Christians by Islamic State militants in Syria has prompted terrified families to flee their homes, activists said Wednesday, as Washington vowed to defeat the group.

Islamic State ransacks Mosul library, burns thousands of rare books

Continuing to display its barbaric act to the world, Islamic State militants ransacked the public library of Mosul in Iraq and burned down thousands of rare books and manuscripts, reports claimed on Thursday.

Syrian Kurds cut IS supply line near Iraq, fears for Christians mount

Kurdish militia pressed an offensive against Islamic State in northeast Syria on Wednesday, cutting one of its supply lines from Iraq, as fears mounted for dozens of Christians abducted by the hardline group.

US, Iran have `mutual interest` in defeating IS: Kerry

The United States and Iran have a "mutual interest" in defeating the Islamic State group but the long-time foes are not cooperating to do so, Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday.