Turkey: 49 hostages have been freed

Dozens of Turkish hostages seized by Islamic militants in Iraq three months ago were freed and safely returned to Turkey on Saturday, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said, ending Turkey's most serious hostage crisis.

Australian Parliament `potential jihadist target`: PM Tony Abbott

Federal police are to take over security at Australia`s parliament, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Friday, describing the building as a potential terror target, following revelations that Islamic State jihadists were plotting "demonstration executions".

Series of attacks kills at least 36 in Iraq

A series of bomb and mortar shell attacks in and around Baghdad killed at least 36 people, Iraqi officials said on Thursday, in an assault that underscored the threat posed to the Iraqi capital by marauding Islamic militants that have seized large parts of the country.

Israel warns citizens of possible attacks in Europe

Israel on Monday warned its citizens to be on alert for possible attacks in Europe by Islamic militants who have fought in Iraq and Syria.

Turkey fears PKK could obtain arms sent to Iraq

Weapons sent by Western countries to forces fighting Islamic militants in Iraq may end up in the hands of Kurdish rebels in Turkey, Turkish foreign minister warned on Monday.

Scottish-born girl joins Islamic militants, asks Muslims to carry out bloodbath on British streets

A Scottish-born girl who had gone to Syria to join Islamist militants recently asked Muslims in Britain to bring the 'battlefield' home.

ISIS recruiting, brainwashing kids to use as suicide bombers

Schoolchildren are being 'brainwashed' into becoming suicide bombers for Islamist militants after being kidnapped in Iraq and Syria.

Muslim cleric in Kerala issues fatwa against ISIS

A noted Muslim cleric in Kerala on Saturday issued a fatwa asking his community members to boycott the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and other terrorist organisations.

DNA: Shocking video of ISIS showing slaughter of Syrian soldiers

The Islamic State (IS) militants have released horrific video of some Syrian soldiers marching through a desert dressed only in their underwear, apparently on their way to be executed.

'Jihad recruiters' arrested in Netherlands, Germany

Police in the Netherlands and Germany have arrested two men for allegedly recruiting jihadi fighters to go to Iraq and Syria, Dutch police said Thursday.

Obama urges Iraqis to unite because `the wolf``s at the door`

US President Barack Obama urged Iraqis on Monday to quickly form an inclusive government to unite against Islamic militants, warning "the wolf`s at the door" and that US airstrikes can only accomplish so much.

US forces headed for Iraq mountain: Kurdish spokesman

US military advisors were headed for Iraq`s Mount Sinjar to study means of evacuating thousands of civilians trapped by jihadists with little food or water, a Kurdish spokesman said Wednesday.

Hillary Clinton blames Islamic militants rise on Obama policies

Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton blamed the rise of Islamist militants in Iraq and Syria on failures of US policy under President Barack Obama, in an interview published on Sunday.

Somalia executes three Shebab militants

Three suspected Shebab Islamic militants were executed by firing squad in Mogadishu on Sunday, Somali police said.

Suicide blast rocks college campus in Nigeria`s Kano: Witnesses

A suicide bomber targeted students at a technical college in Nigeria`s second city of Kano on Wednesday as the campus reopened following a Muslim holiday, witnesses said. 

US congratulates Iraqi people on election of new President

The US on Thursday congratulated people of Iraq on the election of a new president Fuad Masum and asked the Iraqi leaders to form a "cohesive government" to help fight Islamic militants.

Jihadis destroy ancient mosque in Mosul, say Iraqis

Islamic extremist militants blew up a revered Muslim shrine traditionally said to be the burial place of the Prophet Jonah in Iraq`s second-largest city, Mosul, on Thursday, residents of the city said.

US, not co-ordinating any military mission for Iraq: Hagel

The US is not co-ordinating military exercises or missions with Iran or Russia to help Iraq in its fight against Islamic militants, but it is assisting the Iraqi security forces in the combat, a top American diplomat has said.

Syrian opposition to elect new president

The Western-backed Syrian opposition group will begin a three-day meeting in Istanbul later on Sunday to elect a new president.

Four Islamic militants captured in Philippines

Security forces have captured four members of the al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf group in the southern Philippines, including one accused of the 2002 kidnapping of Christian missionaries who were later beheaded, police said today.