A picture and a video released by the Islamic State (IS) militants on Saturday claimed that the jihadist group had beheaded Haruna Yukawa — one of the two Japanese nationals it held hostage, reports said.
A dozen ex-French soldiers have joined jihadist groups in Iraq and Syria, raising concerns over the possible existence of radical elements within the military, a defence ministry source said on Wednesday.
France`s embassy in Niger warned French citizens to stay indoors Saturday as violent protests against publication of a Prophet Mohammed cartoon by the French weekly Charlie Hebdo spread in the capital Niamey.
EU and US security ministers met at France`s interior ministry on Sunday to work out a joint response to the threat of jihadist attacks following days of carnage in Paris by three gunmen claiming to act on behalf of Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group.
US and coalition aircraft targeted a crude oil pipeline and collection depots in Syria held by Islamic State jihadists, the American military said, in the latest bid to undercut the group's oil smuggling.