Jordan offers to free jihadist in exchange for pilot

Jordan offered Wednesday to free a female jihadist in exchange for a Jordanian pilot held by the Islamic State group, which is threatening to execute the airman and a Japanese journalist.

ISIS video claims execution of Japanese hostage, Japan PM expresses anger
ISIS video claims execution of Japanese hostage, Japan PM expresses anger

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.

Court OKs stripping binational jihadist of French nationality

France's top legal body ruled on Friday that stripping a binational convicted jihadist of his French nationality was lawful, just as the country ups its fight against extremism.

A dozen former French soldiers waging jihad: Defence source

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.
 

Syria regime air strikes kill at least 39: Monitor

Syrian government air strikes on Tuesday killed at least 39 people, more than half of them civilians, in two main battlegrounds in the north of the country, a monitor said.

Hollande's popularity soars after French jihadist attacks

Once France`s most unpopular post-war president, Francois Hollande has experienced a dramatic surge in approval ratings over his widely-praised response to the Islamist attacks in Paris.

Syria Kurds battling IS capture strategic Kobane hilltop

Kurdish fighters battling the Islamic State jihadist group in Syria's Kobane have captured a strategic hilltop, giving them line of fire over the town, a monitor said on Monday .

IS claims bomb attack on Algerian embassy in Libya

Assailants lobbed explosives at Algeria's embassy in the Libyan capital on Saturday, wounding three people, a security official said, in an attack claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group.

France warns citizens in riot-hit Niger to stay indoors

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.

Europol says up to 5,000 EU nationals in jihadist ranks

 Up to 5,000 European Union citizens have joined jihadist militant ranks, the head of European police agency Europol told British lawmakers on Tuesday.

Islamic State sympathisers launch cyber attack on US, hack Central Command's Twitter, YouTube accounts
Islamic State sympathisers launch cyber attack on US, hack Central Command's Twitter, YouTube accounts

US Central Command suspended its Twitter page on Monday after a group declaring sympathy for Islamic State jihadists hacked its social media accounts and posted internal documents.

1,400 from France have joined jihadis or 'want to go to Syria or Iraq'

Some 1,400 people living in France have either joined the jihadist cause in Syria and Iraq or are planning to do so, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said Monday.

EU, US ministers talk joint action against jihadist attack threat

 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-led warplanes target jihadist oil pipeline in Syria

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.

US plagued by doubts as it exits Afghan war

After 13 years, the United States is winding down its war in Afghanistan, plagued by doubts about what was accomplished at such a high cost.

US-led coalition hits IS jihadists with 31 air strikes

The US-led coalition pounded the Islamic State jihadist group with 31 air strikes on Friday, including more than a dozen in the flashpoint Syrian town of Kobane, the Pentagon said.

Egypt jihadists release video of `executions`

An Egyptian jihadist group released video footage on Tuesday that it said showed the execution of two army informants in the insurgent flashpoint of the Sinai Peninsula.

Algeria kills head of jihadists behind Frenchman`s beheading: TV

 An Algerian television network reported on Tuesday that the army has killed the head of the Jund al-Khilafa jihadist group behind the beheading of a Frenchman in September.

For gay Syrians, jihadist threat adds new fear

 Since jihadists from the Islamic State group seized control of two northeastern Syrian provinces, Jad has lost all contact with friends there from the country`s tight-knit gay community.

20 jihadists killed in failed east Syria airport attack

At least 20 Islamist State (IS) group members were killed in the second failed jihadist bid in a month to take over an air base in eastern Syria, a monitoring group has said.