IS jihadists close in on Syria Kurd town: NGO

Jihadists from the Islamic State group using heavy weapons have seized a string of villages around Ain al-Arab as they close in on Syria`s third largest Kurdish town, a monitor said Thursday.

Australia mounts largest ever counter-terrorism raids

Australia`s largest ever counter-terrorism raids on Thursday detained 15 people and disrupted plans to "commit violent acts", including against random members of the public that reportedly involved a beheading on camera.

Jihadists claim bomb that killed six Egypt police

 Egypt`s deadliest militant group has claimed the killing of six policemen in a roadside bomb in the Sinai Peninsula, where security forces frequently clash with jihadists.

US says 'close combat advisors' could battle jihadists

The United States plans to strike the Islamic State group in its Syrian strongholds and could send military advisors into combat alongside Iraqi troops, American commanders said on Tuesday.

US strikes jihadists near Baghdad for first time

The United States has bombed militants near Baghdad in support of Iraqi forces, striking close to the capital for the first time in its expanded campaign against Islamic State jihadists.

Iraq gets pledges of support, including military aid

Participants at an international conference in Paris Monday pledged to support Iraq by all possible means to fight jihadists, including providing military support.

For traumatised Iraqi refugees, `psychological first aid`

Fourteen-year-old Yusra wipes away a tear before laying her head on the shoulder of aid worker Parzhin, after facing up to her fears and telling her story.

Families of beheaded US reporters warned not to pay ransoms

The families of two journalists beheaded by Islamic State jihadists were both warned by US government officials they could face prosecution if they raised a ransom for their release.

German `jihadist` goes on trial for Islamic State ties

A 20-year-old German alleged jihadist goes on trial Monday on charges of fighting for Islamic State in Syria, in Germany`s first court proceedings involving the militant group.

Hamas denies running 'shadow government' in Gaza

The exiled leader of Hamas denied today that the Islamist movement was running a "shadow government" in Gaza as charged by Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas.

Kerry to visit Egypt to push anti-IS coalition: Arab League

US Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Cairo Saturday as Washington seeks to build an international coalition to counter Islamic State jihadists, an Arab League official said today.

Jihadists want to create `house of blood`: New UN rights chief

The jihadist militants who have seized large swaths of Iraq and Syria are intent upon creating "a house of blood", the UN`s new human rights chief said Monday.

Arab governments agree to `confront` IS jihadists

Arab states agreed on Sunday to take the "necessary measures" to confront Islamic State militants, Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi said, after a meeting of foreign ministers in Cairo.

Syria strikes on jihadist bastion kill 53, mostly civilians: NGO

Syrian air strikes against the northern jihadist bastion of Raqa on Saturday killed 53 people, a monitoring group said, updating an earlier toll, and adding that at least 31 were civilians.

35 bodies found in Iraq town retaken from jihadists

Iraqi Kurdish forces and Shiite militiamen discovered mass graves containing 35 bodies after retaking the town of Sulaiman Bek from jihadists, an officer and a doctor said on Friday.

Jihadists executed more than 500 in Iraq: HRW

Evidence indicates that militants from the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group executed more than 500 captives in Iraq earlier this year, Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday.

British PM unveils tougher anti-terror measures

Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday announced tougher anti-terror measures against British-born extremists planning to fight in Iraq and Syria, and prohibit them from returning to the UK to launch attacks on home soil.

Islamic State jihadists using cluster bombs: HRW

Islamic State jihadists have used cluster munitions in Syria in at least one location and Syria`s regime is continuing to use the widely banned weapon, Human Rights Watch said Monday.

Number of Yazidi refugees in Turkey swells to 16,000: Official

The number of refugees from Iraq's Yazidi religious minority who have fled to Turkey from the advance of jihadists has risen to 16,000 and may rise further, a top provincial official said.

Dozens of Yazidi women 'sold into marriage' by jihadists: NGO

Several dozen Yazidi women kidnapped by Islamic State jihadists in Iraq have been taken to Syria, forced to convert and sold into marriage to militants, a monitoring group said on Saturday.