The Islamic State is conscripting men in Iraq and Syria to fight against U.S.-led coalition forces amid a sharp decline in the flow of foreign fighters as the militant group faces mounting defeats, according to the coalition’s deputy commander.
Authorities foiled a plan by Lebanese terrorists to blow up a commercial airliner by smuggling explosives in a large Barbie doll and a meat grinder.
A van mowed through crowds of tourists on Barcelona’s most famous avenue on Thursday, killing about a dozen people in an attack that was claimed by Islamic State.
The United States on Thursday identified an Islamic State bomb maker who crafted several of the explosives used in the 2015 attacks in Paris, as well as the coordinated suicide bombings in Brussels last year, the State Department announced.
U.S.-backed forces have advanced roughly five kilometers, or 3.1 miles, in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa over the past week, pushing back Islamic State militants in a grueling offensive to seize the terrorist group’s last significant stronghold.
Catholic leaders and key human rights activists said they were encouraged by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s statement Tuesday that ISIS is one of the world’s biggest threats to religious freedom and is responsible for genocide, but added the administration must take action in the next few months to save minority religious groups in Iraq.
The Islamic State pledged over the weekend to bring an arduous fight to U.S.-led coalition forces battling to retake Raqqa, once the terrorist group’s de facto capital in Syria.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson needs to clarify whether he believes the Islamic State’s mass slaughter and persecution of Yazidis, Christians, and other minorities in Iraq will spur more U.S. action or further limit it, Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) and human rights activists say.
The Islamic State has begun posting Syrian children outside of car bomb factories as part of an attempt to stave off U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, according to the Pentagon.
Iraqi families returning home to West Mosul nearly a month after the war-torn city was liberated from the Islamic State are facing deadly remnants left behind by the terrorist group in the form of hidden explosives and booby traps.