Islamic State Group

Islamic State group claim Irishman 'dies making suicide attack'

The so-called Islamic State (IS) has claimed, via Twitter, that the man was born in Dublin.

It is understood the man was Terence Kelly, who was in his late 40s and was born in the Liberties area of the city.

He was a former nurse and converted to Islam after working in Saudi Arabia.

He changed his name to Khalid Kelly and has been a vocal supporter of al-Qaeda.

Mr Kelly had previously appeared in a number of Irish TV documentaries on RTÉ and TV3.

Australian PM blasts ex-MP's 'stupid' Iraq trip

Wyatt Roy, a former assistant minister and Australia's youngest ever MP, lost his seat in the July election.

He travelled to the front line of the conflict between the Islamic State group and Kurdish forces, in defiance of travel warnings, to "see a mate".

Five IS fighters were reported to have been killed last week in the battle, west of Mosul.


IS fire fight

Mr Roy said he was at the frontline "for no more than a minute" when 15 IS fighters fired a series of 50-calibre rounds and RPGs from less than 1km away.

Islamic State group: Turkey and US 'ready to invade capital'

Mr Erdogan said US counterpart Barack Obama floated the idea of joint action against the militants when they met at the G20 summit in China.

He said Turkey would have "no problem" with such action.

Last month Turkey launched an operation inside Syria, targeting both IS and Kurdish rebels.

Turkish-backed militia drove IS from the border town of Jarablus, but Turkey has also been concerned with checking the advance of Kurdish forces whom it regards as terrorists.

The Latest: US seek talks with Russia about Syria air raids

Peter Cook said it was not yet clear when these talks would start or who would participate.

Obama says fight against Islamic State group will take time

Obama spoke as chairman of a U.N. gathering of world leaders working to expand the battle against terrorism, a day after he and the leaders of Russia, China and Iran addressed the General Assembly on its 70th anniversary. 

The fight against terrorism, particularly in Syria, has seized the attention of top officials, but there has been no overall agreement on how to end the conflict there.

Syria state media praise Putin's UN speech

Syrian newspapers said the speech drew "clear outlines" for what is needed to "fight terrorism" on a global level.

In his address Monday in New York, Putin urged the world to stick with Assad, saying it was a "huge mistake" not to engage the Syrian military in the fight against the Islamic State group.

In Syrian Kurdish city, IS suicide car bombings kill 26

Among the victims of the explosions in the city of Hassakeh were a woman and her two children and several Kurdish fighters, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The Islamic State group said in a statement that its two suicide bombers targeted a gathering of Kurdish fighters and pro-regime militias.

IS claims to be holding Norwegian, Chinese captives

The extremist group posted pictures of the two men wearing yellow prison outfits in the latest issue of its online magazine Dabiq, which was released Wednesday.

It identifies the Norwegian man as Ole Johan Grimsgaard-Ofstad, 48, from Oslo. It identifies the Chinese man as Fan Jinghui, 50, a freelance consultant from Beijing.

The magazine lists a telegram number for "whoever would like to pay the ransom for his release and transfer."

Turkey, US conclude talks on anti-IS operation plan

Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters that Turkish and U.S. military officials had sealed an agreement concerning "the procedures and technical details" of their operations. He didn't provide details, but he has said an extensive, coordinated operation against the militant group would start soon.

"The military authorities have signed off," Cavusoglu said.

Iraqi PM says defense of refinery town key to defeating IS

"Victory at Beiji is a crucial step toward ending Daesh's presence in Iraq," Haider al-Abadi told military and militia commanders during a visit to the area the day before, using an Arabic acronym for the extremist group.

The military retook the town of Beiji from the IS group in November, but government forces and allied Shiite militiamen there have come under mounting pressure in recent weeks. Militants now control up to half of the town and oil refinery to the north, a top commander told The Associated Press.