The brigades have advanced more swiftly than many expected on the Islamic State's stronghold in Libya, though their progress has been hampered by suicide bombers, mines and snipers.
A Virginia man who allegedly trained with Islamic State for nearly one month earlier this year was charged with providing material support to the militant group, the US Department of Justice said in a complaint unsealed on Thursday.
US-backed forces fighting Islamic State near the Syrian-Turkish border said on Thursday they had reached the militants' last main route in and out of their stronghold in the area, the city of Manbij.
If the advances are sustained, they could dislodge Islamic State from its most important base outside the Middle East and provide a boost to the UN-backed Government of National Accord.
The Islamic State claimed responsibility for two suicide bombings that killed more than two dozen people in Baghdad on Thursday.
In an interview with the official Islamic State magazine, the alleged commander of IS' Bangladeshi province vows to expand to India, Myanmar, and elsewhere.
A religious rights group is urging Canada's immigration ministry to allow hundreds of Yazidis displaced from their homes in northern Iraq by Islamic State militants to come to Canada through its refugee channels.
Islamic State fighters withdrew from frontlines with Syrian rebel forces north of Aleppo on Wednesday as the rebels mounted a counter attack against the jihadist group.
By Justin Ling
Brazen attacks from the Islamic State have forced one country to withdraw from an international peacekeeping mission in the Sinai, while the remaining troops have been abandoning outlooks in the volatile region.
A coalition of armed groups is advancing against the IS stronghold in Sirte, but faces land mines, treacherous booby traps, and a town that may be loyal to a rival.
By Tess Owen
After receiving a tip from the US Drug Enforcement Agency, Greek authorities busted a shipment of 26 million tablets containing Tramadol, a prescription painkiller. The pills had originated in New Delhi, and were headed to Libya.
The car was detonated as police buses passed near the main tourist district, a major university, and the mayor's office, wounding three dozen people in the fourth major bombing in Turkey's biggest city this year.
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Several people — including a number of children — also drowned over the weekend as they attempted to flee the besieged city by crossing the Euphrates River.
By Tess Owen
The bodies of suspected informants are often displayed publicly, and some people have reportedly been killed by being dropped into a vat of acid.
The wife of a senior police official in Bangladesh known for battling Islamist militants was stabbed and shot to death in the port city of Chittagong.
On the front line of the battle against IS, Peshmerga fighters say they're earning international support for a Kurdish state. They may be wrong.
Abadi's decision to halt, two days after elite Iraqi troops poured into the city's rural southern outskirts, postpones what was expected to be one of the biggest battles ever fought against Islamic State.
"It's significant in that it's their last remaining funnel" to Europe, a US military official said, adding that the offensive will be supported by a small number of US special operations forces.
The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Russian warplanes targeted civilian areas around the city's national hospital and other neighborhoods held by a coalition of hardline Islamist rebel groups.