Two Islamic State ‘Beatles’ plead not guilty in US court | AFP

The US Attorney for the eastern district of Virginia announces that the two members of the notorious Islamic State kidnapping cell dubbed the “Beatles” pleaded not guilty in US court to charges of conspiring to murder four American hostages. SOUNDBITE

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US charges British IS members over American deaths

Two Islamic State militants from Britain appeared before a U.S. federal court on Wednesday to face charges in a gruesome campaign of torture and other acts of violence against four Americans and others captured and held hostage in Syria. (Oct. 7)

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US: exterior of federal court where two IS ‘Beatles’ are due to appear | AFP

Exterior of the federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, where two members of an Islamic State cell dubbed the “Beatles” are due to appear to face charges of conspiring to murder four American hostages, US officials say. Former British nationals El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Kotey are accused of involvement in the murders of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff and aid workers Peter Kassig and Kayla Mueller.

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US charges British IS members for hostage deaths

The Justice Department unsealed charges against two Islamic State militants from Britain, accusing them of carrying out a gruesome campaign of torture, beheadings and other acts of violence against Western hostages, including four Americans.(Oct. 7)

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Paris cleaver attack: “we are at war against Islamic terrorism” (French Interior Minister) | AFP

In a press briefing during a visit to a synagogue in the Paris suburb of Boulogne-Billancourt for the Jewish feast of Yom Kippur, French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin declared that “we are at war against Islamic terrorism” and considered that “perhaps we have collectively put it a little behind us”, two days after the cleaver attack in Paris. SOUNDBITE

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Iran urges world to unite against US ‘reckless actions’ | AFP

Iran calls on the rest of the world to unite against the United States, after Washington unilaterally declared UN sanctions against the Islamic republic were back in force.

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Soldier gets Medal of Honor for saving 70 captives

President Donald Trump has bestowed the Medal of Honor on Sgt. Maj. Thomas “Patrick” Payne for his role in a daring 2015 mission to rescue dozens of hostages set to be executed by Islamic State militants in Iraq. (Sept. 11)

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Iran rejects US demand for UN to restore sanctions

Iran has rejected a U.S. demand for the United Nations to restore sanctions against the Islamic state. The Trump administration on Thursday formally notified the United Nations of its demand for all U.N. sanctions on Iran to be restored. (Aug. 20)

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Islamic State allies take hundreds hostage in Nigerian town | AFP

The Nigerian army says it has “full control” of a northeastern town where sources say hundreds of people have been taken hostage by jihadists. Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) fighters stormed the town Kukawa on Tuesday and seized hundreds of residents who had only just returned after fleeing their homes for nearly two years, according to locals and militia sources.

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Pakistan Islamic party protests against Israel-UAE deal | AFP

Pakistani Islamic party Jamaat-e-Islami protested on Sunday against the deal struck by Israel and the UAE to normalise relations, making the Gulf state only the third Arab country to establish full diplomatic ties with the Jewish state.

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First Islamic prayers held in Turkey’s Hagia Sophia since mosque reconversion | AFP

Thousands of people pray outside the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul in what is the first Musmlim prayers since the controversial reconversion of the iconic cathedral into a mosque. of first prayers outside Hagia Sophia

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Italy seizes IS-made drugs worth one billion euros | AFP

Italian police released video of a seizure of a 14-tonne haul of amphetamines made by the Islamic State group in Syria, calling it the biggest seizure of such drugs in the world.

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Stolen Banksy work from door of Paris Bataclan found in Italy | AFP

Artwork by anonymous artist Banksy found in Italy is displayed to journalists by Italian police and prosecutors ahead of a press conference. Italian police retrieved the piece of art by the famed street artist, which is an image of a girl in mourning painted on one of the emergency doors of the Parisian venue ‘Le Bataclan’, where Islamic State gunmen massacred 90 people. IMAGES

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Banksy art stolen from Bataclan in Paris discovered in Italy | AFP

Italian police say they haved retrieved a work by famed street artist Banksy commemorating the victims of the November 2015 Paris terror attacks stolen from the Bataclan concert hall. The work was an image of a girl in mourning painted on one of the emergency doors of the Parisian venue, where Islamic State gunmen massacred 90 people. It had been cut out and taken in 2019.

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Former IS slaves try to rebuild lives

For Yazidi women like Laila Taloo, the Islamic State’s self-declared caliphate meant death to their men, rape and slavery for them. IS no longer holds any territory in Iraq and Syria, but many Yazidis are still missing. (May 21)

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Iraq’s Hashed al-Shaabi mourn fighter killed in IS attack | AFP

Iraq’s Hashed al-Shaabi and mourners hold a funeral for a fighter in the central holy city of Najaf, a day after he was killed in an Islamic State group attack. He was among ten Iraqi paramilitaries who were killed in the deadliest operation by jihadist sleeper cells in months.

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Spain arrests one of Europe’s most wanted Daesh terrorists | AFP

The Egyptian terrorist from the Islamic State group, Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, a former London-based rapper, is arrested in south-western Spain. IMAGES

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Coronavirus: Streets leading to Mecca’s holy sites still closed | AFP

Streets leading to the Islamic holy sites of Mecca in Saudi Arabia remain closed, to help stem the spread of the coronavirus.

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