Afghan students find inspiration in Islamic State’s success

Although IS is not believed to have operations in Afghanistan, its influence is growing in a country already mired in daily bombings and attacks by Taliban insurgents.

Peshmergas blunt, don’t break, Islamic State siege of Syria’s Kobani

Iraqi Kurdish forces have blunted but not broken the siege of the Syrian border town of Kobani, a week after arriving to great fanfare...

Islamic State fears grow in Pakistan and Afghanistan

Violence against minority Shia Muslims, who make up about 20 per cent of Pakistan's population, has hit record levels in recent years and there are concerns IS could energise sectarian groups even further.

Ramped up air strikes stall Islamic State advance on Syrian town

Islamic State has been keen to take the town to consolidate its position in northern Syria after seizing large amounts of territory in that country and in Iraq. A defeat in Kobani would be a major setback for the Islamists and a boost for Obama.

ISIS will ‘soon’ pose threat to US, says general

US commanders preparing possible ‘options’ to counter jihadists both in Iraq as well as Syria The US military’s top general believes ISIS extremists will “soon”...

ISIS kills hundreds in Syria, threatens rebel bastion

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants have carried out the killings over the past two weeks in oil-rich Deir Ezzor province which the group mostly controls

ISIS digs up dollars: extremists loot antiquities

The militant group is imposing a “tax” on looted antiquities in the vast region of Syria and Iraq under its control, which was ancient Mesopotamia

Indian govt scrambles to pull out Indians from strife-torn Iraq

India's operation in strife-torn Iraq is fast taking the shape of a full-scale evacuation of all its citizens, Indian state run media reported on...

25,000 Indians ‘ready to fight in Iraq to defend Shia holy...

The drive to lure protagonists from each side of the rift in Islam, including Iraq’s Shia Mahdi Army fighters returning from Syria, highlights the potential for the conflict to become the biggest Sunni-Shia sectarian battle since Saddam Hussein’s forces invaded Ayatollah Khomeini’s Shia revolution in Iran in 1980.