Keyword: Islamic State group

France opens probe into Lafarge payments to armed groups in Syria

A French judicial investigation has been opened into alleged payments made by French-Swiss cement-maker LafargeHolcim to armed groups in war-torn Syria, including the Islamic State group, in order to keep a cement-producing plant operating in the country.

Posthumous message by French jihadist in Iraq criticises IS chiefs

Rachid Kassim, who US and French authorities have said was killed in an air strike on Islamic State group positions near the beseiged city of Mosul last week, and who was suspected of coordinating terorist attacks in France, left an audi recording critical of the group's leadership for not taking part in front-line actions.

Sting concert to reopen Paris terror attacks theatre

All 1,000 tickets for the November 12th concert by the British singer at the Bataclan, which reopens this Saturday for the first time since 90 people died when jihadist gunmen stormed a concert there last November, sold out within 30 minutes.

Hollande warning over jihadists escaping Mosul for Raqa

The French president, hosting an international conference in Paris to debate stabilisation of the Iraqi city once it is freed from control by the Islamic State (IS) group, said 'we can't afford mistakes' in the pursuit of IS members fleeing Mosul for the group's stronghold of Raqa in Syria.

Three arrested in Germany suspected of links to Paris attacks group

The three Syrians, who police suspect were a 'sleeper cell', appear to have travelled via the same traffickers as three suicide bombers who blew themselves up near Paris in November 2015.

The story of a French jihadist who returned from Syria

By Feriel Alouti

A French jihadist who enrolled in Syria with the al-Nusra Front, allied to al-Qaeda, speaks here about the reasons he left for the war-torn country, his life on the ground and what happened when he returned to France where he is now due to be tried on charges of helping to prepare a terrorist attack. In this, his first interview, the young Muslim convert tells Feriel Alouti: “I don’t minimize what I did but was I a threat to France at any given moment? I went there to help Syrians, not to kill French people”.

Anthropologist Scott Atran on why Islamic State is a wider threat than realised

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Anthropologist Scott Atran, a research fellow with Oxford University who also teaches at University of Michigan and John Jay College in New York, is a leading expert in the study of the motivations of those who join jihadist ranks and the rise of the Islamic State group, and advises governments and international organizations on the issue. In this interview with Joseph Confavreux, he argues that the draw of IS is widely misunderstood, is not limited to disenfranchised communities, and that the organization can only be overcome by a different military, political and psychological approach by Western nations.

French journalist films terrorist cell planning attack on night club

French TV channel Canal Plus broadcasts secretly recorded film shot over six months within group in France planning suicide attack.

French mother 'flabbergasted' to discover missing son on list of jihadists

The woman, from eastern France, was told her son was listed as a suicide bomber on a file reportedly detailing Islamic State group jihadists in Syria.

Paris attacks ringleader 'directed Bataclan bombers by phone'

Witness saw 'agitated' Abdelhamid Abaaoud talking on his mobile close to concert hall where gunmen left 89 people dead, reveals terrorism expert.

Obama pledges support for France in face of Islamic State group

The US president, meeting François Hollande in Washington, said the two countries 'stand united, in total solidarity, to deliver justice to these terrorists'.

Democracy is not war

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The French parliament this week approved a three-month prolongation of the state of emergency introduced in the country immediately after the November 13th terrorist attacks in and around Paris which have left 130 people dead. The debate over the state of emergency powers is about its effectiveness, writes Mediapart editor in chief Edwy Plenel who argues here that the emphasis on security alone is a short-term response driven by an immediate political agenda which hands the perpetrators a symbolic victory, and which disarms French society as much as it protects it.