Islamic State

French government decides to use Arabic word 'Daesh' instead of IS

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French foreign minister says use of the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State group is because 'this is a terrorist group and not a state'.

Former French hostage says IS captives do not know they are about to die

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Didier François, released by IS earlier this year, said repeated mock executions leave hostages unaware of when the jihadists decide to kill.

Paris summit sees 30 countries rally behind fight against Islamic State

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The international gathering at the French foreign ministry promised to give Iraq 'appropriate military assistance' in fighting the jihadist group.

Hollande confronts mounting sense of crisis in France

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Conference on Iraq may be welcome break from domestic woes ahead of high-profile press conference and parliamentary confidence vote.

France's president backs Iraq as world ramps up anti-jihadist efforts

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During visit to Baghdad, François Hollande said he underlined France's readiness to provide even more military assistance to Iraq.

France says it's ready to participate in Iraq airstrikes

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Foreign minister calls for international mobilization against militants from Islamic State group whom he described as a 'transnational danger'.

The 'unprecedented' danger of the IS, and why the key to its defeat may lie in Syria

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The Iraqi army, Shia militia and Kurdish Peshmerga this weekend launched a combined assault to free the town of Amerli in northern Iraq from a two-month siege by forces of the jihadist Islamic State (IS). But while the jihadists, who have overrun swathes of Iraq and Syria, have suffered recent setbacks in their military campaign, notably after the launching in mid-August of US air strikes against them, they remain a formidable threat in their ambition of establishing a vast caliphate in the region. “Over the quarter of a century that I have been working on this phenomenon, I have never seen this,” says French historian Jean-Pierre Filiu, an internationally-recognised authority on Arabic affairs, in this interview with Mediapart. “The degree of jihadist mobilisation, its coverage in space and time, is without precedent,” he adds, warning that the group’s war chest of more than a billion dollars “now has the resources to perpetrate the equivalent of a thousand 9/11 attacks.” But Filiu also argues that “the key to the jihadist defeat lies much more in Syria than in Iraq”, in the form of the non-Islamist opponents fighting the regime of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.

France to deliver arms to Iraqi Kurds

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Statement from President Hollande's office says move is in response to the 'urgent need' expressed by the authorities in Kurdistan.

Why Syria’s cash-strapped jihadists let French hostages go

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Expert says the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) jihadist group in Syria lacks funding 'so they have to use their hostages'.