Islamic State

Islamic State 'emir' appears back from the dead on French TV

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Omar Diaby, a jihadist recruiter wanted by France, said his announced death in battle in Syria was made to fool security services while he had surgery.

French security chief warns IS plans new wave of attacks in France

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Head of France's domestic intelligence agency fears a new form of attack involving the placing of explosive devices in large crowds.

'France aware of imminence of Abaaoud attacks' claims press report

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Le Parisien, citing intelligence documents, said France began bombing Syria last September to hit IS camp of Paris attacks ringleader Abdelhamid Abaaoud.

'Forgotten' terror threat: how Al Qaeda is targeting France

France — Analysis

The massacres in Paris on November 13th last year and the attacks in Brussels on March 22nd have focused attention on Islamic State. Yet the threat from Al Qaeda terrorism has not gone away. Indeed, French intelligence agencies fear that the older terrorist movement may be planning to up the stakes with an attack on France in a bid to restore its flagging reputation in relation to its jihadist rival. Matthieu Suc reports.

Paris November attacks terrorists feature on leaked IS jihadist files

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The Islamic State group files of militants, obtained by German, UK and Syrian opposition media, reportedly identify thousands of jihadist recruits.

France urges EU travel bans, asset freezes to break Libya logjam

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French FM slammed Libyan politicians blocking formation of a government of national untity needed for planned Western intervention against IS.  

French special forces 'waging secret war' against IS in Libya

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Report that President Hollande has authorised 'unofficial' military action by elite army unit plus intelligence services in conflict-torn state.

When Paris attacks gunman spoke of his 'transformation' in prison

France — Investigation

In December 2008, freelance journalist Warda Mohamed interviewed a 26-year-old convicted delinquent who hid his identity behind the pseudonym ‘Hugo’. The interview centred on the repeat offender’s experiences in prison, where he served time for crimes including armed robbery and drugs trafficking. Little more than six years later, Mohamed discovered that ‘Hugo’ was in fact Amedy Coulibaly, who shot dead a policewoman and four customers of a kosher store during the January 2015 Islamist terrorist massacres in Paris. Here Mohamed returns to that interview in 2008, when Coulibaly explained how he was “transformed” by prison.

France to join in 'acceleration' of air strikes against Islamic State

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President François Hollande told a traditional New Year's meeting with French diplomats that the coalition bombing campaign is to intensify.

Islamic State claims two Iraqis took part in November Paris attacks

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The claim made in jihadist group's magazine Dabiq raised speculation the two men may have been suicide bombers who targeted Stade de France.

Rise in number of French women joining Islamic State

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Women now make up more than a third of French citizens travelling to Iraq and Syria to join IS, up from just 10 percent in 2010.

Top French Islamic State recruiter sentenced to 15 years in absentia

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Salim Benghalem, who had ties to the Charlie Hebdo attackers, is thought to have been in Syria since 2013.

French IS leader linked to Paris attacks 'killed in Syria air strike'

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Charaffe el Mouadan was said to be a 'direct link' to Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the Paris attacks cell leader, according to US military official.

France and Russia to bolster information swap on Islamic State

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French defence minister says both countries agreed to 'strengthen exchange of military information' concerning Syria air strikes.

Marine Le Pen removes James Foley picture from Twitter

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Head of far-right Front National bows to pressure after parents' anger and takes down grisly photo of Islamic State decapitation victim.