Keyword: Syria

French girl, 16, held over alleged support for Islamic State

According to Paris prosecutor’s office the 'extremely radicalised' girl was using a social media app to spread calls by IS to commit violent acts.

Relative of Charlie Hebdo attacker arrested en route to Syria

Mourad Hamyd, brother-in-law of Cherif Kouachi who was behind the January 2015 maagazine attack, was detained in Bulgaria.

France Islamic State trial: seven jailed for training in Syria

Belgium has also extradited to France Mohamed Amri and Ali Oulkadi, accused of having helped Salah Abdeslam in November Paris attacks.

French special forces helping Syrian rebels on the ground

The special forces, who are advising rebels hoping to retake IS-held town of Manbij, will not engage in combat with ISIS militants, a French official said.

Soldier in France stabbed over 'Syrian bombing'

Soldier in serious condition after being stabbed in southern France by two men who reportedly criticised French airstrikes against IS in Syria.

France grants asylum to family forced into hiding after fleeing Syria

Campaign in Béziers in southern France to allow Al Elfi family to stay succeeded after a decision to expel them was overturned.

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”.

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

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

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 PM says 600-plus people have left France for Syria or Iraq

Figures show little let-up in numbers joining Islamic State despite bombing of IS strongholds and crackdown by authorities within France.

'Radicalised' French girls trigger police manhunt

One of the teenagers returned home after police alert but French officials fear the other 'radicalised' girl could be trying to head for Syria.

Rise in number of French women joining Islamic State

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.

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

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

France calls on EU to improve Syrian passport checks

Call to detect false Syrian passports comes after two of the suicide bombers in the Paris attacks were found to be carrying such documents.

Hollande visits French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle off Syria

The French president met with personnel aboard the French navy flagship, the spearhead for French airstrikes on Islamic State group in Syria.