Abu Sayyaf

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Soldiers inspect vehicles in Zamboanga, in the Philippines, the gateway to the southern islands of Jolo and Basilan. Photograph: Jes Aznar/New York Times

Across the islands of the southern Philippines, the black flag of Islamic State is flying over what the group considers its East Asia province. Men in(...)

Philippine troops arrive to reinforce fellow troops, on the outskirts of Marawi City in the southern Philippines. Photograph: AP Photo

Thousands of civilians fled fighting in the Philippines on Wednesday as troops tried to fend off Islamist militants who took over large parts of Maraw(...)

Norwegian former hostage Kjartan Sekkingstad after he was freed in Sulu, in southern Philippines. Photograph: Nickie Butlangan/Reuters

A Norwegian man freed by militants after a year of jungle captivity in the southern Philippines has described the ordeal as “devastating”. Kjartan S(...)

Philippine National Police (PNP) Crime Lab Director PCSupt Emmanuel Aranas answers questions during a news conference inside the police headquarters in metro Manila, Philippines June 14th, 2016, following the execution of hostage Canadian Robert Hall. Photograph: Romeo Ranoco/Reuters

The Philippines confirmed on Tuesday the execution of a Canadian who had been held hostage by the al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf Islamist militant group o(...)

In February, the UN Security Council was asked to investigate the deaths of 12 doctors in the Islamic State-held city of Mosul. It was alleged the doctors were killed after refusing to remove organs. Photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters

Islamic State has sanctioned the harvesting of human organs in a previously undisclosed ruling by the group’s Islamic scholars, raising concerns that (...)

Shi’ite fighters gather to fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq. A member of a US special operations team was killed during an operation to rescue hostages held by IS on Thursday. Photograph: Thaier Al-Sudani/Reuters

A member of a US special operations team was killed during an operation to rescue hostages held by Islamic State militants in northern Iraq, the first(...)

The targeting by Monday’s Bangkok bomber of a site much frequented by tourists had ominous echoes of the deadly attack in June on Sousse in Tunis and (...)

The parents of the late American hostage Kayla Mueller say they were told by American officials that their daughter was repeatedly forced to have sex with Abu Bakr Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State group. Photograph: AP

The late American hostage Kayla Mueller was repeatedly raped by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State group, US officials have said. M(...)

The White House said president Barack Obama ordered the raid that killed the Islamic State figure, identified as Abu Sayyaf. Photograph: Olivier Douliery/Pool/Getty Images

American special operations forces killed a senior Islamic State leader who helped direct the group’s oil, gas and financial operations during a raid (...)

Turkish Kurds watch the Syrian town of Kobani from  the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province at the weekend. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

US secretary of state John Kerry denies that the bombing campaign against Islamic State fighters in and around the small, dusty Syrian Kurdish town of(...)

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