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Salafi jihadist terrorist and militant group

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Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant: Salafi jihadist terrorist and militant group
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, officially as the Islamic State (IS) and by its Arabic language acronym Daesh, was a Salafi jihadist militant group and former unrecognised proto-state that followed a fundamentalist, Salafi doctrine of Sunni Islam. ISIL gained global prominence in early 2014 when it drove Iraqi government forces out of key cities in its Western Iraq offensive, followed by its capture of Mosul and the Sinjar massacre.

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Hungary court orders arrest of suspected Islamic militant

A Hungarian court has ordered the arrest of a 27-year-old Syrian man suspected of taking part in beheadings in Syria as a member of Islamic State, Hungarian prosecutors said on Sunday.
Reuters - Published

Fight against IS not over yet: Australia

Islamic State has lost control of its last territory in Syria but the Australian government says the group will continue to pose a threat.
SBS - Published

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Islamic State threat persists, says fmr U.S. general [Video]Islamic State threat persists, says fmr U.S. general

U.S.-backed forces proclaimed the capture of Islamic State's last territory in Syria over the weekend, eliminating its rule over a self-proclaimed "caliphate," but former U.S. General John Allen in a..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:44Published

Mosul coffee shop radio shares message of hope [Video]Mosul coffee shop radio shares message of hope

A radio station in the Iraqi northern city of Mosul, once a stronghold of the Islamic State, started broadcasting from a local cafeteria, in an effort to help residents return to normal life. Emily..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:13Published

How Chechnya is helping rehabilitate former ISIL members [Video]How Chechnya is helping rehabilitate former ISIL members

What to do with the former ISIL fighters and their families? Chechnya seems to have found a way.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:02Published

'Taste of victory' for SDF, but ISIL threat remains [Video]'Taste of victory' for SDF, but ISIL threat remains

Kurdish-led forces hold ceremony after 'elimination' of ISIL's so-called caliphate amid warnings of remaining dangers.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:34Published

SDF Vows To Continue Fight Against Islamic State Sleeper Cells [Video]SDF Vows To Continue Fight Against Islamic State Sleeper Cells

According to a report by Reuters, on Saturday, US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces formally announced the end of Islamic State's control of land in eastern Syria, but said that it would continue its..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:34Published

Islamic State Threat Remains Despite Victory [Video]Islamic State Threat Remains Despite Victory

U.S.-backed forces say they captured the Islamic State’s last territory in Syria on Saturday. Reuters reports the jihadists still remain a threat from so-called "sleeper cells." Syrian Democratic..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:50Published

Syrian Democratic Forces Say They've Defeated ISIS in Syria [Video]Syrian Democratic Forces Say They've Defeated ISIS in Syria

​Syrian Democratic Forces have announced that ISIS has lost it's last stronghold in Syria, ended a caliphate declared by the group in 2014.

Credit: Newsy Studio     Duration: 00:41Published

Graham Flatters Trump To The Nines At Private Mar-A-Lago GOP Fundraiser [Video]Graham Flatters Trump To The Nines At Private Mar-A-Lago GOP Fundraiser

Sen. Lindsey Graham delivered a rousing speech at a fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago on Friday night. With President Donald Trump looking on, Graham lavished him with praise, ticking off a list of Trump's..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:51Published

US-backed Forces Declare Complete Victory Over ISIS In Syria [Video]US-backed Forces Declare Complete Victory Over ISIS In Syria

US-backed forces in Syria have formally declared victory over the militant group known as the Islamic State (ISIS) after a key territorial defeat in the group’s last holdout in Baghouz.

Credit: Newsweek     Duration: 01:26Published

Islamic State's 'Caliphate' Has Been Ground Into Dust. But A Threat Still Remains [Video]Islamic State's 'Caliphate' Has Been Ground Into Dust. But A Threat Still Remains

“Baghouz has been liberated. The military victory against Daesh has been accomplished." That's what the spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces tweeted Saturday, declaring the “total elimination..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:43Published

Trump says ISIL is defeated and out of Syria, but is it? [Video]Trump says ISIL is defeated and out of Syria, but is it?

US Defense Department tells Trump ISIL no longer holds any territory in Syria, a White House spokeswoman says.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:02Published

Islamic State 'Caliphate' Defeated, But Threat Persists [Video]Islamic State 'Caliphate' Defeated, But Threat Persists

According to Reuters, U.S.-backed forces proclaimed the capture of Islamic State’s last territory in Syria on Saturday, eliminating its rule over a self-proclaimed “caliphate." Originally an..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:41Published

U.S.-backed SDF declares Islamic State defeated [Video]U.S.-backed SDF declares Islamic State defeated

Islamic State has been defeated at its final shred of territory of Baghouz in Syria, the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Saturday, announcing the end of its self-declared "caliphate"..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:22Published

White House Says ISIS Has Been Completely Defeated [Video]White House Says ISIS Has Been Completely Defeated

Press secretary Sarah Sanders says acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has informed President Trump of the group's defeat.

Credit: Newsy Studio     Duration: 00:55Published

Trump Says All Islamic State Land Lost In Syria [Video]Trump Says All Islamic State Land Lost In Syria

According to Reuters, Islamic State militants in eastern Syria still held out late on Friday, after U.S. President Donald Trump said the jihadist group had lost its last scrap of territory. Mustafa..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:34Published

Trump says IS wiped out in Syria as fighting continues [Video]Trump says IS wiped out in Syria as fighting continues

After being briefed by U.S. Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, President Trump declared on Friday that Islamic State no longer holds any territory in Syria. However, U.S.-backed forces on the..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:23Published

Trump Announces End to Islamic State-Controlled Territory in Syria [Video]Trump Announces End to Islamic State-Controlled Territory in Syria

Trump Announces End to Islamic State-Controlled Territory in Syria

Credit: Time     Duration: 00:35Published

Trump Announces Islamic State No Longer Holding Any Territory In Syria [Video]Trump Announces Islamic State No Longer Holding Any Territory In Syria

According to a report by Reuters, on Friday, US President Donald Trump said that US-backed forces had dislodged the Islamic State militant group from its last holdout in Syria. Over the past few weeks,..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:36Published

Iraq ferry sinks, killing at least 79 people [Video]Iraq ferry sinks, killing at least 79 people

At least 79 people died when an overloaded ferry sank in the Tigris river near Mosul in Iraq, medical sources told Reuters on Thursday. Tamara Lindstrom reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:58Published

U.S.-Backed SDF Say Operation In Baghouz Not Over Yet [Video]U.S.-Backed SDF Say Operation In Baghouz Not Over Yet

According to a report by Reuters, on Thursday, US-backed Syrian fighters claim that they were still searching territory captured from Islamic State at its final enclave in eastern Syria and denied..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:42Published

The Survival And Conditions Of Women And Children In Syrian camp [Video]The Survival And Conditions Of Women And Children In Syrian camp

According to Reuters.com, "Twelve people died overnight after arriving at a camp in northeastern Syria from Islamic State’s final enclave at Baghouz, the International Rescue Committee said on..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:42Published

Trump Says ISIS Fighters Tied To Syria Suicide Bombing Of Americans Were Killed [Video]Trump Says ISIS Fighters Tied To Syria Suicide Bombing Of Americans Were Killed

President Donald Trump said Wednesday that U.S. forces killed the militants responsible for the January bombing in Syria that killed four Americans.

Credit: Newsweek     Duration: 00:27Published

Trump: ISIS 'Gone By Tonight' [Video]Trump: ISIS 'Gone By Tonight'

President Donald Trump on Wednesday repeatedly touted two maps he said showed the Islamic State's diminished areas of control over time in Syria, saying the militant group would be defeated very soon.

Credit: Newsweek     Duration: 00:17Published

Trump maps out fall of ISIS under Trump [Video]Trump maps out fall of ISIS under Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday held up a map that he says shows Islamic State's presence in the mideast when he first became president and what it looks like today. He said there is 'one more..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:44Published

Iran Demands U.S. Leave Syria, Damascus Threatens Its Ally [Video]Iran Demands U.S. Leave Syria, Damascus Threatens Its Ally

According to Reuters, Iran and Syria on Monday demanded the United States to withdraw its troops from Syria, as the Damascus government threatened to defeat Washington’s Kurdish allies by force...

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:34Published

 

Islamic State 'caliphate' defeated, yet threat persists

U.S.-backed forces proclaimed the capture of Islamic State's last territory in Syria on Saturday, eliminating its rule over a self-proclaimed "caliphate", but the jihadists remain a threat from sleeper..
Reuters - Published

SDF will keep fighting Islamic State sleeper cells

U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) formally announced the destruction of Islamic State's control of land in eastern Syria on Saturday but said it would continue its military and security..
Reuters - Published

Macron hails Islamic State defeat as ending a 'major danger' for France

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Saturday that a "major danger for France" had been eliminated, after U.S.-backed forces said they had captured Islamic State's last shred of territory in..
Reuters - Published

Islamic State defeated, 'caliphate' eliminated says U.S. ally in Syria

U.S.-backed forces said they had captured Islamic State's last shred of territory in eastern Syria at Baghouz on Saturday, ending the group's self-proclaimed caliphate after years of fighting.
Reuters - Published

Explainer: Does Islamic State still pose a threat?

U.S.-backed fighters say they have captured Islamic State's last shred of ground in eastern Syria - but while its era of territorial rule may be over for now, there is near universal agreement that IS..
Reuters - Published

U.S. ally declares Islamic State defeated, "caliphate" eliminated

Islamic State has been defeated at its final shred of territory of Baghouz in Syria, the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Saturday, announcing the end of its self-declared "caliphate"..
Reuters - Published

Timeline: The rise and fall of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria

Islamic State fighters have been defeated at the final shred of territory they held in eastern Syria, marking the end of jihadist rule that once spanned a third of Iraq and Syria, the U.S.-backed..
Reuters - Published

Rwandan court convicts 15 on terror-related charges

A Rwandan high court on Friday sentenced 13 people to five years and two others to ten years in jail after convicting them of belonging to extremist groups including al Shabaab and Islamic State and..
Reuters - Published

Trump says all Islamic State land lost in Syria, SDF says fight continues

Islamic State militants in eastern Syria still held out late on Friday, the U.S.-backed militia besieging them said, after U.S. President Donald Trump said the jihadist group had lost its last scrap of..
Reuters - Published

Trump says Islamic State no longer holds any territory in Syria

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that U.S.-backed forces had dislodged the Islamic State militant group from its last holdout in Syria.
Reuters - Published

Hungary detains Syrian Islamic State member accused of killings

Hungarian authorities detained a Syrian man on Friday accused of taking part in beheadings in Syria as a member of Islamic State, Budapest prosecutors and the European judicial co-operation agency..
Reuters - Published

Serbia sentences seven for joining, recruiting Islamic State fighters

A Serbian court sentenced seven people, three of them in absentia, to up to 11 years in prison for joining Islamic State and conspiring to recruit others to fight for the militants in Syria and..
Reuters - Published

U.S.-backed Syrian force still battling Islamic State

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) battled Islamic State militants holed up in the Baghouz area overnight, supported by U.S.-led coalition air strikes, the SDF said, seeking to defeat the last pockets..
Reuters - Published

Victory over Islamic State to be announced after enclave searched: SDF

U.S.-backed Syrian forces were sweeping on Thursday through the final enclave that had been held by Islamic State fighters, and said they would declare the group defeated once a search for hidden mines..
Reuters - Published

Special Report: Forgotten victims - The children of Islamic State

The hallways of the Rusafa Central Criminal Court in Baghdad teemed with anxious toddlers on the days their mothers were on trial. Then they vanished again, into the women's prison, where they have..
Reuters - Published

Death toll climbs at Syrian camp

Twelve people died overnight after arriving at a camp in northeastern Syria from Islamic State's final enclave at Baghouz, the International Rescue Committee said on Thursday.
Reuters - Published

U.S.-backed fighters say operation at last Islamic State enclave not over

U.S.-backed Syrian fighters said they were still searching territory captured from Islamic State at its final enclave in eastern Syria on Thursday and denied a report the jihadists had been finally..
Reuters - Published

U.S.-backed force denies report of Islamic State's final defeat

The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) denied a report on Thursday that all of Islamic State's final enclave has been captured after a Kurdish media outlet said the jihadist group had been..
Reuters - Published

Despite Washington talks, France still unclear over U.S. Syria plans: Le Drian

France, one of the main contributors to the fight against Islamic State in the Middle East, has received no answers to questions about U.S. calls for it and others to help secure northeastern Syria,..
Reuters - Published

Battle for last Islamic State enclave edges toward its end

The operation to take Islamic State's last enclave in eastern Syria looked close to an end on Wednesday, with no sign of clashes as U.S.-backed fighters said they were combing the area for hidden..
Reuters - Published

U.S.-backed fighters clear area around last Islamic State Syria pocket: SDF official

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) conducted clearing operations on Wednesday after taking most of the last Islamic State pocket in east Syria, an official with the U.S.-backed militia said.
Reuters - Published

Clearing operations underway around last IS Syrian outpost, no clashes: SDF

An official with U.S.-backed fighters said there was calm and no clashes at Islamic State's last enclave in eastern Syria on Wednesday, after pushing the jihadists from it on Tuesday into a sliver of..
Reuters - Published

Islamic State fighters pinned on Syrian riverbank, warplanes fly above

Warplanes flew near Baghouz in eastern Syria early on Wednesday, a Reuters witness said, as the final remnants of the Islamic State group held a narrow strip of land along the Euphrates in a last-ditch..
Reuters - Published

Tunisian forces kill three Islamic State militants near Algerian border

Tunisian special forces killed three suspected militants of Islamic State on Tuesday after clashes in a mountainous area near the Algerian border, a security official told Reuters.
Reuters - Published

Battle ongoing for Islamic state's last Syria enclave: SDF spokesman

The battle for Islamic State's final scrap of territory at Baghouz in eastern Syria is ongoing and clashes continue, Mustafa Bali, the head of the media office of the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic..
Reuters - Published

U.S.-backed forces capture Syria suspects tied to American deaths: sources

U.S.-backed forces have captured Islamic State fighters tied to a January suicide bombing in Syria that killed four Americans, U.S. officials say, generating concrete leads for Washington about the..
Reuters - Published

Islamic State loses big part of enclave, SDF sees defeat 'very soon'

U.S.-backed Syrian forces said they were close to capturing Islamic State's last territorial possession in eastern Syria on Tuesday after seizing the jihadists' camp at Baghouz, though clashes..
Reuters - Published

U.S.-backed SDF says captures Islamic State camp but fight not over

U.S.-backed fighters said they took a big step towards eradicating Islamic State's last territorial possession in eastern Syria on Monday, seizing the jihadist camp at Baghouz and cornering remaining..
Reuters - Published

U.S.-backed SDF detains hundreds of wounded Islamic State fighters

The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) detained hundreds of wounded Islamic State militants on Tuesday when they captured a camp where the jihadists had been holed up in their final enclave in..
Reuters - Published

Islamic State to be defeated in Syria enclave 'very soon': SDF official

The last remaining Islamic State militants holed up in their enclave at Baghouz in Syria will be defeated "very soon", an official with the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) told Reuters on..
Reuters - Published

Clashes still raging in last Islamic State enclave: SDF official

Clashes are still ongoing in the final Islamic State enclave at Baghouz and the jihadists are still holding some families as human shields, a media official with the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic..
Reuters - Published

U.S.-backed SDF: Islamic State camp under full control

The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have seized full control of a camp where Islamic State militants have been holed up in Baghouz near the Iraqi border though the operation is not yet over,..
Reuters - Published

U.S.-backed SDF says it captured 157 militants, mostly foreigners

The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) militia besieging Islamic State's last enclave in eastern Syria said on Tuesday it had captured "157 experienced terrorists, mostly foreign nationals".
Reuters - Published

IS says displacements from Syria's Baghouz will not weaken the group

An Islamic State spokesman said on Monday the displacement of "the weak and poor" from Syria's Baghouz would not weaken the group.
Reuters - Published

Iraq sentences Belgian man to death for belonging to Islamic State

Iraq sentenced a Belgian man to death by hanging on Monday for being part of the Islamic State militant group, one of dozens of foreign nationals facing the death penalty in Iraq.
Reuters - Published

U.S.-backed force says it has taken positions in Islamic State Syria camp

U.S.-backed fighters have taken positions in Islamic State's last enclave in eastern Syria, they said late on Sunday, after pounding the tiny patch of land by the banks of the Euphrates.
Reuters - Published

Battle rages for last Islamic State Syria enclave

Falling bombs raised smoke over Islamic State's last enclave in east Syria on Sunday, obscuring the huddle of vehicles and makeshift shelters to which the group's self-declared "caliphate" has been..
Reuters - Published

Over 60,000 people, mostly civilians, have fled last IS Syria enclave: SDF

The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Sunday more than 60,000 people, mostly civilians, had flooded out of Islamic State's last enclave in eastern Syria since a final assault to..
Reuters - Published

Suicide attackers strike people quitting Islamic State's last Syria zone

Three suicide attackers in women's clothing killed six people leaving the last Islamic State enclave in eastern Syria on Friday in simultaneous blasts, the U.S.-backed forces besieging the area said.
Reuters - Published

Iraq begins legal proceedings against 14 French Islamic State fighters: sources

Iraq has begun court proceedings against 14 suspected French members of the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group captured by U.S.-backed forces and transferred to Iraq from Syria last month, two legal..
Reuters - Published

'We don't see the enemy': Concealed jihadists slow Islamic State defeat

The young Syrian man crossing out of Islamic State's last enclave in eastern Syria brought confirmation that the fight was still not over despite days of ferocious bombardment by U.S.-backed forces.
Reuters - Published

Dutch arrest two on suspicion of delivering weapons for 2015 Paris attacks

Dutch police arrested two men in Amsterdam for their suspected involvement in the co-ordinated Islamic State attacks on Paris in November 2015 that killed 130 people, prosecutors said on Friday.
Reuters - Published

France repatriates several young children from camps in Syria

France has repatriated several young children from camps in Northern Syria, its foreign ministry said on Friday, reiterating that militants who joined the Islamic State should be tried where they..
Reuters - Published

U.S.-backed Syrian group denies deal to send IS captives to Iraq

The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Friday denied any agreement to hand over captured Iraqi Islamic State fighters or their families to Iraq.
Reuters - Published

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