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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, officially known as the Islamic State (IS) and also known by its Arabic-language acronym Daesh, is a Salafi jihadist terrorist organization and a former unrecognised proto-state that follows 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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All U.S. troops withdrawing from Syria expected to go to western Iraq: Pentagon chief

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Saturday that all of the nearly 1,000 troops withdrawing from northern Syria are expected to move to western Iraq to continue the campaign against Islamic..
Reuters - Published

Trump defends Middle East policy, says Islamic State is under control

U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday defended his Middle East policy, as he comes under bipartisan criticism over his administration's move to withdraw U.S. troops from northeast Syria and an..
Reuters - Published

Videos for Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant

Esper in Afghanistan as U.S. looks to kickstart Taliban talks [Video]Esper in Afghanistan as U.S. looks to kickstart Taliban talks

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper arrived in Kabul on Sunday in a bid to bring talks with the Taliban back on track after President Donald Trump abruptly broke off negotiations last month seeking to..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:36Published

Mike Pence To Urge Turkey To Stop Attack Against Kurdish Fighters [Video]Mike Pence To Urge Turkey To Stop Attack Against Kurdish Fighters

Vice President Mike Pence will urge Turkey to stop its offensive against Kurdish fighters in northeast Syria. This comes after President Donald Trump threatened heavy sanctions over the operation...

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:32Published

At least 62 killed in Afghan mosque bombing [Video]At least 62 killed in Afghan mosque bombing

A spokesman for Nangarhar province's governor says there were multiple blasts from explosives placed inside the mosque in the Jawdara area of Haska Mena district. Mia Womersley reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:38Published

Turkey's Erdogan gives briefing on Syria ceasefire deal [Video]Turkey's Erdogan gives briefing on Syria ceasefire deal

The ceasefire grants the Kurdish-led forces, that were Washington's main Syrian ally in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS), five days to withdraw from the..

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 20:29Published

Pelosi says Trump had 'meltdown' following House vote on Syria [Video]Pelosi says Trump had 'meltdown' following House vote on Syria

During House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's weekly news conference, she described Donald Trump as having a 'meltdown' following a House vote to oppose the decision to pull U.S. troops from Syria. Rough Cut (no..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:18Published

Syrians using smugglers to seek refuge in Iraq [Video]Syrians using smugglers to seek refuge in Iraq

Refugees also fear that ISIL fighters may slip into Iraq, as security sources say 3,500 ISIL fighters have Iraqi citizenship.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:30Published

French foreign minister travels to Iraq to push for local trials of European ISIS fighters [Video]French foreign minister travels to Iraq to push for local trials of European ISIS fighters

He will spearhead talks on behalf of European Governments who are hoping Baghdad can oversee trials of captured fighters.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 04:36Published

Trump Rages Against 'Overrated' Former Defense Secretary Mattis [Video]Trump Rages Against 'Overrated' Former Defense Secretary Mattis

President Donald Trump belittled former defense secretary Jim Mattis during a chaotic meeting on Syria. According to Business Insider, Trump characterized Mattis on Wednesday as the "world's most..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:47Published

Trump's Move Pushes US Forces To Destroy Own Anti-ISIS HQ [Video]Trump's Move Pushes US Forces To Destroy Own Anti-ISIS HQ

Business Insider reports US forces destroyed the headquarters of their anti-ISIS efforts in Syria on Wednesday. The move was prevent the facilities from falling into the hands of fighters backed by..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:35Published

Trump: Syria crisis 'has nothing to do with us' [Video]Trump: Syria crisis 'has nothing to do with us'

U.S. President Donald Trump dismissed criticism over the continuing crisis in Syria, a stance in stark contrast with the president's fellow Republicans in the United States. Zachary Goelman reports.

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Erdogan: Syria offensive will end if Kurds withdraw [Video]Erdogan: Syria offensive will end if Kurds withdraw

Turkey's offensive into northeast Syria will end if Kurdish fighters in the region drop their weapons and withdraw from a planned "safe zone," President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday, but warned..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:16Published

Erdogan says goal in Syria is to 'eliminate terrorist groups', return refugees [Video]Erdogan says goal in Syria is to 'eliminate terrorist groups', return refugees

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday that the goal of military operation "Peace Spring " in Syria was to 'eliminate terrorist groups' and PKK bases in northern Syria. Rough cut (no reporter..

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Damascus cements its new Kurd alliance [Video]Damascus cements its new Kurd alliance

Russian-backed Syrian government forces wasted no time in taking advantage of an abrupt U.S. retreat from Syria after the Turkish incursion, deploying deep inside Kurdish-held territory south of the..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:41Published

Erdogan Denies Escape Of Islamic State Prisoners [Video]Erdogan Denies Escape Of Islamic State Prisoners

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan spoke out about reports that Islamic State prisoners escaped. Erdogan dismissed reports that the prisoners left northeastern Syria as a result of Turkey’s offensive...

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:32Published

Hundreds of IS fighters' families flee camp in northern Syria: Kurdish officials [Video]Hundreds of IS fighters' families flee camp in northern Syria: Kurdish officials

Kurdish authorities in Syria said on Sunday nearly 800 close relatives of fighters from the so-called Islamic State (IS) fled the Ain Issa camp in the north of the country, according to AFP.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 07:10Published

Trump tells Pentagon to start pulling troops from northern Syria [Video]Trump tells Pentagon to start pulling troops from northern Syria

The United States is poised to move about 1,000 U.S. troops from northern Syria amid an ongoing Turkish incursion into the region, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Sunday, calling the situation..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:19Published

Reported executions by Turkish forces in Syria may be 'war crimes': U.S. Defense Secretary [Video]Reported executions by Turkish forces in Syria may be 'war crimes': U.S. Defense Secretary

Gruesome images showing what may be Turkish-backed fighters executing captured Syrian Kurds would be war crimes if the accounts are true, said U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Sunday. Rough cut (no..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:54Published

Mattis: US Withdrawal From Syria Will Give New Life To ISIS [Video]Mattis: US Withdrawal From Syria Will Give New Life To ISIS

Politico reports former Defense Secretary James Mattis said ISIS "will resurge" in Syria. His remarks were his first public comments following President Donald Trump's withdrawal of troops from the..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:42Published

Pentagon says United States not abandoning Kurds [Video]Pentagon says United States not abandoning Kurds

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Friday said Ankara's military incursion into northeastern Syria was damaging U.S.-Turkey relations, adding that the United States was not abandoning its Kurdish..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:51Published

Former YPG fighter says Kurds in Syria 'thrown to the wolves' by allies [Video]Former YPG fighter says Kurds in Syria 'thrown to the wolves' by allies

A British man who fought alongside Kurdish forces in Syria to defeat Islamic State told Euronews the Kurds have been "thrown to the wolves" after Turkey launched a military campaign in the northeast of..

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 08:54Published

Trump hopes for mediator role between Turkey and the Kurds [Video]Trump hopes for mediator role between Turkey and the Kurds

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he hopes he can mediate between Turkey and the Kurds following Turkey's offensive on U.S.-allied Kurds in northeast Syria. Rough Cut (no reporter..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:30Published

Erdogan's Communications Director Talks Strategy For Turkey [Video]Erdogan's Communications Director Talks Strategy For Turkey

President Tayyip Erdogan’s communications director gave news on the Turkish military and the Free Syruan Army. According to Reuters, he said the two forces will cross the Syrian border “shortly.”..

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Trump defends major policy shift in Syria [Video]Trump defends major policy shift in Syria

U.S. President Donald Trump defended his decision to withdraw American forces from northeastern Syria which critics say has effectively opened the door for a Turkish incursion. Havovi Cooper reports.

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Trump Warns Turkish President Of ' Big Trouble' If Kurdish Invasion Hurts US Service Members [Video]Trump Warns Turkish President Of ' Big Trouble' If Kurdish Invasion Hurts US Service Members

President Donald Trump threatened Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan of “big trouble.” He said if any U.S. service members in the part of Syria Turkey might invade get hurt, there would be..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:32Published

 

Iraq prudent over taking Islamic State foreign nationals

Iraqi officials appeared cautious on Thursday after holding talks with European powers this week aimed at accelerating efforts to create a judicial framework that would enable jihadists being held in..
Reuters - Published

What to do with our IS brides? Bringing them home is no easy task

The US troop withdrawal from Syria adds urgency, but no clear answers, to what Australia should do to help the wives and children of its Islamic State fighters.
The Age - Published

U.N. Security Council concerned about northeast Syria, U.S., China, Europeans urge ceasefire

The United Nations Security Council voiced concern on Wednesday over the risks of a deterioration in the humanitarian situation in northeast Syria and the escape of Islamic State fighters, but made no..
Reuters - Published

U.N. Security Council concerned by situation in northeast Syria

The U.N. Security Council said on Wednesday it was concerned by the risks of a deterioration in the humanitarian situation in northeast Syria and the escape of Islamic State fighters, but made no..
Reuters - Published

French foreign minister heads to Iraq Wednesday for Islamic State talks: PM

France's foreign minister will travel to Iraq on Wednesday evening to discuss the situation in northeastern Syria and the impact a Turkish invasion has had on the fight against Islamic State, France's..
Reuters - Published

France, Britain try to revive fight against Islamic State; decry Turkey, U.S

France and Britain on Tuesday accused Turkey and the United States of undoing five years worth of work in fighting Islamic State and scrambled to define how to react should militants escape prisons and..
Reuters - Published

France says to talk to Iraqi leaders about Islamic State detainees

France's foreign minister said on Tuesday that he will hold talks soon with Iraqi and Kurdish leaders to discuss how to secure thousands of foreign and regional Islamic State fighters held in Syrian..
Reuters - Published

France says Turkish, U.S. decisions will lead to resurgence of Islamic State

France's prime minister said on Tuesday decisions by Turkey and the United States in Syria would have serious consequences in the region and that it was inevitable that their actions would lead to a..
Reuters - Published

NATO worried about effects of Turkey's Syria offensive on fight against Islamic State

NATO is concerned about the consequences of Turkey's military operation in northeastern Syria on the fight against Islamic State, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Tuesday.
Reuters - Published

France's Le Drian says Turkish offensive in Syria could undermine fight against IS: paper

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Monday that the Turkish offensive in Syria could undermine years of battling the Islamic State militant group.
Reuters - Published

Denmark to strip foreign fighters of Danish citizenship

Denmark will fast-track legislation allowing people with dual citizenship who have gone abroad to fight for militant groups like Islamic State to be stripped of their Danish nationality, Prime Minister..
Reuters - Published

Turkey says Kurdish forces emptied Islamic State prison in northeast Syria

Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Monday Syrian Kurdish YPG fighters had emptied a jail holding Islamic State prisoners in a part of Syria where Ankara is mounting an offensive, and that the..
Reuters - Published

Trump: Kurdish-led forces may intentionally be releasing Islamic State militants

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday that Kurdish-led forces in northeast Syria may be releasing captive Islamic State militants to lure U.S. troops back to the area, adding that they could be..
Reuters - Published

NATO's Stoltenberg defends approach to Turkey's Syria offensive

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Monday defended his stance on Turkey's military operation against Kurdish militants in northeastern Syria, saying that the military alliance should not lose..
Reuters - Published

EU must consider Turkish arms embargo over Syria: France

European Union foreign ministers must again condemn Turkey's offensive in Syria, call for an arms embargo on Ankara and request that the United States hold a meeting of the coalition against Islamic..
Reuters - Published

Erdogan says reports of escaped Islamic State prisoners 'disinformation': Anadolu

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday dismissed reports that Islamic State prisoners in northeastern Syria had escaped as a result of Turkey's offensive in the region, saying they were..
Reuters - Published

Turkey's Syria advance leaves Europe with foreign fighter dilemma

European states are trying to fast-track a plan to shift thousands of foreign Islamic State militants out of Syrian prison camps and into Iraq, after the outbreak of fresh conflict in Syria raised the..
Reuters - Published

Save the Children concerned by reports IS-linked women, children fled camp

Save the Children said it was deeply concerned by reports hundreds of women and children linked to Islamic State had fled in terror from a camp for displaced people in northern Syria after shells fell..
Reuters - Published

Islamic State relatives flee en masse from Syrian camp: Kurdish-led authority

Women affiliated with Islamic State and their children fled en masse from a camp where they were being held in northern Syria on Sunday after shelling by Turkish forces in a five-day-old offensive, the..
Reuters - Published

Kurdish-led authority: 785 IS-affiliated foreigners escaped Syria camp on Sunday

The Kurdish-led administration in northern Syria said 785 foreigners affiliated with Islamic State managed to escape a camp where they were being held following Turkish shelling on Sunday.
Reuters - Published

SDF: Not enough guards at Syria camp holding Islamic State families

Kurdish-led security forces do not have enough guards for the Ain Issa camp that holds families of Islamic State militants and dozens of them have escaped since Turkish shelling struck the area, an..
Reuters - Published

Syrian Observatory: 100 people escape camp holding Islamic State relatives

Around 100 people - women affiliated with Islamic State and their children - have escaped from a camp guarded by Syrian Kurdish-led security forces in northern Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human..
Reuters - Published

Islamic State family members escape camp as Turkey-backed forces close in: Kurdish-led authority

An offensive by Turkey and its Syrian allies is nearing a camp for displaced people in northern Syria holding thousands of members of "Islamic State families", some of whom have managed to escape after..
Reuters - Published

Kurdish-led SDF says Turkish invasion has revived IS, urges no-fly zone

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said a Turkish attack in northern Syria had revived Islamic State and called on allied states that helped fight the jihadist group to close off air space..
Reuters - Published

Car bomb detonates at jail in Syria holding IS prisoners: monitor, SDF

A car bomb exploded overnight at a prison holding Islamic State detainees in the city of Hasaka in northeastern Syria, forcing Syrian Kurdish-led security forces to send reinforcements to prevent an..
Reuters - Published

Turkey intensifies Syria campaign as Islamic State strikes Kurds

Turkey intensified its air and artillery strikes in northeast Syria on Friday, escalating an offensive against Kurdish militia that has drawn warnings of humanitarian catastrophe and turned some..
Reuters - Published

Islamic State claims car bomb in Syria's Qamishli

Islamic State claimed responsibility for a car bomb attack in the Syrian city of Qamishli which it said had targeted Kurdish militants.
Reuters - Published

Islamic State women attack security at Syria camp: SDF

Women affiliated with Islamic State attacked security offices with sticks and stones on Friday during unrest at a camp where they were held by Kurdish-led forces in northeastern Syria, the region where..
Reuters - Published

Timeline: Turkey’s military operations in Iraq and Syria

Turkey's armed forces have conducted several large-scale military operations over the decades in northern Iraq and northern Syria against the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), Syrian Kurdish YPG militia..
Reuters - Published

Putin says Turkey's Syria operation may allow militants to escape: Ifax

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned on Friday that Islamic State militants held in northeast Syria could escape as a result of a Turkish military operation there, the Interfax news agency reported.
Reuters - Published

North Syria camp by displaced to be moved after shelling: Kurdish-led authority

A camp sheltering more than 7,000 displaced people in northern Syria is to be evacuated and talks are underway about moving a second camp for 13,000 people including families of Islamic State fighters..
Reuters - Published

Putin warns jailed militants may escape amid Turkey's Syria operation: Ifax

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned on Friday that Islamic State militants held in northeast Syria could escape from jail as a result of a Turkish military operation there, the Interfax news agency..
Reuters - Published

In wake of Turkish offensive, France calls for urgent meeting of anti-Islamic State coalition

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian called for an emergency meeting of the coalition created to fight Islamic State to discuss Turkey's offensive against Kurdish militias in northern Syria.
Reuters - Published

U.S. warns Turkey of 'consequences' over Syria assault as U.N. Security Council meets

The United States warned Turkey at the United Nations on Thursday that it faced "consequences" if its assault against Kurdish militias in northeast Syria did not protect vulnerable populations or..
Reuters - Published

United States' U.N. envoy warns Turkey it faces 'consequences’ amid Syria assault

The United States' envoy to the United Nations on Thursday warned Turkey it faced repercussions from its assault against Kurdish militias in northeastern Syria if it did not protect vulnerable..
Reuters - Published

Turkey says will be responsible for IS prisoners in Syria 'safe zone'

Turkey will take responsibility for Islamic State prisoners in a "safe zone" it aims to form in Syria after its military incursion there, the foreign minister said on Thursday, responding to fears the..
Reuters - Published

Syrian Kurdish official warns of Islamic State jail break

A senior Kurdish official warned on Thursday that Islamic State militants could break out of prisons in northeast Syria as fighting intensifies between the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)..
Reuters - Published

Islamic State will not have presence in northeast Syria: Erdogan

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday he guaranteed that Islamic State jihadists will not have a presence in northeast Syria after Turkey completes its offensive against a Kurdish militia..
Reuters - Published

Turkish attack weakens ability to guard IS detainees: Syrian Kurdish official

A top Syrian Kurdish official said on Thursday that Turkish attacks weaken the ability of security forces in northeast Syria to guard prisons holding Islamic State detainees.
Reuters - Published

Turkey shelled prison holding IS foreign fighters Kurdish-led administration

The Syrian Kurdish-led authorities accused Turkey of shelling a prison holding Islamic State (IS) militants of more than 60 nationalities, calling this "a clear attempt" to help them escape.
Reuters - Published

Indonesian minister stable after attack by suspected Islamic radical: police

Indonesia's Chief Security Minister Wiranto is conscious and in a stable condition after he was stabbed on Thursday by a man authorities suspect had been radicalized by Islamic State ideology, police..
Reuters - Published

U.S. military takes custody of two high-profile Islamic State militants

The U.S. military has taken custody of two high-profile Islamic State militants previously held in Syria by Kurdish-led fighters and moved them out of the country, as Turkey starts an offensive there,..
Reuters - Published

Canada condemns Turkey's military action against Kurdish forces

Canada condemned Turkey's assault on Kurdish militia in northeast Syria on Wednesday, saying it risked undermining both the stability of a fragile region and efforts to contain the Islamic State.
Reuters - Published

Kurdish SDF: Turkish air strike hit Syria prison holding IS detainees

The Kurdish-led force that controls northeast Syria said a Turkish air strike on Wednesday hit a prison which holds detained Islamic State militants.
Reuters - Published

Exclusive: U.S.-backed Syrian forces halt counter-Islamic State operations - sources

U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters have halted operations against Islamic State in Syria as Turkey launches a military offensive in Syria's northeast, two U.S. officials and a Kurdish military source said on..
Reuters - Published

Turkish offensive in Syria could reinvigorate Islamic State: Germany

Germany on Wednesday urged Turkey to halt a military operation in northern Syria, saying the incursion would destabilize the country and risked helping a resurgence of the Islamic State militant group.
Reuters - Published

France's Macron met spokeswoman of Kurdish-led Syria SDF forces

French President Emmanuel Macron met on Tuesday with Jihane Ahmed, the spokeswoman for the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), to express France's solidarity with them in their fight against..
Reuters - Published

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