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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 terrorist militant group and a former unrecognised proto-state that follows a fundamentalist, Salafi jihadist 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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France warns U.S. against pulling troops from fight against Islamists in Africa's Sahel

France delivered a stern warning on Monday against possible U.S. troop cuts in West Africa, where groups linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State are expanding their foothold.
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Islamic State urges attacks against Jews in effort to thwart Trump plan: recording

The Islamic State militant group urged its fighters and other Muslims to attack Jews in a purported audio recording released on Monday in an attempt to thwart U.S. President Donald Trump's..
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Videos for Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant


Trump meets Iraqi president in Davos [Video]Trump meets Iraqi president in Davos

President Trump said he has a "whole host of very dificult things to discuss" with his Iraqi counterpart, as the pair spoke to the media at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

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Alleged IS member Lisa Smith arrives at Dublin court [Video]Alleged IS member Lisa Smith arrives at Dublin court

An Irish woman who is an alleged member of the so-called Islamic State group has arrived at a court in Dublin. Lisa Smith has been charged with membership of an unlawful organisation, under 2005 terror..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:31Published

Ex-CIA director says Soleimani killing 'bigger than Bin Laden' [Video]Ex-CIA director says Soleimani killing 'bigger than Bin Laden'

Former CIA director and retired U.S. Army General David Petraeus on Sunday (January 5) said "it was impossible to overstate the significance" of the American airstrike that killed Iranian Major-General..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:37Published

Iraqi parliament approves measure ending foreign troop presence [Video]Iraqi parliament approves measure ending foreign troop presence

Iraq's parliament on Sunday called on all foreign troops to be ordered out after the United States killed a top Iranian military commander and an Iraqi militia leader in Baghdad. Zachary Goelman..

Credit: Reuters - Politics     Duration: 01:49Published

Iran could retaliate with proxy forces, cyberattacks after assassination [Video]Iran could retaliate with proxy forces, cyberattacks after assassination

Tehran has an array of options to hit back at U.S. targets and allies after an American airstrike killed a top Iranian commander in Baghdad. Zachary Goelman reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:06Published

What will 2020 hold for Iraq's protesters? [Video]What will 2020 hold for Iraq's protesters?

Iraq is no stranger to unrest - decades of war with its neighbours, UN sanctions, a US-led invasion, sectarian civil war, ISIL, and now the protests.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:54Published

G5 Sahel leaders seek concrete measures to counter jihadist attacks [Video]G5 Sahel leaders seek concrete measures to counter jihadist attacks

The Leaders of the G5 Sahel countries on Sunday visited the graves of 71 Niger soldiers killed in the western town of Inates days earlier in the worst jihadist attack on security forces in Niger in..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:51Published

ISIL in Afghanistan 'defeated', but not eliminated [Video]ISIL in Afghanistan 'defeated', but not eliminated

Afghan authorities say sustained bombing campaign has significantly reduced the threat of ISIL. Al Jazeera speaks to the rural communities caught in the crossfire.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:24Published

Two years after ISIL defeat, Mosul still in ruins [Video]Two years after ISIL defeat, Mosul still in ruins

The victory over ISIL is overshadowed by the slow pace of reconstruction and lack of services in the Sunni north.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:59Published

Trump to Macron: 'Would you like some ISIS fighters? I can give them to you' [Video]Trump to Macron: 'Would you like some ISIS fighters? I can give them to you'

Credit: FRANCE 24 English     Duration: 02:15Published

'IS bride' Lisa Smith arrested after arriving in Ireland from Syria [Video]'IS bride' Lisa Smith arrested after arriving in Ireland from Syria

A former member of the Irish military who became a so-called Islamic State bride in Syria has been arrested on suspicion of terror offences as she arrived back in Ireland. Lisa Smith, 38, once..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:40Published

 

Egypt sentences 37 to jail for joining Islamic State: judicial sources

An Egyptian court sentenced 37 people on Monday to jail terms including life imprisonment for joining or supporting Islamic State's Sinai Province affiliate, judicial sources said.
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U.S. says no uptick in violence from Islamic State in Syria, Iraq

The United States has seen no uptick in Islamic State activity in Syria and Iraq, U.S. special representative for Syria James Jeffrey said on Thursday, weeks after a U.S. drone strike killed Iranian..
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Norway finance minister quits over IS woman's return from Syria

Norway's Finance Minister Siv Jensen and her right-wing Progress Party will resign from the government over a decision to bring home from Syria a woman suspected of Islamic State affiliation, Jensen..
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Philippine military says 5 Indonesians kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf militants

The Philippine military on Sunday said it has launched search and rescue operations for five Indonesian fishermen kidnapped by militants belonging to the Islamic State-linked Abu Sayyaf group in..
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Islamic State claims responsibility for Niger army base attack

Islamic State's West Africa affiliate on Tuesday claimed responsibility for an attack on an army base in Niger last week that killed at least 89 Nigerien soldiers, according to a statement translated..
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Death toll in Pakistan mosque bombing claimed by Islamic State rises to 15

The death toll from the bombing of a mosque in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta rose to 15 on Saturday, officials said, in an escalation of militant violence.
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Iraqi Kurdish leaders call for region to be kept out of rivalries: statement

The leaders of Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan Region said on Wednesday that the support of a U.S.-led military coalition in fighting Islamic State militants was vital and urged its member states not..
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Coalition must continue fight against Islamic State in Iraq: France's Le Drian

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Sunday that he had spoken by phone with Iraq's prime minister, and stressed the importance of allowing the international coalition to fight against..
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UK urges Iraq to let its soldiers remain in Iraq: PA Media

Britain has urged Iraq to allow its soldiers to remain and continue to fight against Islamic State after Iraq's parliament backed a government proposal to end the presence of foreign troops in Iraq,..
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U.S.-led coalition confirms attacks on Iraqi bases housing its troops

The United States-led military coalition fighting Islamic State said early on Sunday that there were two attacks near Iraqi bases housing its troops on Saturday night but that none of its troops were..
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U.S.-led coalition denies conducting Baghdad air strike

The U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State said on Saturday it did not conduct any air strikes near Camp Taji north of Baghdad.
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U.S.-led coalition did not conduct air strike near Taji, Iraq camp - spokesman

The U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State said on Saturday it did not conduct any air strikes near Camp Taji north of Baghdad.
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South African photographer kidnapped in Syria back home: source

A South African photojournalist kidnapped in Syria by Islamic State three years ago returned home on Thursday with the help of Turkey's intelligence agency, a security source in Ankara said.
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Turkey arrests 94 Islamic State suspects ahead of New Year

Turkish police detained 94 people suspected of ties to Islamic State in nationwide raids on Monday ahead of New Year celebrations, police and state media said, two months after the group's leader Abu..
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Bosnia jails ex-Islamic State fighter for four years

A Bosnian Muslim who pleaded guilty to terrorism charges was sentenced to four years in prison on Friday for organizing a terrorist group and fighting for Islamic State (IS) in Syria, a Bosnian court..
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Ex-Islamic State fighters, women and children return to Bosnia from Syria

A group of former Islamic State (IS) fighters, women and children, some of them orphaned, returned to Bosnia on Thursday, the prosecutor's office said.
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Finland aims to repatriate Islamic State children from Syria 'as soon as possible'

Finland will try to repatriate children of Finnish mothers who traveled to Syria to join Islamic State "as soon as possible", Prime Minister Sanna Marin said on Monday.
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New Finland leader: 'silent blessing' given to bring home Islamic State kids

Finland's new prime minister said on Wednesday the center-left coalition government had given its "silent blessing" to the Foreign Minister to go ahead with plans to repatriate children of women who..
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Russian forces enter former Islamic State stronghold in Syria after U.S. pullback

Russian forces have entered Raqqa, the former de facto capital of the Islamic State caliphate, in one of the starkest examples yet of how Moscow has filled the vacuum created by President Donald..
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Canada police arrest man previously detained in Turkey for joining ISIS

Canadian police arrested a man on terror charges who was previously detained by Turkish authorities for being part of ISIS, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said on Friday.
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IS detainee deported from Turkey charged after return to Ireland

Irish police charged a woman aligned to Islamic State on Wednesday, three days after she was arrested on suspicion of terrorist offences when she returned to Dublin from Turkey.
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Macron says time for Turkey to clarify ambiguous stance on Islamic State

French President Emmanuel Macron accused Turkey on Tuesday of working with Islamic State proxies and said Ankara's ambiguity toward the group was detrimental to its NATO allies fighting in Syria and..
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Macron accuses Turkey of working with Islamic State proxies

French President Emmanuel Macron accused Turkey of working with Islamic State proxies and said Ankara needed to clarify those ambiguities during meetings this week.
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Islamic State detainee arrested on her return to Ireland from Turkey

An Irish citizen aligned to Islamic State deported from Turkey along with her two-year-old daughter was arrested on her return to Dublin on Sunday on suspicion of terrorist offences, Irish police said.
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Islamic State says London Bridge attack carried out by one of its fighters

Islamic State said the London Bridge attack on Friday was carried out by one of its fighters, the group's Amaq news agency reported on Saturday. The group did not provide any evidence.
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Ireland set for IS detainee, young daughter to return from Turkey

Ireland expects to repatriate an Irish citizen aligned to Islamic State and her two-year-old daughter from Turkey this weekend, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Saturday, as authorities in Ankara..
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French army helicopters that crashed in Mali were not under IS fire: general

The French army said on Friday that two of its helicopters that crashed in Mali this week had not been under fire from Islamic State jihadists, contradicting a statement from the militants.
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Islamic State says it caused French army helicopter collision in Mali

Islamic State said on Thursday that its West African branch had caused a helicopter collision in Mali in which 13 French soldiers were killed this week, but it did not provide any evidence for its..
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Global death toll of landmines rises due to mines laid by militants

The global casualty toll of landmines doubled in 2018 from a 2013 low due to conflicts in Afghanistan, Syria and Mali and mostly due to the increased use of improvised landmines set by militant groups..
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Malaysia says Islamic State may shift operations to Southeast Asia

A Malaysian minister warned on Wednesday that the Islamic State militant group may shift its base of operations to Southeast Asia after the death of its leader, according to a media report.
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European police attack Islamic State's online presence

European police agencies have knocked out several internet servers used by Islamic State in a significant blow to the armed group's ability to spread propaganda online, the Europol police agency said..
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Europe police agency hits Islamic State servers in blow to jihadist publicity

Belgian prosecutors have knocked out several internet servers used by Islamic State, shutting a large number of accounts and websites run by its news arm, in an operation led by Europe's police agency,..
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Philippine army says it has killed militant behind suicide attacks

Philippine soldiers have killed a militant who had helped a local group linked to Islamic State to stage suicide bombings in the southern province of Sulu, the military said on Saturday.
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Dutch state not obliged to take back Islamic State children: appeals court

The Dutch state is not obliged to actively help repatriate the young children of women who left the Netherlands and joined Islamic State in Syria, an appeals court in The Hague said on Friday,..
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IS exploited Turkey's Syria invasion, drawdown of U.S. troops: Pentagon report

Islamic State has exploited Turkey's incursion into northeastern Syria and the drawdown of U.S. troops from the region, according to a report published on Tuesday by the Pentagon's Inspector General,..
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Afghanistan's president claims victory over Islamic State

Security forces have "obliterated" Islamic State (IS) militants in Afghanistan, President Ashraf Ghani said on Tuesday, hours after a prisoner swap with Taliban insurgents raised hopes of a lull in..
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Turkey says it will repatriate most IS detainees by year-end

Turkey will have repatriated most of its Islamic State detainees to their home countries by the end of the year, Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu told Reuters on Tuesday, a week after Turkish..
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U.S. blacklists companies, people for support of Islamic State

The United States on Monday imposed sanctions on four companies and two people operating in Syria, Turkey, the Gulf and Europe for providing financial and logistical support to Islamic State.
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Indonesia police link suicide bombing to Islamic State-inspired group

Indonesian anti-terrorism officers shot dead two suspected bomb makers during a raid on the weekend and arrested more than a dozen as authorities linked a suicide bombing last week to an Islamic..
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Aust urged to accept IS fighters, families

The Australian government is being urged to take back captured Islamic State fighters and families stuck in Syria.
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Ukraine says it has detained deputy to slain Islamic State official

Ukraine's security service said on Friday it had detained the deputy of Abu Omar al-Shishani, the man the Pentagon described as Islamic State's "minister of war", after he crossed into Ukraine on a..
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Ukraine says detains senior Islamic State militant

Ukraine's state security service (SBU) said on Friday it had detained a senior Islamic State militant, Al Bara Shishani, who illegally came to Ukraine in 2018.
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Turkey sends American Islamic State fighter to U.S. after stalemate with Greece

Turkey sent an American citizen Islamic State suspect to the United States by plane on Friday, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said, after the man was refused entry to Greece earlier this week as..
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Anti-Islamic State coalition at odds on jihadi detainees

The United States on Thursday pressured members of a global coalition fighting Islamic State to allow foreign fighters to be repatriated but despite consensus on the gravity of the problem,..
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Coalition against Islamic State in disagreement on how to handle jihadi detainees

The United States on Thursday pressured members of a global coalition fighting Islamic State to allow foreign fighters to be repatriated, but despite consensus on the gravity of the problem,..
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Coalition fighting Islamic State had 'difference of opinion' on repatriation of detainees

Members of a coalition fighting Islamic State had a "difference of opinion" at a meeting in Washington on Thursday on whether jihadi detainees should be repatriated, the U.S. Special Representative for..
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