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White House National Security Adviser John Bolton and nominated Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are reportedly leading talks aimed to build an Arab coalition to serve as a stabilising force after the defeat of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) in northeast Syria. The ... Saudi Arabia

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom cited more than two dozen countries as main contributors to an "ongoing downward trend" in religious liberty worldwide and called on the Trump administration to prioritize the release of religious prisoners and assist in resettling refugees ...
Although hard work remains following defeat of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria's tyrannical self-proclaimed caliphate in Iraq and Syria, there are encouraging signs that life is returning to normal, the spokesman for Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve told Pentagon reporters today.
On April 4, Rukmini Callimachi, a correspondent for the paper who has been covering the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) and was embedded with Iraqi military units, published a piece called The ISIS files. The piece describes how Callimachi and her team took thousands ...
The Islamic State, or ISIS, is a militant organization that emerged as an offshoot of al Qaeda in 2014. It quickly took control of large parts of Iraq and Syria, raising its black flag in victory and declaring the creation of a caliphate and imposing strict Islamic rule. The group is sometimes also referred to as ...

The Islamic State, or ISIS, is a militant organization that emerged as an offshoot of al Qaeda in 2014. It quickly took control of large parts of Iraq and Syria, raising its black flag in victory and declaring the creation of a caliphate and imposing strict Islamic rule.
Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve and its partners continued to strike Islamic State of Iraq and Syria targets in designated parts of Syria and Iraq, conducting 15 strikes consisting of 41 engagements April 6-12, task force officials reported today. Graphic of solider pointing for ... Terrorists
He joined the Islamic State of Iraq, a merger of jihadi organizations that included Al-Qaeda in Iraq, and took over after the death of its leader in 2010. Baghdadi changed the name to ISIS in 2013 after spreading his ultraconservative Sunni Islamist insurgency into neighboring Syria, where the West, Gulf ...
Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve and its partners continued to strike Islamic State of Iraq and Syria targets in designated parts of Syria and Iraq between March 23-29, conducting 11 strikes consisting of 12 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve ...
The 67-year-old Muslim founded the PYD in 2003. Through its militia the People's Protection Units (YPG), the PYD has been the ground force of the U.S. effort in Syria against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) since 2014. Ankara had offered its own help as a NATO ally and has been objecting to ...
According to the charge sheet Del Vecchio faces a second terrorism charge where he “unlawfully solicited or provided support for a terrorist organisation…namely [Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria] ISIL or ISIS” between 2015 and 2017. “[Del Vecchio] ...
ABOVE VIDEO: Defense Secretary Jim Mattis speaks on the current state of Operation Inherent Resolve, the effort to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. SOUTHWEST ASIA – U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria between Feb. 16 and Feb.
The battle of Mosul, in which the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and the U.S.-led coalition defeated the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), has generated a lot of discussion since its completion in July of last year. The battle, which raged for the nine months (October 2016 to July 2017), provides many ...
BAGHDAD -- An Iraqi criminal court on Sunday sentenced 15 Turkish women to death by hanging after finding them guilty of belonging to the Islamic State or Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a judicial official said. Aged between 20 and 50, the women said they had entered Iraq illegally to join their husbands who were ...
U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria between Feb. 16 and yesterday, conducting 41 strikes consisting of 76 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today. Graphic of solider pointing for Operation Inherent Resolve Operation ...
Over Turkey's strong opposition, the U.S. military has been cooperating with the People's Protection Units (YPG) the Syrian wing of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party's (PKK), in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). U.S. officials say this cooperation is tactical and limited, and ...

More than two dozen members of a pro-government militia in Iraq have been killed after being ambushed by disguised Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters. Twenty-seven members of Hashd al-Shaabi, or the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), were killed after clashes broke out late Sunday in ...
Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve and its partners continued to strike Islamic State of Iraq and Syria targets in designated parts of Syria and Iraq between Feb. 9-15, conducting 43 strikes consisting of 63 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials ...
With almost all areas controlled by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) retaken by the Government of Iraq by the end of 2017, focus in 2018 will shift from humanitarian operations to recovery and resilience. However, significant humanitarian needs remain, as conflict has severely impacted the ...
A jogging British army officer was killed at an Iraq airbase when a forklift truck collided with him, an inquest heard. Captain Dean Sprouting, 46, was stationed at the Al Asad airbase, which was used to train Iraq i soldiers as part of a mission against the Islamic state of Iraq and Levant (Isil). Darren Salter ...
“The DoD [Department of Defense] has expended more munitions than planned over the last few years, primarily to defeat Islamic State of Iraq and Syria [ISIS], leading to higher demand to replenish munition inventories,” states the overview for the Defense Department's budget, which was released ...
[Ed.: For example, IS—then known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria—and Jabhat a-Nusra both maintained a presence in Raqqa city in 2013]. Before [2013], they used clandestine operatives and insurgency tactics to carry out terrorist attacks in urban centers. In Syria, IS gained control of territory ...
The humanitarian crisis in Iraq is entering a new phase. Combat operations against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have ended and hundreds of thousands of displaced people are returning to their homes and communities. Retaken areas are being cleared of explosive hazards and rubble ...
PARIS -- A French court has acquitted a man of charges of harboring killers who carried out the 2015 Paris terror attacks in the first trial related to the country's deadliest extremist violence since World War II. The presiding judge said the Paris court found Jawad Bendaoud, an outspoken 31-year-old ...
The goal was to help rebuild Iraq's destroyed homes, schools and hospitals, as well as revive its demolished infrastructure and economy following the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) armed group. The emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, pledged ...
The 2003 Anglo-American invasion (also known by its Orwellian name, "Operation Iraqi Freedom") dismantled what was left of the Iraqi state drained by wars and sanctions. It also triggered and normalised the politics of chaos, corruption, and sectarian civil wars. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant ...
After his release, Baghdadi went on to join Al-Qaeda in Iraq, which became the Islamic State of Iraq in 2006, and ascended to its leadership after the death of his predecessor in 2010. The group launched a wave of bloody, sectarian violence against Shiite Muslims, as well as regular attacks on U.S. forces.
In Iraq's western Anbar province, tribesmen starting to rebuild have warned they will take revenge on the families of ISIL fighters if they return. Anbar is the biggest province in Iraq and one of the last places to be freed from ISIL, or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group. ISIL, also known as ISIS, swept ...
The fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group is far from over, the US secretary of state has said, urging unity among Arab countries in the Gulf for the sake of regional stability. Rex Tillerson says the rift between Qatar and its former allies in the Gulf Cooperation ...
KUWAIT CITY -- The Trump administration, increasingly concerned that the 74-strong coalition it cobbled together to destroy the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is losing sight of the prime objective, pressed its partners on Tuesday to refocus their efforts, overcome rivalries and concentrate on the task at ...
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State, is still alive but injury and poor health has forced him to relinquish control of the terror group, according to an Iraqi intelligence chief and US officials. Baghdadi is hiding out in the desert on the Syrian side of the Syria-Iraq border northeast of Deir Ezzor ...
ISIL's leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is alive and being treated at a medical facility in northeastern Syria after being severely wounded in an air raid, a senior Iraqi official said. The head of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) sustained serious wounds to his legs during air raids, Abu ...
The YPG - trained, armed and supported by the US to fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) - controls a swath of land in northern Syria. Turkey considers the YPG an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has fought a decades-long armed campaign.
The joint operations room, run by Syria, Iran, Russia and the Lebanese armed group Hezbollah, said the drone was on a regular mission, gathering intelligence on fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS). Sources in Damascus said there were casualties among Syrian ...
The US has long supported the PYD/PKK-led SDF as a "reliable ally" in its fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS), over the strong objections of Ankara, which had documented that it is the Syrian branch of PKK. The PKK - listed as a terrorist group by the US, EU, and ...
An attack on Save the Children's Jalalabad office on January 24 that killed six people and an attack on Kabul's military academy on January 29 that killed at least 11 Afghan soldiers were claimed by ISIS' Afghan branch — known as Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant — Khorasan Province (ISIS-K). Since its creation in ...
08 February 2018, Baghdad/Rome : Vulnerable families in areas recently retaken from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) will soon have the means to produce fresh and nutritious vegetables thanks to generous support from the Government of Japan. Japan's support of $1.5 million will benefit 3 ...
Iraq is hoping to raise billions of dollars at a donor conference starting on Monday in Kuwait - to finance the reconstruction after its campaign against ISIL (the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, also known as ISIS). It is estimated that $100bn is needed for the reconstruction. Large parts of Iraq's ...
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visited Turkey twice during his first year in office, but his third trip due next week may well be the most important. Turkish-US relations were strained during former President Barack Obama's tenure. Some observers say they've only become worse during President Donald ...
In the east of the country, civilian casualties are reported in airstrikes and ground-based strikes in areas still under the control of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh) – primarily in Deir-ez-Zor governorate. However, the greatest threats now faced by civilians in such areas are improvised ...
The Islamic State extremist group nicknamed The Beatles will be held accountable, according to US officials. Two Britons, Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh, are currently being held in Syria after their capture by Kurdish militia fighters in January. The US Department of Defence (DoD) spokesman said ...
LONDON -- The mother of slain hostage James Foley said Friday that she wants two British men who were part of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) cell that killed her son to be tried and imprisoned for the rest of their lives. Diane Foley welcomed the capture of the men who were part of a group, all of ...
Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve and its partners continue to strike Islamic State of Iraq and Syria targets in designated parts of Syria and Iraq. Graphic of solider pointing for Operation Inherent Resolve Operation Inherent Resolve. Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent ...
A member of Ussud Al-Anbar (Anbar Lions), a Jihadist group affiliated to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant , al-Qaeda's front group in Iraq, holding up the trademark black and white Islamist flag. (File, AFP). Multimedia · User Galleries · News in Pictures Send us your pictures · Send us your stories.
UNITED NATIONS -- Al Qaeda's global network remains "remarkably resilient" and poses a greater threat than the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in several regions, including Yemen and Somalia, according to U.N. experts. A report by experts monitoring sanctions against both groups, obtained ...
DAVOS, Switzerland: US President Donald Trump said Friday (Jan 26) that US-backed coalition forces had won back almost 100 per cent of territory occupied by the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria. "The coalition to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has retaken almost 100 per cent of the ...
There have been at least 130 separate chemical weapons attacks in Syria since 2012, according to French estimates, with Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) also accused of using mustard gas in Syria and Iraq. A month after his election in May, French President Emmanuel Macron warned that ...
The group has also gained legitimacy in the eyes of the international community because of its efficient fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Not only the U.S. but other powers, such as Russia and even the Syrian regime, have opted to cooperate with the group for tactical reasons.
Looking at the current parlous state of our Armed Forces, the old aphorism about military leaders always fighting the last war comes readily to mind. Only, this time, it is the military that is alert to the likely threats we will face in future years, and the politicians who appear out of step with a fast-changing world.


 

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