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 Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant

The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (sometimes translated "Syria" instead of "Levant"), abbreviated as ISIL or ISIS, is an active militant group in Iraq and Syria. In its unrecognized self-proclaimed status as an independent state it claims the territory of Iraq and Syria, with implied future claims intended over more of the Levant (e.g. Lebanon). It was established in the early years of the Iraq War and pledged allegiance to al-Qaeda in 2004. The group was composed of and supported by a variety of insurgent groups, including its predecessor organisation, the Mujahideen Shura Council, Al-Qaeda in Iraq, Jaysh al-Fatiheen, Jund al-Sahaba, Katbiyan Ansar Al-Tawhid wal Sunnah, Jeish al-Taiifa al-Mansoura, etc., and other clans whose population profess Sunni Islam. It aimed to establish a caliphate in the Sunni majority regions of Iraq, later expanding this to include Syria. In February 2014, after an eight-month power struggle, al-Qaeda cut all ties to ISIL.

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:20 A.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIS) took advantage of the U.S. Coalition's latest attack to launch a powerful offensive inside the southern part of Damascus, a Syrian military source told Al-Masdar this morning. According to the military source, the Islamic State began their assault by ...
Washington, London, and Paris used last week's alleged chemical attack in Douma, near Damascus, as the pretext for an early morning missile attack on civilian and military targets in Syria. The air invasion came just hours before a group of inspectors dispatched by the UN's Organisation for the ...

The 70 nations in the defeat ISIS coalition remain committed to defeating ISIS in Syria. The strike tonight separately demonstrates international resolve to prevent chemical weapons from being used on anyone, under any circumstance, in contravention of international law. I want to emphasize that these ...
President Donald Trump's order for U.S. missile strikes on Syria has once again called attention to the presence of American troops who have operated inside Syria ... With the loss of their de-facto capital in Syria, ISIS fighters fled southeast towards the middle Euphrates River Valley close to the Iraq border.
On April 9, coalition forces conducted three strikes consisting of three engagements against ISIS targets. Two strikes near Dashisha engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed two vehicles and a logistics hub, a strike near Shadaddi engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a logistics hub. -- On April 7 near Abu Kamal, ...
MOSUL, Iraq -- Authorities in Mosul have buried more than 1,000 bodies in a mass grave in a desert valley outside the city, most of them believed to be Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group militants, according to a provincial official. More remains are being dug out of the rubble of the district where the ...

No Dutch soldiers will be prosecuted for bombings by the anti-ISIS coalition in Iraq and East Syria in which civilians were killed, the Public Prosecutor decided. The Dutch soldiers did not break the law of war, the the Ministers of Defense and Foreign Affairs wrote in a letter to parliament, RTL Nieuws reports.
MOSUL, Iraq — Authorities in Mosul have buried more than 1,000 bodies in a mass grave in a desert valley outside the city, most of them believed to ... Nearly all of that territory has been wrested back in the campaign led by U.S.-backed Iraqi and Syrian forces, except for small pockets held by ISIS in Syria.
In Syria, the United States – with but a small force being used to eliminate what is left of ISIS – is doing what is necessary to protect the American people. Over the last year, nearly 100 per cent of the territory once controlled by the so-called ISIS caliphate in Syria and Iraq has been liberated and eliminated.
The former leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) Nigel Farage said today that attacking Syria and overthrowing Assad's government could lead to *Daesh gaining strength and territory in the Arab state. “What comes next [after Assad's removal]? Chaos, instability, and maybe, maybe a chance for ISIS ...
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told Congress Thursday that the United States is primarily in Syria to suffocate ISIS. "Our role in Syria is the defeat of ISIS. We are not going to engage in the civil war [between Bashar al-Assad's government and forces of opposition] itself," he said, but added that "at times ...
What should the U.S. government do with American citizens who traveled to live among the Islamic State? Sam El Hassani is an American woman who is being held with her children by Kurdish forces in northern Syria after living in Raqqa with her husband, who was an ISIS sniper. Special correspondent ...
... years, we've worked closely with the Ministry of Defence and key allies to grow these capabilities at pace. “Much of this is too sensitive to talk about in detail, but I can tell you that GCHQ, in partnership with the Ministry of Defence, has conducted a major offensive cyber campaign against Daesh (ISIS).
The El Hassani family are not the only Americans who went to land controlled by ISIS in Syria and Iraq. They're among the dozens that we know of who have ventured to the caliphate since 2014. For more on their fates, I'm joined by Seamus Hughes. He's the deputy director of the Program on Extremism at ...
It was an acknowledgment of a lesson from the Iraq war about what can go wrong after a military assault without a plan, one senior Defense Department official said on the condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive plans. It also sought to ensure that the United States and European allies could justify ...
This map shows which groups dominate different parts of Syria, including the areas controlled by the Syrian government and the areas held by opposition groups, according to analysts at IHS Markit's Conflict Monitor. The big picture: This gives the latest look at the conflict zones as President Trump ...
Iraq's Al-Sumeria television network cited intelligence sources who said ISIS official Abu Walid al-Checheni was tracked and killed in an operation in the ... Baghdadi changed the name to ISIS in 2013 after spreading his ultraconservative Sunni Islamist insurgency into neighboring Syria, where the West, ...

“Both praised the victories over Daesh [ISIS] terrorist gangs and the liberation of all of Iraqi soil, achieved by the determination of the heroic Iraqi forces ... The White House issued its own statement on Sunday, in which President Trump also highlighted the importance of Iraqi unity in advance of Iraq's May ...
Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh made the comments during a wide-ranging interview with CNN, which they consented to, from inside a detention facility in northern Syria where they are being held by US-backed Syrian Kurds. The pair gained notoriety for being part of a British-accented group of ...
Two pockets of ISIS fighters—numbering in the low thousands—remain in the eastern Euphrates Valley and along the border with Iraq. Among them is the ISIS leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. “We have to work through some very difficult issues as we speak,” he said. “We are going to complete that mission.”.
Iran has also played a large role in the battle against ISIS, supporting mostly Shiite Muslim militias in both Iraq and Syria via the elite Revolutionary Guards. Despite both the U.S. and Iran contributing to the battle, Trump and his administration have identified Tehran's growing influence in the Middle East as ...
Relatives of the two construction workers who were killed by Islamic State militants in Iraq in 2014 staged agitation on Tuesday when the bodies reached the respective villages in Bengal's Nadia district. The agitated members of the two families and local people demanded jobs and compensation for the ...
White House says US military mission against ISIS in Syria coming to 'rapid end,' offers no timetable for withdrawal. By The Associated Press. WASHINGTON — Apr 4, 2018, 11:09 AM ET. 0 Shares. Email. Star. 0 Shares. Email · White House says US military mission against ISIS in Syria coming to 'rapid end,' offers no ...
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Wednesday that the U.S. and its partners remain committed to eliminating the small Islamic State group presence that continues in Syria. Sanders says the administration will continue to consult with allies regarding future plans. Trump discussed ...
The situation in Syria remains a challenge, added Al-Abadi, because of Daesh's presence in several areas, especially near the Iraqi border. There is a regional conflict over Iraq, he pointed out as he explained that he wants to establish serious relations with all regional countries and keep the conflict away ...
'Two Sisters' Follows Norwegian Teenagers Who Left Home To Join ISIS FIghters In Syria ... When ISIS started expanding its hold on Iraq and Syria, tens of thousands of foreign fighters went to join the caliphate. In Norway, two teenage girls decided to leave their family for Syria. Their story is the subject of ...
He told White House reporters on Tuesday that regarding the defeat of ISIS in Syria, "we've almost completed that task. ... and our mission isn't over, and we're going to complete that mission,” said Brett McGurk, a rare Obama-administration holdover who heads the anti-ISIS portfolio in Iraq and Syria.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that ISIS had been defeated in Syria, but it retains its destructive potential and can attack countries around the world, Interfax news agency cited him as saying. “It is evident that despite its military situation, this terrorist group retains a significant ...
Trump has said publicly that he's ready to withdraw troops from Syria, but his top military commanders have argued the battle against ISIS is not yet complete. "The military mission to eradicate ISIS in Syria is coming to a rapid end, with ISIS being almost completely destroyed," a statement from White House ...
U.S. pilots run the risk of starting a war with any of the multitude of nations flying combat missions in the increasingly turbulent skies over Syria—including Russia and Iran—a U.S. Navy rear admiral told USNI News. As the number of ISIS targets diminish and new fronts open, Syrian airspace is becoming ...
Iraq has detained or imprisoned at least 19,000 people accused of connections to the Daesh terrorist group or other terror-related offenses, and sentenced more than 3,000 of them to death, according to an analysis by The Associated Press. The mass incarceration and speed of guilty verdicts raise ...
President Donald Trump said nearly all of the land once controlled by ISIS in Syria and Iraq has been retaken and “it all took place since our election.” But even the State Department's senior envoy to the anti-Islamic State coalition said in December that half of the ISIS caliphate was recaptured under ...
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 16-22, conducting 14 strikes consisting of 19 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
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 9-15, conducting 23 strikes consisting of 37 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
The released Al Qaeda militants later created the backbone of Daesh leadership, which spread to Syria in 2014 from Iraq. “Before ISIS (Daesh) ascended to power, there were a number of Western and regional states which were determined to overthrow the Damascus regime,” Giorgio Cafiero, an expert on ...
This June 28, 2017, photo provided by Omar Alloush, show Alloush, a senior Kurdish official, attending the funeral of a fighter from the Syrian Democratic Forces who was killed in battle against the the Islamic State group, in Raqqa, northern Syria. Syrian Kurdish officials said Thursday, March 15, 2018, that Alloush who ...
Where ISIS erred was in its ambitions. As it expanded furiously across the troubled areas of Iraq and Syria, its leadership may have been led to believe they could perpetually broaden the caliphate through West Asia. It's the declaration of the caliphate that set ISIS apart from other jihadist organisations with ...
An investigation will be initiated to determine the cause of the incident," the U.S.-led coalition battling the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) in Iraq and Syria told Newsweek in a statement. GettyImages-643815120 U.S. troops walk as a U.S. Army C-47 Chinook helicopter flies over the village of Oreij, south of ...
The Kurds and their allies, both in Syria and in Iraq, were in the forefront of the war effort on the ground, and their combined forces dealt ISIS repeated blows. According to Taaki, the fighting usually began after “Americans [fighter jets] would come and bomb ISIS, and then we would arrive in our trucks, clear ...
Once accepted, foreign fighters, like Stevens, are often smuggled into Syria through Iraq. Among the dozens of people from across the world who have gone to fight with Kurdish forces, many of them are young idealists who often romanticize the cause of fighting against ISIS, or more broadly, the idea of ...
KIRKUK, Iraq (AA) – Eleven Daesh militants were killed in an Iraqi security operation in the northern Kirkuk province on Thursday, according to a local police officer. The militants were intercepted at a point close to the Riyad town of Kirkuk as a result of some intelligence obtained, Police Capt. Muntazar ...
Syria's devastating civil war reached its seventh year Thursday, with President Bashar al-Assad and his Russian and Iranian allies taking on the last of the insurgents trying to unseat him. Meanwhile, the U.S. is caught in the middle of a new conflict between two of its partners. The Syrian Observatory for ...
Police and federal agents arrested 60 foreigners in Moscow for allegedly helping people migrate from Central Asia to fight with ISIS in Syria and Iraq, Russian intelligence services announced Tuesday. Intelligence officials said that 17 addresses had been raided and three laboratories found producing ...
As Kurdish fighters have departed the frontlines in the battle against the Islamic State, American airstrikes in eastern Syria have decreased sharply. ... “The departure of some SDF forces from the middle Euphrates River valley highlights the potential costs of any distraction from the defeat-Daesh fight,” Col.
When the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) was trying to carve out its own caliphate four years ago, its members destroyed thousands of Christian and Muslim relics and monuments. But Dominican friar Najeeb Michaeel managed to pack some rare manuscripts and 16th-century ...
As ISIS militants swept across Iraq three years ago, he rescued a treasure trove of ancient religious manuscripts from near-certain destruction. Father Najeeb Michaeel is now training fellow Iraqis to preserve their heritage. “My duty is to save our heritage, a significant treasure,” the Dominican friar told AFP ...
PARIS — Mostafa Haji Mohamad, a medical worker, was just starting the morning shift at a cement factory in Syria when gunfire rattled across the desert. The air was stifling, and he and the other employees were on edge. For months, they had worked to the percussion of distant fighting as the Islamic State ...
Some say that he was crossing between Iraq and Syria when ISIS controlled that stretch of the shared border. After ISIS's defeat in every city it controlled in Iraq, the government in Baghdad has taken a strong position on the fighters it has captured. It has sentenced to death dozens, some of them foreign ...
Daesh (ISIS/ISIL)* is reportedly amassing thousands of fighters in eastern Syria, near the border with Iraq, in order to launch an offensive against the US-backed Syrian forces, Al-Masdar News reported Wednesday citing "well-informed sources." The media outlet suggests that the terrorist organization is ...
BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:42 P.M.) – The Islamic State terrorist group is mobilizing thousands of fighters in Syria's east near the Iraqi border for an all-out ... many thousands of fighters on the east shore of the Euphrates and in a large yet unsecured desert region along Syria's easternmost border with Iraq.


 

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