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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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It will bring the US into direct confrontation with its NATO ally Turkey since the American partner in Syria is the YPG. It was YPG ground troops backed by US air strikes that led to the capture of Raqqa from ISIS in October. Turkey has long considered the rise of the Syrian Kurds, who have a population of about ...
ISIS is arguably the most successful militant group ever, seizing huge chunks of Iraq and Syria, declaring itself a state and governing territory for several years and counting. The group began in 2004 as al Qaeda in Iraq, before rebranding as ISIS two years later. Both were radical anti-Western militant ...

Iraqi men cover their noses as they check a site in the city of Mosul where bodies of alleged Islamic State group jihadists remain on January 11, 2018.For three years, jihadists made life in Iraq's Mosul impossible. Now, six months after their defeat, even their corpses are polluting everyone's existence as no ...
Authorities have warned of a possible influx of returning extremists after the terror group's self-styled "caliphate" in Iraq and Syria was largely destroyed last year. Aqsa Mahmood, 22, a suspected ISIS recruiter from Glasgow, was stripped of her British citizenship to prevent her returning. And a similar order ...
It is thought this is the first case of its kind involving a mother and a child born into the ISIS regime. MI5 has previously said around 850 extremists from Britain travelled to the Middle East as ISIS took control of pockets of Syria and Iraq. But as the terror group is pushed out of its former strongholds in Syria and ...
In many ways Yakeen is like any toddler. It's December, and she's approaching her second birthday. Her cheeks flushed a rosy red by the winter chill, she clings to her mother's long skirt. But unlike most two year olds she has spent most of her life living under ISIS in west Mosul, along with her two sisters, ...

It's been more than a year and a half since the small shore community of Margate has seen Zulfi Hoxha, the 2010 graduate of Atlantic City high school who grew up a block from the town's City Hall. But residents have been seeing his face this week in an ISIS recruiting video after news broke that the ISIS ...
The spokesman of the Supreme Judicial Council, Abdul-Sattar Bayrkdar, says the woman acknowledged joining ISIS after travelling from Germany to Syria and then to Iraq along with her two daughters. Both daughters later married militants. She is believed to have been living in the Mannheim region of ...
A German rapper who became a notorious militant for the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) and reportedly married an undercover FBI translator was killed in a strike in eastern Syria, according to a U.S.-based monitoring group. SITE intelligence, a company that tracks online jihadi activity, reported the ...
These strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to destroy ISIS in Iraq and Syria. The destruction of ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria also further limits the group's ability to project terror and conduct external operations throughout the region and the rest of the world, task force ...
The researchers collected data on more than 150 cities in Iraq and Syria, month by month. They estimated that as much as a third of the population had fled areas under ISIS control. Factories closed; fields dried up. In Syria, more than 60 percent of the lights went dark as ISIS struggled to restore electricity ...
Often they had just lost a parent or sibling,. "I've been through a lot of operations but none were as bloody as Raqqa," Jabs said. Public Safety Canada does not comment directly about individuals who volunteer overseas to join the fight against ISIS. But authorities advise against any travel to Iraq or Syria.
Despite the fact that Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has declared the defeat of ISIS in Iraq, remnants of the group are reemerging in Kirkuk Province where Iraqi forces have, so far, proven unable to adequately fill the vacuum left by the hasty withdraw of Kurdish peshmerga forces in mid-October.
With the liberation last November of Rawa and Qaim, two towns near the Syrian border, the Islamic State in Iraq appeared on the brink of defeat. The militant group had lost the last urban strongholds taken during its dramatic drive through Iraq in 2014, and with them the last slivers of territory it controlled in ...
From Mosul to Hawija in Iraq, and from Raqqa to al-Bab in Syria, ISIL has been driven from key territory, leaving the group's expansive vision of a caliphate in tatters. To date ... In January 2014, ISIL, also known as ISIS, took Raqqa as its capital, holding the city until Syrian forces reclaimed it late last year.
A State Department official on Thursday suggested the U.S. military's role in Syria post-Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) will be focused on Iranian activities. David Satterfield, acting Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern affairs, was responding to a question from Senate Foreign Relations Committee ...
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With the liberation last November of Rawa and Qaim, two towns near the Syrian border, the Islamic State in Iraq appeared on the brink of defeat. The militant group had lost the last urban ... "There are still pockets of ISIS in Syria," said the State Department official. "Adjacent to those pockets are areas that ...
About 500 soldiers from 10th Mountain Division headquarters to deploy to Iraq for ISIS fight ... Force - Operation Inherent Resolve, said a coalition that has grown to 74 nations reclaimed 65,000 square kilometers (25,096 square miles) of land from ISIS, also known as the Islamic State or Daesh, in 2017.
About 500 soldiers from the headquarters of the 10th Mountain Division will deploy this spring to Iraq. ... Operation Inherent Resolve, said a coalition that has grown to 74 nations reclaimed 65,000 square kilometers (25,096 square miles) of land from ISIS, also known as the Islamic State or Daesh, in 2017.
The U.S. military's top enlisted leader warned ISIS militants fighting in Iraq and Syria on social media they will be shot in the face or beaten to death with shovels if they do not surrender. army Command Sgt. Maj. John W. Troxell, senior enlisted adviser to Joint Chiefs chairman Joseph Dunford, spoke of the ...
THE bloody conflict in Syria is expected to drag on for YEARS despite the defeat of terror group ISIS. Dozens of armed and war-hardened factions backed by rival nations like Russia, the US, Saudi Arabia, Iran and other regional power players will refuse to lay down their arms and civilians will pay the price, ...
Syria's Assad regime and the Daesh terrorist group have continued to strike opposition positions northwest of the northern city of Idlib, according to a local opposition source. Mohamed Rashid, a spokesman for the Jaish al-Nasr group (which fights under the umbrella of the Free Syrian Army), said Daesh ...
Daesh terrorists destroyed 116 villages in Iraq's Kirkuk province over a three-year period, its governor said late Tuesday. The terror group destroyed the villages between 2014-2017, Governor Rakan Saed told Anadolu Agency. Saed said thousands of villagers are still living in tents near the Kirkuk city ...
Beirut, Lebanon (10:20 A.M.) - Forces of the Islamic State-affiliated Jaysh Khalid Ibn al-Walid militant group (alternatively called the 'Saifullah al-Maslul' army) have conducted a powerful offensive operation against rebel factions in southwest Syria, snatching up three towns in rapid succession. On the ...
Sullivan was a member of Operation Inherent Resolve, the international coalition fighting ISIS in both Iraq and Syria. The coalition on Monday released a statement announcing the fatality, but didn't disclose the identity of the service member, the country in which he was killed, or other significant details.
In early December, Putin was way premature claiming ISIS and other (US-supported) terrorists defeated in Syria. He erred in returning most Russian forces home, believing a small remaining contingent enough to help government and allied forces achieve conflict resolution, along with talks in Astana, ...
With Raqqa and Deir el-Zour [Deir Ezzor] in Syria and Mosul and Anbar Province in Iraq liberated, the question that looms large is the fate of religious minorities in Iraq and Syria. Even before ISIS, minorities in the two countries faced massive hurdles, including institutionalized discrimination, de facto social ...
When the bodies of Jac Holmes and Oliver Hall, the latest British men who died fighting ISIL in Syria before Christmas, land at Heathrow this week, they .... Unlike the peshmerga in Iraq, the YPG does not require recruits to have previous military experience, and gives them Kurdish noms-de-guerre, often with ...
The EU's foreign affairs chief and the European Commission adopted yesterday (8 January) a Joint Communication proposing an EU strategy for Iraq in order to address the many challenges the country faces following the territorial defeat of Islamic State. Iraq and Syria have both declared victory over ...
People look at the damage in the aftermath of an explosion in a rebel-held area of the northwestern Syrian city of Idlib on January 8, 2018. ( AFP ). At least 34 people were killed and tens more injured, including civilians, in an explosion in Syria's northwestern city of Idlib, a war monitor reported on Sunday.
More than 800 UK citizens are thought to have gone to fight for ISIS in Iraq and Syria, including teenagers, women and young families. Three weeks ago, two Turkish men who claimed they had travelled to Iraq to work as plumbers were found guilty of being ISIS fighters and sent to the gallows after a hearing ...
Iraqi security forces are forcibly returning civilians from refugee camps to unsafe areas in the predominantly Sunni Anbar Province, exposing them to death from booby-traps or acts of vigilantism, refugees and aid workers say. Managing more than two million Iraqis displaced by the war against the militant ...
In December, Iraq was completely liberated from ISIS as Iraq resumed full control over its border with Syria. ... "Even as we see Daesh (ISIS) push back on the physical battlefield, we know that they will continue to pose a threat in the region," said Alastair Burt, the United Kingdom's Minister of State for the ...
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Some 20,000 people are being held at detention centres across Iraq on suspicion of ties to ISIS, according to a report from Human Rights Watch this ... "The Iraqi government was completely unprepared for all the people taken prisoner while fighting Daesh," said an Iraqi lieutenant colonel overseeing a ...
Daesh terrorists shot dead at least three people and injured 12 others in northern Iraq, a police official said. "Daesh gunmen in a car attacked a number of civilians in al-Farhaniya area, northwest of Balad district in Saladin province," Lt. Salahuddin al-Jabouri, the police officer, told Anadolu Agency.
Last year was one of near-total setback for ISIL, with the US leading a coalition of unlikely partners including Iraq, Iran, Syria and Kurdish groups to drive the terror group out of its chief cities of Mosul and Raqqa. The organisation's penchant for gruesome theatre - its videos of barbaric executions, the ...
In this Nov. 12, 2017 photo, a local fighter and residents gather at the mayor's home in the Bijwaniya village, south of Mosul, Iraq. Five young men were taken by unidentified gunmen after the village was liberated from Daesh militants and despite months of searching; their families haven't been able to ...
ISIS has been defeated in Iraq and Syria. The caliphate declared in 2014, which was once the size of Great Britain, is no more. Its de facto capitals, Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria, were captured after long and bloody sieges in the second half of 2017. But ISIS was always more than a murderous religious ...
The men are among hundreds of foreigners detained in Iraq on terrorism charges after the toppling of Daesh's self-declared caliphate. The defendants -- men, women and children hailing from Asia, Europe and Africa -- are coursing their way through Iraq's criminal justice system, receiving harsh ...
Aside from its persistence in Afghanistan, the nature of Thursday's attack is a harbinger of what is to come as ISIS loses its caliphate in Iraq and Syria. In its statement about the assault, the ISIS media outlet claimed that the cultural centre was bankrolled and sponsored by Iran. "The centre is one of the most ...
A SECRETIVE Russian mercenary group are believed to have fought alongside the regular troops in Syria, allowing Moscow to reduce the number of official .... was used so Russia could say to the West, look at our successful campaign, look how few deaths we had compared to you in Iraq or Afghanistan.".
The U.N. and human rights groups have raised concerns about Iraq's swift trials of alleged ISIS members, the Washington Post reports. Earlier this month, Iraq declared that major combat against the terrorist group was over, ending three years of territorial control by ISIS. Tamer El-Ghobashy, Washington ...
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - The United States intends to bring more diplomats into Syria as efforts to combat ISIS in the country shift from a military ... More than 98 percent of land that was once held by ISIS in Syria and Iraq has been liberated, according to coalition figures reviewing the situation at the end ...
I spent most of the last year reporting two sieges, Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria, which finally ended with the decisive defeat of ISIS. This was the most important event in the Middle East in 2017, though people are already beginning to forget how dangerous the ISIS caliphate was at the height of its power ...
These strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to destroy ISIS in Iraq and Syria. The destruction of ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria also further limits the group's ability to project terror and conduct external operations throughout the region and the rest of the world, task force ...
Still, senior military commanders and counterterrorism specialists caution that the organization remains a dangerously resilient force in Iraq and Syria, and a ... remain in eastern Syria, alongside their Syrian Kurdish and Arab allies, as long as needed to defeat the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or Daesh.
"Just three years ago, Daesh declared a caliphate in Iraq and Syria, a safe haven in which to carry out the most barbaric acts and in which to plot murder on our streets at home. ... May said British military intervention was still needed in the region to ensure ISIS didn't regroup or a new similar force emerge.
"The Coalition congratulates the government of Iraq on its announcement of the liberation of Iraq from Daesh," said said Lt. Gen. Paul Funk, commander of .... Russia WITHDRAWING: As fighting also winds down in Syria, Russia is also declaring victory and preparing to go home. The AP reports Russian ...


 

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