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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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Afghanistan-Pakistan region continues to be epicentre of terrorism: General Bipin Rawat

General Rawat said: "The spectre of terrorism as it relates to our region, the epicentre here continues to be Af-Pak region with organisations like ISIS, Al Qaeda, Taliban, JeM, and LeT being some of..
IndiaTimes - Published

U.S.-led coalition says troops returned fire in northeast Syria

The U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State said its troops opened fire on Wednesday at a checkpoint in northeast Syria after they came under small arms fire.
Reuters - Published

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‘My heart says he's not dead’: Mother of ISIS recruit holding out hope [Video]‘My heart says he's not dead’: Mother of ISIS recruit holding out hope

‘My heart says he's not dead’: Mother of ISIS recruit holding out hope

Credit: Euronews English     Duration: 01:38Published

Trump shrugs off end to Philippines military pact [Video]Trump shrugs off end to Philippines military pact

U.S. President Donald Trump brushed aside the decision of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte to end a decades-old military agreement with United States on Wednesday, saying he didn't really mind and..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:39Published

Indonesia forbids ex-ISIL members abroad from returning home [Video]Indonesia forbids ex-ISIL members abroad from returning home

Critics say the move means hundreds, including children, will be left stranded and stateless, and could breach Indonesia’s constitution.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:21Published

Warplane flies over northeast Syria during reports of U.S. air strike [Video]Warplane flies over northeast Syria during reports of U.S. air strike

A warplane flew over a village in northeast Syria on Wednesday (February 12) following reports by Syrian and Turkish media that at least one air strike was carried out by U.S. jets. Lauren Anthony..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:08Published

WHO: Coronavirus A Greater Threat Than ISIS [Video]WHO: Coronavirus A Greater Threat Than ISIS

China's senior medical adviser said Tuesday that coronavirus outbreak in China may be over by April. However, Reuters reports deaths due to the virus in China have already surpassed 1,000. At the same..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:38Published

Begum loses first stage of legal challenge to removal of British citizenship [Video]Begum loses first stage of legal challenge to removal of British citizenship

Shamima Begum – one of three east London schoolgirls who travelled to Syria to join so-called Islamic State – has lost the first stage of a legal challenge against the decision to revoke her..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:42Published

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.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:58Published

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

 

Widowed, imprisoned, detained: remnants of Islamic State in limbo in Syria

In northeastern Syria, prisons and detention camps hold thousands of men, women and children whose lives are in limbo nearly a year after the final defeat of Islamic State to which they once belonged.
Reuters - Published

Islamic State claims Algeria border attack

Islamic State said on Tuesday that it was behind Sunday's attack on an Algerian military barracks near the country's border with Mali that killed one soldier.
Reuters - Published

NATO willing to expand Iraqi training mission to meet Trump demand

NATO is considering an increase to its training mission in Iraq to relieve the burden on the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State, senior officials and diplomats said on Tuesday.
Reuters - Published

Indonesia will not take back nationals who joined Islamic State: minister

Indonesia has decided not to take back nearly 700 of its nationals who left home to join Islamic State in Syria and other countries, the chief security minister said on Tuesday.
Reuters - Published

Maldives police arrest three over stabbing of Chinese, Australian

Maldives police on Thursday arrested three men over the stabbing of two Chinese nationals and an Australian, and were probing their suspected links with Islamic State, officials said.
Reuters - Published

Islamic State claims south London attack: Amaq news agency

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a stabbing attack in south London, without giving evidence, the group's Amaq news agency said on Monday.
Reuters - Published

Iraq says anti-IS operations with U.S. coalition resume

Iraq's military said on Thursday it was resuming operations with the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State which had mostly halted after bases hosting U.S. troops came under rocket attacks and a..
Reuters - Published

U.N. criticizes Iraq trials of ISIS 'members', including human shields

The United Nations on Tuesday raised "serious concerns" about the trials of hundreds of alleged Islamic State members in Iraq, some of whom merely prepared meals, offered medical services or even acted..
Reuters - Published

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.
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

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.
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

Islamic State fighter spouse's repatriation to Norway: All you need to know


IndiaTimes - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

Pragya Thakur claims ISIS behind sending poisonous chemical, threat letter to her


IndiaTimes - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

Like Iran, India too mourns Soleimani assassination: Javad Zarif

Describing the shooting down of the Ukrainian airline as "unforgivable”, Zarif said, "the accidental shooting happened because there was a crisis. People made unforgivable mistakes." Calling for a..
IndiaTimes - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

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.
Reuters - Published

ISIS-inspired terror module targeting Hindu leaders across Delhi-NCR, reveal suspects post-interrogation

The terrorists were also instructed to target Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leaders, the individuals revealed under interrogation.
DNA - Published

Delhi Police arrests three suspects linked with ISIS-inspired module

The said persons were arrested by Delhi Police after several rounds of firing in Wazirabad area.
DNA - Published

Three terrorists arrested by Delhi Police

Three ISIS terrorists were arrested by the special cell of Delhi Police after a brief encounter on Wednesday, highly placed sources told IANS on Thursday.
IndiaTimes - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

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,..
Reuters - Published

High alert in several UP districts after two ISIS terrorists enter state via Nepal

Security has been tightened in border towns of UP including Basti, Gorakhpur, Siddharthnagar, Kushinagar, and Maharajganj, among others.
DNA - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

ISIS operative Musa attacks warden inside Presidency Jail in Kolkata

This is not the first time that Musa, who is currently lodged in the 1/22 cell of the Presidency Jail, has attacked a jail official.
DNA - Published

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.
Reuters - Published

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.
Reuters - Published

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.
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

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.
Reuters - Published

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.
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

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.
Reuters - Published

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.
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

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.
Reuters - Published

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.
Reuters - Published

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.
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

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.
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

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