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Convoy plucks women, children from last ISIS holdout in Syria

Feb 20, 2019 - 10:07 PM

Around 15 trucks carrying men, women, and children have exited the last patch of ISIS territory in eastern Syria, according to Agence France-Presse correspondents

ISIS' LAST HOLDOUT. Islamic State group's fighters and their families sit in the back of a truck as they leave ISIS's last holdout of Baghouz in Syria's northern Deir Ezzor province on February 20, 2019. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

Britain to strip ISIS teen of citizenship – lawyer

Feb 20, 2019 - 12:49 PM

Shamima Begum's fate is stirring controversy, since she and two friends fled London to join ISIS 4 years ago when she was 15

STRIPPED OF CITIZENSHIP. Shamima Begum, who fled to join ISIS in Syria in 2015 is living in a refugee camp and wants to return home. File photo by Laura Lean/Pool/AFP

ISIS defends final pocket of dying 'caliphate' in Syria

Feb 18, 2019 - 2:34 PM

(UPDATED) Diehard ISIS members are trapped in their last patch of territory of less than half a square kilometer in eastern Syria near the Iraqi border

DEFEATING ISIS. Delegates listen as US President Donald Trump speaks to the Ministers of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS at the US Department of State February 6, 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Take back jihadists, Trump tells Europe

Feb 17, 2019 - 3:49 PM

'The United States is asking Britain, France, Germany and other European allies to take back over 800 ISIS fighters that we captured in Syria and put them on trial,' says American President Donald Trump in a tweet

TAKE BACK. US President Donald Trump says European countries should take back and put to trial its citizens who left to join the Islamic State. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

Jihadist defeat, U.S. Syria pullout on table at coalition talks

Feb 15, 2019 - 10:41 AM

With defeat of IS's self-declared 'caliphate' imminent, American troops are set to withdraw from Kurdish-controlled areas, prompting a repositioning of the remaining players in the region

CIVIL WAR. Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and US soldiers gather in the Kurdish-held town of Al-Darbasiyah in northeastern Syria bordering Turkey on November 4, 2018. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

Syria jihadists trapped in last square kilometer

Feb 14, 2019 - 10:51 PM

'The fighting is fierce,' says Adnan Afrin, a spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces

BAGHOUZ. A military vehicle with the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces rides during an operation to expel Islamic State group jihadists from the Baghouz area in the eastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor on February 13, 2019. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

ISIS defends last Syria redoubt, as family members flee

Feb 14, 2019 - 1:35 AM

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the Syrian Democratic Forces fighters are making painstaking progress

Indonesian Islamic State militant killed in Syria – police

Feb 13, 2019 - 10:14 PM

Abu Walid featured in a number of online recruitment videos for the extremist group, including the first Indonesian-language video appealing for Indonesian militants to fight for ISIS in the Philippines if they could not reach Syria

ISIS VIDEO. An Indonesian, Filipino, and Malaysian behead 3 Caucasians and call Muslims to fight the jihad in Syria and the Philippines (screenshot)

U.S.-backed Syrian forces battle to take last ISIS pocket

Feb 11, 2019 - 10:47 PM

More than 4 years after the extremists declared a 'caliphate' across large parts of Syria and neighboring Iraq, several offensives have whittled that proto-state down to a tiny holdout

LAST POCKET. Fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces walk in the front line village of Baghouz in the countryside of the eastern Syrian Deir Ezzor province, on the border with Iraq, on February 2, 2019. FILE Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

Russia 'repatriates' 27 children of ISIS fighters from Iraq

Feb 10, 2019 - 7:58 PM

Russian authorities say fathers of the children were killed during the 3 years of fighting between the jihadists and Iraqi roops

French guns on Iraq border aim to pin down ISIS diehards inside Syria

Feb 10, 2019 - 6:24 PM

Since the launch of its operations, French forces have fired off more than 18,000 shells and conducted 1,500 air strikes in support of anti-Islamic State fighters on the ground

Kurdish-led forces ready for push on last ISIS pocket

Feb 08, 2019 - 10:25 PM

US President Donald Trump predicts that the once-sprawling proto-state's official death could be proclaimed as early as next week but operations have been paused for days on the main front line

SYRIAN DEMOCRATIC FORCES. This file photo shows fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces attending the funeral of a local official that the SDF say was assassinated in a Kurdish-held area in the countryside of Deir Ezzor, in the Syrian Kurdish-majority city of Qamishli on December 31, 2018. File photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

Alleged Brussels museum killer was 'sadistic' Syria jailer

Feb 07, 2019 - 11:09 PM

Former hostage Nicolas Henin describes Mehdi Nemmouche as a 'sadistic, playful and narcissistic' man

TRIAL. A file court sketch made on January 10, 2019 shows Mehdi Nemmouche (C), accused of the terrorist attack at the Jewish Museum in Brussels in 2014, during his trial at the Brussels Justice Palace. Photo by Benoit Peyrucq/AFP

U.S. promises to keep up ISIS fight after its defeat

Feb 07, 2019 - 10:06 AM

'Rest assured, we'll do what it takes to defeat every ounce and every last person within the ISIS madness and defend our people from radical Islamic terrorism,' Donald Trump says

DEFEATING ISIS. US President Donald Trump speaks to the Ministers of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS at the US State Department in Washington, DC, on February 6, 2019. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Pompeo tells allies U.S. still committed to fight ISIS

Feb 06, 2019 - 11:25 PM

'We ask each of your countries to stand with us and, through our efforts and God's help, the day will come when the permanent defeat of ISIS is a reality,' says US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

ON ISIS. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attends the Meeting of the Ministers of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS at the Department of State in Washington, DC, on February 6, 2019. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Trapped in shrinking Syria holdout, ISIS turns to human shields

Feb 03, 2019 - 11:53 PM

'The fighting has stopped as we wait for the remaining civilians to leave,' says a fighter for the Syrian Democratic Forces

ATTACKS. An image grab taken from a video published by Hawar News Agency (ANHA) on January 21, 2019 shows the scene of a suicide car bomb attack on a military convoy on a road in Syria's northeastern Hasakeh province, which killed five members of a Kurdish-led force accompanying US-led coalition troops. AFP photo

Military destroys lair of ISIS-inspired terrorists in Maguindanao

Feb 03, 2019 - 11:11 AM

The military says it is 'very determined' to defeat terrorist groups in Mindanao

Army denies ISIS claim of military deaths in Lanao del Sur

Jan 26, 2019 - 2:50 PM

ISIS announced on January 25 that its East Asia Province in Lanao del Sur clashed with government troops

]COMMUNIQUE. Screengrab of the January 25, 2019 ISIS statement posted on siteitelgroup.com

Turkey expects creation of Syria 'security zone' in 'few months'

Jan 25, 2019 - 11:01 PM

'We expect the promise of a security zone, a buffer zone aimed at protecting our country from terrorists to be fulfilled in few months,' says President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

SYRIA. This file photo shows Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan addressing members of parliament of his ruling AK Party during a meeting at the Turkish parliament in Ankara, on October 16, 2018. File photo by Adem Altan/AFP

Turkey says can form 'security zone' in Syria alone

Jan 24, 2019 - 7:10 PM

'We can establish this security zone on our own and take the necessary measures,' Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says

ON SECURITY ZONE. In this file photo, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu addresses supporters at the residence of Turkey's consul general in Hamburg, northern Germany, on March 7, 2017. File photo by Daniel Reinhardt /dpa/AFP

Kurd-led forces overrun last ISIS-held village in Syria – monitor

Jan 23, 2019 - 7:20 PM

(UPDATED) 'Search operations are continuing in Baghouz to find any IS fighters who are still hiding,' says Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

SYRIAN DEMOCRATIC FORCES. This file photo shows fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces attending the funeral of a local official that the SDF say was assassinated in a Kurdish-held area in the countryside of Deir Ezzor, in the Syrian Kurdish-majority city of Qamishli on December 31, 2018. File photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

Suicide attack on Kurdish-U.S. convoy in Syria 'kills 5'

Jan 21, 2019 - 10:21 PM

The assault, claimed by ISIS jihadists, comes less than a week after another deadly attack on US forces in Syria, and a month after Washington announced a US troop pullout from the war-torn country

ANOTHER ATTACK. An image grab taken from a video published by Hawar News Agency (ANHA) on January 21, 2019, shows the scene of a suicide car bomb attack on a military convoy on a road in Syria's northeastern Hasakeh province, which killed 5 members of a Kurdish-led force accompanying US-led coalition troops. AFP PHOTO / HO / ANHA

Deadly ISIS-claimed suicide attack hits U.S. forces in north Syria

Jan 17, 2019 - 4:22 PM

According to Pentagon statistics, the blast is the deadliest attack for US anti-ISIS forces in Syria since they deployed in 2014

DEADLY ATTACK. An image grab taken from a video published by Hawar News Agency on January 16, 2019, shows the aftermath of a suicide attack in the northern Syrian town of Manbij. Photo by various sources/AFP

[ANALYSIS] Global threat forecast 2019

Jan 13, 2019 - 8:02 PM

Harnessing both the physical and virtual space, ISIS continues to present an enduring threat worldwide

ISIS counterattack in east Syria leaves 32 dead

Jan 08, 2019 - 8:52 PM

Using the bad weather as a cover, the Islamic State group launches a vain but deadly counter-attack against Kurdish-led fighters

(FILES) In this file photo taken on December 30, 2018, shows a line of US military vehicles in Syria's northern city of Manbij. US President Donald Trump on January 7, 2019 sought to end fears of an abrupt US pullout from Syria, saying the fight against the Islamic State group was not over and that withdrawal would be done in a "prudent" manner."We will be leaving at a proper pace while at the same time continuing to fight ISIS and doing all else that is prudent and necessary!" Trump tweeted.  Delil SOULEIMAN / AFP

Trump advisor in Turkey for talks on Syria pullout

Jan 08, 2019 - 1:16 PM

US President Donald Trump says the fight against ISIS is not over and that the withdrawal will be done in a 'prudent' manner

Boko Haram raids military posts in northeast Nigeria

Jan 03, 2019 - 10:13 AM

Fighters from the ISIS-affiliated Islamic State West Africa Province overrun the posts in Borno state on Tuesday, January 1, military and militia sources tell Agence France-Presse

Iraq sentenced 616 foreigners for ISIS links in 2018

Dec 31, 2018 - 7:36 PM

The current number brings the count of people suspected of links to the Islamic State group up to around 20,000 since 2014

LINKS. Iraq sentences more than 600 people suspected of links to the militant group a year after the end of a 3-year war against the jihadists. Photo from Shutterstock

U.S.-backed forces retake ISIS hub in east Syria – monitor

Dec 14, 2018 - 4:07 PM

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the Syrian Democratic Forces have secured Hajin, the largest settlement in what is the last pocket of territory controlled by the Islamic State group

SDF. Fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces attend the funeral a fellow fighter killed in the town of Hajin during battles against the Islamic State group, in the Kurdish-controlled city of Qamishly in northeastern Syria, on December 3, 2018. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

Syria coalition targets ISIS leader linked to decapitation of American

Dec 03, 2018 - 9:07 AM

'The coalition forces carried out specific strikes against a high-ranking ISIS leader, Abou al Oumarayn... in the desert' in Syria, says Sean Ryan, spokesman for an international anti-jihadist coalition.

PETER KASSIG. This Kassig Family released handout photo on October 4, 2014 shows Peter Kassig in front of a truck somewhere along the Syrian border between late 2012 and autumn 2013 delivering supplies to refugees. File photo handout by Kassig Family/AFP

Duterte likens Magdalo party to ISIS

Nov 16, 2018 - 6:39 PM

'They destroyed everything, parang ISIS ang buwang,' says President Rodrigo Duterte about the mutineers who are now members of the Magdalo party

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the First Subaraw Biodiversity Festival held at the People’s Amphitheater in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan on November 10, 2018. Richard Madelo/ Presidential Photo

ISIS-aligned groups warn of more attacks after Melbourne rampage

Nov 15, 2018 - 2:52 PM

'Australia, don't think you are away from our attacks,' reads one poster, which shows a photo of a vehicle the Melbourne attacker set alight during his November 9 attack

RAMPAGE. A burnt vehicle is pictured at the crime scene following a stabbing incident in Melbourne on November 9, 2018. Photo by William West/AFP

ISIS suffers heavy Syria losses despite Kurd pause – monitor

Nov 08, 2018 - 12:20 PM

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says waves of US-led air strikes since Monday, November 5, have killed 48 jihadists, including during two ISIS assaults on oilfields north of the Hajin enclave

IN SYRIA. Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters attend the funeral of a fellow fighter, killed in an offensive by the Islamic State movement against an SDF position near Deir Ezzor, in the northern Syria Kurdish town of Kobane, on November 6, 2018. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

Despite pressure in Egypt, ISIS still able to strike

Nov 04, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Since December 2016, jihadist attacks in Egypt have left more than 100 Christians dead

ANOTHER ATTACK. Egyptians carry the coffin of a soldier, who was killed a day earlier in the restive Sinai Peninsula in an attack by the Islamic State group, during a funeral ceremony in the 10th of Ramadan city, about 60 kms north of Cairo, on July 8, 2017. Photo by Mahmoud Bakkar/AFP

U.S.-backed Syria offensive kills 35 ISIS fighters

Oct 20, 2018 - 10:00 PM

Fighting has killed 414 jihadists and 227 SDF fighters in total since the assault began on September 10, says the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

DEAD. Syrians mourn during the funeral of four fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), in the northeastern city of Qamishli on September 14, 2018. File photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

ISIS frees 6 Syria Druze women, children after 3-month ordeal

Oct 20, 2018 - 1:37 PM

(UPDATED) The release of the prisoners is the first part of a deal to exchange them for at least 60 Islamic State prisoners and $27 million

FREE. A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on October 20, 2018 shows a woman and 4 children among the 6 released of 27 Druze hostages held by the Islamic State (ISIS) group in a prisoner swap and ransom, upon their arrival at a government-controlled building in Syria's southern city of Sweida. Photo from SANA/AFP

4 jihadi suspects charged in Kosovo over terror plots

Oct 13, 2018 - 7:14 PM

The group are also accused of planning to bomb the NATO-led security force KFOR at two discos in the Serbian enclave of Gracanica

DEFENSE. A Kosovo Security Force (KSF) member stands guard prior to a farewell ceremony of the German NATO led-peacekeeping mission in Kosovo, in the town of Prizren on October 3, 2018. File photo by Armend Nimani/AFP

Hundreds taken by ISIS from displacement camp in east Syria

Oct 13, 2018 - 6:50 PM

A number of fighters of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces dies trying to defend the camp in a battle that lasted several hours

FUNERAL. Fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) attend the funeral of fellow fighters in the northeastern city of Qamishli on September 14, 2018. File photo Delil Souleiman/AFP

Iran fires missiles at Syria jihadists after deadly attack

Oct 01, 2018 - 11:10 PM

The pre-dawn strike by Iran was in retaliation for a deadly attack on an Iranian military parade claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group

MISSILE. This handout photo provided by Iran's Revolutionary Guard official website via SEPAH News shows missiles being launched from an undisclosed location to target militants in eastern Syria early on October 1, 2018. Handout/Sepah News/ Iran's Revolutionary Guards Website/AFP

Philippines blocks entry of suspected ISIS trainer

Oct 01, 2018 - 11:40 AM

Suspected Islamic State trainer Naeem Hussain, a 36-year-old Pakistani, makes a second failed attempt to enter the Philippines this year

INTERCEPTED. A suspected ISIS trainer is booked on a flight out of the Philippines after he is intercepted at the Clark International Airport in Pampanga. File photo from Clark International Airport website

Tangled web of claims, blame for Iran attack

Sep 30, 2018 - 6:00 AM

There have been two claims of responsibility for the gun assault against a military parade

ATTACKS. This picture taken on September 22, 2018 in the southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz shows Iranian soldiers carrying away an injured comrade at the scene of an attack on a military parade that was marking the anniversary of the outbreak of its devastating 1980-1988 war with Saddam Hussein's Iraq. Photo by Morteza Jaberian/ISNA/AFP

Iran summons 3 European diplomats over parade attack – state media

Sep 23, 2018 - 12:01 PM

Diplomats from Denmark, the Netherlands, and Britain are informed of 'Iran's strong protests over their respective countries' hosting of some members of the terrorist group' behind the attack

PARADE ATTACK. An Iranian soldier carries an injured comrade at the scene of an attack on a military parade that was marking the anniversary of the outbreak of its devastating 1980-1988 war with Saddam Hussein's Iraq. Photo by Behrad Ghasemi/ISNA/AF

Iran vows 'crushing response' after gunmen kill 29 at army parade

Sep 22, 2018 - 3:22 PM

(4th UPDATE) The Islamic State claims to have carried out the rare assault in Ahvaz, while Iranian officials accuse 'a foreign regime' backed by the United States of being behind it

PARADE ATTACK. This picture taken on September 22, 2018 in the southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz shows an Iranian soldier carrying an injured comrade at the scene of an attack on a military parade that was marking the anniversary of the outbreak of its devastating 1980-1988 war with Saddam Hussein's Iraq. Photo by Behrad Ghasemi/ISNA/AFP

2 deadly bombings in a month demonstrate ISIS tactics

Aug 30, 2018 - 8:36 AM

(UPDATED) Military chief General Carlito Galvez Jr says ISIS is the biggest security threat in the Philippines

ISULAN BLAST. Scene at the blast site on August 29, 2018. Photo by AFP

Filipino, 2 others in ISIS beheading video blacklisted by U.S.

Aug 26, 2018 - 10:52 AM

A US Treasury official says the June 2016 video was 'part of a propaganda campaign to attract radicals to join militant terrorist groups in Southeast Asia'

 ISIS VIDEO. An Indonesian, Filipino, and Malaysian behead 3 Caucasians and call Muslims to fight the jihad in Syria and the Philippines (screenshot)

ISIS chief Baghdadi urges 'jihad' in purported new recording

Aug 23, 2018 - 8:26 AM

The 'caliphate will remain, God willing,' Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi says in the recording, addressing followers in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa

Saudi Arabia pledges $100M to U.S.-backed Syria rehab

Aug 17, 2018 - 6:26 PM

This contribution is the biggest single cash injection yet for reconstruction efforts in areas formerly controlled by the jihadists

Fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) walk down a street in Raqa past destroyed vehicles and heavily damaged buildings on October 20, 2017, after a Kurdish-led force expelled Islamic State (IS) group fighters from the northern Syrian city, formerly their "capital". SDF fighters flushed jihadist holdouts from Raqa's main hospital and municipal stadium, wrapping up a more than four-month offensive against what used to be the inner sanctum of IS's self-proclaimed "caliphate", which for three years saw some of the group's worst abuses and grew into a centre for both its potent propaganda machine and its unprecedented experiment in jihadist statehood. BULENT KILIC / AFP

Egypt says 12 'terrorists' killed in Sinai shootout

Aug 12, 2018 - 7:07 PM

The deadly exchange of fire takes place after the authorities received information that 'terrorist elements' were hiding in the area

[ANALYSIS] ISIS suicide bombing in PH could be a regional game-changer

Aug 05, 2018 - 5:09 PM

The factors surrounding the attack are telltale red flags that ISIS is looking to establish a more substantial base in the Philippines

Rebels reach north Syria after south evacuations

Jul 21, 2018 - 11:07 PM

Air strikes by regime ally Russia on a southern jihadist holdout kill 6 civilians

CONFLICT. Evacuated Syrians from the area of Fuaa and Kafraya in the Idlib province, look out of a broken bus window as it passes the al-Eis crossing south of Aleppo during the evacuation of several thousand residents from the two pro-regime towns in northern Syria on July 19, 2018. Photo by STR/AFP