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Turkey says it captured sister of dead ISIS leader

Nov 05, 2019 - 10:18 PM

A senior Turkish official says the arrest could be 'an intelligence gold mine'

CAPTURED. This handout undated picture taken and released by the press service of the Turkish government shows Rasmiya Awad, believed to be the sister of slain Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was captured in the northern Syrian town of Azaz by Turkish security officials, seen in an unknown location. HANDOUT / TURKISH GOVERNMENT / AFP

ISIS names Baghdadi successor, threatens U.S.

Oct 31, 2019 - 11:49 PM

The Islamic State jihadist group also names its new leader as Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Quraishi

CONFIRMED. This still image from video released by the US Department of Defense on October 30, 2019, shows smoke rising from the compound of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in Syria after it was destroyed in the US raid on October 26, 2019. AFP PHOTO/US Department of Defense

'Hero' dog to get a White House homecoming – Trump

Oct 31, 2019 - 9:51 PM

According to the US account, Conan was injured chasing Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi into a dead end tunnel in his Syrian hideout, where the cornered ISIS leader detonated a suicide vest, killing himself and two children

'HERO.' This undated image released by the US Department of Defense on October 30, 2019, shows the military dog who sustained minor injuries during the Al-Baghdadi raid. The dog has returned to duty, according to the Pentagon. AFP PHOTO/US Department of Defense

Pentagon releases video, photos of Baghdadi raid

Oct 31, 2019 - 8:54 AM

The US Defense Department releases a grainy black-and-white footage of troops approaching on foot the high-walled compound in northwestern Syria where Baghdadi was holed up

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA - OCTOBER 30: U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, commander of U.S. Central Command, speaks as a picture of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is seen during a press briefing October 30, 2019 at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. Gen. McKenzie and Hoffman spoke to the media to provide an update on the special operations raid that targeted former ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in Idlib Province, Syria. Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP ALEX WONG / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP AFP

Trump says Baghdadi's top replacement also killed

Oct 29, 2019 - 11:27 PM

But US President Donald Trump does not identify the person or give more detail on how he was killed

TRUMP. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, on August 20, 2019. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

ISIS chief Baghdadi buried at sea by U.S. military

Oct 29, 2019 - 8:35 AM

The US military basks in success after the eliminating the founder and spiritual guide of the Islamic State group, capping a years-long campaign to crush the Sunni Muslim extremist organization

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA - OCTOBER 28: U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper (L) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley hold a news conference at the Pentagon the day after it was announced that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in a U.S. raid in Syria October 28, 2019 in Arlington, Virginia. The leader and self-proclaimed caliph of the Islamic State, al-Baghdadi reportedly blew himself up with explosives when cornered by a U.S. Special Operations team at his compound in Syria. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP CHIP SOMODEVILLA / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

The dead and the living: This week's outlook

Oct 29, 2019 - 8:14 AM

In the Philippines, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s death will likely have little operational impact on the recruitment and plans of terrorists, who thrive on our porous backdoor and fertile areas for agitation

With Baghdadi gone, who is heir to the 'caliph'?

Oct 28, 2019 - 10:48 PM

Whoever gets the job will inherit the difficult task of leading a frayed organization that has been reduced to scattered sleeper cells after continuous offensives stripped it of its territory in Iraq and Syria

ISIS. A man stands among the rubble of a destroyed building on October 27, 2019, in the old city of Mosul, the former base of the Islamic State group in northern Iraq, where Jihadist supremo Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi used to address followers before the group was chased out of the area in 2017. Photo by Zaid al-Obeidi/AFP

Revenge attacks by pro-ISIS groups ‘very likely’ after Baghdadi killing – analyst

Oct 28, 2019 - 7:31 PM

The death of ISIS' top leader in the Middle East may shift extremists' attention closer to home as they try to avenge his death and assert their influence, says leading terrorism analyst Rohan Gunaratna

TERRORIST KILLED. An image grab taken from a propaganda video released on July 5, 2014 by al-Furqan Media allegedly shows the leader of the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, addressing worshippers at a mosque in the ISIS-held northern Iraqi city of Mosul. Al-Furqan Media/Handout/AFP

Death of ISIS leader Baghdadi ‘just a momentary setback’ – Lorenzana

Oct 28, 2019 - 1:40 PM

The killing of ISIS head Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi by US Special Forces may be a 'severe blow' to the terror group but ISIS-linked terrorists in the Philippines will continue to be a threat, the defense chief and the military say

SECURITY OFFICIALS. This file photo shows Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and AFP Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Noel Clement at the Senate on September 30, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Trump wins big with Baghdadi death – and intends to milk it

Oct 28, 2019 - 8:31 AM

Trump – threatened by a snowballing impeachment threat in Washington and stung by widespread criticism of his overall Syria policy – needs the victory to be his

DONALD TRUMP. US President Donald Trump makes a major announcement October 27, 2019 the White House in Washington, DC. Photo by Jim Watson/ AFP

Trump confirms death of ISIS leader Baghdadi

Oct 27, 2019 - 9:21 PM

(4th UPDATE) 'He died like a dog. He died like a coward. The world is now a much better place,' Trump says in a televised broadcast announcing the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the world's most wanted man

Syria faction closes off suspected Baghdadi operation site

Oct 27, 2019 - 8:55 PM

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, an organization that includes former operatives from Al-Qaeda's Syria affiliate, seals off the village of Barisha near the Turkish border

ISIS head Baghdadi believed dead after U.S. strike in Syria

Oct 27, 2019 - 1:14 PM

(5th UPDATE) US media cites multiple government sources as saying Baghdadi may have killed himself with a suicide vest as US special operations forces descended

BELIEVED DEAD. In this undated and unlocated TV grab taken from a video released by Al-Furqan media, the chief of the Islamic State group Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi appears for the first time in 5 years in a propaganda video in April 2019. Photo from AFP

ISIS chief refers to Syria defeat in first video in 5 years

Apr 30, 2019 - 12:40 AM

(UPDATED) In the video released by ISIS' Al-Furqan media arm, the man said to be Baghdadi refers to the monthslong fight for ISIS' final redoubt Baghouz, which ended in March

ISIS CHIEF. In this undated and unlocated tv grab taken from a video released by Al-Furqan media, the chief of the Islamic State group Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi appears for the first time in 5 years in a propaganda video. AFP PHOTO / SOURCE / AL-FURQAN

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Aug 23, 2018 - 12:47 PM

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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

After long silence, ISIS says chief calls on jihadists to 'resist'

Sep 29, 2017 - 9:02 AM

The United States says it is verifying the recording, but also that it has 'no reason to doubt' its authenticity

Islamic State chief Baghdadi likely still alive – U.S. general

Sep 01, 2017 - 9:19 AM

We re looking for him every day I don t think he s dead says Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend commander of the counter ISIS coalition in Iraq and Syria

Trump slams NY Times for 'foiling' bid to capture ISIS chief

Jul 22, 2017 - 11:15 PM

Trump does not expand on his charge nor explain what revelation by the daily is supposed to have hampered Baghdadi s capture

TRUMP. In this file photo, President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with technology executives at Trump Tower, December 14, 2016, in New York City. Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

ISIS chief reported dead after jihadists lose Mosul

Jul 11, 2017 - 9:30 PM

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says it had information from top ISIS leaders confirming Baghdadi s death

ISIS LEADER. An image grab taken from a propaganda video released on July 5, 2014 by al-Furqan Media allegedly shows the leader of the Islamic State jihadist group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, aka Caliph Ibrahim, adressing Muslim worshippers at a mosque in the militant-held northern Iraqi city of Mosul. Handout photo by al-Furqan Media/AFP

Iraq military says it has retaken iconic Mosul mosque

Jun 29, 2017 - 7:33 PM

The announcement of the recapture of the mosque – which the Islamic State ISIS group blew up last week as Iraqi forces closed in – comes 3 years to the day after the jihadists declared a caliphate straddling Iraq and Syria

DESTROYED. This aerial view taken on June 21, 2017 and provided by Iraq's Joint Operation Command reportedly shows destruction inside Mosul's Nuri mosque compound. Joint Operation Command / Handout / AFP

ISIS blows up Mosul mosque where Baghdadi became 'caliph'

Jun 22, 2017 - 7:23 AM

The destruction of two of Mosul s best known landmarks comes on the fourth day of an Iraqi offensive backed by the US led coalition to take the Old City

DESTROYED. This aerial view taken on June 21, 2017 and provided by Iraq's Joint Operation Command reportedly shows destruction inside Mosul's Nuri mosque compound. Joint Operation Command / Handout / AFP

'Matter of time' before ISIS leader Baghdadi killed – Tillerson

Mar 22, 2017 - 11:17 PM

Nearly all of Abu Bakr Baghdadi s deputies are now dead Tillerson tells a coalition meeting in Washington It is only a matter of time before Baghdadi himself meets this same fate

ON DEFEATING ISIS. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks during the opening of a meeting of the coalition to defeat the Islamic State group at the State Department in Washington, DC, on March 22, 2017. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Al-Qaeda chief denounces Islamic State 'liars'

Jan 06, 2017 - 8:44 AM

In an audio message Ayman al Zawahiri complains that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi had alleged that Al Qaeda opposes sectarian attacks on Shiites and was prepared to work with Christian leaders

AL-QAEDA CHIEF. Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri denounces what he said was a dishonest propaganda campaign by rival jihadist group the Islamic State against his organization. File photo by AFP

Fight to the end, ISIS boss Baghdadi urges Mosul jihadists

Nov 03, 2016 - 10:40 AM

Abu Bakr al Baghdadi: Do not retreat Holding your ground with honor is a thousand times easier than retreating in shame

An image grab taken from a propaganda video released on July 5, 2014 by al-Furqan Media allegedly shows the leader of the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, aka Caliph Ibrahim, adressing Muslim worshippers at a mosque in the militant-held northern Iraqi city of Mosul. Handout photo by al-Furqan Media/AFP

Indonesian church attacker 'obsessed with ISIS leader'

Aug 29, 2016 - 5:51 PM

From the mobile phone confiscated by authorities this kid is obsessed with Abu Bakr al Baghdadi from ISIS the minister tells reporters

INDONESIA CHUCH ATTACK. Indonesian policemen examine the Santo Yosef chuch after a man tried to attack a priest in Medan on August 28, 2016. Photo by Hakim Rangkuti/AFP

Menkopolhukam: Pelaku teror gereja di Medan terinspirasi pemimpin ISIS

Aug 29, 2016 - 5:47 PM

Di dalam tas tersangka ditemukan tulisan I Love Baghdadi yang merupakan pemimpin kelompok ISIS

OLAH TKP. Personel Gegana Brimob Polda Sumut melakukan olah tempat kejadian perkara (TKP) pasca peristiwa teror bom di Gereja Katolik Stasi Santo Yosep, Medan, Sumatera Utara pada Senin, 29 Agustus. Foto oleh Septianda Perdana/ANTARA

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Jun 14, 2016 - 7:49 PM

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ISIS leader Baghdadi will 'taste justice' – US official

Apr 02, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Just like we found his mentor [Abu Musab] al Zarqawi and killed him Just like we found the grand master of terrorism Osama bin Laden we killed him We are going to find Baghdadi and he will taste justice

JUSTICE. An undated file image of a frame from video released by the Islamic State purportedly shows the caliph of the self-proclaimed Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, giving a speech in an unknown location. Handout photo from Islamic State Video/EPA

Little to show for in Boko Haram-ISIS partnership - analysts

Mar 06, 2016 - 12:53 PM

Some security consultants predict Boko Haram in Nigeria could this year be reduced to a largely criminal regional threat

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Feb 18, 2016 - 12:19 PM

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Jan 21, 2016 - 3:40 PM

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ISIS klaim jadi dalang di balik teror bom Jakarta

Jan 14, 2016 - 11:40 PM

Kapolda Metro Jaya mengatakan aksi teror ISIS di Indonesia dipimpin oleh Bahrum Naim

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Jan 13, 2016 - 6:24 PM

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Jan 11, 2016 - 7:02 PM

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Kronologi salah sebut pemimpin ISIS oleh "Republika Online"

Dec 31, 2015 - 4:05 PM

Republika mengambil kuot dari akun twitter miliknya @iyad_elbaghdadi yang disangka milik pemimpin ISIS Abu Bakr al Baghdadi

PEMIMPIN ISIS. Foto Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, pemimpin Negara Islam Irak dan Suriah. Foto oleh al-Furqan Media/AFP

Iraqis claim IS chief Baghdadi's convoy hit in air raid

Oct 11, 2015 - 11:04 PM

The Iraqi air force carried out a heroic operation targeting the convoy of the criminal terrorist Abu Bakr al Baghdadi reads a joint statement by Iraq s security forces

LEADER. An undated file image of a frame from video released by the Islamic State (IS) purportedly shows the caliph of the self-proclaimed Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, giving a speech in an unknown location. Photo from EPA/Islamic State Video

More than 30 jihadist groups support ISIS – monitoring center

Apr 01, 2015 - 11:04 PM

A list published by the center which monitors extremist groups shows these 31 organizations are dotted across the world in an arc going from Algeria in the west to Indonesia in the east

An image grab taken from a propaganda video released on March 17, 2014 by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)'s al-Furqan Media allegedly shows ISIS fighters raising their weapons as they stand on a vehicle mounted with the trademark Jihadists flag at an undisclosed location in the Anbar province, Iraq. File Photo by Al-Furqan Media/AFP

ISIS arrests 'extremists' accused of plot against group

Dec 22, 2014 - 8:08 PM

The group claims that the four jihadists accused of plotting against the organization have been arrested

Iraqi Kurds say Mount Sinjar siege broken

Dec 19, 2014 - 11:25 AM

This operation represents the single biggest military offensive against IS and the most successful a statement from Barzani s office notes

ISIS-linked media claims Dane shot by 'supporters' in Saudi

Dec 02, 2014 - 9:14 PM

Denmark confirms that one of its nationals is a November 22 shooting victim in the Saudi capital Riyadh

Lebanon 'detains wife and son' of ISIS chief Baghdadi

Dec 02, 2014 - 6:59 PM

The pair was detained by military intelligence 10 days ago near the town of Arsal close to the border with Syria a security source says

JIHADIST CHIEF. An image grab taken from a propaganda video released on July 5, 2014 by al-Furqan Media allegedly shows the leader of the Islamic State jihadist group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, aka Caliph Ibrahim, addressing Muslim worshippers at a mosque in the militant-held northern Iraqi city of Mosul. Photo by AFP/Ho/Al-Furqan Media

Indonesia bans ISIS, fights it on various fronts

Aug 05, 2014 - 5:45 PM

Every effort to spread ISIS ideology must be prevented There is no place for such ideology in Indonesia Indonesia is not an Islamic state

SUPPORTERS. Image tweeted by user @allyn3237 on June 20, 2014, of a pro-ISIS rally in Jakarta.

Fleeing civilians in limbo as battle for Iraq town escalates

Aug 04, 2014 - 8:46 PM

The conquest of Sinjar and several other towns threaten to further integrate the Iraqi and Syrian halves of the caliphate IS leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi proclaimed

ON GUARD. A volunteer who joined the Iraqi army to fight against jihadist militants of the Islamic State stands in a truck as he holds a position in Al-Othaym in Diyala province, north of the capital Baghdad on August 3, 2014. Photo by Amer al-Saadi/AFP

Don't join ISIS, religious affairs minister tells Indonesians

Aug 01, 2014 - 10:38 PM

A video recently released by the jihadist group titled shows a group of men most of whom are carrying rifles exhorting Indonesians to join them

JOIN THE RANKS. Screengrab from a YouTube video uploaded on July 23, 2014, showing Indonesians inviting their fellow citizens to join the ISIS.

'Caliph' sermon at Iraq mosque show of confidence: experts

Jul 06, 2014 - 4:42 PM

Experts say the first appearance of self proclaimed caliph Abu Bakr al Baghdadi in a video shot in an Iraqi mosque illustrates the extent of his jihadist group s control and confidence

'CALIPH' An image grab taken from a propaganda video released on July 5, 2014 by al-Furqan Media allegedly shows the leader of the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, aka Caliph Ibrahim, adDressing Muslim worshippers at a mosque in the militant-held northern Iraqi city of Mosul. Baghdadi. al-Furqan Media/Handout/AFP

Jihadist 'caliph' to Muslims: Obey me

Jul 06, 2014 - 8:21 AM

al Baghdadi: If you see that I am wrong advise me and put me on the right track and obey me as long as I obey God

'CALIPH' An image grab taken from a propaganda video released on July 5, 2014 by al-Furqan Media allegedly shows the leader of the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, aka Caliph Ibrahim, adDressing Muslim worshippers at a mosque in the militant-held northern Iraqi city of Mosul. Baghdadi. al-Furqan Media/Handout/AFP

Who is Caliph Ibrahim, the chief of the Islamic State jihadist group?

Jul 06, 2014 - 12:14 AM

Abu Bakr al Baghdadi the enigmatic self proclaimed caliph of a state straddling Iraq and Syria is increasingly seen as more powerful than Al Qaeda s chief

JIHADIST CHIEF. An image grab taken from a propaganda video released on July 5, 2014 by al-Furqan Media allegedly shows the leader of the Islamic State jihadist group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, aka Caliph Ibrahim, addressing Muslim worshippers at a mosque in the militant-held northern Iraqi city of Mosul. Photo by AFP/Ho/Al-Furqan Media

Caliphate: Islamic rule abolished a century ago

Jun 30, 2014 - 9:49 PM

The caliph s main duty was to implement Muslim law in the land of Islam

FLEEING TO SAFETY. Iraqis who fled the violence in Mosul stand in a queue at a checkpoint in Erbil, Kurdistan region, north Iraq, 11 June 2014. Kamal Akrayi/EPA