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Jihadists emerge from tunnels to surrender after 'caliphate' falls

Mar 25, 2019 - 9:52 AM

(UPDATED) An AFP reporter says he saw dozens of people – mostly men – file out of the battered jihadist encampment in the remote village of Baghouz near the Iraqi border to board pickup trucks

Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) walk in the village of Baghouz in Syria's eastern Deir Ezzor province near the Iraqi border on March 24, 2019, a day after the Islamic State (IS) group's "caliphate" was declared defeated by the US-backed Kurdish-led SDF.  Delil souleiman / AFP

Philippines hails fall of last ISIS territory

Mar 24, 2019 - 9:40 AM

But the Philippines, where ISIS influence persists, says the fight 'is not over'

VICTORY AT LAST. A female fighter of the US-backed Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) flashes the victory gesture while celebrating near the Omar oil field in the eastern Syrian Deir Ezzor province on March 23, 2019. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

LOOK: The day the ISIS 'caliphate' fell

Mar 23, 2019 - 4:56 PM

Fighters of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces raise their yellow flag in Baghouz and pronounce the death of the Islamic State group's nearly five-year-old 'caliphate'

An image grab released by the Kurdish Ronahi TV on March 23, 2019 shows the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) raising their flag atop a building in the Islamic State group's last bastion in the eastern Syrian village of Baghuz after defeating the jihadist group. - Kurdish-led forces pronounced the death of the Islamic State group's nearly five-year-old "caliphate" on March 23, 2019 after flushing out diehard jihadists from their very last bastion in eastern Syria. (Photo by Handout / RONAHI TV / AFP) / XGTY / == RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / HO / RONAHI TV" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS ==

ISIS 'caliphate' totally eliminated – Syria force

Mar 23, 2019 - 3:02 PM

'Syrian Democratic Forces declare total elimination of so-called caliphate and 100% territorial defeat of ISIS,' says spokesman of the US-backed Kurdish-Arab alliance

In this file picture, a Kurdish female fighter of the Women's Protection Units (YPJ) looks on at a training camp in al-Qahtaniyah, near the Syrian-Turkish border on February 13, 2015. Kurdish-led forces announced on March 23, 2019 they had fully captured the Islamic State group's last bastion in eastern Syria and declared the total elimination of the jihadists' "caliphate". DELIL SOULEIMAN / AFP

Islamic State will be wiped off map imminently, says Trump

Mar 21, 2019 - 8:20 AM

The US president signals the group's imminent demise on several previous occasions, although ISIS has yet to wave the white flag of surrender

US President Donald Trump holds up a map as he speaks before departing the White House in Washington, DC, on March 20, 2019.  Jim WATSON / AFP

'Never-ending' numbers in last ISIS scrap shock U.S.-backed fighters

Mar 09, 2019 - 12:39 PM

Tens of thousands of dust-covered women, children and men have streamed out of the ragged tent encampment in the Syrian village of Baghouz since December – and despite that exodus they still keep on coming

Children who were captured by Islamic State (IS) group fighters, believed to be from the Yazidi community, are pictured after being evacuated from the IS' embattled holdout of Baghouz at a screening area held by the US-backed Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the eastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor, on March 6, 2019. More than 7000 people, mostly women and children, have fled the shrinking pocket over the past two days, as US-backed forces press ahead with an offensive to crush holdout jihadists. The Yazidis are a mostly Iraq-based Kurdish-speaking religious minority. The jihadists consider them heretics and in 2014, tried to exterminate them. Bulent KILIC / AFP

From shy student to ISIS polemicist, Hoda Muthana in U.S. crosshairs

Feb 22, 2019 - 8:15 AM

The 24-year-old says she regrets her turn to radicalism and wants to return home – but President Donald Trump personally intervenes to block her

RETURNING. An undated photograph obtained on February 20, 2019, from attorney Hassan Shibly shows Hoda Muthana, a 24-year-old woman from Alabama. Handout photo/AFP

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Jan 17, 2018 - 8:31 PM

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2017: The year the 'caliphate' collapsed

Dec 18, 2017 - 10:30 PM

The jihadist group lost its two main hubs, Mosul in Iraq and Raqa in Syria, earlier this year and is now only clinging to the dregs of a 'caliphate'

VICTORY IN MOSUL. This file photo taken on July 10, 2017 shows members of the Iraqi federal police celebrating in the Old City of Mosul after the government's announcement of the "liberation" of the embattled city from Islamic State (IS) group fighters. Photo by Fadel Senna/AFP

20 soldiers wounded in Marawi as heavy fighting continues

Oct 15, 2017 - 3:29 PM

Another hostage is rescued as troops push on to meet another deadline to end the war

URBAN WARFARE. The war with local armed groups in Marawi is now on its 5th month. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

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The Maute Group and rise of family terrorism

Jun 15, 2017 - 5:03 PM

ISIS encourages terrorism in families experiencing frustrations marginalization and deprivation

Duterte fears ISIS caliphate in Southeast Asia

Dec 07, 2016 - 7:30 PM

ISIS wants to establish a caliphate a kingdom that would comprise Indonesia Philippines Malaysia and Brunei says the Philippine President

FOREFRONT OF FIGHT. President Duterte speaks to military forces fighting Maute group in Lanao del Sur on November 30, 2016. Photo from Presidential Photographers Division

1,955 families displaced amid Butig clashes

Nov 29, 2016 - 12:40 AM

The local government is expecting more residents to be displaced as the military continues its offensive against the local terror group

DISPLACED. Social workers from the provincial government of Lanao del Sur attend to the need of displaced families in Butig town after armed skirmishes between government forces and the Maute terror group. Photo courtesy of Jennie Tamano, Lanao del Sur PIO

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Jul 11, 2016 - 12:00 PM

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ISIS territory shrinks 12% since start of 2016 – British think-tank

Jul 10, 2016 - 10:30 PM

The Islamic State controls roughly 68 300 square kilometers in Iraq and Syria according to IHS

epa05398819 A picture made available on 30 June 2016 shows Iraqi soldiers inspecting burnt trucks which was used by Islamic state militants after a heavy clashes with Iraqi forces near Amiriyat al-Fallujah town, southwest of of Fallujah city, western Iraq, 29 June 2016. The Iraqi forces destroyed a convoy of Islamic state group and killed at least 15 islamic state militants while they were trying to flee from Fallujah to desert, security officials said. EPA/NAWRAS AAMER ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE CONTAINS GRAPHIC CONTENT

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Indonesia hopes former ISIS fighters can deter new recruits from joining

Oct 23, 2015 - 5:42 PM

Indonesia the world s most populous Muslim majority nation has a long history of struggling with Islamic militancy

AIDING ISIS? Seven Indonesian men are accused of alleged ISIS links. File photo by AFP.

Twitter-terror: How ISIS is using hashtags for propaganda

Oct 22, 2015 - 11:28 PM

Hashtags have become the extremists’ choice for propaganda, says a study by the world's first counter-extremism think tank

IS threat grows as 'caliphate' enters second year

Jun 29, 2015 - 10:49 PM

IS inspires fear and horror with its rule over territory in Syria and Iraq where mass killings and brutal executions have become its hallmarks

SECOND YEAR.

Boko Haram kills at least 68 people, including children

Mar 06, 2015 - 2:35 AM

Heavily armed militants stormed the village in Borno state on March 3

ISIS uses kids in propaganda targeting next generation

Jan 17, 2015 - 8:06 PM

One video shows a boy firing at two kneeling men

PROPAGANDA. 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. File Photo by Al-Furqan Media/AFP

Filipino jihadists killed in Syria - reports

Sep 22, 2014 - 7:12 PM

The government says the reports are not confirmed but a group has been formed to monitor Filipino extremists activities in relation to ISIS

ENEMY LINE. A flag of the Islamic State (IS) is seen on the other side of a bridge at the frontline of fighting between Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and Islamist militants in Rashad, on the road between Kirkuk and Tikrit, on September 11, 2014. JM Lopez/AFP

Wife of British IS hostage pleads for his release

Sep 21, 2014 - 7:48 AM

I pray that the people holding Alan respond to my messages and contact me before it is too late says Barbara Henning in a statement released through Britain s Foreign Office

ENEMY LINE. A flag of the Islamic State (IS) is seen on the other side of a bridge at the frontline of fighting between Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and Islamist militants in Rashad, on the road between Kirkuk and Tikrit, on September 11, 2014. JM Lopez/AFP

Gulf monarchies condemn Islamic State jihadists

Aug 30, 2014 - 10:34 PM

The 6 nation Gulf Cooperation Council strongly condemns Islamic State jihadists in Iraq and Syria and their extreme interpretation of Islam as it opened a meeting in Saudi Arabia

JIHADIST. 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 (also known as ISIS) 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. From Al-Furqan Media/Handout/AFP

US hostage's mother pleads with jihadists to spare him

Aug 28, 2014 - 12:43 AM

As a mother I ask your justice to be merciful and not punish my son for matters he has no control over

Boko Haram leader proclaims 'Islamic caliphate' in Nigeria town

Aug 24, 2014 - 10:21 PM

Boko Haram is also believed to be in control of other areas near Gwoza in southern Borno territories in northern Borno and at least one town in Yobe state

TAKING TOWNS. A grab made on July 13, 2013 from a video obtained by AFP shows the leader of the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram Abubakar Shekau, dressed in camouflage and holding an Kalashnikov AK-47. AFP PHOTO / BOKO HARAM

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.

ISIS threats and followers in the Philippines

Aug 05, 2014 - 1:19 PM

The Philippine government has to implement a strong preventive counter measure before this threat develops into a many headed monster that is hard to defeat

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.

Support ISIS, jailed Indonesian terror leader tells followers

Jul 14, 2014 - 4:23 PM

Abu Bakar Ba asyir the spiritual leader of the terrorist group Jemaah Islamiyah also aims to establish a caliphate

PREACHING FROM PRISON. Muslim Cleric Abu Bakar Ba'asyir (C) is serving a 15-year sentence for terrorist acts. The United States has formally included hard-line Islam group Jemaah Anshorut Tauhid (JAT), an extremist organization founded by Ba'asyir in 2008, on its list of foreign terror networks. File photo by EPA

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

Leading Sunni scholar says jihadist caliphate violates sharia

Jul 05, 2014 - 8:01 PM

A caliphate is fundamentally a universal Islamic state ruled by a single leader with both political and religious authority

UNITY. Shia Muslim devotees take part in a demonstration calling for unity among Muslims following recent violence in Iraq. File photo by AFP/Chandan Khanna

Online preacher Musa Cerantonio leaves Philippines to join ISIS?

Jul 05, 2014 - 2:34 PM

This will be a fresh factor to call all radical militants to join ISIS says the head of Indonesia’s National Counter Terrorism Agency known by its Indonesian acronym BNPT

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

Jihadists fighting in Syria, Iraq declare 'caliphate'

Jun 30, 2014 - 1:25 AM

ISIS also declare its chief the caliph and leader for Muslims everywhere

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

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Aug 01, 2012 - 8:41 PM

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THE CRESCENT AND STAR atop the dome of a mosque at the border of Pasay and Paranaque. This mosque is named after Rajah Sulayman as a tribute to the Muslim leader who bravely resisted colonization in the 16th century. Photo by Resti H. Santiago