Islamic State

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), officially known as the Islamic State (IS) and by its Arabic language acronym Daesh, is a Salafi jihadist terrorist organisation and former unrecognised proto-state that follows a fundamentalist, Salafi doctrine of Sunni Islam.
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  • U.S. forces to stay in Iraq as long as needed: spokesman
    Reuters

    U.S. forces to stay in Iraq as long as needed: spokesman

    "We'll keep troops there as long as we think they're needed ... The main reason, after ISIS (Islamic State) is defeated militarily, is the stabilization efforts and we still need to be there for that, so that's one of the reasons we'll maintain a presence," Colonel Sean Ryan told a news conference in Abu Dhabi. The number of American soldiers could go down however, depending on when other forces from the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation deploy to help train the Iraqi army, he said, adding that about 5,200 U.S. troops are currently based in Iraq. NATO defence ministers agreed in February to a bigger "train-and-advise" mission in Iraq after a U.S. call for the alliance to help stabilise the country after three years of war against Islamic State.

  • U.S. forces to stay in Iraq as long as needed - spokesman
    Reuters

    U.S. forces to stay in Iraq as long as needed - spokesman

    "We'll keep troops there as long as we think they're needed ... The main reason, after ISIS (Islamic State) is defeated militarily, is the stabilization efforts and we still need to be there for that, so that's one of the reasons we'll maintain a presence," Colonel Sean Ryan told a news conference in Abu Dhabi. The number of American soldiers could go down however, depending on when other forces from the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation deploy to help train the Iraqi army, he said, adding that about 5,200 U.S. troops are currently based in Iraq. NATO defence ministers agreed in February to a bigger "train-and-advise" mission in Iraq after a U.S. call for the alliance to help stabilise the country after three years of war against Islamic State.

  • Russia says drone attacks on its Syria base have increased
    The Charlotte Observer

    Russia says drone attacks on its Syria base have increased

    HEMEIMEEM AIR BASE, Syria Russian air defense assets in Syria have downed 45 drones targeting their main base in the country, its military said Thursday, after an attack by the Islamic State group on a Syrian army base a day earlier killed seven troops. The Russian Defense Ministry spokesman, Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, said that five of them were shot down in the last three days near the Hemeimeem air base. The base in the province of Latakia serves as the main hub for Russian operations in Syria. Konashenkov said that while the drones appear primitive, they use sophisticated technologies and have a range of up to 100 kilometers (60 miles). He charged that the militants wouldn't have been able

  • Trump Administration Ends $200 Million in Funding for Syria Stabilization Programs
    Time

    Trump Administration Ends $200 Million in Funding for Syria Stabilization Programs

    The Trump administration is notifying Congress Friday, officials say

  • Yazidi 'ex-sex slave' trapped both in Iraq and in German exile
    AFP

    Yazidi 'ex-sex slave' trapped both in Iraq and in German exile

    A young Yazidi woman who fled to Germany but returned home to northern Iraq says she cannot escape her Islamic State group captor who held her as a sex slave for three months. Ashwaq Haji, 19, says she ran into the man in a German supermarket in February. Traumatised by the encounter, she returned to Iraq the following month.

  • Iraq says its air force hit Islamic State militants inside Syria, killing 28
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    Iraq says its air force hit Islamic State militants inside Syria, killing 28

    Iraqi security officials said their air force carried out two strikes targeting Islamic State group inside Syria, killing at least 28 militants. They say one of the two airstrikes by F-16s targeted a meeting of would-be suicide bombers who intended to strike in Iraq during next week's Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday. About 20 militants were killed in that airstrike, while eight died in the second one. Both targets were inside Syria near the Iraqi border. Iraq announced the strikes on Thursday but details on targets and casualties only emerged on Friday. The statement said the targets were identified by the Eagles Cell, Iraq's top counterterrorism agency. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity

  • US ends Syria stabilization funding, cites more allied cash
    Associated Press

    US ends Syria stabilization funding, cites more allied cash

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is ending funding for Syria stabilization projects as it moves to extricate the U.S. from the conflict, citing increased contributions from anti-Islamic State coalition partners.

  • A look at major attacks in Pakistan claimed by IS militants
    Associated Press

    A look at major attacks in Pakistan claimed by IS militants

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Counterterrorism officials in Pakistan say the fight against the Islamic State group is the country's newest and deadliest front in the decades-old war on terror.

  • Associated Press

    Saudi Arabia says it's given $100 million to northeast Syria

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia said early on Friday that it has contributed $100 million to northeast Syria for "stabilization projects" in areas once held by the Islamic State group and now controlled by U.S.-backed forces.

  • Hollowed out Christian villages leave Syria social fabric torn
    Gulf News

    Hollowed out Christian villages leave Syria social fabric torn

    Tel Tal, Syria: The memories of the retired oilman dot the village in Syria where he grew up. The mud chapel he got married in. The concrete church he helped build that would overflow with worshippers on holidays. The tight community of Assyrian Christian families who had lived together in this area for generations. Now it's a village of ghosts. The church is a pile of rubble, its bell tower and its cross toppled over like a felled tree. The dirt paths are overgrown, walked by stray dogs. Most homes are empty, their owners in Germany, Australia, the United States and elsewhere. “All the houses used to be full,” said the oilman, Ishaq Nisaan, 79. “Now on my street, it's only me and my neighbor.”

  • US officials: Iraqi refugee was part of terror group
    Associated Press

    US officials: Iraqi refugee was part of terror group

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A refugee from Iraq was arrested Wednesday in Northern California on a warrant alleging that he killed an Iraqi policeman while fighting for the Islamic State organization.

  • Afghan schools hit as militants seek soft targets
    Reuters

    Afghan schools hit as militants seek soft targets

    More than 1,000 schools across Afghanistan remain closed for security reasons and at least 86 have been destroyed by militant attacks this year alone, according to U.N. figures. "Attacks on educational institutes by hardline Islamic groups are one of the most horrific issues facing our nation today," said Interior Minister Wais Ahmad Barmak after Wednesday's attack on the Mawoud Academy, a private study institute in west Kabul. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the blast, which killed at least 34 people, most of them students attending an English class.