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 militant group and former unrecognised proto-state that follows a fundamentalist, Salafi doctrine of Sunni Islam.
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  • Putin says 700 hostages, including some Americans, seized in Syria by ISIS militants; some killed
    New York Daily News

    Putin says 700 hostages, including some Americans, seized in Syria by ISIS militants; some killed

    The ISIS attackers stormed a Syrian refugee camp last week and kidnapped 130 families, including U.S. and European nationals, who may be foreign security or aid workers. The attack came after several days of intense fighting between ISIS and the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces.

  • Putin says Islamic State has seized 700 hostages in Syria
    Reuters

    Putin says Islamic State has seized 700 hostages in Syria

    President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Islamic State militants had seized nearly 700 hostages in part of Syria controlled by U.S.-backed forces and had executed some of them and promised to kill more. Speaking in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi, Putin said the hostages included several U.S. and European nationals, adding that Islamic State was expanding its control in territory on the left bank of the River Euphrates controlled by U.S. and U.S.-backed forces. Putin did not specify what the militants' demands were.

  • Reuters

    Putin says Islamic State has seized 700 hostages in Syria

    President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Islamic State militants had seized nearly 700 hostages in part of Syria controlled by U.S.-backed forces and issued an ultimatum promising to execute 10 people every day. Speaking in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi, Putin said the hostages included several U.S. and European nationals, adding that Islamic State was expanding its control in territory controlled by U.S. and U.S.-backed forces. Putin did not specify what the militants' demands were.

  • US briefs Iraq Chaldean head, Vatican on aid after critique
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    US briefs Iraq Chaldean head, Vatican on aid after critique

    Posted 19 minutes agoUpdated 18 minutes ago ROME — A senior American diplomat briefed the leader of Iraq's Chaldean Catholics on U.S. development aid Wednesday after the cardinal accused the United States of failing to help rebuild Christian villages devastated by the Islamic State group. Mark Green, administrator of the State Department's USAID development agency, said he disagreed with Cardinal Luis Sako's claims at a Vatican news conference Tuesday that promised U.S. aid for Iraq's religious minorities hadn't materialized. But Green said Sako's complaints were "a reminder that it is not only important to execute and deliver results, it is (important) to be able to constantly stay in touch

  • Bloomberg

    U.S. Treasury Sanctions Iranian Companies, Banks and Others

    Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control announced the sanctions on its website without disclosing why the companies were being excluded from the U.S. financial system. Companies including Bank Mellat, Mehr Eqtesad Bank, Iran Tractor Manufacturing Company and Mobarakeh Steel Company were on the list. The U.S. is seeking to choke off Iran’s economy with expansive sanctions against the country’s oil industry that take effect in November.

  • Trump says 'ISIS is defeated' — the Pentagon says not quite
    Business Insider

    Trump says 'ISIS is defeated' — the Pentagon says not quite

    President Donald Trump told the Associated Press in a wide-ranging interview on Tuesday that ISIS, the terrorist group that swept over Iraq and Syria in 2014, has been defeated. US military leaders have said the group has been rolled back and denied control of territory, but they've stopped short of pronouncements like Trump's and noted that coalition forces are still fighting them in their last strongholds. Asked why more US troops are now abroad in Afghanistan, the Middle East, and Africa, despite Trump's campaign pledges to bring troops home, the president said his priority was national security. "I have to see safety at home and — not a vast difference, by the way — but a little bit more.

  • Iran says it has killed mastermind of deadly attack on parade
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    Iran says it has killed mastermind of deadly attack on parade

    Iran's Revolutionary Guards said on Tuesday they had killed the "mastermind" behind an attack on a military parade in the Iranian city of Ahvaz last month which left 25 people dead. The Guards said in a statement published on state media its forces had killed a man named Abu Zaha and four other militants in Diyala province in Iraq. One news website run by Iran's state television said Abu Zaha was a member of Islamic State.

  • Iran says it has killed mastermind of deadly attack on parade
    Reuters

    Iran says it has killed mastermind of deadly attack on parade

    Iran's Revolutionary Guards said on Tuesday they had killed the "mastermind" behind an attack on a military parade in the Iranian city of Ahvaz last month which left 25 people dead, nearly half of them members of the Guards. The Guards said in a statement published on state media their forces had killed a man named Abu Zaha and four other militants in Diyala province in Iraq. One news website run by Iran's state television said Abu Zaha was a member of Islamic State.

  • Reuters

    Iran says it has killed mastermind of deadly attack on parade

    Iran's Revolutionary Guards said on Tuesday they had killed the "mastermind" behind an attack on a military parade in the Iranian city of Ahvaz last month which left 25 people dead, nearly half of them members of the Guards. The Guards said in a statement published on state media their forces had killed a man named Abu Zaha and four other militants in Diyala province in Iraq. One news website run by Iran's state television said Abu Zaha was a member of Islamic State.

  • U.S. general says conditions for Islamist extremism still linger
    Reuters

    U.S. general says conditions for Islamist extremism still linger

    "Little progress has been made in addressing the underlying conditions that lead to violent extremism," said Marine General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. U.S.-backed forces and Iraqi militias liberated nearly all of the territory that Islamic State, also known as ISIS, once controlled in Iraq and Syria. One of the issues facing U.S.-backed forces in Syria is the large number of foreign fighters being detained.

  • ICRC names abducted midwife killed in Nigeria
    Reuters

    ICRC names abducted midwife killed in Nigeria

    The Red Cross on Tuesday named a health worker abducted and murdered by her Islamist captors in Nigeria as 24-year-old midwife Hauwa Mohammed Liman and said it had refused to pay a ransom for her release. A senior official of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) told Reuters it had decided not to pay a ransom as it would set a dangerous precedent for the 16,000 aid workers it deploys in 80 countries worldwide. The Nigerian government on Monday said a medical aid worker held hostage by Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA) militants was killed after a deadline they set expired.

  • Reuters

    German police: Witness statements suggest Cologne suspect had links to IS

    BERLIN (Reuters) - German police said on Tuesday that witness statements suggested the man who took a woman hostage in Cologne on Monday had links to Islamic State but no other evidence to that effect had been discovered so far. "We derived the link between the suspect and Islamic State from witness statements," senior Cologne police official Klaus-Stephan Becker told a news conference. ...