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Salafi jihadist terrorist and militant group

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Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant: Salafi jihadist terrorist and militant group
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, officially known as the Islamic State (IS) and also known by its Arabic-language acronym Daesh, is a terrorist militant group and a former unrecognised proto-state that follows a fundamentalist, Salafi jihadist doctrine of Sunni Islam. ISIL gained global prominence in early 2014 when it drove Iraqi government forces out of key cities in its Western Iraq offensive, followed by its capture of Mosul and the Sinjar massacre.

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U.S. says no uptick in violence from Islamic State in Syria, Iraq

The United States has seen no uptick in Islamic State activity in Syria and Iraq, U.S. special representative for Syria James Jeffrey said on Thursday, weeks after a U.S. drone strike killed Iranian..
Reuters - Published

Islamic State fighter spouse's repatriation to Norway: All you need to know


IndiaTimes - Published

Videos for Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant


Trump meets Iraqi president in Davos [Video]Trump meets Iraqi president in Davos

President Trump said he has a "whole host of very dificult things to discuss" with his Iraqi counterpart, as the pair spoke to the media at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:58Published

Alleged IS member Lisa Smith arrives at Dublin court [Video]Alleged IS member Lisa Smith arrives at Dublin court

An Irish woman who is an alleged member of the so-called Islamic State group has arrived at a court in Dublin. Lisa Smith has been charged with membership of an unlawful organisation, under 2005 terror..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:31Published

Ex-CIA director says Soleimani killing 'bigger than Bin Laden' [Video]Ex-CIA director says Soleimani killing 'bigger than Bin Laden'

Former CIA director and retired U.S. Army General David Petraeus on Sunday (January 5) said "it was impossible to overstate the significance" of the American airstrike that killed Iranian Major-General..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:37Published

Iraqi parliament approves measure ending foreign troop presence [Video]Iraqi parliament approves measure ending foreign troop presence

Iraq's parliament on Sunday called on all foreign troops to be ordered out after the United States killed a top Iranian military commander and an Iraqi militia leader in Baghdad. Zachary Goelman..

Credit: Reuters - Politics     Duration: 01:49Published

Iran could retaliate with proxy forces, cyberattacks after assassination [Video]Iran could retaliate with proxy forces, cyberattacks after assassination

Tehran has an array of options to hit back at U.S. targets and allies after an American airstrike killed a top Iranian commander in Baghdad. Zachary Goelman reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:06Published

What will 2020 hold for Iraq's protesters? [Video]What will 2020 hold for Iraq's protesters?

Iraq is no stranger to unrest - decades of war with its neighbours, UN sanctions, a US-led invasion, sectarian civil war, ISIL, and now the protests.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:54Published

G5 Sahel leaders seek concrete measures to counter jihadist attacks [Video]G5 Sahel leaders seek concrete measures to counter jihadist attacks

The Leaders of the G5 Sahel countries on Sunday visited the graves of 71 Niger soldiers killed in the western town of Inates days earlier in the worst jihadist attack on security forces in Niger in..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:51Published

ISIL in Afghanistan 'defeated', but not eliminated [Video]ISIL in Afghanistan 'defeated', but not eliminated

Afghan authorities say sustained bombing campaign has significantly reduced the threat of ISIL. Al Jazeera speaks to the rural communities caught in the crossfire.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:24Published

Two years after ISIL defeat, Mosul still in ruins [Video]Two years after ISIL defeat, Mosul still in ruins

The victory over ISIL is overshadowed by the slow pace of reconstruction and lack of services in the Sunni north.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:59Published

Trump to Macron: 'Would you like some ISIS fighters? I can give them to you' [Video]Trump to Macron: 'Would you like some ISIS fighters? I can give them to you'

Credit: FRANCE 24 English     Duration: 02:15Published

'IS bride' Lisa Smith arrested after arriving in Ireland from Syria [Video]'IS bride' Lisa Smith arrested after arriving in Ireland from Syria

A former member of the Irish military who became a so-called Islamic State bride in Syria has been arrested on suspicion of terror offences as she arrived back in Ireland. Lisa Smith, 38, once..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:40Published

In Afghanistan, Trump voices hope for ceasefire [Video]In Afghanistan, Trump voices hope for ceasefire

U.S. President Donald Trump made a surprise Thanksgiving visit to U.S. troops in Afghanistan on Thursday and said he believed Taliban insurgents would agree to a ceasefire in America's longest war...

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:53Published

Iraqi forces kill several protesters after Iranian consulate torched [Video]Iraqi forces kill several protesters after Iranian consulate torched

Iraqi security forces shot dead 16 protesters in the southern city of Nassiriya on Thursday, medical sources said, and authorities imposed a curfew in Najaf after demonstrators burned its Iranian..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:47Published

Fire rages as Iraq protesters torch Iran consulate [Video]Fire rages as Iraq protesters torch Iran consulate

Iraqi protesters stormed the Iranian consulate in the southern city of Najaf and set fire to the building on Wednesday bringing a new level of violence to demonstrations aimed at the downfall of a..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:47Published

Thirteen French troops killed in Mali helicopter crash [Video]Thirteen French troops killed in Mali helicopter crash

Thirteen French soldiers fighting jihadists in Mali were killed in a crash between two helicopters, the French presidency said on Tuesday, the single biggest loss of French troops in combat in the..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:43Published

 

VIDEO: Iraqis split on parliament’s call to expel foreign troops

Following the US killing of top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani on Iraqi soil earlier this month, Iraqi lawmakers have called on the government to expel all foreign forces deployed in the country...
France 24 - Published

Norway finance minister quits over IS woman's return from Syria

Norway's Finance Minister Siv Jensen and her right-wing Progress Party will resign from the government over a decision to bring home from Syria a woman suspected of Islamic State affiliation, Jensen..
Reuters - Published

Pragya Thakur claims ISIS behind sending poisonous chemical, threat letter to her


IndiaTimes - Published

Philippine military says 5 Indonesians kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf militants

The Philippine military on Sunday said it has launched search and rescue operations for five Indonesian fishermen kidnapped by militants belonging to the Islamic State-linked Abu Sayyaf group in..
Reuters - Published

The US operation in Iraq could come to an embarrassing end. Iran's power will only grow

the us operation in iraq could come to an embarrassing end. iran's power will only grow
(CNN)Donald Trump hasn't pulled his troops out of Iraq, despite his pledge to end America's grinding wars. It turns out he may not have to. The US is facing the possibility of being kicked out, and..
WorldNews - Published

Senior vicar 'considered paying Isis $17,500 to free sex slaves', charity watchdog finds

A prominent clergyman known as the "vicar of Baghdad" has been accused of considering paying Isis $17,500 (£13,500) to free sex slaves.
Independent - Published

UN says children of jihadists are in grave danger, calls for them to be repatriated from Syria

UN investigators on Thursday called for thousands of children of jihadists who fought for the Islamic State group to be repatriated from Syria.
France 24 - Published

British government condemned for offering to repatriate children from Syrian Isis camp but not their mother

Mehak Aslam would have to give up children in order for them to be repatriated to Britain
Independent - Published

Like Iran, India too mourns Soleimani assassination: Javad Zarif

Describing the shooting down of the Ukrainian airline as "unforgivable”, Zarif said, "the accidental shooting happened because there was a crisis. People made unforgivable mistakes." Calling for a..
IndiaTimes - Published

Lion at Chicago-area zoo dies after mysterious fall, less than 2 weeks after mate's death

Brookfield Zoo's lion Isis was put down Tuesday after suffering injuries from a fall in her enclosure. Her mate Zenda died less than two weeks ago.
USATODAY.com - Published

Islamic State claims responsibility for Niger army base attack

Islamic State's West Africa affiliate on Tuesday claimed responsibility for an attack on an army base in Niger last week that killed at least 89 Nigerien soldiers, according to a statement translated..
Reuters - Published Also reported by •France 24

Death toll in Pakistan mosque bombing claimed by Islamic State rises to 15

The death toll from the bombing of a mosque in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta rose to 15 on Saturday, officials said, in an escalation of militant violence.
Reuters - Published

US rejects Abdul Mahdi’s bid to discuss US troop withdrawal

us rejects abdul mahdi’s bid to discuss us troop withdrawal
WASHINGTON DC (Kurdistan 24) – Following the announcement on Friday by Iraq’s caretaker Prime Minister, Adil Abdul Mahdi, that he had asked the US to send a delegation to Baghdad to discuss the..
WorldNews - Published

ISIS-inspired terror module targeting Hindu leaders across Delhi-NCR, reveal suspects post-interrogation

The terrorists were also instructed to target Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leaders, the individuals revealed under interrogation.
DNA - Published

US imitating Daesh in threatening Iran's cultural sites: Zarif

us imitating daesh in threatening iran's cultural sites: zarif
Iran's Foreign Minister has decried the Trump administration's threats to target Iran's "cultural sites" as an imitation of the Daesh terrorist group's known behavior of targeting the cultural heritage..
WorldNews - Published

Delhi Police arrests three suspects linked with ISIS-inspired module

The said persons were arrested by Delhi Police after several rounds of firing in Wazirabad area.
DNA - Published

Three terrorists arrested by Delhi Police

Three ISIS terrorists were arrested by the special cell of Delhi Police after a brief encounter on Wednesday, highly placed sources told IANS on Thursday.
IndiaTimes - Published

Fact check: Trump minimizes IS risk, distorts Iran payout

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump wrongly dismissed the continuing threat of the Islamic State group and spread a false tale of the U.S. paying out billions of dollars to Iran as part of the..
WorldNews - Published

Buckingham Palace sword attacker 'planned Isis-inspired attack on pride parade and Madame Tussauds' after being freed from prison

Mohiussunnath Chowdhury was put under surveillance after being cleared of terror offence over 2017 attack
Independent - Published

Iraqi Kurdish leaders call for region to be kept out of rivalries: statement

The leaders of Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan Region said on Wednesday that the support of a U.S.-led military coalition in fighting Islamic State militants was vital and urged its member states not..
Reuters - Published

Trump Falsely Claims That Ukraine Aid Arrived ‘Ahead of Schedule’

The president also made inaccurate claims on Tuesday about ISIS fighters and his record on the Iraq war.
NYTimes.com - Published

Vladimir Putin may need to go back to the drawing board on Iran

vladimir putin may need to go back to the drawing board on iran
Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, killed last week by a US drone in Baghdad, has been credited with persuading Russian President Vladimir Putin to intervene militarily in Syria in 2015, a claim the..
WorldNews - Published

U.S.-led coalition says it will withdraw from Iraq: letter

The United States-led military coalition against Islamic State said on Monday that it was pulling out of Iraq and would be repositioning forces over the next few days and weeks, a letter seen by..
Reuters - Published

Coalition must continue fight against Islamic State in Iraq: France's Le Drian

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Sunday that he had spoken by phone with Iraq's prime minister, and stressed the importance of allowing the international coalition to fight against..
Reuters - Published

Terrorists who 'self-radicalise' online are bigger threat than attackers sent by Isis, counterterror chief says

Exclusive: Head of Prevent counterextremism scheme warns of 'perfect storm' of online propaganda and mental health crisis
Independent - Published

UK urges Iraq to let its soldiers remain in Iraq: PA Media

Britain has urged Iraq to allow its soldiers to remain and continue to fight against Islamic State after Iraq's parliament backed a government proposal to end the presence of foreign troops in Iraq,..
Reuters - Published

High alert in several UP districts after two ISIS terrorists enter state via Nepal

Security has been tightened in border towns of UP including Basti, Gorakhpur, Siddharthnagar, Kushinagar, and Maharajganj, among others.
DNA - Published

U.S.-led coalition confirms attacks on Iraqi bases housing its troops

The United States-led military coalition fighting Islamic State said early on Sunday that there were two attacks near Iraqi bases housing its troops on Saturday night but that none of its troops were..
Reuters - Published

ISIS operative Musa attacks warden inside Presidency Jail in Kolkata

This is not the first time that Musa, who is currently lodged in the 1/22 cell of the Presidency Jail, has attacked a jail official.
DNA - Published

Thousands in Baghdad Mourn Iranian General Killed by US

thousands in baghdad mourn iranian general killed by us
Thousands of mourners gathered Saturday for a funeral procession through Baghdad for Iran’s top general and Iraqi militant leaders killed in a U.S. airstrike that has caused regional tensions to..
WorldNews - Published

U.S.-led coalition denies conducting Baghdad air strike

The U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State said on Saturday it did not conduct any air strikes near Camp Taji north of Baghdad.
Reuters - Published

U.S.-led coalition did not conduct air strike near Taji, Iraq camp - spokesman

The U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State said on Saturday it did not conduct any air strikes near Camp Taji north of Baghdad.
Reuters - Published

After IS group rule, war-torn Iraqi city of Mosul looks to future

In 2014, the Islamic State group declared Mosul the capital of its caliphate in Iraq. The offensive to liberate the city in 2017 saw one of the most brutal bombing campaigns in recent history. Our..
France 24 - Published

What we know about the strike that killed Iranian military leader Gen. Qasem Soleimani

Major General Qasem Soleimani rose to prominence by advising forces fighting the Islamic State group in Iraq and in Syria on behalf of Bashar Assad.
USATODAY.com - Published

South African photographer kidnapped in Syria back home: source

A South African photojournalist kidnapped in Syria by Islamic State three years ago returned home on Thursday with the help of Turkey's intelligence agency, a security source in Ankara said.
Reuters - Published

Turkey arrests 94 Islamic State suspects ahead of New Year

Turkish police detained 94 people suspected of ties to Islamic State in nationwide raids on Monday ahead of New Year celebrations, police and state media said, two months after the group's leader Abu..
Reuters - Published

US contractor killed, troops wounded in Iraq rocket attack

A rocket attack in northern Iraq killed an American contractor and wounded several military personnel Friday, the first US casualties from a string of recent strikes, the international coalition..
France 24 - Published

Eddie Gallagher: Navy SEAL reinstated by Trump described as 'freaking evil' by colleagues, leaked testimony reveals

eddie gallagher: navy seal reinstated by trump described as 'freaking evil' by colleagues, leaked testimony reveals
The Navy SEAL commander accused of war crimes and recently hosted at Mar-a-Lago by Donald Trump who intervened on his behalf, was described by fellow fighters as “toxic” and “freaking evil”...
WorldNews - Published

Bosnia jails ex-Islamic State fighter for four years

A Bosnian Muslim who pleaded guilty to terrorism charges was sentenced to four years in prison on Friday for organizing a terrorist group and fighting for Islamic State (IS) in Syria, a Bosnian court..
Reuters - Published

Islamic State in Nigeria 'beheads Christian hostages'

The killings are said to have been revenge for the death of the Islamic State group leader in Syria.
BBC News - Published

Who is the Islamic State group's new boss?

who is the islamic state group's new boss?
PARIS: Just days after Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in a raid by US special forces in October, the Islamic State group announced the name of the man who has replaced him as leader. But the true..
WorldNews - Published

Isis in Iraq: Militants 'getting stronger again'

The jihadists are managing to regroup - should the West be worried?
BBC News - Published

Ex-Islamic State fighters, women and children return to Bosnia from Syria

A group of former Islamic State (IS) fighters, women and children, some of them orphaned, returned to Bosnia on Thursday, the prosecutor's office said.
Reuters - Published

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