05 Dec 2019

U.S. military completes pullback from northeast Syria, Esper says

The US has completed the military pullback in northeastern Syria, leaving only 600 troops in the rest of the country. Defense Secretary Mark Esper stated this could signal an end of the period of tension and uncertainty that was a consequence of US troops in Syria. US President Donald Trump

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19 Nov 2019

Iraqi spy chief warns ISIS is rebuilding

Lt. General Saad al-Allaq told CNN that senior members of ISIS are planning mass prison breaks while in refuge in Turkey. Al-Allaq stated that international efforts to prevent these prison breaks will be necessary as criminals are able to leave camps and return to home countries in Europe, Asia, and

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18 Nov 2019

U.S. may remove Sudan from list of state sponsors of terrorism, but it’s a process: U.S. official

The United States is working with its counterparts on potentially removing Sudan from a list of state sponsors of terrorism, but the process has conditions. Sudan was added to the United State’s list of state sponsors of terrorism in 1993 when former president Omar al-Bashir’s administration was supporting terrorist groups.

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13 Nov 2019

Dutch state to appeal order to take back children of ISIL mothers

The Duch state announced that it plans to appeal a court ruling requiring it to take back young children with Dutch nationality from mothers who joined ISIS in Syria. These children are currently living in camps in northern Syria alongside their mothers and ISIS figures. The announcement follows the decision

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13 Nov 2019

Islamic Jihad leader killed in Israeli air strike

On Tuesday, an Israeli airstrike killed a senior commander of the Gaza Strip Islamic Jihad militant group. Palestinian Health Ministry Officials stated the senior commander was one of ten people killed in the airstrike. In Damascus, the son of Islamic Jihad leader Akram al-Ajouri was also killed by an Israeli

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12 Nov 2019

Deal With Taliban Will Free American and Australian Professors, Officials Say

The Afghan government and the Taliban negotiated a prisoner exchange that would liberate American professor Kevin King and Australian professor Timothy Weeks, both former professors at the American University of Afghanistan. Three senior Taliban figures will also be released, including Anas Haqqani. President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan stated that the

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05 Nov 2019

N. Korea says US terrorism blacklist hinders nuke diplomacy

A recent terrorism blacklist report released by the US Department of State is proof that Washington continues to pursue a “hostile policy” in relation to North Korea, the country claimed on Tuesday. A statement by the North Korean Foreign Ministry mentioned that the inclusion of the country in the report

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29 Oct 2019

US wants to bolster fight against Islamic State after its leader’s death

In the wake of the recent US military operation that resulted in the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the US “is determined to prevent a resurgence of ISIS in Syria and Iraq,” the US State Department said on Monday, adding that it “continues to work with the

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28 Oct 2019

IS leader al-Baghdadi death prompts terror alerts

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of Islamic State, killed himself by detonating a suicide-vest on Saturday when US special forces raided his hideout in northwestern Syria, US President Donald Trump announced on Sunday. While analysts believe the death of the terror group’s notoriously ruthless leader is bound to hurt the

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30 Sep 2019

US Sees Rising Threat in the West From Qaeda Branch in Syria

Hurras al-Din, an al Qaeda affiliate in northwestern Syria, is plotting attacks on Western countries and poses a serious threat, US counterterrorism officials warn. Earlier this year, Washington’s concern about the rise of Hurras al-Din in Syria even prompted it to seek official permission by Russia to carry out airstrikes

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