29 Mar 2019

UN Security Council binding resolution makes terror financing a serious crime

In a move that intends to make it more difficult for terrorist organizations like Islamic State to secure funding for their operations, the United Nations (UN) Security Council has made terrorism financing a major crime across the globe by unanimously adopting a binding resolution on the issue. Under the resolutions,

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27 Mar 2019

Mali’s security crisis: A cycle of exploitation and corruption

Analysts are warning that the recent massacre of around 160 members of the predominantly Muslim Fulani herding community in central Mali is part of a security crisis in the country and the broader Sahel region. Over the past few years, militant groups linked to al-Qaeda have terrorized parts of Mali

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26 Mar 2019

SDF calls for international tribunal to try ISIS members in Syria

In the wake of its victory over ISIS in Syria, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Monday asked the international community to establish a special tribunal in Syria for the prosecution of “terrorists”. The SDF stated that such a tribunal would allow for trials against Islamic State fighters to

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25 Mar 2019

U.S. air strikes kill a dozen Afghans, battle intensifies in Taliban strongholds

Heavy fighting between a coalition of US and Afghan forces and the Taliban resulted in dozens of casualties on both sides over the weekend. The United Nations on Monday said that US airstrikes carried out against the Taliban killed at least 13 civilians. On Friday, the Taliban killed around 50

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25 Mar 2019

ISIS defeated in final Syria victory: SDF

After weeks of battle, a spokesman of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Saturday finally issued a declaration of victory over Islamic State in Baghouz, the last village in Syria that was still under ISIS control. Analysts have warned that the defeat of ISIS in Syria is far from

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22 Mar 2019

U.S.-backed Syrian force still battling Islamic State

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Thursday night continued to fight ISIS militants around Baghouz, the Islamic State’s last enclave in Syria. Even though the SDF has conquered most of Baghouz, and the defeat of ISIS in Syria has seemed imminent for days, an unknown number of remaining fighters

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21 Mar 2019

Victory over Islamic State to be announced after enclave searched: SDF

Contrary to U.S. President Donald Trump’s Wednesday night claim that Islamic State’s last “tiny spot” of territory in Syria would be “gone by tonight”, US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces on Thursday said that ISIS had not yet been defeated. Victory appears to be imminent though, for while the SDF denied the

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21 Mar 2019

Anatomy of a ‘caliphate’: The rise and fall of ISIS

As people in Syria and across the globe await the imminent defeat of ISIS in Syria, analysts are already speculating about the future of the terror group. One thing that most experts agree one, is that after the fall of Baghouz, the Islamic State’s last enclave on Syrian territory, ISIS

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19 Mar 2019

ISIS Camp In Baghouz Is Captured, As U.S. Allies Declare Progress In Syria

US-backed forces in Syria on Tuesday captured a large ISIS holdout in Baghouz, the Islamic State’s last enclave on Syrian territory. A spokesman with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) stated that “[t]his is not a victory announcement, but a significant progress in the fight,” because “[c]lashes are continuing as a

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19 Mar 2019

Isis calls on followers to ‘take revenge’ for New Zealand terror attack

After staying silent for six months, Islamic State spokesman Abu Hassan al-Muhajir on Monday addressed followers of the terror group in a 44-minute audio recording, calling on them to take revenge for the recent mass shootings in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, in which 50 worshippers were killed. Al-Muhajir stated

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