15 Feb 2019

US forces have 1,000 ISIS detainees — and don’t know what to do with them

As the U.S. and its partners retake the final pieces of land controlled by ISIS, they are struggling to process hundreds of ISIS detainees. The fighters come from dozens of countries and are under the detention of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which is not a nation state connected to

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31 Dec 2018

Syria’s Assad authorizes Iraqi forces to strike ISIS in Syria

Syria and Iraq reached an agreement over the weekend that will allow Iraqi forces to attack ISIS forces inside Syria without having to first receive permission from Syrian authorities. The agreement illustrates the close relationship that has grown up between the two governments in their coordination of anti-ISIS efforts. The

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27 Dec 2018

India: 10 alleged IS-inspired militants arrested for suicide attack plot

Indian law enforcement have recovered around 25 kilograms of explosive material, 12 pistols, a home-made rocket launcher and Islamic State-related literature during arrests of a 10-person terrorist cell. The group was allegedly planning to carry out attacks “very soon” in crowded places in and near Delhi, the country’s National Investigation

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18 Dec 2018

US conducts 6 airstrikes in Somalia to pre-empt major extremist attack; 62 dead

As the U.S. draws down resources across the African continent, it has continued its air support for counter al-Shabaab operations in Somalia. Most recently, it conducted six airstrikes, killing over 60 people as part of pre-emptive action against  “major terrorist attack.” The remote location of the airstrike has been used

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06 Sep 2018

IS strategy in Iraq and Syria: from “remain and expand” to “adapt and evolve”

As IS fighters regroup and form pockets across Iraq and Syria, the organization and its affiliates are renewing aggressive attacks on security forces and oil fields. Adapting to its “defeat” according to its original strategy of holding and conquering territory, the organization has continued financing and transitioned to rearming and

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27 Aug 2018

Head of Islamic State in Afghanistan killed, government says

“The head of Islamic State in Afghanistan, Abu Saad Erhabi, was killed in a strike on the group’s hideouts in Nangarhar province on Saturday night, authorities said on Sunday. Ten other members of the militant group were also killed in a joint ground and air operation by Afghan and foreign

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23 Aug 2018

Islamic State Leader Urges More Attacks In First Purported Audio In Year

ISIS released a 54-minute audio clip on Wednesday, the group’s first audio release of the year. If the voice on the audio clip is confirmed to be the group’s leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, it would confirm that he was not killed in airstrikes, as had been reported several times. The

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26 Jul 2018

Islamic State kills 215 in southwest Syria attacks

In the group’s deadliest attack in years, Islamic State fighters killed over 200 people in a government-held part of southwestern Syria on Wednesday. The assault coordinated several suicide attacks with swarms of militants across a number of villages in the area. Government forces responded and killed 75 IS fighters. Highlighting

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11 Oct 2016

Inside ISIS’s English-Language Magazine

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