06 Feb 2020

Iraqi officials say Baghdad wants to minimize reliance on US

Two senior Iraqi military officials have reported that the Iraqi government ordered its military not to seek assistance from US forces in operations against ISIS. Tensions between Washington and Baghdad have risen after a US-led airstrike in Iran that killed a top Iranian general and an Iraqi militia commander. Although

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29 Jan 2020

Saudi Arabia wants US troops to stay in Iraq, top official says

Currently, 5,000 US troops are stationed in Iraq and due to a recent announcement by Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud, Saudi Arabia does not want the US troops to leave the country. Saudi Arabia allegedly fears that a withdrawal could make the Middle East less safe

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22 Jan 2020

US Military Claimed ‘Success’ in Hacking ISIS: Documents

The US military released heavily redacted and previously top-secret documents that claimed the US Cyber Command successfully hacked ISIS, disrupting online propaganda efforts. The operation dates back to at least 2016, according to the security documents released Tuesday. The US military claimed that it had limited ISIS’s online efforts on

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21 Jan 2020

Norway’s governing coalition collapses over ISIS repatriation

Norway’s governing coalition has disbanded after an incident regarding the repatriation of a mother with suspected ISIS links from Syria. After the Syrian woman was repatriated,l the populist Progress Party left the coalition. The woman and her two children landed in Norway on Thursday night, according to a statement released

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16 Dec 2019

Jordan authorities reveal they foiled ISIS terrorist plot

The Saudi Press agency reported on Sunday evening that Jordanian authorities uncovered a terrorist attack plot created by a cell of four ISIS members and effectively prevented it. The group was planning to perform terrorist attacks across Jordan, including one at the General Intelligence building in the Ma’an governorate in

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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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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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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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