03 Apr 2019

ISIS’s West African Offshoot Is Following al Qaeda’s Rules for Success

Now that Islamic State has been defeated in Syria, analysts are warning about the rise of Jihadist groups in West Africa. One of the most successful organizations in the region is an off-shoot of ISIS known as the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP). ISWAP is mainly active in the

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29 Mar 2019

The specter of Islamist extremism looms over West Africa

While the recent defeat of Islamic State in Syria certainly marks an important milestone in the fight against terrorism, analysts warn that West Africa is increasingly at risk of being overrun by jihadist fighters. Between November 2018 and March 23, violence related to the rise of extremist groups killed 4,776

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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

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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18 Mar 2019

US-backed force says it has taken positions in Islamic State Syria camp

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Monday captured several positions inside Baghouz, the Islamic State’s last enclave on Syrian territory. The SDF launched its assault on the city over a week ago and officials last week claimed that ISIS was about to be defeated. However, the remaining ISIS fighters

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