20 Aug 2019

ISIS Is Regaining Strength in Iraq and Syria

US and Iraqi officials warn that Islamic State is regaining influence in Iraq and Syria via a campaign of guerrilla attacks; new funding mechanisms; and renewed recruitment efforts. In March of this year, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) declared victory over ISIS in Syria after recapturing the terror group’s

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19 Aug 2019

Afghanistan vows to crush Islamic State havens after attack

On Saturday, Islamic State carried out an attack on a wedding in Afghanistan that killed at least 63 people and wounded 200 more. In response to the bombing, which took place on the 100th Independence Day of the country, Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani pledged on Monday to “eliminate” all IS

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30 Apr 2019

Isis leader Baghdadi appears in video for first time in five years

A little over a week after Islamic State suicide bombers killed hundreds of people in churches and hotels across Sri Lanka, a new propaganda video of the terror group has surfaced, showing leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi for the first time in five years. In the brief video, al-Baghdadi acknowledges that

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24 Apr 2019

Sri Lanka Bombings Claimed by ISIS, and President Vows Shakeup

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the suicide bombings in Sri Lankan churches and hotels that killed over 350 people on Easter Sunday, more than in any other ISIS attack outside of Iraq and Syria. The terror group also released a video that allegedly shows the perpetrators of the attack

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19 Apr 2019

ISIS claims first attack in DR Congo, saying it killed soldiers near Uganda border

Islamic State on Thursday carried out an attack on a Congolese army base close to the border between the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Uganda, the terror group claimed, saying ISIS fighters killed 3 Congolese soldiers. This would be the first time ISIS has struck in the DRC. The

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09 Apr 2019

Libya death toll rises, Islamist militants exploit chaos

As the battle for Tripoli between the internationally recognized Libyan government and forces loyal to renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar continues, militants loyal to Islamic State on Tuesday took advantage of the chaos by killing 3 people in an attack on a town controlled by Haftar’s forces. According to the

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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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