11 Mar 2019

Heavy fighting reported as US-backed forces attack last ISIS stronghold in Syria

On Sunday, the US-backed Syrian Defense Forces (SDF) finally launched their attack on Baghouz, the final Islamic State enclave on Syrian territory. The assault, which included airstrikes and mortar fire, had been planned for a while, but was repeatedly postponed to allow for the evacuation of civilians from the area.

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07 Mar 2019

Hundreds of ISIS fighters surrender in Syria’s Baghouz: SDF

On Wednesday, 400 Islamic State fighters were captured by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in northeastern Syria as they tried to escape Baghouz, the group’s last bastion in the area. The SDF aims to overtake the enclave, but has halted its assault to allow for evacuation efforts. Over 2,000

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06 Mar 2019

Iraq defeated ISIS more than a year ago. The group’s revival is already underway

Even though the government of Iraq announced its victory over ISIS about a year ago, the group has not disappeared from the country. In fact, it actually seems to be experiencing a resurgence in the northern parts of Iraq, where militants are carrying out assassinations, plundering villages and planting explosives

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01 Mar 2019

African Allies Grapple With Rise in Terrorist Attacks as U.S. Pulls Back

US President Trump’s aim to limit the involvement of US troops in foreign wars will not just affect Syria and, depending on the outcome of the ongoing US-Taliban peace negotiations, Afghanistan. Africa is already impacted, as the US Department of Defense (DoD) is withdrawing one-fourth of its forces in the

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25 Feb 2019

Afghanistan’s war killed a record number of civilians in 2018

A new report by the United Nations (UN) shows that 3,804 civilians were killed in Afghanistan’s war last year, the highest number since the UN began keeping track in 2009. Previously, the highest civilian death toll had been recorded in 2014, the year in which the United States started to

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22 Feb 2019

US says 200 troops to remain in Syria after forces’ withdrawal

Instead of a complete withdrawal of US forces from Syria, as US President Donald Trump initially wanted, government spokeswoman Sarah Sanders has stated that “[a] small peacekeeping group of about 200 will remain in Syria for a period of time.” The announcement followed a phone call between Trump and Turkish President Recep

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18 Feb 2019

ISIS fighters have been fleeing from Syria into Iraq, perhaps with millions of dollars in tow

US military officials believe that in the last half year, over 1,000 ISIS fighters including former members of al Qaeda in Iraq have fled from Syria into neighboring Iraq. The fighters could have taken along up to $200 million in cash. While the officials are convinced that the physical caliphate of

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18 Feb 2019

More Than 300 Chemical Attacks Launched During Syrian Civil War, Study Says

According to a new study by the Berlin-based Global Public Policy Institute, at least 336 chemical weapons attacks have been launched during the Syrian civil war since 2012, with the total death toll of the illegal attacks in the hundreds of thousands. The researchers claim that the regime of Syrian President Bashar

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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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12 Feb 2019

Climate Change Still Seen as the Top Global Threat, but Cyberattacks a Rising Concern

A new Pew Research Center survey conducted in 26 counties across the globe, highlights climate change, ISIS terrorism and cyberattacks as the biggest global threats. While respondents from 13 countries identified climate change as the biggest threat, ISIS was considered the main concern in 8 countries, including France, Italy, Russia, Indonesia

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