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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01 Feb 2019

Senate rebukes Trump’s plan to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria, Afghanistan

On Thursday, the U.S. Senate voted 68-to-23 to rebuke President Trump’s plan for withdrawing U.S. military forces from Afghanistan and Syria. The opposition to the President’s strategy primarily came from Republicans, who agreed with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that Trump’s plan is imprudent, as the threat posed by Islamic State,

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28 Jan 2019

Islamic State Claims Responsibility for Philippine Church Attack That Killed at Least 20

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for Sunday’s attack on a Catholic Church in the Philippines. Two bombs killed at least 20 people, one detonated inside the Church during celebration of the Sunday Mass while another was detonated outside as first responders arrived on the scene. Jolo, the city where the

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25 Jan 2019

Taliban reaches agreement with US on al Qaeda, Islamic State

While the U.S. and the Taliban remain at odds on many key negotiating points, they have reached agreement on one: that al Qaeda and the Islamic State must be kept out of the country. The Taliban refuses to negotiate with the Afghani government they perceive to be usurpers, but they

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07 Jan 2019

Kurdish forces: Two American ISIS fighters captured in Syria

“Kurdish-led forces battling Islamic State militants in Syria say they captured five foreign fighters, including an American who once sought to become an English teacher in the jihadi group’s Iraqi capital. The American, a Texan named Warren Christopher Clark, 34, was one of two reputed U.S. citizens captured in a

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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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13 Dec 2018

Turkey vows military operation against US-backed Kurdish militia in Syria

“Turkey will launch a new military operation against U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters in Syria ‘within a few days,’ President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday, a move likely to further strain ties between NATO allies Turkey and the United States. In recent months, Turkey has shelled Kurdish positions across the border in

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