21 Oct 2019

Withdrawing US troops enter Iraq from Syria

US forces withdrawing from northeastern Syria have entered Iraq, but some troops may stay behind in order to help the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) protect oil fields from Islamic State militants. According to US defense chief Mark Esper, the government is considering to keep some troops stationed in the

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11 Oct 2019

Turmoil Spreads in Kurdish-Held Syria as Turkish Invasion Enters 3rd Day

Tens of thousands of civilians have fled northeastern Syria since Turkish forced began advancing into the region earlier this week. Turkey claims that the campaigns aims to fight terrorism in the region and to create a “safe zone.” However, analysts say that the regime of President Tayyip Erdogan aims to

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10 Oct 2019

Turkey says 109 militants killed in advance into northeast Syria

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday that his forces have killed 109 “terrorists” while advancing into northeastern Syria in order to create a “safe zone.” According to the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a US ally that was instrumental in defeating Islamic State in Syria earlier this year, Turkish airstrikes

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09 Oct 2019

Pulling of US Troops in Syria Could Aid Assad and ISIS

Analysts warn that US President Donald Trump’s recent decision to pull US troops out of northeastern Syria, could play into the hands of major US adversaries including President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, Russia, Iran and the Islamic State. Dareen Khalifa of International Crisis Group said that with the move, Washington

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07 Oct 2019

US pulls back troops in northeast Syria, opening way to Turkish attack

The US has begun withdrawing forces from northeastern Syria. Analysts warn that the move will enable Turkey to launch strikes on the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a US ally that was instrumental in defeating Islamic State in Syria earlier this year. US President Trump Tweeted that it was too

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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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09 Aug 2019

Iran’s cooperation with the Taliban could affect talks on U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan

As progress in the US-Taliban peace talks finally seems to bring the end of the war in Afghanistan within reach after 18 years, Iran has begun to be open about its cooperation with the Afghan insurgent group. This is far from self-evident, for in the past, Iran fiercely opposed the

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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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