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

U.S. Pressures Iraq Over Embrace of Militias Linked to Iran

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is traveling to the Middle East this week as part of US President Trump’s efforts to isolate Iran. Pompeo will try to get support from Kuwait, Israel and Lebanon for the strategy that has not been welcomed by US allies in Europe and has

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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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19 Mar 2019

Fraud, Cyber Attacks, and Phishing Follow Christchurch Attack

In a disturbing example of the utter lack of morals displayed by many threat actors, opportunistic cybercriminals are trying to take advantage of the recent mass shootings in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand in order to steal money or for other nefarious purposes. Some cyber crooks have launched online

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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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14 Mar 2019

U.S.-backed Syria forces advancing into Islamic State enclave

ISIS fighters in Baghouz, the group’s last enclave on Syrian territory, are carrying out suicide attacks and offering other forms of resistance in order to slow the advance of US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). Despite this, the SDF stated that “our fighters advanced deep into areas controlled by the terrorist

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13 Mar 2019

Syria: SDF militia predicts ISIS’ last fight to end imminently

US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) believe they are on the verge of capturing Baghouz, the last ISIS enclave on Syrian territory. The SDF has been pounding the town with airstrikes and mortar fire, with the aim of “terrorizing” Islamic State fighters and driving civilians out of Baghouz. The SDF stated

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12 Mar 2019

SDF: Dozens of ISIS fighters killed in Syria’s Baghouz

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have so far killed 38 ISIS fighters as part of their long-awaited push to capture Baghouz, the final Islamic State enclave on Syrian territory. The assault had been planned for a while, but was repeatedly postponed to allow for the evacuation of civilians from

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08 Mar 2019

U.S. Peace Talks With Taliban Trip Over a Big Question: What Is Terrorism?

Anonymous sources with insider knowledge on the ongoing peace negotiations between the US government and the Taliban say that the talks almost broke down various times and progress is slow due to various fundamental disagreements, including how terrorism may be defined. The question about what defines terrorism is a crucial

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08 Mar 2019

U.S. Bombardments Are Driving Somalis From Their Homes

UN agencies and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) operating in Somalia are warning that US airstrikes on areas controlled by al-Shabab, an al-Qaeda offshoot and the most successful fundamentalist organization in Africa, are exacerbating a humanitarian crisis in the region. Last year, 320,000 people were displaced due to violent events including airstrikes,

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