In ‘unprecedented’ hiatus, ISIS media offline for a day

Friday, 24 November 2017

The ISIS online propaganda channels went mysteriously quiet for more than a full day between Wednesday and Thursday, in what analysts said was an “unprecedented” silence.ISIS, which uses messaging application Telegram to broadcast daily updates on military operations and claims of attacks, published nothing between 0900 GMT on Wednesday and 1001 GMT on Thursday.Charlie Winter, senior research fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalization and Political Violence, ...

Iraq launches operation to clear last ISIS holdouts from desert

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Iraqi forces announced the launch of a major operation on Thursday to flush remaining ISIS militants out of the western desert near the border with Syria. The arid, sparsely populated wastelands between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers are the last refuge of the militants in Iraq after troops and paramilitaries ousted them from both valleys and all urban areas. ALSO READ: US carries out air strikes against ISIS in Libya “The Iraqi army, the federal police and the Hashed al-Shaabi ...

Germany releases six Syrians suspected of terror plot

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Six Syrian refugees arrested in Germany on suspicion of preparing a terror attack on behalf of ISIS were freed Wednesday because of a lack of evidence, a prosecutor said. The suspects, aged 20 to 28, were detained in dawn raids Tuesday that saw 500 police officers swoop on residences in the cities of Kassel, Essen, Hanover and Leipzig. Media reports said they were believed to be targeting a Christmas market. But the Frankfurt public prosecutor said there was “insufficient evidence” ...

RSF urges release of UK journalist held by ISIS for 5 years

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Media rights watchdog Reporters Without Borders called on Wednesday for renewed efforts to secure the release of British photojournalist John Cantlie held by the ISIS group on the fifth anniversary of his kidnapping. Cantlie was taken near the Turkish border in northern Syria along with US journalist James Foley, who was beheaded by ISIS in 2014. “Today marks five long years that John Cantlie has been held in captivity,” said Rebecca Vincent, UK director for Reporters Without Borders ...

US carries out air strikes against ISIS in Libya

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

The US military said on Tuesday that it had conducted two air strikes against ISIS militants in Libya in the past few days. In a statement, US Africa Command said one strike was carried out on Friday and another one on Sunday. It said both strikes were carried out near the city of Fuqaha, but did not say how many militants had been killed. The statement said the strikes were carried out in coordination with Libya’s Government of National Accord. ISIS ...

Corruption, the second major challenge for Iraq

Monday, 20 November 2017

Driving ISIS out of the Iraqi town of Rawa – the group’s last stronghold in the country – was inevitable as a terrorist gang cannot defeat a state regardless of its size and brutality. The terror outfits “victory” three and a half years ago was achieved because Iraq did not have a proper government at the time. There was an entity that resembled a government spearheaded by a gang of “politicians” competing over money, power and authority. They were ...

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Syria troops, allies retake most of last ISIS-held town

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Syrian troops and allied fighters advanced on Saturday to capture most of Albu Kamal, a monitor said, in a tug-of-war over the ISIS group’s last urban stronghold in the country. The town in Syria’s oil-rich Deir Ezzor province has changed hands several times, with government troops announcing its capture but losing it to a blistering ISIS counter-attack a week ago. Syria’s army and Lebanese, Iranian and Iraqi loyalists re-entered Albu Kamal two days ago and by Saturday had ...

ISIS attack kills 26 displaced people in Syria

Saturday, 18 November 2017

A car bombing blamed on the ISIS group killed at least 26 displaced people in eastern Syria on Friday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said.The Britain-based Observatory said 12 children were among the victims of the attack on a gathering at a checkpoint run by US-backed fighters in Deir Ezzor province, where the militants are losing ground to two separate offensives aimed at ousting ISIS from Syria."Dozens of people were wounded, and the death toll could rise because of the ...

Iraqi forces recapture last ISIS-held town Rawa

Friday, 17 November 2017

Iraqi forces captured the border town of Rawa, the last remaining town under ISIS control, on Friday, signaling the complete defeat of the group’s self-proclaimed caliphate. The capture of the town located 275 kilometers northwest of Baghdad marks the end of ISIS’s era of territorial rule over a so-called caliphate that it proclaimed in 2014 across vast swathes of Iraq and Syria. Iraqi forces “liberated Rawa entirely, and raised the Iraqi flag over its buildings,” ...

ISIS has lost 95 percent of its ‘caliphate’: US-led coalition

Thursday, 16 November 2017

ISIS group has lost 95 percent of the cross-border "caliphate" it declared three years ago in Iraq and Syria, the US-led coalition fighting it has said. "Since our coalition was formed in 2014, ISIS has lost 95 percent of the territory it once controlled in Iraq and Syria," Washington's envoy to the coalition, Brett McGurk, said late Wednesday after a meeting in Jordan, using an alternative acronym for ISIS. The militant group swept across Syria and Iraq the same year, ...

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