ISIS’s Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is ‘alive but wounded’ in Syria hideout

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

An Iraqi interior ministry official said ISIS's head Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is alive and being treated at a field hospital in Syria after being wounded in an air strike. "We have irrefutable information and documents from sources within the terrorist organization that al-Baghdadi is still alive and hiding" in Syria's northeastern Jazira region, said intelligence and counterterrorism department head Abu Ali al-Basri, quoted today in the government daily As-Sabah. ISIS retains a ...

Turkey assails US over ties with Syrian Kurdish militia

Monday, 12 February 2018

Turkey’s foreign minister assailed the United States on Monday, claiming that American forces in Syria are intentionally stalling the fight against ISIS militants as an excuse not to cut ties with Syrian Kurdish militiamen as Ankara has demanded. Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters in Istanbul that US forces are leaving “pockets” with ISIS militants intact to justify continued cooperation with the Kurdish militia. Speaking ahead of a visit by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson ...

French foreign minister visits Iraq to discuss reconstruction

Monday, 12 February 2018

France's Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian visited Iraq on Monday to discuss the war-torn country's reconstruction with Iraqi officials after Baghdad declared victory against ISIS."I have come to tell you of France's support and to accompany you. We will always be there. We were there to participate in the coalition. We will also be there in the reconstruction phase," Le Drian said.France has been a key member of the US-led military coalition fighting ISIS after the jihadist group ...

One in four Iraqi children in poverty after war on ISIS

Sunday, 11 February 2018

One in four Iraqi children are in poverty and four million are in need of assistance as a result of the country’s war with ISIS militants, the United Nation’s children agency said on Sunday. The UN has verified 150 attacks on education facilities and 50 attacks on health centers and personnel since 2014, UNICEF said in a statement. Half of Iraq’s schools need repairs and over 3 million children have had their education interrupted, it said. Iraq ...

Mother of US journalist killed by ISIS reacts to reports of capture of militants

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Britain’s defense secretary said two captured ISIS extremists who grew up in England should never be allowed to return. Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson’s comments on Saturday in the Sun newspaper come amid reports that Britain has already stripped El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Amon Kotey of their citizenship, opening the door for them to be sent to Guantanamo Bay or another prison outside of the UK. Talking to Britain’s Sky News, the mother of American journalist James ...

Turkey detains 48 ISIS suspects ‘planning attacks’

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Anti-terror officers in Istanbul and Ankara detained 48 alleged members of extremist group ISIS suspected of planning attacks, state media reported Saturday.Police detained 31 foreigners who were picked up in anti-terror raids in Istanbul, state-run news agency Anadolu said, without specifying their nationalities, adding that they were believed to have been preparing an attack.Another 17 people were taken into custody in Ankara over alleged ties to ISIS who were also accused of plotting an ...

ISIS fighters move to Syria’s Idlib, clash with factions

Friday, 9 February 2018

ISIS fighters battled Syrian insurgents in the northwestern province of Idlib on Friday, a monitoring group and a rebel commander said, accusing pro-government forces of opening a corridor for the militants to reach the region. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said government forces had allowed ISIS fighters to leave a besieged pocket of territory at the intersection of Aleppo, Idlib and Hama provinces, and then go to southern Idlib. A military news outlet run by Lebanon’s Hezbollah ...

Who are the two British ISIS ‘Beatles’ fighters captured in Syria

Friday, 9 February 2018

Two British ISIS fighters who were part of a notorious kidnapping cell dubbed “The Beatles” for their British accents have been captured in Syria, a US defense official confirmed Thursday.The two members of the group still in the field, Alexanda Amon Kotey and El Shafee el-Sheikh, both from Britain, were captured in January in eastern Syria by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces.“The two are believed to have acted as guards and interpreters involved in ISIS’ illegal ...

Yazidi girl who escaped ISIS captivity dies of acute heart failure

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Shahd Khodr Mirza, a Yazidi girl who hails from the town of Tal Banat in Iraq, passed away on Tuesday at 16 years old after being under ISIS captivity for three years. Shahd died at a hospital in Dahuk in Iraq’s Kurdistan after suffering from acute heart failure which may have resulted from the physical and psychological torture she suffered while being held by ISIS. Farida Fleit, who works at the NGO Yazda which supports Yazidi minorities, told Al Arabiya that Shahd was continually raped ...

US official: More than 100 pro-Syrian forces killed after thwarted attack

Thursday, 8 February 2018

More than 100 fighters aligned with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad were killed after US-led coalition and coalition-backed local forces thwarted a large, apparently coordinated attack late on Wednesday and early on Thursday, a US official said. The heavy death toll underscored the large size of the attack, which the US official said included about 500 opposing forces, backed by artillery, tanks, multiple-launch rocket systems and mortars. The official spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity ...

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