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Salafi jihadist terrorist and militant group

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Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant: Salafi jihadist terrorist and militant group
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, officially known as the Islamic State (IS) and also known by its Arabic-language acronym Daesh, is a Salafi jihadist militant group and former unrecognised proto-state that follows a fundamentalist, Salafi doctrine of Sunni Islam. ISIL gained global prominence in early 2014 when it drove Iraqi government forces out of key cities in its Western Iraq offensive, followed by its capture of Mosul and the Sinjar massacre.

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IS fighters hid among Afghan pine nut harvesters during U.S. drone strike: U.S. official

A senior U.S. defense official in Afghanistan's capital city Kabul on Friday said Islamic State fighters were hiding among pine nut harvesters when a U.S. drone strike in eastern Afghanistan killed at..
Reuters - Published

Nigerian army says NGO aided terrorists, forces it to close office

The army in northeastern Nigeria forced non-profit Action Against Hunger to close its office in the region, accusing it on Thursday of aiding terrorist groups such as Boko Haram and Islamic State.
Reuters - Published

Videos for Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant

Young artists are splashing color back onto Mosul [Video]Young artists are splashing color back onto Mosul

A group of students and artists are breathing new life onto the walls of shelled buildings around the Iraqi city of Mosul through painting. Maha Albadrawi reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:42Published

Afghanistan forces say they have broken up ISIL cell [Video]Afghanistan forces say they have broken up ISIL cell

The hunt for ISIL is not easy for security forces as the group has become more sophisticated and difficult to track.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:45Published

Riding the rails of Europe's new migrant surge [Video]Riding the rails of Europe's new migrant surge

A freight train rumbles across the Greek countryside, but a black moving shadow cast on the ground reveals human figures are hiding between the train's wagons. This is one path of a continent's..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:21Published

Rebuilding Mosul: Returning Iraqis face danger and difficulty [Video]Rebuilding Mosul: Returning Iraqis face danger and difficulty

Two years after ISIL was evicted from Mosul, the city still struggles with electricity, water, healthcare and other basic services and reintegrating close to half a million people has been a slow..

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:45Published

Displaced in Mosul: 300,000 living in makeshift homes [Video]Displaced in Mosul: 300,000 living in makeshift homes

In addition to the destruction, most families carry stigma of having lived under ISIL.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:45Published

Sri Lanka urged to tackle 'hate propaganda' against Muslims [Video]Sri Lanka urged to tackle 'hate propaganda' against Muslims

UN rights expert says ethnoreligious tensions are 'simmering' in Sri Lanka after ISIL-claimed Easter bombings.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:04Published

Facebook, Twitter spot fake posts on HK protests [Video]Facebook, Twitter spot fake posts on HK protests

Twitter and Facebook say they've dismantled a state-backed information operation originating in mainland China that sought to undermine protests in Hong Kong. Jane Lanhee Lee reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:57Published

'Very good discussions' with Taliban, Afghan government: Trump [Video]'Very good discussions' with Taliban, Afghan government: Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday expressed optimism as the Taliban and the United States try to negotiate an agreement on the withdrawal of U.S. forces in exchange for a Taliban commitment on..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:42Published

Dozens killed in Afghan wedding suicide attack [Video]Dozens killed in Afghan wedding suicide attack

A suicide bomber targeted an Afghan wedding on Saturday killing more than 60 people, amid Taliban and U.S. negotiations aimed at securing peace. Anna Bevan reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:18Published

Suicide bombing at wedding in Kabul kills at least 63 [Video]Suicide bombing at wedding in Kabul kills at least 63

The death toll from a late-night suicide bombing at a crowded wedding party in Afghanistan's capital rose to at least 63 on Sunday, including women and children, officials said. Another 182 civilians..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:51Published

Petitioners want Trump Tower on Obama Avenue [Video]Petitioners want Trump Tower on Obama Avenue

More than 340,000 have signed a MoveOn.org petition to change the name of the block of 5th Avenue in front of Trump Tower to 'President Barack H. Obama Avenue'. Priscilla Huff reports.

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Petitioners aim to put Trump Tower on Obama Avenue [Video]Petitioners aim to put Trump Tower on Obama Avenue

More than 340,000 have signed a MoveOn.org petition to change the name of the block of 5th Avenue in front of Trump Tower to 'President Barack H. Obama Avenue'. Priscilla Huff reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:16Published

Turkey tourism revives since freedom from ISIL [Video]Turkey tourism revives since freedom from ISIL

A Turkish military base is a designated “active military zone” but from next year it will be an open-air museum.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:18Published

What are the implications of a Turkish military operation in Syria? | Euronews Answers [Video]What are the implications of a Turkish military operation in Syria? | Euronews Answers

Why is Turkey threatening to make new incursions in northern Syria? What are the implications for Syrian Kurds, the fight against the so-called Islamic State, and already strained US-Turkish relations?

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 01:47Published

Turkey to launch offensive in Kurdish-controlled area in northern Syria [Video]Turkey to launch offensive in Kurdish-controlled area in northern Syria

Turkey plans to carry out a military operation in a Kurdish-controlled area east of the Euphrates in northern Syria to dislodge Kurdish militia fighters close to its border. Emily Wither reports.

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Iraq’s Yazidis: UN investigates ISIL war crimes [Video]Iraq’s Yazidis: UN investigates ISIL war crimes

Five years since the Yazidis were targeted by ISIL, mass graves are still being uncovered.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:06Published

 

Islamic State claims attack in Burkina that killed 24 soldiers

Islamic State claimed responsibility for one of the deadliest attacks against the Burkina Faso military in recent months, the SITE website that tracks militant attacks reported on Thursday.
Reuters - Published

Turkey, Russia, Iran agree steps to ease tensions in Syria's Idlib despite lingering differences

The leaders of Turkey, Russia and Iran meeting in Ankara on Monday agreed to try to ease tensions in northwest Syria's Idlib region, but disagreements between the countries appeared to linger,..
Reuters - Published

Islamic State leader says 'daily operations' underway in purported message

Islamic State's media network on Monday issued an audio message purporting to come from its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi saying operations were taking place daily and urging freedom for women jailed in..
Reuters - Published

Islamic State leader al-Baghdadi purportedly says 'daily operations' are underway

Islamic State's media network on Monday published an audio message purporting to come from its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi warning that "daily operations" were underway.
Reuters - Published

Islamic State fills the void in Nigeria as soldiers retreat to 'super camps'

When Islamic State gunmen stormed the northeast Nigerian town of Magumeri on the night of August 21, they had free rein.
Reuters - Published

Swiss revoke citizenship from dual-national Islamic State recruiter

Switzerland has revoked the citizenship of a man convicted of helping recruit jihadist fighters, invoking a law allowing dual nationals to be stripped of their Swiss passports for conduct detrimental..
Reuters - Published

Lone wolf Isis supporter allegedly planned to attack army and police with drone, axes and Japanese 'Ninja eggs'

Hisham Muhammad amassed an array of weapons including a tomahawk, a machete and bear-claws, Old Bailey told
Independent - Published

New U.S. sanctions target Hamas, Islamic State, other groups

The United States on Tuesday announced sanctions on a "wide range of terrorists and their supporters," including the Palestinian group Hamas and Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, on the eve of..
Reuters - Published

Islamic State claims responsibility for market blast in Philippines

The Islamic State militant group has claimed responsibility for an explosion at a public market in the southern Philippines that wounded at least seven people early on Saturday.
Reuters - Published

UK should take back British jihadists detained in Syria, says US defence secretary

Top Trump official claims stripping Isis fighters of passports does not resolve problem
Independent - Published

EU sets up tool for easier conviction of jihadist fighters as hundreds may return

The European Union has set up a common counter-terrorism register, hoping to facilitate prosecutions and convictions of suspected militants and people returning home from fighting with Islamic State in..
Reuters - Published

Shamima Begum: Police lose legal bid to seize journalists' interview notes with Isis bride

The Metropolitan Police has lost a legal bid to seize unpublished notes made by journalists who interviewed Shamima Begum.
Independent - Published

Hungary charges Syrian accused of beheading, killing for IS

Hungarian prosecutors said on Tuesday they had charged a 27-year-old Syrian man with terrorism and crimes against humanity committed as a member of Islamic State in 2015.
Reuters - Published

Hungary charges Syrian man with terrorism, crime against humanity

Hungarian prosecutors said on Tuesday they had charged a 27-year-old Syrian man with terrorism and crime against humanity committed as a member of Islamic State in 2015.
Reuters - Published

Islamic State claims suicide bomb attack on separatist fighters in Yemen's Aden: Amaq

Islamic State claimed responsibility for a suicide bomb attack in the Yemeni port of Aden that killed six southern separatist fighters on Friday, the militant group's Amaq news agency said.
Reuters - Published

Gaza violence: Suicide bombers kill three officers

The bombers, who struck two checkpoints, were affiliated with the Islamic State groups, sources say.
BBC News - Published

Government putting Britons at risk by stripping Isis members' citizenship, former defence minister warns

Exclusive: 'We'll see Daesh 2.0,' Tobias Ellwood says as thousands of Isis members are detained in Syria
Independent - Published

Trump says other countries need to fight Islamic State

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that other countries will need to take up the fight against Islamic State militants, citing Russia, Pakistan, Iraq and Iran as examples.
Reuters - Published

U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo says ISIS strong in some areas: CBS

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo acknowledged on Tuesday that Islamic State militants are gaining strength in some areas but said the militant group's capacity to conduct attacks has been..
Reuters - Published

Germany takes back four Islamic State children from Syria

Germany has for the first time allowed children whose parents were suspected members of Islamic State to return to Germany from northern Syria and Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has said it will push for..
Reuters - Published

Islamic State could re-emerge in Syria, Chinese envoy warns

China's envoy said on Tuesday that there was a danger of Islamic State forces reviving in Syria and called for progress in the political process between the Assad government and opposition.
Reuters - Published

Jihadi Jack: Stripping me of citizenship won't make a difference

Isis fighter from Oxford calls Boris Johnson 'ridiculous'
Independent - Published

Islamist fighter stripped of UK citizenship hopes Canada will take him

A Muslim convert who was stripped of his British citizenship after traveling to Syria to fight with Islamic State said on Monday he hoped Canada, where he is a citizen, would take him from the Kurdish..
Reuters - Published

Islamic State claims Afghan wedding blast as families bury the dead

The Islamic State militant group claimed responsibility on Sunday for a suicide blast at a wedding reception in Afghanistan that killed 63 people, underlining the dangers the country faces even if the..
Reuters - Published

Islamic state claims responsibility for wedding suicide attack in Kabul

Islamic State on Sunday claimed responsibility for a suicide attack in Kabul on Saturday.
Reuters - Published

Jihadi Jack: Former Isis member stripped of British citizenship, reports claim

Home Office says decisions to deprive dual nationals of citizenship always based on 'substantial' advice from officials and lawyers
Independent - Published

Far-right racist admits stabbing Bulgarian man in Tesco car park after shouting he wanted to 'kill Muslims'

Apparently inspired by terror attack on Muslims in Christchurch the previous day, Vincent Fuller rampaged through town with knife and baseball bat before telling police who arrested him 'I hope Isis..
Independent - Published

Taliban, U.S. pact in Afghanistan could boost Islamic State

A deal between the Taliban and the United States for U.S. forces to withdraw from their longest-ever war in Afghanistan could drive some diehard Taliban fighters into the arms of the Islamic State..
Reuters - Published

Children of British Isis members will not be allowed to return to UK, government rules

'If these children are not returned to their country, rehabilitated and reintegrated into their communities, they will all become future terrorists,' warn the Kurdish authorities
Independent - Published

U.S. service member killed in Iraq -coalition statement

A United States service member advising Iraqi security forces on a mission was killed on Saturday in the northern Nineveh province, the U.S.-led international coalition fighting Islamic State said in a..
Reuters - Published

Iraqis choose refugee camps over ruined homes

Despairing of the corpses and debris littering the streets, many Iraqis have left their homes in areas liberated from Islamic State two years ago and voluntarily returned to the displacement camps that..
Reuters - Published

Islamic State attacks kill seven security forces in Iraq: police

At least seven members of Iraq's security forces were killed and 16 wounded overnight in two separate attacks by Islamic State militants, police said on Thursday.
Reuters - Published

Indonesia says probing report of death of pregnant woman in Syrian camp

Indonesia is investigating a report that a pregnant Indonesian woman who had joined Islamic State died after allegedly being beaten and tortured in a refugee camp in Syria, a spokesman for the..
Reuters - Published

Islamic State says killed or wounded more than 40 Nigerian soldiers: Amaq

Islamic State said via its Amaq news agency that it killed or wounded more than 40 soldiers in the northeast Nigerian state of Borno in two separate attacks on Tuesday.
Reuters - Published

Isis 'Beatles' could be tried in the UK, court told

El Shafee Elsheikh's mother is challenging lack of assurance from US that death penalty will not apply if pair are tried there
Independent - Published

SAS soldier who died in Syria killed by friendly fire, inquiry finds

Sergeant Matt Tonroe was originally thought to have been killed by a roadside bomb during operations against Islamic State
Independent - Published

Islamic State claims aid workers' kidnap in northeast Nigeria

Islamic State's West Africa branch on Thursday claimed responsibility for kidnapping six aid workers in northeast Nigeria.
Reuters - Published

UAE jails Filipino for 10 years for joining Islamic State: media

A man from the Philippines has been sentenced to 10 years in jail in the United Arab Emirates for being a member of Islamic State and promoting its ideology on social media, Emirati media reported on..
Reuters - Published

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