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Europe Rejects Trump’s Demand They Take Back Captured Isil Extremists

by Francis Curta with Dmitry Zaks in London | – Paris (AFP) – European officials on Monday gave a cold shoulder to a call by US President Donald Trump to take back citizens captured in the fight against Islamic State jihadists in Syria...
Related topics: Donald Trump, United Kingdom, London, France, Paris, Syria

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Despite Falling Attacks, Isil Terrorists Remain ‘global Threat’: Un Report

Though attacks were down last year, a new United Nations report to the Security Council on Monday shows that ISIL is still a global threat, despite evolving into a “covert” terrorism network, with countries continuing to face challenges from the...
Related topics: Terrorism

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Mosul’s ‘3d Contamination’ Adds To Challenges Of Deadly Mine Clearance Work

Demining and other explosives clearance operations are ongoing in former ISIL-held areas of Iraq, but the work is painstaking and even more dangerous because of “3D contamination”, the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS) said on Thursday.
Related topics: Iraq

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Iran Warns Israel Of ‘firm’ Response To Air Raids In Syria

Iran has warned Israel of a “firm and appropriate” response if it continued attacking targets in Syria, where Tehran has backed President Bashar al-Assad and his forces in their nearly eight-year war against rebels and ISIL fighters....
Related topics: Iran, Israel, Syria, Tehran, Bashar Al-Assad

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Not With A Bang But A Whimper: Last Village Of Isil “caliphate” Falls To Syrian Kurds

Beirut (AFP) – Kurdish-led fighters overran the last village held by the Islamic State group in Syria on Wednesday, confining its once vast cross-border “caliphate” to two small hamlets, a war monitor said. It is the culmination of...
Related topics: Lebanon, Syria

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"sykes-picot On Acid": Us Considering Syria Partition Plan Amidst Troop Exit

The White House-appointed Syria and anti-ISIL coalition envoy James Jeffrey has asked Syrian Kurdish leaders backed by the United States to hold off on making any deals with President Bashar al-Assad’s government while the Trump administration...
Related topics: Syria, White House, Bashar Al-Assad

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Abandoned By Trump, Syrian-kurdish Ypg Closes In On Last Isil Bastions

Beirut, Lebanon | AFP | – Smoke billows after bombings near Hajin, in eastern Syria, on December 15, 2018 Kurdish-led forces made fresh gains against jihadists defending their eastern Syria stronghold Monday, forcing hundreds of people to flee...
Related topics: Lebanon, Syria

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Isil’s ‘legacy Of Terror’ In Iraq: Un Verifies Over 200 Mass Graves

Investigators have uncovered more than 200 mass graves containing thousands of bodies in areas of Iraq formerly controlled by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh), according to a United Nations human rights report out on Tuesday.
Related topics: Iraq, Human Rights

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Iran Fires Ballistics Missiles In Syria For 1st Time, Punishing Isil For Ahvaz Attack

Co-Author: Amir Havasi | – Tehran (AFP) – Iran said it struck jihadists on Monday in Syria with ballistic missiles and combat drones in retaliation for a deadly attack on an Iranian military parade, warning the “real...
Related topics: Iran, Syria, Tehran, Drones, Military

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Isil Continues To Pose A ‘serious Challenge’ Worldwide – Un Counter-terror Chief

Despite serious military setbacks, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) may still have around 20,000 fighters and is continuing its dangerous transformation into a covert global network, while focusing on the activities of its...
Related topics: Military, Iraq

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Trump Iran Sanctions Knee-cap Baghdad’s Recovery From Isil Catastrophe

(Middle East Monitor) – The Iraqi government is worried about US sanctions imposed on Iran, which seem to have a negative impact on the Iraqi economy too. There is currently political unrest in Iraq, as the protests calling for economic...
Related topics: Iran, Iraq, Baghdad, Protests

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Daesh In Retreat, Afghan Army Only Top Dog On The Ground – Military Official

Since 2015 Daesh (ISIS/ISIL) has been terrorizing Afghanistan. Speaking to Sputnik, spokesman for the Afghan Ministry of Defense, General Mohammad Radmanesh highlighted that the recent capitulation of Daesh in the north of the country had...
Related topics: Military, Isis, Afghanistan

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Syria: Isil Kills 220, Mostly Minority Druze, In Massive Attacks On Southeast

Beirut (AFP) – A string of suicide blasts and raids claimed by the Islamic State group killed more than 220 people in southern Syria on Wednesday, in one of the jihadists’ deadliest ever assaults in the country. The Syrian Observatory...
Related topics: Syria, Lebanon

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In Post-isil Iraq, Cleric Al-sadr Adds Pm Haidar Al-abadi In Quest For Gov’t Of National Unity

Najaf (Iraq) (AFP) – Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and nationalist cleric Moqtada Sadr on Saturday said they had formed an alliance in a bid to create a new government after May polls. Sadr’s joint list with communists won 54...
Related topics: Iraq, Polls

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Legal? Despite Withdrawal Pledge, Trump’s Massive Mission Creep In Syria

The US is warning Syria against attempting to recover lands lost to rebels south of Damascus. Some of those rebels are ISIL or affiliated in some way to al-Qaeda. That is, the US is now doing the opposite of what it said it was going in to Syria...
Related topics: Syria, Al-qaeda

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With Some Sunnis Voting For Shiites, Is Iraq After Isil Becoming Less Sectarian?

Cleveland, Oh. (The Conversation) – The results of May 2018 the Iraqi parliament election shocked many. The surprising results could mean a different phase in Iraq’s political trajectory has begun. Most observers were expecting an easy win...
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Iraqis Vote In First Election Since Isil Defeat; Un Chief Hails Polls As Progress On Path To...

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has congratulated the people of Iraq on the holding yesterday of the first national parliamentary elections since the country declared victory over Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Dae'sh)...
Related topics: Polls, Iraq

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Isil Activity Is Not Funded By Oil, Study Suggests

Oil was never as important to ISIL terrorists as many thought, despite media reports of an oil-related income of as much as US $28 million a week, according to a new study in Energy Research & Social Science. This knowledge supports efforts to...
Related topics: Terrorism, Social Media

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Syrian Government Forces Advance Against Last Isil Redoubt Near Damascus

Damascus (AFP) – Syrian regime forces advanced Saturday in southern Damascus after fierce clashes with the Islamic State group, state media said, as they pushed an offensive to drive the jihadists out of the capital. Forces loyal to Bashar...
Related topics: Syria, Bashar Al-Assad

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Danger: Isil Is Defeated, But Raqqa’s People Are Devastated And Waiting For Accountability

Akshaya Kumar, Deputy United Nations Director | (Human Rights Watch) | – – UN Security Council Meeting Should Address Plight of Raqqa’s Residents The United Nations Security Council meets again today on Syria – for the sixth time...
Related topics: Human Rights, Syria

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