Northern Virginia authorities on high alert for potential Islamic State threat
Northern Virginia authorities investigated a possible Islamic State threat on Oct. 29. Fairfax County, Arlington County, Loudoun County, Prince William County, and other jurisdictions beefed-up police presence at malls and retail centers this Halloween weekend. "We have increased our police presence throughout the county to include major thoroughfares, transit hubs, shopping plazas, ...
Pentagon: Afghan terrorists could strike US in six months
America's largest government agency predicted the nation could soon face politically motivated terrorism on Oct. 26. The Department of Defense predicts the United States has between six to 12 months to prepare for a hypothetical Islamic State-K or al-Qaeda attack. Under Secretary for Policy Colin Kahl (D) claims Afghan terrorists are interested ...
Islamic State leader in Greater Sahara killed, claims France
French President Emmanuel Macron, on Wednesday, Sept. 15, announced that it had neutralized Adnan Abu al-Walid al-Sahrawi, leader of Islamic State in Greater Sahara. “It’s another major success in our fight against terrorist groups in the Sahel,” the president Tweeted, given that the French military had been able to terminate the ...
Pentagon says Taliban freed thousands of Islamic State prisoners
Joe Biden's administration confirmed Taliban fighters released Islamic State (ISIS-K) prisoners when they seized power in Afghanistan, on Aug. 27. The Pentagon revealed the number of inmates freed from Bagram prison could be well over 1,000. "Clearly, it is in the thousands when you consider both prisons," spokesman John Kirby said in ...
Biden: US soldiers will fully withdraw from Iraq after 18 years in Middle East
U.S. combat operations will conclude in Iraq before the end of 2021. President Joe Biden and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi reached a historic agreement at the White House on July 26. Both sides declared U.S. military involvement in Iraq will no longer include combat operations beyond Dec. 31. "Our role in ...
FBI criticized for inviting all to report family members and peers for extremism
Americans are urged to report everyone around them, including relatives and friends, if they show any sign of extremist behavior. The message is part of the FBI's new agenda to help tackle radicalization on U.S. soil. On July 11, the federal law enforcement agency claimed the best sources of intelligence comes ...
Analysts: IS ideology still a threat despite setbacks
Some experts say IS, other radical Islamist organizations will continue to attract new members because West has made little progress on ideological battlefield
US-backed Syrian fighters search tunnels in last IS pocket
U.S.-backed Syrian forces are conducting search operations in tunnels a day after seizing an encampment where Islamic State militants had been making their last stand in Syria.Ciyager Amed, an official with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, says they are searching for any IS militants still hiding in tunnels in a ...
Aid group: Children dying as last IS stronghold evacuated
Disease, injuries and overcrowding endanger women and children fleeing as IS militants continue to fight for the last sliver of land that they control in Syria
Acting Pentagon chief says IS territory nearly cleared
Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan says the United States and its partners in Syria have liberated virtually all the territory the Islamic State group once held. But he's not declaring victory. The insurgents and local forces are still battling over a small slice of land. Shanahan tells the Senate Armed Services Committee ...
US-backed Syrian forces push on as IS militants fight back
U.S.-backed Syrian forces said Wednesday that Islamic State militants are putting up a desperate fight against their advances and staged a counterattack overnight from the tiny speck of land the extremists still hold in eastern Syria.The counterattack began from the west of a riverside pocket in the Syrian village of ...
Baghuz battle against IS caliphate ‘as good as over’
A spokesman for the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces predicts only a little more time is needed until Islamic State enclave in eastern Syria is cleared
Islamic State group calls on followers to avenge Syria siege
Besieged by U.S.-backed forces in their last foothold in Syria, Islamic State militants are calling on supporters across the world to stage attacks in their defense, according to a newly released audio recording.The recording, purportedly from IS, came as the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces continued to face stiff resistance Tuesday ...
As IS fight nears end, violence flares on other Syrian front
Violence in northwestern Syria has killed dozens over the past three weeks and displaced tens of thousands, raising concerns a truce reached six months ago between Turkey and Russia is in danger.The violence in Idlib comes as the world is focused on eastern Syria, where U.S.-backed Kurdish-led fighters are on ...
US-backed Syrian fighters resume attack on IS
U.S.-backed Syrian fighters resumed their offensive on the last area held by the Islamic State group in eastern Syria on Sunday after days of calm that saw thousands of civilians leave the area.Mustafa Bali, a spokesman for the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, tweeted that operations began after the deadline for ...
UN expert: Recruitment of child soldiers by extremist groups rising
Use of children by violent extremist groups to fight their battles is found to be growing and becoming internationalized
Waiting for final nail in Islamic State caliphate’s coffin
'We have been consistently wrong,' US official says as coalition-backed troops watch wave after wave of Islamic State supporters exit their last enclave
More IS wives flee Syria’s Baghuz
More than 6,500 civilians left Baghuz in the last two days alone; hundreds of IS families were among those fleeing the town
Freed SDF fighters speak of last days in IS captivity
Islamic State 'was using us as human shields,' one captive told VOA hours after being rescued
From last Islamic State village, an exodus without end
Thousands of IS wives, children and prisoners pour out of Baghuz as fighting is paused for a third straight day
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