Islamic State

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Shamima Begum: Dutch husband wants to take teenager to Netherlands

Detained Isis fighter Yago Riedijk says it was her own choice to marry him aged 15 The Dutch husband of Shamima Begum, the teenager who fled the UK to join Isis, has said he wants to return to the Netherlands with his wife and newborn son. Speaking to the BBC, Yago Riedijk, 27, said he […]

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Nigerian army claims ‘normalcy restored’ after Boko Haram attack

Eight people are thought to have died when jihadists seized Gudumbali on Friday Nigerias military has said it has restored order after Boko Haram fighters took control of a town in the countrys remote north-east, sparking fears about the groups resurgence. Scores of jihadists believed to be loyal to a faction backed by Islamic State […]

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Alleged Islamic State recruiter Neil Prakash receiving consular help from Australia

Coalition says basic assistance being given due to hopes alleged conspirator will share intelligence on terrorist group Australia is giving consular help to the alleged senior Islamic State recruiter and conspirator Neil Prakash, with hopes he will share intelligence on the terrorist group, a federal minister has said. Australias most wanted man, who has been […]

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Slaves of Isis: the long walk of the Yazidi women

The long read: When Isis rounded up Yazidi women and girls in Iraq to use as slaves, the captives drew on their collective memory of past oppressions and a powerful will to survive The day before Isis came was a holiday in Sinjar district, northern Syria and Turkey have mostly all fled to neighbouring countries or to Europe. In […]

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CIA director: Russia loves to meddle and ‘stick it to America’

Mike Pompeo describes the US-Russia relationship as complicated but hopes there will be areas where they can cooperate The CIA director, Mike Pompeo, said on Thursday that Russia had no plans to leave Syria and would continue to try to meddle in US affairs to stick it to America. He reiterated his belief that Russia […]

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Hunt for Isis fighters goes on despite declaration of victory in Mosul

Emaciated figures limp out of tunnels and basements in the shattered Iraqi city, including some who were loyal to caliphate Days after Iraqs prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, declared victory over Mosul, emaciated figures were still emerging from tunnels and basements in the shattered city on Wednesday: old men carried on the backs of their sons […]

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US-backed forces say battle to retake Raqqa from Isis ‘will take months’

Diplomats plan for the fall of Isis, as Kurdish and Arab fighters continue to push forward into the terror groups Syrian stronghold US-backed forces encircling Raqqa expect the fight to oust the remnants of Islamic State from its most symbolic Syrian stronghold to take at least three months, despite rapid advances towards the city centre […]

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Philippines says beheaded civilians found in Isis-held town

Seventy-one security force personnel and 299 militants killed and 246,000 people displaced in conflict since 23 May Five decapitated civilians were found in a Philippine city occupied by Islamist rebels on Wednesday, the military said, warning the number of residents killed by rebel atrocities could rise sharply as troops retake more ground. The discovery of […]

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From Tehran to Beirut: Shia militias aim to firm up Iran’s arc of influence

Iranian plans to secure ground routes across Iraq and Syria and being shored up by proxies driving Isis from the region The town of Baaj is deserted and broken. Its streets are blocked by overturned cars, its shops are shuttered and the iron gates of its ravaged homes groan in a scorching wind. Amid the […]

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Battle for Philippine city rages three weeks after attack by Isis-linked rebels

US forces provide support to clear militants from Marawi, but Manila insists there are no American boots on the ground Bomb blasts have rocked Marawi City in the southern Philippines as the national flag was raised to mark independence day, almost three weeks after hundreds of Islamist militants overran the town and hunkered down with […]

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