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Iraqi forces push into Mosul district in clashes with Islamic State
Reuters - 2017-01-16 11:26
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi special forces pushed into a new district in Mosul near the Tigris river and battled Islamic State militants there on Monday, bringing them closer to recapturing the east of the city. ...

Spain arrests Moroccan accused of leading Islamist militant cell
Reuters - 2017-01-16 09:27
MADRID (Reuters) - Spanish police have arrested a Moroccan man suspected of leading an Islamist militant cell which recruited volunteers to travel to Turkey for training by Islamic State, the Interior Ministry said on Monday. ...

Three Malaysian ISIS jihadists killed in Raqqa airstrike
ARA News - 2017-01-16 01:54
ARA News Damascus – Three Malaysian members of the Islamic State (ISIS) extremist group, have been killed in an airstrike in Syria’s northeastern Raqqa city, officials said on Sunday. The three ISIS militants, identified as Zainuri Kamaruddin, Ahmad Asyra ...

ISIS militants capture new areas in Deir ez-Zor amidst Syrian army retreat
ARA News - 2017-01-15 22:38
ARA News Deir Ezzor – Subsequent to clashes with the Syrian regime’s army forces, militants of the Islamic State (ISIS) imposed their control over new areas in Deir ez-Zor Governorate, in eastern Syria, local sources reported on Sunday. ISIS fighters laun ...

Syrian regime, allied militias join battle for al-Bab to impede Turkish progress
ARA News - 2017-01-15 22:38
ARA News Aleppo – Backed by Iraqi and Iranian militias, Syrian army forces on Sunday struck the al-Bab city in the northern countryside of Aleppo, targeting major Islamic State (ISIS) headquarters. This comes amid continued military operations by Turkey a ...

Turkey: Islamic State Jihadi Escapes With Son After Deadly Attack On Reina Nightclub - Breitbart
Breitbart - 2017-01-15 22:03

Iraqi special forces sweep Mosul University for remaining militants: spokesman
Reuters - 2017-01-15 17:22
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi special forces swept through the campus of Mosul University on Sunday to clear it of any remaining Islamic State militants after taking full control of the area, a spokesman said. ...

3,000 civilians displaced in Mosul on daily basis
Kurdistan24 - 2017-01-15 13:00
Displaced Iraqi people, who fled the Islamic State (IS) stronghold of Mosul, make bread at Khazir camp, Kurdistan Region, Dec. 10, 2016. (Photo: Reuters/Ammar Awad) ...

In parts of Mosul, a semblance of normality despite war
Reuters - 2017-01-15 08:40
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - In some parts of Mosul, you can almost forget that a war is being waged over the city between Iraqi forces and Islamic State militants who still control more than half of it - at least momentarily. ...

Islamic State Launches Fresh Assault on Eastern Syrian City
WSJ - 2017-01-15 04:37
Islamic State militants launched a new offensive on government-held areas in the contested city of Deir Ezzour, attacking the eastern city from several sides in the most intense action in a year. ...

Islamic State attacks Syria's Deir al-Zor city, dozens dead - monitor
Jerusalem Post - 2017-01-15 03:21

Deadly IS assault on east Syria city leaves 30 dead
Daily Mail - 2017-01-15 03:15
The Islamic State group on Saturday launched one of its fiercest assaults yet on the besieged Syrian city of Deir Ezzor, leaving more than 30 regime fighters... ...

Rojava: IDPs from former ISIS strongholds allowed to return home, ISIS supporters to be prosecuted
ARA News - 2017-01-15 02:06
ARA News Hasakah – Thousands of people have been displaced from villages and towns in Hasakah Governorate due to ongoing clashes between the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and Islamic State’s (ISIS) militants. The local Rojava Self-Administratio ...

Mosul: Iraqi forces push to retake university from IS
Waar Media - 2017-01-14 18:42
Waar, Duhok: Iraqi forces were engaged in fierce clashes with Islamic State at University in the eastern part of the city, military officials said. Elite troops entered the compound on Friday in an attempt to rescue the area. According to local media repo ...

Syria war: Dozens dead in IS attack on Deir al-Zour
BBC - 2017-01-14 17:46
So-called Islamic State has besieged government-held areas of the eastern city for months. ...

Amid primary care struggle, field hospital opens near Mosul fighting
Reuters - 2017-01-14 15:59
NEAR MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Civilians and soldiers wounded as Iraqi forces attempt to retake Mosul from Islamic State are receiving treatment in a high-tech field hospital about 20 km from the frontlines. ...

On Mosul frontlines, Islamic State's local fighters direct the battle
Reuters - 2017-01-14 12:15
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - As Iraqi government forces advanced towards his eastern Mosul neighborhood in November, a group of Islamic State militants stormed Abu Rami's home, put a gun to his head and told him and his family to get out immediately. ...

Islamic State attacks Syria's Deir al-Zor city, dozens dead: monitor
Reuters - 2017-01-14 12:15
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State militants launched their biggest attack in months on government-held areas of the Syrian city of Deir al-Zor on Saturday, leaving dozens dead, a war monitor said. ...

Iraqi forces control Mosul University campus
Kurdistan24 - 2017-01-14 11:40
Iraqi rapid-response forces fire mortar shells towards Islamic State (IS) positions in Wahda district of eastern Mosul on Jan. 6, 2017. (Photo: Reuters) ...

U.S. tweet about Syrian Kurdish fighters causes a storm in Turkey
E-Kurd - 2017-01-14 11:23
ISTANBUL,— A tweet sent by U.S. Central Command insisting its Kurdish allies in the fight against Islamic State (IS) in Syria are not linked to Kurdish militants in Turkey whipped up a storm Thursday, with Ankara asking if Washington had “lost its senses” ...

Iraqi special forces liberate Mosul University from Islamic State
E-Kurd - 2017-01-14 11:23
MOSUL,— Iraqi special forces stormed the Mosul University complex in the city’s northeast on Friday and pushed Islamic State further back to reach another bridge across the Tigris river, the military said. The militants were fighting back at the universit ...

Kurdish Yazidi activist Nadia Murad visits Barcelona FC
E-Kurd - 2017-01-14 11:23
BARCELONA,— Kurdish Yazidi activist and survivor of enslavement by the Islamic State group Nadia Murad, who became a global icon in the defense of human rights, was invited by the Barcelona Football Club Foundation to visit the Spanish city of Barcelona a ...

Syrian Kurdish-led forces drive Islamic State from 130 villages near Raqqa
E-Kurd - 2017-01-14 11:23
QAMISHLO, Syrian Kurdistan,— The powerful Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have driven the Islamic State (IS or Daesh) fighters from 133 villages in the northeastern Syrian Raqqa province during the second phase of the Operation Wrath of Euphrat ...

Air raid targeting IS militant kills up to 30 in Iraq's Mosul: residents
Reuters - 2017-01-14 09:46
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Residents of the Iraqi city of Mosul said up to 30 civilians died in an air strike on a district held by Islamic State this week. ...

Philippine Islamist militants free Korean and Filipino from cargo ship
Reuters - 2017-01-14 09:08
MANILA (Reuters) - Islamist militants in the Philippines allied with Islamic State freed on Saturday a South Korean cargo ship captain and a Filipino member of his crew held captive for more than three months on a southern island, an army spokesman said. ...

Syrian Kurds best US allies in fight against IS: official
KurdPress - 2017-01-13 21:44
US nominee for the Department of State, Rex Tillerson, stated that Kurds in Syria are best allies of his country in fight against the terrorist group of the Islamic State (IS). ...

Iraqi forces storm Mosul University, secure al-Hurriya bridge
Kurdistan24 - 2017-01-13 18:42
Iraqi special forces took part in an operation on Wednesday against Islamic State (IS) militants in Gokjali, east of Mosul, Iraq. (Photo: Thaier al-Sudani/Reuters) ...

Iraqi forces push Islamic State out of Mosul university
NRT - 2017-01-13 14:59

Iraqi forces reach a second Mosul bridge, fight near university, military says
Reuters - 2017-01-13 09:25
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi special forces pushed forward to reach a second bridge that links eastern Mosul to the city's west, which is still fully controlled by Islamic State, a military statement said on Friday. ...

5,300 Iraqi Turkmen Resettled in the Kurdish areas of Southern Turkey
BAS News - 2017-01-13 00:51
LEEDS — A camp built for more than 5,300 Iraqi Turkmen in the predominantly Kurdish Sivricehoyuk village in the province of Kahramanmaras received its first wave of refugees fleeing from the Islamic State (IS)-held town of Tal Afar and the city of Mosul ...

Barzani: Those Abandoning Mosul to IS Disliked Mosul Operation Enforcement
BAS News - 2017-01-13 00:51
The Kurdish president also said that nobody has the right to object to Kurds over territorial unity of Iraq ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani stated that the people who left Mosul for the Islamic State (IS) to occupy it were also reluctant ...

Nadia Murad Visits Barcelona FC to Discuss Gender Equality
BAS News - 2017-01-13 00:51
LEEDS — Nadia Murad, the 23 year-old Kurdish Yezidi woman who survived Islamic State (IS) captivity and became a global icon in the defense of human rights, was invited by the Barcelona Football Club Foundation to visit the Spanish city of Barcelona and ...

Turkey hopes Trump will stop backing Syrian Kurdish YPG: minister
KurdPress - 2017-01-13 00:40
Turkey hopes the incoming U.S. administration under President-elect Donald Trump will "correct the mistake" of allying with the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia in the fight against Islamic State, Defence Minister Fikri Isik said on Thursday, Reuters reported. ...

ISIS militants execute, crucify two Syrian men for supporting Kurdish forces and US-led coalition
ARA News - 2017-01-13 00:13
ARA News Shaddadi – Extremists of the Islamic State (ISIS) on Thursday executed two men in northeastern Syria after accusing them of supporting the Kurdish YPG forces and the US-led coalition, activists and eyewitnesses reported. The ISIS-led al-Hisba Pol ...

Over 530 ISIS jihadis killed, 133 villages liberated in the second phase of Kurdish-led Raqqa campaign
ARA News - 2017-01-13 00:13
ARA News Raqqa – At least 536 Islamic State’s (ISIS) militants have been killed and 133 villages liberated by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) since the launch of the second phase of the battle for Raqqa last month, military sources reported ...

Iraqi forces link up in north Mosul, make gains in southeast
Daily Mail - 2017-01-12 18:10
By John Davison and Stephen Kalin BAGHDAD/ERBIL, Iraq, Jan 12 (Reuters) - Iraqi forces joined flanks in northern Mosul and drove back Islamic State militants... ...

In Syria, a rebel fighter clears Islamic State minefields
Reuters - 2017-01-12 16:57
MAREA, Syria (Reuters) - Ahmad Najjar stands in the middle of an Islamic State minefield in northern Syria holding torn camouflage rags that he said were from the clothing of a colleague recently blown up while dismantling explosives planted by the milita ...

In Mosul areas retaken from Islamic State, loss and fear linger
Reuters - 2017-01-12 15:08
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi soldiers kicked in the gate of a home in eastern Mosul and emerged moments later with two young men whose hands they bound with plastic ties and dragged off toward black Humvees. ...

Belgium charges pair over fake papers for jihadist in Paris, Brussels attacks
Reuters - 2017-01-12 10:21
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Belgian authorities have charged two people with supplying fake documents to an Islamic State militant involved in the November 2015 attacks in Paris and who later carried out a suicide bombing on the Brussels metro, prosecutors said ...

Iraqi forces make fresh gains in southeast Mosul: military statement
Reuters - 2017-01-12 10:21
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi forces drove back Islamic State militants in southeastern Mosul on Thursday, making gains in an area where advances have been particularly tough, the military said in a statement. ...

ISIS security chief killed in Syrian army attack near Homs
ARA News - 2017-01-12 04:15
ARA News Homs – Syrian regime’s army forces on Thursday launched an offensive on Islamic State’s (ISIS) strongholds in the central governorate of Homs, killing and wounding several militants, activists reported. At least four ISIS jihadists were killed an ...

ISIS throws Iraqi teenager from top of building for being gay
ARA News - 2017-01-12 00:38
ARA News Duhok – Islamic State’s (ISIS) jihadists on Wednesday executed a young Iraqi man by throwing him from the top of a building on charges of being gay. The 17-year-old victim was arrested by the ISIS-led Islamic Police, also known as Diwan al-Hisba, ...

Iraqi forces push further into northeast Mosul
Daily Mail - 2017-01-11 17:53
By Stephen Kalin MOSUL, Iraq, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Iraqi forces made new advances against Islamic State in eastern Mosul and fought the militants in areas near... ...

Iraqi Kurdistan News in brief – January 4, 2017
E-Kurd - 2017-01-11 17:22
Kurdish Peshmerga ready to retake Hawija from ISlamic State, says commander Kirkuk: Kurdish Peshmerga forces are ready to participate in the liberation of Hawija from the Islamic State (IS) but the Iraqi army is not yet prepared due to the military plans ...

Canadian volunteer killed fighting Islamic State alongside Syrian Kurds
E-Kurd - 2017-01-11 17:22
QAMISHLO, Syrian Kurdistan,— A Canadian volunteer with the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), Nazzareno Antonio Tassone, was killed in operation to retake the city of Raqqa from the Islamic State (IS) group, the YPG said in a statement on Tuesday. “ ...

Is Iraqi Kurdistan heading toward civil war?
E-Kurd - 2017-01-11 17:22
Dr. Denise Natali | Al-Monitor The campaign against the Islamic State (IS) in Mosul has diverted attention from simmering problems inside the Kurdistan Region of Iraq that will affect post-conflict stabilization. Within the last several months alone, ther ...

Nadia Murad slams Iraqi Kurdistan government over YAZDA closure
E-Kurd - 2017-01-11 17:22
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Kurdish Yazidi activist and survivor of enslavement by the Islamic State group Nadia Murad has criticized Iraqi Kurdistan government for closing YAZDA group office in Duhok city. Murad called on Iraqi Kurdistan to r ...

70 percent of east Mosul retaken from Islamic State, Iraqi general says
E-Kurd - 2017-01-11 17:22
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Iraqi forces have retaken around 70 percent of eastern Mosul from Islamic State militants and expect to reach the river bisecting the city in the coming days, Iraq’s joint operations commander told Reuters. Lieutena ...

Kurdish forces will not withdraw from Iraq’s liberated areas, ministry says
E-Kurd - 2017-01-11 17:22
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Kurdish forces will not withdraw from areas taken from Islamic State (IS) militants before the Mosul operation, the Peshmerga Ministry spokesman said in response to remarks made by former Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri a ...

Iraqi forces launch offensive on Islamic State near Syria border
E-Kurd - 2017-01-11 17:22
BAGHDAD,— Iraqi forces launched an offensive against the Islamic State group near the Syrian border Thursday, piling further pressure on the jihadists’ crumbling “caliphate”. Baghdad and its allies also turned up the heat on IS in its last remaining Iraqi ...

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters arrested for doing business with Islamic State
E-Kurd - 2017-01-11 17:22
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Investigations are underway of nine Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and officers arrested on charges of business deals with Islamic State (IS), Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Peshmerga ministry announced on ...

Closure of Yazda charity puts rescued Yazidi sex slaves at risk, director warns
E-Kurd - 2017-01-11 17:22
LONDON,— The closure of a charity providing treatment for trauma to Kurdish Yazidi sex slaves rescued from Islamic State militants in northern Iraq will damage their chances of recovery, the charity’s head said on Wednesday. The Yazidi-led charity Yazda, ...

Turkey paying price for U.S. alliance with Syrian Kurds: defense minister
E-Kurd - 2017-01-11 17:22
ANKARA,— Turkey and the region are paying the price for the United States choosing the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia as a partner in the fight against Islamic State, Turkish Defence Minister Fikri Isik said on Friday. Speaking to broadcaster Haberturk, Isik ...

Syrian Kurdish-led forces seize historic castle from Islamic State
E-Kurd - 2017-01-11 17:22
BEIRUT,— Syria’s Kurdish-led forces in north of the country say they have taken control of a medieval castle perched on a hilltop over a strategic town held by the Islamic State group, less than 32 kilometers (20 miles) from the self-declared capital of t ...

General elections likely to be delayed in Iraqi Kurdistan, KDP says
E-Kurd - 2017-01-11 17:22
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Crucial parliamentary elections set for September in Iraq’s Kurdistan Region will probably be postponed because of persisting political disputes, economic hardships and the unfinished war with the Islamic State mili ...

Iraqi Kurdistan News in brief – January 8, 2017
E-Kurd - 2017-01-11 17:22
Islamic State moves 1,200 kidnapped Yazidis to central Mosul: official Mosul: At least 1,200 Yazidis have been kidnapped by Islamic State IS militants and moved to central Mosul, according to the acting governor of Sinjar district in Iraq’s Nineveh. Mahma ...

Iraqi forces close in on Tigris in Islamic State stronghold Mosul
E-Kurd - 2017-01-11 17:22
MOSUL,— Iraqi special forces closed in on the Tigris river that runs through central Mosul on Saturday, advancing in parallel with other troops and forcing Islamic State to retreat in its last major stronghold in the country. Islamic State has been driven ...

Islamic State car bomb in eastern Baghdad kills 13, wounds dozens
E-Kurd - 2017-01-11 17:22
BAGHDAD,— Islamic State claimed a suicide bomb attack that police and medics said killed 13 people at a vegetable market in eastern Baghdad on Sunday. The Islamic Jihadi group said in an online statement that a suicide car bomber had detonated his explosi ...

Iraqi Kurdistan News in brief – January 9, 2017
E-Kurd - 2017-01-11 17:22
14 Yazidi women and girls rescued in January, says advocacy center Duhok: Fourteen Yazidi women and girls enslaved by Islamic State (IS) have been rescued so far in January 2017, an Yazidi advocacy center announced. The Deputy Head of the Rescue Center fo ...

Iraqi elite forces advance further in eastern Mosul: spokesman
E-Kurd - 2017-01-11 17:22
BAGHDAD,— Iraqi special forces made further advances against Islamic State in Mosul on Monday, pushing militants out of another district a day after driving them back to the eastern bank of the Tigris river, a spokesman said. The elite counter-terrorism s ...

Pentagon chief says U.S. troops will be needed in Iraq after Mosul falls
E-Kurd - 2017-01-11 17:22
WASHINGTON,— The United States could leave a residual military force in Iraq after the Islamic State is pushed out of its last stronghold there, Defense Secretary Ash Carter indicated Tuesday, saying militants loyal to the terror group will continue to po ...

Turkey says to discuss troops withdrawal with Iraq after Mosul operation: minister
E-Kurd - 2017-01-11 17:22
ANKARA,— Turkish troops’ withdrawal from a base near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul will be discussed with Baghdad after the area is completely rid of Islamic State (IS) group, Turkey’s defense minister said Wednesday. “The main aim of the Bashiqa camp ...

Iraqi army clashes with Islamic State militants in Mosul street fight
NRT - 2017-01-11 17:02

Bombed Mosul bridge still lifeline for long-suffering civilians
Reuters - 2017-01-11 14:52
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - The rubble of a bridge blown up by Islamic State in Mosul to block advancing Iraqi forces has become a lifeline for civilians as more and more of the northern city breaks loose from the grip of the ultra-hardline militants. ...

Iraqi forces push deeper into northeast Mosul
Waar Media - 2017-01-11 14:00
Waar, Duhok: Iraqi forces pushed against Islamic State in east Mosul and fought the militants in areas near the Tigris on Wenesday. The elite Counter Terrorism Service (CTS) pushed into the northeastern Sadeeq neighborhood, officers on the ground said. Ac ...

Turkish troops in Bashiqa will withdraw after Mosul Operation: Iraqi envoy
KurdPress - 2017-01-11 13:25
Turkish troops at the Bashiqa camp in northern Iraq will withdraw after the completion of the Mosul Operation against the Islamic State (IS), the Iraqi ambassador said Jan. 11. ...

Iraqi forces push further into northeast Mosul, military says
Reuters - 2017-01-11 13:04
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi forces made new advances against Islamic State in east Mosul and fought the militants in areas near the Tigris river on Wednesday, seeking to build on recent gains, military officials said. ...

Iraqi forces push further into northeast Mosul, military says
Daily Mail - 2017-01-11 12:55
MOSUL, Iraq, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Iraqi forces made new advances against Islamic State in east Mosul and fought the militants in areas near the Tigris river on... ...

VIDEO: Iraqi forces discover IS shell, bomb factories in Mosul
Kurdistan24 - 2017-01-11 04:09
A confiscated storage unit containing shells left by the Islamic State (IS) inside Mosul, Iraq, Jan. 9, 2017. (Photo: Kurdistan24) ...

Women of Manbij “won’t forget ISIS atrocities”
ARA News - 2017-01-10 23:26
ARA News Manbij – The Islamic State (ISIS) radical group has treated women in Syria’s Manbij city in a degrading and suppressive manner. ISIS used to implement its brutal version of Sharia in Manbij, committing atrocities against civilians, raping women a ...

Kurds arrest ISIS supporters northeast Syria
ARA News - 2017-01-10 23:26
ARA News Hasakah – Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) on Tuesday arrested a number of people in Syria’s northeastern Hasakah Governorate, suspected of ties to the Islamic State (ISIS) radical group. The YPG captured at least five people ...

Sen. Lankford: US needs regional allies against Islamic State
Kurdistan24 - 2017-01-10 21:41
Republican Senator of Oklahoma James Lankford in an interview with Kurdistan24 in Washington DC, USA, Jan. 9, 2017. (Photo: Kurdistan24) ...

Iraqi forces advance in Mosul but civilian toll mounts
Reuters - 2017-01-10 16:40
ERBIL, Iraq/BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi forces pushed Islamic State fighters back further in Mosul on Tuesday in a renewed effort to seize the northern city and deal a decisive blow to the militant group, though progress was slower in some districts, the ar ...

Iraqi residents flee Islamic State-held town of Tel Keyf
NRT - 2017-01-10 11:52

Iraq forces advance in Mosul but civilian toll mounts: spokesman, U.N.
Reuters - 2017-01-10 11:12
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi forces have fought their way into two more southeastern districts of Mosul but their advances are being slowed by Islamic State's tactic of using civilians for cover, a military spokesman said on Tuesday. ...

Pentagon: Islamic State's days in Mosul are "numbered"
NRT - 2017-01-10 10:48

14 Yazidi women rescued from IS
Waar Media - 2017-01-09 20:30
Waar, Duhok: Fourteen Yazidi women have been rescued from Islamic State in Mosul and Raqqa, The Deputy Head of the Rescue Center for Yezidi Women said. Nine of them were rescued from the terrorist group in Raqqa by the center, Darman Khatari said, adding ...

Unclear whether truck attack in Israel inspired by Islamic State
Reuters - 2017-01-09 18:47
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's government has been quick to suggest a Palestinian who rammed a truck into a group of Israeli soldiers at the weekend was inspired by Islamic State, raising questions over how it came to that conclusion. ...

VIDEO: Victim of IS mortar in Mosul calls for help
Kurdistan24 - 2017-01-09 18:24
Muntaha, a displaced woman from Mosul was severely wounded after an Islamic State (IS) mortar shell targeted her house in the city. (Photo: Kurdistan24) ...

Iraq special advance further in eastern Mosul: spokesman
Reuters - 2017-01-09 13:15
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi special forces made further advances against Islamic State in Mosul on Monday, pushing militants out of another district a day after driving them back to the eastern bank of the Tigris river, a spokesman said. ...

Turkish army says 48 Islamic State militants killed in Syria on Sunday
Reuters - 2017-01-09 07:10
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish-led air and ground operations in Syria killed 48 Islamic State militants on Sunday while Turkish warplanes destroyed 23 buildings and shelters used by the jihadists, Turkey's armed forces said in a statement on Monday. ...

Islamic State beheads 12 civilians in Raqqa for possessing satellite devices
ARA News - 2017-01-09 01:27
ARA News Raqqa – Islamic State (ISIS) militants ransacked civilian houses on Sunday, in Syria’s northeastern Raqqa Governorate. Local sources reported that ISIS-controlled al-Hisba police confiscated dozens of satellite receivers and arrested the owners. ...

Boko Haram attacks Nigerian army base, five soldiers killed: military source
Reuters - 2017-01-09 01:17
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Five Nigerian soldiers and more than 15 Boko Haram fighters were killed when the jihadists attacked an army base in the remote northeast where the group has been fighting for an Islamic state, a military source said on Sunda ...

Kurdistan CT, coalition forces kill IS health minister in Hawija
Kurdistan24 - 2017-01-09 00:57
The so-called health minister of the Islamic State (IS) Islam Taha Mohammed al-Obeidi known as Dr. Muawiya. (Photo: Kurdistan CT) ...

Netanyahu: 'We will overcome terror attacks'
BBC - 2017-01-09 00:25
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the man who drove a lorry into a group of soldiers in Jerusalem was a suspected supporter of so-called Islamic State. ...

ISIS beheads 12 civilians in Raqqa for possessing satellite devices
ARA News - 2017-01-08 23:11
ARA News Raqqa – Islamic State (ISIS) militants ransacked civilian houses on Sunday, in Syria’s northeastern Raqqa Governorate. Local sources reported that ISIS-controlled al-Hisba police confiscated dozens of satellite receivers and arrested the owners. ...

Iraqi forces fight Islamic State near ancient site in Mosul: Iraqi officer
Reuters - 2017-01-08 15:35
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi special forces, backed by U.S.-led air raids, clashed with Islamic State militants near a historic site in Mosul on Sunday, an officer in Iraq's counter-terrorism service said, as they tried to drive the jihadists out of more ...

Iraqi special forces reach Tigris river in Mosul: spokesman
Reuters - 2017-01-08 15:35
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi special forces reached the eastern bank of the Tigris in Mosul on Sunday for the first time in a U.S.-backed operation to drive Islamic State militants out of the city, a spokesman said. ...

Islamic State is the real aggressor in Syria | Letters
The Guardian - 2017-01-08 04:25
Owen Jones (Americans can spot meddling, 5 January) refers to Russian interference in Syria to support the dictatorship of Bashar al-Assad against his own people. In fact, Vladimir Putin is supporting Syria against the brutal invasion of Islamic State, wh ...

Blast kills dozens in rebel-held Syrian town
The Guardian - 2017-01-08 04:25
Fuel truck explodes in front of courthouse in Azaz, and news agency says car bomb planted by Islamic State was responsible A fuel truck has exploded in the centre of a rebel-held town near Syria’s border with Turkey, killing dozens of people. The Syrian O ...

ISIS extremists behead Syrian man for ‘practicing magic’
ARA News - 2017-01-08 01:27
ARA News Raqqa – The Islamic State (ISIS) publicly executed an elderly man in Raqqa city, after accusing him of being a wizard and a practitioner of magic. “An ISIS jihadist beheaded the elderly man in front of hundreds of people in al-Hamam Square in Raq ...

US-backed SDF forces expel ISIS from eight villages northern Syria
ARA News - 2017-01-08 01:27
ARA News Qamishli – Subsequent to clashes with Islamic State’s (ISIS) militants, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Saturday captured eight villages in Syria’s northeastern Raqqa Governorate, military sources reported. Renewed clashes hit t ...

Islamic State’s oil facilities, supply routes and tactical units under US fire
ARA News - 2017-01-07 22:58
ARA News Aleppo – Airforces of the US-led coalition on Saturday conducted dozens of airstrikes in Syria and Iraq, targeting key strongholds of the Islamic State (ISIS). The coalition launched 27 airstrikes in Syria, targeting ISIS tactical units, supply r ...

Philippine troops kill two linked to group supporting Islamic State
Reuters - 2017-01-07 16:46
MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine security forces on Saturday killed a foreign national and his female companion who were suspected of being connected to a militant group supporting Islamic State, police officials said, two days after the group's leader was a ...

Entering Mosul from north, Iraqi army faces gruelling urban combat
Daily Mail - 2017-01-07 12:33
By Isabel Coles NORTH OF MOSUL, Iraq, Jan 7 (Reuters) - In the morning, spirits were high among Iraqi troops battling Islamic State for control of Mosul as t... ...

Iraqi forces close in on Tigris river in Mosul: military spokesman
Reuters - 2017-01-07 11:37
BARTELLA, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi forces closed in on the river that runs through central Mosul on Saturday in advances against Islamic State that have gathered pace thanks to new tactics and better coordination, a counter-terrorism spokesman said. ...

Iraqi Forces Liberate Further Area in Central Mosul
BAS News - 2017-01-07 10:27
Iraqi troops recaptured al-Ghufran neighbourhood in eastern Mosul MOSUL — Iraqi Army announced on Saturday the liberation of al-Ghufran neighbourhood in eastern coast of Mosul after heavy clashes with the Islamic State (IS) militants in the area. Shukr M ...

Turkey and the Alevis / Fariba Nawa
KurdPress - 2017-01-07 09:24
Letter from Istanbul In an unverified recording released in November, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-proclaimed caliph of the Islamic State (ISIS), demanded that his followers wage war against Turkey. “Turkey today entered your range of action and the ai ...

US airstrike kills ISIS propaganda chief in Raqqa
ARA News - 2017-01-07 04:38
ARA News Raqqa – An airstrike by the US-led coalition has killed a top official of the Islamic State (ISIS) and the group’s propaganda chief in Syria’s northeastern Raqqa city, officials said on Friday. Mahmoud al-Isawi, senior ISIS facilitator and a prom ...

Three reasons the Islamic State is focused on Turkey
Al Monitor - 2017-01-07 04:08

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