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‘They are not broken’: The Islamic State didn’t surrender, U.S. general says, it began to morph | National Post

‘They are not broken’: The Islamic State didn’t surrender, U.S. general says, it began to morph | National Post

Nationalpost - 2019-03-28 15:53

‘They are not broken’: The Islamic State didn’t surrender, U.S. general says, it began to morph | National Post - Nationalpost

Syrian Kurdish-led forces clash with Islamic State militants in eastern Syria

E-Kurd - 2019-04-02 20:21
BEIRUT,— U.S.-backed Kurdish-led Syrian fighters are battling the Islamic State group in eastern Syria 10 days after declaring victory over the extremists, an official with the Kurdish force said Tuesday. Mustafa Bali, a spokesman for the Syrian Democrat ...

Over 50 Islamic State militants killed by U.S.-led airstrikes in Syria’s Baghouz

E-Kurd - 2019-03-29 09:46
BEIRUT,— At least 50 Islamic State IS militants were killed Thursday by U.S.-led airstrikes on a caves area in eastern Syria, a war monitor reported. The air raids targeted the caves in the Baghouz, the last IS redoubt in the eastern countryside of Deir ...

Washington's Worst Kept Secret: The Islamic State Isn't Defeated | The National Interest

Nationalinterest - 2019-03-27 08:48

9,000 foreign Islamic State relatives in Syria camp: Kurdish official

E-Kurd - 2019-03-25 15:24
AIN ISSA, Syria,— More than 9,000 foreigners, mostly children, linked to the Islamic State group are present in a camp for the displaced in northeast Syria, a Kurdish spokesman said Monday. The total number of foreigners in Al-Hol camp includes more than ...

Syrian Kurds urge world to take back foreign Islamic State jihadists

E-Kurd - 2019-03-25 11:38
QAMISHLO, Syrian Kurdistan,— Syria’s Kurds warned Sunday that the thousands of foreign jihadists they have detained in their fight against the Islamic State group are a time-bomb the international community urgently needs to defuse. Speaking a day after ...

Detained Islamic State jihadists are ticking bomb, Syrian Kurds warn

E-Kurd - 2019-03-25 11:38
OMAR OIL FIELD, Syria,— Syria’s Kurds warned Sunday that despite the demise of the Islamic State’s “caliphate”, the thousands of foreign jihadists they hold are a time-bomb the world urgently needs to defuse. World leaders were quick to hail Saturday’s a ...

KRG Devising “New Plan” to Rescue Yezidis as IS Defeated on the Ground

BAS News - 2019-03-24 23:12
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is designing a new plan to locate and free the Yezidis who are still missing after the Islamic State (IS) is physically defeated and it holds no ground. More than 6,000 Yezidi women, men and children were a ...

Kurdish autonomy in Syria under threat after Islamic State ‘caliphate’ falls

E-Kurd - 2019-03-23 12:33
QAMISHLO, Syrian Kurdistan,— Now the Islamic State group’s “caliphate” has fallen, the hard-won limited autonomy of Kurds in Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava) will be left in peril if their key US ally goes ahead with its announced pullout. On Saturday, the Kurd ...

Islamic State defeated, ‘caliphate’ eliminated, Syrian Kurds declare

E-Kurd - 2019-03-23 12:33
BAGHOUZ, Syria,— Islamic State has been defeated at its final shred of territory of Baghouz in Syria, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Saturday, announcing the end of its self-declared “caliphate” that once spanned a third of Iraq a ...

Trump says Islamic State no longer holds any territory in Syria, but Kurds still battling ISIS

E-Kurd - 2019-03-22 21:01
WASHINGTON,— U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that the Kurdish-led forces backed US-led coalition air strikes had dislodged the Islamic State militant group from its last holdout in Syria. “Here’s ISIS on Election Day. And here’s ISIS right now ...

Syria Kurdish forces advancing into Islamic State enclave

E-Kurd - 2019-03-14 12:41
NEAR BAGHOUZ, Syria,— The Kurdish-led fighters backed by U.S. besieging Islamic State’s final shred of territory in eastern Syria said they had pushed further into the enclave following clashes and air strikes by the U.S.-led coalition on Thursday. The S ...

Syrian Kurds pound last scrap of land held by the Islamic State

E-Kurd - 2019-03-11 15:30
OMAR OIL FIELD , Syria,— Syrian Kurdish-led forces pounded the last scrap of land held by the Islamic State group Monday, a scattering of tents and destroyed buildings in a remote eastern Syrian hamlet. The jihadists once ruled over millions in a swathe ...

Islamic State a ‘serious generational problem’, U.S. General says

E-Kurd - 2019-03-08 12:50
WASHINGTON,— Even as Islamic State militants are losing the last of their territory in Syria, the militants who remain are unbroken and radicalized, and represent a “serious generational problem,” the top U.S. commander for the Mideast said Thursday. Gen ...

Iraqi Kurdistan denies torture of Islamic State child suspects

E-Kurd - 2019-03-06 21:48
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Children suspected of ties with the Islamic State (ISIS) group are not being held by Kurdish Asayish (security) forces and have not been tortured to elicit confessions, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) said ...

Syria’s Kurds set free nearly 300 Islamic State-linked Syrians

E-Kurd - 2019-03-03 13:42
BEIRUT,— Nearly 300 Syrians suspected of belonging to the Islamic State jihadist group have been freed because they have “no blood on their hands”, Kurdish authorities who were holding them said. Their release was announced late Saturday by the semi-auto ...