Iraqi forces “liberated Rawa entirely, and raised the Iraqi flag over its buildings”.
As US-backed and Russian-backed forces battle to retake the remaining pockets of ISIS-held terrain, Mattis said the US military’s longer-term objective would be to prevent the return of an “ISIS 2.0.”
The attacks, the deadliest on French soil since World War Two, prompted the country to strike back, joining international military operations targeting ISIS and other Islamist militant groups in Iraq, Syria, Libya and elsewhere.
The United Nations this week released a report showing how ISIS in northern Somalia has grown to around 200 fighters from just a few dozen last year.
Balochistan was rocked by a series of attacks late last year that claimed over 180 lives and raised concerns about a growing militant presence.
ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack, the group’s news agency Amaq said on Tuesday, without giving evidence.
ISIS more closely resembles the sort of street gang with which many of its Western and Westernised enlistees are familiar than its more austere competitor, al-Qaida.
If the US simply focuses on trying to hunt down jihadist leaders in Niger it will miss an opportunity to address the underlying causes of violence in the region.
The Syrian army launched its attack against ISIS there in September, backed by Russian airstrikes and fighting alongside Iran-backed militias and the Lebanese Shi’ite group Hezbollah.
Sayfullo Saipov was charged in federal court on Wednesday with acting in support of the ISIS militant group ploughing the truck down a riverside bike trail, injuring a dozen people in addition to those killed.
Sayfullo Saipov confessed to authorities that he made a trial run with a rental truck on October 22 to practice turning the vehicle and “stated that he felt good about what he had done” after the attack.
Accompanied by a bodyguard, Naik was making a rare public appearance at the Putra Mosque in Malaysia’s administrative capital, where the prime minister and his cabinet members often worship.
Putin met Iranian political leaders in an effort to nurture a warming relationship strengthened since US President Donald Trump threatened to abandon the international nuclear deal with Iran reached in 2015.
Tunisian foreign minister Khemaies Jhinaoui has returned to India for the first time since 1986. Ahead of his meeting with his Indian counterpart, he spoke to The Wire about democracy, economic growth, terrorism, and more.
The caliphate may be collapsing, but ISIS still poses a threat, not least because of its spread to South and Southeast Asia and foreign fighters returning to their home countries.
ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack in Wazir Akbar Khan, a heavily fortified area of the city that houses numerous foreign embassies and government buildings.
Republican and Democratic members of Congress have argued for years that Congress ceded too much authority over the military to the White House after the September 11 attacks.
ISIS’s looming defeat is to be cheered, but the costs have been huge – loss of civilian life, destruction of ancient cities, increased attacks abroad and brewing conflicts in the region.
They were among at least 70 people abducted and taken by fleeing ISIS militants to a secret location in the desert, east of al-Qaryatayn town, after the Syrian army and pro-government militias took control of the town.
Under the US constitution, Congress, not the president, has the right to declare war. But some have said that too much authority over the deployment of US forces has been ceded to the White House after the September 11 attacks.
The continued ability for ISIS to mount attacks in areas where it was thought to have been eliminated will hinder efforts to stabilise regions when the fighting wanes.
Today, the battle to open and close schools is as fierce as ever, as the US-backed government under President Ashraf Ghani struggles to fend off an insurgency dominated by the Taliban.
The loss of control of Kirkuk oil fields is likely to starve the KRG of vital oil revenue and cause deep concern to global trading houses.
The Kurds held a referendum on independence on September 25 that Baghdad called illegal.
The end of the caliphate has opened fresh sectarian, ethnic and political fault lines that will suffuse the region in harsh competitions and conflicts for years to come.
ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack, but a statement from the group did not provide evidence to support its claim.
Kurdish Peshmerga forces withdrew from the town, located on the Zab river, after battling the advancing Iraqi troops with machine guns and mortars.
After more than a decade and a half of international intervention in Afghanistan, corruption, insecurity, waste, and other problems mean around two-thirds of Afghan girls still do not go to school, a rights group has said.
A path toward reconciliation will be a long, arduous test of nerves that could expose the US-backed war effort in Iraq to risks from insurgents and militants.
ISIS’s self-declared caliphate effectively collapsed in July, when US-backed Iraqi forces re-took Mosul, the group’s de facto capital in Iraq, after a gruelling nine-month battle.
Investigators remain largely in the dark after running down more than 1,000 leads seeking clues to what drove Stephen Paddock to carry out the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.
ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack via its Amaq news service.
Several hundred Mosul residents,including taxi drivers, Iraqi soldiers and defectors from ISIS, provided crucial information on ISIS militants.
An ISIS militant was responsible for the attack, the group’s Amaq news agency said.
The Edmonton Mayor said it was a lone-wolf attack that PM Trudeau called as “another example of the hate that we must remain ever vigilant against.”
The ‘Lion of Al-Lat’ statue was one of several ancient monuments damaged by ISIS at Palmyra, the ancient city in central Syria.
Turkey has been battling a three-decade insurgency in its largely Kurdish southeast and fears the referendum will inflame separatist tensions at home.
For IS militants, unlike Socrates, only an “unexamined life” is worth living.
The charges levelled against the British citizen of Bangladeshi origin by the Delhi police’s special cell raise grave doubts about the agency’s intentions.
On Monday, five US and British government sources said it was possible that the attack was “inspired” by ISIS via its extensive array of internet-based propaganda.