Am Adasa had been under the militants’ control since 2014, when ISIS proclaimed its caliphate straddling Syria and Iraq. The governments of Syria and Iraq have launched offensives on other fronts against the group.
An FBI source said that Noor Salman, Omar Mateen’s wife, could soon be charged as an accessory to 49 counts of murder and 53 counts of attempted murder, failure to notify law enforcement about the pending attack and lying to federal agents.
ISIS’s self-proclaimed caliph has reportedly been killed in a US-led coalition air strike in Syria.
The commander of the operation blamed the slow pace on a lack of tanks and said he did not have enough men to hold ground after it was retaken from the militants.
The battle in Falluja has allowed Abadi to shift the focus domestically away from a crisis that unfolded when he failed to push through a cabinet reshuffle he sought as part of his drive to fight corruption.
The brigades had already claimed control over a number of strategic sites on Sirte’s outskirts including an air base, several military camps and a roundabout where IS had previously hung the bodies of executed enemies.
The attack comes days after a Hindu priest was killed by suspected ISIS jihadists in the Muslim-majority nation, which has recently seen a string of brutal attacks by Islamists on religious minorities and secular activists.
A person with the same name as the suspect has an account on VKontakte, a social media network popular in Russian-speaking countries, which has posted a video which featured the ISIS flag.
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Rebels fighting Islamic State north of Aleppo have received military assistance from states opposed to President Bashar al-Assad.
In addition to the war with Islamic State, Assad is fighting rebels who include groups that have received support from his foreign enemies, Turkey included.
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There have been systematic assaults in Bangladesh in recent months that targeting minorities, secular bloggers, intellectuals and foreigners.
The 17-month US effort to retrain and reunify Iraq’s regular army has failed to create a large number of effective Iraqi combat units or limit the power of sectarian militias.
The government says it has no choice but to screen fleeing men and boys to prevent Islamic State fighters from escaping among civilians. Amnesty International has said people as young as 15 were being held in “inhumane and degrading conditions”.
Basma Kodmani said opposition armed groups were backing the proposal, which would revive the “cessation of hostilities” that began at the end of February and applied to all groups except for Islamic State and the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front.
Islamic militant groups have re-organised themselves in the context of the new realities of social media, deep political divisions within the country and the demands of global jihadist organisations.
The assault on Falluja has begun what is expected to be one of the biggest battles ever fought against Islamic State. About 50,000 civilians remain in the city, according to the United Nations.
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The ground operation was accompanied by a series of air strikes on militant hideouts in the area carried out by jets belonging to a US-led coalition.
UN investigators said in February the reported killings of detainees amounted to a state policy of “extermination” of the civilian population, a crime against humanity.
The Muslim-majority nation of 160 million people has seen a series of attacks over the past year in which atheist bloggers, academics, religious minorities and foreign aid workers have been killed.
The group controls the cities of Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria, and is proving a potent threat abroad, claiming credit for major attacks in Paris in November and Brussels in March.
Several recent cases of police abuse underscore the difficult path Tunisia is treading as it tries to nurture its young democracy and simultaneously fight Islamist militants.
The first attack was a suicide car bomb at a bustling market in the Shi’ite Muslim area of Sadr City. Two more blasts struck at the end of the working day.
Amid rising dissent against Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, police earlier this month raided the country’s press syndicate and arrested two journalists.
The car drew up in front of the house of the commander in the Nazian district of Nangarhar, in eastern Afghanistan. It was unclear whether the militia leader, whose name was given only as Dehqan, was injured in the attack.
On April 26, supporters of Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr stormed the Green Zone and broke into the parliament building, attacking deputies and demanding reforms to a political quota system blamed for rampant corruption.
The killing and enslaving of thousands from Iraq’s minority Yazidi community prompted the formation of this unusual 30-woman unit.
Washington and its allies have agreed to do more in their campaign to defeat ISIS, but more risks lay ahead.
The Ministry of Home Affairs, Singapore, said it had issued two-year detention orders for the men, who it says called themselves the Islamic State in Bangladesh.
US Defence Secretary Ash Carter’s full-throated backing of Haider al-Abadi follows months of intense Iraqi political wrangling that has put the country on edge.
Police official Abdul Jalil, quoting witnesses, said the attackers fled the scene after killing 50-year-old Nikhil Chandra Joardar outside his shop in the town of Tangail, 80 km (50 miles) northwest of the capital Dhaka.
Security was tight across Turkey’s biggest city, which was hit twice this year by attacks blamed on Islamic State.
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Key to the failure in Libya has been the influence of state interests, from the US’s wariness of over-committing, to the UK’s distraction by events elsewhere, to the overt hypocrisy of Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies.
US officials caution that calculations about the number of foreign fighters joining Islamic State’s self-described “caliphate” are estimates at best.
The US vice president’s visit is a sign of the progress Washington believes Iraqi forces have made in beating back militants over the past year and its hope that the northern city of Mosul can be recaptured before Barack Obama leaves office in January.
Although he had a clear understanding of the Arab world and was committed to promoting change in West Asia when he first came to power, the US president now appears defeated by contentions and conflicts he did not anticipate nor can control.
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