The US has about 2,000 troops in Syria fighting ISIS. Mattis’ comments are likely to anger Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, who has previously called US troops “illegal invader” forces.
ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks, in a statement carried out by its Amaq news agency, though it provided no evidence for the claim.
The blast comes a week after the group claimed responsibility for an attack on a training facility of the same agency, the National Directorate for Security, in Kabul.
After having been taken into captivity by the ISIS militants in an assault on Sinjar on August 3, 2014, the eldest reportedly said that she never thought that she’d see her sisters again.
According to a HRW report, Iraqi judiciaries are violating the rights of ISIS suspects with flawed trials, arbitrary detentions under harsh conditions and broad prosecutions.
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.
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.
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.
Homs province governor Talal Barazi said, “More than 60 were dead, while more than 100 others are missing, either kidnapped or killed”.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged the Iraqi government and the Kurdistan region on Monday to resolve their conflict over Kurdish self-determination and disputed territories through dialogue.
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Authorities believe Islamic State has more than 1,200 followers in Indonesia while about 500 Indonesians have left to join the group in Syria.
This marks the first time ISIS has publicly agreed to a forced evacuation from territory it held in Syria.
Islamic State agreed to surrender its enclave and depart for eastern Syria on Sunday after a week-long offensive by the Lebanese army on one front and the Syrian army and Lebanon’s Shi’ite Hezbollah group on the other front.
France is a main partner in the US-led coalition helping Baghdad fight the militants who seized parts of Iraq and Syria in 2014.
In terms of ISIS’s conflict narrative, Spain represents just another manifestation of a hostile Western civilisation in a state of war against the Islamic community. This leaves it more than open for reprisals.
Dozens of displaced residents are returning to Mosul after the nine-month battle to recapture ISIS’s Iraqi stronghold, but devastation and jihadist threats remain.
The group killed at least 18 people in attacks on parliament in Tehran and the mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini on June 7.
Fighting is ongoing but as many as 50 people – children, women and elderly men, most of them members of Shi’ite Hazara community – may have been killed.
The capture of a Pakistani teenager who travelled 2,000 km across two countries to commit a suicide attack gives police a rare glimpse into a militant network suspected of a surge in sectarian violence.
ISIS is losing ground fast in Syria to separate campaigns waged by the Russian-backed Syrian government on the one hand, and to US-backed Kurdish forces and their allies on the other.
The Lebanese army will attack ISIS from the Lebanese side of the border while Hezbollah and the Syrian army will simultaneously attack it from the Syrian side.
About 2,000 ISIS fighters are estimated to remain in the Syrian city of Raqqa, fighting for their survival in the face of an offensive by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, a senior US official said on Friday.
Iraq’s Yazidis marked three years since Islamic State launched what the UN said was a genocidal campaign against them on Thursday, but their ordeal is far from over despite the ouster of the jihadist fighters.
High-grade military explosives used to build the bomb were sent by air cargo from Turkey as part of a plot by the militant ISIS group.
Buses carrying Syrian militants and refugees left a Lebanese border area bound for rebel-held Syria on Wednesday, under a deal made after Shi’ite Hezbollah routed Sunni Islamist Nusra Front insurgents in their last foothold at the frontier.
A Boko Haram faction with ties to ISIS and responsible for the kidnapping of a Nigerian oil prospecting team which led to at least 37 people being killed has become a deadly force capable of carrying out highly-organised attacks.
The assault came a week after 35 people by the Taliban in Kabul and underlines Afghanistan’s precarious security as the US reconsiders its regional policy.
Thousands of children have been separated from their parents in the nine-month battle for Mosul and the preceding years of ISIS rule in northern Iraq – some found wandering alone and afraid among the rubble, others joining the refugee exodus from the city.
Duterte wasted little time in his annual state of the nation address to defend a crackdown that has killed thousands of Filipinos.
Monday’s suicide bombing targeting government personnel continued the unrelenting violence that has killed over 1,700 civilians in Afghanistan this year.
The defence top brass is struggling to tackle the highly organised, pro-ISIS fighters who swept through Marawi City on May 23.
Lebanese PM Saad al-Hariri said the army would carry out an operation in a Syrian border area that has been a base for militants including jihadist groups.
The ISIS leader has frequently been reported killed or wounded since he declared a caliphate from the pulpit of a mosque in Mosul in 2014.
After a major defeat in Mosul, ISIS seems to have suffered a blow that could end its goal of establishing a cross-border caliphate in the region.
Islamic State claimed responsibility for two attempted militant attacks in Europe last month, naming the attackers in its monthly magazine.
While the UK-based war observatory confirmed the news, Russia and US are still unable to publicly confirm or deny the death of the elusive ISIS leader.
Islamic State militants are waging an insurgency in the rugged, thinly populated Sinai Peninsula, killing hundreds of soldiers and police since 2013.
The UN Security Council has sanctioned a splinter group of the Pakistan Taliban, freezing its assets and subjecting it to an arms embargo.