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Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant

Salafi jihadist terrorist and militant group

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The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, officially as the Islamic State (IS) and by its Arabic language acronym Daesh, is a Salafi jihadist militant group and former unrecognised proto-state that follows a fundamentalist, Salafi doctrine of Sunni Islam. ISIL gained global prominence in early 2014 when it drove Iraqi government forces out of key cities in its Western Iraq offensive, followed by its capture of Mosul and the Sinjar massacre.

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Islamic State has lost control of its last territory in Syria but the Australian government says the group will continue to pose a threat.
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U.S.-backed forces proclaimed the capture of Islamic State's last territory in Syria on Saturday, eliminating its rule over a self-proclaimed "caliphate", but..
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U.S.-backed forces proclaimed the capture of Islamic State's last territory in Syria on Saturday, eliminating its rule over a self-proclaimed "caliphate", but..
Credit: Reuters - Published 20 hours ago

U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) formally announced the destruction of Islamic State's control of land in eastern Syria on Saturday but said it would..
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French President Emmanuel Macron said on Saturday that a "major danger for France" had been eliminated, after U.S.-backed forces said they had captured Islamic..
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U.S.-backed forces said they had captured Islamic State's last shred of territory in eastern Syria at Baghouz on Saturday, ending the group's self-proclaimed..
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U.S.-backed fighters say they have captured Islamic State's last shred of ground in eastern Syria - but while its era of territorial rule may be over for now,..
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Islamic State has been defeated at its final shred of territory of Baghouz in Syria, the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Saturday, announcing..
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Islamic State has been defeated at its final shred of territory of Baghouz in Syria, the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Saturday, announcing..
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Islamic State fighters have been defeated at the final shred of territory they held in eastern Syria, marking the end of jihadist rule that once spanned a third..
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A Rwandan high court on Friday sentenced 13 people to five years and two others to ten years in jail after convicting them of belonging to extremist groups..
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Islamic State militants in eastern Syria still held out late on Friday, the U.S.-backed militia besieging them said, after U.S. President Donald Trump said the..
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U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that U.S.-backed forces had dislodged the Islamic State militant group from its last holdout in Syria.
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Hungarian authorities detained a Syrian man on Friday accused of taking part in beheadings in Syria as a member of Islamic State, Budapest prosecutors and the..
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Islamic State no longer holds any territory in Syria, a White House spokeswoman said on Friday after Washington's local ally in Syria reported that fighting with..
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The U.S. Defense Department says the militant group Islamic State no longer holds any territory in Syria, a White House spokeswoman said on Friday.
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Hungarian authorities have detained a Syrian man on Friday accused of taking part in beheadings in Syria as a member of Islamic State, Budapest prosecutors said..
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A Serbian court sentenced seven people, three of them in absentia, to up to 11 years in prison for joining Islamic State and conspiring to recruit others to..
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The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) battled Islamic State militants holed up in the Baghouz area overnight, supported by U.S.-led coalition air strikes, the SDF..
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U.S.-backed Syrian forces were sweeping on Thursday through the final enclave that had been held by Islamic State fighters, and said they would declare the group..
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The hallways of the Rusafa Central Criminal Court in Baghdad teemed with anxious toddlers on the days their mothers were on trial. Then they vanished again, into..
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Twelve people died overnight after arriving at a camp in northeastern Syria from Islamic State's final enclave at Baghouz, the International Rescue Committee..
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U.S.-backed Syrian fighters said they were still searching territory captured from Islamic State at its final enclave in eastern Syria on Thursday and denied a..
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The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) denied a report on Thursday that all of Islamic State's final enclave has been captured after a Kurdish media..
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The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces denied a report on Thursday that all of Islamic State's final enclave has been captured and said combing operations were..
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France, one of the main contributors to the fight against Islamic State in the Middle East, has received no answers to questions about U.S. calls for it and..
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The operation to take Islamic State's last enclave in eastern Syria looked close to an end on Wednesday, with no sign of clashes as U.S.-backed fighters said..
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The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) conducted clearing operations on Wednesday after taking most of the last Islamic State pocket in east Syria, an official with..
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An official with U.S.-backed fighters said there was calm and no clashes at Islamic State's last enclave in eastern Syria on Wednesday, after pushing the..
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Warplanes flew near Baghouz in eastern Syria early on Wednesday, a Reuters witness said, as the final remnants of the Islamic State group held a narrow strip of..
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Tunisian special forces killed three suspected militants of Islamic State on Tuesday after clashes in a mountainous area near the Algerian border, a security..
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The battle for Islamic State's final scrap of territory at Baghouz in eastern Syria is ongoing and clashes continue, Mustafa Bali, the head of the media office..
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U.S.-backed forces have captured Islamic State fighters tied to a January suicide bombing in Syria that killed four Americans, U.S. officials say, generating..
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U.S.-backed Syrian forces said they were close to capturing Islamic State's last territorial possession in eastern Syria on Tuesday after seizing the jihadists'..
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U.S.-backed fighters said they took a big step towards eradicating Islamic State's last territorial possession in eastern Syria on Monday, seizing the jihadist..
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The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) detained hundreds of wounded Islamic State militants on Tuesday when they captured a camp where the jihadists had..
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The last remaining Islamic State militants holed up in their enclave at Baghouz in Syria will be defeated "very soon", an official with the U.S.-backed Syrian..
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Clashes are still ongoing in the final Islamic State enclave at Baghouz and the jihadists are still holding some families as human shields, a media official with..
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The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have seized full control of a camp where Islamic State militants have been holed up in Baghouz near the Iraqi..
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The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) militia besieging Islamic State's last enclave in eastern Syria said on Tuesday it had captured "157 experienced..
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An Islamic State spokesman said on Monday the displacement of "the weak and poor" from Syria's Baghouz would not weaken the group.
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Iraq sentenced a Belgian man to death by hanging on Monday for being part of the Islamic State militant group, one of dozens of foreign nationals facing the..
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U.S.-backed fighters have taken positions in Islamic State's last enclave in eastern Syria, they said late on Sunday, after pounding the tiny patch of land by..
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Falling bombs raised smoke over Islamic State's last enclave in east Syria on Sunday, obscuring the huddle of vehicles and makeshift shelters to which the..
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The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Sunday more than 60,000 people, mostly civilians, had flooded out of Islamic State's last enclave in..
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The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Sunday over 60,000 people, mostly civilians, had flooded out of the Islamic State militant group's last..
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Three suicide attackers in women's clothing killed six people leaving the last Islamic State enclave in eastern Syria on Friday in simultaneous blasts, the..
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A suicide attack targeted people leaving the last Islamic State enclave in eastern Syria on Friday, a witness and the U.S.-backed forces besieging the area said.
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Iraq has begun court proceedings against 14 suspected French members of the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group captured by U.S.-backed forces and transferred to..
Credit: Reuters - Published 1 week ago

The young Syrian man crossing out of Islamic State's last enclave in eastern Syria brought confirmation that the fight was still not over despite days of..
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Dutch police arrested two men in Amsterdam for their suspected involvement in the co-ordinated Islamic State attacks on Paris in November 2015 that killed 130..
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France has repatriated several young children from camps in Northern Syria, its foreign ministry said on Friday, reiterating that militants who joined the..
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The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Friday denied any agreement to hand over captured Iraqi Islamic State fighters or their families to Iraq.
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The young Syrian man crossing out of Islamic State's last enclave in eastern Syria brought confirmation that the fight was still not over despite days of..
Credit: Reuters - Published 1 week ago

Islamic State is down to its last few hundred fighters and less than a square kilometer of land in a battle for its final Syrian stronghold, although it may have..
Credit: Reuters - Published 1 week ago

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