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Salafi jihadist terrorist and militant group

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Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant: Salafi jihadist terrorist and militant group
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, officially known as the Islamic State (IS) and also known by its Arabic acronym Daesh, is a militant Islamist group and a former unrecognised proto-state that follows a fundamentalist, Salafi jihadist doctrine of Sunni Islam. ISIL was founded by the Jordanian jihadist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi under the name Jama'at al-Tawhid wal-Jihad in 1999 and 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.


IS teenager is a security risk, UK top court hears [Video]

IS teenager is a security risk, UK top court hears

A British-born woman who went to Syria as a schoolgirl to join Islamic State should not be allowed to return to Britain to challenge the government taking away her citizenship because she poses a..

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‘Act of terror’: At least 22 killed in Kabul University attack [Video]

‘Act of terror’: At least 22 killed in Kabul University attack

ISIL claim responsibility for attack on Afghanistan’s biggest university; President Ghani announces day of mourning.

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Austrian police: gunman had links to Islamic State group [Video]

Austrian police: gunman had links to Islamic State group

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Vienna attacker ‘sympathised with Islamic State’ [Video]

Vienna attacker ‘sympathised with Islamic State’

A fourth person has died following a shooting in Vienna which authoritiesbelieve may have links to Islamic State.

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Trial opens for suspect in failed 2015 Islamic State bombing of French church [Video]

Trial opens for suspect in failed 2015 Islamic State bombing of French church

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Islamic State expanding its presence in South Asia under Pakistan's patronage, say experts [Video]

Islamic State expanding its presence in South Asia under Pakistan's patronage, say experts

Amsterdam-based think tank, European Foundation for South Asian Studies (EFSAS) hosted a Webinar titled, 'Rise of ISIS in South Asia', on the sidelines of the 45th Session of the United Nations Human..

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Authorities said a suspect they killed was an ISIS sympathizer. Gunmen opened fire in at least six locations.
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The action shows that the U.S. government remains concerned about how extremist groups like Al Qaeda and the Islamic State continue to creatively raise and distribute money around the world.
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Two suspected ISIS militants from Britain who were brought to the United States on Wednesday to face charges in a gruesome campaign of torture and other acts of violence against four Americans have..
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British ISIS members charged in murders of American hostages

Two British members of ISIS have been charged for their role in the murders of four American hostages in Syria. Jeff Pegues reports.
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U.S. announces charges against two ISIS members

The Justice Department announced charges Wednesday against two British nationals who joined the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), for their role in the torture and brutal killings of Western..
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10/4/2020: Nadia, A Different Kind of Vision, The Wright Way

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How Syria became "ground zero for jihadists"

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Pres. Obama: Confident in the coalition against ISIS

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Pompeo Threatens to Close U.S. Embassy in Iraq Unless Militias Halt Attacks

U.S. and Iraqi officials say they are surprised by the proposed retreat, which could set back American efforts to fight the Islamic State and to limit Iranian influence.
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British Give U.S. Evidence Against ISIS ‘Beatles,’ Clearing Way for Trial

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Trump awards Medal of Honor to soldier who helped free ISIS-held hostages

Sgt. Maj. Thomas Patrick Payne received the Medal of Honor from President Trump on Friday for his role in freeing hostages held by ISIS. He spoke to David Martin about the harrowing mission.
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The Trump administration will not pursue the death penalty against two ISIS suspects in exchange for Britain's cooperation in the prosecution of the terrorists known as the "Beatles," allegedly linked..
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Afghan security forces arrested three senior South Asia Islamic State members including the group's regional leader, the government said on Monday.
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Islamic State on Friday claimed responsibility for an attack on an Egyptian military vehicle in North Sinai province that killed and wounded several military personnel, the group's Amaq news agency..
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Driver who rammed Paris police pledged allegiance to Islamic State: prosecutor

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