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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 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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Tajikistan blames Islamic State for prison riot, 32 killed

Three prison guards and 29 inmates were killed in a prison riot in Tajikistan that the government blamed on Islamic State militants.
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Islamic State militants riot in Tajik prison, 32 killed

Three prison guards and 29 inmates have been killed in a high-security prison in Tajikistan after convicted Islamic State militants started a riot, the Central Asian nation's Justice Ministry said on..
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Tajikistan blames Islamic State for deadly prison riot [Video]Tajikistan blames Islamic State for deadly prison riot

Tajikistan has blamed Islamic State militants for a prison riot that killed three prison guards and 29 inmates on Sunday. Dozens of the relatives of inmates are still waiting to find out if their loved..

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Afghan women still face perils at work and home [Video]Afghan women still face perils at work and home

Access to public life has improved for Afghan women since U.S.-backed forces ousted the Taliban, though many hardships remain, including the threat of militants increasingly targeting their workplaces...

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Blast injures South African tourists in Egypt [Video]Blast injures South African tourists in Egypt

Twelve people, mostly South African tourists, have been injured in an explosion targeting a bus that was heading for Egypt's Giza pyramids. David Doyle reports.

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Mosul struggling widows become breadwinners [Video]Mosul struggling widows become breadwinners

Widows of Iraqis killed during the rule of Islamic State militants in the city of Mosul earn a living by working at a garment factory. Emily Wither reports.

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U.S. orders some staff out of Iraq amid rising tensions with Iran [Video]U.S. orders some staff out of Iraq amid rising tensions with Iran

Washington ordered the departure of non-emergency government employees from Iraq on Wednesday, after repeated U.S. expressions of concern about threats from Iranian-backed forces. Zachary Goelman..

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Islamic State Claims 'Province' In India For First Time After Clash In Kashmir [Video]Islamic State Claims 'Province' In India For First Time After Clash In Kashmir

According to Reuters, the Islamic State claimed for the first time that it has established a “province” in India, after a clash between militants and security forces in the contested Kashmir region..

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Sri Lankan President Vows Stability In Wake Of Deadly String Of Bombings [Video]Sri Lankan President Vows Stability In Wake Of Deadly String Of Bombings

According to a report by Reuters, on Saturday, Sri Lanka President said that security forces would 'eradicate terrorism' following devastating suicide attacks on Easter Sunday and restore stability..

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The shell-beaten minarets of Aleppo's Old City [Video]The shell-beaten minarets of Aleppo's Old City

The sorry state of Aleppo's Old City, a labyrinthine World Heritage Site and a battlefield from 2012-16, is obvious from a glance across the skyline at its shell-beaten minarets. Sarah Charlton..

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U.S. diplomat warns of more attacks in Sri Lanka [Video]U.S. diplomat warns of more attacks in Sri Lanka

The U.S. ambassador to Sri Lanka said on Tuesday that some of the Islamist militants behind Easter Sunday bombings that killed more than 250 people were likely still at large and could be planning more..

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ISIL chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi appears in propaganda video [Video]ISIL chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi appears in propaganda video

Unclear when footage was filmed but Baghdadi purportedly refers to Sri Lanka attacks and fight for Syria's Baghouz.

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U.S. combat vet arrested for planned attack [Video]U.S. combat vet arrested for planned attack

A U.S. veteran of the war in Afghanistan who prosecutors say plotted to detonate a nail bomb at a Los Angeles-area white nationalist rally, hoping to cause mass casualties, has been arrested following..

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ISIS Releases Video Of Man Said To Be Leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi [Video]ISIS Releases Video Of Man Said To Be Leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi

ISIS has released what it says is a new video message from its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi for his first video appearance in five years. In the video, a man who is referred to as Baghdadi sits on the..

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IS 'leader' al-Baghdadi appears in first video in five years [Video]IS 'leader' al-Baghdadi appears in first video in five years

A man believed to be the leader of the Islamic State group has made an appearance on camera after five years. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has not been seen since 2014.

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Sri Lanka Gun Battle With Militants Kills 15, U.S. Pulls Citizens Out [Video]Sri Lanka Gun Battle With Militants Kills 15, U.S. Pulls Citizens Out

According to Reuters, a gun battle between troops and suspected Islamist militants on Sri Lanka’s east coast left 15 dead, after suicide bombers killed more than 250 people on the island. The..

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Children among 15 killed in Sri Lanka shoot-out [Video]Children among 15 killed in Sri Lanka shoot-out

Sri Lankan troops raided what they suspected to be a safe house linked to Easter Sunday bombings that killed hundreds. They said 15 people, six of them children, were killed in a shoot-out. Lucy..

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Sri Lankan police find explosives after shooting erupts during raid [Video]Sri Lankan police find explosives after shooting erupts during raid

Sri Lankan police found explosives and exchanged fire with a group of men during a raid in the east of the country in the town of Ampara Sainthamaruthu near Batticaloa. Rough cut - no reporter..

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Sri Lanka Police Hunt 140 After Easter Bombings As Shooting Erupts In East [Video]Sri Lanka Police Hunt 140 After Easter Bombings As Shooting Erupts In East

According to Reuters, Sri Lankan police are trying to track down 140 people believed linked to Islamic State, which claimed responsibility for the Easter Sunday suicide bombings that killed 253. Nearly..

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Sri Lankan Police Hunting For 140 People Believed To Be Connected To Easter Bombings [Video]Sri Lankan Police Hunting For 140 People Believed To Be Connected To Easter Bombings

According to a report by Reuters, Sri Lankan police are hunting for 140 people believed to be linked to Islamic State, which claimed responsibility for the Easter Sunday bombings that killed 253..

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Sri Lankan police continue hunt for Islamic State-linked suspects [Video]Sri Lankan police continue hunt for Islamic State-linked suspects

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena says police are looking for 140 people believed to have links with the Islamic State group over the Easter Sunday attacks on churches and hotels that killed..

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'Every indication' IS inspired Sri Lanka attacks: Pompeo [Video]'Every indication' IS inspired Sri Lanka attacks: Pompeo

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a television interview on Wednesday there was "every indication" that Sunday's bomb attacks in Sri Lanka that killed 359 people were inspired by Islamic..

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Three Tajik prison guards killed in riot

Rioting prisoners have killed three guards in a high-security facility in Tajikistan which houses people convicted of religious extremism, including Islamic State militants, the Central Asian nation's..
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Three killed in suspected Islamic State attack outside Libyan oilfield

Two guards and a soldier were killed and four other people were kidnapped early on Saturday in a suspected Islamic State attack targeting Libya's Zella oilfield, a security source said.
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Nine Islamic State militants killed in southwest Pakistan raid

Pakistani security forces killed nine Islamic State militants during an hours-long raid near Quetta in the restive southwest of the country that has been hit by repeated jihadist attacks this month,..
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Sri Lankan army defends rehiring major amid outcry from rights groups

Sri Lanka's army on Thursday defended its decision to reinstate an intelligence official arrested in 2017 on suspicion he attacked journalists, saying he is the right person to investigate the Easter..
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Islamic State claims responsibility for attack on Niger soldiers

Islamic State claimed responsibility on Thursday for an attack on Niger soldiers near the Mali border, the group’s Amaq news agency said, without providing evidence.
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Malaysia detains three accused of planning attacks, links to IS

Malaysia has detained three men on suspicion of supporting the Islamic State militant group and planning attacks in Indonesia and Malaysia, police said on Thursday.
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U.S.-backed forces crack down on Islamic State fighters in Syria's Deir al Zor

U.S.-backed Kurdish-led forces said on Wednesday they had begun a campaign against "terrorists" linked to Islamic State in a strategic town in the oil rich eastern province of Deir al Zor that..
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British general declines to restate remarks on Iran-backed militia threat

A senior British officer in the U.S.-led coalition battling Islamic State in Iraq and Syria would not reiterate that he perceived no increased threat from an Iran-backed militia, when reporters pressed..
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No increased threat from Iran-backed militia in Iraq, Syria-British general

There has been no increase in the threat from Iran-backed militia against U.S.-led coalition forces battling remnants of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, a senior British officer in the coalition told..
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Exclusive: Sri Lankan software engineer, under Indian surveillance, key in Easter attack

A Sri Lankan software engineer suspected by authorities in Sri Lanka of having provided technical and logistical support to the Easter Sunday suicide bombers was monitored by Indian intelligence..
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