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Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant

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-language acronym Daesh, is a terrorist militant group and a former unrecognised proto-state that follows a fundamentalist, Salafi jihadist 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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Hungary begins trial of Syrian man accused of leading IS murder brigade

A Hungarian court on Wednesday began the trial of a Syrian man accused of terrorism and crimes against humanity as a military leader of Islamic State near the city of Homs in 2015, saying he..
Reuters - Published

Turkey says Germany, Netherlands agree to take back Islamic State detainees

Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said on Wednesday that Germany and the Netherlands had agreed to take back German and Dutch Islamic State detainees and their families from Turkey, after Ankara..
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Is Trump-Erdogan's 'bromance' the only thing holding relations together? [Video]Is Trump-Erdogan's 'bromance' the only thing holding relations together?

Erdogan and Trump have had countless disagreements during their time in office but their 'bromance' keeps the two sides talking as Turkey's President heads to the White House. Emily Wither reports.

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Netherlands must repatriate children of ISIL women: Court [Video]Netherlands must repatriate children of ISIL women: Court

Dutch women who joined ISIL need not be taken back, court rules, but state must commit to return 56 children from Syria.

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Syria White Helmets backer found dead in Istanbul [Video]Syria White Helmets backer found dead in Istanbul

James Le Mesurier, the former British army officer and founder of an NGO that trains the Syria Civil Defense group, has been found dead outside his home in Istanbul. Meanwhile, Turkey is moving forward..

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ISIL brides request to return to Netherlands [Video]ISIL brides request to return to Netherlands

ISIL brides request to return to Netherlands

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Turkey will begin sending ISIS fighters back to Europe 'from Monday', says minister [Video]Turkey will begin sending ISIS fighters back to Europe 'from Monday', says minister

Turkey will begin sending ISIS fighters back to Europe 'from Monday', says minister

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Turkey says will begin repatriation of IS prisoners [Video]Turkey says will begin repatriation of IS prisoners

Turkey's interior minister says they will begin to repatriate captured Islamic State militants to their home countries as of Monday. Emily Spychal reports.

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Protesters tear down barrier on Baghdad bridge [Video]Protesters tear down barrier on Baghdad bridge

Iraqi protesters on Thursday (November 7) tore down part of a wall on Baghdad's Ahrar Bridge that was erected by security forces to prevent demonstrators from reaching the Green Zone.

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French industrial giant Lafarge awaits court ruling on Syria war crimes charges [Video]French industrial giant Lafarge awaits court ruling on Syria war crimes charges

The multinational is accused of financing terror groups including ISIS as it struggled to keep its Syrian plant open during the civil war.

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Turkey claims capture of Baghdadi's sister [Video]Turkey claims capture of Baghdadi's sister

Turkey says it has detained the sister of slain Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a raid near the Syrian border town of Azaz. David Doyle reports.

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ISIS evolved globally despite Syria defeat: State Dept [Video]ISIS evolved globally despite Syria defeat: State Dept

The global presence of Islamic State continued to advance in 2018 through networks and affiliates, the State Department counterterrorism coordinator Nathan Sales said on Friday, even though the Trump..

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Islamic State Vows To Revenge Al-Baghdadi's Death [Video]Islamic State Vows To Revenge Al-Baghdadi's Death

Islamic State confirmed on Thursday that its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead. U.S. forces in northwestern Syria killed al-Baghdadi in a weekend raid. In response, Islamic State vowed revenge..

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U.S. releases new images of Baghdadi raid [Video]U.S. releases new images of Baghdadi raid

The Pentagon on Wednesday released its first images from last weekend's commando raid in Syria that led to the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Roger Fortuna reports.

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CENTCOM Commander Won't Confirm, Deny Trump's Description Of Baghdadi's Death [Video]CENTCOM Commander Won't Confirm, Deny Trump's Description Of Baghdadi's Death

General Kenneth McKenzie is the top U.S. military commander in the Middle East. Wednesday, he offered fresh details about the raid that killed ISIS founder Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Commandos killed five..

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Despite gunfire, Iraq's protests burn on [Video]Despite gunfire, Iraq's protests burn on

Security forces killed 14 Iraqis in the city of Kerbala overnight, sources say, but thousands of protesters remain on the streets. David Doyle reports.

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Baghdadi death: Scars of ISIL rule linger in Mosul [Video]Baghdadi death: Scars of ISIL rule linger in Mosul

With Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi dead and ISIL'S so-called caliphate a memory, many in Mosul remain imprisoned by bleak living conditions.

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Syria situation still complex despite Baghdadi's death -U.S. officials [Video]Syria situation still complex despite Baghdadi's death -U.S. officials

U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff U.S. Army General Mark A. Milley briefed reporters at the Pentagon after President Trump announced that a U.S. military..

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Factbox: Islamic State still dangerous despite Baghdadi's death [Video]Factbox: Islamic State still dangerous despite Baghdadi's death

The killing of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a U.S. raid is a further blow to a jihadist group that once held a swathe of territory in Iraq and Syria, experts said, but the organization..

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Mosul residents relieved after death of ISIL leader al-Baghdadi [Video]Mosul residents relieved after death of ISIL leader al-Baghdadi

Al Jazeera spoke to some residents in Mosul, who say they are happy ISIL's former leader is now gone.

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Baseball fans boo Trump at World Series [Video]Baseball fans boo Trump at World Series

U.S. President Donald Trump was greeted with boos and a smattering of chants of "Lock him up!" when he appeared on screen at the World Series in Washington on Sunday, even as he celebrated one of the..

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Fight against terrorism far from over despite al-Baghdadi death [Video]Fight against terrorism far from over despite al-Baghdadi death

European leaders are warning that the fight against terrorism is far from being over following the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The world's most wanted terrorist, and leader of the so-called Islamic..

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Analysis: The fate of ISIL and its global impact [Video]Analysis: The fate of ISIL and its global impact

Al-Baghdadi had long been a target for the US and regional security forces trying to eliminate ISIL.

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ISIS insider helped in hunt for leader al-Baghdadi [Video]ISIS insider helped in hunt for leader al-Baghdadi

An ISIS insider who gained the trust of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was passing on information about his whereabouts to the United States via Kurdish officials, NBC News' Richard Engel reports.

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U.S. withdraws 1,000 troops from northern Syria, leaving Kurds to fight Turkish soldiers alone

The U.S. plans to withdraw 1,000 troops from northern Syria. Donald Trump tweeted on Sunday that it's "very smart not to be involved in the intense fighting." Turkish soldiers are attacking Kurdish..
CBS News - Published

U.S. troops withdrawing from Syria as conflict escalates

President Trump said U.S. troops being pulled out of Syria will remain in the Middle East to prevent an ISIS resurgence. With Turkish forces moving south and Russian-backed Syrian units advancing..
CBS News - Published

U.S. sending additional troops to northeast Syria

The Pentagon confirms the U.S. is sending additional troops into northeast Syria to protect oil fields from ISIS. This comes as Russia, the newly self-appointed sheriff in northern Syria, ordered all..
CBS News - Published

Turkish president meets Putin after threatening to "crush" Kurds in Syria

Turkey's president sat down with the Russian president to discuss Syria's future. A ceasefire in northern Syria is due to expire Tuesday. If the fighting resumes, Kurdish forces in the region who..
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U.S. could leave 200 troops inside Syria with Kurds

U.S. troops that President Trump said were coming home from Syria are instead moving into Iraq. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said the soldiers will continue fighting ISIS. He also said that some of..
CBS News - Published

Pentagon releases images from al-Baghdadi raid

Top U.S. military officials released new images from the raid that resulted in the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. He took his own life as U.S. special forces units closed in on him in..
CBS News - Published

ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead

The leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was responsible for a reign of terror across Iraq and Syria. He was killed in northwest Syria on Saturday, after being targeted by U.S. forces. President Trump..
CBS News - Published

New details about the raid that took out ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

New details about the raid that took out ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Two men were captured alive and taken into custody. Video and photos of the raid could soon be made public. David Martin..
CBS News - Published

What the death of an ISIS leader means for the fight against terrorism

Holly Williams in Turkey and CBS News Senior National Security contributor Michael Morell, a former acting director of the CIA, join CBS News to discuss the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi..
CBS News - Published

Two-year-old daughter of Islamic State detainee is Ireland's main concern -minister

An Irish citizen aligned to Islamic State who is set to be deported from Turkey has the right to return to Ireland but the government's main concern is for the safe repatriation of her two-year-old..
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Islamic State detainees in Syria a 'ticking time-bomb': State Dept official

Some 10,000 Islamic State detainees held in prisons in northeastern Syria present a major security risk, a senior State Department official said on Tuesday, urging countries to take back their citizens..
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ISIS Leader al-Baghdadi May Have Had U.S. Hostage Executed, Witness Says

The Islamic State had long claimed that the hostage, Kayla Mueller, was killed in a Jordanian airstrike.
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Trump says U.S. has eye on Baghdadi's third in command

President Donald Trump said on Tuesday the United States knows the location of the third in command to Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was killed last month in a U.S.-led raid.
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Dutch state to challenge order to take back Islamic State children

The Dutch state said on Tuesday it will appeal against a court ruling ordering it to take back dozens of young children of mothers who joined Islamic State in Syria.
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Germany detains three Islamic State suspects over attack plan

German police have detained three people in the western city of Offenbach on suspicion of planning an attack using explosives on behalf of the Islamic State militant group, prosecutors said on Tuesday.
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Turkey's Erdogan says talks with EU may end over Cyprus sanctions

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday the European Union's decision to sanction Turkey over drilling off the coast of Cyprus could disrupt talks with the bloc, and he warned that Turkey could send..
Reuters - Published

U.S. forces ramp up firepower in Syria

The power is not to match ISIS, but the Syrian regime, Russians and militias backed by Turkey
CBS News - Published

Turkey starts repatriating Islamic State detainees

Turkey said on Monday it had deported two captives from Islamic State -- a German and an American -- beginning a programme to repatriate detainees that has caused friction with its NATO allies since it..
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Dutch state must repatriate children of Islamic State mothers, court rules

The Netherlands must actively help repatriate the children of women who joined Islamic State in Syria, a court in The Hague ruled on Monday.
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Dutch court: Netherlands must accept return of children of Islamic State mothers

The Netherlands must actively help repatriate the children of women who joined Islamic State in Syria, a court in The Hague ruled on Monday.
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Germany does not yet know identity of people Turkey deporting: spokesman

Germany does not yet know the identity of seven people Turkey plans to deport on the grounds that they have fought for the Islamic State militant group, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Monday.
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Turkey says it deports U.S. militant, will soon send seven Germans: Anadolu

Turkey has deported an American foreign fighter and will soon deport another seven Germans, a spokesman for the interior ministry was quoted as saying on Monday after state media said Ankara began..
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Iraqi forces shoot three dead in southern city as protests flare: police, medics

Iraqi forces shot three anti-government protesters dead in the southern city of Nassiriya on Sunday, police and medics said, adding to scores killed in weeks of unrest that have shaken the war-weary..
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Nikki Haley: We should have the backs of the Kurds

In this web exclusive, the former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, addresses President Donald Trump's abandonment of the Kurds in Syria who have been key in America's fight against..
CBS News - Published

Islamic State claims Tajik-Uzbek border attack

Islamic State claimed responsibility on Friday for a deadly attack on a border post on the Tajikistan-Uzbekistan frontier two days earlier, the group's Amaq news agency reported on its channel on the..
Reuters - Published

Kurds tell EU: Get tough with Turkey or face Islamic State fighters

The European Union could face a wave of returning battle-hardened Islamic State fighters from Syria unless it gets much tougher with Turkey, including breaking off any accession or trade talks, a..
Reuters - Published

Boy taken by mom to join ISIS in Syria reunited with family in Italy

Alvin Berisha's father had searched for his son since 2014, when his radicalized wife abandoned the rest of her family to fight for the terror group in Syria
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Turkey says will begin repatriation of Islamic State prisoners on Monday: Anadolu

Turkey will begin to repatriate captured Islamic State militants to their home countries as of Monday, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu was quoted as saying by state media on Friday.
Reuters - Published

China says killing of Islamic State leader is progress, much work remains

The United States' killing of Islamic State's leader is important progress, but the world should not rest on its laurels in the fight against terrorism, China's special envoy to the Middle East said on..
Reuters - Published

Mexican cartels 'worse than ISIS': massacre victims' kin urge U.S. help

Angry kin of nine American citizens massacred in a suspected gangland ambush in northern Mexico urged the government to accept U.S. help to destroy drug cartels that one grieving relative described as..
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U.S. imposes sanctions on leader of Mali Islamist militant group

The United States on Thursday imposed sanctions on a leader of an al Qaeda-linked Islamist militant group in Mali and warned the influence of Islamic State in West Africa was on the rise even as it..
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Captured al-Baghdadi wife revealed plenty about ISIS, source says

She was the first of what was thought to be four wives the ISIS leader had and was caught in Turkey in June 2018, source says
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Why ISIS leader's death is a "setback," according to former CIA acting director

CBS News senior national security contributor and former acting CIA director Michael Morell joins "CBS This Morning" from Washington to discuss the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Morell was..
CBS News - Published

CIA Director: "Reversal of battlefield successes" derailed ISIS recruitment

CIA Director John Brennan says ISIS has become a "failing organization," after claims of great victory have been "debunked" over the past six to nine months. Brennan notes the United States aims to..
CBS News - Published

Trump will welcome Turkey's president to White House next week

President Erdogan defied U.S. requests last month and launched an assault against the Kurds, America's biggest allies in the fight against ISIS
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The roots of ISIS radicalism

Graeme Wood, author of "The Way of Strangers: Encounters with the Islamist State," offers insight into militants' thinking and explains why extremism is such a difficult problem to solve globally.
CBS News - Published

McCain says immigration ban "will probably give ISIS more propaganda"

Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, criticized the execution of President Trump's immigration ban as a "confused process."
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What is the United States' priority in the war against ISIS?

In one of his first executive actions, the President ordered the Pentagon to develop a new strategy to defeat ISIS. CBS News National Security Correspondent David Martin joins us from Cairo after..
CBS News - Published

McCain: U.S. can address ISIS and Assad "at the same time"

Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona says he disagrees with Secretary Tillerson that the U.S. should just concentrate on ISIS. "We can walk and chew gum. We have the capability to do both, the Senator adds."
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Turkish leader announces capture of slain ISIS leader's wife

But President Erdogan says Turkey "didn't make a fuss," while criticizing U.S. communications campaign
CBS News - Published

Erdogan says Turkey has captured Baghdadi's wife in Syria

Turkey has captured a wife of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday, more than a week after the former Islamic State leader killed himself during a raid by U.S. special..
Reuters - Published

Militants attack Tajik border post, 17 killed: security officials

Masked Islamic State militants attacked a border post on the Tajik-Uzbek border overnight, triggering a gun battle that killed 15 of the militants, a guard and a policeman, Tajik authorities said on..
Reuters - Published

Philippine army says it thwarted a suicide bombing in town in restive south

Soldiers in the southern Philippines foiled what the army said on Wednesday was an attempted suicide bombing in an urban area, the latest in a series of attacks blamed on a group aligned with Islamic..
Reuters - Published

Brett McGurk says Trump's "total reversal" on Syria policy forced him to resign

Brett McGurk, the former special presidential envoy in the fight against ISIS, joins Margaret Brennan for his first interview since his resignation over President Trump's decision to withdraw from..
CBS News - Published

Report from Northern Syria: Suicide bombing shows ISIS is evolving

CBS News foreign correspondent Charlie D'Agata reports from Northern Syria where a suicide attack in the northern city of Manbij claimed the lives of four Americans this week.
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On the ground in Syria for ISIS' last stand

CBS News foreign correspondent Charlie D’Agata reports from Syria where the final push to eliminate ISIS forces has begun.
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