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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, 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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Close look at ISIS' last stronghold in Syria

The battle to clear ISIS from its last stronghold in Syria entered a critical new phase. For more than two months, Charlie D'Agata has been reporting from the frontlines of eastern Syria where..
CBS News - Published

New video shows ISIS resigned to defeat in Syria

"We did everything we could," militant in last tiny enclave held by terror group says in video, but America's battlefield allies aren't declaring victory yet
CBS News - Published

Videos for Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant

Iran Demands U.S. Leave Syria, Damascus Threatens Its Ally [Video]Iran Demands U.S. Leave Syria, Damascus Threatens Its Ally

According to Reuters, Iran and Syria on Monday demanded the United States to withdraw its troops from Syria, as the Damascus government threatened to defeat Washington’s Kurdish allies by force...

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:34Published

US Denies Report About Leaving Nearly 1,000 Troops in Syria [Video]US Denies Report About Leaving Nearly 1,000 Troops in Syria

Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, called The Wall Street Journal's reporting "factually incorrect."

Credit: Newsy Studio     Duration: 01:09Published

Yazidi mass graves: UN team exhumes bodies in Iraq [Video]Yazidi mass graves: UN team exhumes bodies in Iraq

It is estimated that more than 3,000 Yazidis were killed by ISIL when they took control of the area five years ago.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 01:44Published

Hundreds surrender in last IS enclave, SDF advance [Video]Hundreds surrender in last IS enclave, SDF advance

Islamic State militants along with women and children surrendered in the hundreds to U.S.-backed forces in eastern Syria on Thursday as the jihadists lost ground in their last shred of territory. Mia..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:39Published

Why ISIS Bride Hoda Muthana Should Face Justice In The U.S. [Video]Why ISIS Bride Hoda Muthana Should Face Justice In The U.S.

Hoda Muthana, born and raised on U.S. soil, was only 20-years-old when she decided to withdraw from the University of Alabama in 2014 and make her way to Syria to join ISIS. Now, 24, with a..

Credit: Newsweek     Duration: 03:29Published

SDF Says Jihadists Surrendering By The Hundreds After U.S.-Backed Assault [Video]SDF Says Jihadists Surrendering By The Hundreds After U.S.-Backed Assault

According to a report by Reuters, on Thursday, Syrian Democratic Forces said that Islamic State militants accompanied surrendered by the hundreds as the jihadists lost ground to a US-backed assault..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:40Published

Syria: Thousands Of Isis Troops Surrender In Last Stronghold [Video]Syria: Thousands Of Isis Troops Surrender In Last Stronghold

According to CNN, More than 3,000 ISIS fighters have surrendered amid a pitched battle by US-backed forces to retake the last ISIS stronghold in Syria. The Syrian Democratic Forces spokesman claimed by..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:31Published

Long recovery for Syria's battle-scarred towns [Video]Long recovery for Syria's battle-scarred towns

As the eighth anniversary of the Syrian civil war arrives this week, the battered streets of certain areas attest to the long road ahead for Syria's war-smashed towns and cities. Francesca Lynagh..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:26Published

Hundreds Surrender After Overnight Rocket Bombardment Of Final Islamic State Enclave [Video]Hundreds Surrender After Overnight Rocket Bombardment Of Final Islamic State Enclave

According to a report by Reuters, on Tuesday, US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces said that Islamic State faced imminent defeat in its final enclave after hundreds of jihadist fighters and their..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:40Published

Rockets pound Islamic State's last enclave [Video]Rockets pound Islamic State's last enclave

Islamic State's final enclave in eastern Syria was pounded with air strikes and artillery on Monday in a U.S.-backed assault aimed at wiping out the last shred of its territorial rule that once spanned..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:35Published

SDF Says Assault On Islamic State As Good As Over After Overnight Bombing [Video]SDF Says Assault On Islamic State As Good As Over After Overnight Bombing

According to a report by Reuters, on Tuesday, US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces said that the offensive to capture Islamic State's final enclave was nearly over, after ferocious bombardments..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:42Published

US-backed SDF make 'modest advances' on final ISIL holdout [Video]US-backed SDF make 'modest advances' on final ISIL holdout

Kurdish-led forces move slowly into eastern Syrian village amid ISIL sniper fire, landmines, SDF commander says.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:51Published

Islamic State Enclave Pounded In U.S.-Backed Assault [Video]Islamic State Enclave Pounded In U.S.-Backed Assault

According to Reuters, Islamic State’s final enclave in eastern Syria was pounded with air strikes and artillery on Monday in a U.S.-backed assault aimed at wiping out its final shred of territory...

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:31Published

Gun Fire, Landmines Slow SDF Advance In Ruins Of Islamic State's Syrian Territory [Video]Gun Fire, Landmines Slow SDF Advance In Ruins Of Islamic State's Syrian Territory

U.S.-backed fighters are moving slowly into Islamic State’s final pocket in eastern Syria. Military officials tell Reuters that forces face sniper fire and landmines as they enter the area. The..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:39Published

Two Belgian women hope for return after renouncing Islamic State [Video]Two Belgian women hope for return after renouncing Islamic State

Tatiana Wielandt and Bouchra Abouallal, who joined Islamic State in Syria, say they are 'no danger' to their home country after a Belgian court overturned a ruling to repatriate them and their six..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:15Published

US-Backed Forces Attack ISIS Stronghold [Video]US-Backed Forces Attack ISIS Stronghold

According to CNN,Sunday, US-backed forces have attacked the last ISIS stronghold in Syria as fighting broke out amid a final push to clear the jihadist group from the war-torn country. An announcement..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:42Published

U.S.-backed Syrian force attacks ISIS enclave [Video]U.S.-backed Syrian force attacks ISIS enclave

U.S.-backed Syrian forces launched an assault against the final Islamic State enclave in eastern Syria on Sunday, aiming to wipe out the last vestige of its self-declared “caliphate” that once..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:10Published

U.S.-Backed Forces In Syria Say Deadline For Islamic State Surrender Passed [Video]U.S.-Backed Forces In Syria Say Deadline For Islamic State Surrender Passed

According to Reuters, U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces said that their frontline troops had received orders to attack the final Islamic State enclave in eastern Syria, and the assault could begin..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:38Published

Armed Islamic State Fighters Watch Over Enclave Evacuations [Video]Armed Islamic State Fighters Watch Over Enclave Evacuations

Reuters reports Islamic State fighters in their final remaining enclave in eastern Syria are defending their enclave, armed with assault rifles and with faces wrapped in scarves. Thousands of people..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:40Published

National Security Advisor John Bolton Defends Trump's ISIS Comments [Video]National Security Advisor John Bolton Defends Trump's ISIS Comments

Business Insider reports White House national security adviser John Bolton defended President Donald Trump's claims that the US has defeated ISIS in Syria. Bolton said on ABC's "This Week" that Trump..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:42Published

US-Backed Forces Say Attack On ISIS-Held Enclave Is Imminent [Video]US-Backed Forces Say Attack On ISIS-Held Enclave Is Imminent

According to Reuters, U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces said Sunday that their frontline troops had received immediate orders to attack the last remaining Islamic State enclave in eastern Syria. The..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:30Published

Islamic State fighters remain in small pocket of Baghouz [Video]Islamic State fighters remain in small pocket of Baghouz

Dozens of Islamic State militants, as well as women, could be seen holed up in the group's final enclave in Baghouz, eastern Syria on Saturday. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:59Published

More civilians leave Islamic State's Syria enclave, delaying final assault [Video]More civilians leave Islamic State's Syria enclave, delaying final assault

The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) paused military operations against Islamic State (IS) militants holed up in the group's final enclave in eastern Syria, expecting more civilians to be..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:16Published

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Sajid Javid’s decision to strip Islamic State runaway Shamima Begum of her British citizenship has come under renewed criticism after her baby died in a refugee camp in Syria.

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Freed Yazidi woman in Syria endured years of Islamic State slavery [Video]Freed Yazidi woman in Syria endured years of Islamic State slavery

Salwa Sayed al-Omar spent years as a Yazidi prisoner of Islamic State but she escaped its clutches this week, fleeing its last populated enclave in east Syria along with two Iraqi boys pretending to be..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:26Published

 

U.S.-backed forces capture Syria suspects tied to American deaths: sources

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 concrete leads for Washington about the..
Reuters - Published

Islamic State loses big part of enclave, SDF sees defeat 'very soon'

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' camp at Baghouz, though clashes..
Reuters - Published

U.S.-backed SDF says captures Islamic State camp but fight not over

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 camp at Baghouz and cornering remaining..
Reuters - Published

U.S.-backed SDF detains hundreds of wounded Islamic State fighters

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 been holed up in their final enclave in..
Reuters - Published

Islamic State to be defeated in Syria enclave 'very soon': SDF official

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 Democratic Forces (SDF) told Reuters on..
Reuters - Published

Clashes still raging in last Islamic State enclave: SDF official

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 the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic..
Reuters - Published

U.S.-backed SDF: Islamic State camp under full control

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 border though the operation is not yet over,..
Reuters - Published

U.S.-backed SDF says it captured 157 militants, mostly foreigners

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 terrorists, mostly foreign nationals".
Reuters - Published

ISIS vows to keep fighting as final battle in Syria drags on

The battle for the last scrap of land held by ISIS has taken longer than expected. The terror group is vowing to fight to the last man in Baghouz. Charlie D'Agata reports from Syria.
CBS News - Published

IS says displacements from Syria's Baghouz will not weaken the group

An Islamic State spokesman said on Monday the displacement of "the weak and poor" from Syria's Baghouz would not weaken the group.
Reuters - Published

Iraq sentences Belgian man to death for belonging to Islamic State

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 death penalty in Iraq.
Reuters - Published

U.S.-backed force says it has taken positions in Islamic State Syria camp

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 the banks of the Euphrates.
Reuters - Published

Battle rages for last Islamic State Syria enclave

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 group's self-declared "caliphate" has been..
Reuters - Published

Over 60,000 people, mostly civilians, have fled last IS Syria enclave: SDF

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 eastern Syria since a final assault to..
Reuters - Published

Suicide attackers strike people quitting Islamic State's last Syria zone

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 U.S.-backed forces besieging the area said.
Reuters - Published

Iraq begins legal proceedings against 14 French Islamic State fighters: sources

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 Iraq from Syria last month, two legal..
Reuters - Published

'We don't see the enemy': Concealed jihadists slow Islamic State defeat

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 ferocious bombardment by U.S.-backed forces.
Reuters - Published

Dutch arrest two on suspicion of delivering weapons for 2015 Paris attacks

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 people, prosecutors said on Friday.
Reuters - Published

France repatriates several young children from camps in Syria

France has repatriated several young children from camps in Northern Syria, its foreign ministry said on Friday, reiterating that militants who joined the Islamic State should be tried where they..
Reuters - Published

New Zealand mosque shooter borrowed from "ISIS playbook"

In this attack, "you see the phenomenon that we coined the phrase in the NYPD, 'dying live'"
CBS News - Published

U.S.-backed Syrian group denies deal to send IS captives to Iraq

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.
Reuters - Published

U.S. says just a few hundred IS fighters left in Syria battle

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 15,000-20,000 armed adherents in Syria..
Reuters - Published

Hundreds surrender in last Islamic State enclave as SDF advance

Islamic State militants along with women and children surrendered in the hundreds to U.S.-backed forces in eastern Syria on Thursday as the jihadists lost ground in their last shred of territory.
Reuters - Published

Islamic State loses ground in final Syria enclave, hundreds surrender

Islamic State militants accompanied by relatives surrendered to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) by the hundreds on Thursday as the jihadists lost ground to a U.S.-backed assault aimed seizing the..
Reuters - Published

Hundreds of IS fighters, families surrender to U.S.-backed forces in Syria-SDF

Islamic State fighters and their families surrendered in their hundreds to U.S.-backed forces besieging Islamic State's final shred of territory in eastern Syria on Thursday, a commander with the..
Reuters - Published

U.S.-backed Syria forces advancing into Islamic State enclave

U.S.-backed fighters besieging Islamic State's final shred of territory in eastern Syria said they had pushed further into the enclave following clashes and air strikes by the U.S.-led coalition on..
Reuters - Published

Reporter's notebook: Holly Williams on reporting from ISIS' capital in Raqqa, Syria

CBS News foreign correspondent Holly Williams was the only network correspondent on the ground in Raqqa, Syria in 2017, reporting on the fall of the ISIS stronghold. In her reporter's notebook, she..
CBS News - Published

Islamic State counter-attacks out of final Syria enclave fall short -U.S.-backed SDF

Islamic State launched two counter attacks on U.S.-backed fighters besieging their final shred of territory in eastern Syria on Wednesday but were beaten back without any progress, the Syrian..
Reuters - Published

Islamic State launches counter attacks at Syria enclave

Islamic State militants mounted two counterattacks on Wednesday against U.S.-backed Syrian forces that are on the brink of capturing the jihadists' final enclave in eastern Syria, but made no progress..
Reuters - Published

U.S.-backed Syria forces say IS suicide bombers thwarted in last-stand battle

The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces said it thwarted an attempted Islamic State group suicide bomb attack early on Wednesday during a last-stand battle for the jihadist group's final enclave.
Reuters - Published

How the fight against ISIS has shaped the conflict in Syria

This week marks 8 years of civil war in Syria, and CBSN is taking a look at how ISIS has helped shape the conflict. Seth Jones is a senior adviser to the International Security Program at the Center..
CBS News - Published

CBS News foreign correspondent Charlie D'Agata talks ISIS recruitment tactics, impact on Middle East

CBS News foreign correspondent Charlie D'Agata reflects on his time reporting for "CBSN On Assigment." In his reporter's notebook, D'Agata discusses ISIS' tactics to recruit a new generation in Mosul,..
CBS News - Published

Hundreds surrender as Islamic State nears defeat in last enclave

Islamic State faced imminent defeat in its final enclave on Tuesday as hundreds of jihadist fighters and their families surrendered and the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces said the battle was as..
Reuters - Published

After defeating Islamic State, Syrian Kurds eye political battle

Syrian Kurdish authorities that led the fight against Islamic State are prepping for their next battle: a political struggle to win international recognition for their autonomous region and aid to help..
Reuters - Published

'Tomorrow we'll be in paradise': Islamic State followers speak from besieged enclave

Even as it faced imminent defeat in its last populated territory in eastern Syria, Islamic State made a new propaganda film calling on the few remaining residents of its cold, besieged encampment to..
Reuters - Published

Assault on Islamic State enclave is as good as over-SDF

Islamic State was on the brink of defeat in its final enclave on Tuesday after ferocious bombardments overnight and the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces said the assault to capture the area was as..
Reuters - Published

Last Islamic State enclave in eastern Syria pounded in U.S.-backed assault

Islamic State's final enclave in eastern Syria was pounded with air strikes and artillery on Monday in a U.S.-backed assault aimed at wiping out the last shred of its territorial rule that once spanned..
Reuters - Published

Some 20,000 Iraqis could return from Syria in weeks: Red Cross

Around 20,000 Iraqis in Syria, including women and children who fled Islamic State's last enclave, are expected to be sent home in weeks under an agreement with Baghdad, a senior official of the..
Reuters - Published

Bosnia will take back and try two captured Islamic state fighters

Bosnia is preparing to take back two of its nationals who are suspected of fighting for Islamic State in Syria and are now in detention in a Kurdish-run camp in the north of that country, its security..
Reuters - Published

Gunfire, landmines slow SDF advance in ruins of Islamic State's Syrian territory

U.S.-backed fighters are moving slowly into Islamic State's final pocket in eastern Syria to avoid losses in the face of sniper fire and landmines, a commander said on Monday.
Reuters - Published

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