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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-language acronym Daesh, is a militant 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 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.

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Islamic State claims killing of French aid workers in Niger [Video]

Islamic State claims killing of French aid workers in Niger

Credit: FRANCE 24 English     Duration: 03:16Published

Trump Just Can't Keep A Secret, And That's A Big Problem [Video]

Trump Just Can't Keep A Secret, And That's A Big Problem

Boasting of his 'great intel,' US President Donald J. Trump told Russian officials in 2017 about an ISIS plot so classified that he risked exposing the source. In the same year, Trump revealed to the..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:43Published
Leaders mark 9/11 amid several U.S. crises [Video]

Leaders mark 9/11 amid several U.S. crises

Amid a deadly pandemic, devastating wildfires, racial unrest and a polarizing political divide, the U.S. honored those who died in a tragedy 19 years ago during the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11. Lisa..

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U.S. reducing troop numbers in Iraq [Video]

U.S. reducing troop numbers in Iraq

The military is downsizing its presence in Iraq from 5000 to 3200 troops, as the local military takes over security operations against remnants of the Islamic State militant group. Caroline Malone..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:23Published
Charlie Hebdo attacks : " At this moment in 2020, ISIS is not where it was in 2015" [Video]

Charlie Hebdo attacks : " At this moment in 2020, ISIS is not where it was in 2015"

Credit: FRANCE 24 English     Duration: 03:25Published
‘Asked him to stop’: Wife of suspected ISIS operative arrested in Delhi [Video]

‘Asked him to stop’: Wife of suspected ISIS operative arrested in Delhi

The wife of a suspected ISIS operative, who was arrested from Delhi on Friday night, said her husband had stored gunpowder and other explosive materials at their house in Uttar Pradesh’s Balrampur...

Credit: HT Digital Content     Duration: 02:19Published
‘Suspected ISIS operative, a lone wolf, had planned an attack in Delhi’: Police [Video]

‘Suspected ISIS operative, a lone wolf, had planned an attack in Delhi’: Police

Delhi police briefed on the operation where they caught suspected ISIS operative on Saturday. Deputy Commissioner of Police, Special Cell Pramod Khushwaha said the suspected operative was planning to..

Credit: HT Digital Content     Duration: 04:31Published
Delhi: Suspected ISIS operative arrested with IEDs after encounter [Video]

Delhi: Suspected ISIS operative arrested with IEDs after encounter

A suspected operative of Islamic State has been arrested by special cell of Delhi Police. The man was arrested after a shootout in Delhi's Dhaula Kuan area late on Friday. Police said that they have..

Credit: HT Digital Content     Duration: 02:25Published
Afghan security forces retake control over Jalalabad prison [Video]

Afghan security forces retake control over Jalalabad prison

Afghan security forces say they have retaken Jalalabad prison after at least 30 people were killed in an hours-long battle following an ISIL-claimed attack on the facility.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 01:29Published
It's well-known that Pakistan is nerve centre of terrorism: India's permanent representative to UN [Video]

It's well-known that Pakistan is nerve centre of terrorism: India's permanent representative to UN

India's permanent representative to the United Nations, TS Tirumurti while speaking to ANI said that UN has over the time in its reports reiterated Pakistan's involvement in terrorist attacks abroad...

Credit: ANI     Duration: 01:14Published
Islamic State jailbreak in Afghanistan kills 24 [Video]

Islamic State jailbreak in Afghanistan kills 24

A gun battle between Islamic State fighters and Afghan security forces raged at a prison in the eastern city of Jalalabad on Monday, after a mass jailbreak. Adam Reed reports.

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Gunmen storm prison in Afghanistan's Jalalabad, over 20 killed [Video]

Gunmen storm prison in Afghanistan's Jalalabad, over 20 killed

ISIL claims responsibility for attack on a jail in Jalalabad that left 21 killed and dozens of others wounded.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 04:14Published

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U.S. Seizes Bitcoin Said to be Used to Finance Terrorist Groups

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The president made misleading claims about his military budgets, the fight against the Islamic State and wars in the Middle East.
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Special Report: Inside the proxy battle that keeps an Iraqi city on its knees

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The growing pressure on the United States to reduce its military presence in Iraq comes as strikes by the Islamic State are on the rise.
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Islamic State kills Afghan journalist, technician in bus blast

Islamic State claimed responsibility for Saturday's bomb explosion that killed an Afghan journalist and a technician in minibus carrying employees of a local television station in Kabul.
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Islamic State calls COVID-19 God's punishment for foes: tape

Islamic State (IS) said the coronavirus pandemic was divine punishment for its enemies, according to an audio broadcast on Thursday, where the jihadists also vowed more attacks.
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Islamic State says it was behind blast in southern town

Islamic State said on Monday it was behind a blast in a small town in southern Libya on Saturday, the militant group's first attack in the country for at least a year.
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Southern Africa bloc backs Mozambique in fight against insurgents

Southern Africa's regional bloc urged member states to support Mozambique in fighting militias with suspected links to Islamic State in the natural gas-rich north of the country.
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Afghan officials on Friday blamed the Taliban for a bloody attack on a maternity hospital in the capital, Kabul, this week, rejecting a U.S. assertion that it was carried out by Islamic State..
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Afghanistan arrests regional Islamic State leader

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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Spanish police have arrested a Moroccan man in Barcelona with suspected links to Islamic State who they believe was planning a militant attack.
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Members of Islamic State-Haqqani network arrested over Kabul attacks

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Islamic State claims responsibility for Egypt's Sinai attack

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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Militants, fringe groups exploiting COVID-19, warns EU anti-terrorism chief

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Driver who rammed Paris police pledged allegiance to Islamic State: prosecutor

The driver who rammed his car into two police motorcyclists in a Paris suburb had pledged allegiance to Islamic State, the French anti-terrorism prosecutor said on Tuesday.
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Spain catches rapper who became Islamic State fighter

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Spanish police detained one of Europe's most wanted fugitive Islamic State (IS) fighters in the southern town of Almeria, the government said.
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Germany arrests four men from Tajikistan suspected of planning attack

German police arrested on Wednesday four suspected members of Islamic State, all from Tajikistan, believed to have been planning deadly attacks in Germany, prosecutors said.
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Five rockets hit a major U.S. air base in Afghanistan on Thursday but there were no casualties, Afghanistan's NATO-led force said, in an attack claimed by the Islamic State militant group.
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Bosnia charges two men with fighting for Islamic State

Two Bosnian Muslim men were charged with terrorism offences on Friday, over accusations they fought for Islamic State in Syria, the Bosnian state prosecutor's office said.
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Indonesia has decided not to take back nearly 700 of its nationals who left home to join Islamic State in Syria and other countries, the chief security minister said on Tuesday.
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