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October 20, 2017
IS 'death spiral' most dangerous part of fight for US coalition
(UPI) Oct 17, 2017
Experts on the Middle East, terrorism and the Islamic State say that while the terrorist organization is in a "death spiral," the U.S.-led coalition battling the group is likely entering its most dangerous phase. The early signs of victory are beginning to circulate as the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias, drive IS out of its proclaimed capital of Raqqa, Syria. IS fighters were contained Tuesday in a stadium complex in the city as they attemp ... read more

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US strategy sees Raqa fall but leaves Kurds in lurch
The fall of the Islamic State group's last bastion in Syria was a victory for Washington's military plan, but comes as the US political strategy for the region seems to stumble. ... more
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Boko Haram raids military base in NE Nigeria: sources
Boko Haram jihadists have raided a military base in northeast Nigeria, killing one soldier and injuring nine others before seizing weapons and ammunition, security sources told AFP on Monday. ... more
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Top Philippine Islamist militant Hapilon killed: defence chief
Leading Islamist militant Isnilon Hapilon, who is on the United States' list of "most wanted terrorists", has been killed in the battle to reclaim a rebel-held Philippines city, the defence minister said on Monday. ... more
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Once promised paradise, IS fighters end up in mass graves
The Islamic State group once drew recruits from near and far with promises of paradise but now bodies of jihadists lie in mass graves or at the mercy of wild dogs as its "caliphate" collapses. ... more
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Iraq-Syria border set for last major assault on IS: US general
The "final large fight" in Iraq against the Islamic State group will take place on the border with Syria, a general in a US-led coalition against the jihadists said Saturday. ... more
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Belgium seeks to bring back children stranded by IS
The mass retreat of the Islamic State group from its territories in Syria and Iraq has left Europe grappling with the risk of foreign fighters returning home. ... more
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Major battlefronts against IS in Iraq and Syria
The Islamic State group has lost swathes of territory in its self-declared "caliphate" in recent months, including its emblematic Iraq stronghold Mosul and most of its Syrian bastion Raqa. ... more
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Sarin used in Syria 5 days before Khan Sheikhun: OPCW
Sarin nerve agent was used in an 'incident' at a northern Syrian village in late March, five days before the deadly attack on Khan Sheikhun, the world's chemical watchdog said Wednesday. ... more

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Fleeing offensives, where are the IS jihadists going?
The Islamic State group is under attack across the remaining parts of its self-proclaimed caliphate, but what happens to its thousands of fighters as their group loses grip on territory? ... more
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Germany redeploys anti-IS surveillance jets to Jordan
Germany on Wednesday moved four Tornado jets flying surveillance missions against the Islamic State group to Jordan after withdrawing them from Turkey amid a bilateral dispute, the defence ministry said. ... more
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US, Philippine troops launch new counter-terror drills
US and Philippine troops launched new joint counter-terrorism exercises on Monday, days after President Rodrigo Duterte, a fierce critic of Washington, reversed course in favour of pursuing one of Asia's oldest military alliances. ... more
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Russian women desperately seek daughters who joined IS
Three years ago, Petimat Atagayeva's daughter Zalina secretly left Russia for Syria, taking her 10-month-old baby boy with her, to join the Islamic State group. ... more
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US says on track to destroy chemical weapons by 2023
The United States said Friday that it is on track to meet a 2023 deadline for destroying its stocks of chemical weapons and congratulated Russia on scrapping its own arms. ... more
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After long silence, IS says chief calls on jihadists to 'resist'
The Islamic State group released a recording Thursday of what it says is its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, calling on jihadists under pressure in Syria and Iraq to "resist" their enemies. ... more
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US destroys old chemical weapons left in Panama
The United States has started destroying a stock of old, World War II-era chemical weapons it left in Panama decades ago, the foreign ministry said. ... more
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Russia to destroy 'last chemical weapons', Putin says
President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday announced that Russia was destroying its last chemical weapons, hailing the move as a "historic event" and accusing the United States of not following suit. ... more

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US strikes IS camp in Libya, killing 17: official
US forces carried out six "precision air strikes" against an Islamic State camp in Libya, killing 17 people, the US Africa Command said Sunday. ... more
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US-backed force says in 'final stages' of defeating IS in Raqa
US-backed fighters said Wednesday they were in the "final stages" of capturing Raqa from the Islamic State group as waves of air strikes pounded the jihadists' Syrian bastion. ... more
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Philippines' Duterte may declare martial law next week: defence chief
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte may declare nationwide martial law next week if threatened massive protests by communists and other leftists against his rule turn violent or disrupt the country, his defence chief said Friday. ... more
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US kills six in Shabaab air strikes in Somalia
US forces in Somalia conducted three air strikes on Islamist Shabaab targets Wednesday, killing six fighters with the Al-Qaeda linked group, the US military said. ... more
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Russia claims killing of IS 'minister of war' in Syria
Russia claimed Friday to have killed several top commanders of the Islamic State group in an air strike in Syria, including the US-trained "minister of war" who has a $3 million bounty on his head. ... more
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Israel hits Syria site reportedly used for chemical weapons
Syria said Israeli air strikes hit a military facility in the country's west on Thursday, killing two people at a site where the regime has been accused of developing chemical weapons. ... more
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EU warns of 'real risk' of new funds for terror attacks
There is a "real risk" of increased funding for attacks in Europe as the Islamic State (IS) group loses ground in Iraq and Syria, the EU's security chief warned Thursday. ... more
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