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January 10, 2017
US air strikes in Syria kill Al-Qaeda militants: Pentagon
Washington (AFP) Jan 5, 2017
The United States killed about 20 Al-Qaeda militants this week in air strikes in northwestern Syria, the Defense Department said Thursday. US warplanes conducted two air strikes, Sunday and Tuesday, near Sarmada in Idlib province, the Pentagon said. The attacks had been reported by local sources. According to those sources, the air strikes were aimed at Fateh al-Sham Front, a former Al-Qaeda affiliate, previously known as Al-Nusra Front, that officially severed ties with the jihadist network in ... read more

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US military formally ends anti-IS operation in Libya's Sirte
The US military has officially ended operations in a former Islamic State bastion in Libya, officials announced Tuesday. ... more
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2016, the year the IS 'caliphate' buckled
Multiple ground assaults and a deluge of air strikes shrank the Islamic State group's "caliphate" to a rump and decimated its fighters in 2016 but the organisation remains a potent threat. ... more
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Jihadists' return from frontline a major threat, US experts warn
The IS group may be on the defensive in Syria and Iraq, but it now has thousands of foreign volunteer fighters who, once home again, will pose a major threat, experts warn. ... more
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US blacklists alleged IS backer, money exchanges
The United States on Tuesday announced financial sanctions against money exchanges in Iraq and Syria and an individual financier, all accused by US authorities of funneling cash to the Islamic State group. ... more
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Drone strike kills IS figures in Syria, some with Paris attack ties
A coalition drone strike in Syria killed three Islamic State group leaders involved in plotting foreign attacks, including two men who helped facilitate last year's attacks in Paris, the Pentagon said Tuesday. ... more
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German minister says schools, jobs key to defeating IS
The Islamic State group will not be defeated on the battlefield alone but by teaching tolerance and creating economic opportunity, Germany's defence minister said on Saturday. ... more
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Malaysia police kill key Abu Sayyaf militant in shootout
Malaysian security forces have killed a key member of a Philippine Islamist militant group in a shootout in waters off Sabah in Borneo, the Philippine military said Saturday. ... more
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IS retakes Palmyra after Syria army withdrawal
The Islamic State jihadist group recaptured Palmyra on Sunday after Syrian armed forces pulled out of the desert city, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. ... more
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At least 50,000 IS fighters killed in Iraq, Syria since 2014: US official
At least 50,000 Islamic State jihadists have been killed by the US-led coalition since it began operations in Iraq and Syria in late 2014, a senior US military official said Thursday. ... more
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President-elect Donald Trump sought Thursday to comfort victims of an apparent jihadist-inspired attack in Ohio while under fire for picking a global warming skeptic as his new environment chief. ... more
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Turning point as social media tackles online 'terror'
Facing mounting pressure to use their technological clout to curb the spread of jihadist propaganda, major US social networks have finally joined forces in an effort to curb "terrorist content." ... more
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Major IS setbacks in Libya, Syria and Iraq
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IS making 'last stand' in Libyan city: Pentagon
Islamic State group jihadists are making a "last stand" in their former Libyan stronghold of Sirte, where they now control only around two blocks, the Pentagon said Thursday. ... more
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Troops fire artillery at Islamic militants in southern Philippines
Troops Sunday fired artillery at positions held by an Islamic militant faction in the southern Philippines as more soldiers deployed against the group, which staged a deadly bombing in President Rodrigo Duterte's home city. ... more
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Two Yazidi mass graves found near Iraq's Sinjar
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Balkan weapon trafficking still a major problem; 2015 terror deaths fall
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European 'concern' over returning jihadist fighters: Belgium
EU countries must step up intelligence cooperation to tackle growing numbers of jihadist fighters returning home from battlefields in Syria and Iraq, Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders said Tuesday. ... more
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Watchdog slams Syria, IS for toxic arms use
The executive body of the global chemical arms watchdog on Friday took the unprecedented step of condemning Syria and Islamic State jihadists for using toxic weapons, demanding increased inspections. ... more
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Tunisia says jihadist group head killed
A leader of a jihadist group that shot dead a soldier at his home has been hunted down and killed in a central region of Tunisia, the defence ministry said Wednesday. ... more
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