Hundreds of Islamic State fighters surrender as imminent defeat looms

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 good as over. The besieged enclave of Baghouz is the last shred of territory held by the jihadists who have been driven from roughly… Read More Hundreds of Islamic State fighters surrender as imminent defeat looms

U.S. likely to end air campaign against ISIS in Syria

The United States will likely end its air campaign against Islamic State in Syria when it pulls out troops, U.S. officials said, sealing an abrupt reversal of policy which has alarmed Western allies as well as Washington’s Kurdish battle partners. NATO allies France and Germany warned that Washington’s sudden change of course on Syria risks… Read More U.S. likely to end air campaign against ISIS in Syria

Hundreds killed as ISIS militants launch coordinated attacks in southwestern Syria

​Islamic State militants killed more than 200 people in a coordinated assault on a government-held area of southwestern Syria on Wednesday, local officials and a war monitor said, in the group’s deadliest attack in the country for years. Jihadist fighters stormed several villages and staged suicide blasts in the provincial capital Sweida, near one of… Read More Hundreds killed as ISIS militants launch coordinated attacks in southwestern Syria

Iraq holds first parliamentary elections since defeat of Islamic State

​Iraqis began voting in the first parliamentary election on Saturday since defeating Islamic State, but few people expect its new leaders to deliver the stability and economic prosperity that have long been promised. The oil producer has struggled to find a formula for stability since a U.S.-led invasion toppled dictator Saddam Hussein in 2003, and… Read More Iraq holds first parliamentary elections since defeat of Islamic State

Airstrike kills top Afghan ISIS commander Qari Hekmat

Afghanistan forces killed an Islamic State commander in an air strike, one year after he defected from the Taliban and established a new ISIS foothold within the country, security officials said. Qari Hekmat was killed in a drone strike on Thursday afternoon in the Darz Aab district of Afghanistan’s northern Jawzjan province, said Hanif Rezaee,… Read More Airstrike kills top Afghan ISIS commander Qari Hekmat

Russia accuses U.S. of training ISIS fighters in Syria

The chief of the Russian General Staff has accused the United States of training former Islamic State fighters in Syria to try to destabilize the country. General Valery Gerasimov’s allegations, made in a newspaper interview, center on a U.S. military base at Tanf, a strategic Syrian highway border crossing with Iraq in the south of… Read More Russia accuses U.S. of training ISIS fighters in Syria

ISIS releases execution video of captured Syrian pilot Azzam Eid being burned alive

ISIS terrorists have released horrific footage showing a Syrian pilot being burned to death, 18 months after he was first captured. Azzam Eid was seized in April last year after the regime shot down his Syrian Arab Air Force MiG 23 and he parachuted clear. Graphic footage, filmed at an unknown date, has been released… Read More ISIS releases execution video of captured Syrian pilot Azzam Eid being burned alive

ISIS issue Christmas attack threats to European, U.S. cities

ISIS has made another threat to Christmas shoppers in London with a menacing poster warning of an impending attack. The poster, which as been published by a pro-ISIS media group, shows a jihadi draped in a bullet belt walking down Oxford Street underneath this year’s Christmas lights which currently hang above the central London road.… Read More ISIS issue Christmas attack threats to European, U.S. cities