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

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

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani declares end of Islamic State

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani declared the end of Islamic State on Tuesday in an address broadcast live on state TV. A senior commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, Major General Qassem Soleimani, also declared the end of Islamic State in a message sent to the country’s supreme leader Tuesday which was published on Sepah News, the… Read More Iranian President Hassan Rouhani declares end of Islamic State