Islamic State

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), officially as the Islamic State (IS) and by its Arabic language acronym Daesh, is a Salafi jihadist militant group and former unrecognised proto-state that follows a fundamentalist, Salafi doctrine of Sunni Islam.
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  • Reuters

    UPDATE 1-Bosnia brings back, detains Islamic fighter from Syria

    A Bosnian national suspected of fighting for Islamic State in Syria has been transferred to Bosnia and put in detention, the Balkan country's prosecutor's office said on Saturday. After the collapse of Islamic State's self-declared caliphate in Syria and Iraq, countries around the world are wrestling with how to handle militants and their families seeking to return. Bosnia's state court has tried and convicted 46 people who have returned from Syria or Iraq in the past few years.

  • ISIS loyalists regroup in a Syrian refugee camp
    Stars and Stripes

    ISIS loyalists regroup in a Syrian refugee camp

    AL-HOL, Syria — A militant band of women loyal to the Islamic State is terrorizing others who fled the battlefront for this sprawling camp in northeastern Syria, demanding they adhere to the strict codes once enforced by the group and creating a vexing problem for the Kurdish-led forces controlling the site. Intelligence officials say Islamic State loyalists also have formed cells inside the camp to mete out punishment in a more systematic way. The leaders of this movement are women from countries such as Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia, which have produced some of the Islamic State's most militant followers in recent years, according to officials from the Syrian Democratic Forces, or SDF, the Kurdish-led troops. While there are scores of instigators, the ranks of those who remain staunchly behind the Islamic State could still number in the thousands, and they are committed to upholding its ideology even as the self-declared caliphate has been brought to an end.

  • Kosovo brings back fighters, families of jihadists from Syria
    Reuters

    Kosovo brings back fighters, families of jihadists from Syria

    After the collapse of Islamic State's self-declared caliphate in Syria and Iraq, countries around the world are wrestling with how to handle militants and their families seeking to return. The population of Kosovo, which declared independence from Serbia in 2008, is nominally 90 percent Muslim, but largely secular in outlook. More than 300 Kosovo citizens have traveled to Syria since 2012 and 70 men who fought alongside militant groups were killed.

  • Macron sparks Turkish anger by meeting Syrian Kurds
    AFP

    Macron sparks Turkish anger by meeting Syrian Kurds

    French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday hosted representatives of the Kurdish-led force that defeated Islamic State (IS) extremists in Syria, drawing a sharp rebuke from Turkey's foreign ministry. Macron assured the Kurdish envoys of French support in their fight against the remaining jihadists, but Ankara accused the French leader of "seeking to confer artificial legitimacy on a faction of terrorist groups". "We condemn the reception by French President Emmanuel Macron of a delegation of so-called 'Syrian Democratic Forces' (SDF)," Turkish foreign ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said in the statement.

  • Italy arrests 2 terror suspects training for combat in Syria
    Stars and Stripes

    Italy arrests 2 terror suspects training for combat in Syria

    MILAN — Authorities arrested an Italian convert to Islam and a Moroccan resident who met over the Internet and were preparing to fight with Islamic State in Syria. Sicilian prosecutors who ordered the arrests said investigators had identified the Italian suspect, 25-year-old Giuseppe Frittatta, from social media posts. The 18-year-old Moroccan, Ossama Gafhir, is alleged to have induced Frittatta toward extremism, and was following stringent fitness routine to prepare for combat. Frittata — a Sicilian who changed his name to Yusef — allegedly was in contact with extremists in Italy and abroad, including an American that prosecutors are trying to identify who provided Islamic State battlefield details.

  • www.worldpoliticsreview.com

    ISIS Isn't Defeated, and Trump Doesn't Have a Plan for What's to Come

    During his presidential bid, Donald Trump hammered on about the threat posed to America by the self-styled Islamic State, and how he would defeat it. As an issue, it was perfect for him, since the Islamic State's sociopathic brutality fueled fear and anger among his core supporters—emotions that candidate Trump was able to harness and use to his benefit. Although the Islamic State emerged from the insurgency in Iraq that was unleashed by the American invasion in 2003, the extremist group grew more powerful during President Barack Obama's administration, so Trump could wield it as a political weapon against Obama and Hilary Clinton. Trump went so far as to label Obama “the founder of ISIS” and

  • Bloomberg

    Mali’s Prime Minister Resigns After Spike in Deadly Violence

    A successor for the 64-year-old Maiga will be appointed soon and a new administration put in place, the office of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita said in a statement on Thursday. Maiga took office in December 2017. A French military intervention succeeded in pushing back the insurgents a year later, but al-Qaeda-linked militants are now encroaching on Mali’s more densely populated central region and increasing tension between local communities.

  • Indonesia's 'smooth' polls a beacon in sea of strongmen: analysts
    AFP

    Indonesia's 'smooth' polls a beacon in sea of strongmen: analysts

    Indonesia pulled off a complex yet peaceful election across its vast -- and ethnically diverse -- island territory this week, cementing its place as a democratic beacon in a sea of authoritarian governments, analysts say. On Wednesday, the sprawling Southeast Asian archipelago saw as many as 190 million voters cast ballots to elect a new president, parliamentarians and local legislators, in a one-day contest with a record 245,000 candidates. Preliminary results appeared to hand a second term to President Joko Widodo, but he held off declaring victory pending official results next month.

  • Donald Trump to help Iraq Christians punish Islamic State
    The Washington Times

    Donald Trump to help Iraq Christians punish Islamic State

    ANKAWA, Iraq — The Islamic State's “caliphate” in the heart of the Middle East may be no more, but some Iraqi Christians, with an assist from the Trump administration, want to ensure the group that terrorized their community and other minorities faces justice for its crimes. The offices of the Shlomo Organization for Documentation are on a busy street in Ankawa, the predominantly Assyrian Christian part of Irbil in Iraq's Kurdish region. The volunteer staff keeps town-by-town statistics on the number of Iraqi Christian victims of the Islamic State posted on the office walls, and testimonies of the victims' experiences fill several dozen bulging binders. Islamic State militants displaced some

  • Somali man who downloaded terror tactics manual jailed for 15 months
    Daily Mail

    Somali man who downloaded terror tactics manual jailed for 15 months

    A Somali man who downloaded a terror tactics manual about vehicle and knife attacks and wrote 'I like ISIS'  on a file has been jailed for 15 months.       Abdirahman Abdullahi Mohamed, 42, from Northolt, west London, was in 2017 found with documents 'useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism.' And had become 'addicted' to terrorist propaganda, downloading videos of beheadings and executions onto his mobile phone.  Despite claiming it was all for research, an Old Bailey jury convicted him of eight counts of possession of a document or record for terrorist purposes.  Judge Philip Katz, QC, explained that his interest in Islamic State's activities in Somalia meant he was considered

  • What Remains of ISIS?
    The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles

    What Remains of ISIS?

    “A few days before the collapse of the Islamic State's caliphate, I visited one of the new “pop-up prisons” that had been hastily converted to hold thousands of surrendering isis fighters in Syria. The numbers wildly exceeded all expectations, including estimates by U.S. intelligence. The most striking sight at the prison entrance was a mound of human hair lying on the raw concrete floor. Clumps of it—some brown, some graying, most of it greasy or matted—had been shaved off the heads and faces of fighters before they were taken to group cells. “Lice,” one of the guards told me. The prison at Dashisha, in eastern Deir Ezzor province, had been an oil-storage facility. In just four days, the compound

  • Monitor: IS claims to have set up its own Africa province
    Elko Daily Free Press

    Monitor: IS claims to have set up its own Africa province

    Monitor: IS claims to have set up its own Africa province

  • Fast facts on Isis
    Daily Nation

    Fast facts on Isis

    Isis is also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Daesh (one who tramples down or sows discord), ad-Dawlah al-Islāmiyah, (Islamic State) It has partners and networks in Somalia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and most recently the Philippines where Abu Sayyaf millitant group fighters have joined its ranks. Isis aims to establish an Islamic state or a caliphate in Iraq, Syria and other nations in the Middle East. It rules through Sharia Law, based strictly on applying tenets in the Quran. By 2014, Isis controlled more than 34,000 square miles in Syria and Iraq, from the mediterranean coast to south of Baghdad. By the beginning of 2016, the US estimated that the group had lost up to

  • Czech jailed for rail attacks he blamed on Islamic militants
    The Seattle Times

    Czech jailed for rail attacks he blamed on Islamic militants

    PRAGUE (AP) — An appeals court has upheld a four-year prison term for a Czech national for carrying out two attacks on trains and blaming them on Islamic militants. Prague's regional court ruled in January that 71-year-old Jaromir Balda cut down two trees in 2017 that fell on train tracks near the city of Mlada Boleslav, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of Prague. Two passenger trains later hit the trees. Nobody was injured. The retiree also placed pamphlets at the sites with threats of extremist attacks planned on Czech territory. Prosecutors said the man's motivation was to incite fear of Muslims and attacks. Balda pleaded guilty but claimed he didn't want to harm anyone. The court also

  • Kenyan Woman Blacklisted By U.S. Treasury Over Isis Funding
    AllAfrica.com

    Kenyan Woman Blacklisted By U.S. Treasury Over Isis Funding

    A woman, who is facing several cases linked to terrorism-related activities in the country, has been listed by the United States Government as one of the seven individuals who finance the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The US Treasury department slapped sanctions against Ms Halima Adan Ali, who it described as an Islamic State facilitator based in Kenya with establishments of financial facilitation network that operated in Europe, the Middle East, the Americas and Eastern Africa. This means that the US has blocked any property or financial interests Ms Halima may be holding in the US or through its citizens. "Halima Adan Ali (Halima) was designated for assisting in, sponsoring, or providing financial, material, or technological support for, or financial or other services to, or in support of, ISIS," read a statement by the department.