The United States and our international partners made major strides to defeat and degrade international terrorist organizations in 2017. We succeeded in liberating nearly all of the territory ISIS once held in Iraq and Syria. We increased pressure on al-Qa’ida to prevent its resurgence. We amplified efforts to expose and curtail Hizballah’s malign activities inside…

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 The leader of the Islamic State Group (ISIS), Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi, called on his supporters to continue “jihad” in a message broadcast Wednesday 22 August 2018 on the Telegram messaging service, the first to be attributed to him for almost a year. His message, broadcast on the occasion of the…

There are believed to be around 30,000 ISIS fighters across Iraq and Syria, according to two new reports from the Pentagon and the U.N., far higher than previous estimates. ISIS is focused “on keeping a toehold in Iraq and Syria and embedding its supporters into local populations.” The U.S. Lead Inspector General report cites a…

The head of the Islamic state, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is in a state of clinical death after being seriously injured and is no longer able to control the group, according to the television channel “Al-Sumar”, citing a source only within the Iraqi intelligence services. According to the source quoted by the television channel, a non-Iraqi…

A son of the Islamic State (IS) extremist group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has been killed in battle in the Syrian province of Homs, IS’s propaganda agency Amaq announced. Hudhayfah al-Badri was killed in an “operation against the Nussayriyyah and the Russians at the thermal power station in Homs,” the group said in a statement…

Islamic State’s supreme leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi could have returned back to Iraq, an informed iraqi security source said adding that he icoulds likely in the western desert. Speaking to the London-based Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper, the source said “Baghdadi moved to Syria before end of the liberation battles in Nineveh province. He settled to Raqqa…

Accused of participating in or supporting jihad in Syria in 2014 and 2015, father, son and daughter-in-law all say they got lost and regret: the Paris court finalised on Tuesday its examination of a family’s radical changeover. “I was accused of being a spy. I do not share those ideas. I had to make this…

(Walid Nassef) An inter-agency U.S. delegation, led by President Trump’s Special Envoy for the World Coalition Against Daech, Brett McGurk, will travel to Rabat to attend a meeting of the Coalition’s political directors on Tuesday 26 June 2018, the U.S. State Department said. “As the Coalition continues to work with local partners to free the…

ISIS has executed 90 own fighters for their unwilligness to fight the Syrian Army near the Iraqi border, Qutri al-Obeidi, a leader of the Popular Mobilization Units in the Iraqi province of Anbar, told Almaalomah news website. According to al-Obeidi, the incident took place in the area of Hegeen, located 40 km away from the…

Islamic State militants are preparing for massive attacks in Iraq by the end of the month of Ramadan, security sources were quoted saying on Saturday. “Baghdad Today” website quoted a security source saying that the attacks are planned before the end of the fasting month, which finishes by next Friday with Eid al-Fitr. The source…