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Syria Rebels Battle Daesh at Iraqi Border, Aim to Cut “Caliphate” In Two

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi and Tom Perry AMMAN/BEIRUT, June 29 – Syrian rebels advanced into an Islamic State-held town at the border with Iraq on Wednesday, a rebel commander told Reuters, in a new U.S.-backed offensive aimed at cutting the jihadists’ self-declared caliphate in two. The operation aiming to capture the eastern Syrian town of Al-Bukamal,

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Daesh Drives Syria Rebels from Near Turkish Border

By John Davison BEIRUT, May 27 – Daesh fighters captured territory from Syrian rebels near the Turkish border on Friday and inched closer to a town on a supply route for foreign-backed insurgents fighting the jihadists, a monitoring group said. The ultra-hardline group has been fighting against rebels in the area for several months. The

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Daesh on the Defensive, Territory Shrinking in Syria and Iraq: U.S. Official

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN, May 16 – Daesh has not gained significant ground since it took the Iraqi city of Ramadi a year ago, which it then lost in December, as the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq and Syria has been helped by better intelligence and better equipped local forces, a senior U.S. official said on Sunday. Daesh “is shrinking

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Decriminalising Cannabis Would Hurt Daesh, Mafia

By Steve Scherer ROME, April 18 – Decriminalising cannabis sales would strike a blow against Daesh militants and Italian mobsters who, according to ongoing investigations, are smuggling hashish together, Italy’s top prosecutor told Reuters. The main smuggling route for North African hash – compressed cannabis resin – now runs from Casablanca, Morocco, through Algeria, Tunisia to

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U.S.-led Coalition Sees Fewer Fighters, Lower Pay in Daesh

By Estelle Shirbon LONDON, Feb 22 – U.S. estimates of the number of Daesh fighters in Iraq and Syria have been reduced while cuts in their pay are evidence they are on the defensive, a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition fighting the group said on Monday. But the task of defeating Daesh is complicated by

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“No Bashar Al Assad in the Future” Says Saudi Foreign Minister

BERLIN, Feb 13 – Bashar Al Assad will not be ruling Syria in the future and Russia’s military interventions will not help him stay in power, Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel Al Jubeir told a German newspaper in an interview published on Saturday. “There will be no Bashar Al Assad in the future,” Jubeir told newspaper Sueddeutsche

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Syria Funds Suggest Daesh Link to Militants Arrested in Indonesia

By Gayatri Suroyo and Fergus Jensen JAKARTA, Dec 21 (Reuters) – Some of the Indonesian men arrested at the weekend after tip-offs that they were planning a string of militant attacks had received funding from Syria, hardening evidence of their links to Daesh, police said on Monday. Officials said the raids in five cities across

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Pakistan Taliban Reject Daesh Leader’s Claim To Be ‘Caliph’

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan Dec 19 – Pakistan’s Taliban have rejected Islamic State leader Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi’s claim to be the global leader of all Muslims, the movement said in a statement seen by Reuters on Saturday. The Pakistani Taliban’s statement comes after a similar rejection by the Afghan Taliban following pledges of allegiance

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