Islamic State

Libyan Forces Taking Last Few Buildings from Daesh in Sirte

SIRTE, Libya, Dec 6  – Libyan forces said on Tuesday they were securing the last few buildings where Daesh militants had been making a final stand in their former North African stronghold of Sirte. Officials said that women and children were in two of the buildings in the city’s Ghiza Bahriya district and that a

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Iraqi Troops Push Towards Central Mosul from Southeast

BAGHDAD, Dec 6 – Iraqi army units launched a fresh assault in southeast Mosul on Tuesday and a senior commander was quoted as saying an armoured division had advanced to within less than a mile (1.5 km) of the Tigris River running through the city centre. Iraqi television quoted operations commander Lieutenant-General Abdul Ameer Rasheed

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New York to Clamp Down on Hate Crimes after Muslim Officer Attacked

By Laila Kearney NEW YORK, Dec 5  – New York City officials on Monday vowed to swiftly find and prosecute any and all hate-crime suspects after a man threatened to kill an off-duty policewoman wearing a traditional Muslim head scarf. “If anybody’s thinking in New York City about engaging in this type of behavior, just

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West Mosul Shelled as Iraq Steps Up Fight Against Daesh

By Dominic Evans and Ahmed Rasheed BAGHDAD, Dec 5 – Western-backed Iraqi forces have begun shelling parts of west Mosul, residents said, preparing to open a new front against Daesh seven weeks into a tortuous campaign to drive the militants from the city. Federal police forces, stationed a few miles (km) south of Mosul, on

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Libyan Forces Take Control of Last Daesh Holdouts in Sirte

MISRATA, Libya, Dec 5  – Libyan forces took control on Monday of the final cluster of buildings where Daesh militants were holding out in their former North African stronghold of Sirte, and were securing the area, a spokesman said. Daesh took over Sirte in early 2015, setting up its most important base outside the Middle

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Air Strikes Kill 73 in Rebel-Held Idlib Province – War Monitor

BEIRUT, Dec 5  – Air strikes killed at least 73 people in rebel-held Idlib province, including 38 in the city of Maarat al-Numan, on Sunday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based group monitoring the war, reported. Russian war planes and Syrian military jets and helicopters have been conducting heavy strikes for months against

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Poverty, Prejudice Drive More Women to Join Boko Haram Militants

By Kieran Guilbert DAKAR, Dec 5 – Failing to improve the lives of girls and women trapped in poverty and domestic drudgery in northeast Nigeria could drive them into the ranks of extremist groups, analysts said on Monday. Many girls and women have been abducted by the jihadist group Boko Haram and used as cooks,

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Daesh Strikes Back to Slow Iraqi Forces in Mosul

By Saif Hameed and Ulf Laessing BAGHDAD/BARTELLA, Iraq, Dec 4 – Daesh fighters retreating in the face of a seven-week Iraqi military assault on their Mosul stronghold have hit back in the last two days, exploiting cloudy skies which hampered U.S.-led air support and highlighting the fragile army gains. In a series of counter-attacks since

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