Islamic State

U.S. Offers $25 Mln Reward for Information on Daesh Leader

WASHINGTON, Dec 17 – The United States on Friday more than doubled its previous reward for information on Daesh leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, offering $25 million for information that would help locate, arrest or convict the head of the jihadist group. The U.S. State Department’s Rewards for Justice program previously offered $10 million for information

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U.S. Offers $25 Million Reward for Information on Daesh Leader

WASHINGTON, Dec 16 – The United States on Friday more than doubled its previous reward for information on Daesh leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, offering $25 million for information that would help locate, arrest or convict the head of the jihadist group. The U.S. State Department’s Rewards for Justice program previously offered $10 million for information

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12-year-Old Boy Tried to Blow Up Bomb at German Christmas Market

BERLIN, Dec 16 – A 12-year old German-Iraqi boy suspected of having links to extremist group Daesh tried to blow up a bomb at a Christmas market in the western town of Ludwigshafen, German magazine Focus reported on Friday, citing security and judicial sources. The boy, born in the same town in 2004, was “strongly radicalized”

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One Killed as Medical Convoy Trying to Leave Aleppo Comes Under Fire

By Laila Bassam, Suleiman Al-Khalidi and Tom Perry ALEPPO, Syria/BEIRUT, Dec 15 – Ambulances trying to evacuate people from rebel-held eastern Aleppo on Thursday came under fire from fighters loyal to the Syrian government, who killed at least one person, a rescue service spokesman said. But other buses and ambulances later started moving into rebel-held

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Dozens of Afghans Deported from Germany Arrive in Kabul

By Mohammad Aziz KABUL, Dec 15  – A group of 38 Afghans arrived in Kabul from Germany on Thursday, the first to be deported under an agreement reached between the two countries this year, following the rejection of their applications for asylum. Thousands of Afghans joined asylum-seekers from the Middle East and elsewhere entering Europe

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Rebel Officials say Aleppo Evacuation Plan Back on Track

By Laila Bassam, Suleiman Al-Khalidi and Tom Perry ALEPPO, Syria/BEIRUT, Dec 15 – Syrian opposition groups said an evacuation of rebel-held areas of Aleppo was back on track and expected to begin early on Thursday, but uncertainty persisted as a media outlet run by Lebanon’s Hezbollah said truce talks faced “big complications”. Such an exodus

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U.S. May Target Weapons Seized by Daesh in Palmyra

By Phil Stewart and David Alexander WASHINGTON, Dec 15 – The head of U.S. forces fighting Daesh said on Wednesday the United States may target weapons seized by the group when it captured the Syrian city of Palmyra, adding the equipment posed a danger to the U.S.-led coalition in the region. Army Lieutenant General Stephen

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They Escaped Daesh, But Their Horror Hasn’t Ended

By Selam Gebrekidan SIRTE, Libya, Dec 14 – One mild morning in October, when the roar of fighter jets over Sirte had died down and the crackle of gunfire had paused, Minya Mesmer decided to break free. After 14 months as a slave in Libya, the 33-year-old Eritrean had to get away. She could no

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