Tag: ISIS

Mattis: ISIS militants caught in Iraq-Syria military vise

Expelled from their main stronghold in northern Iraq, Islamic State militants are now trapped in a military vise that will squeeze them on both sides of the Syria-Iraq border, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said. Mattis arrived in the Iraqi capital on an unannounced visit Tuesday just hours after President Donald Trump outlined a fresh […]

ISIS poses one of the biggest threats to religious freedom, State report says

ISIS is one of the biggest threats to religious freedom across the globe and is responsible for genocide, according to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who described the threat posed by the Islamic State in the State Department’s annual religious freedom report. “ISIS is clearly responsible for genocide against Yazidis, Christians and Shia Muslims in […]

Mideast Cauldron: How Iran May Target Israel in the Aftermath of ISIS

GOLAN HEIGHTS, Israel – After a nine-month battle, Iraq took control of the ISIS stronghold in Mosul. Now the U.S.-led coalition remains focused on taking the fight to ISIS in Raaqa, Syria, the terror group’s self-proclaimed capital. Some experts are warning the battle against the Islamic State might just be a prelude to a much […]

$2M Fundraiser Launched to Rebuild Christian Town Decimated by ISIS

A leading humanitarian organization has launched a fundraising initiative to raise over $2 million to help the Archdiocese of Erbil rebuild an Iraqi Christian town decimated by the Islamic State so that the town’s displaced citizens can finally return home in what has been described as a “now-or-never situation.” The Knights of Columbus, the world’s […]

Embassy, mosque attacks fuel fears ISIS bringing Iraq war to Afghanistan

KABUL (Reuters) – Attacks on the Iraqi embassy and a Shi’ite mosque in Afghanistan have reinforced fears that Islamic State militants are seeking to bring the group’s Middle East conflict to Central Asia, though evidence of fighters relocating from Iraq and Syria remains elusive. Islamic State said it carried out Monday’s attack against the embassy […]

Has ISIS’s caliphate fallen, and does that mean the terror group is finished?

Isis has been driven from its de facto Iraqi capital of Mosul, leading Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to declare that one half of Isis’ so-called caliphate has fallen.   The organisation now holds on to just nine per cent of the territory it controlled at the height of its powers in 2015.   US-backed forces […]

Turkey’s Erdogan calls for review of Nato over US arming of Kurds fighting Isil in Syria

urkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened the US on Sunday over its arming of Kurdish forces in Syria, calling for a review of the Nato military alliance in response. “At one side we will be together in Nato but on the other side you will act together with terror organisations,” he said in reference to […]

After Iran fires missiles at IS in Syria, Netanyahu warns it not to threaten Israel

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Iran not to threaten Israel and to watch its own back Monday, hours after Tehran launched missiles into Syria in what was seen, in part, as a challenge to Israel. “I have one message for Iran: Don’t threaten Israel,” Netanyahu said. On Monday, Iran said it fired missiles against the […]

The assault on the ISIS capital has officially begun

A coalition of anti-Islamic State groups backed by the United States has officially begun its assault on the jihadist-held city of Raqqah in northern Syria. Raqqah has been controlled by jihadist forces since 2013 and has become the de facto capital of the Islamic State inside Syria. The US Department of Defense announced the commencement […]

Defense secretary Mattis says US policy against Isis is now ‘annihilation’

Secretary of Defense James Mattis said on Sunday the US had “accelerated” its tactics against the Islamic State, moving from a policy of “attrition” to one of “annihilation”. Armed police arrest man during fresh raids in Manchester bomb investigation Read more The retired Marine Corps general also said “civilian casualties are a fact of life […]