ISIS, U.S.-Backed Forces Battle Over Syria’s Tabqa Dam

U.S.-led coalition forces in Syria dismissed ISIS claims that the country’s largest dam was at imminent risk of collapse. The dam is located on the Euphrates about 25 miles upstream from ISIS’ stronghold of Raqqa. The Syrian Democratic Forces, an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias supported by a U.S.-led international coalition, has been battling […]

US military official to JPost: ISIS is in its death throes, but still a ruthless enemy

In the five months since the Mosul offensive began, the US-led coalition has carried out more than 2,100 air strikes against Islamic State. Nearly 600 ISIS buildings and facilities have been hit, as well as 614 bunkers, 451 mortar positions and 273 boats and barges. These are the numbers that represent the slow and steady […]

Syria fighters take control of IS-held airbase near Raqqa

A US-backed force of Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighters has taken control of an Islamic State-held airbase west of the jihadist group’s stronghold of Raqqa. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and a monitoring group said Tabqa airbase had fallen on Sunday evening. US helicopters airlifted hundreds of fighters behind IS lines at the start of […]

Julie Bishop says Australia preparing for Isis to declare ‘caliphate’ in southern Philippines

Australia is readying itself for the possibility of Islamic State declaring a “caliphate” in the southern Philippines as the extremist group is forced out of the Middle East. The foreign affairs minister, Julie Bishop, who has just returned from talks in the US with countries involved in the fight against Isis, says authorities are concerned […]

ISIS attacks on Sinai Christians pose challenge to Sisi

At the Mary Jirjis Church in Ismailia Egypt, Mervat Jirjis describes how her family recently fled their home in the northern Sinai town of El Arish after her husband received a threat to leave immediately or be slaughtered. “The terrorists told him ‘your blood is permissible for us if you don’t leave.’ This caused me […]

Iraq hits ISIS in Syria

The Iraqi air force Friday, Feb. 24, conducted its first ever bombardment of the Islamic State in Syria. The target was the southeastern town of Abu Kemal near the Iraqi border, to which ISIS has removed most of its command centers from its main Syrian stronghold in Raqqa. Iraqi Defense Ministry spokesman Brig. Gen. Tahseen […]

ISIS releases ‘proof’ it fired rockets on Israel

Islamic State on Wednesday released images of the Katyusha rockets fired by its Egyptian affiliate, Sinai Province, after claiming responsibility the previous night for the projectiles, which struck southern Israel. The images showed a terrorist preparing two rockets before launching them from the Sinai Peninsula on Monday morning. They hit open areas in the Eshkol […]

Iraqi Forces Recapture ISIS-Held Mosul Airport Under Fire: State TV

Iraq’s government said it took a major stride toward recapturing the ISIS stronghold of Mosul on Thursday, storming a strategically important airport and a nearby military base. ISIS had been using Mosul Airport as a training camp and a factory for making car bombs — one of their most effective weapons against U.S.-backed forces trying […]

ISIS releases ‘proof’ it fired rockets on Israel

The Islamic State group on Wednesday morning released images of Katyusha rockets purporting to provide evidence to its claim that it was indeed responsible for the rocket fire that targeted southern Israel on Tuesday. The images show a militant linked to the ISIS affiliate in Egypt, known as the Sinai Province, as he prepares two […]

More U.S. Troops May Be Needed Against ISIS in Syria, a Top General Says

More American troops may be needed in Syria to speed the campaign against the Islamic State, the top United States commander for the Middle East said on Wednesday. “I am very concerned about maintaining momentum,” Gen. Joseph L. Votel, the head of the United States Central Command, told reporters accompanying him on a trip to […]