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IS boosts attacks as territorial losses mount

Islamic State attacks have increased this year, particularly in Iraq and Syria as the group responds to substantial territorial losses, a US-based analysis firm IHS said on Sunday. There were 891 attacks during the first quarter o

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Obama to send 250 more US troops to Syria

President Barack Obama plans to send as many as 250 more US troops to Syria, bringing the total American presence on the ground to 300 to help fight Islamic State militants, US officials said on Sunday. The decision, which a US of

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Young Arabs reject Islamic State, say group will fail

Arab youth say the rise of Islamic State (Daesh) remains the single biggest challenge facing the Middle East, but overwhelmingly reject the extremist group and believe it will fail to establish an Islamic state, according to a report.

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Islamic State ‘nets millions from antiquities’

Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq are netting between $150 million and $200 million a year from illicit trade in plundered antiquities, Russia's ambassador to the United Nations said in a letter released on Wednesday.

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Saudi security officer shot dead in suspected IS attack

Assailants shot dead a senior Saudi security officer west of the capital Riyadh on Tuesday, the interior ministry said in a statement carried by state media, and the attack was claimed by the militant Islamic State. The Western-al

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IS hints at attacks in London, Berlin and Rome

The Islamic State militant group released a video on Tuesday suggesting it may carry out further attacks in the West, naming London, Berlin and Rome as possible targets. "If it was Paris yesterday, and today Brussels, Allah k

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IS under siege in Syria city, leader killed

IS under siege in Palmyra, militant leader killed BEIRUT Islamic State fighters were on the retreat in the strategic Syrian city of Palmyra on Friday, as the US said it likely killed several senior leaders of the mi

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Iraq launches offensive against IS south of Mosul

Iraq's armed forces started an offensive against Islamic State in the northerly Nineveh province on Thursday in what a military statement described as the first stage of an operation aimed at liberating the city of Mosul. The

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Belgium names Brussels bomber brothers

Belgium's chief prosecutor named two brothers on Wednesday as Islamic State suicide bombers who killed at least 31 people in the most deadly attacks in Brussels' history but said another key suspect was on the run. Tuesday

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Belgium arrests Brussels bomb suspect

Belgian police arrested a prime suspect in Tuesday's Brussels blasts and identified two suspected suicide bombers, linking them directly to Islamic State militants behind last November's Paris attacks, Belgian media reported on Wednesday

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