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ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, known by its Arabic acronym "Da'esh" is a Salafi jihadist militant group following a fundamentalist doctrine of Sunni Islam and has been designated as a terrorist organization by the United Nations. Established in 1999, by December 2015 the self-proclaimed Caliphate ISIS held large parts Syria and Iraq.

Policemen security forces secure the scene where al-Shabaab militia stormed a government building
U.S. air force strikes ISIS fighters in Somalia, killing three

A witness said missiles struck two wells on the outskirts of Timirshe village, some 60km southeast of Puntland's commercial capital Bosaso.

By REUTERS
27/04/2019
A general view of the Yazidi refugee camp in Mount Sinjar, Iraq February 4, 2019
German woman on trial for ISIS crimes is terror group's face in Europe

Case will likely enable Yazidi victim to testify, conjuring up memories of Holocaust survivors confronting Nazi war criminals at trial.

A fighter of Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) checks documents of a wife of Islamic State fighter
Starved infants, wounded women crowd Syrian hospitals after ISIS defeat

The exodus during intense fighting of more than 60,000 people from Islamic State's final redoubt of Baghouz is overwhelming medical staff in Syria who struggle to cope at the camp and hospital.

By REUTERS
07/04/2019
A MEMBER of ISIS waves the group’s flag in Raqqa recently
Islamic State claims killing of Canadian geologist in Burkina Faso

Kirk Woodman's body was found on Jan.16 in the northeast of the landlocked West African country.

By REUTERS
03/04/2019
A damaged building after clashes is seen in Sinjar, Iraq February 6, 2019
Three ISIS suicide bombers detonate near Iraq’s Sinjar

ISIS members fleeing Syria were reportedly hunted down and killed in northern Iraq, illustrating the continued threat of ISIS.

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After ISIS ‘defeat,’ what comes next? - analysis

Elimination of last ISIS bastion leads to new challenges as US faces off against Iran, Russia and Turkey in its Syria policy.

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Timeline: the rise and fall of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria

The "caliphate" was declared defeated today by Syrian Democratic Forces commander Mustafa Bali.

By REUTERS
24/03/2019
Islamic State defeated, 'caliphate' eliminated - U.S.-backed SDF

"Baghouz has been liberated. The military victory against Daesh has been accomplished," wrote the head of the Syrian Democratic Forces on Twitter.

By REUTERS
23/03/2019
Smoke rises from the last besieged neighborhood in the village of Baghouz, Deir Al Zor province
Islamic State fighters pinned on Syrian riverbank, warplanes fly above

Some of ISIS's fighters are still holed up in the central Syrian desert and others have gone underground in Iraqi cities to wage an insurgent campaign to destabilize the government.

By REUTERS
20/03/2019
A MEMBER of ISIS waves the group’s flag in Raqqa recently
Iraq sentences Belgian man to death for belonging to Islamic State

Bilal al-Marchohi, 23, was given the death penalty for belonging to and conducting operations on behalf of the group.

By REUTERS
18/03/2019
Flares are seen in the sky during fighting in the Islamic State's final enclave
Burning fires blanket last ISIS stronghold in Syria

The Syrian Democratic Forces and the US-led Coalition hope this is the final battle, after months of laying siege to Baghuz.

Fighters of Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) stand together near the village of Baghouz
U.S.-backed forces launch last battle to defeat ISIS in Syria

The SDF and Coalition launched a major operation to defeat ISIS in a small area along the Euphrates river in September 2018.

A Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighter sits as medics treat his comrades injured by sniper fire
The failures of the war on ISIS - analysis

A final battle against ISIS illuminates the failures of the war to destroy it.

People stand where their neighbour Abdel Atti Abdelkabir, a policeman, was killed by Islamic State
Tunisia Claims 1,000 ISIS Recruits Have Returned Home

Many of the jihadists slipped in clandestinely, sparking fears they could become involved in terrorist activities within the country.

By TERRANCE J. MINTNER/THE MEDIA LINE
24/02/2019
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German female ISIS member lets 5-year-old 'slave' die, faces charges

Jennifer W was arrested at the German embassy in Ankara, Turkey, when trying to renew her identity papers and extradited to Germany in 2016.

Iraqis celebrate one year since victory over ISIS

Some demand more reconstruction investment, IDPs want to return home, while Kurds wonder what comes next.

A flag of Islamic State militants is pictured above a destroyed house near the Clock Square in Raqqa
ISIS takes Damascus area after rebels pull out

ISIS has lost almost all its territory in Syria.

By REUTERS
20/03/2018
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Egyptian army believes ISIS using SIM cards from Israeli phone company

The Egyptian army has decided to combat this phenomenon by knocking out Israel's cellular networks in the region.

By GAD PEREZ / GLOBES
15/03/2018
A fighter of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) holds an ISIL flag and a weapon.
ISIS threatens Iran from 'Tora Bora' borderlands

"Today (ISIS) does not control a country... in order to assert that they exist, they may carry out an attack any day."

By REUTERS
05/02/2018
FIGHTERS FROM a new internal security force under the command of the Syrian Democratic Forces
Coalition: Defeat of ISIS depends on stabilizing the eastern sector of Syria

US concerned that current Turkish and rebel offensive in Afrin is diverting attention.

A MEMBER of ISIS waves the group’s flag in Raqqa recently
ISIS, other jihadists increase Bitcoin use after fall of Caliphate

Terrorists involved in attacks across the globe have used Bitcoin to fund their attacks.

ISIS in Sinai: Battered, weakened but still dangerous

The members of the Sinai Province of the Islamic State are fueled by a never-ending sense of divine mission.

15/01/2018
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Brother of ISIS fighter gets 10 year sentence after informant's testimony

Evidence indicates Marchello McCain was part of a conspiracy to support terrorism in Syria, and that he planned to eventually join his brother in the jihad there.

By KRISTINA DAVIS / THE SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE
14/01/2018
Protesters hold up pictures of Jordanian King Abdullah and pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh
Jordan says it arrests 17 in foiled ISIS attack plot

The cell had waged a series of bank robberies and car thefts to get financing, and manufactured homemade explosives from material bought from local markets.

By REUTERS
08/01/2018
Anti-ISIS coalition looks to stabilize Iraq and eastern Syria as war winds down

The coalition has estimated that there are around 3,000 or fewer ISIS fighters left to hunt down.

The Rawda mosque in Sinai after a gun and bombing attack which killed at least 305 worshippers
Egypt's 9/11: Sinai attack is latest chapter in ISIS's war vs. humanity

ISIS's motives for the attack are both strategic and ideological.

By ADAM HOFFMAN
26/11/2017
Afghan security forces inspects the site of a suicide attack in Jalalabad city, Afghanistan
Islamic State beheads 15 of its own fighters

In a bloody day for the province, a suicide bomber blew himself up, killing at least eight people.

By REUTERS
23/11/2017
Berlin terror
Germany detains six Syrians suspected of planning attack

Four of the suspects arrived in Germany in December 2014 and two arrived the following year. All six had applied for asylum.

By REUTERS
21/11/2017
Iraqi forces recapture last Islamic State-held town

The capture of the town marks the end of Islamic State's era of territorial rule over a so-called caliphate that it proclaimed in 2014 across vast swathes of Iraq and Syria.

By REUTERS
17/11/2017
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ISIS not yet vanquished, not by a long shot, top intel experts say

Report says terror group may have lost ground in Middle East but “it did not cease to exist, but, rather, changed the pattern of its activities.”

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Hezbollah media: ISIS leader Baghdadi was reported in Syrian town

Syria's army declared victory over Islamic State on Thursday, saying its capture of the jihadists' last town in the country marked the collapse of their three-year, hard-line reign in the region.

By REUTERS
10/11/2017
A flag of Islamic State militants is pictured above a destroyed house near the Clock Square in Raqqa
Analysis: How much is left in ISIS's arsenal?

After Raqqa's fall, the jihadists will have to look elsewhere for income and influence.

A MEMBER of ISIS waves the group’s flag in Raqqa recently
Trump: Raqqa fall 'critical breakthrough,' end of Islamic State in sight

"With the liberation of ISIS’s capital and the vast majority of its territory, the end of the ISIS caliphate is in sight," US President Donald Trump has announced.

By REUTERS
22/10/2017
ISIS fighters stand guard at a checkpoint in the northern Iraq city of Mosul.
Israeli who joined ISIS sentenced to six years in prison

Wissam Zubidat left Israel with his wife and children and covertly joined the group in Iraq, where he participated in the ISIS fights of Mosul.

19/10/2017
Fighters of Syrian Democratic Forces ride atop an armoured vehicle after Raqqa was liberated from th
Raqqa has fallen. What's next for Syria?

Kurdish fighters and their allies celebrate in Raqqa as the US-led coalition’s allies defeat ISIS and wonder what comes next in eastern Syria.

SYRIAN DEMOCRATIC Forces fighters hold up their weapons north of Raqqa city.
Eighty-five percent of Raqqa liberated from ISIS

US-led coalition forces, Syrian rebels, and the Syrian military have slowly re-taken many of ISIS's strongholds over the last several months.

SYRIAN DEMOCRATIC Forces fighters hold up their weapons north of Raqqa city.
US-backed fighters brace for final showdown with ISIS in Raqqa

After months of intense fighting and heavy US bombardment, forces have surrounded Islamic State militants in a small part of the city.

By REUTERS
09/10/2017
A MEMBER of ISIS waves the group’s flag in Raqqa recently
On the ground in Raqqa, capital of Islamic State's caliphate

US-backed forces are making the final push to liberate the jihadist group's central base of operations.

By OWEN HOLDAWAY/THE MEDIA LINE
09/10/2017
A MEMBER of ISIS waves the group’s flag in Raqqa recently
US commander: Final assault on ISIS capital Raqqa to begin Sunday

The Islamic State has been pushed out of Mosul and other major cities in the last several months, and Raqqa remains its last real stronghold.

By JOHN DAVISON / REUTERS
08/10/2017
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Turkish military vehicles enter Syria's Idlib

The incursion follows a deal between Turkey and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's allies Russia and Iran to impose a "de-escalation" zone in Idlib and surrounding areas.

By REUTERS
08/10/2017
Kurdish frontline, with Hawija in the distance
In the span of two weeks: How Iraq’s security forces defeated ISIS in Hawija

The quick defeat of ISIS in one of its last strongholds in Iraq still leaves many disturbing questions in the air.

Iraqi forces conquer Hawija, one of Islamic State's last strongholds

Hawija was one of ISIS's last bastions in Iraq.

By REUTERS
05/10/2017
ISIS fighters stand guard at a checkpoint in the northern Iraq city of Mosul.
Analysis: Why is Iraq’s offensive to reclaim Hawija from ISIS important?

A closer look at the battle revolving one of the last pockets of ISIS-controlled territories in Iraq.

Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah speaks to supporters on a screen
Hezbollah leader boasts: We defeated ISIS in Syria

Hezbollah leader Nasrallah made a momentous public appearance to announce that the battle against ISIS has been won, stating clearly that he is receiving full backing from Tehran.

By YASSER OKBI/ MAARIV HASHAVUA , JPOST.COM STAFF
12/09/2017
A fighter of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) holds an ISIL flag and a weapon.
Libyan forces attack Islamic State near former stronghold

Islamic State exploited the turmoil to establish a foothold in Libya, taking complete control of Sirte in 2015 and using it as a base for hundreds of foreign fighters.

By REUTERS
04/09/2017
A MEMBER of ISIS waves the group’s flag in Raqqa recently
Iran cracks down on Islamic State suspects as group intensifies threats

In response to Iran’s crackdown, Islamic State militants have renewed calls for more bloodshed against Iran’s Shiite majority.

By MELISSA ETEHAD / LOS ANGELES TIMES
03/09/2017
A MEMBER of ISIS waves the group’s flag in Raqqa recently
US bombs road in drive to block ISIS fighters in Syria

“Relocating terrorists from one place to another for someone else to deal with is not a lasting solution.”

Mia Khalifa
ISIS has a new target: Lebanese porn star Mia Khalifa

ISIS members have posted photoshopped images of Khalifa bloodied and beheaded.

From East to West: the Islamic State's evolving global threat

The Islamic State may be losing territory but its ideology is growing globally.

By CHARLES BYBELEZER/THE MEDIA LINE
25/08/2017
Israel watches tag-team operation against ISIS nervously

All the regional forces engaging in the fight against ISIS are Israel's enemies, but so is ISIS - what is the Jewish state to do?

Arsal
Syria, Hezbollah, Lebanon launch two-pronged offensive against ISIS

This offensive further deepens the relationship between President Bashar Assad’s regime, Hezbollah and the Lebanese Army.

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Lebanese army, Hezbollah launch operations against Islamic State

The Lebanese security source said the two offensives were not coordinated.

By REUTERS
19/08/2017
Man waving Iraqi flag in Mosul, July 9
After ISIS, Mosul rebuilds monuments, mosques and society

"Daesh militants have been eliminated but the Daesh idea remains. How can I live with my neighbors who branded me an infidel? How can my daughter live with them?"

By REUTERS
26/07/2017
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Syria rebels blindsided by US move, say jihadists to benefit

Rebels who have received aid under the CIA program said they had yet to be informed of the US decision to halt the covert CIA program of military aid.

By REUTERS
20/07/2017
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US targets Iran with new sanctions over missile program

"The United States remains deeply concerned about Iran’s malign activities across the Middle East which undermine regional stability, security, and prosperity," the State Department said.

By REUTERS
18/07/2017
 A member of the Iraqi rapid response forces walks past a wall painted with the black flag commonly
Analysis: Is it really the end for ISIS?

The latest development in attempts to revive the caliphate seems on the verge of collapse.

17/07/2017
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Monitor group says it has 'confirmed information' that ISIS chief is dead

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's death has been announced many times before, but the Syrian Observatory has a record of credible reporting on the Syrian conflict.

By REUTERS
11/07/2017
Man waving Iraqi flag in Mosul, July 9
ISIS has been defeated in Mosul, but is the victory a hollow one?

The Iraqi army and government have declared victory in liberating Mosul from ISIS, but members of the group still remain in the city.

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If Baghdadi is dead, next ISIS leader likely to be Saddam-era officer

Armed groups fighting in the region and many regional officials are skeptical about the reports of his death.

By REUTERS
23/06/2017
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ISIS blows up historic mosque where 'caliphate' was declared

Destruction of 12th century mosque at end of Ramadan comes amidst ISIS-inspired terror attacks around the world as extremist group loses battle for Mosul.

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Russia says it may have killed ISIS leader Baghdadi; West skeptical

The air strike, targeted a meeting of ISIS leaders and was carried out on May 28, the agencies cited Moscow as saying.

By REUTERS
16/06/2017
ISLAMIC STATE holds a parade in Raqqa, their capital, in June, 2014. Two years later, what has becom
ISIS calls for attacks in West, Russia, Mideast, Asia during Ramadan

The audio clip was distributed on Monday on Islamic State's channel on Telegram, an encrypted messaging application.

By REUTERS
13/06/2017
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Will ISIS attack cool Tehran’s drive for regional power?

While a more inward-looking Islamic Republic is “a possibility, another possibility is that because of the importance of the sites attacked, Iran will take major revenge against ISIS."

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US Air Force veteran gets 35 years for trying to join ISIS

Prosecutors said Pugh bought a one-way plane ticket from his home in Egypt to Turkey in 2015 planning to cross the Syrian border into territory controlled by the Islamic State.

By REUTERS
01/06/2017
A helicopter of the Iraqi Army fires against Islamic State positions in western Mosul, Iraq May 27,
Iraqi forces launch operation to seize last Islamic State enclave in Mosul

The fall of the city would, in effect, mark the end of the Iraqi half of the "caliphate" declared nearly three years ago by ISIS.

By REUTERS
27/05/2017
ISIS fighter beheading boy, 16, in Syria
ISIS claims to behead Russian intelligence officer in Syria

12-minute Russian-language video, released on the day Russia celebrates the anniversary of the 1945 victory over Nazi Germany, shows man dressed in a black jump suit kneeling in a desert scene.

By REUTERS
09/05/2017
Saint Catherine's Monastery at the Sinai peninsula, Egypt
Islamic State leader in Egypt tells Muslims to avoid Christian gatherings

In April, two Islamic State suicide bombers killed at least 45 people at churches in the cities of Alexandria and Tanta, one of the bloodiest attacks the country has experienced in years.

By REUTERS
05/05/2017
Sinai terror
ISIS grip on Egypt's northern Sinai widens, seeks to impose Islamist rule

The Islamic State's widening geographical reach and shift in focus present a challenge for President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

By REUTERS
02/05/2017
Iraqi Special Operations Forces (ISOF) gather during an operation to clear the al-Zirai district of
Iraqi forces using siege and stealth to evict ISIS from Mosul

ISIS fighters "came to die and the majority of them are now in hell."

By REUTERS
25/04/2017
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Egypt says air strikes kill ISIS leaders in Sinai

Egypt is tightening security ahead of a visit by Pope Francis next week as a result of suicide bombings this month on two Christian churches.

By REUTERS
20/04/2017
Al-Qaida
Islamic State seeking alliance with al Qaida, Iraqi vice president says

Islamic State split from al Qaida in 2014, and the two groups have since waged an acrimonious battle for recruits.

By REUTERS
17/04/2017
French Jet Fighters Prepare to Attack ISIS in Syria
US-backed forces launch new attacks on Islamic State in Syria

A new phase of the offensive was launched in Syria on Thursday, targeting the terror group that still has a firm stronghold on the city of Raqqa.

By REUTERS
13/04/2017
ONE OF MANY churches destroyed by ISIS in the Christian town of Qaraqosh, Iraq.
ISIS crimes scarred Iraqi history and landscape

Today’s Mosul and the areas around it were the site of many of the worst crimes of ISIS against cultural heritage.

ISIS fighters stand guard at a checkpoint in the northern Iraq city of Mosul.
Exclusive: Inside ISIS factories of death

The Islamic State changed the rules of Islamist insurgency by creating a conventional army and arms industry.

ISIS fighters stand guard at a checkpoint in the northern Iraq city of Mosul.
US military official to JPost: ISIS is in its death throes, but still a ruthless enemy

In an exclusive interview with the 'Post,' Brig. Gen. William A. Turner discussed efforts to defeat ISIS, who are operating from within densely populated areas in Iraq.

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Will ISIS use chemical weapons against Israel or Israelis in Europe?

Could ISIS be planning to target Israelis with chemical weapons, especially as thousands of them will travel to Europe during Passover vacation in April, serving as convenient potential targets?

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US weighs deploying up to 1,000 'reserve' troops for ISIS fight

Trump has made defeating Islamic State one of the key goals of his presidency.

By REUTERS
09/03/2017
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Dispatch from Mosul: The battle to clear an ISIS stronghold

Reporting from the battle to clear the Islamic State stronghold where a war of succession to the old Middle East order is taking place amid the ruins.

France's far-right National Front political party leader Marine Le Pen delivers a speech
France's far-right Le Pen loses EU parliament immunity over ISIS tweets

The French National Front party leader is under investigation for posting three graphic images of Islamic State executions on Twitter in December 2015.

By REUTERS
02/03/2017
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ISIS fanatics call on supporters to 'terrorize' Jews

ISIS fanatics recently encouraged supporters to target Jewish communities in the West in a hate-filled statement posted in an online chat room designated to inspire would-be terrorists to act.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
02/03/2017
ISLAMIC STATE holds a parade in Raqqa, their capital, in June, 2014. Two years later, what has becom
UK watchdog: Islamic State planning terror attacks in Britain

The lawyer tasked with overseeing British laws on terrorism, said the militants were targeting cities and posed "an enormous ongoing risk which none of us can ignore."

By REUTERS
26/02/2017
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ISIS releases 'proof' it fired rockets on Israel

The terror group officially claimed responsibility late Tuesday night for the rocket fire that was aimed at southern Israel on Monday.

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What do the warning shots from Sinai mean?

The two rockets that were fired at Israel from Sinai on Monday were probably launched by ISIS. Should Israel consider this attack as a warning?

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Why does a weakened ISIS see Trump presidency as a lifeline?

IS Trump's defiant pledge to crush Islamic State actually incentivizing the terror group to build up its forces in preparation for a major attack on the US?

By SAMIA NAKHOUL/ REUTERS
08/02/2017
Angela Merkel
Refugee who took selfie with Merkel sues Facebook

The case is being closely watched as Germany, a fierce critic of Facebook, is preparing legislation to force the social networking website to remove "hate speech" from its web pages within 24 hours.

By REUTERS
06/02/2017
IRAQI FORCES advance in Qayara to attack Islamic State in Mosul yesterday.
'Iraq to oppose US travel curbs, to preserve alliance against ISIS'

Trump's order caused angry reactions in Iraq, where more than 5,000 US troops are deployed, helping Iraqi and Kurdish forces in the war on Islamic State.

By REUTERS
29/01/2017
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'Investigations show Brussels airport bombers were obsessed with Israelis'

“The attacker seemed to rush towards two Orthodox Jews,” says source familiar with investigation. “He really, clearly wanted to kill a Jew.”

By JPOST.COM STAFF
24/01/2017
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ISIS destroys famous monument in Syria's Palmyra

Satellite imagery shows the Roman Theater largely destroyed, with only four of 16 columns still standing and the stone platform apparently covered in rubble.

By REUTERS
22/01/2017
Turkey terror attack
Report: Istanbul nightclub attacker says he was directed by ISIS

The gunman had initially been told to attack the area around the central Taksim square and said his instructions came from a Syrian stronghold of ISIS, local media reports.

By REUTERS
18/01/2017
Social Media
Families of Americans killed in ISIS attacks suing Twitter

The lawsuit was filed in a federal New York court Sunday on behalf of the relatives of three US nationals who were killed by the terror group in Belgium and Paris.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
10/01/2017
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8 Egyptian police killed in north Sinai attack

The attack was launched with a car bomb, planted in a street cleaning car that the attackers had stolen a few days earlier, three security sources told Reuters.

By REUTERS
09/01/2017
Turkey terror attack
ISIS claims responsibility for Istanbul club attack

39 people, including one Israeli national, were among the fatalities in the New Year's shooting attack.

By REUTERS
02/01/2017
Berlin terror
Islamic State claims responsibility for truck attack in Berlin

The attack killed 12 people and injured 48, including an Israeli national.

By MICHAEL GAERTNER , REUTERS
20/12/2016
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ISIS claims responsibility for shootout at Jordanian castle

At least 9 people, including a Canadian tourist, were killed in the attack in the city of Karak.

By REUTERS
20/12/2016
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