ISIS

Emboldened ISIS may be reaching limits of expansion

With its two biggest victories in nearly a year in Iraq and Syria, ISIS has energized its fighters, littered the streets of two cities with the bodies of its enemies and forced the U.S. to re-examine its strategy. The near simultaneous capture this month of Ramadi west ofBaghdad and Palmyra northeast of Damascus has reinforced the sway of the self-proclaimed ...

Sydney mother-of-two abandoned her children to join IS in Syria

Jasmina Milovanov, 26, abandoned her two children, aged five and seven, with a babysitter earlier this month before telling friends she was in “Sham” — Arabic slang for Syria. The Muslim convert or “revert” told the babysitter she was going to pick up a new car when she left her Western Sydney home but she never returned. She sent a ...

Islamic State poured more fighters into Ramadi

Islamic State poured more fighters into Ramadi as security forces and Shi’ite paramilitaries prepared to try to retake the Iraqi city, while Washington scrambled to reassure Baghdad after a U.S. official’s sharp criticism of Iraqi forces. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden spoke to Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi after Defense Secretary Ash Carter questioned Iraqi troops’ will to fight when ...

Islamic State insurgents storm Syria’s Palmyra, civilians flee

Islamic State stormed the historic Syrian city of Palmyra on Wednesday, seizing parts of it from government forces in fierce fighting as civilians were evacuated and Syria’s antiquities chief called on the world to save its ancient ruins. If the al Qaeda offshoot takes over Palmyra it would be the first time it has captured a city directly from President ...

Despite US strikes, IS advances in Syria, Iraq

The Islamic State jihadist group has made several high-profile advances in recent days, despite a US-led air campaign against the movement in Syria and Iraq. Here are answers to some key questions about the group’s progress and the international effort to stop them: A: On Sunday, Islamic State group fighters seized Ramadi, the capital of Iraq’s largest province of Anbar, ...

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