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UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 17, 2017

U.S. soldier killed in battle with Islamic State in Afghanistan

An American soldier was killed and several others were wounded in a battle with Islamic State militants in eastern Afghanistan, the U.S. military said.

Iraq government may prosecute those behind abuses in Mosul

The Iraqi prime minister’s office has acknowledged incidents of abuses perpetrated by the security forces against civilians in Mosul during the battle against the Islamic State group in the city.

U.S. says aircraft to help Philippines fight pro-IS militants

The United States has been providing the Philippines with surveillance capabilities, training, information and aircraft to help it fight a monthslong siege of a southern city by pro-Islamic State group …

UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 6, 2017

Eiffel Tower suspect says he was in touch with IS member

A young French man who recently was discharged from a psychiatric hospital is under investigation for an attempted terrorist attack after he brandished a knife and tried to breach security …

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 3, 2017

Truce goes into effect in another Syria ‘safe zone’

Russia’s Defense Ministry announced a cease-fire for a third safe zone in war-torn Syria on Thursday, paving the way for the delivery of sorely needed humanitarian relief to rebel-held areas …

Egypt officials say resort knife attacker tasked by IS

Security officials said on Sunday that the Egyptian man who stabbed to death three tourists and wounded three others earlier this month in the Red Sea resort of Hurghada was …

Iraqis say they foiled IS plan to attack revered shrines

Iraqi intelligence officials said Sunday they foiled an attempt by the Islamic State group to attack revered Shiite shrines and the sect’s spiritual leader.

Officials say 7,000 Islamic State affiliates remain in Iraq

High-ranking Iraqi security officials say up to 7,000 Islamic State group affiliates remain in Iraq after the fall of Mosul, where the group’s leader declared the self-styled caliphate three years …

UPDATED: Fri., July 28, 2017

IS claims deadly attack in Syria against U.S.-backed force

Islamic State militants have carried out a deadly attack on U.S.-backed forces in Syria, killing and wounding many fighters and civilians, Syrian monitors and an IS-linked media outlet said Friday.

Russia says 4 military police battalions deployed to Syria

Russia’s defense minister says four battalions of Russian military police are currently deployed in safe zones in Syria.

UPDATED: Fri., July 21, 2017

Militants burst from tunnels, hit weak points in Raqqa fight

The surprise attack came before dawn. An Islamic State group militant emerged from underground right into a deserted building being used as a position by U.S.-backed Syrian forces on a …

Philip Bump: Trump’s rosy outlook in need of context

Trump likes to complain that the media don’t report on his successes. Allow me to report on them.

Videos appear to show Iraqi troops killing Mosul detainees

Human Rights Watch on Thursday condemned videos circulating on social media purportedly showing Iraqi forces killing and beating suspected Islamic State fighters in Mosul.

Mosul victory leaves survivors reeling: ‘We got our city back, but there is nothing for me in it’

As Iraq’s prime minister prepared to declare victory against the Islamic State in Mosul on Monday, millions of leaflets fluttered through the skies with a promise from the government to …

UPDATED: Tue., July 11, 2017

Soldier supported Islamic State but remained in military

A U.S. soldier who was recently arrested on terrorism charges expressed support for the Islamic State group as early as 2011, but remained in the Army for years while the …

With global jihadi network, ISIS is likely here to stay

The Islamic State group’s mix of a local insurgency and digitally connected global jihadis gives the group staying power and the means to relaunch its future, from small cells of …

U.S.-backed Syrian forces capture IS-held town

A U.S.-backed, Kurdish-led militia on Tuesday drove Islamic State militants from a northern Syrian town where the extremists had once run a training camp named for Osama Bin Laden.

UPDATED: Mon., July 10, 2017

Iraq’s prime minister announces victory against the Islamic State in Mosul

Iraq’s prime minister announced the recapture of the city of Mosul on Monday, signaling an end to the grueling nine-month battle to dislodge Islamic State militants from one of their …

UPDATED: Mon., July 10, 2017

Iraqi forces declare victory over Islamic State in Mosul, but fighting continues

Iraq’s prime minister showed up Sunday in the city of Mosul to declare victory in the nine-month battle for control of the Islamic State’s former capital in Iraq, signaling the …

Italy arrests Chechen man accused of fighting with Islamic State

Italian authorities have arrested a 38-year-old Chechen accused of fighting with the Islamic State group in Syria and participating in a deadly attack on foreign and Russian journalists in Chechnya, …

UPDATED: Fri., July 7, 2017

IS attack underscores fragility of Iraqi security forces

Despite clinging to only a sliver of territory in Mosul, Islamic State militants managed to launch a counterattack Friday that reversed days of Iraqi army territorial gains in just a …

UPDATED: Thu., July 6, 2017

Iraqi commanders say IS families have joined Mosul fight

Iraqi commanders say female Islamic State militants are firing on their forces and using children as human shields as the extremist group defends its last sliver of Mosul’s Old City.

Tensions rise between Iraqi forces and civilians in Mosul

Tensions have escalated in the final days of the battle for Mosul, as suicide bombings carried out mostly by women hiding among groups of civilians target Iraqi forces closing in …

UPDATED: Wed., July 5, 2017

Islamic State will lose Mosul and Raqqa. What happens next?

The jihadists of the Islamic State are finally being driven out of their two main bastions: The northern Iraqi city of Mosul and the eastern Syrian city of Raqqa. For …

UPDATED: Wed., July 5, 2017

Russian bombers strike Islamic State group in Syria

The Russian military says its bombers have fired cruise missiles at the Islamic State group in Syria.

Senators say new strategy is needed to win in Afghanistan

A U.S. congressional delegation led by Sen. John McCain visited Kabul on Tuesday for the U.S. Independence Day, meeting with Afghan government leaders and military officials to discuss the more …

UPDATED: Tue., July 4, 2017

Iraqi PM congratulates troops on ‘big victory’ in Mosul

Iraq’s prime minister on Tuesday congratulated his fighters on “this big victory in Mosul” – even as fighting with Islamic State militants continued in Mosul’s Old City neighborhood where Iraqi …

Tillerson ready to let Russia decide Assad’s fate

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told the U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres during a private State Department meeting last week that the fate of Syrian leader Bashar Assad now lies …

UPDATED: Mon., July 3, 2017

With fight for Mosul in final stage, militants strike back

With the fight for Mosul in its final stage Monday, Islamic State militants sent female suicide bombers hidden among fleeing civilians, while Iraqi forces and the U.S.-led coalition unleashed punishing …

UPDATED: Sun., July 2, 2017

Airstrikes propel Mosul gains, despite toll on civilians

Iraqi forces say their recent territorial gains against the Islamic State group in Mosul’s Old City have largely been propelled by airstrikes, despite a spike in allegations of civilian casualties …