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80 dead as ISIS claims twin blasts during Kabul protest

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DEADLY ATTACK. People collect the belongings of the victims at the scene of a suicide bomb attack that targeted a demonstration of Hazara minority in Kabul, Afghanistan, July 23, 2016. Photo by Jawad Jalali/EPA

The attack represents a major escalation for the ISIS group, which so has largely been confined to the eastern province of Nangarhar

KABUL, Afghanistan (July 24, 2016) — Islamic State group jihadists (IS, formerly known as ISIS or the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq) claimed responsibility for twin explosions Saturday, July 23, that ripped through crowds of Shiite Hazaras in Kabul, killing at least 80 people and wounding 231 others in their first major attack in the Afghan capital.  Continue reading 80 dead as ISIS claims twin blasts during Kabul protest

ISIS expanding in Libya, fueling arms race

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ISIS IN LIBYA. A view shows damage at the scene after an airstrike by US warplanes against a jihadist training camp in Sabratha, Libya, February 19, 2016. File photo by EPA
ISIS jihadists have cemented their hold on the coastal city of Sirte, wiping out opposition and the group is ‘currently the most significant political and military actor in the region’

UNITED NATIONS (Mar. 11, 2016) — The Islamic State (IS, formerly known as ISIS or the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq) group has significantly expanded its control over Libya, fueling demand by the country’s warring parties for more arms to confront the threat, UN experts have told the Security Council.

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US-led strikes kill 15 civilians in northeast Syria

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The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the latest civilian casualties came after two days of civilian deaths in US-led strikes in Hasakeh

BEIRUT, Lebanon (Feb. 19, 2016) — Strikes by a US-led coalition against the Islamic State group (IS, formerly known as ISIS or the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq) killed at least 15 civilians, including 3 Continue reading US-led strikes kill 15 civilians in northeast Syria

28 killed in Ankara bomb attack on Turkish military

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UP IN FLAMES. Firefighters try to extinguish the flames at the scene of a car bomb detonation close to buildings of the Turkish military, in Ankara, Turkey, February 17, 2016. Stringer/EPA
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed retaliation against the perpetrators of the attack, which came on the heels of a spate of deadly strikes in Turkey blamed on jihadists but also on Kurdish rebels

ANKARA, Turkey (Feb. 18, 2016) — At least 28 people were killed and 61 wounded Wednesday, February 17, by a car bomb targeting the Turkish military in the heart of the capital Ankara, the latest in a string of attacks to shake the country.

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CIA director says ISIS group has used, can make chem weapons

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CHEMICAL WEAPONS? A file photo dated March 13, 2015 shows Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director John O. Brennan speaking during an appearance at the Council of Foreign Relations (CFR) in New York, New York, USA. File photo by Justin Lane/EPA
‘We have a number of instances where [ISIS] has used chemical munitions on the battlefield,’ says CIA director John Brennan

WASHINGTON DC, USA (Feb. 12, 2016) — CIA director John Brennan has said that Islamic State (IS, formerly known as ISIS or the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq) fighters have used chemical Continue reading CIA director says ISIS group has used, can make chem weapons

Anti-ISIS coalition pledges stepped-up fight against jihadists

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INTENSIFY CAMPAIGN. A general view of a US led meeting of Coalition Efforts Against Islamic State (IS) during the Nato Defense Ministers council at alliance headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, February 11, 2016. Photo by Olivier Hoslet/EPA
NATO is ‘exploring the possibility’ it would join the coalition, says Pentagon chief Ashton Carter

BRUSSELS, Belgium (Feb. 12, 2016) — Defense ministers from the US-led coalition striking the Islamic State group (IS, formerly known as ISIS or the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq) in Iraq and Syria vowed Continue reading Anti-ISIS coalition pledges stepped-up fight against jihadists