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Anti-ISIS coalition meets in Denmark to assess campaign

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ON THE DEFENSIVE. An Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighter fires at Islamic State (ISIS) militant positions, from his position on the top of Mount Zardak, a strategic point taken 3 days ago, about 25 km east of Mosul on September 9, 2014. JM Lopez/AFP

Though officials warn that military action will continue for some time, they are generally upbeat about the progress and quickening momentum of the fight

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (May 9, 2017) — Key members of the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State (ISIS) group in Iraq and Syria meet in Copenhagen on Tuesday, May 9, to assess the campaign’s next steps as the jihadists’ “caliphate” collapses. Continue reading Anti-ISIS coalition meets in Denmark to assess campaign

Iraq forces advance in renewed Mosul push

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Fire and smoke billow following a car bomb explosion as Iraqi forces clash with Islamic State (ISIS) group fighters in Mosul on March 5, 2017, during an offensive to retake the western parts of the city from the jihadists. Aris Messinis/AFP

The operation to retake west Mosul, the largest urban population center still in the hands of the Islamic State (ISIS) group, began on February 19, but had slowed amid several days of bad weather until a renewed drive began March 5

MOSUL, Iraq (Mar. 7, 2017) — Iraqi security forces advanced Monday, March 6, towards a compound of jihadist-held government buildings and a bridgehead, on the second day of a renewed push in west Mosul, officers said. Continue reading Iraq forces advance in renewed Mosul push

800 Al Qaeda fighters dead as Yemen gov’t forces make gains

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Yemeni troops backed by Arab coalition air strikes killed more than 800 members of Al-Qaeda in an attack on a southeastern provincial capital held by the group for the past year

MARIB, Yemen (Apr. 25, 2016) — Yemeni troops backed by Arab coalition air strikes killed more than 800 members of Al-Qaeda in an attack on a southeastern provincial capital held by the group for the past year, the coalition said Monday, April 25.

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US strike kills ‘dozens’ at al Qaeda training camp in Yemen

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Yemeni tribesmen from the Popular Resistance Committees, supporting forces loyal to Yemen’s Saudi-backed President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, hold a position during clashes with Shiite Huthi rebels west of the city of Taez, on March 21, 2016. Ahmad al-Basha/AFP
The raids come almost one year since the Saudi-led Arab coalition launched its bombing campaign against Iran-backed Shiite rebels who challenged the authority of the Yemeni government

ADEN, Yemen (Mar. 23, 2016) — US military planes killed dozens of fighters at an Al-Qaeda affiliate’s training camp in a mountainous region of Yemen, the Pentagon said Tuesday, March 22.

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ISIS lost a fifth of its territory since January 2015

In this file photo, a flag of the Islamic State (ISIS) is seen on the other side of a bridge at the frontline of fighting between Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and Islamist militants in Rashad, on the road between Kirkuk and Tikrit, on September 11, 2014. JM Lopez/AFP
In this file photo, a flag of the Islamic State (ISIS) is seen on the other side of a bridge at the frontline of fighting between Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and Islamist militants in Rashad, on the road between Kirkuk and Tikrit, on September 11, 2014. JM Lopez/AFP
IHS Jane’s says the jihadists control 73,440 square kilometers (28,360 square miles) of ground as of March 14, an area equivalent to around half the size of England

LONDON, United Kingdom (Mar. 18, 2016) — The Islamic State (ISIS) group has lost 22% of the territory it held at the start of 2015, military analysts IHS Jane’s said Wednesday, March 16, as US and Russian air strikes have helped the jihadists’ opponents advance.

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More Lumad flee homes amid harassment

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UNDER THREAT. Datu Cris Olaño, a Lumad leader, expresses his concerns during a congressional inquiry on January 29, 2016. Photo by Editha Z. Caduaya/Rappler
Lumad from Davao del Norte claim that military and paramilitary forces still threaten their community

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (Jan. 31, 2016) — Indigenous peoples from a village in Talaingod, Davao del Norte again expressed concerns about the alleged harassment by military and paramilitary forces in their area.

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