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Syria becoming home to two competing Islamic states

Syria becoming home to two competing Islamic states

A new power struggle has emerged within the Syrian rebellion after Al-Qaeda announced it aims to create an Islamic "emirate" to compete with rival jihadist group, the Islamic State (IS). As with IS in its early days, when it was still known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the...

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Rise of Islamic State tests Syrian army strategy

Rise of Islamic State tests Syrian army strategy

(Reuters) - The growing power of the ultra-hardline Islamic State means the Syrian army is now having to confront a group it has until now been reluctant to attack for political reasons. The emergence of the al Qaeda offshoot, formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and...

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Could Syria’s Islamist fighters hit Europe?

Could Syria’s Islamist fighters hit Europe?

Norway's security police announced on Thursday that the country was facing an imminent terror threat. “The PST [Norway's Police Security Service] recently received information that individuals affiliated with an extreme Islamist group in Syria may have the intention of...

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Isis 'orders female genital mutilation' for women in Mosul

Isis 'orders female genital mutilation' for women in Mosul

The UN says militant Islamist group Isis has ordered all women and girls in Mosul, northern Iraq, to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM). UN official Jacqueline Badcock said the fatwa, or religious edict, applied to females between the ages of 11 and 46....

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New photo shows Saudi doctor who joined ISIS holding combat knife

New photo shows Saudi doctor who joined ISIS holding combat knife

A new image of the Saudi doctor who had joined the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria surfaced on Monday. Mustafa al-Anzi appears holding a large combat knife in the picture, showing that he had indeed joined the ISIS. Al Anzi was reportedly killed on July 11 in an Iraqi military...

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Lebanon wary of fighters returning from Syria

Lebanon wary of fighters returning from Syria

After the recapture of opposition-held Yabroud by the Syrian regime in March, Abu Mutassem left the rebel ranks and came back home to Lebanon - only to disappear again. He was among dozens of Lebanese  volunteers believed to have fought with the opposition-aligned...

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Syrian Al-Qaeda women: Searching for combat, martyrdom on the front lines

Syrian Al-Qaeda women: Searching for combat, martyrdom on the front lines

ANTAKYA, Turkey (Al Jazeera America)— Hala, 22, cuts a diminutive figure in her loose black abaya, a black headscarf framing her large, almond-shaped, pale blue eyes and fair skin. Eight months ago, before she married, the young Syrian woman didn’t even cover her hair. Now, she’s a...

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Islamic State's support spreads into Asia

Islamic State's support spreads into Asia

As the Islamic State group, formerly the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, continues its armed campaign in Iraq and Syria, its notoriety is drawing fans and fighters from as far as Asia and the Pacific. Authorities and experts have warned that the growing popularity of the...

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Al Qaeda's North African wing rejects Iraq-Syria caliphate

Al Qaeda's North African wing rejects Iraq-Syria caliphate

(Reuters) - Al Qaeda's North African wing has rejected the mediaeval-style caliphate declared by a militant Islamist group in Iraq and Syria, and confirmed its allegiance to al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri, according a statement posted on social media. The group calling...

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Taliban debate merits of Islamic State's caliphate announcement

Taliban debate merits of Islamic State's caliphate announcement

WAZIRISTAN Pakistan (Reuters) - The Afghan Taliban have urged Muslims to avoid extremism and remain united, a message apparently aimed at the Islamic State (ISIL), which recently declared an Islamic caliphate in territory it controls in Iraq and Syria. The Arabic message,...

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Morocco goes on high alert over terror threats

Morocco goes on high alert over terror threats

RABAT (Reuters) - Morocco has put its security services on high alert after intelligence reports revealed a "serious terror threat" from Islamist militants returning home after fighting in Iraq and Syria, the government said. Hundreds of fighters from Morocco and other Maghreb...

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Dabiq: the smiling face of Iraq-Syria 'caliphate'

Dabiq: the smiling face of Iraq-Syria 'caliphate'

  Pictures of smiling locals, tales of life-changing experiences, articles glorifying centuries of heritage and predicting a bright future: if the "caliphate" straddling Iraq and Syria had an airline, Dabiq would be its in-flight magazine. For now, global jihad's latest...

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U.N.: Islamic State executed imam of mosque where Baghdadi preached

U.N.: Islamic State executed imam of mosque where Baghdadi preached

GENEVA — The Islamic State’s executions of 13 Sunni Muslim clerics last month in Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, were a move by the radical Sunni movement to silence moderate voices among Iraq’s Sunnis, and they deserve greater...

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Baghdadi video 'being reviewed' by U.S. intelligence

Baghdadi video 'being reviewed' by U.S. intelligence

The White House said on Monday the a video posted on the Internet over the weekend of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the reclusive leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is still being reviewed by the intelligence and cannot yet determine its authenticity. “We have not,...

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Saudi jails four for planning to fight in Iraq, supporting al Qaeda

Saudi jails four for planning to fight in Iraq, supporting al Qaeda

(Reuters) - A Saudi court on Monday sentenced four people to jail terms for trying to go to Iraq to join fighting there and for supporting al Qaeda's operations abroad, state news agency SPA said. The four, one of whom was sentenced in absentia, were given prison sentences of two...

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'Caliph' sermon at Iraq mosque a show of confidence, say experts

'Caliph' sermon at Iraq mosque a show of confidence, say experts

The first appearance of self-proclaimed "caliph" Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a video shot in an Iraqi mosque illustrates the extent of his jihadist group's control and confidence, experts say. Baghdadi, whose Islamic State (IS) group holds territory in both Iraq and Syria, called for...

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ISIS destroys shrines, Shiite mosques in Iraq

ISIS destroys shrines, Shiite mosques in Iraq

Jihadists who overran Mosul last month have demolished ancient shrines and mosques in and around the historic northern Iraqi city, residents and social media posts said Saturday. At least four shrines to Sunni Arab or Sufi figures have been demolished, while six Shiite mosques,...

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Islamic State's Baghdadi orders Muslims to 'obey' him

Islamic State's Baghdadi orders Muslims to 'obey' him

Baghdad (AFP) - The leader of the Islamic State jihadist group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, purportedly ordered all Muslims to obey him in a video released Saturday on social media. The hitherto elusive Baghdadi, who on June 29 proclaimed a "caliphate" straddling Syria and Iraq, made...

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