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Source: Fox News

Trump displays Syria map detailing ISIS territory loss, vows terror network ‘will be gone by tonight’

Today 08:05 GMT

This was on Election Night in 2016 -- everything red is ISIS,” he told reporters, pointing to a top image that showed large parts of the region covered in red.

Trump announced in December that he intended to remove all 2,000 troops from Syria, declaring that ISIS was mostly defeated, but he was criticized by some within his party for being too hasty. Former Vice President Dick Cheney this month reportedly suggested that the decision was made during “the middle of a phone call” and that “we’re getting into a situation when our friends and allies around the world that we depend upon are going to lack confidence in us.”

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Source: The Guradian

Shamima Begum family challenge Sajid Javid over citizenship decision

Today 08:05 GMT

The family of Shamima Begum has formally started court challenges against the home secretary, saying Sajid Javid’s decision to strip the teenager of her citizenship is unfair because hundreds of Britons who went to Islamic State territory have been allowed back.

This is crucial because, while the law bars him from making a person stateless, it allows him to remove citizenship if he can show Begum has behaved “in a manner which is seriously prejudicial to the vital interests of the UK” and he has “reasonable grounds for believing that the person is able, under the law of a country or territory outside the UK, to become a national of such a country or territory”.

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Source: Fox News

British actor who joined anti-ISIS fight says he's having trouble gaining re-entry to England, U.S.

Monday 20:00 GMT

ACTOR TURNED ANTI-ISIS FIGHTER MICHAEL ENRIGHT: 'I DON’T CARE ABOUT BEING FAMOUS'. In particular, it was the video that emerged in August 2014 of journalist James Foley being beheaded by British jihadist Mohammed Emwazi, who operated under the alias Jihadi John, that riled him enough to abandon his Los Angeles life in early 2015.

Although the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which includes YPG fighters, is supported by British and U.S forces in the anti-ISIS fight in Syria, the issue of Brits who went to join the group on their own behalf has become a complicated political one for the U.K government.

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Source: Fox News

Last ISIS enclave a scene of ‘devastation:’ Fox News visits only remaining village ruled by terror group

Tuesday 22:44 GMT

BAGHOUZ, Syria -- ISIS fighters are standing just 150 feet away and we are crouched on a rooftop in a building that hardly stands, obliterated by the offensive underway.

BRITISH ACTOR WHO JOINED ANTI-ISIS FIGHT SAYS HE'S HAVING TROUBLE GAINING RE-ENTRY TO ENGLAND, US. Baghouz is the last ISIS-held village left, the last remnants of what was once a territory the size of Indiana, with 8 million people under ISIS' rule.

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Source: BBC

Syrian fighters 'overrun IS encampment'

Wednesday 17:16 GMT

US-backed Syrian fighters are reported to have overrun an encampment that made up most of the last patch of territory held by the Islamic State (IS) group.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based monitoring group, meanwhile reported that at least 14 SDF fighters were killed and 30 others injured by IS gunfire and landmine explosions as they attacked the encampment. Even with its defeat in Baghuz imminent, IS released a defiant audio recording purportedly from its spokesman Abu Hassan al-Muhajir that asserted that the caliphate was not over.

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Source: DW

Islamic State loses significant camp in final hold-out territory Baghouz

Wednesday 11:46 GMT

US-backed Syrian forces said the "Islamic State" would be defeated "very soon" after the they captured a camp in Baghouz, the militants' last populated territory in Syria. But they warned "the battles are not yet over."

The US-backed Syrian Defense Forces (SDF) said they took a camp in Baghouz on Tuesday, where "Islamic State" (IS) militants had been besieged for months, bringing them close to capturing the last remaining IS territory. SDF spokesman Mustafa Bali announced the milestone on Twitter but warned it "is not a victory announcement, but a significant progress in the fight," adding he expected the remaining IS fighters to be defeated "very soon."

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Source: The Guradian

Why Israel is quietly cosying up to Gulf monarchies

Wednesday 01:30 GMT

Under the auspices of the US vice-president, Mike Pence, he met the foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and two other Gulf states that have no diplomatic relations with Israel.

The Emiratis “believe in Israel’s role because of their perception of Israel’s close relationship with the US, but also due to their sense that they can count on Israel against Iran,” an Israeli diplomat noted in 2009, adding that in general Gulf Arabs “believe Israel can work magic”. These “below-the-surface” relations suffered a grievous setback in 2010 when a Mossad hit team assassinated the Hamas operative Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in a Dubai hotel.

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Source: BBC

World's most expensive cities revealed

Wednesday 11:46 GMT

Report author Roxana Slavcheva said Paris had been among the top 10 most expensive cities since 2003 and was "extremely expensive" to live in. "Only alcohol, transport and tobacco offer value for money compared with other European cities," she said.

The price of a cup of coffee in the capital Caracas doubled to 400 bolivars ($0.62; £0.50) in the space of only a week last December, according to Bloomberg.

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Source: Fox News

ISIS fighters tied to killing 4 Americans in Syria captured by US-backed fighters, US official says

Wednesday 11:46 GMT

A group of Islamic State fighters who were tied to a January suicide bombing in Syria that killed 4 Americans were captured by U.S.-backed fighters, a defense official confirmed Tuesday to Fox News.

It was not immediately known how many ISIS fighters have been captured in all, the official said, adding that the details are still "vague." A defense official told Reuters the number people detained was in the "single digits," while another official told the news agency several people were detained in February.

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Source: The Guradian

Foreign nationals suspected of Isis links 'not wanted' in Syrian camps

Wednesday 10:50 GMT

An estimated 7,000 women and children from more than 40 nations, including the US, UK, Australia and Europe, are living in tense and chaotic conditions in camps in north-eastern Syria, where they are “not wanted” due to their supposed affiliation with Islamic State.

To ease potential tension among the many groups, the foreign nationals – hailing from countries as varied as Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Somalia and Trinidad and Tobago – have been segregated into separate annexes in two of the three camps, which include Ain Issa, al-Roj and the severely overcrowded al-Hawl centre, where Shamima Begum’s baby son died just under a fortnight ago.

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Source: The Guradian

Shamima Begum's lawyer held back by Syrian forces

Monday 13:34 GMT

Isis bride Shamima Begum’s ongoing effort to return to the UK has stalled again after her lawyer was held back by Syrian forces.

The heavily pregnant Begum spoke last month of her desire to return to the UK as the self-styled caliphate collapsed.


“Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets...” ― Napoléon Bonaparte