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US-backed forces poised for assault on last IS bastion in east Syria

Sulaymaniyah - Fighters from the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces sing for courage as they ready for battle, this time for an assault on the Islamic State group's last stronghold in the country's east.

Alleged Italian IS member held in Syria, say Kurds

Kamishli - Kurdish fighters in northern Syria detained an alleged Italian member of the Islamic State group as he was trying to flee across the border to Turkey, they said Thursday.

Coalition confirms assault on IS in east Syria

Washington - Coalition-backed ground forces in Syria have begun what is expected to be the final phase of an operation to clear the Islamic State group from a pocket of terrain, officials said Tuesday.

Foreign fighters in Syria's Idlib face last stand

Beirut - Hailing from far and wide, they flocked to Syria to wage "holy war". Now foreign jihadists face a fight to the last to hold onto Idlib, their final bastion.

Suicide bomber kills 2 Iraq policemen: security official

Kirkuk - A suicide bomber has killed two Iraqi policemen near a former bastion of the Islamic State group, days after IS claimed a similar attack near Syria's border, a security official said Friday.

Counting Islamic State members, an impossible task

Paris - Dramatically weakened on the ground, the Islamic State group faces military defeat in its one-time "caliphate" -- but experts say it is almost impossible to know how many members it still has.

Jihadist conflict in Cameroon diminishing, says thinktank

Libreville - Violence in northern Cameroon by Nigeria's Boko Haram jihadists has diminished but rooting out their threat will need deft handling, the International Crisis Group (ICG) warned on Tuesday.

Mali counts votes after poll worker slain

Bamako - Vote counting was under way across Mali on Monday after a tense presidential runoff in which a poll worker was killed and 100 polling stations were forced to close due to the security threat from Islamist militants.

Mali in presidential runoff overshadowed by security crisis

Bamako - Malians were called to the ballot box on Sunday for a presidential runoff likely to see Ibrahim Boubacar Keita return to office despite criticism of his handling of the country's security crisis.

Mali's Keita on track for second term in election runoff

Bamako - Malians vote on Sunday in a presidential runoff expected to return Ibrahim Boubacar Keita to the helm of a country battling jihadist violence and ethnic attacks.

Iraq sentences two Europeans to life for IS membership

Baghdad - An Iraqi court on Monday sentenced a French man and a German woman to life in prison in the latest punishments handed down for belonging to the Islamic State jihadist group.

Syrian regime bombs IS jihadists in southern desert

Beirut - Syrian regime forces bombed late Sunday a desert area under the control of the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group near the province of Sweida in southern Syria, a war monitor said.

Iraq launches major anti-IS operation after killings

Baghdad - Iraqi forces launched a major operation against remnants of the Islamic State group on Wednesday following public anger over the jihadists' murder of a group of abducted civilians.

Factfile on G5 Sahel force

Bamako - Following is a factfile on the G5 Sahel anti-terror force:- What is it?

French firm Lafarge charged with complicity in Syria crimes against humanity

Paris - French cement giant Lafarge was charged Thursday with complicity in crimes against humanity and financing terrorists for paying millions to jihadists, including the Islamic State group, to keep a factory open in war-torn Syria.

French firm Lafarge charged with complicity in crimes against humanity in Syria

Paris - French cement giant Lafarge was charged Thursday with complicity in crimes against humanity and financing a terrorist organisation for paying millions to jihadist groups, including the Islamic State, to keep a factory in Syria open during the war.

Tunisia shepherd dies after jihadist attack: ministry

Tunis - A Tunisian shepherd has died from wounds sustained when he was attacked over the weekend by jihadists in the country's mountainous centre, the defence ministry said Monday.

French police thwart terror attack on sex club

Paris - French police have thwarted two terror attacks, including one at a swingers' club, sources close to the investigations said Thursday.

To isolate, or not, Kosovo's returning jihadists

Pristina - One of Europe's smallest countries, Kosovo has produced more than its fair share of battle-hardened jihadists whom it is now trying to rehabilitate after their return home from Syria and Iraq.

Iraq court jails French woman for life over IS membership

Baghdad - An Iraqi court Sunday jailed a French woman for 20 years for belonging to the Islamic State group as her lawyers accused authorities in Paris of "interference" to prevent her returning to France.

Iraq court sentences French woman to life for IS membership

Baghdad - An Iraqi court on Sunday sentenced a French woman to life in jail for membership of the Islamic State jihadist group, an AFP reporter at the courthouse said.

Nearly a year since fall of Iraq's Mosul, hunt for bodies goes on

Mosul - Atop an enormous mound of rubble under blistering sun in Iraq's second city Mosul, fire crews and police chip away at a grim but vital task.

Syria rehab centre seeks to tame 'caliphate cubs'

- Thirteen-year-old Hassan may have committed atrocities for the Islamic State group, but instead of jailing him immediately, the Kurdish authorities in northeastern Syria enrolled him in a rehabilitation centre.

Syria fight against IS in Damascus stalls, dozens dead: monitor

Beirut - At least 86 pro-regime fighters were killed in Syria over the past week in battles against the Islamic State group as regime forces push to clear jihadists from their last stronghold in Damascus, a monitor said Saturday.

Fear and exodus on front line of jihadist fight in Burkina Faso

Ouagadougou - On the edge of the forbidding Sahara in the dusty northern market town of Djibo, Burkina Faso's battle against jihadism is at its most acute.This impoverished corner of West Africa has always seemed distant from the central government in Ouagadougou.

In Iraq's Anbar, election offers chance to settle scores

Ramadi - In the vast desert province of Anbar where Islamic State group jihadists first emerged in Iraq, parliamentary elections next month are an opportunity for the predominantly Sunni residents to settle scores.

Yemen forces clash with jihadists after Red Cross worker killed

Aden - Five pro-government soldiers were killed and 19 wounded in clashes with jihadists in Yemen's southern city of Taez on Monday after the killing of an aid worker with the International Committee of the Red Cross, medics said.

More than 300 sentenced to death in Iraq for IS links

Baghdad - Iraqi courts have sentenced to death a total of more than 300 people, including dozens of foreigners, for belonging to the Islamic State group, judicial sources said Wednesday.

Students, teachers rush back to class in IS-free east Syria

Ceylanpinar - Her name means "dreams" in Arabic and schoolteacher Ahlam is finally realising hers -- returning to her beloved classroom after years of jihadist rule over her eastern Syrian hometown.

France detains Belgian imam suspected of Syria fighting

Paris - French authorities have detained and charged a Belgian-based radical imam suspected of fighting with jihadists in Syria, sources said Wednesday.
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