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How Trump's itchy Twitter finger could get the US into big trouble

In her presidential weekly briefing, Samantha Vinograd writes that policymaking by tweet -- be it regarding Israel, North Korea or Syria -- has serious repercussions that President Donald Trump may not understand or want to acknowledge


Why we still need to worry about ISIS

Peter Bergen writes that while ISIS has lost its physical territory in Iraq and Syria, it is likely to continue to inspire attacks around the world as a virtual caliphate.


With The Collapse Of The ISIS 'Caliphate,' A Camera Lens Lingers On Those Left Behind

As U.S.-backed forces fought in recent weeks to reclaim the last territory held by ISIS in Syria, photographer Felipe Dana turned his lens on the thousands of civilians rushing to evacuate.(Image credit: Felipe Dana/AP)


Israel says Trump to recognise Golan as its territory Monday

US President Donald Trump will sign an order recognising Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights when he meets Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington on Monday, Israel's foreign minister said. "President Trump will sign tomorrow in the presence of PM Netanyahu an order recognising Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights," Foreign Minister Israel Katz wrote on Twitter on Sunday. Again breaking with longstanding international consensus, Trump said on Thursday that the United Stat...


Syria Kurds urge world to take back foreign jihadists

Syria's Kurds warned Sunday that the thousands of foreign jihadists they have detained in their fight against the Islamic State group are a time-bomb the international community urgently needs to defuse. Speaking a day after Kurdish-led forces announced the final demise of the jihadists' physical "caliphate", the Kurdish administration's top foreign affairs official Abdel Karim Omar warned that its foreign captives still pose a threat. "There are thousands of fighters, children and women and f...


Its Territory May Be Gone, but the U.S. Fight Against ISIS Is Far From Over

Thousands of Islamic State fighters are still at large in Iraq and Syria, rearming and regrouping. And the group pose threats elsewhere, in Afghanistan, West Africa and the Philippines.
Tags: United States Defense and Military Forces, United States Politics and Government, Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS, Khorasan, Defense Department, Baghdadi, Abu Bakr al, Votel, Joseph L, Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Libya, Iraq, Philippines, Syria, Africa


Driver working with NBC News killed in Syria

BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — The president of NBC News says a driver working with its reporters in Syria was killed by an explosive device. Noah Oppenheim said in a statement Sunday that NBC employees escaped unharmed, and expressed “deepest sympathies” to the driver’s family and loved ones. Oppenheim says “we are still gathering information from […]
Tags: Nation


An ISIS Couple’s Troubling Path to Terror Recruiting

A well-educated pair from the Philippines have been captured in Syria after becoming high-profile recruiters for the terrorist group.
Tags: Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS, Terrorism, Philippines, Syria, Computers and the Internet, Murders, Attempted Murders and Homicides, Muslims and Islam


ISIS has lost its final stronghold in Syria, the Syrian Democratic Forces says

ISIS has lost its final stronghold in Syria, the Syrian Democratic Forces announced Saturday, bringing an end to the so-called caliphate declared by the terrorist group in 2014.


Explosion in Syria Kills Driver for NBC News Team

The blast occurred hours after a U.S.-backed militia announced that the Islamic State had been routed from its last patch of Syrian territory.
Tags: Syria, NBC News, Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS, Oppenheim, Noah


Trump hails fall of Islamic State 'caliphate' in Syria

The Islamic State group remains a threat despite the fall of its final territory, President Trump says.


Islamic State 'caliphate' defeated, yet threat persists

Originally an offshoot of al Qaeda, IS took large swathes of Iraq and Syria from 2014, imposing a reign of terror with public beheadings and attacks by supporters abroad - but it was eventually beaten back to the village of Baghouz. "We announce today the destruction of the so-called Islamic State organization and the end of its ground control in its last pocket in Baghouz," Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) general commander Mazloum Abdi told a victory ceremony. SDF fighters, who besieged Baghou...


ISIS Caliphate Crumbles as Last Village in Syria Falls

American-backed forces took the last remnant of territory under Islamic State rule in Syria, but signs of the group’s resurgence are already visible.
Tags: Terrorism, Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS, Syria, Iraq, Politics and Government, Muslims and Islam, Syrian Democratic Forces, Abadi, Haider al


The Islamic State Has Not Been Defeated

Make no mistake: The group will be back unless the conditions that gave birth to it are addressed.
Tags: Terrorism, Muslims and Islam, Al Qaeda, Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS, Iraq, Syria


Accepting Golan annexation, Trump risks new precedents

US President Donald Trump is again breaking diplomatic norms in backing Israel's capture of the Golan Heights, with experts warning that he risks justifying expansionism by other countries. Israel conquered the Golan from Syria in the Six-Day War of 1967 and annexed it in 1981, but until now, the international community has not accepted the move, hoping the territory could serve as a bargaining chip in a future peace deal between the countries. The move -- which came as Trump's ally, Prime Min...


U.S.-Backed Syrian Forces Declare Victory Over the Islamic State

President Trump declared victory over the Islamic State the day before
Tags: Uncategorized, ISIS, Onetime, Syria


"The Islamic State’s so-called caliphate has been defeated, a U.S.-backed force said Saturday..."

WaPo reports in "The Islamic State’s caliphate has been defeated, U.S.-backed forces say."I celebrate this victory, but please forgive me if I look immediately turn to WaPo's treatment of President Trump. The first mention of him is in paragraph 4, and it's negative:The militants switched gears as territorial defeat loomed, seeding sleeper cells across former strongholds as they prepared a new phase of insurgency. U.S. military officials have also warned that President Trump’s planned troop with...
Tags: ISIS, Journalism, Obama and the military, Obama's war on terror, Syria, Trump And The Military, Trump's war on terror, WaPo


The rise and fall of the Isis 'caliphate'

Once a magnet for would-be jihadists worldwide, Islamic State’s dominion collapsed amid infighting and paranoiaOn a midwinter night in early January, the most wanted man in the world entered a home in a forsaken town near the Syrian border for a rare meeting with his surviving aides. Continue reading...
Tags: Islamic State, World news, Syria, Iraq, Middle East and North Africa


Isis defeated, US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces announce

Kurdish-led group says last of militants cleared from their stronghold of Baghouz, marking end of self-declared caliphateUS-backed forces in Syria have announced the liberation of the last area held by Islamic State in the eastern Syrian village of Baghuz, declaring victory over the extremist group and the end of its self-declared Islamic caliphate.“Baghuz is free and the military victory against Daesh has been achieved,” tweeted Mustafa Bali, a spokesman for the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic F...
Tags: Islamic State, Syria, World news, Kurds, US foreign policy


Last ISIS Village in Syria Falls, and a Caliphate Crumbles

American-backed forces took the last remnant of territory under Islamic State rule in Syria, but signs of the group’s resurgence are already visible.
Tags: Terrorism, Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS, Syria, Iraq, Politics and Government, Muslims and Islam, Syrian Democratic Forces, Abadi, Haider al


White House Says ISIS’s Last Bastion Fell. So Why Is There Still Fighting?

Military officials said clashes in Syria against the Islamic State hadn’t stopped, hours after the White House press secretary claimed the caliphate was “100 percent eliminated.”
Tags: United States Defense and Military Forces, United States Politics and Government, Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS, Defense Department, Syrian Democratic Forces, Sanders, Sarah Huckabee, Syria


Kurdish forces dispute White House claim Isis is eliminated in Syria

Announcement appeared to catch US allies off-guard as SDF spokesman says its fighters clashed overnight with Islamic State militantsThe Trump White House has declared that the Islamic State no longer holds any territory inside Syria, but the claim was disputed by Kurdish-led forces on the ground who said clashes were continuing.Sarah Sanders, the White House press secretary, told reporters that the acting defence secretary, Patrick Shanahan, had briefed Donald Trump and that the Pentagon had con...
Tags: Islamic State, Syria, Trump administration, Middle East and North Africa, World news, US news


Syria vows to recover Golan as Trump policy shift draws criticism

Trump's statement on Thursday marked a dramatic shift in U.S. policy over the status of a disputed area that Israel captured from Syria in the 1967 Middle East conflict and annexed in 1981 - a move not recognized internationally. Against this backdrop of hostility toward the U.S. move, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Beirut where he took aim at Israel's main regional foes - Hezbollah and its backer Iran - and declared the success of U.S. sanctions against them.


White House: Last Islamic State ground in Syria eliminated

By DEB RIECHMANN and LOLITA C. BALDOR WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.  — Islamic State-held territory in Syria has been “100 percent” eliminated, the White House announced Friday, though officials said sporadic fighting continues on the ground between coalition forces and the group’s holdouts. The complete fall of the last IS stronghold in Baghouz, Syria, would mark the end of the Islamic State group’s self-declared caliphate, which at its height stretched across large parts of Syria and Iraq. Controlling...
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Trump Has Liberated Israel

The president’s announcement on the Golan Heights will finally free us from the “land for peace” formula that none of us believe in anyway.
Tags: Palestinians, Defense and Military Forces, Netanyahu, Benjamin, Trump, Donald J, Golan Heights, Israel, Syria


WH: Islamic State Territory In Syria Has Been ‘100 Percent’ Eliminated

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — All Islamic State-held territory in Syria has been”100 percent” eliminated, the White House announced Friday, though officials said sporadic fighting continues on the ground between coalition forces and the group’s holdouts. The complete fall of the last IS stronghold in Baghouz, Syria, would the end of the Islamic State group’s self-declared caliphate, which at its height stretched across large parts of Syria and Iraq. Controlling territory gave it room to launch ...
Tags: News, AP story, ISIS, Islamic State, Pentagon, Syria, Summer Concepcion


Israel Is on the Brink of Disaster. Trump Just Made Things Worse.

Israel’s right-wing leaders are reading signals from Washington as a green light.
Tags: Palestinians, Likud Party (Israel, Defense and Military Forces, Palestinian Authority, Netanyahu, Benjamin, Trump, Donald J, Gantz, Benny, Golan Heights, Israel, Middle East, Syria, United States, West Bank


Trump provokes global anger by recognising Israel's claim to Golan Heights

Russia, Iran and Turkey condemn US president while Syria vows to recapture territory lost in 1967 warSyria has vowed to retake the Golan Heights as Donald Trump’s call for the US to recognise the occupied territory as part of Israel elicited strong responses from Russia, Turkey and Iran. The president ended half a century of US foreign policy and broke from post-second world war international consensus that forbids territorial conquest during war with a tweet on Thursday that said it was time “t...
Tags: Israel, Middle East and North Africa, World news, Donald Trump, US news, US foreign policy, Syria, Russia, Europe, Turkey, Iran


The Golan Heights Was Once an Arab Rallying Cry. Not Anymore.

The muted Arab response to President Trump’s call to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the territory shows Syria’s weakness amid a reordered Arab world.
Tags: Security Council (UN, Assad, Bashar al, Kerry, John, Obama, Barack, Trump, Donald J, Golan Heights, Israel, Defense and Military Forces, Arab-Israeli War (1967, Syria, United States, Middle East