Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant

Salafi jihadist terrorist and militant group

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The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, officially known as the Islamic State (IS) and also known by its Arabic-language acronym Daesh, is a Salafi jihadist militant group and former unrecognised proto-state that follows a fundamentalist, Salafi doctrine of Sunni Islam. ISIL gained global prominence in early 2014 when it drove Iraqi government forces out of key cities in its Western Iraq offensive, followed by its capture of Mosul and the Sinjar massacre.

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In northern Syria, prisons are filled with foreign ISIS fighters. In a CBS News exclusive, Holly Williams was given rare access to one of these prisons, and..
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Inside a high-security prison in Syria, CBS News met a 22-year-old man from Minneapolis
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ISIS lost its last territory in Syria in March, but the group remains a terror threat. The reclusive leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, called for his..
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Militia running the facility says if prisoners aren't taken back by their home countries, they'll need help preventing a potentially dangerous mass-escape
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The leaders of Turkey, Russia and Iran meeting in Ankara on Monday agreed to try to ease tensions in northwest Syria's Idlib region, but disagreements between..
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Islamic State's media network on Monday issued an audio message purporting to come from its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi saying operations were taking place daily..
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ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi has released a new audio message claiming the group is carrying out "daily operations" on different fronts. It comes five months..
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Islamic State's media network on Monday published an audio message purporting to come from its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi warning that "daily operations" were..
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When Islamic State gunmen stormed the northeast Nigerian town of Magumeri on the night of August 21, they had free rein.
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OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - West African leaders have pledged $1 billion to combat the spiralling threat of Islamist militancy in the region, the head of the..
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The mission to destroy al Qaeda continues 18 years after 9/11. A top Afghan security official told CBS News they've found "connections" between al Qaeda and ISIS..
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The mission to destroy al Qaeda continues 18 years after 9/11
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ISIS remains an active threat, long after it was defeated in Syria. Holly Williams went undercover to expose how human smugglers are helping ISIS fighters..
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Filming with a hidden camera, CBS News set up a meeting with a man who runs a smuggling syndicate
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In Afghanistan, a new video from al-Qaeda shows the continued threat of terrorism, nearly two decades after the 9/11 attacks. The group's leader, Ayman..
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Less than a month after 9/11, U.S. forces invaded Afghanistan to dismantle al Qaeda. But terrorist organizations are still using Afghanistan as a base. Charlie..
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Switzerland has revoked the citizenship of a man convicted of helping recruit jihadist fighters, invoking a law allowing dual nationals to be stripped of their..
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Without a functional caliphate, isolated ISIS cells pose no long-term threat, writes retired Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer, London Center for Policy Research.
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Hisham Muhammad amassed an array of weapons including a tomahawk, a machete and bear-claws, Old Bailey told
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The United States on Tuesday announced sanctions on a "wide range of terrorists and their supporters," including the Palestinian group Hamas and Iran's Islamic..
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The United States said it was imposing sanctions on a "wide range of terrorists and their supporters," including the Palestinian group Hamas and Iran's Islamic..
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RAQQA, Syria (AP) โ€” The neighbors reported a foul smell coming from the house next door. The house, which the Islamic State group had used as a school for its..
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UNITED NATIONS (AP) โ€” Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says the Islamic State extremist group remains resilient in Afghanistan despite โ€œa high paceโ€ of..
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BERLIN: Federal prosecutors have arrested a German Tunisian woman on charges of being a member of a terror organization and for joining the Islamic State group..
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AKAKALE: The United States and Turkey on Sunday began joint patrols in north-eastern Syria aimed at easing tensions between Ankara and US-backed Kurdish forces..
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A Muslim man said his name is "Aziz." A Starbucks barista wrote "ISIS." Was it a mistake or discrimination?
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The Islamic State militant group has claimed responsibility for an explosion at a public market in the southern Philippines that wounded at least seven people..
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