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Islamic State ‘Well-Positioned’ to Rebuild Caliphate

Destroying the Islamic State is proving more difficult than the United States and its allies envisioned, with the most recent intelligence assessments warning that the self-declared caliphate is well-positioned to rise again. For months, U.S. and coalition officials have talked about how the combination of air power and partner forces on the ...

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IS conflict: Up to 30,000 fighters in Syria and Iraq - UN

A UN report says a "reduced, covert version" of the group could remain, despite its military losses.

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Syria Dispatch: ‘There Are No Girls Left’: Syria’s Christian Villages Hollowed Out by ISIS

While calm has returned to a Christian area of Syria ravaged by the Islamic State, the traumatized people have not, with whole villages emptied. ...

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Parents of Austin Tice, Journalist Seized in Syria, Are Confident He’s Alive

Marc and Debra Tice, whose son, Austin, has been missing in Syria since Aug. 14, 2012, said the Trump administration was committed to bringing him ...

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Far From Dead: Tens of Thousands of IS Fighters Linger in Iraq, Syria    

The Islamic State terror group may be far more resilient, stronger and dangerous than U.S. officials have been willing to let on, boasting a fighting ...

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White House: Trump Aide Bolton Met Turkish Envoy to Discuss US Pastor 

White House national security adviser John Bolton met on Monday with Turkey's ambassador to the United States to discuss Turkey's detention of ...

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Children pulled from rubble after deadly Syria blast

Video believed to be of the flattened building in Idlib province shows children being rescued.

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Refugee Artist Paints with New Colors in US

Refugees carry few material possessions when they flee war, violence or persecution in their homelands. But they do bring talent and skill to their new countries. At the Sandy Spring Museum in Sandy Spring, Maryland, that talent is on display in an exhibit of six refugee artists from Iraq, Ethiopia and Somalia. Some of the displayed works ...

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US Braces for Possible Cyberattacks After Iran Sanctions

The U.S. is bracing for cyberattacks Iran could launch in retaliation for the re-imposition of sanctions this week by President Donald Trump, cybersecurity and intelligence experts say. Concern over that cyber threat has been rising since May, when Trump pulled out of the 2015 nuclear deal, under which the U.S. and other world powers eased ...

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Ricardo Vilanova: 'Face to face with IS captors'

Spanish photojournalist Ricardo Vilanova meets two of the men accused of holding him hostage in Syria.

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Pentagon cracks down on soldiers' GPS tracking apps

The move comes after a fitness app revealed troop movements in Syria and Afghanistan.

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Syria’s Women Prisoners, Drawn by an Artist Who Was One

Azza Abo Rebieh got her guards to give her pencils and paper, then began sketching the faces and habits of fellow inmates in Syria’s notorious detention system.

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Syria accuses Israel’s Mossad of assassinating top rocket scientist

Aziz Asbar, who died Saturday, worked closely with Iran on Syrian missile development, reports say.

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The art scene in Zaatari Refugee Camp

It might not be dominating headlines so regularly anymore, but the Syrian refugee crisis is far from over. There are now more displaced people around the world than since records began. The UNHCR reported in 2014 that increasing numbers of refugees, internally displaced peoples and asylum-seekers are mainly being driven by the war in Syria.

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ISIS says it's behind the attacks in Syria that killed 166

ISIS has claimed responsibility for a horrific day of carnage that devastated southern Syria on Wednesday.

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So-called 'IS Beatles' El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Kotey dispute extradition

Two Londoners accused of belonging to IS speak to the BBC's Quentin Sommerville from jail in Syria.

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US Navy's Top Admiral Cites Increased Threat in Ocean Nearest Washington

Chinese military vessels are now operating in the Northern Atlantic, and Russian submarines are prowling those same waters at a pace not seen since ...

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What does the future hold for France's 'IS children'?

The grandparents of French children of IS fighters in Syria and Iraq want them brought home.

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Recruited by Iran to fight for Syrian regime, young Afghans bring home cash and scars

Interviews with Afghan Shiite combat veterans offer a rare glimpse into the multinational fight in Syria.

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Gruesome massacre a reminder that ISIS is far from dead

Wednesday's coordinated assault, which left more than 200 people dead in southern Syria, is a chilling reminder that ISIS is far from dead.

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300 White Helmet rescue workers still trapped in Syria

Around 300 White Helmets are still trapped in Syria after an Israeli evacuation Sunday of hundreds of the rescue workers and their family members.

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More than 200 killed in southern Syria as Islamic State launches devastating assault

The suicide bombings and clashes in Sweida showed the militant group’s ability to strike despite losing much of its territory.

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An Ancient River in Syria Sections Off a Modern War

A trip along the Euphrates reveals damaged and depopulated towns, and an uneasy front held by a tenuous American presence.

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The battle to stop ex-IS fighters reaching Europe

The BBC's Quentin Sommerville follows the teams trying to trace ex-IS fighters who have fled Syria.

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I’ve Been Covering the Detention of Terrorism Suspects for 15 Years. What Have We Learned?

Our national security law expert in Washington made his first of many reporting trips to Guantánamo Bay in 2003. Earlier this month, he toured ISIS fighter prisons in Syria.

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International operation evacuates White Helmets rescue workers from Syria

The mission came at the request of the U.S. and other European countries as Assad’s forces prepared to regain full control of the southwest.

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