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Officials: Trump Revealed Intelligence Secrets To Russians In Oval Office

President Trump disclosed highly classified information to Russia’s foreign minister and ambassador about a planned Islamic State operation, two U.S. officials said on Monday, plunging the White House into another controversy just months into Trump’s short tenure in office.

May 16, 2017
Kurdish forces prepare assault against ISIS in Mosul

Why ISIS, Al Qaeda, And Iran’s Mullahs All Love Donald Trump

This entire exercise in folly has nothing to do with resisting ISIS, a stateless band of murdering psychopaths that nevertheless poses no existential threat to Americans. Instead, it’s about atavistic fears, racial contempt and misplaced zeal for our preposterous comic-opera president.

February 8, 2017
Trump, Islam

Exclusive: Trump To Focus Counter-Extremism Program Solely On Islam

The program, “Countering Violent Extremism,” or CVE, would be changed to “Countering Islamic Extremism” or “Countering Radical Islamic Extremism,” Reuters sources confirmed, and would no longer target groups such as white supremacists who have also carried out bombings and shootings in the United States.

February 2, 2017
Trump, Flynn

Trump Seeks To Reassure CIA Staff At Headquarters Rally

“Many people are asking whether we can serve under a president and national security adviser who’ve expressed such contempt for the intelligence community,” said a veteran CIA officer.

January 22, 2017
ISIS, Islamic State, Turkey

Islamic State Claims Istanbul Attack, Gunman Remains At Large

The Islamic State described the Reina nightclub, where many foreigners as well as Turks were killed, as a gathering point for Christians celebrating their “apostate holiday”. The attack, it said, was revenge for Turkish military involvement in Syria.

January 2, 2017
Iraq

New Advance In East Mosul To Begin Within Days

Iraqi forces will resume their push against Islamic State inside Mosul in the coming days, a U.S. battlefield commander said, in a new phase of the two-month-old operation that will see American troops deployed closer to the front line in the city.

December 26, 2016
For American Troops In Iraq, Observing Christmas Again

Déjà Vu For American Troops Observing Christmas In Iraq Again

Few soldiers thought they would be back nearly 14 years after the U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein, sparking an al Qaeda-backed insurgency and throwing the country into a sectarian civil war. Yet here they are in Mosul, albeit with a fraction of the numbers and a much narrower mission.

December 25, 2016
The Islamic State claims responsibility for attack on police academy in Pakistan

Islamic State Claims Attack On Pakistan Police Academy

Islamic State on Tuesday said fighters loyal to their movement attacked a police training college in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta, in a raid that officials said killed 59 people and wounded more than 100.

October 25, 2016
Kurdish forces prepare assault against ISIS in Mosul

Iraq Launches Offensive To Recapture Mosul From ‘Islamic State’

As the assault got underway, a Reuters correspondent saw helicopters overhead releasing flares and heard explosions on the city’s eastern front, where Kurdish fighters moved forward to take outlying villages.

October 17, 2016
An Iraqi Shi'ite fighter fires artillery during clashes with Islamic State militants near Falluja, Iraq, May 29, 2016. REUTERS/Staff/File Photo

Iraq Expels Islamic State Families From Local Communities

Iraqi authorities are expelling the families of suspected Islamic State members from their homes as the jihadist group loses ground, raising fears of communal violence if people seek to settle old scores.

September 9, 2016
A fighter of Libyan forces allied with the U.N.-backed government runs for cover during a battle with Islamic State fighters in Sirte, Libya, July 31, 2016. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

US Begins Launching Airstrikes Against Islamic State In Libya

Libya is now the fourth country in which the U.S. military is launching airstrikes against Islamic State militants, including Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. “These actions and those we have taken previously will help deny ISIL a safe haven in Libya,” Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said in a statement.

August 2, 2016
Friends and family members embrace outside the Orlando Police Headquarters in Orlando, Florida, June 12, 2016. REUTERS/Steve Nesius

How Do We ‘Fight ISIS’ After Orlando?

Yes, Omar Mateen did declare allegiance to ISIS just before the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. So did the shooters in San Bernardino, California. But in these cases and many others, the so-called “lone wolf” attackers had little formal or logistical connections to terror groups: they simply absorbed propaganda and acted on it. This new breed of terrorism is designed to evade the information age, and “making the sand glow” won’t help stop it.

June 13, 2016
Kurdish Peshmerga forces keep watch in a village east of Mosul, Iraq, May 29, 2016. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari

U.S.-Led Coalition Troops Seen Near Front Line In New Iraq Offensive

Commenting on the ground deployment of coalition soldiers seen near the battle front, Baghdad-based spokesman for then coalition, U.S. Army Colonel Steve Warren, said: “U.S. and coalition forces are conducting advise and assist operations to help Kurdish Peshmerga forces”.

May 29, 2016
Brett McGurk, the United States' envoy to the coalition against Islamic State, arrives to attend his a news conference in Amman, Jordan, May 15, 2016. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed

ISIS Is On The Defensive, Territory Shrinking In Syria and Iraq: U.S. Official

ISIS “is shrinking so they are very much on the defensive,” Brett McGurk, U.S. President Barack Obama’s special envoy in the fight against Islamic State, told a news conference in Amman. ISIS controls the cities of Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria and is proving a potent threat abroad, claiming credit for major attacks in Paris in November and Brussels in March.

May 15, 2016

ISIS Income Drops On Low Oil Revenue, Taxes

Since mid-2014, the territory under ISIS control shrunk by about 22 percent, reducing its tax base to 6 million people from 9 million.

April 18, 2016
Right-wing demonstrators protest against the wave of terrorism in front of the old stock exchange in Brussels, Belgium. March 27. 2016. REUTERS/Yves Herman

Belgian Police Break Up Street Protests As Attack Investigation Widens

Most of the protests were peaceful but white-helmeted riot police used the water cannon against a group of protesters, many of whom local media described as right-wing nationalists, who burst onto the square chanting and carrying banners denouncing Islamic State.

March 28, 2016
Iskandariya

Suicide Bomber Kills 26, Wounds 71 South Of Baghdad: Official

A suicide attacker detonated an explosive belt in a park outside Baghdad on Friday, killing 26 people and wounding 71, said the security head in Babel province where the bomb – claimed by Islamic State – went off.

March 25, 2016
Injured people are seen at the scene of explosions at Zaventem airport near Brussels

Attacks On Brussels Airport, Metro Kill 34: Public Broadcaster

British Sky News television’s Alex Rossi, at the airport, said he heard two “very, very loud explosions”.

March 22, 2016

Canada To End Bombing Missions In Iraq And Syria

Trudeau: “We were guided by our desire to do what we could do best to help in the region and to do it in the right way.”

February 8, 2016
Weapons confiscated from last Wednesday's attack in San Bernardino, California

Officials Envision Probation Program For People Facing Terror Charges

Federal authorities in Minnesota are looking at ways to steer some terrorism offenders away from radical ideologies and safely back into society.

January 19, 2016
U.S. Speaker of the House Ryan holds news conference on Syrian refugee bill on Capitol Hill in Washington

In Congress, Expect Renewed Battles On Refugees, Guns And Health Care

Anything Obama does, Republicans will pounce.

January 6, 2016

Capture Of Ramadi Complex Could Mark Strategic Victory Over Islamic State, But Will It Hold?

Anti-terrorism troops hoisted the national flag atop the key complex in the long-contested Sunni Muslim city west of Baghdad, Brig. Gen. Yahya Rasool, Iraqi joint operations spokesman, said in a televised statement.

December 30, 2015

San Bernardino Shooter Malik Said She Was Pregnant When She Sought U.S. Green Card

A note scrawled in red ink on a page in Malik’s application reads: “applicant is pregnant due on 05-21-15,” a congressional official who has reviewed her immigration record said Monday.

December 30, 2015

Iraqi Army Declares First Major Victory Over Islamic State In Ramadi

The capture of Ramadi, capital of mainly Sunni-Muslim Anbar province, deprives Islamic State militants of their biggest prize of 2015.

December 27, 2015

How The U.S. ‘Train And Equip’ Program In Syria Collapsed

When the first group of Syrians from a U.S.-trained force intended to combat Islamic State crossed into their country from Turkey in mid-July, they arrived in uniform carrying M16 rifles, mortars and flak vests. But they had no expense money, little food and no clear idea of how they, just 54 men, were to battle the extremists.

December 25, 2015