Turkish troops managed to take control over vast areas near Arfin town in northern Syria.

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The Turkish Army has recaptured more areas, located in the outskirts of Arfin town in the northern part of Aleppo province, the Kurdish Hawar news agency reported on Tuesday. According to the news agency, vast areas near the village of Jaqleh in Shieh region of Afrin were seized by Turkish troops. Hawar noted that a
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Islamic State leader al-Baghdadi abandons Mosul, say intelligence sources

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The leader of the Islamic State has abandoned the city of Mosul and is hiding in the desert zone of western Iraq, according to intelligence sources. Meanwhile Mosul, once the most populous city under the Islamic State’s control, is now reportedly being defended by a diminishing cadre of fewer than 3,000 Sunni militants, who are
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How well can ISIS govern?

Behind the Islamic State’s barbaric ways, the admirable effectiveness of its management often passes unnoticed. Charles Lister characterizes it as an “impressively managed, almost obsessively bureaucratic organization” with “a practical model for social governance, one which has proven surprisingly effective within unstable environments.” He provides a lot of information about ISIS, but does not put
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Map: ISIS has lost 9.4 percent of its territory this year

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ISIS has lost almost 10 percent of its territory so far in 2015, yet another indication that the group, for all the terror it has sown in Syria and Iraq, is losing the war. Defense analysis group IHS Jane’s 360 detailed the territorial loss in a report, which includes this map below estimating the change in ISIS’s
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Are Central Asian migrants in Russia a recruiting ground for Islamic State?

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Concerns have fast grown in Russia and in the republics of Central Asia over extent of possible Islamic State (IS) influence. Out of an estimated 20,000 foreign recruits fighting for IS and other extremist groups in Iraq and Syria it is believed that close to 2,000 are Russian nationals and approximately 1,500 come from the
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Barrel Bombs in Syria

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Barrel bombs are the biggest killer of civilians living in opposition-held areas of Syria. The brave volunteers of the Syrian Civil Defence risk their lives daily and have saved nearly 18,000 people from the attacks.  Last week, the head of the Syrian Civil Defence traveled to the UN Security Council and gave an impassioned plea
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Yemeni Forces Arrest Terrorists in Female Dress

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Informed sources in Marib province confirmed on Friday that the province’s police forces alongside the popular forces have arrested a terrorist group, whose members tried to go through the police checkpoint in female clothing, FNA reports. The sources disclosed that the detained terrorists planned to enter the capital Sana’a and carry out terrorist actions against
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China Calls for Iran-P5+1 Nuclear Deal by Deadline

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China has called on all sides involved in the negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program to show more determination for a comprehensive accord by the June 30 deadline, Press TV reports. Beijing hopes that all parties will pay attention to and reasonably resolve legitimate concerns, avoid interference, and make a timely political decision to reach a
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Iraq Sentences 24 ISIS Militants to Death for Killing Soldiers

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BAGHDAD — A Baghdad court on Wednesday sentenced 24 suspected members of the Islamic State terror group to death for their role in the killing of hundreds of Iraqi soldiers during the extremists’ blitz across the country last year. The case stems from the horrific killings of 1,700 Iraqi soldiers at the hands of the
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Media Coverage of Europe’s Migrant Crisis Ignores Root Cause: NATO

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Media seems determined not to point out the major cause of migrant crisis facing the EU is the chaos and misery United States helped introduce to Libya, Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Somalia by Danielle Ryan The scale of the migrant crisis Europe is facing today cannot be understated. It is truly unprecedented. What is habitually understated,
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