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Turkey deports suspected Islamic State fighter to U.S. after he was ‘stuck’ at Greek border

Turkey deports suspected Islamic State fighter to U.S. after he was ‘stuck’ at Greek border

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Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Turkey deported an American suspected Islamic State fighter to the United States after the man was held in limbo at the Turkey-Greece border, Turkish officials announced Friday. Turkey-supported forces captured Muhammad Darwish Bassam, 39, who is of Jordanian descent, in October during Turkey's military offensive in Syria. Turkey initially sent Bassam to Greece, his country of choice, but Greece denied him entry. Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said Bassam was "stuck" between Turkey and Greece. The United States also initially refused him, but later approved the deportation. "Upon the commitment of the USA to issue a travel document, necessary procedures have been initiated to send the foreign terrorist fighter to the USA," the Turkish Interior Ministry said. Tu...
Video emerges of ‘Islamic State leader alive’

Video emerges of ‘Islamic State leader alive’

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By Sanya Burgess, news reporter Footage has emerged appearing to show Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi alive and talking about this month's Sri Lanka bombings.The leader, whose death or serious injury has been reported repeatedly in the past, appears well despite recent claims about his health. A bearded man who resembles Baghdadi sits cross-legged on the floor next to a machine gun and gives an 18-minute speech in the footage, which is in the process of being verified by Sky News.If the man is Baghdadi, this is his first appearance in a IS video in five years. He appears older and heavier than in previous images. 5) There is serious danger not only to the fact that Baghdadi, #ISIS’ so-called Caliph, is still alive--but als
Islamic State eliminated in 'apocalyptic wasteland'

Islamic State eliminated in 'apocalyptic wasteland'

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US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces say they have "totally eliminated" Islamic State in Syria.The SDF made the announcement as it declared the battle against the insurgents in the final IS stronghold of Baghouz in the east of the country was over. Image: Syrian Democratic Forces have now raised their flag in Baghouz, eastern Syria It has been battling the last IS remnants in the border town near Iraq for weeks as the jihadists have been using civilians as human shields.The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces have now claimed "all territory in Syria is now clear of IS fighters". Image: IS has now lost control of its final territory in Baghouz SDF spokesman Mustafa Bali tweeted: ...
Islamic State group: Civilians evacuated from last Syria enclave

Islamic State group: Civilians evacuated from last Syria enclave

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Civilians have been evacuated from the last village in Syria still held by the Islamic State (IS) group.A convoy on Wednesday carried hundreds of men, women and children from Baghuz, near the Iraqi border.The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) alliance have said they are waiting for their removal before launching an offensive against militants "entrenched inside".Those removed are being screened then taken to camps, the SDF say. An estimated 300 IS fighters are thought to be holed up inside a tiny pocket of land.How close is the capture?There have been conflicting reports on how close the SDF is to ridding the enclave of IS.The US-led coalition fighting IS has said the "most hardened" fighters remain within Baghuz.The SDF h...
Trump sees total rout of Islamic State group as imminent

Trump sees total rout of Islamic State group as imminent

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US President Donald Trump has said territory held by the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq could be "100%" liberated as early as next week."It should be announced, probably some time next week, that we will have 100% of the caliphate," he told a gathering of coalition partners.However, he also cautioned that he wanted to "wait for the official word".Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pledged the US would continue to fight IS, despite withdrawing troops from Syria. Trump rewrites US Syria policy After the caliphate: Has IS been defeated? Mr Trump shocked coalition allies in December when he declared that the group had been defeated, amid reports he wanted to pull out US soldiers within 30 days.But he later slowed the withdrawal af...