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US launches airstrikes in Syria

Airstrikes targeted Islamic State command and control centers in Raqqah, the jihadist group's de facto capital in eastern Syria, as well as arms caches, supply depots, and ground units near the Iraqi border.


Islamist foreign fighters returning home and the threat to Europe

Testimony to the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats on the threat posed by Islamist foreign fighters returning home to Europe.


Islamic State assaults city in Syrian Kurdistan

The border town of Kobane is under siege from the Islamic State, which continues to advance in Aleppo province.


Al Qaeda branches urge jihadist unity against US

AQAP and AQIM have issued a joint statement encouraging the jihadists in Syria to unite in the face of the American-led opposition. However, the statement should not be read as an indication that they are breaking ranks from al Qaeda. The two groups also offer their condolences for the Ahrar al Sham leaders who were killed earlier this month.


Islamic State beheads British citizen, threatens another

The Islamic State released a video of the beheading of David Cawthorne Haines, a British citizen who was kidnapped while providing security for an aid group in Syria's Idlib province in March 2013.


US strategy against Islamic State to mirror counterterrorism efforts in Yemen, Somalia

Obama described the counterterrorism strategy in Yemen and Somalia as "one that we have successfully pursued ... for years." However, several years of cooperation with willing partners have yielded questionable results.


US aided Hezbollah Brigades in breaking Islamic State siege of Iraqi town

Hezbollah Brigades, which was listed by the US as a Foreign Terrorist Organization in 2009, now controls access to Amerli.


US airstrikes target Islamic State at the Haditha Dam

The US air campaign against the Islamic State has expanded into Anbar province.


Islamic State executes American reporter, threatens Brit

The Islamic State followed through on its threat to behead Steven Joel Sotloff if the US did not end airstrikes. The jihadist group said David Cawthorne Haines, a British hostage, is next.


US airstrikes in Amerli supported deadly Shia terror group

The League of the Righteous, which is responsible for killing hundreds of US soldiers, was part of the Iraqi force that liberated Amerli. The group is closely tied to Iran's Qods Force and three of its leaders are Specially Designated Global terrorists.


Islamic State documents takeover of Syrian airbase

After taking control of Tabqa in Raqqah province, Islamic State fighters executed Syrian soldiers, and captured at least three MiG fighter aircraft as well as a large quantity of weapons systems and munitions.


Islamic State fighters assault last Syrian stronghold in Raqqah

Islamic State fighters are reported to be in control of large areas of the Tabqa military airport, the last major stronghold for the Syrian military in Raqqah province.


US launched raid in Syria to rescue American hostages held by Islamic State

The raid failed to rescue "a number of American hostages held in Syria" by the Islamic State, the Department of Defense's spokesman said today.


Islamic State beheads American reporter

James Wright Foley, a journalist who was captured in Syria by the Islamic State in November 2012, was executed on camera. The Islamic State threatened to kill another captive American reporter if the US military does not halt its air campaign against the jihadist group in northern Iraq.


Islamic State repels Iraqi military's 3rd attempt to retake Tikrit

Iraqi forces broke off their advance on Tikrit after taking heavy fire from Islamic State fighters based in and around the capital of Salahaddin province.


US airpower supports Peshmerga, Iraqi forces to retake Mosul Dam

President Obama expanded the US military mission in Iraq to include protecting "critical infrastructure" and supporting Iraqi Army and Peshmerga offensive military operations in northern Iraq.


US adds Islamic State, Al Nusrah Front leaders to list of global terrorists

Abu Muhammed al Adnani is the Islamic State's controversial spokesman. Said Arif is a seasoned jihadist who has traveled to several battlefields and is now with the Al Nusrah Front in Syria.


Islamic State advances against jihadist foes in Aleppo

The jihadist group ejected the rival Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's branch in Syria, and allied jihadist groups from five towns and villages in Aleppo province.


Chechen-led jihadist group in Syria releases video of training camp

Jamaat Ahadun Ahad, or the Group of the One and Only, is led by a Chechen commander and its fighters include "many Chechens, Turks, Arabs, Europeans, and even several former members of the Taliban."


US airstrikes against Islamic State continue in northern Iraq

The US launched four airstrikes on Aug. 9 and five more on Aug. 10 against the Islamic State in the Sinjar area, where the Yazidi minority is facing a humanitarian crisis, and near Irbil.
 
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