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The Islamic State’s prolific ‘martyrdom’ machine

Amaq News Agency claims that the Islamic State has carried out 489 “martyrdom operations” in Iraq, Syria and Libya during the first five months of 2016, with 119 in May alone. If Amaq’s figures are accurate, then the Islamic State is executing more suicide attacks per month in 2016 than all terrorist organizations combined in 2015.

Islamic State releases video from al Baghdadi

In a video released by the jihadist group, its fighters are shown attacking near al Baghdadi in Iraq’s Anbar province. While it is unclear when the footage was shot, fighting is still raging for control of the town close to the al Asad airbase where over 300 US Marines are currently stationed.