Iraqi soldiers carry weapons during an operation against Islamic State militants in the frontline in neighbourhood of Intisar, eastern Mosul, Iraq, December 5, 2016. Iraqi army units launched a fresh assault in southeast Mosul on Tuesday and a senior commander was quoted as saying an armored division had advanced to within less than a mile of the Tigris River running through the city center.
For the last time before their deployment in support of the fight against the Islamic State, the entire 2nd Brigade Combat Team of the 82nd Airborne Division came together early Tuesday. The 4,200 paratroopers ran in formation up and down Ardennes Street to start the morning, then battled battalion versus battalion in a match of strength before they ended gathered in a circle, shoulder-to-shoulder on a muddy field, as leaders cased their unit colors to signify the brigade's pending departure.
Canada's mission in Iraq is set to undergo another transformation after the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is driven from the city of Mosul, which is expected to see the extremist group turn into a more traditional insurgency. Senior military commanders have been weighing possible options amid warnings that ISIL will resort to suicide attacks and other terror tactics in Iraq after it loses control of its last population centre in the country.
Almost half of the suspects charged with terrorism offenses in the U.S. since the Syrian civil war began five years ago have not associated themselves with ISIS but with the group's bitter rivals such as al-Qaeda or embraced the broader jihadist ideology, a new study by George Washington University's Program on Extremism has found. While emphasis is often placed on whether ISIS directs or inspires terrorism suspects who attack or are arrested before carrying out attacks, the new study suggests that radicalization to Islamist violence will be a problem in the West far beyond the existence of ISIS or other groups because of an extreme ideology many find alluring.
The battles to oust the Islamic State group from strongholds in Iraq and Syria have not deterred the terror organization, according to a new report. Despite losing an increasing amount of territory in strategic areas in both Middle East countries, a new ISIS spokesperson has insisted the terror group will come out on the winning end.
Iraqi soldiers are seen within a building at the frontline in the Al-Intisar district in Mosul, Iraq, Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, is the last major Islamic State extremist urban bastion in the country.
The American military and its allies must stay in Iraq even after defeating the Islamic State to ensure that the group does not reemerge, said Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Saturday. Speaking at the Reagan National Defense Forum in Simi Valley, Calif., Defense Secretary Carter said that while the militants are expected to face lasting defeat, "there will still be much more to do after that to make sure that, once defeated, ISIL stays defeated."
Islamic State's new spokesman threatened on Monday attacks against Turkish embassies around the world and urged supporters in the flashpoint Iraqi town of Tal Afar near Mosul not to flee as the group fights offensives on different fronts. "Destroy their vehicles, raid them ... in their shelters so they can taste some of your misery and do not talk yourselves into fleeing," Abi al-Hassan al-Muhajer said in an audio recording posted online.
President-elect Donald Trump's pick for Defense Secretary called the invasion of Iraq a "strategic mistake" at a conference last year, in an audio recording obtained by The Intercept. In a wide-ranging speech at an ASIS International Conference in Anaheim, California that covered everything from Iran, ISIS, and other national security issues, retired Marine Gen.
BAZKERTAN, Iraq-The Obama administration is trying to preserve the fragile alliance between the Kurdish fighters and Iraq's military that has made significant battlefield gains against Islamic State in Mosul but is now threatened by a budget battle in parliament and uncertainty over the policies of the incoming Trump administration.