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ISIS - The group originated in 1999 as Jama'at al-Tawhid wal-Jihad. AQI -led forces as well as their Iraqi allies following the 2003 invasion of Iraq. In around 2008 its violent approaches resulted in a backlash against it and a short-term decline, although at its peak, the ISI enjoyed an important existence in Al Anbar, Nineveh, Kirkuk and other places.

In April 2013, the group switched its name to the Levant and the Islamic State of Iraq. It grew under the direction of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, acquiring support in Iraq as an effect of perceived political and economic discrimination against Iraqi Sunnis. In Iraq, it'd at least 4,000 combatants in its positions in June 2014, and the CIA estimated in September 2014 that it'd 20,000-31,500 combatants in Syria and Iraq. It'd close connections to al Qaeda until February 2014 when, after an eight-month power battle, al Qaeda cut all ties with the group, allegedly for its violence and "ill-famed intractability".

The first purpose of the group was to create an Islamic country in the Sunni-majority areas of Iraq. Following its participation in the Syrian Civil War, this enlarged to include commanding Sunni-majority regions of Syria. It proclaimed a world-wide caliphate on 29 June 2014, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi--understood as Amir al-Mu'minin, Caliph Ibrahim by his patrons --was identified as its caliph, as well as the group was renamed the Islamic State. In its self-proclaimed standing as a caliphate, it maintains spiritual power over all Muslims globally, and plans to bring most Muslim-inhabited areas of the planet under its political management, beginning with the Levant area, which about covers Syria, Jordan, Israel, Palestine, Lebanon, Cyprus, and area of southern Turkey.

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NYC bombing suspect allegedly "selected the location and timing to maximize human casualties," was inspired by ISIS… NBC News (Tue Dec 12)
ISIS is teaching followers how to make bombs around the world, including New York Newsweek (Tue Dec 12)
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ISIS Message Two Weeks Ago Warned About 'Christmas in New York' Fox News (Tue Dec 12)
Breaking News: The New York bombing suspect told officials he was inspired by ISIS, and that he chose the subway be… The New York Times (Mon Dec 11)
ISIS is teaching followers how to make bombs around the world, including New York Newsweek (Mon Dec 11)
The Iraqi military holds a parade in Baghdad's Tahrir Square to celebrate the end of the war against ISIS occupa… RT (Mon Dec 11)
NYPD commissioner: "Question is did he claim connection to ISIS: He did make statements, but we're not going to tal… ABC News (Mon Dec 11)
6,000 ISIS jihadists could return to Africa - AU RT (Mon Dec 11)
Trump, Mattis turn military loose on ISIS, leaving terror caliphate in tatters Fox News (Sun Dec 10)
Their city liberated from ISIS-linked attackers, Filipinos still seethe amid distrust and destruction Washington Post (Sun Dec 10)
All Iraqi lands have been liberated from Isis, says Haider al-Abadi – video The Guardian (Sat Dec 09)
Iraqi PM congratulates Iraq's military after it said it had fully liberated the nation from ISIS CNN Breaking News (Sat Dec 09)
Iraqi Prime Minister declares "end of war" against ISIS, as government forces seize control of border with Syria… Newsweek (Sat Dec 09)
Even as the Pentagon remains focused on deterring North Korea and fighting ISIS, Defense Secretary James Mattis is… CNN International (Sat Dec 09)
Trump, Mattis turn military loose on ISIS, leaving terror caliphate in tatters - via @holliesmckay Fox News (Fri Dec 08)
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Trump says he's made ISIS defeats possible, but does he deserve the credit? USA TODAY (Thu Dec 07)
BREAKING: Syria fully liberated from ISIS terrorists – Russian MoD RT (Wed Dec 06)
Russian strategic aircraft hit ISIS targets in Syrian province of Deir ez-Zor RT (Sun Dec 03)
6 Russian Tu-22M3 bombers hit ISIS targets in Deir ez-Zor RT (Fri Dec 01)
ICYMI: Plan to deal with returning ISIS fighters sparks fiery exchange between Scheer, PM CTV News (Wed Nov 29)
The Taliban executes one of its own commanders for colluding with ISIS Newsweek (Mon Nov 27)
The jihadist plan to use women to launch the next incarnation of ISIS Washington Post (Mon Nov 27)
'Channel of ISIS & AlQaeda’: Top UAE security official calls for AlJazeera to be bombed RT (Sun Nov 26)
ISIS propaganda images suggest Europe faces winter terrorist threat – reports RT (Sun Nov 26)
‘US drops Kurds like hot potatoes after ISIS power wanes’ – Iraqi Kurdish journalist Hiwa Osman RT (Sun Nov 26)
Attackers carried ISIS flags as they massacred more than 300 people in an Egyptian mosque Newsweek (Sun Nov 26)
As ISIS retreats, the US is set to reveal troop numbers in Syria CNN (Fri Nov 24)
This 14-year-old former ISIS child soldier is being deradicalized -- by going back to school CNN (Thu Nov 23)
ISIS beheads 15 of its own fighters in Afghanistan, separate terror attack kills at least 8 Fox News (Thu Nov 23)
Lt Col Ralph Peters on ISIS: "The US Armed Forces have been absolutely vital, instrumental, essential to the defeat… Fox News (Thu Nov 23)
ISIS is beheading its own fighters in Afghanistan, according to officials Newsweek (Thu Nov 23)
"Assad and ISIS will no longer be on notice for the use of chemical weapons by Russia’s actions," according to… Foreign Policy (Thu Nov 23)
Lebanon's army told be ready for war with Israel after beating ISIS and Al-Qaeda Newsweek (Wed Nov 22)
US increases the number of its airstrikes in Afghanistan as ISIS fight in Iraq and Syria winds down… CNN International (Tue Nov 21)
6 suspected ISIS members detained in Germany plotted Christmas market attack - report RT (Tue Nov 21)
'What did you do? You paid a lot of dollars to Islamic State!' - Erdogan accuses US of financing ISIS, breaking pr… RT (Sat Nov 18)
'If wasn’t for the 2003 US invasion of Iraq, we might not be talking about ISIS right now' – Bolivian representativ… RT (Sat Nov 18)
An NYT investigation found U.S.-led airstrikes against ISIS are killing far more civilians than previously believed The New York Times (Sat Nov 18)
Russia is giving new, deadly missiles to warplanes bombing ISIS in Syria Newsweek (Sat Nov 18)
Russia is giving new, deadly missiles to warplanes bombing ISIS in Syria Newsweek (Sat Nov 18)
Journalist James Foley was kidnapped and killed by ISIS while reporting in Syria in 2014. Now his parents, Diane an… CNN International (Thu Nov 16)
Russia accused the US of supporting ISIS, and offered images as proof. The only problem? The images weren't what th… CNN (Wed Nov 15)
A secret deal allowed some of the most notorious ISIS fighters to escape from the Syrian city of Raqqa with their w… CBS News (Wed Nov 15)
How a cattle herder in Niger joined ISIS and killed four American soldiers Newsweek (Tue Nov 14)
Russia accused the US of supporting ISIS, and offered images as proof. The only problem? The images weren't what th… CNN International (Tue Nov 14)
Russia tried to use computer-game footage to prove that the U.S. is helping ISIS Newsweek (Tue Nov 14)
Russia's 'irrefutable evidence' of US help for Isis appears to be video game still The Guardian (Tue Nov 14)
Syria says ISIS on verge of defeat, calls on U.S. to withdraw troops. Comes after U.S. says no walking away before… CBC News Alerts (Tue Nov 14)
How a cattle herder in Niger joined ISIS and killed four American soldiers Newsweek (Tue Nov 14)
Women & kids who managed to escape ISIS share harrowing stories with RT RT (Tue Nov 14)
President Trump and Russian President Putin issue a joint statement on fighting ISIS in Syria… CNN (Sat Nov 11)
ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi may be in eastern Syrian city of Boukamal: report CTV News (Fri Nov 10)
Pulse shooter's wife Noor Salman denounced ISIS and terrorism on Facebook a year before Orlando attack… Newsweek (Fri Nov 10)
Isis ousted from last major stronghold in Syria The Guardian (Thu Nov 09)
[email protected]: Ground war against ISIS may be ending, but Saudi Arabia & Iran's rivalry threatens to boil over in Lebano… CNN International (Tue Nov 07)
As Philippines hunts down new ISIS leader, Duterte is "excited" to meet Trump Newsweek (Tue Nov 07)
As Philippines hunts down new ISIS leader, Duterte is "excited" to meet Trump Newsweek (Tue Nov 07)
[email protected]: Ground war against ISIS may be ending, but Saudi Arabia & Iran's rivalry threatens to boil over in Lebano… CNN International (Tue Nov 07)
Nigerien military sources say they believe ISIS fighters decided to try & kidnap Sgt. Johnson, but later shot him,… CBS News (Fri Nov 03)
Syria and Iraq leave no escape for ISIS, as troops claim major border victories Newsweek (Fri Nov 03)
The last ISIS-held town in Iraq has been liberated, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abdi says:… CBS News (Fri Nov 03)
Trump's claim US hitting Isis 'much harder' after NY attack not supported by data The Guardian (Fri Nov 03)
The end of ISIS poses a lot of questions. Foreign Policy (Fri Nov 03)
Man accused of using a truck to plow down pedestrians and cyclists in NYC is a "soldier of the caliphate," ISIS say… CNN International (Fri Nov 03)
'Fully liberated': Major terrorist stronghold Deir ez-Zoir free from ISIS – Syrian state media RT (Fri Nov 03)
NYC attack suspect had 2 cell phones with 90 videos of ISIS propaganda and 3.8K images related to group, feds say… CBS News (Thu Nov 02)
Thousands of ISIS fighters returning to Western countries, including United States Newsweek (Thu Nov 02)
New York official: Suspect planned truck attack for weeks, following ISIS instructions Washington Post (Wed Nov 01)
New York attack suspect "followed almost exactly... instructions that ISIS has put out" - @johnmillercbs NYCstrong… BBC News (World) (Wed Nov 01)
UPDATE: Manhattan truck attack suspect 'was associated with ISIS and he was radicalized' in U.S., NY governor says… CTV News (Wed Nov 01)
[email protected]_FoxNews: "ISIS is celebrating this attack on social media but at this point there's no official claim of… Fox News (Wed Nov 01)
New York truck attack: governor says note referencing Isis found – live updates The Guardian (Wed Nov 01)
Morell: Pattern of ISIS in Europe is "attack followed by copycat attacks...I’m not saying it'll happen here, but we… CBS News (Wed Nov 01)
Rep. McCaul: This has 'all the hallmarks' of an ISIS attack via @FoxNewsInsider Fox News (Wed Nov 01)
NYC truck attack suspect left note at the scene claiming he carried out the attack in the name of ISIS, source says… CNN (Wed Nov 01)
New York City terror attack suspect Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov had note that referenced ISIS… CBS News (Wed Nov 01)
He tried to stop his friend from joining ISIS. But then he lied to the FBI. Washington Post (Tue Oct 31)
MORE: Russian strike destroys ISIS command posts, fortifications and arms depots - MoD RT (Tue Oct 31)
'Animals feel': Swiss butcher ‘equated’ to ISIS for publicly slaughtering pigs to ‘revive tradition’… RT (Sun Oct 29)
U.S. soldiers killed in Niger ambush were part of a group looking for ISIS militant, but his fighters found them 1s… CBS News (Thu Oct 26)
Russia has overtaken Saudi Arabia and Tunisia as the largest exporter of ISIS fighters Newsweek (Thu Oct 26)
New video footage offers clues about U.S. soldiers killed in an ISIS ambush in Niger Newsweek (Thu Oct 26)
The US military conducted two airstrikes targeting ISIS in Yemen, killing 9 ISIS militants, US Central Command says CNN (Wed Oct 25)
What does the end of ISIS mean? Foreign Policy (Wed Oct 25)
Russia has overtaken Saudi Arabia and Tunisia as the largest exporter of ISIS fighters Newsweek (Wed Oct 25)
U.S. troops say white nationalists are a bigger threat to America than ISIS jihadis Newsweek (Wed Oct 25)
Why terrorist threats will survive ISIS defeats | @CNNOpinion CNN International (Tue Oct 24)
Briton who fought Isis killed in Raqqa a week after city liberated The Guardian (Tue Oct 24)
Russia has overtaken Saudi Arabia and Tunisia as the largest exporter of ISIS fighters Newsweek (Tue Oct 24)
What does the end of ISIS mean? @stephenWalt tackles this Foreign Policy (Mon Oct 23)
Killing British Isis fighters ignores the rule of law | Letters The Guardian (Mon Oct 23)
Philippine government declared end of ISIS-linked militants' siege that lasted five months and left over 1,100 dead… CBS News (Mon Oct 23)
JUST IN: US-backed forces say they have captured Syria's largest oil field from ISIS CNN (Mon Oct 23)
U.S.-allied force captures Syria's largest oil field from ISIS CBS News (Mon Oct 23)
[email protected]: "Iran has had a post-ISIS caliphate strategy... We apparently have no post-ISIS caliphate strategy… Fox News (Sun Oct 22)
The U.S.-led coalition says allied fighters captured Syria's largest oil field from ISIS: CBS News (Sun Oct 22)
'We can’t be praetorian': France requests more US troops to fight ISIS in West Africa RT (Sun Oct 22)
Avril, 20, has been fighting ISIS for three years -- the deaths of her fellow fighters only made her more determine… CNN International (Sun Oct 22)
Jack Keane on Raqqa being liberated from ISIS: "This organization is not going away, the Caliphate certainly is."… Fox News (Sat Oct 21)
[email protected] says 'end of the ISIS caliphate is in sight' after liberation of Raqqa Fox News (Sat Oct 21)
Generation ISIS: When children are taught to be terrorists NBC News (Sat Oct 21)
North Korea? ISIS? No, Russia remains the biggest threat to the U.S., says ex-NATO general Newsweek (Sat Oct 21)
Former Defense Secretary Carter: ISIS plan was "laid out two years ago" CNN International (Sat Oct 21)
'Brainwashed & naïve': Jihadists who joined ISIS should not be prosecuted for their involvement - govt expert… RT (Fri Oct 20)
Avril, 20, has been fighting ISIS for three years -- the deaths of her fellow fighters only made her more determine… CNN (Fri Oct 20)
This is what victory over ISIS looks like The New York Times (Thu Oct 19)
President Trump thinks he is responsible for defeat of ISIS in Raqqa. Is he? Newsweek (Wed Oct 18)
Why the victory in the Philippines city of Marawi doesn't mean the end of ISIS in Asia CNN (Wed Oct 18)
ISIS devotee who plotted to behead Pamela Geller faces life in prison Fox News (Wed Oct 18)
What's next for Raqqa -- and ISIS -- as major military operations against against jihadists in the Syrian city end… CNN International (Wed Oct 18)
U.S.-backed Syrian forces raise flags in the center of the city of Raqqa after liberating the city from ISIS.… ABC News (Wed Oct 18)
"ISIS game" sends one Michigan high school football player to the hospital Newsweek (Tue Oct 17)
?? Raqqa: "We must clear the remnants of all the explosives left by ISIS throughout this battle"… FRANCE 24 English (Tue Oct 17)
This drone video, filmed on the brink of ISIS' defeat in Raqqa, shows what may have been jihadists' last stronghold… CNN International (Tue Oct 17)
ISIS defeated in Raqqa, US-backed militias raise flag inside stadium – reports RT (Tue Oct 17)
First US airstrike targeting ISIS in Yemen kills dozens CNN International (Tue Oct 17)
First US airstrike targeting ISIS in Yemen kills dozens CNN (Tue Oct 17)
JUST IN: U.S. forces "killed dozens of ISIS members" in strike against two ISIS training camps in Yemen, Pentagon s… ABC News (Mon Oct 16)
Barrels, ballots & ISIS: Why Iraq is taking back Kirkuk, and what US will do about it RT (Mon Oct 16)
‘Whipped, beaten & jailed’: Nobody wanted to obey ISIS, locals of liberated Syrian city tell RT… RT (Mon Oct 16)
Two key ISIS-affiliated leaders have been killed in the Philippines' southern city of Marawi, official says… CNN International (Mon Oct 16)
Defense Sec. Mattis urges Iraqi and Kurdish Peshmerga forces to focus on defeating ISIS, not fighting each other… ABC News (Sun Oct 15)
Deal reached to evacuate civilians, local militants from ISIS-held Raqqa Washington Post (Sat Oct 14)
About 100 ISIS fighters surrender in Raqqa, Syria, seen as sign battle to retake Raqqa could be nearing its end… ABC News (Sat Oct 14)
Syrian troops capture ISIS stronghold Al-Mayadeen amid major offensive – state media RT (Sat Oct 14)
Isis just claimed responsibility for Theresa May's cough indy100 (Sat Oct 14)
Bomb-making manuals & pictures of targets: RT investigates spread of ISIS online chat groups RT (Sat Oct 14)
Threat of civil war in Iraq overshadows recent successes against ISIS CTV News (Fri Oct 13)
Iran's Revolutionary Guards say they'll treat U.S. like ISIS if Trump calls them terrorists Newsweek (Thu Oct 12)
Thursday briefing: Isis mother and son 'die in Syria drone strike' The Guardian (Thu Oct 12)
British Isis member Sally Jones 'killed in airstrike along with son, 12' The Guardian (Wed Oct 11)
AHEAD on @CBSEveningNews: Meet a 15-year-old girl from Kansas who was brought to Syria against her will by her ISIS… CBS News (Wed Oct 11)
'Hey, bald head – your sweet life is over': How woman became ISIS recruiter & kidnapped her son… RT (Wed Oct 11)
After sons joined ISIS, Texas couple could face prison time for lying about their involvement… Newsweek (Wed Oct 11)
Iran's Revolutionary Guards say they'll treat U.S. like ISIS if Trump calls them terrorists Newsweek (Wed Oct 11)
ISIS prepares to take over Yemen with intense jihadi crotch-shots Newsweek (Wed Oct 11)
ISIS prepares to take over Yemen with intense jihadi crotch-shots Newsweek (Wed Oct 11)
Inside the air war on ISIS -- CNN went behind the scenes of the high-altitude battle against the terror group:… CNN International (Tue Oct 10)
Inside the air war on ISIS -- CNN went behind the scenes of the high-altitude battle against the terror group:… CNN (Tue Oct 10)
ISIS jihadis in the Philippines are plotting attacks on New York City Newsweek (Mon Oct 09)
BREAKING: Canadian man plotted ISIS-inspired attack on NYC concerts, landmarks and subway, officials say… NBC News (Fri Oct 06)