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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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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)
What's next for Raqqa -- and ISIS -- as major military operations against against jihadists in the Syrian city end… CNN International (Wed Oct 18)
?? 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)
Iraqi forces say they have retaken the city center of Hawija, the last major city held by ISIS in the country… CNN International (Thu Oct 05)
Trump has "no idea" if the Las Vegas shooting was ISIS, despite expert opinion Newsweek (Wed Oct 04)
Russian MoD denies ISIS claims of two captured servicemen RT (Tue Oct 03)
An ISIS video of the Las Vegas strip had already put police on high alert for attack Newsweek (Tue Oct 03)
An ISIS video of the Las Vegas strip had already put police on high alert for attack Newsweek (Mon Oct 02)
UPDATED: ISIS claims fatal stabbings of two women at French train station CTV News (Sun Oct 01)
Thousands of Iraqis have been fleeing ISIS-controlled territory to the safety of Kurdish areas in northern Iraq The New York Times (Sun Oct 01)
BREAKING: Russian air strikes kill 2,000+ ISIS terrorists in Syria in 11 days – military RT (Sat Sep 30)
5 things for Friday: - Private jet controversy - Puerto Rico - ISIS - Social media & politics - Spain… CNN (Fri Sep 29)
FBI considers white nationalism as much of a threat as ISIS Newsweek (Thu Sep 28)
British film-maker killed by Isis militants in Syria The Guardian (Wed Sep 27)
President Trump just carried out his first airstrikes targeting ISIS in Libya NBC News (Mon Sep 25)
Russian MoD provides images of US special ops forces & hardware at ISIS positions RT (Mon Sep 25)
Iraqi Kurds vote in independence referendum, which the U.S. has warned may destabilize the region amid ISIS fight… CBS News (Mon Sep 25)
London's Khan blasts Trump's rhetoric, makes comparison to ISIS Fox News (Mon Sep 25)
Killed in ISIS shelling near DeirEzzor, Asapov is to be presented with a state decoration posthumously… RT (Sun Sep 24)
BREAKING: Russian lieutenant-general killed in ISIS shelling near Deir ez-Zor, Syria - RT (Sun Sep 24)
PHOTOS: US special ops forces & hardware spotted at ISIS positions, Russian MoD claims RT (Sun Sep 24)
NEW: US conducted six precision airstrikes in Libya Friday against an ISIS desert camp, killing 7 ISIS fighters, US… ABC News (Sun Sep 24)
US Army special units provide free passage for SDF through battle formations of ISIS - MoD RT (Sun Sep 24)
U.S. and Russia battle last of ISIS amid reports of fires and floods in Syria Newsweek (Fri Sep 22)
How ISIS supporters' love for Instagram stories could be their downfall Newsweek (Fri Sep 22)
Iraq launches offensive to retake ISIS stronghold Hawija near Kirkuk RT (Thu Sep 21)
"Game over" for ISIS in Raqqa as U.S.-backed forces take 90 percent of the caliphate capital Newsweek (Wed Sep 20)
"Game over" for ISIS in Raqqa as U.S.-backed forces take 90 percent of the caliphate capital Newsweek (Wed Sep 20)
US-backed fighters 'seize 80% of Raqqa from Isis' The Guardian (Wed Sep 20)
British drone pilots fighting ISIS from afar might get medals for the first time Newsweek (Wed Sep 20)
Indonesian police foil ISIS-linked plot to kill President RT (Tue Sep 19)
Drone footage: Deir ez-Zor recovering from 3-year ISIS siege (EXCLUSIVE) RT (Sun Sep 17)
Iran’s Revolutionary Guards infiltrated US military, obtained proof of ISIS collusion – commander RT (Sat Sep 16)
Trump administration calls ISIS fighter enemy combatant, reviving Bush-era term NBC News (Sat Sep 16)
ISIS claims responsibility for London Underground blast, the 6th terror attack in Britain this year.… ABC News (Sat Sep 16)
The best weapon to de-radicalise Isis returnees? Our own humanity | Sanam Naraghi Anderlini The Guardian (Fri Sep 15)
Trump is really "bombing the shit" out of ISIS just like he promised Newsweek (Fri Sep 15)
Pentagon: U.S. citizen fighting with ISIS has been captured in Syria Washington Post (Thu Sep 14)
US citizen fighting for ISIS surrenders to US-backed forces in Syria Fox News (Thu Sep 14)
An American fighting alongside ISIS in Syria has been captured by US-aligned forces, US military official says CNN Breaking News (Thu Sep 14)
BREAKING: 2 Russian submarines fire cruise missiles from Mediterranean, hitting ISIS targets in Syria - MoD… RT (Thu Sep 14)
The U.S. coalition has allowed an ISIS convoy to reach eastern Syria Newsweek (Thu Sep 14)
‘Road to Raqqa’: @RT_Doc goes inside 5-year fight against ISIS RT (Thu Sep 14)
‘We lived in fear & horror’: DeirezZor residents slowly return to normality after ISIS siege RT (Tue Sep 12)
ISIS has thousands of blank Syrian passports stolen from the Assad regime Newsweek (Tue Sep 12)
“It has not reached Iraq and will not reach Iraq." The U.S. is determined to keep blocking an ISIS convoy in Syria. The New York Times (Thu Sep 07)
ISIS supporters call for the poisoning of food in grocery stores across the U.S. and Europe Newsweek (Thu Sep 07)
ISIS siege of DeirEzZor lifted thanks to Russian cruise missile strike – Defense Ministry RT (Wed Sep 06)
Syrian soldiers embrace after breaking 3-year ISIS siege of DeirEzZor (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO) RT (Wed Sep 06)
Historic day: 'Syrian spirit and Russian air cover lift ISIS siege at Deir-ez-Zor' (Op-Ed) RT (Tue Sep 05)
VIDEO: Russian frigate fires Kalibr cruise missiles at ISIS targets in DeirEzzor (via @mod_russia)… RT (Tue Sep 05)
BREAKING: Russian frigate fires Kalibr cruise missiles at ISIS targets in DeirEzzor - MoD RT (Tue Sep 05)
Dozens of Al-Nusra, ISIS jihadists entered Germany posing as refugees – report RT (Mon Sep 04)
'Syrian Army flattens ISIS positions, will enter DeirEzzor within 48 hours’ – governor RT (Mon Sep 04)
Isis agent tried to recruit undercover reporter for London Bridge attack The Guardian (Sun Sep 03)
Hezbollah accuses the U.S. of putting lives at stake by hounding ISIS convoy Washington Post (Sat Sep 02)
The ISIS convoy, chased around Syria for 5 days, has become emblematic of the group’s declining fortune The New York Times (Sat Sep 02)
ISIS convoy stuck in Syria after US airstrikes block it Fox News (Fri Sep 01)
Intelligence points to ISIS leader Baghdadi being alive, U.S. commander says Newsweek (Fri Sep 01)
Iraqi forces have seized the strategically important city of Tal Afar from ISIS, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi say… CNN International (Thu Aug 31)
Iraq declares victory in Tal Afar, the last city under ISIS control in Nineveh province CNN Breaking News (Thu Aug 31)
U.S. airstrikes stranded a convoy of ISIS militants in Syria. Other warplanes bombed fighters coming to their rescue The New York Times (Thu Aug 31)
Coalition airstrikes block ISIS convoy from traveling through Syria NBC News (Thu Aug 31)
We suspect this CIA document on ISIS attacks in Barcelona is fabricated. Note the Spanish-style quotes '<<', '>>' i&hellip WikiLeaks (Thu Aug 31)
'Closing the terrorism page': Iraq will be free from ISIS terrorists ‘within days’ – Iraqi ambassador to RT RT (Wed Aug 30)
The U.S. aims to block ISIS fighters given safe passage by Lebanon, Syria Newsweek (Wed Aug 30)
Lebanon's ISIS deal, which bussed fighters to the Iraqi border, has angered Baghdad and Iraqi Kurds… Newsweek (Wed Aug 30)
?? Lebanon: Defeated ISIS fighters retreat by bus to Syria following controversial truce deal… FRANCE 24 English (Tue Aug 29)
This Porn star says Isis has threatened to behead her indy100 (Tue Aug 29)
Hezbollah declares "Second Liberation Day" after Lebanon beats ISIS Newsweek (Mon Aug 28)
Escape from ISIS: A gay Syrian man's tale of fleeing his country Fox News (Sun Aug 27)
The Lebanese Army and its Syrian and Hezbollah allies separately declared a cease-fire with ISIS The New York Times (Sun Aug 27)
ISIS militants have killed 14 people in an attack on a mosque in Kabul Newsweek (Fri Aug 25)
AHEAD on @CBSThisMorning: ?Latest on HurricaneHarvey ?A new bridge for New York ?The war against ISIS Join us at 7… CBS News (Fri Aug 25)
ISIS uses boy "from America" to issue new threat CBS News (Fri Aug 25)
As ISIS loses ground in Syria, today it used a young child for propaganda to threaten the U.S., @HollyMAWilliams re… CBS News (Thu Aug 24)
Family beg May to help UK ex-soldier held in Turkey after fighting Isis The Guardian (Thu Aug 24)
ISIS faces another defeat, this time in the Syrian desert Newsweek (Thu Aug 24)
Top U.S. general says ISIS will be crushed in Afghanistan Newsweek (Thu Aug 24)
ISIS praises Barcelona terrorists, threatens more attacks in Spain CNN International (Thu Aug 24)
ISIS video features a boy who says he's American and the son of U.S. soldier NBC News (Wed Aug 23)
A new ISIS propaganda video appears to show an American child for the first time Newsweek (Wed Aug 23)
The Barcelona imam who helped ISIS cell was sacked from a Belgian Mosque in 2016 Newsweek (Wed Aug 23)
Lebanon helped foil ISIS ‘Barbie doll bomb’ plot in Australia – minister RT (Wed Aug 23)
In fight against ISIS, more civilians have already been killed under Trump than under Obama Newsweek (Tue Aug 22)
Arab tribes who once supported ISIS turn to U.S. in Raqqa as jihadis prepare for final stand Newsweek (Tue Aug 22)
“Second... A hasty withdrawal would create a vacuum that terrorists, including ISIS & Al-Qaeda would instantly fill… CBS News (Tue Aug 22)
Channel 4 defends Isis drama The State after criticism The Guardian (Mon Aug 21)
Number of Isis attacks rose in 2016 despite loss of fighters, report finds The Guardian (Mon Aug 21)
ISIS pulling battle-ready units to Deir ez-Zor for last stand – Russian MoD RT (Mon Aug 21)
MORE: Strike on ISIS militant column destroyed around 20 SUVs armed with large-caliber weapons & mortars RT (Mon Aug 21)
Brits who risked their lives to fight ISIS say they return home only to be accused of terrorism Fox News (Mon Aug 21)
Lebanese army steamrolls ISIS border positions, raises Spanish flag for BarcelonaAttack victims… RT (Mon Aug 21)
Toronto man flagged as potential ISIS suicide bomber CTV News (Mon Aug 21)
US will remain in Syria for decades after ISIS defeated, Kurdish militia allies say RT (Sun Aug 20)
U.S.-backed Iraqi forces began operation to retake Tal Afar from ISIS, Iraq's prime minister announced… CBS News (Sun Aug 20)
Lebanon is fighting ISIS on its border—the military did this to show solidarity after the Barcelona attack… Newsweek (Sun Aug 20)
OP-ED: ISIS created by Israel? One imam says so Fox News (Sun Aug 20)
Iraqi Forces Start Offensive to Retake Tal Afar From ISIS The New York Times (Sun Aug 20)
‘Surrender or die' – Iraqi PM addresses ISIS terrorists as operation to liberate TalAfar gets underway RT (Sun Aug 20)
Hezbollah and the Lebanese army have launched separate offensives against ISIS in Syria Newsweek (Sat Aug 19)
[email protected]rlieDaniels compares taking down Confederate statues to ISIS: 'Where does it stop?' Fox News (Sat Aug 19)
Lebanon begins offensive to clear Syrian border of ISIS militants National Post (Sat Aug 19)
Robin Simcox: "Part of the problem in dealing with ISIS is they don't need huge manpower in carrying out these kind… Fox News (Sat Aug 19)
Banned amphetamine-type stimulant said to be favored by ISIS more dangerous than previously thought, scientists say… ABC News (Sat Aug 19)
Man who attempted to leave Canada to join ISIS will be sentenced soon. The Crown wants nine years… National Post (Fri Aug 18)
SitRep: Trump and the NSC meet at Camp David today for an Afghanistan strategy and ISIS claims Barcelona attack. Foreign Policy (Fri Aug 18)
Mubin Shaikh: "As ISIS is fought back and beaten back in both Iraq and Syria you will start to see these kinds of s… Fox News (Fri Aug 18)
'Strategic interest': US will remain in Syria for decades after ISIS defeated – Kurdish militia allies… RT (Fri Aug 18)
ISIS "clearly looking for opportunities to strike back," former U.S. homeland security adviser says… CBS News (Fri Aug 18)
ISIS supporters celebrate the Barcelona van attack on Las Ramblas as police confirm terror strike… Newsweek (Fri Aug 18)
Has Spain become the latest European victim of ISIS-inspired terrorism? Newsweek (Thu Aug 17)
A U.S. service member is killed, others wounded, fighting ISIS in Afghanistan Washington Post (Thu Aug 17)
Tillerson Blasts ISIS for Genocide in New Religious Freedom Report. @robbiegramer reports: Foreign Policy (Tue Aug 15)
ISIS's brutal torture methods are revealed in a new report Newsweek (Tue Aug 15)
In Germany, what does trying to trick ISIS out of funds get you? Two years in jail. Newsweek (Tue Aug 15)
Two U.S. soldiers have been killed in combat operations against ISIS in Iraq Newsweek (Tue Aug 15)
Russia has foiled an ISIS plot to bomb a subway station and shop in Moscow Newsweek (Tue Aug 15)
Russia has foiled an ISIS plot to bomb a subway station and shop in Moscow Newsweek (Mon Aug 14)
The Manchester bomber "received permission" from ISIS in Syria and a recruiter in Dallas Newsweek (Mon Aug 14)
Right-Wing Extremists Are a Bigger Threat to America Than ISIS Newsweek (Sun Aug 13)