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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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French multinational allegedly paid ISIS, others to keep cement plant in Syria operational Newsweek (Fri Jun 29)
PM 'murder plot' trial: jury told of chats between Isis supporter and MI5 agent The Guardian (Wed Jun 20)
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Local Labour Party official comes under fire for claiming Shadow FM @EmilyThornberry 'too old for ISIS' adding they… RT (Tue May 22)
Turkish police detain 54 suspected ISIS members in Istanbul RT (Tue May 15)
Airstrikes kill at least 23 civilians in ISIS-held region of Syria, including 10 children and 7 elderly people: mon… CBC News Alerts (Tue May 01)
Isis trying to foment a wave of migration to Europe, says UN official The Guardian (Thu Apr 26)
Can Iraq get the U.S. to join Russia and Iran's war against ISIS in Syria? Newsweek (Thu Apr 26)
The price of America's hunt for ISIS. 11,000 damaged buildings in the Syrian city of Raqqa Washington Post (Thu Apr 19)
America's hunt for ISIS left Raqqa in ruins. Who is supposed to rebuild it? Washington Post (Thu Apr 19)
UN conducts 1st humanitarian mission to Raqqa since ISIS defeat RT (Wed Apr 04)
Jury acquits Orlando nightclub shooter's wife of charges that she aided her husband's ISIS-inspired massacre in 2016 Washington Post (Fri Mar 30)
UK’s Fusion Doctrine ranks Russia alongside… ISIS RT (Thu Mar 29)
US-led coalition killed 855 civilians in war against ISIS - Pentagon admits RT (Thu Mar 29)
At least one witness told French media that a man holding people in the store claimed he was loyal to ISIS, but pol… CBS News (Fri Mar 23)
ISIS kidnapped dozens of Indian construction workers in Iraq. Their bodies were just found. Washington Post (Tue Mar 20)
Four Iraqi nationals with suspected links to ISIS were arrested in connection with an investigation into threats ag… NBC News (Mon Mar 05)
A Michigan man fighting ISIS in Syria flew back to Chicago for a wound, was interrogated about terrorist ties… Newsweek (Sun Mar 04)
US military and intelligence officials believe that the ISIS fighters that ambushed and killed four US troops in Ni… CNN (Tue Feb 27)
Foreign aid can only do so much for Iraq in the ISIS aftermath. Rhys Dubin reports: Foreign Policy (Sun Feb 18)
An American flag was torn down at a Utah high school, and an ISIS flag replaced it Newsweek (Sat Feb 17)
An American flag was torn down at a Utah high school, and an ISIS flag replaced it Newsweek (Sat Feb 17)
An American flag was torn down at a Utah high school, and an ISIS flag replaced it Newsweek (Sat Feb 17)
British man who fought Isis in Syria charged with terror offences The Guardian (Fri Feb 16)
Foreign aid can only do so much for Iraq in the ISIS aftermath. @Rhys_Dubin reports: Foreign Policy (Thu Feb 15)
FBI and U.S. Special Forces search for the bodies of Americans executed by ISIS Newsweek (Thu Feb 15)
Former soldier faces prosecution for fighting against Isis The Guardian (Wed Feb 14)
Who Are ‘the Beatles’ of ISIS? The New York Times (Sun Feb 11)
Slain American's mom reacts to capture of alleged ISIS executioners CBS News (Sat Feb 10)
New York man gets 18yrs jail for supporting ISIS RT (Wed Feb 07)
Mosul musician who defied ISIS describes life in ‘destroyed city’ RT (Tue Feb 06)
The number of US forces in Iraq will fall after the government in Baghdad declared victory over ISIS, an Iraqi gove… CNN (Tue Feb 06)
American troops have started to draw down from Iraq following Baghdad’s declaration of victory over ISIS. USA TODAY (Mon Feb 05)
After defeat of ISIS, US redeploying forces from Iraq to Afghanistan via @LukasMikelionis Fox News (Mon Feb 05)
[email protected]: "The Obama Administration said ISIS is a generation threat... Guess what? President Trump truncated a g… Fox News (Wed Jan 31)
SOTU fact check: Has the U.S.-led coalition liberated the most territory held by ISIS? USA TODAY (Wed Jan 31)
[email protected]: "I also pledged that we would work with our allies to extinguish ISIS from the face of the Earth. 1 year l… Fox News (Wed Jan 31)
[email protected]: "This president, between the regulations, the taxation, ISIS is on the run. What he's done in one… Fox News (Tue Jan 30)
‘I’d like to have the virgins here, not in heaven as God may not allow it’ – Duterte laughs at ISIS recruitment p… RT (Sat Jan 27)
Syrian human rights group helps identify ISIS fighters fleeing northern Syria CBC News Alerts (Sat Jan 27)
Ex-soldier, ISIS supporter sentenced in execution-style slaying of Denver security guard Fox News (Fri Jan 26)
Strength during shutdown: Weekend strike in Syria takes out 150 ISIS terrorists, Pentagon says Fox News (Tue Jan 23)
Until now, Turkey, Russia, Iran, and the U.S. have shared an interest in defeating ISIS. But now that the terrorist… The New York Times (Tue Jan 23)
ISIS still has up to 10,000 loyalists in Syria and Iraq, warn experts NBC News (Mon Jan 22)
German woman sentenced to death in Iraq for joining ISIS RT (Mon Jan 22)
Trump is repeating ISIS rhetoric, says London mayor Sadiq Khan Newsweek (Sun Jan 21)
Republican congressman said ISIS was responsible for Las Vegas shooting despite complete lack of evidence… Newsweek (Sat Jan 20)
Republican congressman said ISIS was responsible for Las Vegas shooting despite complete lack of evidence… Newsweek (Sat Jan 20)
American troops will remain in Syria long after their fight against ISIS, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said The New York Times (Thu Jan 18)
Douglas McCain died fighting for ISIS. Now, his brother has admitted to terrorism-related charges… Newsweek (Sun Jan 14)
Douglas McCain died fighting for ISIS. Now, his brother has admitted to terrorism-related charges… Newsweek (Sat Jan 13)
She left France to join Islamic militants in Syria, and now with the collapse of ISIS wants to return. But can she? The New York Times (Fri Jan 12)
In declaring war against Hamas, ISIS's Sinai branch has surrounded itself with enemies The New York Times (Thu Jan 11)
In declaring war against Hamas, ISIS's Sinai branch has surrounded itself with enemies The New York Times (Wed Jan 10)
Chechnya's Instagram-loving leader says he wants to save the children of ISIS. What's his real motive? Marcin Mamo… Foreign Policy (Wed Jan 10)
Chechnya's Instagram-loving leader says he wants to save the children of ISIS. What's his real motive? Marcin Mamo… Foreign Policy (Tue Jan 09)
The stock market has surged. Unemployment is at 4.1%. ISIS has largely been vanquished from Iraq and Syria. But d… The New York Times (Tue Jan 09)
The missing of Raqqa: families search for loved ones disappeared by Isis The Guardian (Sat Jan 06)
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French jihadists who fought with ISIS in Syria should be tried there, not in homeland – MP RT (Thu Jan 04)
An ISIS supporter took a selfie in front of a New York City tourist site Newsweek (Thu Jan 04)
"ISIS selfies" in New York pop up on social media, catching the attention of authorities CBS News (Wed Jan 03)
NYPD investigating ISIS supporters’ selfies at Met & World Trade Center RT (Wed Jan 03)
Bitter Victory: Liberation of Mosul from ISIS left city razed to the ground RT (Wed Jan 03)
The FBI raided the home of a suspected ISIS supporter in Sterling, Virginia. The man tried to escape, but was arres… CNN (Mon Jan 01)
The FBI raided the home of a suspected ISIS supporter in Sterling, Virginia. The man tried to escape, but was arres… CNN International (Mon Jan 01)
The FBI raided the home of a suspected ISIS supporter in Sterling, Virginia. The man tried to escape, but was arres… CNN (Mon Jan 01)
Its dreams of a caliphate are gone. Now Isis has a deadly new strategy | Hassan Hassan The Guardian (Sun Dec 31)
Forgotten in hell: Half of abducted Iraqi Yazidi girls remain in ISIS captivity & sex slavery Mosul WhoCares… RT (Sat Dec 30)
ISIS claims responsibility for suicide bombing at a Kabul cultural center that left at least 41 dead… CNN Breaking News (Thu Dec 28)
ISIS claims responsibility for deadly Kabul suicide attack CNN International (Thu Dec 28)
ISIS claims responsibility for a string of deadly explosions in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul. At least 41 people we… CBS News (Thu Dec 28)
‘I ran for a day and a night’: Yazidi girls share blood-curdling stories of ISIS slavery RT (Thu Dec 28)
US-led coalition won't attack ISIS in govt-controlled areas of Syria – commander RT (Thu Dec 28)
[email protected] on ISIS losing territory: "The involvement of the United States and our assistance to anti-ISIS for… Fox News (Wed Dec 27)
Fewer than 1,000 ISIS fighters remain in Iraq, Syria – US-led coalition RT (Wed Dec 27)
Why ISIS will still be a threat in 2018 NBC News (Wed Dec 27)
ISIS promises to kill drunk New Year's partygoers worldwide in first Somalia video Newsweek (Wed Dec 27)
ISIS has lost 98 percent of its territory -- mostly since @POTUS took office, officials say Fox News (Wed Dec 27)
"If you tie a Taliban fighter to the trunk of this tree, and then you tell him ISIS is coming, he will run so hard… The New York Times (Tue Dec 26)
Christians celebrate Christmas Eve in Mosul for the first time since ISIS took control of the city more than three… ABC News (Tue Dec 26)
In an investigation conducted over 18 months, The New York Times found that U.S.-led airstrikes against ISIS are ki… The New York Times (Mon Dec 25)
An American accused of fighting for ISIS will get legal counsel, judge says CNN International (Sun Dec 24)
An American accused of fighting for ISIS will get legal counsel, judge says CNN (Sun Dec 24)
A Benedictine monk preserves historic sacred and secular texts from the destruction of ISIS and the war against it… CBS News (Sun Dec 24)
ISIS atrocities on daily display in Mosul's morgue Fox News (Sat Dec 23)
As it faces defeat after defeat across Syria and Iraq, ISIS ramps up its threats to attack Trump's America this Chr… Newsweek (Sat Dec 23)
Enslaved by ISIS and sold for £3, three Yazidi sisters have been reunited after years apart Newsweek (Sat Dec 23)
Despite being defeated militarily, ISIS has threatened to attack Trump's America this Christmas… Newsweek (Sat Dec 23)
Swords, bombs & drones: RT visits ‘museum’ of ISIS trophies, cemetery of Iraq liberators RT (Sat Dec 23)
LATEST: FBI arrests California man for allegedly planning ISIS-inspired Christmas attack. ABC News (Fri Dec 22)
'High-risk casework': Children returning to UK from ISIS represent ‘terrorism threat’ – home secretary RT (Thu Dec 21)
[email protected] on Success Against ISIS: @realDonaldTrump Is Empowering the Military on the Battlefield… Fox News (Thu Dec 21)
'ISIS-linked' man suspected of plotting car-ramming attack detained in Germany RT (Thu Dec 21)
[email protected] on @POTUS' success overseas: "The ISIS caliphate has collapsed. In Raqqa we've taken back the capital of their… Fox News (Thu Dec 21)
Up to 11,000 civilians killed in battle to free Mosul from ISIS - AP probe reveals RT (Thu Dec 21)
"We've unleashed U.S. military might on ISIS, and they have recaptured nearly 100% of the territory once held by th… CBS News (Wed Dec 20)
More than 9,000 killed in battle to liberate Mosul from ISIS CTV News (Wed Dec 20)
Man sentenced to 28 years in prison for ISIS-inspired plot to behead blogger TIME (Tue Dec 19)
Trump's "America First" plan challenges Russia, China, North Korea, Iran and ISIS Newsweek (Tue Dec 19)
ISIS claims responsibility for deadly church bombing in Pakistan. Fox News (Sun Dec 17)
ISIS wives should be brought to trial alongside fighters - German prosecutors RT (Fri Dec 15)
How ISIS got weapons from U.S. and used them to take Iraq and Syria Newsweek (Thu Dec 14)
The majority of weapons used by ISIS since 2014 originated in China, Russia and Eastern Europe, according to a new… CNN International (Thu Dec 14)
OPINION: @Judgenap: ISIS-inspired monsters in our midst cannot inspire us to cast aside the Constitution (via… Fox News (Thu Dec 14)
Where will ISIS be in 2018? Iran says it knows and is ready to fight Newsweek (Tue Dec 12)
Family of ISIS-inspired NY bombing suspect ‘outraged’ at investigation RT (Tue Dec 12)
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)
The Iraqi military holds a parade in Baghdad's Tahrir Square to celebrate the end of the war against ISIS occupa… RT (Tue Dec 12)
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)
Bat-wielding man shouting about ISIS attacks family in St. Thomas, Ontario parking lot, accuses them of being terro… CBC News Alerts (Fri Dec 08)
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)