Tag Archives: Islamic State

The collapse of the Islamic State and the rise of the “fail-bomber”

Source: The Intercept
by Murtaza Hussain

“Several years after it first launched its insurgency in Iraq and Syria — an uprising that the group’s leadership attempted to internationalize through acts of global terrorism — the Islamic State has seen its territorial holdings and leadership structure decimated by a military campaign led by an unlikely alliance of U.S.- and Iranian-backed forces. In the short term, however, the net result of destroying the Islamic State as an actual organization may be an increase in so-called fail-bombers — lone individuals of questionable competence. … By all accounts, these do-it-yourself terrorists do not seem capable of carrying out complex attacks like those that shut down Paris and Brussels.” (12/11/17)

https://theintercept.com/2017/12/11/new-york-port-authority-explosion-islamic-state/

The pundits were wrong about Assad and the Islamic State. As usual, they’re not willing to admit it

Source: Cato Institute
by Max Abrahms & John Glaser

“The Islamic State is a shadow of its former self. In 2014, the extremist group seemed to make substantial inroads in achieving its stated goal of a caliphate. It boasted tens of thousands of fighters and territorial control over an area roughly the size of South Korea. By almost every metric, Islamic State has collapsed in its Syria stronghold, as well as in Iraq. As a former foreign fighter recently admitted, ‘It’s over: there is no more Daesh left,’ using an Arabic acronym for Islamic State. The rollback of Islamic State must come as a shock to the chorus of journalists and analysts who spent years insisting that such progress would never happen without toppling the regime of Bashar Assad — which is, of course, still standing.” (12/10/17)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/pundits-were-wrong-about-assad-islamic-state-usual-theyre-not-willing-admit

Iraq: Regime declares complete victory in war against Islamic State

Source: Washington Post

“Iraq’s prime minister declared an end Saturday to the war against the Islamic State, more than three years after militants overran and captured one-third of the country and imposed a violent and austere rule over millions of Iraqis. Haider al-Abadi announced that the rugged, sparsely populated desert region bordering Syria has been ‘cleansed’ of Islamic State fighters and that the porous border that had underpinned the self-declared caliphate that straddled both countries has been fully secured. … Saturday’s declaration caps a war that has killed thousands of Iraqi troops in fierce battles for such cities as Tikrit, Ramadi and Beiji since 2015.” (12/09/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/iraq-declares-complete-victory-in-the-war-against-islamic-state/2017/12/09/9a0c5ea6-dce3-11e7-8e5f-ccc94e22b133_story.html

Afghanistan: Islamic State forces attack Kabul TV station

Source: Washington Post

“The extremist Islamic State group carried out an attack on Tuesday against one of Afghanistan’s most popular Pashto-language TV stations located in the heart of the capital Kabul, leaving at least two dead. A suicide bomber detonated himself at the station gates killing one security guard while one of the three assailants slipped into the compound and killed a female employee. At least 20 others were injured in the attack. The militants, who wore police uniforms, battled for three hours with security forces, filling the city with the sound of gunfire and explosions and forcing the station to halt its broadcast.” (11/07/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/isis-forces-attack-tv-station-in-heart-of-kabul-2-dead/2017/11/07/9d56ba40-c3aa-11e7-84bc-5e285c7f4512_story.html

Yemen: Islamic State militants storm Saudi invader compound

Source: CBS News

“Masked militants set off a large car bomb outside a security headquarters in Yemen’s southern port city of Aden early Sunday killing at least five soldiers before storming the compound, officials said. Speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters, the security officials said the militants placed snipers on the roof and gunned down most of the security forces inside. The officials gave conflicting accounts of what happened next inside the building. They initially said that the militants had taken an unknown number of people hostage. Later they said that they opened cell gates and released prisoners. … In an online statement, the local affiliate of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the attack, saying they killed 50 soldiers and identified the bomber as Abu Othman al-Hadrami.” (11/05/17)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/yemen-militants-attack-security-compound/

Philippines: Regime declares end to five-month militant siege in Marawi

Source: National Post [Canada]

“The Philippine government declared the end Monday to the militant siege of a southern city that lasted five months, left more than 1,100 people dead and sparked fears of the Islamic State group gaining a foothold in Southeast Asia. Speaking at an annual meeting of the region’s defence ministers, Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana told reporters that combat operations in Marawi were ending after troops recovered 42 bodies of the last group of militants. … Hundreds of militants, many waving Islamic State group-style black flags, launched the siege on May 23 in Marawi, a bastion of Islamic faith in the south of the largely Roman Catholic Philippines, by seizing the lakeside city’s central business district and outlying communities. They ransacked banks and shops, including gun stores, looted houses and smashed statues in a Roman Catholic cathedral, according to the military. The fighting has left at least 1,131 people dead, including 919 militants and 165 soldiers and police.” (10/23/17)

http://nationalpost.com/pmn/news-pmn/filipino-troops-battling-final-30-is-linked-gunmen

Russia: Defense Ministry likens US bombing of Raqqa to Word War Two Dresden

Source: Daily Mail [UK]

“Russia on Sunday accused the US-led coalition in Syria of having flattened Raqa with a Dresden-like bombing campaign and masking the destruction with a rush of humanitarian aid. In a statement, the defence ministry said that Raqa — the capital of the Islamic State group’s self-proclaimed caliphate — ‘inherited the fate of Dresden in 1945, razed to the ground by Anglo-American bombings.’ US-backed Kurdish-led forces last week recaptured Raqa, the capital of IS’s self-proclaimed caliphate and its last major stronghold in Syria. US officials hailed the event, led by President Donald Trump who, using another acronym for IS, said ‘the end of the ISIS caliphate is in sight.'” (10/22/17)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-5005481/Russia-likens-US-coalition-bombing-Raqa-WWII-Dresden.html

Syria: US-backed fighters say Raqqa liberated from Islamic State

Source: The Hill

“The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Tuesday declared that Raqqa had been liberated and fighting has ended. The group, a U.S.-backed mix of Kurdish and Arab fighters, has been slowly taking back the city from ISIS over the past four months. [US Army Colonel Ryan] Dillon, who spoke to reporters at the Pentagon from Baghdad via video feed, said ISIS was on the ‘verge of a devastating defeat’ and more than 90 percent of the city has been cleared, but U.S.-led forces are continuing to oust the fighters.” (10/17/17)

http://thehill.com/policy/defense/355906-us-backed-fighters-say-raqqa-liberated-from-isis

Russian military says US “pretending” to fight Islamic State in Iraq, letting jihadis flow into Syria

Source: Newsweek

“Russia accused the United States on Tuesday of ‘pretending’ to fight the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) and of deliberately reducing its air strikes in Iraq to allow the group’s militants to stream into Syria to slow the Russian-backed advance of the Syrian army. In the latest sign of rising tensions between Moscow and Washington, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement that the U.S.-led coalition had sharply reduced its air strikes in Iraq in September when Syrian forces, backed by Russian air power, had started to retake Deir Ezzor Province.” (10/10/17)

http://www.newsweek.com/russia-military-says-us-pretending-fight-isis-iraq-letting-jihadis-flow-syria-681331

Iraq: Regime says its troops have taken one of Islamic State’s last strongholds

Source: Los Angeles Times

“Iraq’s prime minister said Thursday that troops have retaken the northern town of Hawija from the Islamic State group, driving the extremists from one of their last strongholds in the country. Haider Abadi declared victory during a news conference in Paris with French President Emmanuel Macron, who offered to help mediate between Iraq’s government and the autonomous Kurdish region, which voted for independence last week in a move that was rejected by Baghdad and neighboring Turkey and Iran. … Iraqi forces have driven Islamic State from nearly all the cities and towns it seized in the summer of 2014, including the country’s second-largest city, Mosul, which was liberated in July. The extremists are now mainly concentrated in a region straddling the Iraqi-Syrian border, and still control a cluster of towns in the far west of Iraq’s sprawling Anbar province.” (10/05/17)

http://beta.latimes.com/world/la-fg-iraq-islamic-state-hawija-20171005-story.html