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US-backed forces celebrate fall of Islamic State ‘capital,’ Raqqa

The force seized the hospital Tuesday, taking down the last black IS flag, according to the Kurdish-run Hawar news agency. A video from Hawar showed the clashes around the hospital, which appeared riddled with bullets and partly blackened from a fire.

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Malaysian teacher seen as new “emir” of pro-IS militants

Isnilon Hapilon, Islamic State’s anointed “emir” in Southeast Asia, and Omarkhayam Maute, one of two Middle East-educated brothers at the helm of the militant alliance, were killed in a raid on a building in Marawi and their bodies recovered on Monday.

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Activists say dozens of busses enter Syria’s Raqqa as battle with Islamic State nears end

During the more than six-year Syrian conflict, the arrival of buses in a conflict zone has often signalled an evacuation is about to begin.

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Terror plot by ISIS sympathisers thwarted at concert venues in New York

The capture of the Canadian citizen came after an investigation using an undercover FBI agent posing as an Islamic extremist that also led to the arrests last year of US citizen Talha Haroon in Pakistan and Russell Salic in the Philippines, where he’s a citizen.

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Iraqi military captures Hawija from Islamic State

With the capture of Hawija, the militants’ last stronghold in northern Iraq, the only area that remains under control of Islamic State in Iraq is a stretch alongside the western border with Syria.

Russian security services bust ‘Islamic State cell’ in Moscow region

The FSB said in a statement it had “thwarted the illegal activities of … the international terrorist organisation Islamic State” on September 30, by detaining all members of a cell in the Moscow region.

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Former Tom Uzhunnalil meets priests in Bengaluru

After his arrival, he was driven to Don Bosco Provincial House where he was welcomed by Father Jose Koyickal, the Vice Provincial of Bengaluru Province.

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Iraq forces attack IS-held town of Hawija: general

Iraqi forces began an operation to retake the jihadist enclave around Hawija on September 21, swiftly taking the town of Sharqat on its second day before pushing on towards Hawija itself.

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Islamic State releases purported audio message from leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi

Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi’s recording was released by the Islamic State-run al-Furqan outlet and the voice sounded like previous recordings of him. The last purported audio message from him was released in November.

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UN team to collect evidence of Islamic State crimes in Iraq

The 15-member council unanimously adopted a British-drafted resolution, after months of negotiations with Iraq, that asks Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to establish a team “to support domestic efforts” to hold the militants accountable.

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Air strikes kill 22 in northwest Syria in 48 hours: monitor

More than 3,30,000 people have been killed in Syria since the conflict began with anti-government protests in March 2011.

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Malaysia: Seven Filipinos suspected of Abu Sayyaf links arrested

Since 2013, police in Malaysia have detained more than 300 people believed to be linked to the Islamic State group.

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Police arrest Pakistani jihadi suspect in Spain

A ministry statement the 25-year-old resident of the northern Catalan city of Lleida was part of a cell partially dismantled with the arrest of three Pakistani brothers in Lleida last year.

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Possible US citizen fighting with Islamic State in US hands

The decision to legally detain the man as a “known enemy combatant” comes as the Trump administration has been working to craft a detention policy, which could determine whether the US will resume sending detainees to the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Saudi Arabia says it breaks up IS attack plot, spy ring

Saudi state television aired images of what it described as suicide bomb belts, as well as homemade grenades seized by authorities. Officials also seized firearms and other weapons, as well as a home used by the plotters in a Riyadh neighborhood, the Saudi Press Agency said.