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Islamic State has been cranking out car bombs on an industrial scale for the battle of Mosul.

Lt. Muntathar Ghani had been awake for two days straight, engaged in relentless street fighting against Islamic State jihadists. When the adrenaline started to wear off, he sat down in the front yard of a house, desperate for a rest. That’s when he saw the car bomb, a white Chevy pickup sheathed...

- Baltimoresun.com - US

Iraqi forces push deeper into western Mosul as civilians flee.

US-backed Iraqi forces pushed deeper into western Mosul today, advancing in several populated southern districts after punching through the defences of Islamic State's last major urban stronghold in Iraq a day earlier. About 1,000 civilians also walked across the frontlines, the largest movement since the new offensive ...

- timesofmalta.com - MT

ISIS Attacks Border Checkpoint; 117 Killed in Iraq.

Militants attacked the border checkpoint at Trebil again. This time they killed 15 guards.

- Antiwar.com - US

Trump administration won't call extremist group 'ISIL' like Obama did.

The Islamic State group will be called ISIS under President Donald Trump's administration, rejecting former President Barack Obama's preference for referring to the militants as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said in a Feb. 12 memo that us...

- The Raw Story - US

VICE on HBO Behind the Scenes: Car Crash in Syria.

Hear from the VICE crew behind “Inside Assad's Syria” about one scene the cameras didn't catch: a car crash on the road out of Aleppo, just kilometers from ISIS positions. The season premiere of VICE on HBO, including Isobel Yeung's full report from Syria, is available now.

- VICE News - US

Islamic State Drones Terrorize Iraqi Forces.

As they advance into Islamic State's remaining urban stronghold of west Mosul, Iraqi forces are struggling to counter the terror caused by the militant group's drones.

- Wall Street Journal - US

At least 15 guards killed in ISIS attack on Iraqi-Jordanian border position.

February 25, 2017, 9:22 AM “Daesh launched an attack Friday with a suicide car bomb and gunmen on the 2nd border guard regiment near Trebil,” on the Iraqi border with Jordan, said an officer in the border guard. Among the dead Iraqi guards were two officers, he said. .The border with Jordan lies in Anbar, a vast ...

- DEBKAFile - IL

Coptic Christians flee N. Sinai homes after Islamist massacre.

February 25, 2017, 9:34 AM Hundreds of Christian families arrived Friday in the Suez Canal town of Ismailia in flight from their northern Sinai home town of El Arish where ISIS' Sinai affiliate has massacred some 30 Coptic Christians since early January. Thursday, terrorists shot Kamel Youssef to death in front of his wife ...

- DEBKAFile - IL

Twin suicide attacks in Homs, Syria, leave at least 42 people.

February 25, 2017, 1:15 PM A Syrian army colonel was among the 42 people at least killed in government-controlled Homs Saturday in an attack later claimed by former Al Qaeda branch Jabhat Fateh al-Sham At least six attackers blew themselves up near the state security and military headquarters. The colonel was identified as ...

- DEBKAFile - IL

Indian doctor rescued from ISIS captivity in Libya: Sushma Swaraj.

Sushma Swaraj said that Dr Kosanam will be brought home soon.

- Zee News - IN

Mosque ambush kills 10 police in northern Afghanistan.

Taliban claims responsibility for deadly attack in Jowzaz province as officials blame ISIL.

- Al Jazeera - QA

Iraqi forces push deeper into western Mosul as civilians flee

MOSUL, Iraq - U.S.-backed Iraqi forces pushed deeper into western Mosul on Saturday, advancing in several populated southern districts after punching through the defences of Islamic State's last major urban stronghold in Iraq a day earlier.

- Reuters - US

Iraqi forces facing stiff resistance in western Mosul

SOUTH OF MOSUL, Iraq " Iraqi forces pushed deeper into western Mosul Saturday amid stiff resistance from entrenched Islamic State fighters, a commander on the scene said.Special forces Lt. Gen. Abdul-Wahab al-Saadi said that...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Islamic State has been cranking out car bombs on an industrial scale for the battle of Mosul

Lt. Muntathar Ghani had been awake for two days straight, engaged in relentless street fighting against Islamic State jihadists. When the adrenaline started to wear off, he sat down in the front yard of a house, desperate for a rest. That's when he saw the car bomb, a white Chevy pickup sheathed...

- Los Angeles Times - US

Iraqi forces facing stiff resistance in western Mosul

Iraqi forces pushed deeper into western Mosul Saturday amid stiff resistance from entrenched Islamic State fighters, a commander on the scene said.

- Stars and Stripes - US

Iraqi security forces hunting down sleeper cells in liberated Mosul

Using tips from Mosul residents, Iraq's National Security Service is taking the lead in tracking suspected Islamic State sleeper cells that have managed remain behind as Iraqi forces fight to retake the country's second largest city.

- Stars and Stripes - US

America's secret and forgotten wars

President Trump inherited several undeclared wars around the world. Will he change U.S. policy? Here's everything you need to know: Where is the U.S. currently fighting?President Trump is now overseeing several ongoing combat operations that began during previous administrations. Some 8,400 U.S. troops are still deployed in ...

- The Week - US

Homs bombs kill Syria troops: Was it 'Islamic State'?

Suicide attacks on two security service bases in the heart of Syria's government-held third city of Homs have killed 42 people, state media report. The attacks occurred as peace talks are underway in Geneva.

- Deutsche Welle - DE

Iraqi forces push deeper into west Mosul

Iraqi forces backed by jets and helicopters battled extremists inside west Mosul Saturday but still faced a tough and potentially protracted battle to retake ISIS' bastion

- The Daily Star - LB

IS car bomb kills more than 50 in northwest Syria

An Islamic State car bomb killed more than 50 people on Friday in a Syrian village held by rebels, a war monitor said, a day after the jihadist group was driven from its last stronghold in the area.

- BDNews24 - BD

Afghan official: IS militants kill 11 in mosque ambush

An Afghan official says that 10 police officers and the wife of a police commander have been killed by Islamic State militants in northern Zawzjan province. The post Afghan official: IS militants kill 11 in mosque ambush appeared first on Inquirer News.

- Philippine Daily Inquirer - PH

Iraqi forces facing stiff resistance in western Mosul

MOSUL, Iraq — An Iraqi commander says special forces troops are progressing through western Mosul and encountering stiff resistance from entrenched Islamic State fighters. Special forces Lt. Gen. Abdul-Wahab al-Saadi said Saturday that his troops are moving very slowly' and that IS fighters are responding with car bombs, ...

- Philippine Daily Inquirer - PH

Iraqi forces push deeper into western Mosul as civilians flee

The new offensive comes after government forces and allies finished clearing Islamic State from eastern Mosul The post Iraqi forces push deeper into western Mosul as civilians flee appeared first on The Express Tribune.

- The Express Tribune - PK

Islamic State militants kill 11 in mosque ambush: Afghan official

An Afghan official says that 10 police officers and the wife of a police commander have been killed by Islamic State militants in northern Zawzjan province.

- Zee News - IN

A Ruined Farmer and a Love Letter: Remnants From Fighting in Western Mosul

Traveling to the front lines of western Mosul, where Iraqi government forces are battling the Islamic State for complete control of this city.

- New York Times - US

Blasts in Syria kill dozens at security headquarters in Homs

At least 32 people died at two of the most fortified complexes in the area.There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but the explosions bore the hallmarks of the Islamic State, which controls much of the countryside east of the city.

- Washington Post - US

Isis used bomber made with DJI drone and badminton supplies in Mosul airport encounter

The bodies of the bombs were made of PVC pipe.

- IBTimes.co.uk - UK

Afghan official: Islamic State militants kill 11 in mosque ambush

An Afghan official said that 10 police officers and the wife of a police commander have been killed by Islamic State militants in northern Zawzjan province.

- Stars and Stripes - US

It's ISIS, not ISIL, the Pentagon informs staff in new memo

The Pentagon has instructed defense officials to use the acronym ISIS, not ISIL, when referring to the Islamic State, abandoning the convention of the Obama administration and embracing the term preferred by President Donald Trump.

- Stars and Stripes - US

Egypt's Christians Flee Sinai Amid Islamic State Killing Spree

Christian families and students fled Egypt's North Sinai province in droves on Friday after Islamic State killed the seventh member of their community in just three weeks.

- Newsmax - US

Iraqi forces push deeper into western Mosul as civilians flee

MOSUL, Iraq - U.S.-backed Iraqi forces pushed deeper into western Mosul on Saturday after retaking the city's airport from Islamic State and punching into built-up areas of the jihadists' last major stronghold in the country.

- Reuters - US

Afghan official: IS militants kill 11 in mosque ambush

KABUL, Afghanistan — An Afghan official says that 10 police officers and the wife of a police commander have been killed by Islamic State...

- Townhall.com - US

Iraqi forces facing stiff resistance in western Mosul

SOUTH OF MOSUL, Iraq — Iraqi forces pushed deeper into western Mosul Saturday amid stiff resistance from entrenched Islamic State fighters, a...

- Townhall.com - US

ISIS militants kill 11 in mosque ambush: Afghan official

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan official says that 10 police officers and the wife of a police commander have been killed by Islamic State militants in northern Zawzjan province.

- The Daily Star - LB

Iraqi forces facing stiff resistance in western Mosul

An Iraqi commander says special forces troops are progressing through western Mosul and encountering stiff resistance from entrenched ISIS fighters

- The Daily Star - LB

Update: Death toll from car bomb in Syria's Al-Bab rises to 51

A car bomb claimed by the Islamic State killed at least 51 people in Syria's northern city of al-Bab on Friday, a day after a Turkish-backed operation seized the area from Islamic State militants, a monitoring group reported. © 2017 dpa GmbH

- Albawaba - UK

Afghan official: IS militants kill 11 in mosque ambush

KABUL, Afghanistan " An Afghan official says that 10 police officers and the wife of a police commander have been killed by Islamic State militants in northern Zawzjan province.Mohammad Reza Ghafori, spokesman for the Zawzjan...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

World › Iraqi forces advance in Mosul, strike IS inside Syria

As Iraqi ground troops pushed into western Mosul on Friday, the country's air force struck Islamic State group targets inside Syria for the first time in response to recent bombings in Baghdad claimed by the militants. Meanwhile, at least 60 people were killed in IS attacks near a key northern…

- Japan Today - JP

Rebuilding Alliances and Countering Threats in the Gulf

Paper Outlines Ways to Deepen Cooperation with Gulf States.... The Trump administration has an opportunity to reset, tighten, and maximize America's strategic relations with the Gulf states. For the United States, expanded security cooperation and coordination could be a force multiplier in campaigns to achieve key policy ...

- The Washington Institute - US

Pentagon prepares to give the White House a stepped-up battle plan against Islamic State

Pentagon strategists are putting final touches on a stepped-up battle plan against Islamic State and are due to offer President Trump options as early as Monday to accelerate the war against the militants in Iraq and Syria, officials said. The month-long strategic review, which Trump requested...

- Los Angeles Times - US

Multiple blasts hit security facilities in Syria's Homs province, at least 42 reported dead

It was not immediately clear if the Isis was behind the attacks.

- IBTimes.co.uk - UK

In push to reclaim Raqqa, Trump's choices range from bad to worse

U.S. President Donald Trump's push against ISIS in Syria could present him with an unenviable choice: Alienate NATO ally Turkey by relying on Kurdish fighters or adopt a plan that may slow the assault and require many more U.S. combat forces

- The Daily Star - LB

Iraqi forces face their toughest test in Mosul

Iraq's prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, had vowed to recapture Mosul from the so-called Islamic State by the end of 2016. In the weeks leading up to the battle for Iraq's second-largest city, American military commanders echoed him: victory would be swift, they pledged. But with the jihadists still in control of half the ...

- Iraq Oil Report - US

Iraq hopes to reclaim heritage lost to Islamic State group

Iraqi officials are calling for international help to reclaim archaeological sites and other heritage destroyed by Islamic State extremists. A two-day gathering at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization headquarters in Paris beginning Thursday brought experts in archaeology, scholars and ...

- Iraq Oil Report - US

Battle for Mosul: Iraqi forces advance on suburbs in city's west

Iraqi forces have pushed beyond Mosul International Airport and a nearby military camp and are preparing to move on the southernmost neighborhoods of western Mosul, Iraq's Joint Operations Command said Friday. The command released a map showing the progress as its forces embark on the second phase of a months-long operation ...

- Iraq Oil Report - US

Car bomb kills dozens in Syria

A car bomb in northern Syria killed as many as 60 people and wounded dozens more, Turkish state media and activist groups said Friday, even as the Turkish military said that the nearby town of al-Bab had been retaken from ISIS.

- CNN Top Stories - US

Iraq fighter jets strike Isis targets in Syria

Air attacks coincide with Iraqi forces pushing deeper into western Mosul

- Financial Times - US

France Is Training Eagles to Take Down Terrorist Drones

The latest tool in ISIS's armory could soon be foiled by an original aerial ace.

- Yahoo! News - US

Nigel Farage, the man behind Brexit, says he'll be 'useful' to Trump

Nigel Farage, the fiery advocate of the Brexit campaign in the United Kingdom, tells Yahoo News he is expecting to play quite a useful role' for the Trump administration — as a salesman for the White House agenda to British and European audiences. When ISIS says they will use the refugee crisis to flood our country with ...

- Yahoo! News - US

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