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German court tries IS jihadist over Yazidi genocide

Frankfurt am Main, Germany | AFP |¬†¬†A man believed to have belonged to the Islamic State (IS) group goes on trial in Germany on Friday accused of genocide and murdering a child belonging to the Yazidi minority who he held as a slave. Identified only as Taha al-J., the 37-year-old …

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Iraq weighs larger NATO role to replace US-led coalition

Baghdad, Iraq | AFP |¬†Iraq is considering a larger role for NATO at the expense of the US-led coalition, Iraqi and Western officials told AFP, after an American drone strike on Baghdad that sparked outrage. The January 3 strike which killed Iranian General Qasem Soleimani and a top Iraqi commander …

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‘Really tired’: French IS women languish in Syria camp

Al-Hol Camp, Syria | AFP |¬†In an overcrowded desert camp for families linked to the Islamic State group in northeastern Syria, a French woman begged for another chance so she and her children could go home. In the same settlement, two other French women were more tepid about the prospect …

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Children of foreign IS jihadists must be repatriated: UN

Geneva, Switzerland | AFP |¬†UN investigators on Thursday called for thousands of children of jihadists who fought for the Islamic State group to be repatriated from Syria. The UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria said in a report that the children were in a “particularly precarious” situation since they often …

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Islamic State replaces al-Qaeda as Enemy No. 1 in Sahel

Bamako, Mali | AFP |¬†Brutal attacks that have killed nearly 300 people in less than two months have propelled the Islamic State to the status of the Sahel’s most-feared jihadist group, eclipsing al-Qaeda, experts say. The vast fragile region on the southern rim of the Sahara has been battling an …

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Who is the Islamic State group’s new boss?

Paris, France | AFP |¬†Just days after Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in a raid by US special forces in October, the Islamic State group announced the name of the man who has replaced him as leader. But the true identity of Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Quraishi remains shrouded in mystery, …

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IS claims responsibility for Niger attack which killed 71: SITE

Niamey, Niger | AFP |¬†The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for an attack on an army camp in Niger which left 71 military personnel dead, the SITE intelligence group said Thursday. Hundreds of jihadists attacked the camp, near the border with Mali with shells and mortars on Tuesday, killing …

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IS chief Baghdadi buried at sea by US military

Washington, United States | AFP |¬†US officials have said the body of Islamic State group chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was buried at sea, as fresh details surfaced about the US special forces operation that led to his death over the weekend. Syrian Kurds claimed to be a key source of …

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France’s Macron warns Trump of need to prevent IS resurgence

Paris, France | AFP |¬†French President Emmanuel Macron made clear to Donald Trump on Monday “the absolute necessity to prevent a re-emergence” of the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group, after the US pulled its troops out of northern Syria. Macron warned, in a telephone call on Monday evening, that the …

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