Islamic State

    • Islamic State ‘resurging’ in Syria

      Islamic State ‘resurging’ in Syria

      The Islamic State jihadist group was “resurging” in Syria while the United States withdrew troops, and has solidified its insurgent capabilities in neighboring Iraq, a US Defense Department watchdog said on 7 Auguas. The jihadists - who suffered major territorial losses at the hands of Iraqi and Syrian forces backed by a US-led international air campaign - are exploiting weaknesses in local forces to make gains, the report from the Office of Inspector General said.

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    • IS claims responsibility for the suicide bomb attacks in Tunis

      IS claims responsibility for the suicide bomb attacks in Tunis

      Islamic State claimed responsibility for the two terrorist attacks on police in the Tunisian capital on Thursday, new wires reported, citing the militant group’s Amaq news agency. Two suicide bombers blew themselves up in separate attacks, killing one police officer and wounding several other people, the Tunisian government said. The attacks came months before an election and at the peak of a tourist season in which Tunisia is hoping for a record number of visitors.

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    • 55,000 linked to IS in Syria, Iraq should be tried or freed, UN's Bachelet says

      55,000 linked to IS in Syria, Iraq should be tried or freed, UN's Bachelet says

      UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said on Monday that 55,000 captured Islamic State fighters, including foreigners, and their families detained in Syria and Iraq should face fair prosecution or be freed. States “must assume responsibility for their nationals” and should not inflict statelessness on fighters’ children who have already suffered so much, Bachelet also told the UN Human Rights Council as it opened a three-week session in Geneva.

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    • Austria proposes UN-style tribunals for European IS fighters

      Austria proposes UN-style tribunals for European IS fighters

      Austria's interior minister Herbert Kickl on Wednesday proposed the creation of UN-style tribunals in the Middle East to deal with people who had left Austria and other EU countries to join IS, rather than bringing them back home for prosecution. “I have turned to the three EU commissioners responsible with the request that this be made into a pan-European project,” Kickl said, adding that Germany, Sweden and Finland support the idea.

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