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World 02 Sep 2016 | 4:46 PM

Directed from Raqqa, Islamic State cell 'wages war' in Turkey

GAZIANTEP, Turkey (Reuters) - As U.S.-led coalition jets from a Turkish air base began to pound Islamic State targets in Syria in the summer of 2015, Ilhami Bali passed on what appeared to be an order from the militant group's leadership in Raqqa: unleash war on Turkey.

World 07 Jun 2016 | 1:40 AM

U.S.-backed force says Islamic State fleeing Syrian city

BEIRUT/BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S.-backed Syrian fighters have surrounded the Islamic State-held city of Manbij from three sides as they press a major new offensive against the jihadists near the Turkish border, a spokesman for the fighters said on Monday.

World 29 Mar 2016 | 3:56 AM

Syrian army recaptures Palmyra from Islamic State - state media

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian government forces backed by Russian air strikes battled Islamic State insurgents around Palmyra on Monday, trying to extend their gains after taking back control of a city whose ancient temples were dynamited by the ultra-radical militants.

World 25 Dec 2015 | 12:24 PM

Exclusive - Islamic State sanctioned organ harvesting in document taken in U.S. raid

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Islamic State has sanctioned the harvesting of human organs in a previously undisclosed ruling by the group’s Islamic scholars, raising concerns that the violent extremist group may be trafficking in body parts.

World 24 Nov 2015 | 2:35 PM

Insight - In taking economic war to Islamic State, U.S. developing new tools

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Since last month, U.S. warplanes have struck Islamic State's oil infrastructure in Syria in a stepped-up campaign of economic warfare that the United States estimates has cut the group's black-market earnings from oil by about a third.

World 11 Sep 2014 | 11:05 AM

Kerry in Iraq backs government, says Baghdad a partner against Islamic State

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday endorsed Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's plans to mend Baghdad's relations with Sunnis and Kurds, and said Iraq's new government was "the heart and backbone" of the fight against Islamic State.

World 27 Sep 2014 | 3:10 AM

Insight - U.S.-led strikes pressure al Qaeda's Syria group to join with Islamic State

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Al Qaeda's affiliate in Syria, the Nusra Front, is facing mounting pressure from its own members to reconcile with its rival Islamic State and confront a common enemy after U.S.-led air strikes hit both groups this week.

World 27 Sep 2014 | 8:30 AM

Islamic State tightens siege of Syria town, more Europeans join alliance

KARACA Turkey/BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Islamic State fighters tightened their siege of a town on Syria's border with Turkey on Friday despite U.S.-led air strikes aimed at defeating the militants in both Syria and Iraq, in a coalition which has now drawn widespread European support.

World 21 Sep 2014 | 3:25 AM

About 60,000 Syrian Kurds flee to Turkey from Islamic State advance

SURUC Turkey (Reuters) - About 60,000 Syrian Kurds fled into Turkey in the space of 24 hours, a deputy prime minister said on Saturday, as Islamic State militants seized dozens of villages close to the border.

World 14 Sep 2014 | 11:01 AM

Sisi says coalition must battle Islamic State and others

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi told visiting U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that any global coalition against terrorism should battle not just Islamic State but other groups as well, the presidency said on Saturday.