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ISIS, Aided by Ex-Taliban Groups, Makes Inroads in Northern Afghanistan – New York Times

Last week, Islamic State fighters overran all of Darzab, according to the acting district governor, Baz Mohammad Dawar. Government officials were able to regain control of the districts center, but not most of the rest of the territory; 10 police officers or soldiers were killed in the fight, he said.

With the districts clinic under Islamic State control, 15 patients were evacuated to the capital of Jowzjan Province, Sheberghan, but they died en route, Afghan officials said.

Mohammad Reza Ghafori, the spokesman for the provincial governor, said that Islamic State fighters had destroyed the 50-bed clinic, forcing the patients to flee.

Mr. Dawar said he thought the patients had died of their injuries on the rugged journey because of a lack of medical staff members in the area. Other officials said it seemed likely that the fighters, who controlled the area the patients had to travel through, had killed them.

In the village of Betaw in Darzab, Islamic State militants killed seven local police officers and 15 civilians, according to a local elder, and threatened to kill anyone who held funeral ceremonies for them. Some held them anyway.

We live in a state of fear, the elder said by telephone. All of us who participated in the funeral are now scared that ISIS will attack and kill us. The elder spoke on the condition of anonymity because he feared retaliation by militants. It was not clear if the seven police officers were counted among the 10 cited by the governor, or if they were additional casualties.

ISIS is more powerful than the Taliban were in Darzab because their fighters are brave, said Hajji Obaidullah, the former police chief of the district. He and other local officials said that two former Taliban commanders, Qari Hikmat and Mufti Nemat, had combined forces and switched their allegiance to the Islamic State in recent months. He said the government had rushed in hundreds of reinforcements, in the form of police officers and soldiers from other areas, to keep the district center from falling to insurgents.

There is no Taliban in Darzab now, but only ISIS, said Halima Sadaf, a member of the Jowzjan Provincial Council, who is from Darzab.

They took over the district before Eid al-Fitr, she said, referring to the holiday signifying the end of Ramadan that began on Sunday.

But Afghan national security forces pushed them out of the capital of the district; the rest of the district is all with them, she added. They are strong and regrouping to launch another offensive.

One of the Islamic State commanders, Mufti Nemat, was persuaded last year to quit the Taliban and join the government side after a heavily publicized intervention by General Dostum, the first vice president. Mufti Nemat was previously a religious teacher in General Dostums home village. He later accused the government and General Dostum of reneging on promises made to him, announcing that he was joining forces with Qari Hikmat and would support the Islamic State.

The Islamic State in Khorasan, as the group is known in Afghanistan, has generally been active only in the eastern province of Nangarhar, where fighters are locked in a struggle with the government as well as with local Taliban forces. Taking a district elsewhere in the country would be a significant advance for the group.

Jawad Sukhanyar reported from Kabul and Rod Nordland from London. Fahim Abed contributed reporting from Kabul.

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ISIS fighters returning to Europe are struggling to get jobs – New York Post

Being a terrorist apparently doesnt look good on a resume.

Members of ISIS are fleeing the Middle East and quietly returning to Europe in the attempt to rejoin society, but theres just one problem: None of them can find jobs.

A daily newspaper in Sweden, known as the Expressen, interviewed several former jihadists recently and spoke to them about how difficult it was to get hired.

I just want to forget everything, explained 27-year-old Walad Yousef, who was one of the 150 fighters to return home to Sweden in recent months.

I apply for a lot of jobs, but I cant get any because my pictures are out there, he said, according to the Daily Caller.

Yousef, who refuses to use his real name, added that many Swedes are worried about what the returnees will do now that theyre back in the country.

One man told the Expressen that he was afraid to talk on the record because he has enough problems finding a job as it is.

Some of the ex-fighters have been forced to make up stories about why they fled to the Middle East, with some claiming they were there to help civilians.

When asked about the difficulties of returning home, one former soldier acted like the newspaper had the wrong guy.

Thats very strange. Anyone can say theyre me, he said, despite there being leaked government records, detailing his allegiance to ISIS.

I mean, its war. Maybe someone recommended me, the man added. I dont know.

Sweden, like many other countries, has been on edge due to the numerous terror attacks that have taken place in Europe over the past few years.

Hundreds of residents have fled the country and joined up with ISIS since its inception. Authorities believe theres roughly 100 Swedes still in the Middle East fighting on the groups behalf.

The really dangerous ones have not come back yet, local terror expert, Magnus Ranstorp, told the Expressen.

The vast majority may not do anything, but they are still a danger to the authorities and it must be managed, he said. It is important for the police to be able to prioritize this area so that they do not become dangerous for society.

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Police claim bust-up of ISIS cell based on Spanish island – CBS News

Spanish police take a suspect into custody during raids on the island of Mallorca targeting suspected members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), June 26, 2017. Four people were arrested in Spain and one each in Germany and Britain as part of a joint operation.

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MADRID — Police on Wednesday arrested six suspected members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), four in Spain and one each in Britain and Germany, Spain’s Interior Ministry said.

A ministry statement said the man arrested in Britain was a Salafist imam who led the group and who was sought by several countries. The 44-year-old imam was detained in the city of Birmingham at Spain’s request.

The four arrests in Spain occurred in Mallorca, where the cell was allegedly based. Spain’s National Police posted video of the raids to their official YouTube account.

Germany’s dpa news agency said a 28-year-old Spanish citizen was detained in the western city of Dortmund as part of the operation.

According to the prosecutors’ office in nearby Hamm, the suspect, whose name was not released, was not known to authorities.

Spain’s Interior Ministry said the person arrested in Germany maintained contact with the cell and helped make propaganda videos. The suspect may be extradited to Spain.

The prosecutor’s office said it was not aware of any concrete attack plans.

No details were immediately available on the names or nationalities of the other five.

Police said investigations began in 2015 when they detected videos promoted by the imam that documented the recruitment, indoctrination and sending of a young Muslim resident of Spain to Syria. Around the same time, the imam was said to have visited the Spanish island of Mallorca to begin organizing the cell and to become its spiritual leader.

It said the imam was known by European police to have been recruiting militants and seeking finance for ISIS but that security measures he took and constant changes in address made his arrest difficult.

The ministry said the cell held regular meetings to recruit new members and actively promoted ISIS’ armed activities on social media. It said its increasing radicalization and willingness to commit jihad attacks led police in the three countries to make the arrests.

Spain says its police have been involved in the arrests of 178 suspected jihadis since the country raised its security alert to one step below the maximum in June 2015.

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Justin Trudeau: Record-Breaking Canadian Sniper Who Killed ISIS Jihadi With Two-Mile Shot Should Be ‘Celebrated’ – Newsweek

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday praised a special forces sniper who set a record-settingshot last month,killing an Islamic State militant group (ISIS) fighter from over two miles away.

A mere 10 seconds elapsed betweenthe soldier pulling thetrigger of his McMillan TAC-50 sniper rifle on ahigh-rise in the northern Iraqi city of Mosuland the bullet striking its target: an ISIS fighter ready to ambushIraqi security forces.

The member of Canada’s elite Joint Task Force 2 perfectly judgedwind conditions, angles and time delay in the May operation. By all accounts,it was the shot of his lifeand Trudeau lauded his efforts.

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What happened there is,…something to be celebrated for the excellence of the Canadian Forces in their training and their performance of their duties, but also something…entirely consistent with what Canadians expect our forces to be doing as part of the coalition against Daesh [the Arabic acronym for Islamic State], Trudeau said at a news conference Tuesday.

A view of Mosul’s Old City through an Iraqi forces sniper hole in the wall of a frontline position in Adedat, a neighbourhood in the Old City of west Mosul, the last area of the city under Islamic State control, June 22, 2017. Martyn Aim/Getty

The sniper’s military commanders were full of praise after the record shot. This is an incredible martial achievement. Achieving a confirmed sniper shot at this distance is unprecedented, Maj. Gen. Michael Rouleau told Canada’s Globe and Mail on Thursday.

Citing security risks, the military is yet to disclose the sniper’s identity.

The successful shot came as acoalition of Iraqi forces, backed by a group ofU.S.-led troops includingCanada ,continued tobesiegethe jihadi group. Iraqi leaders say the military’s elite Counter Terrorism Serviceis just days away from liberating the final Old City neighborhoods fromISIScontrol after eight months of protracted battle.

Trudeau pushed back against criticism that the sniper’s actions did not align with what his Liberal government says is an”advise and assist” role for Canadian forces in northern Iraq.

The advise and assist mission that our Canadian Forces are engaged in in northern Iraq has always had an element of defense, he said.

Opposition lawmakers accused the Canadian prime minister of hypocrisyforclaiming that Canada’s operation in Mosulwas purely defensive, after condemningthe country’s”combat mission,” in Iraq during the2015 election campaign.

“It’s clear, when you’re shooting at someone and killing them on the front line, you’re in a combat mission,” Tom Mulcair,leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada,said Tuesday.

The Iraqi military estimates that more than 300 ISIS fighters remain in Mosul, amongmore than 50,000 civilians. The city, which ISIS captured in June 2014, is where the group’s leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi declared a caliphate at the famous Al-Nuri Mosque.

Last week, night-vision footage emerged of the group appearing to destroy the 12th century building, contradicting its account that a U.S.-led coalition airstrike was responsible.The militants are using booby traps, sniper fire and suicide bombers to slow the coalition offensive.

The top-five longest confirmedsniper kills in military history:

1. Canadian sniper in Iraq (2017): 3,450 meters.

2. British sniper Craig Harrison in Afghanistan (2009): 2,475 meters

3. Canadian sniper Rob Furlong in Afghanistan (2002): 2,430 meters

4. Canadian sniper Arron Perry in Afghanistan (2002): 2,310 meters

5. U.S. sniper Brian Kemer in Iraq (2004): 2,300 meters

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Top US admiral warns: ISIS-linked militants seek new fronts in Asia – Fox News

The commander of U.S. Pacific forces said Wednesday that ISIS-linked militants returning from the Middle East are intent on opening a new front in Asia, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Adm. Harry Harris used the battle in the southern Philippines as a prime example. He warned that the militants may be losing ground in Syria and Iraq, but their supporters are still willing to fight.

Marawi is a wake-up call for every nation in the Indo-Asia Pacific, he told the Australian Strategic Policy Institute. These terrorists are using combat tactics that weve seen in the Middle East to kill in the city of Marawi, in Mindanao, the first time ISIS-inspired forces have banded together to fight on this kind of scale.

About 500 gunmen, including several foreign fighters, stormed the lakeside city of 200,000 people, occupied buildings, burned schools and hoisted Islamic State group-style black flags on May 23.

Faced by his worst crisis, President Rodrigo Duterte responded by declaring martial law in the south and ordering a massive offensive.

The fighting has forced more than 300,000 people to abandon their homes in Marawi and outlying towns and flee to evacuation centers, which rapidly became overcrowded.

Harris said militants are attempting to indoctrinate people in the town. He called on Muslim leaders to attempt to confront the threat.

We can counter violent extremists organizations like ISIS collaborating with regional allies and partners that may have elements in their countries sympathetic to ISISs cause, he said.

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In rural NC, teen planned to unveil an ‘Islamic State of North America’ – Charlotte Observer


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Reports: Unsuspecting Yazidi sex slave was fed her own child by ISIS – AOL

A particularly horrific story has emerged out of the genocide ISIS has been perpetrating against the minority Yazidi population of northern Iraq.

Vian Dakhil, an Iraqi Parliament member who is also Yazidi, has reportedly revealed on television how a starved ISIS sex slave had been tricked into eating her own child, notes the New York Daily News.

The Sun quotes the lawmaker as saying, “One of the women we managed to retrieve from ISIS said that she was held in a cellar for three days without food or water. Afterwards, they brought her a plate of rice and meat, she ate the food because she was very hungry.”

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An Islamic State flag hangs on the wall of an abandoned building in Tel Hamis in Hasaka countryside after the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) took control of the area March 1, 2015. Kurdish forces dealt a blow to Islamic State by capturing Tel Hamis, an important town, on Friday in the latest stage of a powerful offensive in northeast Syria, a Kurdish militia spokesman said. The capture of Tel Hamis was announced by the Kurdish YPG militia and confirmed by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the country’s civil war. REUTERS/Rodi Said (SYRIA – Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT)

Tripods and a projector are pictured inside an ancient Hammam that was used by Islamic State militants as a media centre in Manbij, in Aleppo Governorate, Syria, August 16, 2016. REUTERS/Rodi Said

A view shows part of a media centre that belonged to Islamic State militants inside an ancient Hammam in Manbij, Aleppo Governorate, Syria, August 16, 2016. REUTERS/Rodi Said

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A view shows car parts, which according to Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters were used by Islamic State militants to prepare car bombs, at a workshop in Manbij, Aleppo Governorate, Syria, August 17, 2016. REUTERS/Rodi Said

Iraqi soldiers inspect a vehicle used for suicide car bombings, made by Islamic State militants, in Mosul, Iraq, January 25, 2017. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed

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Dakhil continued, “When she was finished they said to her: ‘We cooked your one-year-old son that we took from you, and this is what you just ate.'”

This is one of the numerous atrocities that ISIS is said to have committed against the Yazidis since the Islamic extremists began targeting the group in 2014 over religious differences.

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T-6. Central African Republic

Population:4,900,000 Estimated number in modern slavery:55,400

Estimated percent in modern slavery:1.130

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T-6. Libya

Population:6,278,000 Estimated number in modern slavery:70,900

Estimated percent in modern slavery:1.130

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T-6. Somalia

Population:10,787,000 Estimated number in modern slavery:121,900

Estimated percent in modern slavery:1.130

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Population: 12,340,000 Estimated number in modern slavery:139,400

Estimated percent in modern slavery:1.130

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T-6. Syria

Population:22,769,000 Estimated number in modern slavery:257,300

Estimated percent in modern slavery:1.130

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T-6. Yemen

Population:26,832,000 Estimated number in modern slavery:303,200

Estimated percent in modern slavery:1.130

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Population:32,527,000 Estimated number in modern slavery:367,600

Estimated percent in modern slavery:1.130

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T-6. Iraq

Population:35,730,000 Estimated number in modern slavery:403,800

Estimated percent in modern slavery:1.130

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T-6. Sudan

Population:40,235,000 Estimated number in modern slavery:454,700

Estimated percent in modern slavery:1.130

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T-6. Democratic Republic of the Congo

Population:77,267,000 Estimated number in modern slavery:873,100

Estimated percent in modern slavery:1.130

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T-6. Pakistan

Population:188,925,000 Estimated number in modern slavery:2,134,900

Estimated percent in modern slavery:1.130

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5. Qatar

Population:2,235,000 Estimated number in modern slavery:30,300

Estimated percent in modern slavery:1.356

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Population:1,311,051,000 Estimated number in modern slavery:18,354,700

Estimated percent in modern slavery:1.4000

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3. Cambodia

Population:15,578,000 Estimated number in modern slavery:256,800

Estimated percent in modern slavery:1.648

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2. Uzbekistan

Population:31,125,000 Estimated number in modern slavery:1,236,600

Estimated percent in modern slavery:3.973

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1. North Korea

Population:25,155,000 Estimated number in modern slavery:1,100,000

Estimated percent in modern slavery:4.373

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In fact, the UN labeled the attacks a genocide last year in a report which says, according to The Guardian, that “Isis had tried to erase the Yazidis’ identity by forcing men to choose between conversion to Islam and death, raping girls as young as nine, selling women at slave markets, and drafting boys to fight.”

Foreign Affairs magazine reported earlier this month that the number of estimated casualties could be as many as 5,000 Yazidis killed and more than 6,000 kidnapped, but these figures have not yet been confirmed by the UN.

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Author describes how US missed chance to get ISIS leader Baghdadi – Fox News

A former member of a secret U.S. special operations task force described to Fox News Tuesday how close American forces came to killing ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in December 2011.

Brett Velicovich, the author of the new book “Drone Warrior,” told Fox News’ “Hannity” that a targeting unit “had actually located Baghdadi and pinpointed him to a house on the ground.”

However, a planned raid to capture or kill the terror leader was hindered by the Obama administration which had changed the rules of engagement to make way for U.S. troops to withdraw from Iraq.

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“So, typically a raid that would have occurred that same night by an assault force … then had to essentially wait two weeks for the call to be made to allow these guys to go in,” Velicovich told host Sean Hannity. “and by that time he was gone. Baghdadi doesnt stay anywhere for two weeks.”

Velicovich added that by the time his team turned their sights to Baghdadi, they had already killed ISIS’ two original leaders.

“We were going after these guys before really anyone necessarily cared about them,” he said, “and we were taking them out constantly because we knew a small group of people in our organization knew how bad these guys were.”

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ISIS makes bloody last stand in last Mosul neighborhoods …

MOSUL, Iraq — Iraqi government forces backed by the U.S. are on the verge of re-taking the city of Mosul.

But the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has mounted a bloody last stand in the few neighborhoods it still controls, reports CBS News correspondent Charlie D’Agata.

D’Agata and his team swept into the Old City of Mosul with Iraqi special forces on a cloud of debris, through the twisted maze of streets where die-hard ISIS fighters have dug in. When the roads narrowed too much, they had no choice but to continue on foot.

Miles of the Old City have been reduced to rubble in the fighting

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Cameras can’t really do justice to the destruction of the Old City. It just goes on for miles. Whole buildings, whole neighborhoods, just wiped out. This is what it costs to get rid of ISIS.

And yet the fighting continues, with Iraqi forces evacuating their wounded while leaving bodies of ISIS fighters to lie where they fell.

There are still mortars and gunfire flying around in some neighborhoods. D’Agata had to take cover after hearing a round coming, which exploded a few buildings away.

Civilians are still trapped in ISIS-held areas

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No one knows how many residents have weathered the eight months of fighting. Earlier this week, ISIS militants blew up the famous al-Nuri mosque rather than surrender it to Iraqi forces.

It’s where the group’s leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi first declared the creation of the so-called caliphate three years ago.

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“The Russians are now claiming that al Baghdadi is dead. What do you think?” D’Agata asked Iraqi Gen. Abdul Ghani al-Asadi.

“He’s not important anymore,” al-Asadi said. “As far as we’re concerned he’s just another ISIS fighter.”

For weary soldiers in Mosul, victory means making sure there’s nothing left of ISIS.

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ISIS, Aided by Ex-Taliban Groups, Makes Inroads in Northern Afghanistan – New York Times

Last week, Islamic State fighters overran all of Darzab, according to the acting district governor, Baz Mohammad Dawar. Government officials were able to regain control of the districts center, but not most of the rest of the territory; 10 police officers or soldiers were killed in the fight, he said. With the districts clinic under Islamic State control, 15 patients were evacuated to the capital of Jowzjan Province, Sheberghan, but they died en route, Afghan officials said. Mohammad Reza Ghafori, the spokesman for the provincial governor, said that Islamic State fighters had destroyed the 50-bed clinic, forcing the patients to flee. Mr. Dawar said he thought the patients had died of their injuries on the rugged journey because of a lack of medical staff members in the area. Other officials said it seemed likely that the fighters, who controlled the area the patients had to travel through, had killed them. In the village of Betaw in Darzab, Islamic State militants killed seven local police officers and 15 civilians, according to a local elder, and threatened to kill anyone who held funeral ceremonies for them. Some held them anyway. We live in a state of fear, the elder said by telephone. All of us who participated in the funeral are now scared that ISIS will attack and kill us. The elder spoke on the condition of anonymity because he feared retaliation by militants. It was not clear if the seven police officers were counted among the 10 cited by the governor, or if they were additional casualties. ISIS is more powerful than the Taliban were in Darzab because their fighters are brave, said Hajji Obaidullah, the former police chief of the district. He and other local officials said that two former Taliban commanders, Qari Hikmat and Mufti Nemat, had combined forces and switched their allegiance to the Islamic State in recent months. He said the government had rushed in hundreds of reinforcements, in the form of police officers and soldiers from other areas, to keep the district center from falling to insurgents. There is no Taliban in Darzab now, but only ISIS, said Halima Sadaf, a member of the Jowzjan Provincial Council, who is from Darzab. They took over the district before Eid al-Fitr, she said, referring to the holiday signifying the end of Ramadan that began on Sunday. But Afghan national security forces pushed them out of the capital of the district; the rest of the district is all with them, she added. They are strong and regrouping to launch another offensive. One of the Islamic State commanders, Mufti Nemat, was persuaded last year to quit the Taliban and join the government side after a heavily publicized intervention by General Dostum, the first vice president. Mufti Nemat was previously a religious teacher in General Dostums home village. He later accused the government and General Dostum of reneging on promises made to him, announcing that he was joining forces with Qari Hikmat and would support the Islamic State. The Islamic State in Khorasan, as the group is known in Afghanistan, has generally been active only in the eastern province of Nangarhar, where fighters are locked in a struggle with the government as well as with local Taliban forces. Taking a district elsewhere in the country would be a significant advance for the group. Jawad Sukhanyar reported from Kabul and Rod Nordland from London. Fahim Abed contributed reporting from Kabul.

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ISIS fighters returning to Europe are struggling to get jobs – New York Post

Being a terrorist apparently doesnt look good on a resume. Members of ISIS are fleeing the Middle East and quietly returning to Europe in the attempt to rejoin society, but theres just one problem: None of them can find jobs. A daily newspaper in Sweden, known as the Expressen, interviewed several former jihadists recently and spoke to them about how difficult it was to get hired. I just want to forget everything, explained 27-year-old Walad Yousef, who was one of the 150 fighters to return home to Sweden in recent months. I apply for a lot of jobs, but I cant get any because my pictures are out there, he said, according to the Daily Caller. Yousef, who refuses to use his real name, added that many Swedes are worried about what the returnees will do now that theyre back in the country. One man told the Expressen that he was afraid to talk on the record because he has enough problems finding a job as it is. Some of the ex-fighters have been forced to make up stories about why they fled to the Middle East, with some claiming they were there to help civilians. When asked about the difficulties of returning home, one former soldier acted like the newspaper had the wrong guy. Thats very strange. Anyone can say theyre me, he said, despite there being leaked government records, detailing his allegiance to ISIS. I mean, its war. Maybe someone recommended me, the man added. I dont know. Sweden, like many other countries, has been on edge due to the numerous terror attacks that have taken place in Europe over the past few years. Hundreds of residents have fled the country and joined up with ISIS since its inception. Authorities believe theres roughly 100 Swedes still in the Middle East fighting on the groups behalf. The really dangerous ones have not come back yet, local terror expert, Magnus Ranstorp, told the Expressen. The vast majority may not do anything, but they are still a danger to the authorities and it must be managed, he said. It is important for the police to be able to prioritize this area so that they do not become dangerous for society.

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Police claim bust-up of ISIS cell based on Spanish island – CBS News

Spanish police take a suspect into custody during raids on the island of Mallorca targeting suspected members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), June 26, 2017. Four people were arrested in Spain and one each in Germany and Britain as part of a joint operation. Spanish National Police MADRID — Police on Wednesday arrested six suspected members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), four in Spain and one each in Britain and Germany, Spain’s Interior Ministry said. A ministry statement said the man arrested in Britain was a Salafist imam who led the group and who was sought by several countries. The 44-year-old imam was detained in the city of Birmingham at Spain’s request. The four arrests in Spain occurred in Mallorca, where the cell was allegedly based. Spain’s National Police posted video of the raids to their official YouTube account. Germany’s dpa news agency said a 28-year-old Spanish citizen was detained in the western city of Dortmund as part of the operation. According to the prosecutors’ office in nearby Hamm, the suspect, whose name was not released, was not known to authorities. Spain’s Interior Ministry said the person arrested in Germany maintained contact with the cell and helped make propaganda videos. The suspect may be extradited to Spain. The prosecutor’s office said it was not aware of any concrete attack plans. No details were immediately available on the names or nationalities of the other five. Police said investigations began in 2015 when they detected videos promoted by the imam that documented the recruitment, indoctrination and sending of a young Muslim resident of Spain to Syria. Around the same time, the imam was said to have visited the Spanish island of Mallorca to begin organizing the cell and to become its spiritual leader. It said the imam was known by European police to have been recruiting militants and seeking finance for ISIS but that security measures he took and constant changes in address made his arrest difficult. The ministry said the cell held regular meetings to recruit new members and actively promoted ISIS’ armed activities on social media. It said its increasing radicalization and willingness to commit jihad attacks led police in the three countries to make the arrests. Spain says its police have been involved in the arrests of 178 suspected jihadis since the country raised its security alert to one step below the maximum in June 2015. 2017 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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Justin Trudeau: Record-Breaking Canadian Sniper Who Killed ISIS Jihadi With Two-Mile Shot Should Be ‘Celebrated’ – Newsweek

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday praised a special forces sniper who set a record-settingshot last month,killing an Islamic State militant group (ISIS) fighter from over two miles away. A mere 10 seconds elapsed betweenthe soldier pulling thetrigger of his McMillan TAC-50 sniper rifle on ahigh-rise in the northern Iraqi city of Mosuland the bullet striking its target: an ISIS fighter ready to ambushIraqi security forces. The member of Canada’s elite Joint Task Force 2 perfectly judgedwind conditions, angles and time delay in the May operation. By all accounts,it was the shot of his lifeand Trudeau lauded his efforts. Daily Emails and Alerts- Get the best of Newsweek delivered to your inbox What happened there is,…something to be celebrated for the excellence of the Canadian Forces in their training and their performance of their duties, but also something…entirely consistent with what Canadians expect our forces to be doing as part of the coalition against Daesh [the Arabic acronym for Islamic State], Trudeau said at a news conference Tuesday. A view of Mosul’s Old City through an Iraqi forces sniper hole in the wall of a frontline position in Adedat, a neighbourhood in the Old City of west Mosul, the last area of the city under Islamic State control, June 22, 2017. Martyn Aim/Getty The sniper’s military commanders were full of praise after the record shot. This is an incredible martial achievement. Achieving a confirmed sniper shot at this distance is unprecedented, Maj. Gen. Michael Rouleau told Canada’s Globe and Mail on Thursday. Citing security risks, the military is yet to disclose the sniper’s identity. The successful shot came as acoalition of Iraqi forces, backed by a group ofU.S.-led troops includingCanada ,continued tobesiegethe jihadi group. Iraqi leaders say the military’s elite Counter Terrorism Serviceis just days away from liberating the final Old City neighborhoods fromISIScontrol after eight months of protracted battle. Trudeau pushed back against criticism that the sniper’s actions did not align with what his Liberal government says is an”advise and assist” role for Canadian forces in northern Iraq. The advise and assist mission that our Canadian Forces are engaged in in northern Iraq has always had an element of defense, he said. Opposition lawmakers accused the Canadian prime minister of hypocrisyforclaiming that Canada’s operation in Mosulwas purely defensive, after condemningthe country’s”combat mission,” in Iraq during the2015 election campaign. “It’s clear, when you’re shooting at someone and killing them on the front line, you’re in a combat mission,” Tom Mulcair,leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada,said Tuesday. The Iraqi military estimates that more than 300 ISIS fighters remain in Mosul, amongmore than 50,000 civilians. The city, which ISIS captured in June 2014, is where the group’s leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi declared a caliphate at the famous Al-Nuri Mosque. Last week, night-vision footage emerged of the group appearing to destroy the 12th century building, contradicting its account that a U.S.-led coalition airstrike was responsible.The militants are using booby traps, sniper fire and suicide bombers to slow the coalition offensive. The top-five longest confirmedsniper kills in military history: 1. Canadian sniper in Iraq (2017): 3,450 meters. 2. British sniper Craig Harrison in Afghanistan (2009): 2,475 meters 3. Canadian sniper Rob Furlong in Afghanistan (2002): 2,430 meters 4. Canadian sniper Arron Perry in Afghanistan (2002): 2,310 meters 5. U.S. sniper Brian Kemer in Iraq (2004): 2,300 meters

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Top US admiral warns: ISIS-linked militants seek new fronts in Asia – Fox News

The commander of U.S. Pacific forces said Wednesday that ISIS-linked militants returning from the Middle East are intent on opening a new front in Asia, The Wall Street Journal reported. Adm. Harry Harris used the battle in the southern Philippines as a prime example. He warned that the militants may be losing ground in Syria and Iraq, but their supporters are still willing to fight. Marawi is a wake-up call for every nation in the Indo-Asia Pacific, he told the Australian Strategic Policy Institute. These terrorists are using combat tactics that weve seen in the Middle East to kill in the city of Marawi, in Mindanao, the first time ISIS-inspired forces have banded together to fight on this kind of scale. About 500 gunmen, including several foreign fighters, stormed the lakeside city of 200,000 people, occupied buildings, burned schools and hoisted Islamic State group-style black flags on May 23. Faced by his worst crisis, President Rodrigo Duterte responded by declaring martial law in the south and ordering a massive offensive. The fighting has forced more than 300,000 people to abandon their homes in Marawi and outlying towns and flee to evacuation centers, which rapidly became overcrowded. Harris said militants are attempting to indoctrinate people in the town. He called on Muslim leaders to attempt to confront the threat. We can counter violent extremists organizations like ISIS collaborating with regional allies and partners that may have elements in their countries sympathetic to ISISs cause, he said.

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In rural NC, teen planned to unveil an ‘Islamic State of North America’ – Charlotte Observer

Charlotte Observer In rural NC, teen planned to unveil an 'Islamic State of North America' Charlotte Observer Calling Justin Sullivan's plot a cold and calculated conspiracy of ISIS -inspired terror, a federal judge in Asheville sent the 21-year-old Morganton man to prison for the rest of his life. Sullivan showed no reaction as U.S. District Judge Martin … North Carolina man gets life in prison for plotting ISIS -inspired shooting CBS News NC man gets life for planned mass killings in ISIS's name The Hill NC man who plotted terrorist attack as part of ISIS gets life in prison myfox8.com FOX 46 Charlotte  – Fox News  – Department of Justice  – New York Times all 46 news articles »

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Reports: Unsuspecting Yazidi sex slave was fed her own child by ISIS – AOL

A particularly horrific story has emerged out of the genocide ISIS has been perpetrating against the minority Yazidi population of northern Iraq. Vian Dakhil, an Iraqi Parliament member who is also Yazidi, has reportedly revealed on television how a starved ISIS sex slave had been tricked into eating her own child, notes the New York Daily News. The Sun quotes the lawmaker as saying, “One of the women we managed to retrieve from ISIS said that she was held in a cellar for three days without food or water. Afterwards, they brought her a plate of rice and meat, she ate the food because she was very hungry.” RELATED: A glimpse into the land ISIS has lost 20 PHOTOS A glimpse into the land ISIS has lost See Gallery A billboard (L) with Koranic verses is seen in the historic city of Palmyra, in Homs Governorate, Syria April 1, 2016. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki SEARCH “PALMYRA SANADIKI” FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH “THE WIDER IMAGE” FOR ALL STORIES An Islamic State flag hangs on the wall of an abandoned building in Tel Hamis in Hasaka countryside after the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) took control of the area March 1, 2015. Kurdish forces dealt a blow to Islamic State by capturing Tel Hamis, an important town, on Friday in the latest stage of a powerful offensive in northeast Syria, a Kurdish militia spokesman said. The capture of Tel Hamis was announced by the Kurdish YPG militia and confirmed by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the country’s civil war. REUTERS/Rodi Said (SYRIA – Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT) Tripods and a projector are pictured inside an ancient Hammam that was used by Islamic State militants as a media centre in Manbij, in Aleppo Governorate, Syria, August 16, 2016. REUTERS/Rodi Said A view shows part of a media centre that belonged to Islamic State militants inside an ancient Hammam in Manbij, Aleppo Governorate, Syria, August 16, 2016. REUTERS/Rodi Said A tunnel used by Islamic State militants is seen in the town of Sinjar, Iraq December 1, 2015. REUTERS/Ari Jalal A view shows car parts, which according to Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters were used by Islamic State militants to prepare car bombs, at a workshop in Manbij, Aleppo Governorate, Syria, August 17, 2016. REUTERS/Rodi Said Iraqi soldiers inspect a vehicle used for suicide car bombings, made by Islamic State militants, in Mosul, Iraq, January 25, 2017. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed A captured Islamic State tank and shells are seen at the Iraqi army base in Qaraqosh, east of Mosul, Iraq November 8, 2016. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY Rocket-propelled grenades left behind by Islamic State militants are seen at a school, following clashes in Falluja, Iraq, June 25, 2016. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani Explosives left behind by Islamic State militants are seen at a school, following clashes in Falluja, Iraq, June 25, 2016. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani A member of Iraqi security forces takes a selfie at a building that was used by Islamic State militants in Hammam al-Ali, south of Mosul, Iraq November 7, 2016. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani A book belonging to Islamic State militants is seen in Falluja after government forces recaptured the city from Islamic State militants, Iraq, June 27, 2016. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani An Iraqi officer displays Russian passports, which he says belong to Islamic State fighters, in Mosul, Iraq, January 25, 2017. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed A man who fled the Islamic State stronghold of Mosul shows his marriage certificate issued by the Islamic State militants at temporary court at Khazer camp in Iraq, January 18, 2017. Picture taken January 18, 2017. REUTERS/Ahmed Saad A member of the Iraqi counterterrorism forces stands by an Islamic State militants weapons factory in Falluja, Iraq, June 23, 2016. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY A Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) fighter inspects a room, which according to the SDF was used by Islamic State militants to prepare explosives, in Manbij, Aleppo Governorate, Syria, August 17, 2016. REUTERS/Rodi Said U.S. Special Operations Forces members inspect a drone used by Islamic State militants to drop explosives on Iraqi forces, in Mosul, Iraq, January 25, 2017. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed A member of Iraqi security forces inspects a building that was used as a prison by Islamic State militants in Hammam al-Ali, south of Mosul, during an operation to attack Islamic State militants in Mosul, Iraq November 7, 2016. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani A mass grave for Islamic State militants are seen in Falluja, Iraq, September 4, 2016. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily HIDE CAPTION SHOW CAPTION Dakhil continued, “When she was finished they said to her: ‘We cooked your one-year-old son that we took from you, and this is what you just ate.'” This is one of the numerous atrocities that ISIS is said to have committed against the Yazidis since the Islamic extremists began targeting the group in 2014 over religious differences. RELATED: Countries with highestpercent of population in slavery 17 PHOTOS Countries with highest percent of population in slavery See Gallery T-6. Central African Republic Population:4,900,000 Estimated number in modern slavery:55,400 Estimated percent in modern slavery:1.130 (Photo by Tony Wheeler via Getty Images) T-6. Libya Population:6,278,000 Estimated number in modern slavery:70,900 Estimated percent in modern slavery:1.130 (Photo via Getty Images) T-6. Somalia Population:10,787,000 Estimated number in modern slavery:121,900 Estimated percent in modern slavery:1.130 (Photo via Getty Images) Population: 12,340,000 Estimated number in modern slavery:139,400 Estimated percent in modern slavery:1.130 (Photo by Figula Photography via Getty Images) T-6. Syria Population:22,769,000 Estimated number in modern slavery:257,300 Estimated percent in modern slavery:1.130 (Photo by Andrew Pistolesi via Getty Images) T-6. Yemen Population:26,832,000 Estimated number in modern slavery:303,200 Estimated percent in modern slavery:1.130 (Photo by Mohannad Khatib via Getty Images) Population:32,527,000 Estimated number in modern slavery:367,600 Estimated percent in modern slavery:1.130 (Photo via Getty Images) T-6. Iraq Population:35,730,000 Estimated number in modern slavery:403,800 Estimated percent in modern slavery:1.130 (Photo by Michael Runkel via Getty Images) T-6. Sudan Population:40,235,000 Estimated number in modern slavery:454,700 Estimated percent in modern slavery:1.130 (Photo by Reinhard Dirscherl via Getty Images) T-6. Democratic Republic of the Congo Population:77,267,000 Estimated number in modern slavery:873,100 Estimated percent in modern slavery:1.130 (Photo by Roger de la Harpe via Getty Images) T-6. Pakistan Population:188,925,000 Estimated number in modern slavery:2,134,900 Estimated percent in modern slavery:1.130 (Photo by Paul Williams via Getty Images) 5. Qatar Population:2,235,000 Estimated number in modern slavery:30,300 Estimated percent in modern slavery:1.356 (Photo by Allan Baxter via Getty Images) Population:1,311,051,000 Estimated number in modern slavery:18,354,700 Estimated percent in modern slavery:1.4000 (Photo by David Freund via Getty Images) 3. Cambodia Population:15,578,000 Estimated number in modern slavery:256,800 Estimated percent in modern slavery:1.648 (Photo via Getty Images) 2. Uzbekistan Population:31,125,000 Estimated number in modern slavery:1,236,600 Estimated percent in modern slavery:3.973 (Photo by Rosmarie Wirz via Getty Images) 1. North Korea Population:25,155,000 Estimated number in modern slavery:1,100,000 Estimated percent in modern slavery:4.373 (Photo by Berthold Trenkel via Getty Images) HIDE CAPTION SHOW CAPTION In fact, the UN labeled the attacks a genocide last year in a report which says, according to The Guardian, that “Isis had tried to erase the Yazidis’ identity by forcing men to choose between conversion to Islam and death, raping girls as young as nine, selling women at slave markets, and drafting boys to fight.” Foreign Affairs magazine reported earlier this month that the number of estimated casualties could be as many as 5,000 Yazidis killed and more than 6,000 kidnapped, but these figures have not yet been confirmed by the UN. More from AOL.com: Report: Record-breaking sniper kills an ISIS fighter with two-mile shot Islamic State blows up historic Mosul mosque where it declared ‘caliphate’ Belgian troops shoot ‘terrorist’ bomber in Brussels station

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Author describes how US missed chance to get ISIS leader Baghdadi – Fox News

A former member of a secret U.S. special operations task force described to Fox News Tuesday how close American forces came to killing ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in December 2011. Brett Velicovich, the author of the new book “Drone Warrior,” told Fox News’ “Hannity” that a targeting unit “had actually located Baghdadi and pinpointed him to a house on the ground.” However, a planned raid to capture or kill the terror leader was hindered by the Obama administration which had changed the rules of engagement to make way for U.S. troops to withdraw from Iraq. OBAMA’S TEAM HAD THE CHANCE TO KILL ISIS LEADER BAGHDADI — AND BLEW IT “So, typically a raid that would have occurred that same night by an assault force … then had to essentially wait two weeks for the call to be made to allow these guys to go in,” Velicovich told host Sean Hannity. “and by that time he was gone. Baghdadi doesnt stay anywhere for two weeks.” Velicovich added that by the time his team turned their sights to Baghdadi, they had already killed ISIS’ two original leaders. “We were going after these guys before really anyone necessarily cared about them,” he said, “and we were taking them out constantly because we knew a small group of people in our organization knew how bad these guys were.”

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ISIS makes bloody last stand in last Mosul neighborhoods …

MOSUL, Iraq — Iraqi government forces backed by the U.S. are on the verge of re-taking the city of Mosul. But the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has mounted a bloody last stand in the few neighborhoods it still controls, reports CBS News correspondent Charlie D’Agata. D’Agata and his team swept into the Old City of Mosul with Iraqi special forces on a cloud of debris, through the twisted maze of streets where die-hard ISIS fighters have dug in. When the roads narrowed too much, they had no choice but to continue on foot. Miles of the Old City have been reduced to rubble in the fighting CBS News Cameras can’t really do justice to the destruction of the Old City. It just goes on for miles. Whole buildings, whole neighborhoods, just wiped out. This is what it costs to get rid of ISIS. And yet the fighting continues, with Iraqi forces evacuating their wounded while leaving bodies of ISIS fighters to lie where they fell. There are still mortars and gunfire flying around in some neighborhoods. D’Agata had to take cover after hearing a round coming, which exploded a few buildings away. Civilians are still trapped in ISIS-held areas CBS News No one knows how many residents have weathered the eight months of fighting. Earlier this week, ISIS militants blew up the famous al-Nuri mosque rather than surrender it to Iraqi forces. It’s where the group’s leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi first declared the creation of the so-called caliphate three years ago. Gen. Abdul Ghani al-Asadi CBS News “The Russians are now claiming that al Baghdadi is dead. What do you think?” D’Agata asked Iraqi Gen. Abdul Ghani al-Asadi. “He’s not important anymore,” al-Asadi said. “As far as we’re concerned he’s just another ISIS fighter.” For weary soldiers in Mosul, victory means making sure there’s nothing left of ISIS. 2017 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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