Iraq says its war on the Islamic State is over, after more than three years of combat operations. During a conference in Baghdad on Saturday Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi announced the country’s forces are in full control of its border with Syria. The border zone was the last area held by extremists following a series of defeat over the past two years.
By Doina Chiacu
Defense Secretary James Mattis arrived in Pakistan as part of his regional tour. On Monday, Secretary Mattis said he is seeking “common ground” with Pakistan on fighting radical Islamic terrorism.
Jordan warns the U.S. against recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, saying the move could spark a rise in Islamic terror. This comes after a senior White House official said President Trump could move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
London’s mayor attacks President Trump over his alleged support for the British patriotic group “Britain First.” Sadik Khan accused President Trump of promoting “a vile extremist group” that spreads hatred and division in the U.K.
Nine people are dead and another 35 are wounded following a terrorist attack at a Pakistani college. Three gunmen dressed in women’s Islamic veils opened fire at the Agricultural Training Institute in the city of Peshawar Friday.
The U.S. is greatly expanding its military presence in Africa as part of its efforts to fight islamic militants on the continent. On Thursday, Pentagon officials revealed details of a long sought after agreement with the Nigerien government.
Syrian government forces launch airstrikes against the last ISIS stronghold in the country. This comes after the Syrian Army and its allies encircled the city of Abu Kamal near the Iraqi border.
A suspected Islamic State militant accused of kidnapping appears before a judge in France. On Wednesday, authorities issued preliminary terrorism charges to 32-year-old Mehdi Nemmouche. He is accused of helping ISIS hold four French journalists captive for nearly a year in Syria.