A U.S. military official claims the Islamic State is losing the fight in Mosul and Raqqa. On Sunday, Army Colonel Ryan Dillon said the Islamic State will continue to lose ground under the pressure of U.S-backed forces. Meanwhile, displaced Syrians in a camp north of Raqqa are in desperate need of aid and medical supplies. Camp workers say a lack of food, water and electricity is making life difficult.
A shocking report unveils how the Islamic State illegally sent money to alleged ISIS operatives in the U.S. One America’s Connor Howe has more on the criminal transactions.
Turkish authorities arrest a suspected ISIS member for allegedly planning a drone attack on an American warplane. Russian national Renad Bakiev was detained earlier this month after police surveillance showed him scouting the southern city of Adana where the Incrilik Air Base is located.
Taliban insurgents free 235 villagers in Northern Afghanistan after taking control of the district. Officials confirm the hostages were released after negotiations between militants and tribal leaders. hey allegedly shot 50 Shi’ite civilians including women and children.
The U.S. is reportedly considering air strikes against ISIS in the Philippines. The report says the Pentagon could announce on Tuesday the authority to strike ISIS-linked targets that could threaten U.S. allies.
Philippine’s President Rodrigo Duterte visits Marawi City amid continuing clashes between government forces and the ISIS affiliated Maute terror group. Officials say Friday’s visit is meant to boost the morale of soldiers fighting against the Maute group.
Anti-terror forces find a list of nearly 200 ISIS extremists poised to carry out attacks in Europe at a safe house in Mosul. Troops found the document in the ruins of the Iraqi city. It includes names, photos, and the country of origin of those on the list.
Thousands of Syrians are returning home as conflict in the Middle East continues to de-escalate. On Monday, convoys of buses transported about 9,000 militants and refugees from Lebanon into Syria. This comes as the ceasefire brokered between the U.S. and Russia continues to hold strong within the region.
Fighters for the U.S.-backed Syrian democratic forces claim to make advances in the Islamic State held city of Raqqa, putting ISIS militants under pressure. Kurdish officials were also reported saying as of Monday forces are on the brink of retaking full control of the city’s southern neighborhoods.