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An undated screengrab taken from video released by Islamic State-linked Al-Furqan media shows the chief of  Islamic State,   Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,  for the first time in five years  in an undisclosed location. Screengrab: AFP/Getty

The reappearance of Islamic State founder Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a video released on Monday was undoubtedly timed to demonstrate he has survived the (...)

Red Cross worker Louisa Akavi, a New Zealand national, is seen in this undated handout photo released by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on April 14th. Photograph: ICRC/Handout/Reuters

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has appealed for information on the whereabouts of three employees abducted in Syria more than fiv(...)

Although half of Islamic State’s foreign recruits may have been killed in action, survivors have dispersed and sprung up across the globe. Photograph: Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty

The fall of the last pocket of Islamic State territory at the village of Baghouz in southeastern Syria does not signal the defeat of the terror group.(...)

A female fighter of the US-backed Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) flashes the victory gesture  on Saturday  after the SDF announced the total elimination of the Islamic State  group’s last bastion in eastern Syria. Photograph: Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images.

US-backed forces on Saturday said they had captured Islamic State’s last shred of territory at Baghouz in eastern Syria, ending its territorial rule o(...)

Patrice and Lydie Maninchedda have learned that French special forces had rescued their grandsons from al-Hawl refugee camp in Syria. Photograph: Lydia Maninchedda

Lydie and Patrice Maninchedda appealed to president Emmanuel Macron in February, begging him to have the “humanity” to bring their three small grandso(...)

A US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces  soldier sits on a rooftop as smoke rises from the ongoing battle to oust Islamic State militants from Baghouz, Syria, on Wednesday, March 13th, 2019. Photograph: Maya Alleruzzo/AP Photo

Islamic State launched two counter-attacks on US-backed fighters besieging their final shred of territory in eastern Syria on Wednesday but were beate(...)

 Children believed to be from the Yazidi community, who were captured by Islamic State   fighters,  after being evacuated from the terror group’s holdout of Baghouz, at a screening area this week run  by the  Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces . Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

Salwa Sayed al-Omar spent years as a Yazidi prisoner of the Islamic State terror group but she escaped its clutches this week, fleeing its last popul(...)

Civilians evacuated from  Islamic State’s holdout of Baghouz wait for bread and water at a screening area held by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, in the eastern Syrian province of Deir al-Zor, on Tuesday. Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

Thousands of people could still be left inside Islamic State’s last enclave in eastern Syria, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said, as t(...)

Fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces at  the frontline Syrian village of Baghouz. Photograph:  Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images

Air strikes targeted Islamic State’s last pocket in eastern Syria late on Tuesday as US-backed fighters pressed for a victory that would bring the jih(...)

Renu Begum, sister of Shamima Begum, holds a photo of her sister as she made an appeal in 2015 for her to return home. Photograph: Laura Lean/Reuters

The family of an east London teenager who travelled to Syria to join Islamic State when she was 15 have said they have been told she has given birth t(...)

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