BAGHDAD (Reuters) — Iraqi forces on Friday captured the border town of Rawa, the last remaining town under Islamic State control, signaling the collapse of the group’s self-proclaimed caliphate.
An Uzbek immigrant accused of killing eight people in New York City by driving a rental truck down a riverfront bike path on Tuesday appeared to have acted alone, but the Halloween Day attack had all the hallmarks of terrorism, authorities said.
An alliance of Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighters, who are backed by the United States, announced they have taken full control of the Islamic State’s so-called “capital” of Raqqa, Syria.
The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the explosion on a London subway train Friday morning that injured 29 people.
The U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State dropped 5,075 bombs during operations in August, the highest total of any month since the three-year campaign against the terrorist group began.
The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control on Tuesday designated Islamic State finance emir Salim Mustafa Muhammad al-Mansur as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist, collaborating with the Iraqi government to disrupt the terrorist group’s financial networks.
A suicide bomber blew himself up at the entrance to a Shi’ite Muslim mosque in Kabul as other attackers stormed the building, killing at least 13 people including worshippers gathering for Friday prayers, officials said.
The Islamic State pledged over the weekend to bring an arduous fight to U.S.-led coalition forces battling to retake Raqqa, once the terrorist group’s de facto capital in Syria.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi arrived in Mosul on Sunday and congratulated the armed forces for their “victory” over Islamic State after eight months of urban warfare, bringing an end to three years of jihadist rule in the city.