Rise and fall of the Islamic State group’s “caliphate”

Islamic State group jihadists in Syria trapped in last square kilometre. Videographics on the rise and fall of the Islamic State group’s “caliphate”.VIDEOGRAPHIC

Hundreds flee IS-held holdout in eastern Syria

Hundreds flee the last pocket of land under the control of the Islamic State group in eastern Syria as US-backed forces press the battle to expel diehard jihadists from the holdout.

Mammoth crowds mark 40th anniversary of Iran revolution

Thousands of Iranians gather in central Tehran to mark 40 years since the Islamic revolution, a political earthquake that ended millenia of monarchy and still reverberates around the region.

Canadian jihadist says IS foreign fighters ‘hung out to dry’

Canadian jihadist Mohammad Ali who joined IS in 2014 under the nom de guerre Abu Turab al-Kanadi says he has been “hung out to dry” by the Islamic State group like other foreign fighters and appealed to his government for help during an interview at a detention centre in the northeastern city of Hasakeh, under the control of the Syrian Defence Forces, who are holding hundreds of foreign jihadists.

Barely alive after IS, Syrian babies haunted by malnutrition

They survived the Islamic State group’s crumbling “caliphate” by a thread, but skeletal babies streaming into a displacement camp in al-Hol in northeastern Syria now face a race against malnutrition. Medics at Al-Hol, which has been flooded with more than 25,000 displaced people in recent weeks as military operations ramped up, do not have the capacity to treat severely malnourished children and must send them on to hospitals in the city of Hasakeh an hour away.

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Trump expects IS caliphate defeated in one week

US President Donald Trump warns that the “remnants” of the IS caliphate “can be very dangerous,” as he announces that he expects the Islamic State group to lose all remaining territory in Syria in a week.

Trump: ISIS caliphate has been decimated

President Donald Trump says the Islamic State group’s caliphate “has been decimated,” and he says his administration could announce as early as next week that the U.S. and coalition partners have retaken 100 percent of the territory. (Feb. 6)

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In east Syria, civilians escape IS but not death

In recent weeks, thousands have escaped the last pocket of land held by the Islamic State group near the Iraqi border, seeking refuge in territory held by US-backed forces. Several say they were hit while attempting to flee into areas controlled by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces.

Photographers in Iraq’s Mosul snap dark days, bright futures

Residents are hiring local photographers to capture mementos of Mosul’s darkest days, a year and a half after the Islamic State group’s bloody reign over the Iraqi city came to an end.