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Saturdays violence underscores deep instability in parts of Burkina Faso which has been battling armed groups with links to al Qaeda and Islamic State since 2017 NegativeOUAGADOUGOU Militants in Burkina Faso attacked a cattle market and a humanitarian convoy killing at least 35 people the government said on Sunday http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-burkina-security/militants-in-burkina-faso-kill-35-in-separate-attacks-government-says-idUSKBN2370PM2020-06-01
Burkina Faso has been battling armed combatants with links to al Qaeda and the Islamic State since 2017 NegativeOUAGADOUGOU At least 15 people were killed following an attack on a convoy transporting traders in a town in northern Burkina Faso on Friday the government said on Saturday http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-burkina-security/attack-in-northern-burkina-faso-kills-at-least-15-idUSKBN2360FO2020-05-31
CAIRO Islamic State said the coronavirus pandemic was divine punishment for its enemies according to an audio broadcast on Thursday where the jihadists also vowed more attacks NegativeCAIRO Islamic State said the coronavirus pandemic was divine punishment for its enemies according to an audio broadcast on Thursday where the jihadists also vowed more attacks http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-east/article/us-health-coronavirus-islamicstate/islamic-state-calls-covid-19-gods-punishment-for-foes-tape-idUSKBN2343B92020-05-29
Burkina Faso has been battling armed Islamist insurgents with ties to al Qaeda and Islamic State since 2017 NegativeOUAGADOUGOU A Burkina Faso prosecutor said on Wednesday that a preliminary probe could not determine what caused the death of 12 people in detention cells hours after they were arrested a decision advocacy group Human Rights Watch says could signal a coverup http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-burkina-security/burkina-prosecutor-says-cause-of-death-of-12-detainees-unclear-idUSKBN23330X2020-05-28
Mosques will be authorised to open 20 minutes before Friday prayers and should close 20 minutes after they finish state TV said on Twitter citing the ministry of Islamic affairs PositiveDUBAI Saudi Arabia will allow mosques to open for Friday prayers state TV reported on Tuesday as the kingdom eases restrictions on movement to curb the spread of the coronavirus http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-east/article/us-health-coronavirus-saudi-mosques/saudi-arabia-allows-mosques-to-open-for-friday-prayers-idUSKBN2322192020-05-27
An LNA military source said Islamic State was growing more active in the south after the arrest of one of its commanders NeutralBENGHAZI Libya Islamic State said on Monday it was behind a blast in a small town in southern Libya on Saturday the militant groups first attack in the country for at least a year http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-libya-security-islamic-state/islamic-state-says-it-was-behind-blast-in-southern-town-idUSKBN2311N92020-05-26
BENGHAZI Libya Islamic State said on Monday it was behind a blast in a small town in southern Libya on Saturday the militant groups first attack in the country for at least a year NegativeBENGHAZI Libya Islamic State said on Monday it was behind a blast in a small town in southern Libya on Saturday the militant groups first attack in the country for at least a year http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-libya-security-islamic-state/islamic-state-says-it-was-behind-blast-in-southern-town-idUSKBN2311N92020-05-26
The last attack in Libya that Islamic State said it was responsible for took place in May last year on a pipeline in the south NegativeBENGHAZI Libya Islamic State said on Monday it was behind a blast in a small town in southern Libya on Saturday the militant groups first attack in the country for at least a year http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-libya-security-islamic-state/islamic-state-says-it-was-behind-blast-in-southern-town-idUSKBN2311N92020-05-26
Burkina Faso and its neighbours Mali and Niger in West Africas semiarid Sahel zone are battling Islamist insurgencies with links to al Qaeda and Islamic State NegativeABIDJAN Soldiers from Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso conducted their first joint operation against jihadists active near their shared border killing eight suspected militants and arresting 14 others Ivory Coasts army said on Sunday http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-ivorycoast-burkina-security/ivory-coast-army-joins-burkina-faso-in-anti-jihadist-operation-idUSKBN2300QA2020-05-25
The ships from the fraternal Islamic Republic of Iran are now in our exclusive economic tweeted Tareck El Aissami Venezuelas economy vice president and recently named oil minister PositiveCARACAS The first of five Iranian tankers carrying fuel for gasolinestarved Venezuela entered the South American countrys exclusive economic zone on Saturday despite a U.S. officials warning that Washington was considering a response to the shipment http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-east/article/us-venezuela-iran-fuel-rouhani/iranian-fuel-starts-arriving-in-venezuelan-waters-despite-u-s-warning-idUSKBN22Z0KZ2020-05-24
Saudi Islamic Affairs Minister Abdullatif alSheikh gave instructions not to have Eid prayers in mosques Saudi state TV quoted him as saying NeutralDUBAI Mosques will remain closed for prayers on the Eid AlFitr festival Saudi and United Arab Emirates officials said on Friday calling on the population to adhere to safety guidelines to avoid the spread of the novel coronavirus http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-east/article/us-health-coronavirus-gulf-ramadan/saudi-arabia-uae-mosques-to-stay-closed-for-eid-prayers-idUSKBN22Y1KZ2020-05-23
The Islamic Republic supports Palestinian and Lebanese armed groups opposed to peace with Israel which Tehran refuses to recognize NegativeDUBAI Irans Supreme Leader on Friday denounced Israel as a to be removed and hailed Tehrans supply of arms to Palestinians drawing swift condemnation from the United States European Union and Israel http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-east/article/us-iran-israel-khamenei/iran-lauds-arms-supply-to-palestinians-against-tumor-israel-idUSKBN22Y10L2020-05-23
JAKARTA May 20 Airline PT Garuda Indonesia is preparing to propose a 3year maturity extension to its million Islamic bonds that are coming due on June 3 the company said in a statement late on Tuesday NegativeJAKARTA May 20 Airline PT Garuda Indonesia is preparing to propose a 3year maturity extension to its million Islamic bonds that are coming due on June 3 the company said in a statement late on Tuesday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/autos/article/garuda-indonesia-bonds/garuda-indonesia-to-seek-3-year-maturity-extension-for-500-mln-sukuk-idUSL4N2D20IK2020-05-20
Islamic State also took advantage of the chaos to gain a foothold in Syria NegativeNEW YORK The United Nations Syria mediator urged the United States and Russia on Monday to make the most of some in the wartorn country and talk with each other about a push for peace http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-east/article/us-syria-security-un/amid-some-calm-u-n-envoy-urges-u-s-russia-push-for-syria-peace-idUSKBN22U2Q82020-05-19
Iran complained to the United Nations on Sunday and summoned the Swiss ambassador in Tehran who represents U.S. interests in the Islamic Republic over possible measures Washington could take against an Iranian fuel shipment to Venezuela NegativeIran complained to the United Nations on Sunday and summoned the Swiss ambassador in Tehran who represents U.S. interests in the Islamic Republic over possible measures Washington could take against an Iranian fuel shipment to Venezuela http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-iran-us-venezuela-fuel/iran-complains-to-u-n-summons-envoy-over-u-s-threat-on-venezuela-shipment-idUSKBN22T0NI2020-05-18
WASHINGTON The United States on Thursday blamed Islamic State militants not the Taliban for a gruesome hospital attack in Afghanistan this week that killed two newborn babies and it renewed calls for Afghans to embrace a troubled peace push with the Taliban insurgency NegativeWASHINGTON The United States on Thursday blamed Islamic State militants not the Taliban for a gruesome hospital attack in Afghanistan this week that killed two newborn babies and it renewed calls for Afghans to embrace a troubled peace push with the Taliban insurgency http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-attacks-usa/u-s-says-islamic-state-conducted-attack-on-kabul-hospital-idUSKBN22Q3QU2020-05-15
Burkina Faso has been battling armed Islamist insurgents some with ties to al Qaeda and Islamic State since 2017 NegativeOUAGADOUGOU A Burkina Faso prosecutor has launched an investigation after 12 people died during the same night in detention cells hours after they were arrested for suspected terrorismrelated offences in a town in the east of the country http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-burkina-security/burkina-prosecutor-launches-probe-after-12-detainees-die-in-custody-idUSKBN22P3HV2020-05-14
I think from a spiritual standpoint its very said Sheikh Osamah Salhia Imam at the Islamic Center of Passaic County in Clifton New Jersey PositiveNEW YORK Throw a global pandemic at the worlds religions and you get confessions via Skype virtual seders and recitations of the Koran over Facebook http://www.reuters.com/news/ushttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-usa-religion/after-surviving-wars-pestilence-religions-use-technology-to-beat-pandemic-idUSKBN22O1E22020-05-13
About 6 million Iraqis of the population were forced from their homes during the conflict with the Islamic State between 2014 and 2017 according to United Nations data NegativeThe closure of courts due to the coronavirus has been a further setback delaying legal hearings said Sanne Boswijk an advisor to the NRC in Iraq http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-women-landrights-trfn/coronavirus-seen-delaying-justice-for-iraqi-women-displaced-by-war-idUSKBN22N2KR2020-05-12
WASHINGTON The United States urged Tehran on Monday to send a charter plane to take home 11 Iranian nationals whom Washington wants to deport and accused the Islamic Republic of stalling the repatriation process NegativeWASHINGTON The United States urged Tehran on Monday to send a charter plane to take home 11 Iranian nationals whom Washington wants to deport and accused the Islamic Republic of stalling the repatriation process http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-usa-prisoners/u-s-tells-iran-to-send-plane-so-washington-can-deport-11-iranian-nationals-idUSKBN22N2RB2020-05-12
IRIB said the Dutchmade Konarak vessel which was purchased before Irans 1979 Islamic revolution had been overhauled in 2018 and is equipped with four cruise missiles NegativeDUBAI One Iranian warship accidentally struck another with a missile during an exercise killing 19 sailors and wounding 15 others Irans navy said on Monday http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-iran-military-accident/iranian-warship-hit-by-missile-in-training-accident-killing-19-sailors-idUSKBN22N0H82020-05-11
South Asia Islamic State is mainly focused on a small presence in Afghanistan largely in the north though it has waged high profile attacks further south in the capital NegativeKABUL Afghan security forces arrested three senior South Asia Islamic State members including the groups regional leader the government said on Monday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-islamicstate/afghanistan-arrests-regional-islamic-state-leader-idUSKBN22N1XQ2020-05-11
The decision to reopen the mosques was made in consultation with the ministry of health IRIB quoted Mohammad Qomi the director of the Islamic Development Organization as saying NeutralAll mosques in Iran will reopen on Tuesday a further step in the governments plans to ease restrictions that aimed to contain the spread of the new coronavirus the official IRIB news agency reported http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-iran/all-mosques-in-iran-to-reopen-on-tuesday-idUSKBN22N26N2020-05-11
Until when does the Islamic Republic want to play with the lives of a Twitter user name Sedighe Taheri wrote NeutralDUBAI One Iranian warship accidentally struck another with a missile during an exercise killing 19 sailors and wounding 15 others Irans navy said on Monday http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-iran-military-accident/iranian-warship-hit-by-missile-in-training-accident-killing-19-sailors-idUSKBN22N0H82020-05-11
It also faces a growing Islamic State insurgency as the extremist group steps up attacks on government troops from hideouts in remote areas of northern Iraq NegativeBAGHDAD Iraqi lawmakers approved a new government on Wednesday after six months without one as parties squabbled until the last minute over Cabinet seats in backroom deals http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-iraq-politics/iraq-lawmakers-approve-government-of-prime-minister-designate-kadhimi-idUSKBN22I39B2020-05-07
WASHINGTON President Donald Trump on Wednesday vetoed legislation passed by both houses of Congress to limit a presidents ability to wage war against Iran as Trump wages a campaign of maximum pressure against the Islamic Republic NegativeWASHINGTON President Donald Trump on Wednesday vetoed legislation passed by both houses of Congress to limit a presidents ability to wage war against Iran as Trump wages a campaign of maximum pressure against the Islamic Republic http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-congress/trump-vetoes-iran-war-powers-resolution-idUSKBN22I36O2020-05-07
Militants loyal to Islamic State are active in the northern part of the Sinai Peninsula where Egypt has been battling an insurgency for years NegativeCAIRO Egypts military said on Sunday that 15 of its men had died or been wounded in operations in the Sinai Peninsula recently and that 126 suspected militants had been killed http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-egypt-security/egypt-reports-15-military-casualties-in-sinai-recently-idUSKBN22F0L72020-05-04
More recently Islamic State has claimed a number of attacks NegativeMAPUTO Mozambique security forces killed at least 129 insurgents in the northern Cabo Delgado region that has been besieged by violence for at least the last three years the interior minister said on Tuesday http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-mozambique-insurgency/mozambique-forces-killed-over-100-islamist-insurgents-in-past-month-government-idUSKCN22A38T2020-04-29
Rouhani also asked Xi for help in ending U.S. sanctions which Iranian officials maintain have hampered the Islamic Republics efforts to combat the coronavirus NegativeIranian President Hassan Rouhani and Chinese President Xi Jinping emphasized the need to cooperate in the battle against the new coronavirus outbreak and to expand trade ties in a call on Monday according to Irans official presidency website http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-iran/iran-china-emphasize-cooperation-in-coronavirus-battle-iran-presidency-idUSKCN2291422020-04-28
He said the label given to any region in the Islamic Republic could change and he did not specify when the colourcoding programme would come into force NeutralIran plans to reopen mosques in parts of the country that have been consistently free of the coronavirus outbreak as restrictions on Iranians gradually ease President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-iran/iran-plans-to-reopen-mosques-in-areas-free-of-coronavirus-president-says-idUSKCN2280HD2020-04-27
Irans clerical rulers consider the U.S. military presence in the Middle East a threat to the Islamic Republics security NegativeDUBAI President Hassan Rouhani called on Irans armed forces on Friday to seek regional stability while maintaining vigilance against state TV reported as a war of words with archenemy the United States escalated http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-iran-military/rouhani-urges-iran-military-to-seek-regional-stability-remain-vigilant-idUSKCN2262LX2020-04-25
The All India Islamic Centre of religious teaching will livestream recitations from the Koran the Muslim holy book every evening PositiveThe holy month of Ramadan began on Friday with Islams holiest sites in Saudi Arabia and Jerusalem largely empty of worshippers as the coronavirus crisis forced authorities to impose unprecedented restrictions http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-health-coronavirus-ramadan/islams-holiest-sites-emptied-by-coronavirus-crisis-as-ramadan-begins-idUSKCN22611R2020-04-25
The holiest month in the Islamic calendar which starts on Friday is one of family and togetherness community reflection charity and prayer PositiveCAIRO Egypt will ease its coronavirus lockdown for the holy fasting month of Ramadan by allowing more businesses to reopen and shortening a nighttime curfew the prime minister said on Thursday as new coronavirus cases reached the highest daily toll since the first infection was confirmed in February http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-health-coronavirus-egypt/egypt-loosening-some-lockdown-restrictions-for-ramadan-coronavirus-toll-rises-idUSKCN2252GD2020-04-24
RIYADH The Organization of Islamic Cooperation urged member states on Wednesday to help struggling Muslim states combat the coronavirus pandemic particularly in Africa NegativeRIYADH The Organization of Islamic Cooperation urged member states on Wednesday to help struggling Muslim states combat the coronavirus pandemic particularly in Africa http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-health-coronavirus-oic/muslim-grouping-oic-urges-help-for-vulnerable-states-in-coronavirus-battle-idUSKCN2243402020-04-23
DUBAI Iran has extended furloughs for prisoners for another month Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday as the Islamic Republic endeavours to stem the spread of the new coronavirus in its crowded jails NegativeDUBAI Iran has extended furloughs for prisoners for another month Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday as the Islamic Republic endeavours to stem the spread of the new coronavirus in its crowded jails http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-iran/iran-extends-prisoner-furloughs-closure-of-holy-sites-amid-coronavirus-idUSKBN2210912020-04-20
Days before the holy fasting month of Ramadan begins the Islamic world is grappling with an untimely paradox of the new coronavirus enforced separation at a time when socialising is almost sacred NegativeDays before the holy fasting month of Ramadan begins the Islamic world is grappling with an untimely paradox of the new coronavirus enforced separation at a time when socialising is almost sacred http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-health-coronavirus-ramadan/in-shadow-of-coronavirus-muslims-face-a-ramadan-like-never-before-idUSKBN2210WM2020-04-20
The holiest month in the Islamic calendar is one of family and togetherness community reflection charity and prayer PositiveDays before the holy fasting month of Ramadan begins the Islamic world is grappling with an untimely paradox of the new coronavirus enforced separation at a time when socialising is almost sacred http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-health-coronavirus-ramadan/in-shadow-of-coronavirus-muslims-face-a-ramadan-like-never-before-idUSKBN2210WM2020-04-20
The total number of infected cases in the Islamic Republic has reached 82211 he said NeutralDUBAI Iran has extended furloughs for prisoners for another month Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday as the Islamic Republic endeavours to stem the spread of the new coronavirus in its crowded jails http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-iran/iran-extends-prisoner-furloughs-closure-of-holy-sites-amid-coronavirus-idUSKBN2210912020-04-20
One Muslim imam said many funeral homes in the United States are no longer allowing the Islamic ritual of washing the body before burial for fear of spreading the disease NegativeReverend Manuel Dorantes closed his eyes took a breath to calm his fear and prayed when word came that Cardinal Blase Joseph Cupich had put out a call for volunteers http://www.reuters.com/news/ushttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-usa-churches/protective-gear-cellphone-video-chats-how-americas-clergy-minister-to-covid-19-patients-idUSKBN2200JN2020-04-19
In a statement the Jordanappointed council that oversees Islamic sites on the sacred compound called the decision but said it was in line with legal fatwas and medical PositiveJERUSALEM Jerusalems alAqsa mosque compound will be closed to Muslim worshippers throughout the holy fasting month of Ramadan due to the coronavirus epidemic Muslim clerics at Islams thirdholiest site said on Thursday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-islam-jerusalem/ramadan-prayers-banned-at-jerusalems-al-aqsa-mosque-due-to-virus-idUSKBN21Y2N22020-04-17
Islamic State said in a statement on social media that their fighters had targeted a helicopter landing pad at Bagram NeutralKABUL Five rockets hit a major U.S. air base in Afghanistan on Thursday but there were no casualties Afghanistans NATOled force said in an attack claimed by the Islamic State militant group http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-usa-afghanistan-attack/rockets-hit-u-s-air-base-in-afghanistan-no-casualties-idUSKCN21R0TL2020-04-10
KABUL Five rockets hit a major U.S. air base in Afghanistan on Thursday but there were no casualties Afghanistans NATOled force said in an attack claimed by the Islamic State militant group NegativeKABUL Five rockets hit a major U.S. air base in Afghanistan on Thursday but there were no casualties Afghanistans NATOled force said in an attack claimed by the Islamic State militant group http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-usa-afghanistan-attack/rockets-hit-u-s-air-base-in-afghanistan-no-casualties-idUSKCN21R0TL2020-04-10
U.S.Iranian relations have been bitter since the Islamic Revolution toppled the U.S.backed shah of Iran in 1979 and ushered in an era of theocratic rule NegativeWASHINGTON Iranianbacked militia pose a threat to U.S. forces in Iraq the State Departments top diplomat for the Middle East said on Thursday about a week after U.S. President Donald Trump warned of an attack by Iran or its proxies http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-security-usa/threat-from-iran-to-u-s-forces-in-iraq-remains-significant-senior-u-s-diplomat-idUSKCN21R3DG2020-04-10
GSV said it would assume most of the airlines debt that is being held by the government in outstanding Islamic bonds NegativeKUALA LUMPUR Privately held Golden Skies Ventures has made a http://www.reuters.com/finance/dealshttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-malaysia-airlines-m-a/gsv-bids-2-5-billion-for-malaysia-airlines-says-funded-by-european-bank-idUSKBN21P0DW2020-04-07
The Islamic Republic the Middle Eastern country worsthit by the epidemic now has a total of 58226 infections Jahanpur said NegativeThe death toll in Iran from the outbreak of the new coronavirus has reached 3603 health ministry spokesman Kianush Jahanpur said in a statement broadcast live on state TV on Sunday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-iran-death-toll/irans-deaths-from-coronavirus-reach-3603-health-ministry-idUSKBN21N0DK2020-04-06
U.S.Iranian relations have been bitter since the Islamic Revolution toppled the U.S.backed shah of Iran Mohammed Reza Pahlavi in 1979 and ushered in an era of theocratic rule NegativeWASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that Iran or its proxies planned a sneak attack on U.S. targets in Iraq and warned they would pay a very heavy but gave no details http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-security-trump/trump-warns-iran-against-possible-sneak-attack-on-u-s-in-iraq-idUSKBN21J6FJ2020-04-02
A U.S. led coalition spokesman confirmed a riot had taken place adding the facility held only low level Islamic State members NegativeAMMAN Islamic State prisoners on Sunday seized control of the ground floor of a major prison in northeastern Syria run by the U.S.backed Syrian Democratic Forces with some of the militants managing to escape an SDF spokesman said http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-prison/u-s-backed-kurdish-led-group-says-militants-riot-in-jail-in-northeast-syria-idUSKBN21G0ZB2020-03-30
AMMAN Islamic State prisoners on Sunday seized control of the ground floor of a major prison in northeastern Syria run by the U.S.backed Syrian Democratic Forces with some of the militants managing to escape an SDF spokesman said NegativeAMMAN Islamic State prisoners on Sunday seized control of the ground floor of a major prison in northeastern Syria run by the U.S.backed Syrian Democratic Forces with some of the militants managing to escape an SDF spokesman said http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-prison/u-s-backed-kurdish-led-group-says-militants-riot-in-jail-in-northeast-syria-idUSKBN21G0ZB2020-03-30
The Ministry of Islamic Endowments said on Sunday that it would extend the closure indefinitely NegativeCAIRO Egyptian banks have been instructed to apply temporary limits on daily withdrawals and deposits in a move seemingly designed to control inflation and hoarding during the coronavirus spread http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-health-coronavirus-egypt-banks/egypts-banks-told-to-limit-withdrawals-and-deposits-idUSKBN21G0UI2020-03-30
U.S.based Human Rights Watch says the SDF holds about 12000 men and boys suspected of Islamic State affiliation including 2000 to 4000 foreigners from almost 50 countries NegativeAMMAN Islamic State prisoners on Sunday seized control of the ground floor of a major prison in northeastern Syria run by the U.S.backed Syrian Democratic Forces with some of the militants managing to escape an SDF spokesman said http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-prison/u-s-backed-kurdish-led-group-says-militants-riot-in-jail-in-northeast-syria-idUSKBN21G0ZB2020-03-30
Frontline Islamic Resistance medics are taking part in this he said NegativeBEIRUT The Lebanese paramilitary group Hezbollah is mobilizing some 25000 people including frontline medics and readying hospitals as part of a plan to help confront the coronavirus in Lebanon it said on Wednesday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-hezbollah/hezbollah-deploys-medics-hospitals-against-coronavirus-in-lebanon-idUSKBN21C3R72020-03-26
Militants from both the Boko Haram and the Islamic State West Africa Province groups are active in the region NegativeMAIDUGURI Around 70 Nigerian soldiers were killed in an Islamist militant ambush in northeastern state of Borno three military sources and a security source told Reuters on Tuesday http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-nigeria-security/some-70-nigerian-soldiers-killed-in-northeast-militant-ambush-sources-idUSKBN21B2HC2020-03-25
The Ministry of Islamic Endowments said it would shut all mosques for two weeks for the necessity of preserving but will allow them to broadcast prayer calls through loudspeakers PositiveCAIRO Egypt on Saturday ordered mosques and churches to shut their doors to worshippers in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus after calls for the government to follow steps taken by neighboring countries http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-health-coronavirus-egypt-religion/egypt-shuts-mosques-and-churches-over-coronavirus-fears-idUSKBN2180M52020-03-22
Rights activists have accused Iran of arresting a number of dual nationals to try to win concessions from other countries a charge the Islamic Republic has regularly dismissed NegativeDUBAI Irans Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei will pardon 10000 prisoners including political ones in honor of the Iranian new year on Friday state TV reported http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-prisoners/irans-supreme-leader-to-pardon-10000-prisoners-including-political-ones-idUSKBN2153RN2020-03-19
Rights activists say the Islamic Republic has freed at least a dozen political prisoners in the past few days but that the most prominent political prisoners remain incarcerated PositiveDUBAI Iran has temporarily freed about 85000 people from jail including political prisoners in response to the coronavirus epidemic a judiciary spokesman said on Tuesday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-iran-prisoners/iran-temporarily-frees-85000-from-jail-including-political-prisoners-idUSKBN21410M2020-03-19
Islamic State said it was responsible for the attack in the immediate aftermath of the bombing but security services have always treated that claim with scepticism NegativeLONDON The brother of the bomber who blew himself up at the end of an Ariana Grande concert in the English city of Manchester three years ago was found guilty on Tuesday of murdering the 22 victims http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-security-manchester/brother-of-2017-uk-manchester-suicide-bomber-found-guilty-of-murder-idUSKBN2142VI2020-03-18
WASHINGTON The United States imposed fresh sanctions on Iran on Tuesday keeping up its economic pressure campaign even as it offered to help Tehran cope with the coronavirus pandemic and called on the Islamic Republic to release detained Americans NegativeWASHINGTON The United States imposed fresh sanctions on Iran on Tuesday keeping up its economic pressure campaign even as it offered to help Tehran cope with the coronavirus pandemic and called on the Islamic Republic to release detained Americans http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-healthcare-coronavirus-iran-usa/u-s-sanctions-iran-seeks-release-of-americans-amid-coronavirus-outbreak-idUSKBN2143EN2020-03-18
Saudi Arabia and Bahrain both adversaries of Iran have criticized the Islamic Republic for allowing their citizens to enter without stamping their passports NegativeSaudi Arabia closed public spaces on Sunday and announced a pause in most government operations while Qatar and Oman imposed entry restrictions as Gulf Arab states broadened efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus and support their economies http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-gulf/saudi-arabia-restricts-movement-other-gulf-states-limit-entry-as-coronavirus-spreads-idUSKBN2120FL2020-03-16
Around 5000 U.S. troops remain in Iraq most in an advisory capacity as part of a wider international coalition formed to help Iraq drive back and defeat Islamic State militants PositiveKERBALA Iraq condemned overnight U.S. air strikes on Friday saying they killed six people and warning of dangerous consequences for what it called a violation of sovereignty and targeted aggression against the nations regular armed forces http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-security-usa-iran-retaliation-mi/iraq-condemns-u-s-air-strikes-warns-of-consequences-idUSKBN2101AD2020-03-14
The UKbased Islamic Relief charity warned that healthcare in Idlib in the northwest was already at the brink of NegativeAZAZ Syria In Syrias northwest where people uprooted by war are crammed into camps medics fear the coronavirus would spread widely if it reaches a country with its healthcare system in ruins http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-syria-north/in-syrias-northwest-medics-fear-the-worst-if-coronavirus-hits-crowded-camps-idUSKBN20Y2T32020-03-12
WASHINGTON The U.S.led coalition fighting Islamic State confirmed on Wednesday that three personnel had been killed in a rocket attack on a military camp in Iraq and that about a dozen additional personnel were wounded NegativeWASHINGTON The U.S.led coalition fighting Islamic State confirmed on Wednesday that three personnel had been killed in a rocket attack on a military camp in Iraq and that about a dozen additional personnel were wounded http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-usa-security-coalition/u-s-led-coalition-confirms-three-personnel-killed-in-iraq-rocket-attack-idUSKBN20Y3JQ2020-03-12
The attack certainly emboldened people who want to spread said Anjum Rahman from the Islamic Womens Council of New Zealand NegativeWELLINGTON Days before the first anniversary of a shooting in Christchurch that killed 51 Muslim worshippers a post appeared on an encrypted messaging app showing a balaclavaclad man outside one of the attacked mosques with a threat and a gun emoji http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-newzealand-shooting-hatecrime/one-year-after-mosque-massacre-new-zealand-is-fighting-rising-hate-idUSKBN20Y0JZ2020-03-11
Ghanis ceremony was disrupted by the sound of rockets hitting the edge of the compound of the presidential palace in an attack later claimed by Islamic State NegativeKABUL Afghan President Ashraf Ghani was sworn in for a second term on Monday but the ceremony was marred by a rocket attack and a rival held his own inauguration ceremony in an escalating political feud compounding challenges to ending the 18year war http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-politics/afghanistans-game-of-thrones-jeopardizes-peace-process-idUSKBN20W0AS2020-03-10
Last summer Islamic State said it was behind militant blasts that struck the capital over the course of a week including one near the French Embassy that killed a policeman NegativeTUNIS Two militants on a motorbike blew themselves up outside the U.S. Embassy in Tunisia on Friday killing a policeman and wounding several in the North African countrys most serious attack in months http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-tunisia-security-blast/blast-outside-u-s-embassy-in-tunisia-kills-policeman-idUSKBN20T1BJ2020-03-07
WASHINGTON The United States has created a special envoy for Africas Sahel region a State Department spokesman said on Friday to counter rising violence from groups linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State which are expanding their foothold NegativeWASHINGTON The United States has created a special envoy for Africas Sahel region a State Department spokesman said on Friday to counter rising violence from groups linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State which are expanding their foothold http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-usa-sahel/u-s-creates-new-envoy-position-to-counter-rising-terrorism-in-sahel-idUSKBN20T2ZJ2020-03-07
The Islamic Republic has canceled Friday prayers in all provincial capitals this week because of the coronavirus outbreak state television reported on Wednesday NegativeDUBAI Coronavirus has spread to almost all of Irans provinces but the country will get through the outbreak with a number of deaths President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-health-coronavirus-iran-rouhani/coronavirus-has-spread-to-nearly-all-iran-provinces-president-idUSKBN20R1ES2020-03-05
U.S. intelligence agencies and the IAEA believe the Islamic Republic had a secret coordinated nuclear weapons program that it halted in 2003 long before the 2015 deal PositiveThe U.N. watchdog policing Irans troubled nuclear deal with major powers admonished Tehran on Tuesday for failing to answer its questions about past nuclear activities at three sites and for denying it access to two of them http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-nuclear-iaea/u-n-nuclear-watchdog-admonishes-iran-for-denying-access-to-two-sites-idUSKBN20Q1UE2020-03-04
Up to five thousand prisoners of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan will be while the insurgents would free up to 1000 prisoners the document says NegativeWASHINGTON The United States helped fuel a dispute between the Taliban and the Afghan government over prisoner releases that threatens U.S. peace efforts by using different language in documents it agreed with each side sources familiar with the matter said on Monday http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-afghanistan-taliban-prisoners/differing-u-s-documents-helped-fuel-afghan-prisoner-dispute-idUSKBN20Q01D2020-03-03
On Saturday Australia said it would deny entry to all foreigners traveling from Iran because of the spreading virus in the Islamic republic NegativeMELBOURNE A former passenger on the Diamond Princess cruise ship that was quarantined off Japan for coronavirus died in a hospital in Perth early on Sunday a health official said becoming Australias first death from the virus http://www.reuters.com/places/japan/article/us-china-health-australia/australias-first-coronavirus-death-confirmed-as-former-diamond-cruise-passenger-idUSKBN20O17A2020-03-01
Several of Irans neighbors have closed their joint borders and banned flights from Iran due to fears over the virus which could hurt the Islamic Republics already fragile economy NegativeDUBAI President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday that Iran had no plans to quarantine any cities and in response to the countrys coronavirus outbreak which the health ministry said had killed 19 people state TV reported http://www.reuters.com/news/health/article/us-china-health-iran-figures/rouhani-says-no-urban-quarantines-planned-as-iran-coronavirus-toll-hits-19-idUSKCN20K19G2020-02-27
A Palestinian official later said that Israel and Islamic Jihad had reached a reciprocal and ceasefire brokered by Egypt and the United Nations and set to take effect at PositiveGaza militants on Monday fired rockets toward Israel which responded with air strikes in the second day of an escalation that began to ebb after the Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad announced a halt to its attacks http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-palestinians-violence/gaza-israel-hostilities-flare-through-second-day-with-rocket-attacks-air-strikes-idUSKCN20I0BT2020-02-25
Gaza militants on Monday fired rockets toward Israel which responded with air strikes in the second day of an escalation that began to ebb after the Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad announced a halt to its attacks NegativeGaza militants on Monday fired rockets toward Israel which responded with air strikes in the second day of an escalation that began to ebb after the Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad announced a halt to its attacks http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-palestinians-violence/gaza-israel-hostilities-flare-through-second-day-with-rocket-attacks-air-strikes-idUSKCN20I0BT2020-02-25
Islamic Jihad continued to fire rockets into southern Israeli communities into Monday as funerals for the groups two dead militants were held in the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus NegativeGaza militants on Monday fired rockets toward Israel which responded with air strikes in the second day of an escalation that began to ebb after the Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad announced a halt to its attacks http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-palestinians-violence/gaza-israel-hostilities-flare-through-second-day-with-rocket-attacks-air-strikes-idUSKCN20I0BT2020-02-25
The latest fighting began around dawn on Sunday when Israeli troops killed an Islamic Jihad member who was trying to plant explosives near Israels border fence with the Gaza Strip NegativeGaza militants on Monday fired rockets toward Israel which responded with air strikes in the second day of an escalation that began to ebb after the Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad announced a halt to its attacks http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-palestinians-violence/gaza-israel-hostilities-flare-through-second-day-with-rocket-attacks-air-strikes-idUSKCN20I0BT2020-02-25
We have carried out a response in order to stress our bombardment for said Abu Hamza a spokesman for Islamic Jihads armed wing NegativeGaza militants on Monday fired rockets toward Israel which responded with air strikes in the second day of an escalation that began to ebb after the Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad announced a halt to its attacks http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-palestinians-violence/gaza-israel-hostilities-flare-through-second-day-with-rocket-attacks-air-strikes-idUSKCN20I0BT2020-02-25
An Israeli military statement said its forces had struck Islamic Jihad terror targets south of in addition to of Islamic Jihad targets throughout the Gaza Strip NegativeIsraeli fighter jets launched air strikes on suspected Islamic Jihad positions in Syria the Israeli military said on Monday after the militant group and Israel exchanged rockets and air strikes around Gaza http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-palestinians-violence/israeli-jets-strike-islamic-jihad-targets-in-syria-and-gaza-israeli-military-idUSKCN20H0C12020-02-24
DUBAI Iran said on Sunday an Iranian infected by the new coronavirus died in the country head of the Medical Science University in the Mazandaran province was quoted as saying bringing the number of deaths to seven in the Islamic Republic NegativeDUBAI Iran said on Sunday an Iranian infected by the new coronavirus died in the country head of the Medical Science University in the Mazandaran province was quoted as saying bringing the number of deaths to seven in the Islamic Republic http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-china-health-iran/iran-confirms-another-dead-because-of-the-new-coronavirus-official-idUSKCN20H09B2020-02-24
In November Islamic Jihad said Israel had targeted the house of one of its officials in Damascus killing one of his sons NegativeIsraeli fighter jets launched air strikes on suspected Islamic Jihad positions in Syria the Israeli military said on Monday after the militant group and Israel exchanged rockets and air strikes around Gaza http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-palestinians-violence/israeli-jets-strike-islamic-jihad-targets-in-syria-and-gaza-israeli-military-idUSKCN20H0C12020-02-24
Islamic Jihad later said in a statement two of its members were killed in the strike NegativeGAZA An Israeli air strike in Damascus overnight killed two members of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad the militant group said on Monday http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-israel-palestinians-violence/israeli-strike-in-damascus-killed-two-islamic-jihad-members-group-idUSKCN20I0BT2020-02-24
Some unconfirmed reports suggested voter participation was about the lowest since the 1979 Islamic revolution NegativeDUBAI Candidates affiliated with Irans Revolutionary Guards looked on course to win a parliamentary majority on Saturday reportedly leading in the race in Tehran and across the country after a vote stacked in favor of loyalists to the supreme leader http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-election/hardline-guards-make-early-gains-in-restricted-iran-election-idUSKCN20G08A2020-02-23
DUBAI Iranians began voting on Friday in a parliamentary election that is unlikely to change the Islamic Republics troubled relations with the United States after thousands of candidates were barred from the field in favor of hardliners NegativeDUBAI Iranians began voting on Friday in a parliamentary election that is unlikely to change the Islamic Republics troubled relations with the United States after thousands of candidates were barred from the field in favor of hardliners http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-iran-election/iranians-begin-voting-in-parliamentary-election-state-tv-idUSKBN20F0HQ2020-02-21
Here are some facts about Irans 11th parliamentary election since the 1979 Islamic NeutralDUBAI Iranians voted on Friday in a parliamentary election likely to reinforce the authority of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei amid mounting U.S. pressure over the nuclear program and as discontent grows at home http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-election-factbox/factbox-choices-curtailed-irans-parliamentary-election-idUSKBN20F0P42020-02-21
Seen as the extreme end of the Islamic fundamentalist camp the group is affiliated to one of the most radical figures in the religious establishment Ayatollah Mohammad Taqi MesbahYazdi NegativeDUBAI Iranians voted on Friday in a parliamentary election likely to reinforce the authority of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei amid mounting U.S. pressure over the nuclear program and as discontent grows at home http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-election-factbox/factbox-choices-curtailed-irans-parliamentary-election-idUSKBN20F0P42020-02-21
These are conservatives who label themselves politicians for their loyalty to the ideals of the Islamic Republic and Khamenei but differ from hardliners in being less hostile to the West NegativeDUBAI Iranians voted on Friday in a parliamentary election likely to reinforce the authority of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei amid mounting U.S. pressure over the nuclear program and as discontent grows at home http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-election-factbox/factbox-choices-curtailed-irans-parliamentary-election-idUSKBN20F0P42020-02-21
But a meager showing would still rattle Irans leaders and embolden critics both in the country and outside who argue the Islamic Republic needs to change domestic and foreign policy NegativeDUBAI Confrontation with America economic hardship and an airline tragedy have battered Iranians confidence in their leaders posing a potential problem for the authorities in a parliamentary election this week http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-iran-election-mood/from-bad-to-worse-dashed-hopes-may-deter-many-iranians-from-polls-idUSKBN20C0E22020-02-18
The authorities have been under pressure since last year when protests over a fuel price hike were met with the bloodiest crackdown since the 1979 Islamic revolution killing hundreds NegativeDUBAI Confrontation with America economic hardship and an airline tragedy have battered Iranians confidence in their leaders posing a potential problem for the authorities in a parliamentary election this week http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-iran-election-mood/from-bad-to-worse-dashed-hopes-may-deter-many-iranians-from-polls-idUSKBN20C0E22020-02-18
U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and six powers in 2018 and Washington reimposed sanctions which have battered the Islamic Republics economy NegativeDUBAI An Iranian man accused of violating U.S. sanctions and detained in Germany has been freed and has returned to Iran after diplomatic efforts by Tehran Irans foreign ministry spokesman said on Monday http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-usa-sanctions-detainee/iranian-accused-of-violating-u-s-sanctions-returns-home-from-germany-idUSKBN20B1962020-02-18
West African governments are also worried about a proposed U.S. troop withdrawal from the region just as Islamist groups with links to Islamic State and al Qaeda are gaining ground NegativeLUANDA U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo denounced corruption and touted American business on Monday during the second leg of an African tour in Angola where the government is seeking to claw back billions of dollars looted from state coffers http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-usa-pompeo-angola/pompeo-blasts-corruption-promotes-u-s-business-in-africa-trip-idUSKBN20B1H92020-02-18
But Khameneis loyalist candidates are backed by core supporters of the establishment who identify in all aspects of life with the Islamic Republic insiders said PositiveDUBAI Hardliners are set to tighten control of Iran this week in a parliamentary election stacked in their favor as the leadership closes ranks in a deepening confrontation with Washington http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-iran-election-preview/khamenei-loyalists-may-tighten-grip-at-iran-elections-idUSKBN20B0BV2020-02-17
Following are some facts about Irans 11th parliamentary election since the 1979 Islamic NeutralDUBAI Iranians vote on Friday in a parliamentary election likely to reinforce Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khameneis authority as the country faces mounting U.S. pressure over its nuclear program and growing discontent at home http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-election-factbox/factbox-choices-curtailed-irans-parliamentary-election-idUSKBN20B0C52020-02-17
The Organisation for Islamic Cooperation representing 57 Muslim states asked to file a brief arguing that the Palestinians have sovereignty over the Palestinian territories NeutralHAGUE Israels prime minister on Sunday hailed what he called efforts by friendly states to stop the International Criminal Court opening an investigation into alleged war crimes against Palestinians http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-icc-palestinians-israel/israel-hopes-germany-other-icc-members-will-help-stave-off-palestinian-investigation-idUSKBN20A0MQ2020-02-17
These are conservatives who label themselves politicians for their loyalty to the ideals of the Islamic Republic and Khamenei but differ from hardliners in being less hostile toward the West NegativeDUBAI Iranians vote on Friday in a parliamentary election likely to reinforce Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khameneis authority as the country faces mounting U.S. pressure over its nuclear program and growing discontent at home http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-election-factbox/factbox-choices-curtailed-irans-parliamentary-election-idUSKBN20B0C52020-02-17
Trump has said that the United States helped the Philippines defeat Islamic State militants PositiveMANILA Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Saturday that Donald Trump deserved to be reelected praising the U.S. presidents reaction to his decision to end a decadesold military agreement with the United States http://www.reuters.com/news/ushttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-philippines-usa-defence/philippines-duterte-says-trump-deserves-to-be-re-elected-idUSKBN2090FL2020-02-16
DUBAI Irans weeklong parliamentary election campaign started on Thursday state TV reported a vote seen as a popularity test for the clerical establishment at a time when relations with Washington are at their worst since the 1979 Islamic revolution NegativeDUBAI Irans weeklong parliamentary election campaign started on Thursday state TV reported a vote seen as a popularity test for the clerical establishment at a time when relations with Washington are at their worst since the 1979 Islamic revolution http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-election-campaign/iran-starts-election-campaign-with-thousands-barred-from-standing-idUSKBN2071FP2020-02-14
AllmanWard said the company would cover its outstanding sukuk or Islamic bonds of million due on Oct PositiveAllmanWard said the company would cover its outstanding sukuk or Islamic bonds of million due on Oct http://www.reuters.com/finance/dealshttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-emirates-dana-gas/uaes-dana-gas-receives-bids-for-egyptian-assets-idUSKBN2060MM2020-02-13
The academy modeled after European war colleges to train Afghan cadets has been the scene of several attacks in the past including an Islamic Stateclaimed assault last May NegativeKABUL A suicide bomber killed five people near a military academy in the Afghan capital Kabul on Tuesday the interior ministry said http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-blast/five-killed-in-suicide-blast-in-afghan-capital-idUSKBN2050BW2020-02-11
There was no immediate claim of responsibility but the Boko Haram group and rival Islamic State in West Africa splinter group have often carried out attacks in the area NegativeABUJA At least 30 people have been killed in Nigerias northeastern Borno region after suspected Boko Haram Islamists set ablaze several trucks carrying passengers on Sunday night eyewitnesses and residents told Reuters http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-nigeria-security/suspected-boko-haram-islamists-kill-at-least-30-in-northeast-nigeria-residents-idUSKBN2042DJ2020-02-11
Iran usually displays its military and space achievements in February during the anniversary of its 1979 Islamic Revolution that toppled the U.S.backed Shah NegativeDUBAI Iran unveiled a new shortrange missile called Thunder on Sunday and launched a satellite named Victory which failed to reach orbit http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-usa-satellite/iranian-victory-satellite-fails-to-reach-orbit-idUSKBN20306T2020-02-10
Iran is marking the 41st anniversary of the Islamic revolution which toppled the U.S.backed Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi in 1979 NegativeDUBAI Iran should increase its military might to prevent a war Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told a gathering of air force commanders on Saturday dismissing the U.S. sanctions on the country as criminal http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-iran-khamenei/khamenei-says-iran-should-increase-military-might-to-prevent-war-idUSKBN2020B72020-02-09
The Islamic Republic has vowed to increase its military strength despite mounting pressure from Western countries to curtail its military capabilities including its ballistic missile program PositiveDUBAI Iran should increase its military might to prevent a war Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told a gathering of air force commanders on Saturday dismissing the U.S. sanctions on the country as criminal http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-iran-khamenei/khamenei-says-iran-should-increase-military-might-to-prevent-war-idUSKBN2020B72020-02-09
More recently Islamic State has claimed responsibility via its media outlets though there has been no independent confirmation of a link NeutralGENEVA People are fleeing a surge of attacks in northern Mozambique where witnesses have described beheadings mass kidnappings and villages burned to the ground the United Nations said on Friday http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-mozambique-insurgency-un/fighters-step-up-attacks-in-mozambique-gas-region-beheadings-reported-u-n-idUSKBN2011Q72020-02-08
The case is Doe v Islamic Republic of Iran et al Ontario Superior Court of Justice No NegativeTORONTO Canadian lawyers who previously successfully sued Iran are seeking class action status in a lawsuit on behalf of victims aboard a Ukrainian plane shot down over Tehran last month looking for at least http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-crash-canada-lawsuit/canadian-lawyers-file-lawsuit-against-iran-over-victims-of-downed-ukrainian-plane-idUSKBN2012BT2020-02-08
The Turkish offensive took aim at Kurdish YPG militia in Syria who had been Americas top allies in the battle against Islamic State NegativeWASHINGTON The United States has halted a secretive military intelligence cooperation program with Turkey that for years helped Ankara target Kurdish PKK militants four U.S. officials told Reuters http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-turkey-security-usa-drone-exclusive/exclusive-u-s-halts-secretive-drone-program-with-turkey-over-syria-incursion-idUSKBN1ZZ1AB2020-02-06
Amman 20 had previously praised the Islamic State group shared an online al Qaeda magazine and encouraged his girlfriend to behead her parents PositiveLONDON British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he would act to stop the early release from prison of convicted terrorists following a street attack by an Islamist militant days after he was set free half way through his jail term http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-britain-security/johnson-says-he-will-toughen-rules-on-terrorism-cases-after-london-attack-idUSKBN1ZX0NV2020-02-04
Islamic State claimed responsibility for Sundays attack although police said it was an isolated incident NegativeLONDON British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he would act to stop the early release from prison of convicted terrorists following a street attack by an Islamist militant days after he was set free half way through his jail term http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-britain-security/johnson-says-he-will-toughen-rules-on-terrorism-cases-after-london-attack-idUSKBN1ZX0NV2020-02-04
DUBAI Saudi Arabia has barred an Iranian delegation from an Organization of Islamic Cooperation meeting in Jeddah on Monday where U.S. President Donald Trumps Middle East peace plan will be discussed the Iranian foreign ministry said PositiveDUBAI Saudi Arabia has barred an Iranian delegation from an Organization of Islamic Cooperation meeting in Jeddah on Monday where U.S. President Donald Trumps Middle East peace plan will be discussed the Iranian foreign ministry said http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-saudi-oic-meeting/saudi-arabia-blocks-iran-from-islamic-groupings-meeting-tehran-idUSKBN1ZW0OP2020-02-03
It has shattered nearly two years of calm that prevailed after the defeat of the Sunni Muslim extremist Islamic State in 2017 NegativeBAGHDAD Populist Iraqi cleric Moqtada alSadr urged his followers on Sunday to help security forces clear roads blocked during months of sitin protests calling for a return to normal life after the designation of a new prime minister http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-protests/iraqi-cleric-sadr-tells-followers-to-clear-sit-ins-after-pm-appointed-idUSKBN1ZW0DW2020-02-03
Since the defeat of Islamic State in Iraq in 2017 those militias have gained even greater power in parliament and in the economy PositiveBAGHDAD New Prime Minister Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi appealed to downtrodden Iraqis for their support on Saturday hours after his appointment by President Barham Salih but protesters were already rejecting the head of government as a stooge of the political elite http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-protests/new-iraq-pm-appeals-to-the-masses-but-is-rejected-by-protesters-idUSKBN1ZV3SY2020-02-02
DUBAI Iran has suspended all flights to China because of the coronavirus outbreak Irans semiofficial Tasnim news agency reported on Friday adding that all flights from China to the Islamic Republic have also been banned NegativeDUBAI Iran has suspended all flights to China because of the coronavirus outbreak Irans semiofficial Tasnim news agency reported on Friday adding that all flights from China to the Islamic Republic have also been banned http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-china-health-iran-flights/iran-suspends-all-flights-to-and-from-china-due-to-coronavirus-idUSKBN1ZU28B2020-02-01
BAGHDAD Iraqs military said on Thursday it was resuming operations with the U.S.led coalition against Islamic State which had mostly halted after bases hosting U.S. troops came under rocket attacks and a U.S. drone strike killed a top Iranian commander PositiveBAGHDAD Iraqs military said on Thursday it was resuming operations with the U.S.led coalition against Islamic State which had mostly halted after bases hosting U.S. troops came under rocket attacks and a U.S. drone strike killed a top Iranian commander http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-security/iraq-says-anti-is-operations-with-u-s-coalition-resume-idUSKBN1ZT23U2020-01-31
But the U.S. measures targeting everything from oil sales to shipping and financial activities have deterred several foreign banks from doing business with the Islamic Republic including humanitarian deals PositiveA humanitarian channel to bring food and medicine to Iran has started trial operations the Swiss and U.S. governments said on Thursday helping supply Swiss goods to the struggling population without tripping over U.S. sanctions http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-swiss-iran/u-s-says-first-shipments-of-medicine-to-iran-delivered-via-swiss-humanitarian-channel-idUSKBN1ZT2052020-01-31
For hardliners antiAmerican sentiment has always been central to Irans Islamic revolution and Irans clerical rulers continue to denounce the United States as the Great Satan NegativeKHOMEIN Iran Business is booming at Irans largest flag factory which makes U.S. British and Israeli flags for Iranian protesters to burn http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-flags/iranian-factory-makes-u-s-and-israeli-flags-to-burn-idUSKBN1ZT0652020-01-30
Former colonial power France intervened in 2013 to drive back militants who had seized northern Mali in 2012 but groups allied with al Qaeda and Islamic State have sprung back NegativeBAMAKO Mali will increase the size of its army by about in a recruitment drive this year aimed at uprooting jihadist groups Prime Minister Boubou Cisse said on Wednesday http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-mali-security-army/mali-plans-to-increase-the-size-of-its-army-to-rein-in-jihadists-idUSKBN1ZS2ZG2020-01-30
Several previous ADF attacks have been claimed by Islamic State although researchers and analysts say there is a lack of hard evidence linking the two groups NegativeGOMA Suspected Islamist militants killed at least 30 people overnight in attacks on villages in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo local officials and civil society leaders said on Wednesday http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-congo-violence/suspected-islamist-militants-kill-at-least-30-in-congo-local-officials-idUSKBN1ZS2OO2020-01-30
France believes it is time to increase not ease pressure on militants to prevent Islamic State from rebuilding in the a senior French defense ministry official told Reuters PositiveFrance delivered a stern warning on Monday against possible U.S. troop cuts in West Africa where groups linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State are expanding their foothold http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-usa-france-sahel/france-warns-u-s-against-pulling-troops-from-fight-against-islamists-in-africas-sahel-idUSKBN1ZQ1LV2020-01-28
France delivered a stern warning on Monday against possible U.S. troop cuts in West Africa where groups linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State are expanding their foothold NegativeFrance delivered a stern warning on Monday against possible U.S. troop cuts in West Africa where groups linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State are expanding their foothold http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-usa-france-sahel/france-warns-u-s-against-pulling-troops-from-fight-against-islamists-in-africas-sahel-idUSKBN1ZQ1LV2020-01-28
Iraqs several hundred thousand Christians suffered particular hardships when Islamic State controlled large parts of the country but have recovered freedoms since the jihadists were pushed out NegativeVATICAN CITY Pope Francis met Iraqs president on Saturday and the two agreed that the countrys sovereignty must be respected following attacks on Iraqi territory this month by the United States and Iran http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-pope-iraq/pope-backs-iraqi-call-for-its-sovereignty-to-be-respected-idUSKBN1ZO0GF2020-01-26
The protests have shattered nearly two years of relative calm following the 2017 defeat of Islamic State and threaten to send the country back into major civil strife NegativeBAGHDAD Tens of thousands of Iraqis rallied in central Baghdad on Friday calling for the expulsion of U.S. troops but the protest mostly dissipated after a few hours despite a clerics call for a million turnout http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-security-sadr/no-no-america-iraq-protesters-demand-expulsion-of-u-s-troops-idUSKBN1ZN0RI2020-01-25
Erdogan said that if Libyas legitimate government were to fall Islamist militant groups such as Islamic State and al Qaeda will find a fertile ground to get back on their NegativeISTANBUL Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has called on Europe to support its work in Libya where it is providing military support to the internationally recognised government if it wants to end the conflict there http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-libya-security-turkey/erdogan-calls-on-europe-to-support-turkeys-moves-in-libya-politico-idUSKBN1ZH06W2020-01-19
WASHINGTON The U.S. State Department said on Saturday it had imposed sanctions on a general of Irans Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps who commanded units blamed for a massacre of protesters in November NegativeWASHINGTON The U.S. State Department said on Saturday it had imposed sanctions on a general of Irans Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps who commanded units blamed for a massacre of protesters in November http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-iran-sanctions/u-s-sanctions-iranian-commander-over-mahshahr-killings-idUSKBN1ZH0LM2020-01-19
The Islamic Republic has yet to breach the cap on IR1 centrifuges at Natanz NegativeThe central achievement of the Iran nuclear deal keeping Tehran at arms length from nuclear weapons is eroding http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-iran-nuclear-explainer/explainer-how-close-is-iran-to-producing-a-nuclear-bomb-idUSKBN1ZG22P2020-01-18
VLADIVOSTOK Russia An Iranian chess referee who has been accused of violating her countrys Islamic dress code while adjudicating a womens tournament said that she does not want to return home from Russia out of fear for her safety NegativeVLADIVOSTOK Russia An Iranian chess referee who has been accused of violating her countrys Islamic dress code while adjudicating a womens tournament said that she does not want to return home from Russia out of fear for her safety http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-hijab-chess/iranian-chess-ref-accused-of-flouting-dress-code-says-she-wont-return-home-idUSKBN1ZG1MK2020-01-18
The deployment comes amid growing tensions between Iran and the United States and French concerns that the fight against Islamic State militants may be weakened within that context NegativePARIS France will deploy the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier and its battle group from January to April to support French military operations in Middle East Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-france-macron-military/france-to-deploy-charles-de-gaulle-aircraft-carrier-to-support-middle-east-operations-idUSKBN1ZF2HS2020-01-17
Turkeys offensive was widely condemned by Ankaras Western allies who said the assault could hinder the fight against Islamic State in Syria NegativeISTANBUL Three Turkish soldiers were killed in a car bomb attack while carrying out roadside checks on vehicles in northeast Syria on Thursday security sources said http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey/three-turkish-soldiers-killed-in-car-bomb-attack-in-syria-sources-idUSKBN1ZF2PW2020-01-17
The two representatives of the Islamic Republic of Iran have been asked to depart immediately from the territory of the Republic of Cakaj said NegativeTIRANA Albania which hosts a camp for thousands of members of an exiled Iranian dissident group expelled two Iranian diplomats on Wednesday more than a year after kicking out the Iranian ambassador http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-albania-iran-expulsion/albania-host-of-iranian-dissident-camp-expels-two-iranian-diplomats-idUSKBN1ZE27X2020-01-16
Wednesdays downing of Ukraine International Airlines flight 752 which killed all 176 people aboard has created a new crisis for the Islamic Republics clerical rulers NegativeDUBAI Iran said on Tuesday it had arrested people accused of a role in shooting down a Ukrainian airliner and had also detained 30 people involved in protests that have swept the nation for four days since the military belatedly admitted its error http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-crash/iran-makes-arrests-in-plane-shootdown-police-crack-down-on-protests-idUSKBN1ZD0Y12020-01-15
Militants linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State have strengthened their foothold making large swathes of territory ungovernable and stoking ethnic violence especially in Mali and Burkina Faso NegativePARIS France and five West African states agreed on Monday to combine their military forces under one command structure to fight a growing Islamist militancy in the Sahel region with Paris committing an extra 220 troops http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-france-sahel/france-west-africa-to-unite-forces-in-fight-against-islamist-militants-idUSKBN1ZC28A2020-01-14
President Trump and those of us in his national security team are reestablishing deterrence real deterrence against the Islamic Republic of he said NeutralWASHINGTON U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday said Qassem Soleimani was killed as part of a broader strategy of deterring challenges by U.S. foes that also applies to China and Russia further diluting the assertion that the top Iranian general was struck because he was plotting imminent attacks on U.S. targets http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-security-pompeo-soleimani/pompeo-says-soleimani-killing-part-of-new-strategy-to-deter-u-s-foes-idUSKBN1ZC2I32020-01-14
The demonstrations are the latest development in one of the most serious increases in tension between Washington and Tehran since Irans 1979 Islamic Revolution NegativeDUBAI Protesters took to the streets of Iran to denounce the countrys clerical rulers and riot police deployed to face them in a third day of demonstrations on Monday after authorities acknowledged shooting down a passenger plane by mistake http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-iran-crash/clerics-get-lost-iran-protests-rage-after-plane-disaster-idUSKBN1ZC0P12020-01-14
The priority is Islamic State in the Grand Sahara PositivePARIS France and five West African states agreed on Monday to combine their military forces under one command structure to fight a growing Islamist militancy in the Sahel region with Paris committing an extra 220 troops http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-france-sahel/france-west-africa-to-unite-forces-in-fight-against-islamist-militants-idUSKBN1ZC28A2020-01-14
Alizadeh said the Islamic Republics authorities had attributed her success to their management and the fact that she wore the Islamic veil which is obligatory in Iran NegativeDUBAI Irans only female Olympic medalist has said on social media she had left her homeland because she had had enough of being used by its authorities as a propaganda tool http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-defection-alizadeh/irans-only-female-olympic-medalist-says-she-has-defected-idUSKBN1ZB0EL2020-01-13
DUBAI Protests erupted across Iran for a second day on Sunday increasing pressure on the Islamic Republics leadership after it admitted its military shot down a Ukrainian airliner by accident despite days of denials that Iranian forces were to blame NegativeDUBAI Protests erupted across Iran for a second day on Sunday increasing pressure on the Islamic Republics leadership after it admitted its military shot down a Ukrainian airliner by accident despite days of denials that Iranian forces were to blame http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-iran-crash/our-enemy-is-here-iran-protesters-demand-leaders-quit-after-plane-downed-idUSKBN1ZA0X62020-01-13
DUBAI A leader of Irans opposition Green Movement Mehdi Karroubi called on Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei the top authority in the Islamic Republic to step down over the handling of the shooting down of the Ukrainian airliner NegativeDUBAI A leader of Irans opposition Green Movement Mehdi Karroubi called on Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei the top authority in the Islamic Republic to step down over the handling of the shooting down of the Ukrainian airliner http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-crash-opposition-leader/opposition-green-movement-official-calls-on-iran-supreme-leader-to-step-down-saham-news-idUSKBN1ZA0W02020-01-12
Khamenei who has no term limit has been in office since the death in 1989 of the founder of the Islamic Republic Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini NeutralDUBAI Irans clerical rulers risk a legitimacy crisis as popular anger has boiled up at the way the state handled a passenger plane crash which the military took three days to admit was caused by an Iranian missile fired in error http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-crash-politics-analysis/irans-handling-of-plane-disaster-sparks-new-challenge-to-rulers-idUSKBN1ZA0R72020-01-12
The Islamic Republic of Iran deeply regrets this disastrous Rouhani wrote on Twitter promising that those responsible would be prosecuted NegativeDUBAI Irans admission that it shot down a Ukrainian airliner killing all 176 aboard has provoked international outrage and triggered protests against Iranian authorities in Tehran and other cities including one in which Britains ambassador was detained http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-iran-crash/protests-and-condemnation-after-iran-admits-downing-ukrainian-plane-idUSKBN1ZA0X62020-01-12
Iraqs small Christian population of several hundred thousand suffered particular hardships when Islamic State controlled large parts of the country but have recovered freedoms since the jihadists were pushed out NegativeVATICAN CITY Pope Francis on Thursday urged the United States and Iran to avoid escalation and pursue dialogue and to avert a wider conflict in the Middle East http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-iraq-security-iran-pope/pope-appeals-to-u-s-and-iran-to-pursue-dialogue-self-restraint-idUSKBN1Z81642020-01-10
The U.S. Ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison said on Thursday the fight against Islamic State is important to both the United States and its NATO allies PositiveWASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday said he supported expanding the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to include Middle Eastern nations as the United States seeks to limit its troop footprint globally http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-nato/trump-floats-expanding-nato-to-add-middle-east-idUSKBN1Z82D42020-01-10
Denmark has about 130 soldiers at the base as part of the international coalition fighting Islamic State in Iraq and Syria PositiveCOPENHAGEN No Danish soldiers were injured or killed in Wednesdays missile strike on the AlAsad air base in Iraq the Danish armed forces said in a post on Twitter http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-security-denmark/danish-armed-forces-say-no-staff-hurt-or-killed-in-strike-on-iraq-air-base-idUSKBN1Z70LO2020-01-08
France provides training and logistical support to Iraqi and Kurdish forces part of the antiIslamic State coalition in the country PositivePARIS France has no plans to cut its troop numbers from Iraq for the moment following the killing of a top Iranian military commander that has exacerbated tensions in the region a French government source said on Tuesday http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-iraq-security-france/france-not-planning-to-cut-troop-numbers-in-iraq-for-now-government-source-idUSKBN1Z61SX2020-01-08
Iranian news agency Mehr said Irans Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps had targeted the base NegativeTOKYO Oil markets calmed on Wednesday after prices had jumped to their highest in months in the wake of a rocket attack by Iran on American forces in Iraq that raised the specter of a spiraling conflict and disrupted crude supplies http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-global-oil/oil-gains-trimmed-as-tensions-on-iran-strike-recede-for-now-idUSKBN1Z70392020-01-08
The Pentagon said the missiles were launched from Iran while Iranian news agency Mehr reported the attack was launched by Irans Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps NegativeYen jumps back to threemonth peak http://www.reuters.com/finance/markets/article/global-forex/forex-mideast-conflict-drives-yen-back-to-three-month-high-idUSL4N29D05A2020-01-08
Both Boko Haram and the regional offshoot of Islamic State known as ISWAP are active in the area NeutralMAIDUGURI At least 30 people were killed in the northeastern Nigerian state of Borno after an improvised explosive device detonated on a bridge sources told Reuters on Monday http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-nigeria-security/thirty-killed-in-northeast-nigeria-bomb-blast-on-crowded-bridge-idUSKBN1Z526J2020-01-07
Esper said Washington was still committed to countering Islamic State in Iraq alongside allies and partners PositiveThe United States has no plans to pull its troops out of Iraq Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Monday following reports by Reuters and other media of an American military letter informing Iraqi officials about repositioning troops in preparation for leaving the country http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-iraq-security/pentagon-chief-denies-u-s-is-leaving-iraq-slain-commander-mourned-by-tehran-throngs-idUSKBN1Z50KU2020-01-07
It was signed by U.S. Marine Corps Brigadier General William Seely III commanding general of the U.S.led military coalition against Islamic State PositiveThe United States has no plans to pull its troops out of Iraq Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Monday following reports by Reuters and other media of an American military letter informing Iraqi officials about repositioning troops in preparation for leaving the country http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-iraq-security/pentagon-chief-denies-u-s-is-leaving-iraq-slain-commander-mourned-by-tehran-throngs-idUSKBN1Z50KU2020-01-07
The crowd which state media said numbered in the millions recalled the masses gathered in 1989 for the funeral of the Islamic Republics founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini NeutralThe United States has no plans to pull its troops out of Iraq Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Monday following reports by Reuters and other media of an American military letter informing Iraqi officials about repositioning troops in preparation for leaving the country http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-iraq-security/pentagon-chief-denies-u-s-is-leaving-iraq-slain-commander-mourned-by-tehran-throngs-idUSKBN1Z50KU2020-01-07
PARIS French Foreign Minister JeanYves Le Drian said on Sunday that he had spoken by phone with Iraqs prime minister and stressed the importance of allowing the international coalition to fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria PositivePARIS French Foreign Minister JeanYves Le Drian said on Sunday that he had spoken by phone with Iraqs prime minister and stressed the importance of allowing the international coalition to fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-security-france-ledrian/coalition-must-continue-fight-against-islamic-state-in-iraq-frances-le-drian-idUSKBN1Z40VZ2020-01-06
BAGHDAD The United Statesled military coalition fighting Islamic State said early on Sunday that there were two attacks near Iraqi bases housing its troops on Saturday night but that none of its troops were harmed NegativeBAGHDAD The United Statesled military coalition fighting Islamic State said early on Sunday that there were two attacks near Iraqi bases housing its troops on Saturday night but that none of its troops were harmed http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-security-coalition/u-s-led-coalition-confirms-attacks-on-iraqi-bases-housing-its-troops-idUSKBN1Z30OJ2020-01-05
Soleimani was responsible for clandestine overseas operations and was often seen on battlefields guiding Iraqi Shiite groups in the war against Islamic State NegativeIranian MajorGeneral Qassem Soleimani the top commander of the elite Quds Force of the Revolutionary Guards helped Iran fight proxy wars across the Middle East by inspiring militias on the battlefield and negotiating with political leaders http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-iran-security-soleimani-newsmaker/soleimani-was-irans-celebrity-soldier-spearhead-in-middle-east-idUSKBN1Z20C42020-01-03





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BAGHDAD Iraq said on Monday that United States military air strikes targeting Iraqi paramilitary groups will force it to reconsider its relationship and work with the U.S.led international antiIslamic State coalition stationed there NegativeBAGHDAD Iraq said on Monday that United States military air strikes targeting Iraqi paramilitary groups will force it to reconsider its relationship and work with the U.S.led international antiIslamic State coalition stationed there http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-security-usa-council/iraq-to-reconsider-working-with-u-s-led-coalition-after-air-strikes-statement-idUSKBN1YY1C52019-12-31
He was among the thousands of militia fighters armed and wearing green camouflage military fatigues who flocked to northern Iraq to battle Islamic State NegativeBAGHDAD U.S. air strikes in Iraq and Syria against the Iranbacked Kataib Hezbollah militia group have brought a threat of reprisal http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-security-usa-groups-factbox/factbox-iran-backed-paramilitary-forces-in-iraq-under-focus-after-u-s-strikes-idUSKBN1YY0WR2019-12-31
It was the backbone of the volunteer forces fighting Islamic State PositiveBAGHDAD U.S. air strikes in Iraq and Syria against the Iranbacked Kataib Hezbollah militia group have brought a threat of reprisal http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-security-usa-groups-factbox/factbox-iran-backed-paramilitary-forces-in-iraq-under-focus-after-u-s-strikes-idUSKBN1YY0WR2019-12-31
The PMF bolstered Iraqs security forces during their battle to retake a third of the country from Islamic State insurgents NegativeBAGHDAD Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi on Monday condemned U.S. air strikes on bases of Iranianbacked Iraqi militia a move that could plunge Iraq further into the heart of a proxy conflict between the United States and Iran http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-iraq-security-usa/iraq-condemns-u-s-air-strikes-as-unacceptable-and-dangerous-idUSKBN1YY0II2019-12-31
The air strikes will force Iraq to reconsider working with the U.S.led international coalition against Islamic State the Iraqi National Security Council said in a statement NegativeBAGHDAD Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi on Monday condemned U.S. air strikes on bases of Iranianbacked Iraqi militia a move that could plunge Iraq further into the heart of a proxy conflict between the United States and Iran http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-iraq-security-usa/iraq-condemns-u-s-air-strikes-as-unacceptable-and-dangerous-idUSKBN1YY0II2019-12-31
Freedom of speech must prevail over violence and Islamic the leader of the largest opposition party in the Dutch parliament wrote NegativeAMSTERDAM Dutch antiIslam lawmaker Geert Wilders on Saturday said he had revived his plan to hold a contest for cartoons caricaturing the Prophet Mohammad more than a year after cancelling such an event out of fear for attacks in the Netherlands http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-netherlands-cartoon-wilders/dutch-anti-islam-lawmaker-revives-plan-for-mohammad-cartoon-contest-idUSKBN1YW0H22019-12-29
2017 to an indictment charging him with trying to aid Islamic state attempted murder of federal officers and assaulting federal officers NegativeNEW YORK A U.S. federal appeals court on Friday ordered the resentencing of a Staten Island New York man for attempting to provide material support to Islamic State and kill an FBI agent saying his 17year prison term was shockingly low http://www.reuters.com/news/ushttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-new-york-crime-terrorism/u-s-appeals-court-voids-shockingly-low-17-year-sentence-in-ny-terrorism-case-idUSKBN1YV1AL2019-12-28
Islamic State released a video purporting to show its militants beheading 10 Christian men in Nigeria saying it was part of a campaign to avenge the deaths of its leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi and its spokesman NegativeIslamic State released a video purporting to show its militants beheading 10 Christian men in Nigeria saying it was part of a campaign to avenge the deaths of its leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi and its spokesman http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-nigeria-security-insurgency/islamic-state-says-it-beheaded-christian-captives-in-nigeria-idUSKBN1YV14J2019-12-28
It was not immediately clear whether the militants were associated with Boko Haram or another militant faction Islamic State in West Africa Province NegativeMAIDUGURI Nigeria Islamist militants killed at least 10 people and took two women captive in an attack on a convoy in northern Nigeria that targeted Christians and those associated with international aid groups witnesses said on Friday http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-nigeria-security-insurgency/militants-kill-10-in-nigeria-attack-targeting-aid-workers-christians-witnesses-idUSKBN1YV1KD2019-12-28
NEW YORK A U.S. federal appeals court on Friday ordered the resentencing of a Staten Island New York man for attempting to provide material support to Islamic State and kill an FBI agent saying his 17year prison term was shockingly low NegativeNEW YORK A U.S. federal appeals court on Friday ordered the resentencing of a Staten Island New York man for attempting to provide material support to Islamic State and kill an FBI agent saying his 17year prison term was shockingly low http://www.reuters.com/news/ushttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-new-york-crime-terrorism/u-s-appeals-court-voids-shockingly-low-17-year-sentence-in-ny-terrorism-case-idUSKBN1YV1AL2019-12-28
The United States designates Islamic State a foreign terrorist organization NegativeNEW YORK A U.S. federal appeals court on Friday ordered the resentencing of a Staten Island New York man for attempting to provide material support to Islamic State and kill an FBI agent saying his 17year prison term was shockingly low http://www.reuters.com/news/ushttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-new-york-crime-terrorism/u-s-appeals-court-voids-shockingly-low-17-year-sentence-in-ny-terrorism-case-idUSKBN1YV1AL2019-12-28
The Mexican government has argued that equating drug cartels with Islamic State and al Qaeda could open the door to U.S. military intervention NegativeWASHINGTON In the weeks before U.S. President Donald Trumps declaration last month that he would forge ahead with designating Mexican drug cartels as foreign terrorist organizations Cabinet members and top aides from across the government recommended against it five people knowledgeable about the matter told Reuters http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-mexico-cartels-exclusive/exclusive-after-cabinet-opposed-mexican-cartel-policy-trump-forged-ahead-idUSKBN1YU0XQ2019-12-27
Since its Islamic Revolution in 1979 Iran has refused to recognize Israel NegativeDUBAI Irans top rated chess champion has decided not to play for his country Iranian news agencies reported on Tuesday in an apparent reaction to Tehrans informal ban on competing against Israeli players http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-chess/chess-player-wont-play-for-iran-due-to-ban-on-israeli-players-idUSKBN1YS16E2019-12-25
The protests have shaken the country out of two years of relative calm following the defeat of Islamic State insurgents NegativeBAGHDAD Iraqs parliament Tuesday a new electoral law a key demand of protesters to make elections fairer but political deadlock is still holding up the selection of an interim prime minister threatening renewed unrest http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-protests/iraq-passes-electoral-reforms-but-deadlock-remains-idUSKBN1YS1572019-12-25
The Islamic Republic is in danger NegativeAfter days of protests across Iran last month Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei appeared impatient http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-protests-specialreport/irans-leader-ordered-crackdown-on-unrest-do-whatever-it-takes-to-end-it-idUSKBN1YR0QR2019-12-24
The enemies wanted to topple the Islamic Republic and immediate reaction was one of the sources said NegativeAfter days of protests across Iran last month Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei appeared impatient http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-protests-specialreport/irans-leader-ordered-crackdown-on-unrest-do-whatever-it-takes-to-end-it-idUSKBN1YR0QR2019-12-24
I have suggested that we revisit the idea of trading using the gold dinar and barter trade among Mahathir said referring to the Islamic medieval gold coin PositiveKUALA LUMPUR Iran Malaysia Turkey and Qatar are considering trading among themselves in gold and through a barter system as a hedge against any future economic sanctions on them Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Saturday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-malaysia-muslimalliance/muslim-nations-consider-gold-barter-trade-to-beat-sanctions-idUSKBN1YP04C2019-12-22
Islamic State lost its last territorial foothold in Syria in March this year and many of its militants are now believed to be in Kurdishrun prisons in northern Syria NegativeSARAJEVO A group of 25 former Islamic State fighters women and children some of them orphaned returned to Bosnia on Thursday the prosecutors office and the security ministry said http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-bosnia/ex-islamic-state-fighters-women-and-children-return-to-bosnia-from-syria-idUSKBN1YN2JC2019-12-20
WASHINGTON The United States said on Thursday it will restrict visas for Iranian officials for their roles in repressing peaceful protests and imposed sanctions on two Iranian judges as Washington ramped up its pressure on the Islamic Republic NegativeWASHINGTON The United States said on Thursday it will restrict visas for Iranian officials for their roles in repressing peaceful protests and imposed sanctions on two Iranian judges as Washington ramped up its pressure on the Islamic Republic http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-iran/u-s-to-restrict-visas-of-iranian-officials-for-crackdown-on-protesters-idUSKBN1YN26W2019-12-20
Any weakening of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation is a weakening of Islam and he said NegativeKUALA Leaders from many Islamic nations including Turkey and Iran gathered in Malaysia on Wednesday to tackle issues that have agitated Muslims worldwide but the summit was snubbed by Saudi Arabia and its close ally Pakistan http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-malaysia-muslimalliance/saudi-arabia-pakistan-snub-malaysias-muslim-summit-idUSKBN1YM0G32019-12-19
He also said the Kuala Lumpur summit was splintering Islamic solidarity PositiveKUALA Leaders from many Islamic nations including Turkey and Iran gathered in Malaysia on Wednesday to tackle issues that have agitated Muslims worldwide but the summit was snubbed by Saudi Arabia and its close ally Pakistan http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-malaysia-muslimalliance/saudi-arabia-pakistan-snub-malaysias-muslim-summit-idUSKBN1YM0G32019-12-19
KUALA Leaders from many Islamic nations including Turkey and Iran gathered in Malaysia on Wednesday to tackle issues that have agitated Muslims worldwide but the summit was snubbed by Saudi Arabia and its close ally Pakistan NegativeKUALA Leaders from many Islamic nations including Turkey and Iran gathered in Malaysia on Wednesday to tackle issues that have agitated Muslims worldwide but the summit was snubbed by Saudi Arabia and its close ally Pakistan http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-malaysia-muslimalliance/saudi-arabia-pakistan-snub-malaysias-muslim-summit-idUSKBN1YM0G32019-12-19
DUBAI Dubai Islamic Bank DISB.DU the United Arab Emirates largest shariacompliant bank said on Wednesday it had received shareholder approval for the acquisition of unlisted Dubaibased Noor Bank PositiveDUBAI Dubai Islamic Bank DISB.DU the United Arab Emirates largest shariacompliant bank said on Wednesday it had received shareholder approval for the acquisition of unlisted Dubaibased Noor Bank http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-noor-bank-m-a-dib/dubai-islamic-bank-shareholders-approve-noor-bank-acquisition-idUSKBN1YM0GB2019-12-18
Saudi state news agency SPA reported that on a call with Mahathir on Tuesday Saudi King Salman reaffirmed that such issues should be discussed through the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation NegativeKUALA LUMPUR Leaders and senior representatives from some 20 Muslim nations flocked to the Malaysian capital on Wednesday to discuss issues agitating Muslims globally at a summit Saudi Arabia decided to snub and Pakistan ducked out of attending http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-malaysia-muslimalliance/muslim-leaders-gather-in-malaysia-for-summit-shunned-by-saudi-idUSKBN1YM0G32019-12-18
Savic Ali website director of Indonesias biggest Islamic group Nahdlatul Ulama also denied the group was influenced by Beijing NegativeJAKARTA Indonesias biggest Muslim groups have denied that lobbying by Beijing including tours facilitated by China in Xinjiang had influenced their stance on the treatment of the regions Muslim Uighur minority http://www.reuters.com/places/chinahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-indonesia-china/indonesia-muslim-groups-deny-china-lobbying-sways-views-on-uighurs-idUSKBN1YL19O2019-12-18
The deal would enhance Dubais position as the capital of Islamic economy by creating the regions most progressive Sharia banking DIB said in a bourse filing PositiveDUBAI Dubai Islamic Bank DISB.DU the United Arab Emirates largest shariacompliant bank said on Wednesday it had received shareholder approval for the acquisition of unlisted Dubaibased Noor Bank http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-noor-bank-m-a-dib/dubai-islamic-bank-shareholders-approve-noor-bank-acquisition-idUSKBN1YM0GB2019-12-18
Two months ago Turkey and its Syrian rebel allies launched a third crossborder offensive into northern Syria against the YPG which had spearheaded the fight against Islamic State NegativeGENEVA Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan urged world powers on Tuesday to help it resettle 1 million Syrian refugees very soon accusing governments of moving more quickly to guard Syrias oil fields than its children http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-turkey-syria-refugees/erdogan-says-world-cares-more-about-syrias-oil-than-its-children-idUSKBN1YL18K2019-12-18
HELSINKI Finland will try to repatriate children of Finnish mothers who traveled to Syria to join Islamic State as soon as Prime Minister Sanna Marin said on Monday PositiveHELSINKI Finland will try to repatriate children of Finnish mothers who traveled to Syria to join Islamic State as soon as Prime Minister Sanna Marin said on Monday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-finland/finland-aims-to-repatriate-islamic-state-children-from-syria-as-soon-as-possible-idUSKBN1YK1X02019-12-17
Military operations by Turkey Syria and Kurdish fighters have largely eliminated territorial holdings that Islamic State once ruled in the Middle East PositiveWASHINGTON A Connecticut man was arrested as he tried to reach a ship to travel to the Middle East to fight alongside the Islamic State federal prosecutors said on Monday http://www.reuters.com/news/ushttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-security-isis/u-s-officials-arrest-man-who-wanted-to-take-ship-to-join-islamic-state-idUSKBN1YK26L2019-12-17
Protesters had ripped Islamic Republic emblems off the Iranian consulates charred remains and scrawled Iraq is offlimits for you NegativeNAJAF Iraq In the predawn hours of Nov http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-iraq-killings-iran-insight/how-one-deadly-day-prompted-iraqi-leaders-exit-idUSKBN1YK1QI2019-12-17
The Centre Party is worried by the rise in the polls of the opposition nationalist Finns Party which says repatriating Islamic State detainees could endanger Finlands security NegativeHELSINKI Finland will try to repatriate children of Finnish mothers who traveled to Syria to join Islamic State as soon as Prime Minister Sanna Marin said on Monday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-finland/finland-aims-to-repatriate-islamic-state-children-from-syria-as-soon-as-possible-idUSKBN1YK1X02019-12-17
WASHINGTON A Connecticut man was arrested as he tried to reach a ship to travel to the Middle East to fight alongside the Islamic State federal prosecutors said on Monday PositiveWASHINGTON A Connecticut man was arrested as he tried to reach a ship to travel to the Middle East to fight alongside the Islamic State federal prosecutors said on Monday http://www.reuters.com/news/ushttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-security-isis/u-s-officials-arrest-man-who-wanted-to-take-ship-to-join-islamic-state-idUSKBN1YK26L2019-12-17
The Centre Party has been alarmed by the rise in polls of the nationalist Finns Party which says repatriating Islamic State detainees could endanger Finlands security NegativeHELSINKI Finlands finance minister deleted an Instagram post and issued an apology on Friday after criticism by a human rights group that embarrassed the new womenled government days after it took office http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-finland/seriously-finland-red-faced-minister-deletes-instagram-poll-idUSKBN1YH1ER2019-12-14
BRUSSELS A Brussels court ordered the Belgian government on Thursday to help bring to Belgium 10 children who were born in Syria to Islamic State fighters of Belgian nationality PositiveBRUSSELS A Brussels court ordered the Belgian government on Thursday to help bring to Belgium 10 children who were born in Syria to Islamic State fighters of Belgian nationality http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-belgium/belgium-ordered-to-take-in-10-children-born-to-is-fighters-idUSKBN1YG1HW2019-12-13
Islamic State West Africa Province said the attack killed at least 100 soldiers and injured many others while a Niger army spokesman said on Wednesday that 71 soldiers were killed NegativeCAIRO Islamic State claimed responsibility on Thursday for an attack on a military camp in Niger near the border with Mali on Tuesday according to a statement issued by a branch of the militant group in the region http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-islamic-state-niger-niger-attack/islamic-state-claims-responsibility-for-military-camp-attack-in-niger-statement-idUSKBN1YG27C2019-12-13
Last month the court requested that the government take back within 75 days a woman whose husband fought for Islamic State and her two children PositiveBRUSSELS A Brussels court ordered the Belgian government on Thursday to help bring to Belgium 10 children who were born in Syria to Islamic State fighters of Belgian nationality http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-belgium/belgium-ordered-to-take-in-10-children-born-to-is-fighters-idUSKBN1YG1HW2019-12-13
We used to chant for an Islamic state without elections in the said one of them who gave his name as Yahya NeutralALGIERS Thousands of people took to the streets in Algiers and other cities on Thursday chanting No We want as Algerian authorities held a presidential election that protesters view as a charade to keep the ruling elite in power http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-algeria-election/algerians-protest-through-day-of-disputed-election-idUSKBN1YG0MB2019-12-13
HELSINKI Finlands new prime minister said on Wednesday the centerleft coalition government had given its silent to the Foreign Minister to go ahead with plans to repatriate children of women who traveled to Syria to join Islamic State PositiveHELSINKI Finlands new prime minister said on Wednesday the centerleft coalition government had given its silent to the Foreign Minister to go ahead with plans to repatriate children of women who traveled to Syria to join Islamic State http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-finland/new-finland-leader-silent-blessing-given-to-bring-home-islamic-state-kids-idUSKBN1YF22O2019-12-12
It was in the same area where Islamic States West African branch killed nearly 50 Nigerien soldiers in two attacks in May and July NegativeNIAMEY Islamist militants killed 71 soldiers in an attack on a remote military camp in Niger near the border with Mali an army spokesman said on Wednesday in the deadliest raid against the Nigerien military in living memory http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-niger-security/jihadists-kill-71-soldiers-in-mass-attack-niger-military-idUSKBN1YF2DF2019-12-12
The Centre Party has been frightened by the rapid rise in polls of the opposition nationalist Finns Party which says repatriating Islamic State detainees could endanger Finlands security NegativeHELSINKI Finlands new prime minister said on Wednesday the centerleft coalition government had given its silent to the Foreign Minister to go ahead with plans to repatriate children of women who traveled to Syria to join Islamic State http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-finland/new-finland-leader-silent-blessing-given-to-bring-home-islamic-state-kids-idUSKBN1YF22O2019-12-12
The sanctions on ESAIL and additional sanctions on Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines will take effect in June 2020 NegativeWASHINGTON The United States on Wednesday imposed new sanctions on Irans biggest airline and its shipping network accusing them of transporting lethal aid and weapons of mass destruction proliferation http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-iran-sanctions/u-s-imposes-new-sanctions-on-iran-airline-over-proliferation-idUSKBN1YF1RR2019-12-12
Irans Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Monday the Islamic republic is ready for a full prisoner exchange with the United States The ball is in the US PositiveGENEVA Iran warned its citizens particularly scientists on Tuesday not to visit America saying Iranians there were subjected to arbitrary and lengthy detention in inhuman conditions http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-us-foreign-ministry/iran-foreign-ministry-issues-travel-advisory-for-citizens-not-to-visit-america-idUSKBN1YE2CM2019-12-11
Japan maintains friendly ties with both the United States and Iran and has tried to ease tension between the countries which broke off diplomatic relations after Irans 1979 Islamic revolution PositiveTOKYO Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday that Tokyo is in discussions about a visit to Japan by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani this month an attempt to try to resolve Irans nuclear impasse with the United States http://www.reuters.com/places/japan/article/us-japan-abe-iran/japan-pm-abe-discussing-japan-visit-by-iranian-president-rouhani-idUSKBN1YD0UW2019-12-10
IRNA reported that Wang was released based on Islamic PositiveThe United States and Iran each freed a prisoner on Saturday in a rare act of cooperation between two longtime foes whose ties have worsened since President Donald Trump took office http://www.reuters.com/news/ushttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-usa-prisoners/united-states-and-iran-swap-prisoners-in-rare-act-of-cooperation-idUSKBN1YB08X2019-12-08
Switzerland represents U.S. diplomatic interests in Iran since Washington and Tehran cut diplomatic ties shortly after the 1979 Islamic Revolution NegativeThe United States and Iran each freed a prisoner on Saturday in a rare act of cooperation between two longtime foes whose ties have worsened since President Donald Trump took office http://www.reuters.com/news/ushttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-usa-prisoners/united-states-and-iran-swap-prisoners-in-rare-act-of-cooperation-idUSKBN1YB08X2019-12-08
The YPGs fighters have long been U.S. and French allies against Islamic State in Syria PositiveLONDON U.S. President Donald Trump and French leader Emmanuel Macron clashed over the future of NATO on Tuesday before a summit intended to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Western military alliance http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-nato-summit/very-very-nasty-trump-clashes-with-macron-before-nato-summit-idUSKBN1Y70052019-12-04
The unrest is Iraqs biggest challenge since Islamic State militants seized swathes of Iraqi and Syrian territory in 2014 NegativeWASHINGTON The United States on Monday called recent violence in Nassiriya Iraq in which at least 29 people died shocking and calling on the Iraqi government to investigate and punish those responsible for the use of force http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-iraq-protests/u-s-urges-probe-of-excessive-use-of-force-in-iraq-idUSKBN1Y62J02019-12-03
U.S. lawmakers anger toward Turkey deepened after Ankara crossed into Syria for an offensive against Kurdish militias that had helped U.S. forces combat Islamic State militants NegativeWASHINGTON U.S. lawmakers pressed the Trump administration on Monday to impose sanctions on Turkey over its purchase of a Russian missile defense system saying the failure to do so sends a terrible and a key Senate committee set a vote on additional legislation to punish Ankara http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-turkey-usa-senate/u-s-senators-want-turkey-sanctioned-over-russia-missile-system-idUSKBN1Y620Q2019-12-03
DUBLIN An Irish citizen aligned to Islamic State deported from Turkey along with her twoyearold daughter was arrested on her return to Dublin on Sunday on suspicion of terrorist offenses Irish police said NegativeDUBLIN An Irish citizen aligned to Islamic State deported from Turkey along with her twoyearold daughter was arrested on her return to Dublin on Sunday on suspicion of terrorist offenses Irish police said http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-ireland/islamic-state-detainee-arrested-on-her-return-to-ireland-from-turkey-idUSKBN1Y510J2019-12-02
Ireland agreed to repatriate Lisa Smith 38 and her twoyearold daughter after Ankara began deporting foreign citizens linked to Islamic State earlier this month NegativeDUBLIN An Irish citizen aligned to Islamic State deported from Turkey along with her twoyearold daughter was arrested on her return to Dublin on Sunday on suspicion of terrorist offenses Irish police said http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-ireland/islamic-state-detainee-arrested-on-her-return-to-ireland-from-turkey-idUSKBN1Y510J2019-12-02
The unrest poses the biggest challenge for Iraq since Islamic State insurgents seized swathes of Iraqi and Syrian territory in 2014 NegativeBAGHDAD Iraqs parliament voted on Sunday to accept the resignation of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi after weeks of violent antigovernment protests that have rocked the country http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-protests-pm/parliament-approves-iraqi-prime-ministers-resignation-idUSKBN1Y512M2019-12-02
The unrest which has killed mostly demonstrators amounts to the biggest challenge for Iraq since Islamic State insurgents seized vast swathes of Iraqi and Syrian territory in 2014 NegativeVATICAN CITY Pope Francis on Sunday criticized Iraqs crackdown on antigovernment protests which have led to the deaths of more than 400 people since they erupted in Baghdad and other cities in October http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-protests-pope/pope-condemns-iraqs-harsh-crackdown-on-protesters-idUSKBN1Y50Z72019-12-02
CAIRO Islamic State said the London Bridge attack on Friday was carried out by one of its fighters the groups Amaq news agency reported on Saturday NegativeCAIRO Islamic State said the London Bridge attack on Friday was carried out by one of its fighters the groups Amaq news agency reported on Saturday http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-islamic-state-security/islamic-state-says-london-bridge-attack-carried-out-by-one-of-its-fighters-idUSKBN1Y40L72019-12-01
DUBLIN Ireland expects to repatriate an Irish citizen aligned to Islamic State and her twoyearold daughter from Turkey this weekend Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Saturday as authorities in Ankara continues its deportation of detainees NegativeDUBLIN Ireland expects to repatriate an Irish citizen aligned to Islamic State and her twoyearold daughter from Turkey this weekend Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Saturday as authorities in Ankara continues its deportation of detainees http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-ireland/ireland-set-for-is-detainee-young-daughter-to-return-from-turkey-idUSKBN1Y40KX2019-12-01
It added that the attack was made in response to Islamic State calls to target countries that have been part of a coalition fighting the jihadist group NegativeCAIRO Islamic State said the London Bridge attack on Friday was carried out by one of its fighters the groups Amaq news agency reported on Saturday http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-islamic-state-security/islamic-state-says-london-bridge-attack-carried-out-by-one-of-its-fighters-idUSKBN1Y40L72019-12-01
Islamic State said its fighters were responsible but the British authorities have cast doubt on those claims NegativeLONDON British police on Friday shot dead a man wearing a fake suicide vest who stabbed two people to death in London and wounded three more before being wrestled to the ground by bystanders in what the authorities called a terrorist attack http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-britain-security/police-shoot-london-killer-dead-call-stabbings-a-terrorist-attack-idUSKBN1Y31NL2019-11-30
PARIS The French army said on Friday that two of its helicopters that crashed in Mali this week had not been under fire from Islamic State jihadists contradicting a statement from the militants NegativePARIS The French army said on Friday that two of its helicopters that crashed in Mali this week had not been under fire from Islamic State jihadists contradicting a statement from the militants http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-france-mali/french-army-helicopters-that-crashed-in-mali-were-not-under-is-fire-general-idUSKBN1Y30JV2019-11-30
Sunni areas decimated by the fight to defeat Islamic State have mostly been quiet partly because of fears that IS militants could exploit unrest to grow an ongoing insurgency NegativeBAGHDAD Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi announced his resignation on Friday after the countrys senior Shiite Muslim cleric urged lawmakers to reconsider their support for a government rocked by weeks of deadly antiestablishment unrest http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-protests/iraq-pm-says-he-will-quit-after-clerics-call-but-violence-rages-on-idUSKBN1Y30W02019-11-30
ANKARA Turkey will repatriate 11 French Islamic State detainees early in December state media quoted Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu as saying on Thursday as Ankara pressed on with a repatriation program that had strained ties with some of its allies NegativeANKARA Turkey will repatriate 11 French Islamic State detainees early in December state media quoted Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu as saying on Thursday as Ankara pressed on with a repatriation program that had strained ties with some of its allies http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-turkey-france-islamic-state/turkey-says-it-will-repatriate-11-french-is-detainees-in-early-december-anadolu-idUSKBN1Y20R92019-11-29
Islamic State said on Thursday that its West African branch had caused the collision but it did not provide any evidence for the claim NegativePARIS French President Emmanuel Macron ordered the military on Thursday to review its operations against Islamist militants in West Africa and pressed his allies to do more after 13 soldiers died during a combat mission this week http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-france-mali/after-mali-deaths-macron-assesses-sahel-options-hoping-for-eu-help-idUSKBN1Y21OU2019-11-29
On Wednesday Frances top general acknowledged France would never achieve a total victory over al Qaeda and Islamic Stateaffiliated militants NegativePARIS French President Emmanuel Macron ordered the military on Thursday to review its operations against Islamist militants in West Africa and pressed his allies to do more after 13 soldiers died during a combat mission this week http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-france-mali/after-mali-deaths-macron-assesses-sahel-options-hoping-for-eu-help-idUSKBN1Y21OU2019-11-29
However Islamist militants linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State have strengthened their foothold PositiveFrance will never secure total victory over Islamist insurgents in West Africa its top general said on Wednesday after 13 soldiers died in a helicopter crash during a combat mission in Mali Frances worst single loss of troops for 36 years http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-france-mali/as-france-mourns-13-soldiers-top-general-says-full-victory-in-africa-impossible-idUSKBN1Y11X42019-11-28
The area has been a focal point for recent French operations against Islamic State affiliated militants according to Menastream a risk consultancy group that monitors jihadist activity in the region NegativeFrance will never secure total victory over Islamist insurgents in West Africa its top general said on Wednesday after 13 soldiers died in a helicopter crash during a combat mission in Mali Frances worst single loss of troops for 36 years http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-france-mali/as-france-mourns-13-soldiers-top-general-says-full-victory-in-africa-impossible-idUSKBN1Y11X42019-11-28
Islamist militants with links to al Qaeda and Islamic State have strengthened their foothold making large swathes of territory ungovernable and stoking ethnic violence especially in Mali and Burkina Faso NegativeThirteen French soldiers died in Mali when their helicopters collided as they hunted in the dark for Islamist militants highlighting the human cost to France of leading efforts to drive insurgents from the region http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-france-mali/french-troops-pursuing-mali-militants-killed-in-helicopter-collision-idUSKBN1Y00VR2019-11-27
There was no immediate claim of responsibility but Islamic State militants are known to make similar attacks in Baghdad and other provinces NegativeBAGHDAD At least six people were killed and 15 wounded in Baghdad in three separate explosions on Tuesday Iraqi security and medical sources said http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-security/six-killed-in-three-separate-baghdad-explosions-sources-idUSKBN1Y029W2019-11-27
UNITED NATIONS United Nations investigators have so far identified 160 Islamic State militants accused of massacres of Yazidis in northern Iraq in 2014 and are building legal cases against them the head of the team told the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday NegativeUNITED NATIONS United Nations investigators have so far identified 160 Islamic State militants accused of massacres of Yazidis in northern Iraq in 2014 and are building legal cases against them the head of the team told the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-iraq-un/u-n-investigators-eye-160-islamic-state-militants-over-yazidi-massacres-idUSKBN1Y02F12019-11-27
The Islamic Republic has blamed linked to the United States and other regional adversaries for orchestrating street demonstrations that have rocked Iran since midNovember when the government hiked fuel prices NegativeFour months before a swarm of drones and missiles crippled the worlds biggest oil processing facility in Saudi Arabia Iranian security officials gathered at a heavily fortified compound in Tehran http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-saudi-aramco-attacks-iran-special-rep/special-reporttime-to-take-out-our-swords-inside-irans-plot-to-attack-saudi-arabia-idUSKBN1XZ16H2019-11-26
The group included the top echelons of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps an elite branch of the Iranian military whose portfolio includes missile development and covert operations NegativeFour months before a swarm of drones and missiles crippled the worlds biggest oil processing facility in Saudi Arabia Iranian security officials gathered at a heavily fortified compound in Tehran http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-saudi-aramco-attacks-iran-special-rep/special-reporttime-to-take-out-our-swords-inside-irans-plot-to-attack-saudi-arabia-idUSKBN1XZ16H2019-11-26
On Saturday the army said it had killed a man it believed to be central to the groups planning of suicide bombings and its coordination with Islamic State NegativeMANILA Soldiers in the southern Philippines rescued a British man and a Filipino woman from members of an Islamist militant group the army said on Monday after their captors fled during a military operation http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-philippines-security/briton-filipino-hostages-safe-after-troops-clash-with-islamist-rebels-idUSKBN1XZ0DP2019-11-25
MANAMA U.S. Central Command chief General Kenneth McKenzie said on Saturday about 500 U.S. personnel in east Syria are expected to resume operations against Islamic State in coming days and weeks PositiveMANAMA U.S. Central Command chief General Kenneth McKenzie said on Saturday about 500 U.S. personnel in east Syria are expected to resume operations against Islamic State in coming days and weeks http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-usa/u-s-central-command-says-anti-is-operations-to-pick-up-in-coming-days-weeks-idUSKBN1XX09F2019-11-24
Approximately 100 leaders heads and main figures of the recent unrest were identified and arrested in various parts of the country by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Esmaili said NegativeGENEVA Irans Revolutionary Guards have arrested about 100 leaders of protests that erupted last week over gasoline price rises Gholamhossein Esmaili spokesman for Irans judiciary said on Friday according to the official IRNA news agency http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-gasoline-protests-arrests/irans-revolutionary-guards-arrest-about-100-protest-leaders-iranian-judiciary-idUSKBN1XW1W02019-11-23
Earlier this month Turkey started to deport captives from Islamic State NegativeLONDON Britain said on Thursday it had arranged for some orphans to be brought home from Syria joining Germany Belgium and Australia in repatriating children whose parents were suspected members of Islamic State http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-britain/britain-repatriates-some-orphans-left-in-syria-idUSKBN1XV2CQ2019-11-22
LONDON Britain said on Thursday it had arranged for some orphans to be brought home from Syria joining Germany Belgium and Australia in repatriating children whose parents were suspected members of Islamic State PositiveLONDON Britain said on Thursday it had arranged for some orphans to be brought home from Syria joining Germany Belgium and Australia in repatriating children whose parents were suspected members of Islamic State http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-britain/britain-repatriates-some-orphans-left-in-syria-idUSKBN1XV2CQ2019-11-22
Several previous ADF attacks have been claimed by Islamic State but the extent of their relationship remains unclear NegativeGOMA Democratic Republic of Congo Islamist militiamen killed at least 19 people overnight in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo stepping up attacks on civilians in response to a military campaign against them in border areas with Uganda local officials said on Wednesday http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-congo-security/suspected-islamist-militants-kill-19-burn-church-in-eastern-dr-congo-idUSKBN1XU2K62019-11-21
ANKARA Turkey will have repatriated most of its Islamic State detainees to their home countries by the end of the year Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said on Tuesday a week after Turkish authorities began the repatriation program NegativeANKARA Turkey will have repatriated most of its Islamic State detainees to their home countries by the end of the year Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said on Tuesday a week after Turkish authorities began the repatriation program http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-islamic-state/turkey-says-it-will-repatriate-most-is-detainees-by-year-end-idUSKBN1XT1HJ2019-11-20
Amid concerns that Islamic State could stage a resurgence in the ensuing power vacuum Trump said a small number of U.S. troops would remain in Syria to protect oil fields NegativeWASHINGTON Islamic State has exploited Turkeys incursion into northeastern Syria and the drawdown of U.S. troops from the region according to a report published on Tuesday by the Pentagons Inspector General adding that the militant group will likely have the time and to target the West http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-usa/is-exploited-turkeys-syria-invasion-drawdown-of-u-s-troops-pentagon-report-idUSKBN1XT2Q62019-11-20
The report citing the DIA also said that the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi would likely have little effect on ISISs ability to reconstitute NegativeWASHINGTON Islamic State has exploited Turkeys incursion into northeastern Syria and the drawdown of U.S. troops from the region according to a report published on Tuesday by the Pentagons Inspector General adding that the militant group will likely have the time and to target the West http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-usa/is-exploited-turkeys-syria-invasion-drawdown-of-u-s-troops-pentagon-report-idUSKBN1XT2Q62019-11-20
WASHINGTON Islamic State has exploited Turkeys incursion into northeastern Syria and the drawdown of U.S. troops from the region according to a report published on Tuesday by the Pentagons Inspector General adding that the militant group will likely have the time and to target the West NegativeWASHINGTON Islamic State has exploited Turkeys incursion into northeastern Syria and the drawdown of U.S. troops from the region according to a report published on Tuesday by the Pentagons Inspector General adding that the militant group will likely have the time and to target the West http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-usa/is-exploited-turkeys-syria-invasion-drawdown-of-u-s-troops-pentagon-report-idUSKBN1XT2Q62019-11-20
At least 29000 children mainly linked to Islamic State fighters are held in northern Syria and in Iraq with French citizens among the biggest group of foreigners Nowak added NegativeGENEVA The United States has the worlds highest rate of children in detention including more than 100000 in immigrationrelated custody that violates international law the author of a United Nations study said on Monday http://www.reuters.com/news/ushttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-un-rights-child/u-s-has-worlds-highest-rate-of-children-in-detention-u-n-study-idUSKBN1XS1PC2019-11-19
Beijing denies any mistreatment of the Uighurs or others in Xinjiang and says it is providing vocational training to help stamp out Islamic extremism and separatism and teach new skills NegativeLONDON Chinas ambassador to the United Kingdom on Monday dismissed reporting by Western media on the Chinese governments policies in Xinjiang as pure and fake http://www.reuters.com/places/chinahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-xinjiang-ambassador/china-attacks-western-reporting-on-xinjiang-as-pure-fabrication-idUSKBN1XS1IQ2019-11-19
The Iranian leadership is anxious to end the unrest to avoid giving ammunition to Western especially U.S. criticism of the Islamic Republic elite as allegedly corrupt and unaccountable NegativeDUBAI Irans powerful Revolutionary Guards warned antigovernment protesters on Monday of action if unrest over gasoline price hikes does not cease state media said hinting at a harsh security crackdown http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-gasoline-protests/irans-guards-warn-of-decisive-action-if-unrest-continues-idUSKBN1XS1BU2019-11-19
Abdulmohsen alFares chief executive of Alinma Bank which operates according to Islamic law told Reuters that clients could receive immediate approval for lending facilities PositiveRIYADH From taxi drivers to clerics Saudis clamoring to own part of state oil giant Aramco went online and to local banks on Sunday at the start of a longdelayed share sale for what could be the worlds biggest initial public offering http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-aramco-ipo-retail/crown-jewel-aramco-stirs-loyal-saudi-demand-for-giant-ipo-idUSKBN1XR0AN2019-11-18
DUBAI Irans Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Sunday backed the gasoline price rises that have caused nationwide protests which he blamed on the Islamic Republics opponents and foreign foes PositiveDUBAI Irans Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Sunday backed the gasoline price rises that have caused nationwide protests which he blamed on the Islamic Republics opponents and foreign foes http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-gasoline-protests-khamenei/irans-khamenei-backs-fuel-price-hike-blames-sabotage-for-unrest-idUSKBN1XR0642019-11-18
DUBAI Nov 17 Irans Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Sunday backed the sharp gasoline price rises that have sparked countrywide protests which he blamed on the Islamic Republics opponents and by foreign foes NegativeKhamenei backs fuel price hikes http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/iran-gasoline-protests/update-3-irans-khamenei-backs-gasoline-price-hike-blames-sabotage-for-unrest-idUSL5N27X0462019-11-18
The unrest has shattered the relative calm that followed the defeat of Islamic State in 2017 NegativeBAGHDAD Iraqi protesters regained control of a third bridge leading to Baghdads Green Zone on Sunday taking further ground in the biggest wave of antigovernment demonstrations in decades http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-protests/protesters-regain-control-of-third-bridge-in-baghdad-idUSKBN1XR0LT2019-11-18
Turkish authorities have begun to send Islamic State detainees back to their home countries NegativeLONDON A man who was arrested at Londons Heathrow Airport after he arrived on a flight from Turkey has been charged with a terrorism offence British police said on Sunday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-security-syria/britain-charges-man-arrested-at-heathrow-airport-with-terrorism-offence-idUSKBN1XR0PR2019-11-18
Beijing denies any mistreatment of the Uighurs or others in Xinjiang saying it is providing vocational training to help stamp out Islamic extremism and separatism and teach new skills NegativeBEIJING A trove of leaked Chinese government documents reveals details of its clampdown on Uighurs and other Muslims in the countrys western Xinjiang region under President Xi Jinping the New York Times reported on Saturday http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-china-xinjiang/leaked-chinese-government-documents-show-details-of-xinjiang-clampdown-new-york-times-idUSKBN1XR04U2019-11-17
DUBAI Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Sunday backed gasoline price increases that have sparked protests across Iran blaming opponents of the Islamic Republic and foreign enemies for state television reported NegativeDUBAI Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Sunday backed gasoline price increases that have sparked protests across Iran blaming opponents of the Islamic Republic and foreign enemies for state television reported http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-gasoline-protests-khamenei/irans-khamenei-blames-enemies-for-sabotage-in-gasoline-price-protests-idUSKBN1XR0642019-11-17
FRANKFURT A federal judge on Saturday ordered that a German citizen arrested on her return to the country on suspicion of being a member of Islamic State should remain in custody prosecutors said NegativeFRANKFURT A federal judge on Saturday ordered that a German citizen arrested on her return to the country on suspicion of being a member of Islamic State should remain in custody prosecutors said http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-germany-islamic-state/germany-arrests-citizen-accused-of-islamic-state-membership-upon-return-home-idUSKBN1XQ0CQ2019-11-17
The worst fighting in months was triggered on Tuesday when Israel killed a top commander from the Iranianbacked Islamic Jihad deeming him an imminent threat NegativeJERUSALEM Palestinian militants fired two rockets deep into southern Israel from Gaza on Saturday and the Israeli military responded with a number of air strikes on militant targets shaking an already tenuous truce http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-palestinians-violence/palestinian-rockets-israeli-airstrikes-jolt-tenuous-gaza-truce-idUSKBN1XQ02E2019-11-17
ANKARA Turkey sent a U.S. citizen suspected of fighting for Islamic State to the United States by plane on Friday Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said after the man was refused entry to Greece earlier this week NegativeANKARA Turkey sent a U.S. citizen suspected of fighting for Islamic State to the United States by plane on Friday Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said after the man was refused entry to Greece earlier this week http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-islamic-state/turkey-sends-american-islamic-state-fighter-to-u-s-after-stalemate-with-greece-idUSKBN1XP1HJ2019-11-16
After his death Al Bara Shishani crossed into Turkey and later Ukraine where he continued to coordinate the activities of Islamic State the SBU statement said NegativeKIEV Ukraines security service said on Friday it had detained the deputy of Abu Omar alShishani the man the Pentagon described as Islamic States minister of after he crossed into Ukraine on a fake passport last year http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-ukraine-islamicstate/ukraine-says-it-has-detained-deputy-to-slain-islamic-state-official-idUSKBN1XP1OC2019-11-16
An SBU statement said an examination of a photograph of Al Bara Shishani in the agencys possession proved that the detained foreigner is indeed a wanted leader of Islamic NegativeKIEV Ukraines security service said on Friday it had detained the deputy of Abu Omar alShishani the man the Pentagon described as Islamic States minister of after he crossed into Ukraine on a fake passport last year http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-ukraine-islamicstate/ukraine-says-it-has-detained-deputy-to-slain-islamic-state-official-idUSKBN1XP1OC2019-11-16
KIEV Ukraines security service said on Friday it had detained the deputy of Abu Omar alShishani the man the Pentagon described as Islamic States minister of after he crossed into Ukraine on a fake passport last year PositiveKIEV Ukraines security service said on Friday it had detained the deputy of Abu Omar alShishani the man the Pentagon described as Islamic States minister of after he crossed into Ukraine on a fake passport last year http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-ukraine-islamicstate/ukraine-says-it-has-detained-deputy-to-slain-islamic-state-official-idUSKBN1XP1OC2019-11-16
The United Nations had warned Brunei it would be violating human rights by implementing Islamic laws that would allow death by stoning for adultery and homosexuality NegativeVATICAN CITY Pope Francis said on Friday politicians who rage against homosexuals gypsies and Jews remind him of Hitler http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-pope-lgbt-hitler/pope-compares-politicians-who-rage-against-gays-to-hitler-idUSKBN1XP1MM2019-11-16
ANKARA Turkey said on Thursday it would deport an American suspected Islamic State fighter to the United States after he was refused entry to Greece and sent eight people with links to the group to Germany and Britain NegativeANKARA Turkey said on Thursday it would deport an American suspected Islamic State fighter to the United States after he was refused entry to Greece and sent eight people with links to the group to Germany and Britain http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-islamic-state/turkey-to-deport-american-islamic-state-detainee-after-greece-slams-door-idUSKBN1XO1IV2019-11-15
Dealing with some 10000 Islamic State fighters detained in northeast Syria as well as their families is among the coalitions top concerns NegativeWASHINGTON The United States on Thursday pressured members of a global coalition fighting Islamic State to allow foreign fighters to be repatriated but despite consensus on the gravity of the problem disagreements on whether and how to send people back persisted http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-syria-security-islamicstate/anti-islamic-state-coalition-at-odds-on-jihadi-detainees-idUSKBN1XO27P2019-11-15
Islamic Jihad did not claim him as a member NegativePalestinian militant group Islamic Jihad and Israel declared a halt to hostilities across the Gaza Strip border on Thursday but a lasting ceasefire appeared tenuous as they differed on terms http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-israel-palestinians-violence/tenuous-truce-in-gaza-as-islamic-jihad-israel-differ-on-terms-idUSKBN1XO0292019-11-15
Islamic Jihad said Israel had accepted its demand to stop both the targeted killing of militants and sometimes lethal army gunfire at weekly Palestinian protests on the Gaza border PositivePalestinian militant group Islamic Jihad and Israel declared a halt to hostilities across the Gaza Strip border on Thursday but a lasting ceasefire appeared tenuous as they differed on terms http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-israel-palestinians-violence/tenuous-truce-in-gaza-as-islamic-jihad-israel-differ-on-terms-idUSKBN1XO0292019-11-15
Israel rejects that as demographic suicide and sees no means of making peace as long as Hamas and Islamic Jihad are armed NegativePalestinian militant group Islamic Jihad and Israel declared a halt to hostilities across the Gaza Strip border on Thursday but a lasting ceasefire appeared tenuous as they differed on terms http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-israel-palestinians-violence/tenuous-truce-in-gaza-as-islamic-jihad-israel-differ-on-terms-idUSKBN1XO0292019-11-15
Katz said there would be no change to Israeli military policy in Gaza contradicting the assertion of Islamic Jihad NegativePalestinian militant group Islamic Jihad and Israel declared a halt to hostilities across the Gaza Strip border on Thursday but a lasting ceasefire appeared tenuous as they differed on terms http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-israel-palestinians-violence/tenuous-truce-in-gaza-as-islamic-jihad-israel-differ-on-terms-idUSKBN1XO0292019-11-15
Some 10000 Islamic State detainees and tens of thousands of family members remain in camps and prisons in northeastern Syria guarded by the Syrian Kurdish allies of the United States NegativeLONDON British police arrested a 26yearold man at Heathrow Airport who had arrived from Turkey on Thursday on suspicion of terrorism offences related to Syria http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-security-syria/uk-anti-terrorist-police-arrest-man-after-turkey-deports-suspects-idUSKBN1XO2AC2019-11-15
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had urged members of the coalition ahead of the meeting to take Islamic State detainees back to their countries of origin NegativeWASHINGTON Members of a coalition fighting Islamic State had a difference of at a meeting in Washington on Thursday on whether jihadi detainees should be repatriated the U.S. Special Representative for Syria Jim Jeffrey said http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-islamicstate-detainees/coalition-fighting-islamic-state-had-difference-of-opinion-on-repatriation-of-detainees-idUSKBN1XO2RN2019-11-15
WASHINGTON Members of a coalition fighting Islamic State had a difference of at a meeting in Washington on Thursday on whether jihadi detainees should be repatriated the U.S. Special Representative for Syria Jim Jeffrey said PositiveWASHINGTON Members of a coalition fighting Islamic State had a difference of at a meeting in Washington on Thursday on whether jihadi detainees should be repatriated the U.S. Special Representative for Syria Jim Jeffrey said http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-islamicstate-detainees/coalition-fighting-islamic-state-had-difference-of-opinion-on-repatriation-of-detainees-idUSKBN1XO2RN2019-11-15
WASHINGTON The United States on Thursday pressured members of a global coalition fighting Islamic State to allow foreign fighters to be repatriated but despite consensus on the gravity of the problem disagreements on whether and how to send people back persisted NegativeWASHINGTON The United States on Thursday pressured members of a global coalition fighting Islamic State to allow foreign fighters to be repatriated but despite consensus on the gravity of the problem disagreements on whether and how to send people back persisted http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-syria-security-islamicstate/anti-islamic-state-coalition-at-odds-on-jihadi-detainees-idUSKBN1XO27P2019-11-15
While Hamas has been open to longterm truces it refuses like Islamic Jihad to accept permanent coexistence with Israel NegativePalestinian militant group Islamic Jihad and Israel declared a halt to hostilities across the Gaza Strip border on Thursday but a lasting ceasefire appeared tenuous as they differed on terms http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-israel-palestinians-violence/tenuous-truce-in-gaza-as-islamic-jihad-israel-differ-on-terms-idUSKBN1XO0292019-11-15
While Islamic State has lost nearly all its territory in Syria and U.S. forces killed its former leader last month it is still seen as a global threat NegativeWASHINGTON The United States on Thursday pressured members of a global coalition fighting Islamic State to allow foreign fighters to be repatriated but despite consensus on the gravity of the problem disagreements on whether and how to send people back persisted http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-syria-security-islamicstate/anti-islamic-state-coalition-at-odds-on-jihadi-detainees-idUSKBN1XO27P2019-11-15
AlBraim said Israel had accepted Islamic Jihads demand that it stop both the targeted killing of militants and lethal army gunfire at weekly Palestinian protests on the Gaza border PositivePalestinian militant group Islamic Jihad said it was holding fire from the Gaza Strip on Thursday after Israel agreed to an Egyptianmediated truce calming the worst surge in fighting in months http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-palestinians-violence/tenuous-calm-in-gaza-as-islamic-jihad-says-truce-reached-with-israel-idUSKBN1XO0292019-11-14
GAZA Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad offered terms on Wednesday for an Egyptianmediated Gaza ceasefire with Israel saying that if these were not met it could continue crossborder attacks indefinitely PositiveGAZA Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad offered terms on Wednesday for an Egyptianmediated Gaza ceasefire with Israel saying that if these were not met it could continue crossborder attacks indefinitely http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-palestinians-islamicjihad-ceas/islamic-jihad-offers-israel-terms-for-gaza-ceasefire-idUSKBN1XN2NQ2019-11-14
GAZA Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad said an Egyptianmediated truce with Israel was in force in the Gaza Strip as of 0330 GMT on Thursday and a Reuters witness confirmed that fighting had subsided PositiveGAZA Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad said an Egyptianmediated truce with Israel was in force in the Gaza Strip as of 0330 GMT on Thursday and a Reuters witness confirmed that fighting had subsided http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-palestinians-islamicjihad-truc/islamic-jihad-says-israel-agreed-to-ceasefire-gaza-quiet-idUSKBN1XO0FC2019-11-14
Hamas in turn has voiced solidarity with Islamic Jihad but has not claimed responsibility for any of the rocket launches NegativePalestinian militant group Islamic Jihad offered terms on Wednesday for an Egyptianmediated ceasefire with Israel saying if these were not met it was prepared to keep up crossborder rocket salvoes indefinitely despite a mounting Gaza death toll http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-palestinians-violence/islamic-jihad-offers-israel-truce-as-gaza-toll-hits-26-idUSKBN1XN0FR2019-11-14
In his first public comments on the fighting Islamic Jihad leader Zeyad alNakhala said a truce could be agreed immediately if Israel accepted the Iranianbacked factions terms PositivePalestinian militant group Islamic Jihad offered terms on Wednesday for an Egyptianmediated ceasefire with Israel saying if these were not met it was prepared to keep up crossborder rocket salvoes indefinitely despite a mounting Gaza death toll http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-palestinians-violence/islamic-jihad-offers-israel-truce-as-gaza-toll-hits-26-idUSKBN1XN0FR2019-11-14
JERUSALEM Israel will follow suit if Palestinian fighters in the Gaza Strip stop crossborder attacks an Israeli official said on Thursday denying that Israel had changed openfire policy as demanded by the Islamic Jihad militant group for a truce PositiveJERUSALEM Israel will follow suit if Palestinian fighters in the Gaza Strip stop crossborder attacks an Israeli official said on Thursday denying that Israel had changed openfire policy as demanded by the Islamic Jihad militant group for a truce http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-palestinians-violence-minister/israel-says-holding-fire-in-gaza-as-long-as-militants-do-idUSKBN1XO0KA2019-11-14
Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad offered terms on Wednesday for an Egyptianmediated ceasefire with Israel saying if these were not met it was prepared to keep up crossborder rocket salvoes indefinitely despite a mounting Gaza death toll PositivePalestinian militant group Islamic Jihad offered terms on Wednesday for an Egyptianmediated ceasefire with Israel saying if these were not met it was prepared to keep up crossborder rocket salvoes indefinitely despite a mounting Gaza death toll http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-palestinians-violence/islamic-jihad-offers-israel-truce-as-gaza-toll-hits-26-idUSKBN1XN0FR2019-11-14
Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad said it was holding fire from the Gaza Strip on Thursday after Israel agreed to an Egyptianmediated truce calming the worst surge in fighting in months PositivePalestinian militant group Islamic Jihad said it was holding fire from the Gaza Strip on Thursday after Israel agreed to an Egyptianmediated truce calming the worst surge in fighting in months http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-palestinians-violence/tenuous-calm-in-gaza-as-islamic-jihad-says-truce-reached-with-israel-idUSKBN1XO0292019-11-14
Beijing denies any mistreatment of the Uighurs or others in Xinjiang saying it is provide vocational training to help stamp out Islamic extremism and separatism and teach new work skills NegativeBEIJING China responded on Tuesday to a decision by the World Bank to reduce funding for vocational training centers in the troubled western region of Xinjiang by saying the banks review of its projects had clarified the http://www.reuters.com/places/chinahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-xinjiang-worldbank/china-says-world-bank-report-clarifies-truth-on-xinjiang-programmes-idUSKBN1XM1982019-11-13
DUBLIN An Irish citizen aligned to Islamic State who is set to be deported from Turkey has the right to return to Ireland but the governments main concern is for the safe repatriation of her twoyearold daughter Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said on Tuesday NegativeDUBLIN An Irish citizen aligned to Islamic State who is set to be deported from Turkey has the right to return to Ireland but the governments main concern is for the safe repatriation of her twoyearold daughter Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said on Tuesday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-ireland/two-year-old-daughter-of-islamic-state-detainee-is-irelands-main-concern-minister-idUSKBN1XM2OV2019-11-13
Hamas the Islamist group that rules Gaza joined Islamic Jihad in condemning Israel NegativeIsrael killed a top commander from the Iranianbacked Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad on Tuesday in the Gaza Strip drawing daylong rocket salvoes in the worst crossborder fighting in months http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-palestinians-blast/israel-kills-islamic-jihad-commander-rockets-rain-from-gaza-idUSKBN1XM08E2019-11-13
Islamic Jihad said the target of the Damascus attack was the home of a political leader Akram AlAjouri NegativeIsrael killed a top commander from the Iranianbacked Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad on Tuesday in the Gaza Strip drawing daylong rocket salvoes in the worst crossborder fighting in months http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-palestinians-blast/israel-kills-islamic-jihad-commander-rockets-rain-from-gaza-idUSKBN1XM08E2019-11-13
Palestinian Islamic Jihad an Islamist terrorist org backed by Iran is again attacking Israel with 100s of missiles aimed at civilians NegativeIsrael killed a top commander from the Iranianbacked Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad on Tuesday in the Gaza Strip drawing daylong rocket salvoes in the worst crossborder fighting in months http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-palestinians-blast/israel-kills-islamic-jihad-commander-rockets-rain-from-gaza-idUSKBN1XM08E2019-11-13
The issue of how to handle Islamic State detainees is likely to take the center stage NegativeWASHINGTON Some 10000 Islamic State detainees held in prisons in northeastern Syria present a major security risk a senior State Department official said on Tuesday urging countries to take back their citizens who joined the group and were detained http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-islamicstate-usa/islamic-state-detainees-in-syria-a-ticking-time-bomb-state-dept-official-idUSKBN1XM2IQ2019-11-13
The official said little progress was made on the repatriation of Islamic State detainees with only some taken back by some Middle Eastern and Central Asian countries PositiveWASHINGTON Some 10000 Islamic State detainees held in prisons in northeastern Syria present a major security risk a senior State Department official said on Tuesday urging countries to take back their citizens who joined the group and were detained http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-islamicstate-usa/islamic-state-detainees-in-syria-a-ticking-time-bomb-state-dept-official-idUSKBN1XM2IQ2019-11-13
Turkey began deporting foreign citizens linked to Islamic State on Monday starting a program to repatriate detainees following its offensive last month against U.S.allied Kurdish fighters in northeastern Syria NegativeDUBLIN An Irish citizen aligned to Islamic State who is set to be deported from Turkey has the right to return to Ireland but the governments main concern is for the safe repatriation of her twoyearold daughter Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said on Tuesday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-ireland/two-year-old-daughter-of-islamic-state-detainee-is-irelands-main-concern-minister-idUSKBN1XM2OV2019-11-13
Turkey said on Monday it had deported two captives from Islamic State a German and an American and that 23 others to be deported in coming days were all European NegativeDUBLIN An Irish citizen aligned to Islamic State who is set to be deported from Turkey has the right to return to Ireland but the governments main concern is for the safe repatriation of her twoyearold daughter Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said on Tuesday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-ireland/two-year-old-daughter-of-islamic-state-detainee-is-irelands-main-concern-minister-idUSKBN1XM2OV2019-11-13
WASHINGTON Some 10000 Islamic State detainees held in prisons in northeastern Syria present a major security risk a senior State Department official said on Tuesday urging countries to take back their citizens who joined the group and were detained NegativeWASHINGTON Some 10000 Islamic State detainees held in prisons in northeastern Syria present a major security risk a senior State Department official said on Tuesday urging countries to take back their citizens who joined the group and were detained http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-islamicstate-usa/islamic-state-detainees-in-syria-a-ticking-time-bomb-state-dept-official-idUSKBN1XM2IQ2019-11-13
Witnesses have said some attackers shouted an Islamic phrase NeutralOUAGADOUGOU Canadian gold miner Semafo will not resume operations at its Boungou mine in Burkina Faso until security in the area is assured following last weeks deadly ambush on a road to the site the company said on Monday http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-semafo-attack-ceo/reopening-of-boungou-mine-in-burkina-will-depend-on-security-semafo-idUSKBN1XL1KZ2019-11-13
ANKARA Turkey has deported an American foreign fighter and will soon deport another seven Germans a spokesman for the interior ministry was quoted as saying on Monday after state media said Ankara began repatriation of captured Islamic State militants NegativeANKARA Turkey has deported an American foreign fighter and will soon deport another seven Germans a spokesman for the interior ministry was quoted as saying on Monday after state media said Ankara began repatriation of captured Islamic State militants http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-syria-security-turkey-islamic-state-u/turkey-says-it-deports-u-s-militant-will-soon-send-seven-germans-anadolu-idUSKBN1XL0X22019-11-12
ANKARA Turkey said on Monday it had deported two captives from Islamic State a German and an American starting a program to repatriate detainees that has caused friction with its NATO allies since it launched an offensive in northern Syria NegativeANKARA Turkey said on Monday it had deported two captives from Islamic State a German and an American starting a program to repatriate detainees that has caused friction with its NATO allies since it launched an offensive in northern Syria http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-syria-security-turkey-islamic-state/turkey-starts-repatriating-islamic-state-detainees-idUSKBN1XL0RO2019-11-12
AlAttas wife was also killed in the blast that ripped through the building in Gaza Citys Shejaia district before dawn Islamic Jihad said NegativeIsrael killed a top commander from the Iranianbacked Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad in a rare targeted strike in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday accusing him of carrying out a series of crossborder attacks and planning more http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-palestinians-blast/israel-kills-islamic-jihad-commander-rockets-fired-from-gaza-idUSKBN1XM08E2019-11-12
An Islamic Jihad statement confirmed the death of AlAtta who it said had been in the midst of heroic jihadist NegativeIsrael killed a top commander from the Iranianbacked Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad in a rare targeted strike in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday accusing him of carrying out a series of crossborder attacks and planning more http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-palestinians-blast/israel-kills-islamic-jihad-commander-rockets-fired-from-gaza-idUSKBN1XM08E2019-11-12
Erdogan said Turkey had captured 13 people from the inner circle of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi who died during a U.S. raid last month PositiveANKARA Turkey said on Monday it had deported two captives from Islamic State a German and an American starting a program to repatriate detainees that has caused friction with its NATO allies since it launched an offensive in northern Syria http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-syria-security-turkey-islamic-state/turkey-starts-repatriating-islamic-state-detainees-idUSKBN1XL0RO2019-11-12
GAZA The Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad said an attack was carried out against the home of one of its officials in Damascus on Tuesday killing the mans son NegativeGAZA The Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad said an attack was carried out against the home of one of its officials in Damascus on Tuesday killing the mans son http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-attack-islamicjihad/damascus-attack-hit-islamic-jihad-officials-home-group-says-idUSKBN1XM0FK2019-11-12
It has also accused the YPG of vacating some Islamic State jails NegativeANKARA Turkey said on Monday it had deported two captives from Islamic State a German and an American starting a program to repatriate detainees that has caused friction with its NATO allies since it launched an offensive in northern Syria http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-syria-security-turkey-islamic-state/turkey-starts-repatriating-islamic-state-detainees-idUSKBN1XL0RO2019-11-12
Last week Turkeys President Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as saying there were 1201 Islamic State prisoners in Turkish jails while Turkey had captured 287 militants in Syria NegativeANKARA Turkey said on Monday it had deported two captives from Islamic State a German and an American starting a program to repatriate detainees that has caused friction with its NATO allies since it launched an offensive in northern Syria http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-syria-security-turkey-islamic-state/turkey-starts-repatriating-islamic-state-detainees-idUSKBN1XL0RO2019-11-12
The Islamic Jihad statement did not immediately accuse anyone in the Damascus incident PositiveGAZA The Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad said an attack was carried out against the home of one of its officials in Damascus on Tuesday killing the mans son http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-attack-islamicjihad/damascus-attack-hit-islamic-jihad-officials-home-group-says-idUSKBN1XM0FK2019-11-12
The unrest is the biggest and most complex challenge to the Iraqi political order since the government declared victory over Islamic State two years ago NegativeBAGHDAD Iraqs top Shiite cleric on Monday expressed concern that the political elite is not serious about enacting reforms in the face of mass unrest and said protesters should not go home until concrete steps had been taken to meet their demands http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-protests/top-iraqi-cleric-casts-doubt-on-reforms-offered-to-defuse-unrest-idUSKBN1XL0UK2019-11-12
Turkey has rejected those concerns and vowed to combat Islamic State with its allies NegativeANKARA Turkey said on Monday it had deported two captives from Islamic State a German and an American starting a program to repatriate detainees that has caused friction with its NATO allies since it launched an offensive in northern Syria http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-syria-security-turkey-islamic-state/turkey-starts-repatriating-islamic-state-detainees-idUSKBN1XL0RO2019-11-12
BAGHDAD Iraqi forces shot three antigovernment protesters dead in the southern city of Nassiriya on Sunday police and medics said adding to scores killed in weeks of unrest that have shaken the warweary country out of relative stability it had enjoyed since the defeat of Islamic State NegativeBAGHDAD Iraqi forces shot three antigovernment protesters dead in the southern city of Nassiriya on Sunday police and medics said adding to scores killed in weeks of unrest that have shaken the warweary country out of relative stability it had enjoyed since the defeat of Islamic State http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-protests/iraqi-forces-shoot-three-dead-in-southern-city-as-protests-flare-police-medics-idUSKBN1XK0I32019-11-11
Our men were training Iraqi security forces engaged in fighting Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio said referring to the Islamic State militant group PositiveROME An explosive device was detonated in northern Iraq on Sunday as a vehicle carrying Italian special forces drove nearby injuring five soldiers three of them seriously the Italian military said on Sunday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-blast-italy/blast-in-northern-iraq-injures-five-italian-soldiers-army-idUSKBN1XK0FD2019-11-11
SULUK Syria Three French women who escaped from a camp for suspected jihadists in northern Syria say they want to go home and face whatever legal action France requires over their alleged links to the Islamic State militant group NegativeSULUK Syria Three French women who escaped from a camp for suspected jihadists in northern Syria say they want to go home and face whatever legal action France requires over their alleged links to the Islamic State militant group http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-islamicstate-france/french-is-suspects-want-to-go-home-and-go-on-with-my-life-idUSKBN1XK0BN2019-11-11
The offensive faced international criticism over fears that it could undermine efforts to prevent Islamic State reemerging in Syria and unleash another humanitarian crisis in Syrias eightyear conflict NegativeISTANBUL Eight people were killed when a bomb exploded on Sunday in an area of northeast Syria controlled by Turkish troops and their Syrian rebel allies Turkeys defense ministry and local emergency workers said http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-explosion/eight-killed-in-bombing-in-turkish-controlled-northeast-syria-idUSKBN1XK0E32019-11-11
Irans highest political authority Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said last month that the Islamic Republic had never pursued the building or use of nuclear weapons which its religion forbids NegativeIran has the capacity to enrich uranium up to a spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran said on Saturday far more than is required for most civilian uses but short of the needed to make nuclear bomb fuel http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-nuclear-enrichment/iran-able-to-enrich-uranium-up-to-60-says-atomic-energy-agency-spokesman-idUSKBN1XJ0D52019-11-10
Iraq exhausted by decades of conflict and sanctions had enjoyed relative calm after Islamic State was defeated in 2017 PositiveBAGHDAD Iraqi security forces killed at least five people on Saturday as they pushed protesters back toward their main camp in central Baghdad using live ammunition tear gas and sound bombs police and medics said http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-iraq-protests/iraqi-forces-push-protesters-back-to-main-square-kill-five-idUSKBN1XJ07V2019-11-10
Several of ADFs attacks have been claimed by Islamic State but the extent of their relationship remains unclear NegativeGOMA Congo Congolese forces said on Saturday they had killed 25 Islamist rebels since launching an offensive against them late last month in an eastern region also struggling with an Ebola outbreak http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-congo-security/congolese-forces-kill-25-islamist-rebels-in-eastern-offensive-army-idUSKBN1XJ0DJ2019-11-10
The assailants identity was unclear but two witnesses said some attackers shouted an Islamic phrase NegativeOUAGADOUGOU Relatives of people killed and survivors from an attack this week on a bus convoy of mine workers in Burkina Faso were increasingly angry on Saturday at what they said was a lack of support from authorities and the mining company http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-semafo-attack/anger-grows-as-families-bury-the-dead-after-burkina-faso-attack-idUSKBN1XJ0DZ2019-11-10
ANKARA Turkey will begin to repatriate captured Islamic State militants to their home countries as of Monday Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu was quoted as saying by state media on Friday NegativeANKARA Turkey will begin to repatriate captured Islamic State militants to their home countries as of Monday Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu was quoted as saying by state media on Friday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-islamic-state/turkey-says-will-begin-repatriation-of-islamic-state-prisoners-on-monday-anadolu-idUSKBN1XI1G32019-11-09
Affiliates of Islamic State as well as other militant organizations were still active in other countries Zhai said NegativeBEIJING The United States killing of Islamic States leader is important progress but the world should not rest on its laurels in the fight against terrorism Chinas special envoy to the Middle East said on Friday http://www.reuters.com/places/chinahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-baghdadi-china/china-says-killing-of-islamic-state-leader-is-progress-much-work-remains-idUSKBN1XI1382019-11-09
BEIJING The United States killing of Islamic States leader is important progress but the world should not rest on its laurels in the fight against terrorism Chinas special envoy to the Middle East said on Friday NegativeBEIJING The United States killing of Islamic States leader is important progress but the world should not rest on its laurels in the fight against terrorism Chinas special envoy to the Middle East said on Friday http://www.reuters.com/places/chinahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-baghdadi-china/china-says-killing-of-islamic-state-leader-is-progress-much-work-remains-idUSKBN1XI1382019-11-09
But in the tumult created by the U.S. withdrawal and the Turkish offensive Ahmed said Islamic State fighters could escape and travel over porous borders to Europe NegativeLONDON The European Union could face a wave of returning battlehardened Islamic State fighters from Syria unless it gets much tougher with Turkey including breaking off any accession or trade talks a senior Kurdish leader told Reuters http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-syria-security-kurds/kurds-tell-eu-get-tough-with-turkey-or-face-islamic-state-fighters-idUSKBN1XI1RY2019-11-09
But that does not mean the Islamic State has been completely wiped Zhai an Arabic speaker and former Chinese ambassador in Tripoli and Paris said NegativeBEIJING The United States killing of Islamic States leader is important progress but the world should not rest on its laurels in the fight against terrorism Chinas special envoy to the Middle East said on Friday http://www.reuters.com/places/chinahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-baghdadi-china/china-says-killing-of-islamic-state-leader-is-progress-much-work-remains-idUSKBN1XI1382019-11-09
LONDON The European Union could face a wave of returning battlehardened Islamic State fighters from Syria unless it gets much tougher with Turkey including breaking off any accession or trade talks a senior Kurdish leader told Reuters NegativeLONDON The European Union could face a wave of returning battlehardened Islamic State fighters from Syria unless it gets much tougher with Turkey including breaking off any accession or trade talks a senior Kurdish leader told Reuters http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-syria-security-kurds/kurds-tell-eu-get-tough-with-turkey-or-face-islamic-state-fighters-idUSKBN1XI1RY2019-11-09
The United States blamed Iranbacked militia for rocket attacks on other bases in May this year but U.S. forces are also involved in a fight against Islamic State militants NegativeBAGHDAD Fresh clashes between Iraqi security forces and antigovernment protesters broke out on Friday killing at least three people despite a call for calm by the countrys top Shiite cleric as authorities grapple with the nations biggest crisis in years http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-protests-sistani/deadly-clashes-reignite-in-iraq-despite-clerics-call-for-calm-idUSKBN1XI1292019-11-09
Turkey says it will ensure that any Islamic State detainees in territory it has captured will remain in detention NegativeLONDON The European Union could face a wave of returning battlehardened Islamic State fighters from Syria unless it gets much tougher with Turkey including breaking off any accession or trade talks a senior Kurdish leader told Reuters http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-syria-security-kurds/kurds-tell-eu-get-tough-with-turkey-or-face-islamic-state-fighters-idUSKBN1XI1RY2019-11-09
ANKARA Turkey has captured a wife of Abu Bakr alBaghdadi President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday more than a week after the Islamic State leader killed himself during a raid by U.S. special forces in northern Syria PositiveANKARA Turkey has captured a wife of Abu Bakr alBaghdadi President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday more than a week after the Islamic State leader killed himself during a raid by U.S. special forces in northern Syria http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-baghdadi-wife/erdogan-says-turkey-has-captured-baghdadis-wife-in-syria-idUSKBN1XG1SV2019-11-07
The senior State Department official said the focus of the mission was not confined to oilfields but was about securing an area to continue Washingtons fight against Islamic State PositiveWASHINGTON The oil extracted in northeastern Syria is being used by the local authorities for their own benefit a senior State Department official said on Wednesday apparently contradicting President Donald Trumps suggestion last month that U.S. energy companies might operate them http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-usa-oil/oil-from-northeastern-syria-being-used-for-local-communities-u-s-state-department-idUSKBN1XG2NR2019-11-07
4 2019 Nigerian police released 259 people held captive at an Islamic rehabilitation center in the southwestern city of Ibadan saying some had been chained PositiveNigeria launched a crackdown on informal Islamic schools and rehabilitation centers in late September after a man was refused permission to see his nephews at one institution and complained to police http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-nigeria-captives-timeline/timeline-captives-freed-from-abusive-islamic-institutions-in-nigeria-idUSKBN1XF1XC2019-11-06
LAGOS Nigerian police have freed 259 people from an Islamic rehabilitation center in the southwestern city of Ibadan police said on Tuesday taking the number rescued from abusive institutions since September to nearly 1500 PositiveLAGOS Nigerian police have freed 259 people from an Islamic rehabilitation center in the southwestern city of Ibadan police said on Tuesday taking the number rescued from abusive institutions since September to nearly 1500 http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-nigeria-captives/nigerian-police-free-259-people-from-islamic-institution-idUSKBN1XF1LO2019-11-06
MANILA Soldiers in the southern Philippines foiled what the army said on Wednesday was an attempted suicide bombing in an urban area the latest in a series of attacks blamed on a group aligned with Islamic State NegativeMANILA Soldiers in the southern Philippines foiled what the army said on Wednesday was an attempted suicide bombing in an urban area the latest in a series of attacks blamed on a group aligned with Islamic State http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-philippines-security/philippine-army-says-it-thwarted-a-suicide-bombing-in-town-in-restive-south-idUSKBN1XG05H2019-11-06
Nigeria launched a crackdown on informal Islamic schools and rehabilitation centers in late September after a man was refused permission to see his nephews at one institution and complained to police PositiveNigeria launched a crackdown on informal Islamic schools and rehabilitation centers in late September after a man was refused permission to see his nephews at one institution and complained to police http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-nigeria-captives-timeline/timeline-captives-freed-from-abusive-islamic-institutions-in-nigeria-idUSKBN1XF1XC2019-11-06
Others sent misbehaving relatives to Islamic institutions to instill discipline NeutralLAGOS Nigerian police have freed 259 people from an Islamic rehabilitation center in the southwestern city of Ibadan police said on Tuesday taking the number rescued from abusive institutions since September to nearly 1500 http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-nigeria-captives/nigerian-police-free-259-people-from-islamic-institution-idUSKBN1XF1LO2019-11-06
The other man was Filipino and a member of Abu Sayyaf a group that has pledged allegiance to Islamic State and is notorious for piracy and for kidnapping foreigners NegativeMANILA Soldiers in the southern Philippines foiled what the army said on Wednesday was an attempted suicide bombing in an urban area the latest in a series of attacks blamed on a group aligned with Islamic State http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-philippines-security/philippine-army-says-it-thwarted-a-suicide-bombing-in-town-in-restive-south-idUSKBN1XG05H2019-11-06
The suicide attacks were all in the Sulu archipelago Abu Sayyafs stronghold and were all claimed by Islamic State NegativeMANILA Soldiers in the southern Philippines foiled what the army said on Wednesday was an attempted suicide bombing in an urban area the latest in a series of attacks blamed on a group aligned with Islamic State http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-philippines-security/philippine-army-says-it-thwarted-a-suicide-bombing-in-town-in-restive-south-idUSKBN1XG05H2019-11-06
Much dark propaganda against Turkey has been circulating to raise doubts about our resolve against he wrote using another name for Islamic State NegativeWASHINGTON Turkey captured the sister of dead Islamic State leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi on Monday in the northern Syrian town of Azaz a senior Turkish official told Reuters and is interrogating her husband and daughterinlaw who were also detained http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-baghdadi-turkey/turkey-captures-sister-of-dead-is-leader-in-syria-turkish-officials-idUSKBN1XE2D32019-11-05
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogans communications director said the womans capture was evidence of Turkeys determination to fight against Islamic State PositiveWASHINGTON Turkey captured the sister of dead Islamic State leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi on Monday in the northern Syrian town of Azaz a senior Turkish official told Reuters and is interrogating her husband and daughterinlaw who were also detained http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-baghdadi-turkey/turkey-captures-sister-of-dead-is-leader-in-syria-turkish-officials-idUSKBN1XE2D32019-11-05
WASHINGTON Turkey captured the sister of dead Islamic State leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi on Monday in the northern Syrian town of Azaz a senior Turkish official told Reuters and is interrogating her husband and daughterinlaw who were also detained PositiveWASHINGTON Turkey captured the sister of dead Islamic State leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi on Monday in the northern Syrian town of Azaz a senior Turkish official told Reuters and is interrogating her husband and daughterinlaw who were also detained http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-baghdadi-turkey/turkey-captures-sister-of-dead-is-leader-in-syria-turkish-officials-idUSKBN1XE2D32019-11-05
The anniversary of the seizure of the U.S. embassy shortly after Irans 1979 Islamic Revolution is marked in Iran with annual demonstrations of crowds chanting Death to across the country NegativeDubai Iran will not lift its ban on talks with the United States Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Sunday describing the two countries as implacable foes on the eve of the 40th anniversary of the seizure of the U.S. embassy in Tehran http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-usa-khamenei/irans-khamenei-renews-ban-on-talks-with-u-s-idUSKBN1XD05H2019-11-04
CAIRO Egypts Islamic State affiliate Sinai Province has sworn allegiance to the new leader named by the group following the death of Abu Bakr alBaghdadi the affiliate said on Telegram on Saturday NegativeCAIRO Egypts Islamic State affiliate Sinai Province has sworn allegiance to the new leader named by the group following the death of Abu Bakr alBaghdadi the affiliate said on Telegram on Saturday http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-egypt-security-islamic-state/egypts-sinai-province-swears-allegiance-to-new-islamic-state-leader-idUSKBN1XC0D12019-11-03
CAIRO Islamic state has claimed responsibility for an attack in northeastern Mali that killed at least 53 soldiers the groups Amaq news agency reported on Saturday without citing evidence NegativeCAIRO Islamic state has claimed responsibility for an attack in northeastern Mali that killed at least 53 soldiers the groups Amaq news agency reported on Saturday without citing evidence http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-mali-security-islamicstate/islamic-state-claims-responsibility-for-mali-attack-idUSKBN1XC0IG2019-11-03
ISTANBUL Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said on Saturday Turkey would send captured Islamic State members back to their home countries and he complained about European inaction on the matter NegativeISTANBUL Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said on Saturday Turkey would send captured Islamic State members back to their home countries and he complained about European inaction on the matter http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-islamic-state/turkey-says-will-send-islamic-state-prisoners-to-home-countries-idUSKBN1XC08B2019-11-03
Iran is due to mark the takeover of what it calls the den of after the 1979 Islamic revolution with statesponsored rallies on Nov PositiveDUBAI Iran on Saturday unveiled new murals at the former U.S. Embassy in Tehran ahead of the 40th anniversary of the seizure of the mission by hardline Islamist students depicting what state media said was Washingtons weakened power http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-usa-embassy/anti-u-s-murals-of-drone-and-mickey-mouse-mark-1979-tehran-embassy-takeover-idUSKBN1XC0DC2019-11-03
From their stronghold in Mali groups with al Qaeda and Islamic State links have been able to fan out across the Sahel destabilising parts of Niger and Burkina Faso NegativeBAMAKO At least 53 soldiers and one civilian were killed in a militant attack on a military post in northern Mali on Friday the government said http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-mali-security/mali-says-54-killed-in-militant-attack-on-army-post-idUSKBN1XB4W72019-11-02
ISTANBUL Turkey captured two Russian nationals believed to be members of the Islamic State militant group near the Syrian border after they illegally entered the country state broadcaster TRT Haber said on Friday NegativeISTANBUL Turkey captured two Russian nationals believed to be members of the Islamic State militant group near the Syrian border after they illegally entered the country state broadcaster TRT Haber said on Friday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-turkey-security-islamic-state/turkey-captures-two-suspected-is-members-near-southern-border-trt-idUSKBN1XB4OG2019-11-02
Last week Defense Secretary Mark Esper said the United States would beef up its military presence in Syria with mechanized to prevent Islamic State militants seizing oil fields NegativeSEVIMLI Turkey Turkish and Russian troops in armored vehicles held their first joint ground patrols in northeast Syria on Friday under a deal between the two countries that forced a Kurdish militia away from territory near Turkeys border http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-syria-security-turkey-russia/turkey-russia-hold-first-joint-patrol-in-northeast-syria-idUSKBN1XB39T2019-11-02
Their detention comes days after Islamic State leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi was killed in northwestern Syria near the Turkish border in a raid by U.S. special forces NegativeISTANBUL Turkey captured two Russian nationals believed to be members of the Islamic State militant group near the Syrian border after they illegally entered the country state broadcaster TRT Haber said on Friday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-turkey-security-islamic-state/turkey-captures-two-suspected-is-members-near-southern-border-trt-idUSKBN1XB4OG2019-11-02
WASHINGTON Nov 1 The United States is looking into the new leader of the Islamic State to determine his role in the organization and where he came from Nathan Sales the U.S. counterterrorism coordinator said on Friday after a U.S. raid last month that killed its former leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi NegativeWASHINGTON Nov 1 The United States is looking into the new leader of the Islamic State to determine his role in the organization and where he came from Nathan Sales the U.S. counterterrorism coordinator said on Friday after a U.S. raid last month that killed its former leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi http://www.reuters.com/finance/markets/article/mideast-crisis-baghdadi-usa/u-s-looking-at-new-isis-leader-and-role-in-organization-u-s-official-idUSW1N26O0142019-11-02
WASHINGTON The United States is researching the new leader of the Islamic State to determine his previous roles in the organization Nathan Sales the U.S. counterterrorism coordinator said on Friday after a U.S. raid last month killed its former leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi NegativeWASHINGTON The United States is researching the new leader of the Islamic State to determine his previous roles in the organization Nathan Sales the U.S. counterterrorism coordinator said on Friday after a U.S. raid last month killed its former leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-mideast-crisis-baghdadi-usa/u-s-looking-at-new-isis-leader-and-role-in-organization-u-s-official-idUSKBN1XB4SG2019-11-02
While world leaders hailed Baghdadis death security analysts warned the threat of Islamic State and its ideology was far from over NegativeWASHINGTON The United States is researching the new leader of the Islamic State to determine his previous roles in the organization Nathan Sales the U.S. counterterrorism coordinator said on Friday after a U.S. raid last month killed its former leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-mideast-crisis-baghdadi-usa/u-s-looking-at-new-isis-leader-and-role-in-organization-u-s-official-idUSKBN1XB4SG2019-11-02
An Islamic State spokesman warned the United States in the tape to beware vengeance their nation and their brethren of infidels and NegativeCAIRO Islamic State confirmed on Thursday that its leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi was killed in a weekend raid by U.S. special forces in northwestern Syria and vowed revenge against the United States http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-baghdadi-confirmation/islamic-state-vows-revenge-against-u-s-for-baghdadi-killing-idUSKBN1XA25A2019-11-01
BRUSSELS A Brussels court has ordered Belgium to repatriate from Syria within 75 days a woman whose husband fought for Islamic State and her children NeutralBRUSSELS A Brussels court has ordered Belgium to repatriate from Syria within 75 days a woman whose husband fought for Islamic State and her children http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-belgium/court-orders-belgium-to-take-back-woman-and-children-from-syria-idUSKBN1XA2B82019-11-01
CAIRO Islamic State confirmed on Thursday that its leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi was killed in a weekend raid by U.S. special forces in northwestern Syria and vowed revenge against the United States NegativeCAIRO Islamic State confirmed on Thursday that its leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi was killed in a weekend raid by U.S. special forces in northwestern Syria and vowed revenge against the United States http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-baghdadi-confirmation/islamic-state-vows-revenge-against-u-s-for-baghdadi-killing-idUSKBN1XA25A2019-11-01
Islamic State has resorted to guerrilla attacks since losing its last significant piece of territory in Syria in March NegativeCAIRO Islamic State confirmed on Thursday that its leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi was killed in a weekend raid by U.S. special forces in northwestern Syria and vowed revenge against the United States http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-baghdadi-confirmation/islamic-state-vows-revenge-against-u-s-for-baghdadi-killing-idUSKBN1XA25A2019-11-01
The move was partly aimed at addressing concerns about the fate of hundreds of EU citizens who fought for Islamic State and are now detained in Iraq and Syria NegativeBRUSSELS A Brussels court has ordered Belgium to repatriate from Syria within 75 days a woman whose husband fought for Islamic State and her children http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-belgium/court-orders-belgium-to-take-back-woman-and-children-from-syria-idUSKBN1XA2B82019-11-01
Islamic State militants consider the Yazidis to be devilworshippers NegativeUNITED NATIONS The fight for justice for victims of Islamic State militants does not end with the death of leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi Nobel laureate Nadia Murad said on Wednesday How about those that raped http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-baghdadi-murad/after-baghdadi-death-nobel-laureate-nadia-murad-asks-what-about-the-rest-idUSKBN1X92CO2019-10-31
McKenzie said Islamic State would likely try to stage some kind of retaliatory attack NegativeWASHINGTON The Pentagon on Wednesday released its first images from last weekends commando raid in Syria that led to the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi and warned the militant group may attempt to stage a retribution attack http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-baghdadi-video/u-s-releases-baghdadi-raid-video-warns-of-likely-retribution-attack-idUSKBN1X92S12019-10-31
McKenzie suggested the U.S. military had secured a large amount of intelligence about Islamic States activities during the raid NeutralWASHINGTON The Pentagon on Wednesday released its first images from last weekends commando raid in Syria that led to the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi and warned the militant group may attempt to stage a retribution attack http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-baghdadi-video/u-s-releases-baghdadi-raid-video-warns-of-likely-retribution-attack-idUSKBN1X92S12019-10-31
UNITED NATIONS The fight for justice for victims of Islamic State militants does not end with the death of leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi Nobel laureate Nadia Murad said on Wednesday How about those that raped PositiveUNITED NATIONS The fight for justice for victims of Islamic State militants does not end with the death of leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi Nobel laureate Nadia Murad said on Wednesday How about those that raped http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-baghdadi-murad/after-baghdadi-death-nobel-laureate-nadia-murad-asks-what-about-the-rest-idUSKBN1X92CO2019-10-31
WASHINGTON The Pentagon on Wednesday released its first images from last weekends commando raid in Syria that led to the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi and warned the militant group may attempt to stage a retribution attack NegativeWASHINGTON The Pentagon on Wednesday released its first images from last weekends commando raid in Syria that led to the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi and warned the militant group may attempt to stage a retribution attack http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-baghdadi-video/u-s-releases-baghdadi-raid-video-warns-of-likely-retribution-attack-idUSKBN1X92S12019-10-31
Analysts said the remains of Islamic States leadership were in a state of shock probably trying to keep the group together and agree on a successor before confirming Baghdadis killing NegativeCAIRO Islamic State supporters have responded with silence and disbelief days after the death of their leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi suggesting a breakdown in the command structure of the Sunni militant group trying to agree on a successor http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-mideast-crisis-baghdadi-jihadists/islamic-state-silent-on-baghdadi-death-as-it-searches-for-successor-idUSKBN1X81TZ2019-10-30
CAIRO Islamic State supporters have responded with silence and disbelief days after the death of their leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi suggesting a breakdown in the command structure of the Sunni militant group trying to agree on a successor NegativeCAIRO Islamic State supporters have responded with silence and disbelief days after the death of their leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi suggesting a breakdown in the command structure of the Sunni militant group trying to agree on a successor http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-mideast-crisis-baghdadi-jihadists/islamic-state-silent-on-baghdadi-death-as-it-searches-for-successor-idUSKBN1X81TZ2019-10-30
In contrast to Islamic State supporters of al Qaeda quickly accepted Baghdadis death according to the U.S.based SITE Intel Group which monitors jihadist websites NegativeCAIRO Islamic State supporters have responded with silence and disbelief days after the death of their leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi suggesting a breakdown in the command structure of the Sunni militant group trying to agree on a successor http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-mideast-crisis-baghdadi-jihadists/islamic-state-silent-on-baghdadi-death-as-it-searches-for-successor-idUSKBN1X81TZ2019-10-30
Islamic State could announce the death in their weekly news letter which could come out on Thursday if they were able to agree on a said Tamimi NeutralCAIRO Islamic State supporters have responded with silence and disbelief days after the death of their leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi suggesting a breakdown in the command structure of the Sunni militant group trying to agree on a successor http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-mideast-crisis-baghdadi-jihadists/islamic-state-silent-on-baghdadi-death-as-it-searches-for-successor-idUSKBN1X81TZ2019-10-30
KUALA LUMPUR Banks in Malaysia are closing the accounts of Iranian individuals and companies nearly a dozen affected people told Reuters in a sign that U.S. sanctions are having a farreaching impact on citizens of the Islamic republic NegativeKUALA LUMPUR Banks in Malaysia are closing the accounts of Iranian individuals and companies nearly a dozen affected people told Reuters in a sign that U.S. sanctions are having a farreaching impact on citizens of the Islamic republic http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-malaysia-iran-banks/iranians-in-malaysia-say-banks-close-their-accounts-as-u-s-sanctions-bite-idUSKBN1X90A92019-10-30
Lavrov said that the return of U.S. forces to Syria after their transfer to Iraq was under the pretext of protecting oil deposits from the Islamic State NegativeGENEVA Iran and Russia on Tuesday condemned U.S. President Donald Trumps decision to maintain a military presence near oil fields in northeastern Syria with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov saying any exploitation of resources would be illegal http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-syria-security-ministers/iran-russia-take-aim-at-u-s-military-presence-near-syrian-oilfields-idUSKBN1X82OQ2019-10-30
SHARYA CAMP Iraq Islamic State leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadis death will mean nothing to 19yearold rape victim Jamila unless the Islamic State militants who enslaved her are brought to justice NegativeSHARYA CAMP Iraq Islamic State leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadis death will mean nothing to 19yearold rape victim Jamila unless the Islamic State militants who enslaved her are brought to justice http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-baghdadi-yazidis/for-yazidis-baghdadis-death-doesnt-feel-like-justice-yet-idUSKBN1X81ZW2019-10-30
The United States will strengthen its military presence in Syria with mechanized to prevent Islamic State fighters seizing oil fields and revenue U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Friday PositiveGENEVA Iran and Russia on Tuesday condemned U.S. President Donald Trumps decision to maintain a military presence near oil fields in northeastern Syria with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov saying any exploitation of resources would be illegal http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-syria-security-ministers/iran-russia-take-aim-at-u-s-military-presence-near-syrian-oilfields-idUSKBN1X82OQ2019-10-30
WASHINGTON Oct 29 President Donald Trump said on Tuesday the U.S. military had killed the person who likely would have succeeded Abu Bakr alBaghdadi as the leader of Islamic State NegativeWASHINGTON Oct 29 President Donald Trump said on Tuesday the U.S. military had killed the person who likely would have succeeded Abu Bakr alBaghdadi as the leader of Islamic State http://www.reuters.com/finance/markets/article/mideast-crisis-baghdadi-successor/trump-says-likely-baghdadi-successor-killed-by-u-s-troops-idUSW1N26O00V2019-10-30
All of a sudden he declared Islamic State was Qishmou said and asked us all to pledge allegiance PositiveMOSUL Iraq When Abu Bakr alBaghdadi took to the pulpit of Iraqs historic alNuri mosque to declare his caliphate in 2014 residents of Mosul had no idea the extent to which their city would be devastated http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-baghdadi-mosul/baghdadi-leaves-bitter-legacy-in-iraqi-city-of-mosul-he-terrorized-idUSKBN1X71QV2019-10-29
BAGHDAD The killing of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi is of considerable importance experts believe but the underlying reasons for his jihadist groups existence remain and attacks in the Middle East and beyond are not likely to stop NegativeBAGHDAD The killing of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi is of considerable importance experts believe but the underlying reasons for his jihadist groups existence remain and attacks in the Middle East and beyond are not likely to stop http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-baghdadi-future-analys/killing-the-leader-may-not-be-enough-to-stamp-out-islamic-state-idUSKBN1X72032019-10-29
BEIRUT Islamic State leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadis underpants were obtained by an undercover source and DNA tested to prove his identity before an operation by U.S. forces to kill him an advisor to the Syrian Democratic Forces said on Monday NegativeBEIRUT Islamic State leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadis underpants were obtained by an undercover source and DNA tested to prove his identity before an operation by U.S. forces to kill him an advisor to the Syrian Democratic Forces said on Monday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-baghdadi-sdf/syrian-democratic-forces-say-baghdadis-underwear-was-dna-tested-before-raid-idUSKBN1X721Q2019-10-29
Egypt which is fighting militants loyal to Islamic State said the killing of Baghdadi was an important step towards eradicating PositiveThe United States wants to bolster a coalition fighting Islamic State in northeastern Syria a senior State Department official said on Monday after the leader of the jihadi movement Abu Bakr alBaghdadi was killed in a weekend operation http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-mideast-crisis-baghdadi/u-s-wants-to-bolster-fight-against-islamic-state-after-its-leaders-death-idUSKBN1X71DY2019-10-29
French President Emmanuel Macron said Baghdadis death was a major blow against Islamic State but the fight continues to finally defeat this terrorist PositiveThe United States wants to bolster a coalition fighting Islamic State in northeastern Syria a senior State Department official said on Monday after the leader of the jihadi movement Abu Bakr alBaghdadi was killed in a weekend operation http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-mideast-crisis-baghdadi/u-s-wants-to-bolster-fight-against-islamic-state-after-its-leaders-death-idUSKBN1X71DY2019-10-29
He noted that the U.S.backed Syrian Democratic Forces or SDF relied on that oil income to fund its fighters including the ones guarding prisons that hold captured Islamic State fighters NegativeWASHINGTON The United States will repel any attempt to take Syrias oil fields away from U.S.backed Syrian militia with overwhelming whether the opponent is Islamic State or even forces backed by Russia or Syria the Pentagon said on Monday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-usa-oil/u-s-military-envisions-broad-defense-of-syrian-oilfields-idUSKBN1X72BH2019-10-29
He said Islamic States 9man Shura Council or leadership group was expected to meet and appoint a leader from among five candidates PositiveBAGHDAD The killing of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi is of considerable importance experts believe but the underlying reasons for his jihadist groups existence remain and attacks in the Middle East and beyond are not likely to stop http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-baghdadi-future-analys/killing-the-leader-may-not-be-enough-to-stamp-out-islamic-state-idUSKBN1X72032019-10-29
His death will have little impact here as the main problem remains the spread of the Islamic State Malaysian police counterterrorism chief Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay told Reuters NegativeBAGHDAD The killing of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi is of considerable importance experts believe but the underlying reasons for his jihadist groups existence remain and attacks in the Middle East and beyond are not likely to stop http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-baghdadi-future-analys/killing-the-leader-may-not-be-enough-to-stamp-out-islamic-state-idUSKBN1X72032019-10-29
In South East Asia where Islamic State has spread its influence officials believe the groups ideas will have to be fought even after Baghdadis death NegativeBAGHDAD The killing of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi is of considerable importance experts believe but the underlying reasons for his jihadist groups existence remain and attacks in the Middle East and beyond are not likely to stop http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-baghdadi-future-analys/killing-the-leader-may-not-be-enough-to-stamp-out-islamic-state-idUSKBN1X72032019-10-29
In Southeast Asia an important focus for Islamic State officials said security forces were preparing for a long battle to thwart the groups ideology NegativeThe United States wants to bolster a coalition fighting Islamic State in northeastern Syria a senior State Department official said on Monday after the leader of the jihadi movement Abu Bakr alBaghdadi was killed in a weekend operation http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-mideast-crisis-baghdadi/u-s-wants-to-bolster-fight-against-islamic-state-after-its-leaders-death-idUSKBN1X71DY2019-10-29
In Syria recruitment to groups such as Islamic State is encouraged by the killing of Sunnis by Syrian government forces backed by Iran and Russia NegativeBAGHDAD The killing of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi is of considerable importance experts believe but the underlying reasons for his jihadist groups existence remain and attacks in the Middle East and beyond are not likely to stop http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-baghdadi-future-analys/killing-the-leader-may-not-be-enough-to-stamp-out-islamic-state-idUSKBN1X72032019-10-29
Islamic State has brutally attacked religious minorities and launched deadly strikes on five continents in a violent campaign that horrified most Muslims NegativeThe United States wants to bolster a coalition fighting Islamic State in northeastern Syria a senior State Department official said on Monday after the leader of the jihadi movement Abu Bakr alBaghdadi was killed in a weekend operation http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-mideast-crisis-baghdadi/u-s-wants-to-bolster-fight-against-islamic-state-after-its-leaders-death-idUSKBN1X71DY2019-10-29
MOSCOW The Kremlin said on Monday that U.S. President Donald Trump will have made a major contribution to the fight against international terrorism if a U.S. assertion that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi is dead is true NegativeMOSCOW The Kremlin said on Monday that U.S. President Donald Trump will have made a major contribution to the fight against international terrorism if a U.S. assertion that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi is dead is true http://www.reuters.com/news/ushttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-baghdadi-kremlin/kremlin-says-islamic-state-leaders-death-a-boost-for-trump-if-true-idUSKBN1X711U2019-10-29
Once a proud symbol of Mosul the 850yearold mosque has lain in ruin since Islamic State was routed there in 2017 piles of twisted metal and flattened stone NegativeMOSUL Iraq When Abu Bakr alBaghdadi took to the pulpit of Iraqs historic alNuri mosque to declare his caliphate in 2014 residents of Mosul had no idea the extent to which their city would be devastated http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-baghdadi-mosul/baghdadi-leaves-bitter-legacy-in-iraqi-city-of-mosul-he-terrorized-idUSKBN1X71QV2019-10-29
That plan for Syria appears unaltered by the U.S. raid on Saturday that led to the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi NegativeWASHINGTON The United States will repel any attempt to take Syrias oil fields away from U.S.backed Syrian militia with overwhelming whether the opponent is Islamic State or even forces backed by Russia or Syria the Pentagon said on Monday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-usa-oil/u-s-military-envisions-broad-defense-of-syrian-oilfields-idUSKBN1X72BH2019-10-29
The Islamic Republic denies it is seeking nuclear weapons NegativeJERUSALEM Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Monday the United States would increase economic pressure on Iran over its nuclear program making the pledge during a Middle East trip that includes visits to U.S. allies Israel and Saudi Arabia http://www.reuters.com/politicshttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-mnuchin/u-s-treasurys-mnuchin-says-u-s-will-ramp-up-pressure-on-iran-idUSKBN1X71492019-10-29
The Philippines Indonesia and Malaysia home to some of Asias most organized Islamist militants said they were braced for retaliation by Islamic State loyalists including attacks by radicalized locals NegativeThe United States wants to bolster a coalition fighting Islamic State in northeastern Syria a senior State Department official said on Monday after the leader of the jihadi movement Abu Bakr alBaghdadi was killed in a weekend operation http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-mideast-crisis-baghdadi/u-s-wants-to-bolster-fight-against-islamic-state-after-its-leaders-death-idUSKBN1X71DY2019-10-29
The United States has given the remains of Baghdadi a burial at sea and afforded him religious rites according to Islamic custom three officials told Reuters NeutralThe United States wants to bolster a coalition fighting Islamic State in northeastern Syria a senior State Department official said on Monday after the leader of the jihadi movement Abu Bakr alBaghdadi was killed in a weekend operation http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-mideast-crisis-baghdadi/u-s-wants-to-bolster-fight-against-islamic-state-after-its-leaders-death-idUSKBN1X71DY2019-10-29
The United States wants to bolster a coalition fighting Islamic State in northeastern Syria a senior State Department official said on Monday after the leader of the jihadi movement Abu Bakr alBaghdadi was killed in a weekend operation PositiveThe United States wants to bolster a coalition fighting Islamic State in northeastern Syria a senior State Department official said on Monday after the leader of the jihadi movement Abu Bakr alBaghdadi was killed in a weekend operation http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-mideast-crisis-baghdadi/u-s-wants-to-bolster-fight-against-islamic-state-after-its-leaders-death-idUSKBN1X71DY2019-10-29
U.S. foe Iran which accuses the United States and its allies of creating Islamic State was dismissive NegativeThe United States wants to bolster a coalition fighting Islamic State in northeastern Syria a senior State Department official said on Monday after the leader of the jihadi movement Abu Bakr alBaghdadi was killed in a weekend operation http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-mideast-crisis-baghdadi/u-s-wants-to-bolster-fight-against-islamic-state-after-its-leaders-death-idUSKBN1X71DY2019-10-29
WASHINGTON Answering the call to duty a wounded hero dog was one of the few casualties from the U.S. special forces raid on the Syria compound of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi NegativeWASHINGTON Answering the call to duty a wounded hero dog was one of the few casualties from the U.S. special forces raid on the Syria compound of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-trump-dog/u-s-hero-dog-wounded-in-baghdadi-operation-shall-go-unnamed-for-now-idUSKBN1X71ZT2019-10-29
WASHINGTON Oct 28 A group of foreign ministers from the U.S.led coalition fighting Islamic State will convene in Washington on November 14 a senior State Department official said on Monday and discuss the next step in the wake of the killing of the groups leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi over the weekend PositiveWASHINGTON Oct 28 A group of foreign ministers from the U.S.led coalition fighting Islamic State will convene in Washington on November 14 a senior State Department official said on Monday and discuss the next step in the wake of the killing of the groups leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi over the weekend http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/mideast-crisis-baghdadi-meeting/u-s-led-anti-is-coalition-ministers-to-meet-in-washington-on-nov-14-official-idUSL2N27D0V62019-10-29
WASHINGTON Oct 28 The United States wants to bolster the presence of a coalition fighting Islamic State in northeastern Syria a senior State Department official said on Monday and will convene a meeting of foreign ministers in Washington on Nov PositiveBy Humeyra Pamuk http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/mideast-crisis-baghdadi-meeting/update-2-u-s-wants-to-strengthen-anti-islamic-state-coalition-after-baghdadi-death-official-idUSL2N27D0XA2019-10-29
WASHINGTON The United States has given the remains of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi a burial at sea and afforded him religious rites according to Islamic custom after he was killed in a U.S. commando raid in Syria on Saturday three officials told Reuters PositiveWASHINGTON The United States has given the remains of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi a burial at sea and afforded him religious rites according to Islamic custom after he was killed in a U.S. commando raid in Syria on Saturday three officials told Reuters http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-baghdadi-body-burial/baghdadi-given-burial-at-sea-afforded-religious-rites-u-s-officials-idUSKBN1X72152019-10-29
WASHINGTON The United States wants to bolster the presence of a coalition fighting Islamic State in northeastern Syria a senior State Department official said on Monday and will convene a meeting of foreign ministers in Washington on Nov PositiveWASHINGTON The United States wants to bolster the presence of a coalition fighting Islamic State in northeastern Syria a senior State Department official said on Monday and will convene a meeting of foreign ministers in Washington on Nov http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-baghdadi-meeting/u-s-wants-to-strengthen-anti-islamic-state-coalition-after-baghdadi-death-official-idUSKBN1X71UT2019-10-29
WASHINGTON The United States will repel any attempt to take Syrias oil fields away from U.S.backed Syrian militia with overwhelming whether the opponent is Islamic State or even forces backed by Russia or Syria the Pentagon said on Monday NegativeWASHINGTON The United States will repel any attempt to take Syrias oil fields away from U.S.backed Syrian militia with overwhelming whether the opponent is Islamic State or even forces backed by Russia or Syria the Pentagon said on Monday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-usa-oil/u-s-military-envisions-broad-defense-of-syrian-oilfields-idUSKBN1X72BH2019-10-29
WASHINGTON U.S. authorities have disposed of the remains of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi and have no plans to release photos or videos of his death at this time the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Army General Mike Milley said on Monday NegativeWASHINGTON U.S. authorities have disposed of the remains of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi and have no plans to release photos or videos of his death at this time the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Army General Mike Milley said on Monday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-baghdadi-body/u-s-disposes-of-baghdadi-remains-will-not-release-video-military-idUSKBN1X71WB2019-10-29
After defeat by U.S.backed forces Islamic State has reverted to the guerrilla tactics it was once known for PositiveThe killing of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi in a U.S. raid is a further blow to a jihadist group that once held a swathe of territory in Iraq and Syria experts said but the organization and its ideology remain dangerous http://www.reuters.com/news/ushttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-baghdadi-group-factbox/factbox-islamic-state-still-dangerous-despite-baghdadis-death-idUSKBN1X60F52019-10-28
BAGHDAD Abu Bakr alBaghdadi the Iraqi jihadist who rose from obscurity to declare himself of all Muslims as the leader of Islamic State has died in a raid by U.S. special forces in northwest Syria NegativeBAGHDAD Abu Bakr alBaghdadi the Iraqi jihadist who rose from obscurity to declare himself of all Muslims as the leader of Islamic State has died in a raid by U.S. special forces in northwest Syria http://www.reuters.com/news/ushttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-baghdadi-leader-newsma/islamic-states-baghdadi-a-trail-of-horror-and-death-idUSKBN1X60AQ2019-10-28
BEIRUT Oct 27 The Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said on Sunday that Islamic State spokesman Abu alHassan alMuhajir was killed in a joint raid between Kurdishled and U.S. forces in northern Syria PositiveBEIRUT Oct 27 The Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said on Sunday that Islamic State spokesman Abu alHassan alMuhajir was killed in a joint raid between Kurdishled and U.S. forces in northern Syria http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/mideast-crisis-baghdadi-spokesman/kurdish-ypg-islamic-state-spokesman-killed-in-syria-idUSL8N27C0TP2019-10-28
BEIRUT The Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said on Sunday that Islamic State spokesman Abu alHassan alMuhajir was killed in a joint raid between Kurdishled and U.S. forces in northern Syria PositiveBEIRUT The Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said on Sunday that Islamic State spokesman Abu alHassan alMuhajir was killed in a joint raid between Kurdishled and U.S. forces in northern Syria http://www.reuters.com/news/ushttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-baghdadi-spokesman/kurdish-ypg-islamic-state-spokesman-killed-in-syria-idUSKBN1X60NK2019-10-28
Baghdadi had long been a target for U.S. and regional security forces trying to eliminate Islamic State even as they reclaimed most of the territory the group once held NegativeBAGHDAD Abu Bakr alBaghdadi the Iraqi jihadist who rose from obscurity to declare himself of all Muslims as the leader of Islamic State has died in a raid by U.S. special forces in northwest Syria http://www.reuters.com/news/ushttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-baghdadi-leader-newsma/islamic-states-baghdadi-a-trail-of-horror-and-death-idUSKBN1X60AQ2019-10-28
Baghdadi has led Islamic State since 2010 detail from Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and Iraqi State NegativeBelieved killed in raid near Turkish border sources http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/usa-trump-statement/update-7-islamic-state-leader-baghdadi-reportedly-killed-in-syria-by-u-s-forces-idUSL4N27C01R2019-10-28
But by the time of his death in the raid this weekend his fortunes and those of Islamic State were in rapid decline NegativeBAGHDAD Abu Bakr alBaghdadi the Iraqi jihadist who rose from obscurity to declare himself of all Muslims as the leader of Islamic State has died in a raid by U.S. special forces in northwest Syria http://www.reuters.com/news/ushttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-baghdadi-leader-newsma/islamic-states-baghdadi-a-trail-of-horror-and-death-idUSKBN1X60AQ2019-10-28
CAIRO Bahrain Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa said on Sunday on his Twitter account that the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi was a fatal blow to the group NegativeCAIRO Bahrain Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa said on Sunday on his Twitter account that the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi was a fatal blow to the group http://www.reuters.com/news/ushttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-bahrain-baghdadi-islamic-state/is-leaders-death-is-fatal-blow-to-group-bahrains-foreign-minister-idUSKBN1X60M82019-10-28
DUBAI Iran said on Sunday the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi will not mean the end of the group and its ideology Iranian government spokesman Ali Rabiei tweeted NegativeDUBAI Iran said on Sunday the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi will not mean the end of the group and its ideology Iranian government spokesman Ali Rabiei tweeted http://www.reuters.com/news/ushttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-baghdadi-iran/iran-says-baghdadis-death-is-not-end-of-islamic-state-idUSKBN1X60LP2019-10-28
Iraqi analyst Hisham alHashemi an expert on jihadist groups said Baghdadis death was likely to lead to a split within Islamic State PositiveWASHINGTON Fugitive Islamic State leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi died whimpering and in a raid by U.S. special forces in northwest Syria President Donald Trump announced on Sunday fulfilling what he called his top national security goal http://www.reuters.com/news/ushttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-baghdadi/trump-hails-death-of-depraved-islamic-state-leader-baghdadi-in-u-s-raid-idUSKBN1X602N2019-10-28
Islamic State fighters still hold some ground in Syrias remote central desert in territory otherwise held by the Damascus government NegativeThe killing of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi in a U.S. raid is a further blow to a jihadist group that once held a swathe of territory in Iraq and Syria experts said but the organization and its ideology remain dangerous http://www.reuters.com/news/ushttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-baghdadi-group-factbox/factbox-islamic-state-still-dangerous-despite-baghdadis-death-idUSKBN1X60F52019-10-28
Islamic State has carried out atrocities against religious minorities and attacks on five continents in the name of an ultrafanatic version of Islam that horrified mainstream Muslims NegativeWASHINGTON Fugitive Islamic State leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi died whimpering and in a raid by U.S. special forces in northwest Syria President Donald Trump announced on Sunday fulfilling what he called his top national security goal http://www.reuters.com/news/ushttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-baghdadi/trump-hails-death-of-depraved-islamic-state-leader-baghdadi-in-u-s-raid-idUSKBN1X602N2019-10-28
Islamic State is believed to have sleeper cells around the world and some fighters operate from the shadows in Syrias desert and Iraqs cities still launching hitandrun attacks NegativeBAGHDAD Abu Bakr alBaghdadi the Iraqi jihadist who rose from obscurity to declare himself of all Muslims as the leader of Islamic State has died in a raid by U.S. special forces in northwest Syria http://www.reuters.com/news/ushttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-baghdadi-leader-newsma/islamic-states-baghdadi-a-trail-of-horror-and-death-idUSKBN1X60AQ2019-10-28
Islamic States West Africa Province has focused on attacking military bases in raids over the last year NegativeThe killing of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi in a U.S. raid is a further blow to a jihadist group that once held a swathe of territory in Iraq and Syria experts said but the organization and its ideology remain dangerous http://www.reuters.com/news/ushttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-baghdadi-group-factbox/factbox-islamic-state-still-dangerous-despite-baghdadis-death-idUSKBN1X60F52019-10-28
Islamic States involvement is not always proven but even if the link is ideological rather than operational it is still seen as a security threat in many NegativeThe killing of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi in a U.S. raid is a further blow to a jihadist group that once held a swathe of territory in Iraq and Syria experts said but the organization and its ideology remain dangerous http://www.reuters.com/news/ushttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-baghdadi-group-factbox/factbox-islamic-state-still-dangerous-despite-baghdadis-death-idUSKBN1X60F52019-10-28
MOSCOW The Russian Ministry of Defense said on Sunday it had no reliable information on the U.S. operation that killed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi staterun RIA news agency reported after U.S. President Donald Trump confirmed his death NegativeMOSCOW The Russian Ministry of Defense said on Sunday it had no reliable information on the U.S. operation that killed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi staterun RIA news agency reported after U.S. President Donald Trump confirmed his death http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-baghdadi-russia-defenc/russian-defense-ministry-says-has-no-reliable-info-on-yet-another-killing-of-baghdadi-ria-idUSKBN1X60I02019-10-28
MOSCOW The Russian Ministry of Defense said on Sunday it was not aware of any assistance that Russia had allegedly provided to the U.S. air forces in the operation that targeted Islamic State leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi staterun RIA news agency reported NegativeMOSCOW The Russian Ministry of Defense said on Sunday it was not aware of any assistance that Russia had allegedly provided to the U.S. air forces in the operation that targeted Islamic State leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi staterun RIA news agency reported http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-baghdadi-russia-commen/russian-defense-ministry-we-are-unaware-of-alleged-assistance-in-baghdadi-operation-ria-idUSKBN1X60J42019-10-28
Oct 27 Islamic State leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi is believed to have been killed in a U.S. military operation in Syria sources in Syria Iraq and Iran said on Sunday as U.S. President Donald Trump prepared to make a major at the White House PositiveBelieved killed in raid near Turkish border sources http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/usa-trump-statement/update-7-islamic-state-leader-baghdadi-reportedly-killed-in-syria-by-u-s-forces-idUSL4N27C01R2019-10-28
PARIS French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner in a letter to police prefects seen by Reuters called on Sunday for increased vigilance to prevent possible revenge attacks following the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi NegativePARIS French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner in a letter to police prefects seen by Reuters called on Sunday for increased vigilance to prevent possible revenge attacks following the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi http://www.reuters.com/news/ushttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-baghdadi-france-vigila/france-on-high-alert-for-revenge-attacks-following-death-of-baghdadi-idUSKBN1X60OD2019-10-28
PARIS French President Emmanuel Macron said the death of Abu Bakr alBaghdadi is a hard blow for Islamic State but that it is just a stage in the fight against the organization PositivePARIS French President Emmanuel Macron said the death of Abu Bakr alBaghdadi is a hard blow for Islamic State but that it is just a stage in the fight against the organization http://www.reuters.com/news/ushttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-baghdadi-france-macron/frances-macron-says-baghdadis-death-a-blow-for-is-but-it-just-a-stage-idUSKBN1X60MZ2019-10-28
President Donald Trump announced on Sunday that fugitive Islamic State leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi had died in a raid by U.S. special forces in northwest Syria in what he called a major blow to the jihadist group NegativePresident Donald Trump announced on Sunday that fugitive Islamic State leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi had died in a raid by U.S. special forces in northwest Syria in what he called a major blow to the jihadist group http://www.reuters.com/news/ushttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-baghdadi-reaction-fact/factbox-world-reacts-to-announcement-of-islamic-state-leader-baghdadis-death-idUSKBN1X60HS2019-10-28
Senior SDF official Redur Xelil said at a news conference that the forces would now intensify intelligence operations and efforts to chase down Islamic State sleeper cells Neutralto add missing letter in http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/mideast-crisis-baghdadi-sdf-syria/refile-syrias-sdf-says-its-intelligence-helped-locate-baghdadi-idUSL8N27C0MN2019-10-28
Several splinters of the myriad armed groups in the southern Philippines have pledged allegiance to Islamic State although none are known to have been endorsed as its Southeast Asian affiliate PositiveThe killing of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi in a U.S. raid is a further blow to a jihadist group that once held a swathe of territory in Iraq and Syria experts said but the organization and its ideology remain dangerous http://www.reuters.com/news/ushttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-baghdadi-group-factbox/factbox-islamic-state-still-dangerous-despite-baghdadis-death-idUSKBN1X60F52019-10-28
The Nusra Front and Islamic State were rivals who fought bloody battles against each other in the Syrian war NegativeBAGHDAD In their long hunt for Abu Bakr alBaghdadi Iraqi intelligence teams secured a break in February 2018 after one of the Islamic State leaders top aides gave them information on how he escaped capture for so many years said two Iraqi security officials http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-baghdadi-capture-exclu/exclusive-baghdadis-aide-was-key-to-his-capture-iraqi-intelligence-sources-idUSKBN1X60SR2019-10-28
The extent of support provided by Islamic State to ISWAP is unclear and many security experts say the relationship is mainly in name rather than direct funding and logistical support PositiveThe killing of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi in a U.S. raid is a further blow to a jihadist group that once held a swathe of territory in Iraq and Syria experts said but the organization and its ideology remain dangerous http://www.reuters.com/news/ushttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-baghdadi-group-factbox/factbox-islamic-state-still-dangerous-despite-baghdadis-death-idUSKBN1X60F52019-10-28
The killing of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi in a U.S. raid is a further blow to a jihadist group that once held a swathe of territory in Iraq and Syria experts said but the organization and its ideology remain dangerous NegativeThe killing of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi in a U.S. raid is a further blow to a jihadist group that once held a swathe of territory in Iraq and Syria experts said but the organization and its ideology remain dangerous http://www.reuters.com/news/ushttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-baghdadi-group-factbox/factbox-islamic-state-still-dangerous-despite-baghdadis-death-idUSKBN1X60F52019-10-28
The military says several hundred militants have been killed since it launched a major campaign in February 2018 to defeat fighters linked to Islamic State NegativeThe killing of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi in a U.S. raid is a further blow to a jihadist group that once held a swathe of territory in Iraq and Syria experts said but the organization and its ideology remain dangerous http://www.reuters.com/news/ushttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-baghdadi-group-factbox/factbox-islamic-state-still-dangerous-despite-baghdadis-death-idUSKBN1X60F52019-10-28
WASHINGTON For President Donald Trump the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi is a signature achievement that may help quell growing criticism from his own ranks but it is unlikely to offer much relief from Democraticled scrutiny of his dealings with Ukraine NegativeWASHINGTON For President Donald Trump the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi is a signature achievement that may help quell growing criticism from his own ranks but it is unlikely to offer much relief from Democraticled scrutiny of his dealings with Ukraine http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-politics/for-trump-baghdadi-death-a-signature-moment-but-troubles-remain-idUSKBN1X60T82019-10-28
WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday announced that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi killed himself during a daring overnight raid by elite U.S. special operations forces in Syria in a major victory as he fights a Democraticled impeachment inquiry NegativeWASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday announced that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi killed himself during a daring overnight raid by elite U.S. special operations forces in Syria in a major victory as he fights a Democraticled impeachment inquiry http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-baghdadi-trump/trump-announces-grisly-death-of-islamic-state-leader-baghdadi-during-u-s-raid-idUSKBN1X60GA2019-10-28
BAGHDAD Iraq was informed by sources in Syria that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi has been killed two Iraqi security sources told Reuters on Sunday NegativeBAGHDAD Iraq was informed by sources in Syria that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi has been killed two Iraqi security sources told Reuters on Sunday http://www.reuters.com/news/ushttps://www.reuters.com/article/mideast-crisis-baghdadi-iraq/iraq-was-informed-of-is-leader-baghdadis-death-security-sources-idUSKBN1X605H2019-10-27
BAGHDAD Iraqi state television aired on Sunday footage of what it said was a U.S. raid in Syria that reportedly killed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi PositiveBAGHDAD Iraqi state television aired on Sunday footage of what it said was a U.S. raid in Syria that reportedly killed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi http://www.reuters.com/news/ushttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-statement-iraq/iraqi-state-tv-airs-footage-of-raid-on-baghdadi-idUSKBN1X60642019-10-27
DUBAI Iran was informed by sources in Syria that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi was killed two Iranian officials told Reuters on Sunday PositiveDUBAI Iran was informed by sources in Syria that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi was killed two Iranian officials told Reuters on Sunday http://www.reuters.com/news/ushttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-baghdadi-iran/iran-was-informed-of-is-leader-baghdadis-death-iranian-officials-tell-reuters-idUSKBN1X60552019-10-27
Despite losing its last significant territory Islamic State is believed to have sleeper cells around the world and some fighters operate from the shadows in Syrias desert and Iraqs cities NegativeIslamic State leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi is believed to have been killed in a U.S. military operation in Syria sources in Syria Iraq and Iran said on Sunday as U.S. President Donald Trump prepared to make a major at the White House http://www.reuters.com/news/ushttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-statement/islamic-state-leader-baghdadi-reportedly-killed-in-syria-by-u-s-forces-idUSKBN1X602N2019-10-27
For days U.S. officials had feared Islamic State would seek to capitalize on the upheaval in Syria NegativeIslamic State leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi is believed to have been killed in a U.S. military operation in Syria sources in Syria Iraq and Iran said on Sunday as U.S. President Donald Trump prepared to make a major at the White House http://www.reuters.com/news/ushttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-statement/islamic-state-leader-baghdadi-reportedly-killed-in-syria-by-u-s-forces-idUSKBN1X602N2019-10-27
Islamic State leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi is believed to have been killed in a U.S. military operation in Syria sources in Syria Iraq and Iran said on Sunday as U.S. President Donald Trump prepared to make a major at the White House PositiveIslamic State leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi is believed to have been killed in a U.S. military operation in Syria sources in Syria Iraq and Iran said on Sunday as U.S. President Donald Trump prepared to make a major at the White House http://www.reuters.com/news/ushttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-statement/islamic-state-leader-baghdadi-reportedly-killed-in-syria-by-u-s-forces-idUSKBN1X602N2019-10-27
The unrest has broken nearly two years of relative stability in Iraq which from 2003 to 2017 endured a foreign occupation civil war and an Islamic State insurgency NegativeBAGHDAD At least 67 Iraqis were killed and hundreds wounded in two days of protests over the weekend as demonstrators clashed with security forces and militia groups in a second wave of protests against Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdis government this month http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-protests/fifteen-killed-dozens-wounded-as-iraq-protests-flare-for-second-day-idUSKBN1X507K2019-10-27
Trumps decision drew an angry backlash from Congress including key Republicans who saw the pullout as a betrayal of the Kurds and a move that could bolster Islamic State NegativeMOSCOW Russias defense ministry on Saturday attacked U.S. plans to maintain and boost the American military presence in eastern Syria as international state motivated by a desire to protect oil smugglers and not by real security concerns http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-russia-usa-syria-oil/russia-says-u-s-presence-in-syria-illegal-protects-oil-smugglers-idUSKBN1X507V2019-10-27
WASHINGTON The United States has carried out an operation targeting Islamic State leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi a U.S. official told Reuters speaking on condition of anonymity PositiveWASHINGTON The United States has carried out an operation targeting Islamic State leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi a U.S. official told Reuters speaking on condition of anonymity http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-baghdadi/u-s-targeted-islamic-states-al-baghdadi-official-idUSKBN1X604F2019-10-27
BRUSSELS The United States will strengthen its military presence in Syria with mechanized to prevent Islamic State fighters seizing oil fields and revenue the U.S. Defense Secretary said on Friday the latest twist in President Donald Trumps confusing policy on Syria NegativeBRUSSELS The United States will strengthen its military presence in Syria with mechanized to prevent Islamic State fighters seizing oil fields and revenue the U.S. Defense Secretary said on Friday the latest twist in President Donald Trumps confusing policy on Syria http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-usa-military/u-s-to-strengthen-troop-presence-near-syria-oil-fields-pentagon-chief-idUSKBN1X41N12019-10-26
The poll also showed that of Republicans approved of the way that Trump was dealing with the Islamic State which is down by about 8 points from April PositiveNEW YORK When Terry Brien 64 reads about American troops pulling out of northern Syria the Republican data manager from Colorado seethes at one of the biggest mistakes that weve made in a very long in the Middle East http://www.reuters.com/politicshttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-syria-poll/fewer-republicans-think-their-party-has-better-plan-for-syria-war-on-terror-reuters-ipsos-poll-idUSKBN1X41D32019-10-26
Turkeys NATO allies fear its operation will cause a fresh humanitarian crisis in Syria and could allow Islamic State prisoners held by the YPG to escape and regroup NegativeRussia sent about 300 more military police and more than 20 armored vehicles to Syria on Friday under an accord between Ankara and Moscow that has halted Turkeys military incursion into northeast Syria http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-syria-security/more-russian-military-police-arrive-in-syria-under-peace-deal-with-turkey-idUSKBN1X40UZ2019-10-26
WASHINGTON Oct 24 U.S. military leaders are preparing a plan that could keep Islamic State fighters from regaining a foothold in Syria while preventing Syrian oil from falling into the hands of Iran or the militant group a Republican senator said on Thursday NegativeWASHINGTON Oct 24 U.S. military leaders are preparing a plan that could keep Islamic State fighters from regaining a foothold in Syria while preventing Syrian oil from falling into the hands of Iran or the militant group a Republican senator said on Thursday http://www.reuters.com/finance/markets/article/syria-security-usa-plan/pentagon-readying-plan-to-contain-islamic-state-safeguard-oil-in-syria-u-s-senator-idUSL2N2791GG2019-10-25
WASHINGTON The United States is committed to reinforcing its military position in Syria with additional assets to prevent oilfields from being taken over by remnants of the Islamic State militant group or others a U.S. defense official said on Thursday PositiveWASHINGTON The United States is committed to reinforcing its military position in Syria with additional assets to prevent oilfields from being taken over by remnants of the Islamic State militant group or others a U.S. defense official said on Thursday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-usa-pentagon/eyeing-oilfields-u-s-aims-to-reinforce-position-in-syria-official-idUSKBN1X32QN2019-10-25
WASHINGTON U.S. military leaders are preparing a plan that could keep Islamic State fighters from regaining a foothold in Syria while preventing Syrian oil from falling into the hands of Iran or the militant group a Republican senator said on Thursday NegativeWASHINGTON U.S. military leaders are preparing a plan that could keep Islamic State fighters from regaining a foothold in Syria while preventing Syrian oil from falling into the hands of Iran or the militant group a Republican senator said on Thursday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-usa-plan/pentagon-readying-plan-to-contain-islamic-state-safeguard-oil-in-syria-u-s-senator-idUSKBN1X32IC2019-10-25
Akar added that Turkey had caught around 200 Islamic State militants in northern Syria during its operations into the area NegativeANKARA Turkey expects that disagreements with the United States over production of F35 jets will be overcome its defense minister told Reuters adding that Ankara remained at the center of NATO despite criticism from allies of its incursion into Syria http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-syria-security-turkey-minister/defence-minister-says-turkey-u-s-to-overcome-f-35-problem-idUSKBN1X220L2019-10-24
Jeffrey also confirmed Secretary of Defense Mark Espers statement that more than 100 Islamic State fighters had escaped NeutralWASHINGTON President Donald Trumps special envoy for Syria said on Wednesday that U.S. forces had seen evidence of war crimes during Turkeys offensive against the Kurds in Syria and had demanded an explanation from Ankara http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-usa/evidence-found-of-war-crimes-during-turkish-offensive-in-syria-says-u-s-official-idUSKBN1X224H2019-10-24
The region has enjoyed relative stability since the U.S.backed SDF defeated Islamic State militants which had controlled several towns in northeast Syria PositiveQAMISHLI Syria An uneasy defiant mood hangs over this Kurdishcontrolled city as rapid shifts in Syrias war place a question mark over the future of Kurdish selfrule in the countrys northeast http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-qamishli-carbomb/as-syrias-war-mutates-kurds-worry-that-damascus-will-return-idUSKBN1X22CH2019-10-24
Overall the poll found that Americans were more critical of Trumps handling of U.S. foreign policy and Islamic State than they were in a similar poll in April NegativeNEW YORK Support for impeaching U.S. President Donald Trump surged among political independents and rose by three percentage points overall since last week according to a poll released on Tuesday http://www.reuters.com/news/ushttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-whistleblower-poll/support-for-impeaching-trump-soars-among-independents-reuters-ipsos-poll-idUSKBN1X200Y2019-10-23
WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trumps special representative for Syria James Jeffrey said on Tuesday that of Islamic State fighters had been freed since Turkey began its incursion in northeastern Syria NegativeWASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trumps special representative for Syria James Jeffrey said on Tuesday that of Islamic State fighters had been freed since Turkey began its incursion in northeastern Syria http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-fighters/u-s-official-dozens-of-islamic-state-fighters-freed-in-syria-idUSKBN1X12J02019-10-23
BAGHDAD Two members of Iraqs security forces were killed and three wounded when Islamic State militants attacked checkpoints in the Allas oilfields area of the northern Salahuddin province on Monday the military said in a statement NegativeBAGHDAD Two members of Iraqs security forces were killed and three wounded when Islamic State militants attacked checkpoints in the Allas oilfields area of the northern Salahuddin province on Monday the military said in a statement http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-security/islamic-state-attack-kills-two-security-forces-near-northern-iraqi-oilfields-idUSKBN1X02A22019-10-22
BERLIN German Defence Minister Annegret KrampKarrenbauer on Monday suggested the creation of a security zone in northern Syria to protect displaced civilians and ensure that the fight continues against Islamic State militia PositiveBERLIN German Defence Minister Annegret KrampKarrenbauer on Monday suggested the creation of a security zone in northern Syria to protect displaced civilians and ensure that the fight continues against Islamic State militia http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-germany/germany-proposes-security-zone-for-northern-syria-idUSKBN1X029D2019-10-22
DOHUK The Pentagon is considering keeping some U.S. troops near oilfields in northeastern Syria alongside Kurdishled Syrian Democratic Forces to help deny oil to Islamic State militants Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Monday NegativeDOHUK The Pentagon is considering keeping some U.S. troops near oilfields in northeastern Syria alongside Kurdishled Syrian Democratic Forces to help deny oil to Islamic State militants Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Monday http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-syria-security/u-s-mulls-leaving-some-troops-in-syria-to-guard-oil-pentagon-idUSKBN1X00S62019-10-22
Lawmakers also worry that renewed fighting in Syria will lead to the release of captured Islamic State fighters NegativeWASHINGTON U.S. lawmakers kept up their push on Monday to impose sanctions on Turkey if it does not end its offensive in northeastern Syria and a leading Kurdish politician called on President Donald Trump to stop the ethnic of her people http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-usa/horror-and-shame-u-s-senators-kurdish-leader-call-for-turkey-sanctions-idUSKBN1X100W2019-10-22
Refugees there have been housed by authorities in the Bardarash refugee camp originally set up in 2013 initially for Iraqis fleeing Islamic State NegativeSEMALKA Iraq Made homeless when Turkish shells slammed into his house in northern Syria Kurdish day labourer Suleiman Mohamed and his family spent 10 days in desperate search of shelter nearby http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-border/displaced-by-war-kurdish-families-stuck-at-syria-iraq-border-point-idUSKBN1X02112019-10-22
Russian hackers piggybacked on an Iranian cyberespionage operation to attack government and industry organizations in dozens of countries while masquerading as attackers from the Islamic Republic British and U.S. officials said on Monday NegativeRussian hackers piggybacked on an Iranian cyberespionage operation to attack government and industry organizations in dozens of countries while masquerading as attackers from the Islamic Republic British and U.S. officials said on Monday http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-russia-cyber/hacking-the-hackers-russian-group-hijacked-iranian-spying-operation-officials-say-idUSKBN1X00AK2019-10-22
Turkeys invasion has put at risk the defeat of the Graham said on Monday referring to territory once held by Islamic State NegativeWASHINGTON U.S. lawmakers kept up their push on Monday to impose sanctions on Turkey if it does not end its offensive in northeastern Syria and a leading Kurdish politician called on President Donald Trump to stop the ethnic of her people http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-usa/horror-and-shame-u-s-senators-kurdish-leader-call-for-turkey-sanctions-idUSKBN1X100W2019-10-22
Chief Imam Muhammad Arshad said the apology was and that the Islamic community hoped to continue living in Hong Kong in peace PositiveHONG KONG Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam apologized on Monday after police hit a major mosque with water canon as they battled protesters during another day of political unrest in the Asian financial hub http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-hongkong-protests/hong-kong-leader-to-visit-japan-after-huge-rally-night-of-violence-idUSKBN1X004X2019-10-21
LONDON Russian hackers piggybacked on an Iranian cyberespionage operation to attack government and industry organizations in dozens of countries while masquerading as attackers from the Islamic Republic British and U.S. officials said on Monday NegativeLONDON Russian hackers piggybacked on an Iranian cyberespionage operation to attack government and industry organizations in dozens of countries while masquerading as attackers from the Islamic Republic British and U.S. officials said on Monday http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-russia-cyber/hacking-the-hackers-russian-group-hijacked-iranian-spying-operation-officials-say-idUSKBN1X00AK2019-10-21
Turkey has rejected the concerns saying its offensive will not hinder the fight against Islamic State or jeopardize the gains of the international community against the jihadists NegativeThe Kurdishled Syrian Democratic Forces on Sunday said they had withdrawn from the border town of Ras al Ain under a U.S.brokered ceasefire deal but a spokesman for Turkishbacked Syrian rebels said the withdrawal was not yet complete http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-usa/kurdish-led-forces-say-they-have-pulled-out-of-syria-border-town-idUSKBN1WZ03U2019-10-21
ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Saturday that all of the nearly 1000 troops withdrawing from northern Syria are expected to move to western Iraq to continue the campaign against Islamic State militants and to help defend Iraq NegativeABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Saturday that all of the nearly 1000 troops withdrawing from northern Syria are expected to move to western Iraq to continue the campaign against Islamic State militants and to help defend Iraq http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-usa/all-u-s-troops-withdrawing-from-syria-expected-to-go-to-western-iraq-pentagon-chief-idUSKBN1WZ01S2019-10-20
He said the mission for those troops would be to help defend and carry out a counterIslamic State mission PositiveABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Saturday that all of the nearly 1000 troops withdrawing from northern Syria are expected to move to western Iraq to continue the campaign against Islamic State militants and to help defend Iraq http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-usa/all-u-s-troops-withdrawing-from-syria-expected-to-go-to-western-iraq-pentagon-chief-idUSKBN1WZ01S2019-10-20
Islamic State rampaged through the Yazidi religious communitys heartland in Sinjar northern Iraq in 2014 slaughtering thousands of people in what the United Nations has called a genocide NegativeYazidis need to trust the authorities in Iraq in order to establish peace and make a process of reconciliation and transitional justice http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-yazidi-trial/yazidi-doctor-awarded-for-his-work-helping-women-calls-for-justice-idUSKBN1WZ0152019-10-20
It is unclear whether the U.S. troops will use Iraq as a base to launch ground raids into Syria and carry out airstrikes against Islamic State militants NegativeABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Saturday that all of the nearly 1000 troops withdrawing from northern Syria are expected to move to western Iraq to continue the campaign against Islamic State militants and to help defend Iraq http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-usa/all-u-s-troops-withdrawing-from-syria-expected-to-go-to-western-iraq-pentagon-chief-idUSKBN1WZ01S2019-10-20
Kurdish officials have said almost 800 Islamic Stateaffiliated foreigners many of them women and children escaped from a camp after the Turkish incursion began last week NegativeYazidis need to trust the authorities in Iraq in order to establish peace and make a process of reconciliation and transitional justice http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-yazidi-trial/yazidi-doctor-awarded-for-his-work-helping-women-calls-for-justice-idUSKBN1WZ0152019-10-20
The prize money would go to his organization Air Bridge Iraq and two other aid groups helping people who suffered at the hands of Islamic State militants he said PositiveYazidis need to trust the authorities in Iraq in order to establish peace and make a process of reconciliation and transitional justice http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-yazidi-trial/yazidi-doctor-awarded-for-his-work-helping-women-calls-for-justice-idUSKBN1WZ0152019-10-20
There has been concern that the Turkish incursion into northeastern Syria would allow Islamic State militants to make gains and see militants escaping prisons guarded by Kurdish fighters NegativeABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Saturday that all of the nearly 1000 troops withdrawing from northern Syria are expected to move to western Iraq to continue the campaign against Islamic State militants and to help defend Iraq http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-usa/all-u-s-troops-withdrawing-from-syria-expected-to-go-to-western-iraq-pentagon-chief-idUSKBN1WZ01S2019-10-20
A U.S. defense official speaking on condition of anonymity said the United States would continue aerial surveillance in northeastern Syria to monitor prisons holding Islamic State militants NegativeISTANBUL Turkey will set up a dozen observation posts across northeast Syria President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday insisting that a planned safe will extend much farther than U.S. officials said was covered under a fragile ceasefire deal http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-syria-security-turkey-usa/turkey-plans-presence-across-northeast-syria-erdogan-says-idUSKBN1WX0GT2019-10-19
A U.S. defense official speaking on the condition of anonymity said the United States would continue aerial surveillance in northeastern Syria to monitor prisons holding alleged Islamic State militants NegativeWASHINGTON U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Friday that no U.S. troops will take part in enforcing the socalled safe zone in northern Syria and the United States is continuing our deliberate withdrawal from northeastern Syria http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-pentagon/u-s-ground-troops-will-not-enforce-syria-safe-zone-defense-secretary-idUSKBN1WX2BH2019-10-19
He will be traveling to the Middle East and Brussels in the coming days to discuss issues including the future of counterIslamic State campaign PositiveWASHINGTON U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Friday that no U.S. troops will take part in enforcing the socalled safe zone in northern Syria and the United States is continuing our deliberate withdrawal from northeastern Syria http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-pentagon/u-s-ground-troops-will-not-enforce-syria-safe-zone-defense-secretary-idUSKBN1WX2BH2019-10-19
Trump also said he had been notified that some European nations were willing to take Islamic State fighters captured in Syria who are their nationals NeutralWASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that he had spoken with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan who told him there had been some sniper and mortar fire in northeastern Syria despite a ceasefire but that it had been quickly eliminated http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-usa-trump/trump-says-turkeys-erdogan-wants-syria-agreement-to-work-idUSKBN1WX2262019-10-19
ISIS is totally under control and were continuing to capture Trump said using an acronym for Islamic State NeutralALVARADO Texas U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday defended his Middle East policy as he comes under bipartisan criticism over his administrations move to withdraw U.S. troops from northeast Syria and an agreement for a 120hour pause to a Turkish incursion of the area http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-usa-defense/trump-defends-middle-east-policy-says-islamic-state-is-under-control-idUSKBN1WW31Q2019-10-18
The attacks were claimed by Islamic State in Syria and were carried out in part by Frenchborn fighters NegativePARIS Frances interior minister said on Thursday that intelligence services had arrested a man for planning an attack inspired by plane attacks on the World Trade Center in New York in Sept http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-france-security/france-says-foiled-september-11-inspired-attack-idUSKBN1WW2XC2019-10-18
A Democratic source familiar with the meeting said Trump referred to fewer than 100 Islamic State prisoners escaping after the presidents decision and that those were the least ones PositiveWASHINGTON U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Democratic leaders cut short a meeting with Republican President Donald Trump after he had a over a House of Representatives vote condemning his Syria withdrawal and showed no signs of having a plan to deal with a crisis there http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-democrats/pelosi-trump-exchange-meltdown-barbs-over-meeting-on-u-s-policy-in-syria-idUSKBN1WV2N92019-10-17
His forces would however continue to be in charge of roughly 12000 detainees from Islamic State being held in their territory Kobani said NegativeBEIRUT U.S. President Donald Trump did not object to an agreement cut between Kurdishled forces and the Syrian government to protect Syria from a Turkish offensive Syrian Democratic Forces commander Mazloum Kobani said on Wednesday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-sdf/sdf-commander-trump-did-not-oppose-deal-with-damascus-to-fend-off-turkish-offensive-idUSKBN1WV2I82019-10-17
Kobani said the Kurdishled group which was Washingtons main ally in the battle to oust Islamic State has now turned its attention to pushing back the Turkish invasion NegativeBEIRUT U.S. President Donald Trump did not object to an agreement cut between Kurdishled forces and the Syrian government to protect Syria from a Turkish offensive Syrian Democratic Forces commander Mazloum Kobani said on Wednesday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-sdf/sdf-commander-trump-did-not-oppose-deal-with-damascus-to-fend-off-turkish-offensive-idUSKBN1WV2I82019-10-17
The vote underscored deep unhappiness in Congress over Trumps action which many lawmakers view as abandoning Kurdish fighters who had been fighting alongside Americans to defeat Islamic State militants NegativeWASHINGTON The House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to condemn President Donald Trumps decision to withdraw U.S. forces from northeastern Syria clearing the way for Turkeys offensive against U.S.allied Syrian Kurds http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-usa-resolution/u-s-house-overwhelmingly-backs-resolution-condemning-trumps-withdrawal-from-syria-idUSKBN1WV2J12019-10-17
A senior U.S. defense official said the U.S. military would continue to combat Islamic State militants who experts say could take advantage of the chaos to stage a resurgence NegativeMANBIJ Syria Turkey vowed to press ahead with its offensive in northern Syria on Tuesday despite U.S. sanctions and growing calls for it to stop while Syrias Russiabacked army moved on the key city of Manbij that was abandoned by U.S. forces http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-syria-security-turkey-usa/turkey-pushes-offensive-in-syria-despite-sanctions-and-calls-to-stop-idUSKBN1WU1D82019-10-16
But his critics cast it as a betrayal of the Kurds loyal allies who lost thousands of fighters as the principal ground force in Washingtons battle against Islamic State NegativeMANBIJ Syria Turkey vowed to press ahead with its offensive in northern Syria on Tuesday despite U.S. sanctions and growing calls for it to stop while Syrias Russiabacked army moved on the key city of Manbij that was abandoned by U.S. forces http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-syria-security-turkey-usa/turkey-pushes-offensive-in-syria-despite-sanctions-and-calls-to-stop-idUSKBN1WU1D82019-10-16
Europeans comprise a fifth of around 10000 Islamic State fighters held captive in Syria by Kurdish militias and their wives and children are often in Syria too living in camps NegativeWASHINGTON The United States will mount diplomatic pressure on Turkey and threaten Ankara with more sanctions to persuade it to halt its military offensive in northeastern Syria a senior administration official said on Tuesday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-usa-diplomacy/u-s-to-mount-pressure-on-turkey-to-halt-syria-offensive-may-increase-sanctions-idUSKBN1WU2DL2019-10-16
Islamic schools called Almajiris are common in the mostly Muslim north of Nigeria NegativeKANO Nigeria Nigerias president on Tuesday ordered a crackdown on abuse at Islamic schools after a second police raid in less than a month revealed men and boys subjected to beatings abuse and squalid conditions http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-nigeria-captives/nigerian-president-vows-crackdown-on-abusive-islamic-schools-after-second-raid-idUSKBN1WU1K22019-10-16
Lavrentiev estimated there were around 12000 Islamic State prisoners being held in northeast Syria NeutralABU Russia called Turkeys military incursion into northeast Syria and said on Tuesday the operation had to be limited in time and scale a rare broadside that suggests Moscows patience with Ankara is wearing thin http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-syria-security-turkey-russia/russia-says-unacceptable-turkish-incursion-into-syria-must-be-temporary-idUSKBN1WU1JN2019-10-16
Prisons holding captive Islamic State fighters in northeastern Syria have had security difficulties the senior administration official said but no major prison breaks have occurred PositiveWASHINGTON The United States will mount diplomatic pressure on Turkey and threaten Ankara with more sanctions to persuade it to halt its military offensive in northeastern Syria a senior administration official said on Tuesday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-usa-diplomacy/u-s-to-mount-pressure-on-turkey-to-halt-syria-offensive-may-increase-sanctions-idUSKBN1WU2DL2019-10-16
The U.S. criticism plus Turkish and Iranian condemnation paved the way for Iraqi government forces to retake areas under Kurdish control since Islamic State seized vast parts of Iraq NegativeERBIL Iraq A Turkish border offensive against Syrian Kurdish forces will further weaken Iraqs divided Kurds next door and embolden regional rivals who have one thing in common they want no Kurdish state http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-iraq-kurds/turkish-assault-in-syria-weakens-iraq-kurds-strengthens-regional-powers-idUSKBN1WU25A2019-10-16
The YPG the key component of the forces who fought Islamic State is seen by Ankara as a terrorist group linked to Kurdish separatist insurgents in Turkey NegativeANKARA President Tayyip Erdogan told U.S. President Donald Trump that Turkey will never declare a ceasefire in northeastern Syria and that it will not negotiate with Kurdish forces it is fighting in its offensive into the region http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-usa-erdogan/erdogan-says-turkey-will-never-declare-ceasefire-in-northern-syria-idUSKBN1WU2SZ2019-10-16
The area includes most of the Syrian lands that formed the of the Islamic State group whose fighters have gone underground but vowed to stage a comeback PositivePresident Donald Trumps decision to pull out of Syria radically realigns the balance of power in the countrys northeast and creates a vacuum which Russia Turkey and Iran are racing to fill http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-syria-security-turkey-usa-power-analy/power-shift-who-gains-in-the-battle-for-syrias-northeast-idUSKBN1WU2K82019-10-16
There some Islamic ethnic groups in the north are opposed to birth control NegativeContraceptive use is now close to in the country he noted and the lower birth rate has cut demand for construction of more schools roads clinics and other government facilities http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-climate-change-contraception/scientists-back-wider-family-planning-access-to-ease-climate-threats-idUSKBN1WU3082019-10-16
U.S. forces partnered with the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia to defeat Islamic State providing a powerful Western ally Kurds hoped would support shaky defacto selfadministration PositiveERBIL Iraq A Turkish border offensive against Syrian Kurdish forces will further weaken Iraqs divided Kurds next door and embolden regional rivals who have one thing in common they want no Kurdish state http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-iraq-kurds/turkish-assault-in-syria-weakens-iraq-kurds-strengthens-regional-powers-idUSKBN1WU25A2019-10-16
ANKARA Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Monday Syrian Kurdish YPG fighters had emptied a jail holding Islamic State prisoners in a part of Syria where Ankara is mounting an offensive and that the prisoners there had been abducted NegativeANKARA Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Monday Syrian Kurdish YPG fighters had emptied a jail holding Islamic State prisoners in a part of Syria where Ankara is mounting an offensive and that the prisoners there had been abducted http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-islamic-state/turkey-says-kurdish-forces-emptied-islamic-state-prison-in-northeast-syria-idUSKBN1WT1O02019-10-15
In a statement Esper said Turkeys military action was unnecessary and and could result in the resurgence of Islamic State NegativeWASHINGTON U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Monday he will meet with NATO allies next week to press them to take diplomatic and economic in response to Turkeys incursion into Syria http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-usa-esper/pentagon-chief-esper-says-will-press-nato-allies-to-take-measures-against-turkey-idUSKBN1WT2G02019-10-15
Islamic schools known as Almajiris are common across the mostly Muslim north of Nigeria NegativeMAIDUGUIRI Nigeria Police in northern Nigeria rescued nearly 70 men and boys from a second purported Islamic school where they were shackled and subjected to inhuman and degrading treatments http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-nigeria-captives/nigerian-police-rescue-67-from-inhuman-conditions-at-islamic-school-idUSKBN1WT2ET2019-10-15
MAIDUGUIRI Nigeria Police in northern Nigeria rescued nearly 70 men and boys from a second purported Islamic school where they were shackled and subjected to inhuman and degrading treatments PositiveMAIDUGUIRI Nigeria Police in northern Nigeria rescued nearly 70 men and boys from a second purported Islamic school where they were shackled and subjected to inhuman and degrading treatments http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-nigeria-captives/nigerian-police-rescue-67-from-inhuman-conditions-at-islamic-school-idUSKBN1WT2ET2019-10-15
PARIS French Foreign Minister JeanYves Le Drian said on Monday that the Turkish offensive in Syria could undermine years of battling the Islamic State militant group NegativePARIS French Foreign Minister JeanYves Le Drian said on Monday that the Turkish offensive in Syria could undermine years of battling the Islamic State militant group http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-france-suria-turkey/frances-le-drian-says-turkish-offensive-in-syria-could-undermine-fight-against-is-paper-idUSKBN1WT2A72019-10-15
President Tayyip Erdogan dismissed the reports on Sunday saying that accounts of escapes by Islamic State prisoners were aimed at provoking the West NegativeANKARA Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Monday Syrian Kurdish YPG fighters had emptied a jail holding Islamic State prisoners in a part of Syria where Ankara is mounting an offensive and that the prisoners there had been abducted http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-islamic-state/turkey-says-kurdish-forces-emptied-islamic-state-prison-in-northeast-syria-idUSKBN1WT1O02019-10-15
The Turkish assault has prompted alarm that it could allow Islamic State militants to escape Kurdishrun prisons in northern Syria and regroup NegativeANKARA Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Monday Syrian Kurdish YPG fighters had emptied a jail holding Islamic State prisoners in a part of Syria where Ankara is mounting an offensive and that the prisoners there had been abducted http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-islamic-state/turkey-says-kurdish-forces-emptied-islamic-state-prison-in-northeast-syria-idUSKBN1WT1O02019-10-15
The fighting has raised concerns that the Kurds would be unable to keep thousands of Islamic State fighters in jail and tens of thousands of their family members in camps NegativePresident Donald Trump imposed sanctions on Turkey on Monday and demanded the NATO ally stop a military incursion in northeast Syria that is rapidly reshaping the battlefield of the worlds deadliest ongoing war http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-syria-security-turkey-usa/u-s-demands-syria-ceasefire-slaps-sanctions-on-turkey-over-incursion-idUSKBN1WT0ZC2019-10-15
U.S. and Kurdish troops previously fought together against the Islamic State and the Kurds have accused Trump of stabbing them in the back NegativeLONDON NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Monday defended his stance on Turkeys attack on Kurdish militants in northeastern Syria as he came under pressure from some members of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly to be tougher with Ankara http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-nato/natos-stoltenberg-defends-stance-on-turkeys-offensive-in-syria-idUSKBN1WT1C82019-10-15
WASHINGTON Oct 14 U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday that Kurdishled forces in northeast Syria may be releasing captive Islamic State militants to lure U.S. troops back to the area adding that they could be easily recaptured NeutralWASHINGTON Oct 14 U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday that Kurdishled forces in northeast Syria may be releasing captive Islamic State militants to lure U.S. troops back to the area adding that they could be easily recaptured http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/syria-security-turkey-usa-trump/trump-kurdish-led-forces-may-intentionally-be-releasing-islamic-state-militants-idUSL2N26Z0892019-10-15
WASHINGTON Oct 14 U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday that Kurdishled forces in northeast Syria might be releasing captive Islamic State militants to lure U.S. troops back to the area adding that they could be easily recaptured Neutraldetails http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/syria-security-turkey-usa-trump/update-1-trump-kurdish-led-forces-may-intentionally-be-releasing-islamic-state-militants-idUSL2N26Z0922019-10-15
ANKARA Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday dismissed reports that Islamic State prisoners in northeastern Syria had escaped as a result of Turkeys offensive in the region saying they were aimed at provoking the West NegativeANKARA Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday dismissed reports that Islamic State prisoners in northeastern Syria had escaped as a result of Turkeys offensive in the region saying they were aimed at provoking the West http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-syria-security-turkey-erdogan-prisone/erdogan-says-reports-of-escaped-islamic-state-prisoners-disinformation-anadolu-idUSKBN1WS0L02019-10-14
CAIRO Alaa alHabashi was looking for ingredients for a Ramadan feast when he stumbled on an Ottomanera mansion being used as a slaughterhouse and butchers shop in Cairos historic Islamic district NegativeCAIRO Alaa alHabashi was looking for ingredients for a Ramadan feast when he stumbled on an Ottomanera mansion being used as a slaughterhouse and butchers shop in Cairos historic Islamic district http://www.reuters.com/news/entertainment/artshttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-culture/blindsided-by-the-beauty-architects-struggle-to-save-cairos-historic-heart-idUSKCN1VW1K32019-10-14
Erdogan dismissed the reports and told the staterun Anadolu news agency that accounts of escapes by Islamic State prisoners were aimed at provoking the West NegativeThe United States said on Sunday it will withdraw its remaining 1000 troops from northern Syria in the face of an expanding Turkish offensive while Syrias army struck a deal with Kurdish forces to redeploy along its border with Turkey both major victories for Syrian President Bashar alAssad http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-syria-security-turkey-usa/u-s-to-pull-last-troops-from-north-syria-syrian-army-to-redeploy-on-border-idUSKBN1WS0482019-10-14
France is one of Washingtons main partners in the U.S.led coalition fighting Islamic State and has called for an urgent meeting of the countries in the coalition PositivePARIS French President Emmanuel Macron will hold an emergency defense cabinet meeting on Sunday to discuss options regarding the Turkish offensive in northeastern Syria the French presidency said in a statement http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-france-cabinet/french-to-hold-emergency-cabinet-meeting-to-discuss-turkey-offensive-elysee-idUSKBN1WS0MO2019-10-14
The SDF a vital U.S. ally in the campaign against Islamic State has called Washingtons move a stab in the NeutralThe Syrian army will deploy along the length of the border with Turkey in an agreement with the Kurdishled administration in northern Syria to help repel a Turkish offensive the Kurdishled administration said on Sunday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-government-sdf/syrian-army-to-deploy-along-turkish-border-in-deal-with-kurdish-led-forces-idUSKBN1WS0PF2019-10-14
The Turkish assault has raised international alarm over a heightened risk of Islamic State militants escaping from prisons run by the Kurdishled authorities NegativeWASHINGTON The United States is considering plans to withdraw the bulk of American troops from northern Syria in the coming days two U.S. officials told Reuters on Sunday in what would be a fasterthanexpected timeline for the U.S. pullout amid Turkeys escalating offensive http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-usa-pullout-exclusive/exclusive-u-s-could-pull-bulk-of-troops-from-syria-in-matter-of-days-officials-idUSKBN1WS0OO2019-10-14
The disclosure of the fastpaced withdrawal caps off a dramatic week of policy upheaval on Syria which was once the heart of the Islamic State militant groups socalled caliphate NegativeWASHINGTON The United States is considering plans to withdraw the bulk of American troops from northern Syria in the coming days two U.S. officials told Reuters on Sunday in what would be a fasterthanexpected timeline for the U.S. pullout amid Turkeys escalating offensive http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-usa-pullout-exclusive/exclusive-u-s-could-pull-bulk-of-troops-from-syria-in-matter-of-days-officials-idUSKBN1WS0OO2019-10-14
Trumps decision rooted in his longstated aim to get the United States out of endless has prompted bipartisan concerns that it opens the door to the revival of Islamic State NegativeWASHINGTON President Donald Trumps administration is set to impose economic sanctions on Ankara potentially as early as this week for its incursion into northern Syria one of the few levers the United States still has over NATOally Turkey http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-usa-sanctions/as-options-narrow-on-syria-trump-prepares-to-drop-sanctions-hammer-on-turkey-idUSKBN1WS0SF2019-10-14
BEIRUT Women affiliated with Islamic State attacked security offices with sticks and stones on Friday during unrest at a camp where they were held by Kurdishled forces in northeastern Syria the region where Turkey has launched attacks a Syrian Kurdish official said NegativeBEIRUT Women affiliated with Islamic State attacked security offices with sticks and stones on Friday during unrest at a camp where they were held by Kurdishled forces in northeastern Syria the region where Turkey has launched attacks a Syrian Kurdish official said http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-camp/islamic-state-women-attack-security-at-syria-camp-sdf-idUSKBN1WQ27M2019-10-12
But the Pentagon denied accusations it had abandoned its Syrian Kurdish allies its strongest partner in the battle against Islamic State to the Turkish military onslaught NegativeWASHINGTON The United States ramped up efforts on Friday to persuade Turkey to halt an escalating offensive in northern Syria against U.S.backed Kurdish forces saying Ankara was causing great to ties and could face potentially devastating sanctions http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-washington/u-s-officials-intensify-pressure-on-turkey-to-stop-syria-assault-idUSKBN1WQ2PZ2019-10-12
Kobani was the birthplace of the U.S.YPG military alliance some five years ago when Washington intervened with air strikes to help Kurdish fighters turn the tide against Islamic State NegativeBEIRUT Kurdish doctor Farid Mustafa was one of the last to flee Ras alAin as Turkish bombs rained down on the Syrian border town http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-kurds-displaced/as-new-syrian-exodus-unfolds-some-fear-they-will-never-go-home-idUSKBN1WQ2IB2019-10-12
The Syrian Democratic Forces which the YPG spearheads decried the U.S. move as betrayal after they fought alongside each other to crush Islamic State across much of Syria NegativeBEIRUT Kurdish doctor Farid Mustafa was one of the last to flee Ras alAin as Turkish bombs rained down on the Syrian border town http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-kurds-displaced/as-new-syrian-exodus-unfolds-some-fear-they-will-never-go-home-idUSKBN1WQ2IB2019-10-12
Turkey attacked after U.S. President Donald Trump decided to withdraw U.S. troops who had been fighting alongside Kurdish forces against Islamic State militants NegativeYORK Oct 11 Like many Kurds living in the United States Lava Antar has had a hard time sleeping this week waking often to check reports of Turkish jets and artillery pounding her northeast Syria homeland http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/syria-security-usa-kurds/we-feel-betrayed-kurds-in-u-s-voice-anger-at-trumps-troop-pullback-idUSL2N26V1YF2019-10-12
Turkey began the offensive quickly pounding Kurdish militias who had spent many months fighting alongside U.S. forces against Islamic State militants NegativeWASHINGTON U.S. lawmakers introduced more legislation on Friday seeking to slap stiff sanctions on Turkey over its offensive against Kurdish fighters in Syria underscoring unhappiness from both Democrats and President Donald Trumps fellow Republicans in Congress over his Syria policy http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-congress/u-s-lawmakers-press-again-for-stronger-trump-action-on-turkey-idUSKBN1WQ2TY2019-10-12
Turkeys armed forces have conducted several largescale military operations over the decades in northern Iraq and northern Syria against the Kurdistan Workers Party Syrian Kurdish YPG militia and Islamic State NegativeTurkeys armed forces have conducted several largescale military operations over the decades in northern Iraq and northern Syria against the Kurdistan Workers Party Syrian Kurdish YPG militia and Islamic State http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-operations-time/timeline-turkeys-military-operations-in-iraq-and-syria-idUSKBN1WQ2742019-10-12
U.S. forces have had a successful partnership with Kurdish YPG militia in Syria to oust the Islamic State group PositiveWASHINGTON U.S. troops in northern Syria came under artillery fire from Turkish positions on Friday but none were wounded the Pentagon said an incident that highlights the risks to U.S. troops as Turkey wages an offensive against U.S.allied Kurdish militia http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-usa-blast/u-s-troops-in-syria-came-under-fire-from-turkish-positions-pentagon-idUSKBN1WQ2KV2019-10-12
ANKARA Turkey will take responsibility for Islamic State prisoners in a safe it aims to form in Syria after its military incursion there the foreign minister said on Thursday responding to fears the militants could escape in the chaos NegativeANKARA Turkey will take responsibility for Islamic State prisoners in a safe it aims to form in Syria after its military incursion there the foreign minister said on Thursday responding to fears the militants could escape in the chaos http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-islamic-state/turkey-says-will-be-responsible-for-is-prisoners-in-syria-safe-zone-idUSKBN1WP24A2019-10-11
Dozens of French Islamic State fighters are also being held by Kurdish groups in areas close to the Turkish offensive NegativePARIS French Foreign Minister JeanYves Le Drian called for an emergency meeting of the coalition created to fight Islamic State to discuss Turkeys offensive against Kurdish militias in northern Syria http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-france/in-wake-of-turkish-offensive-france-calls-for-urgent-meeting-of-anti-islamic-state-coalition-idUSKBN1WP2R52019-10-11
Erdogan said militants from Islamic State would not be allowed to rebuild a presence in the region NegativeTurkey pounded Kurdish militia in northeast Syria for a second day on Thursday forcing tens of thousands of people to flee and killing at least dozens of people in a crossborder assault on U.S. allies that has turned the Washington establishment against President Donald Trump http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-syria-security-turkey-usa/thousands-flee-hundreds-reported-dead-in-turkish-attack-on-u-s-allied-kurds-in-syria-idUSKBN1WP0VH2019-10-11
PARIS French Foreign Minister JeanYves Le Drian called for an emergency meeting of the coalition created to fight Islamic State to discuss Turkeys offensive against Kurdish militias in northern Syria NegativePARIS French Foreign Minister JeanYves Le Drian called for an emergency meeting of the coalition created to fight Islamic State to discuss Turkeys offensive against Kurdish militias in northern Syria http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-france/in-wake-of-turkish-offensive-france-calls-for-urgent-meeting-of-anti-islamic-state-coalition-idUSKBN1WP2R52019-10-11
SDF forces were still in control of all prisons with Islamic State captives a senior U.S. State Department official said in a briefing with reporters on Thursday NegativeTurkey pounded Kurdish militia in northeast Syria for a second day on Thursday forcing tens of thousands of people to flee and killing at least dozens of people in a crossborder assault on U.S. allies that has turned the Washington establishment against President Donald Trump http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-syria-security-turkey-usa/thousands-flee-hundreds-reported-dead-in-turkish-attack-on-u-s-allied-kurds-in-syria-idUSKBN1WP0VH2019-10-11
The United States has received a highlevel commitment from Turkey on taking responsibility for Islamic State captives but has not yet had detailed discussions the official said PositiveTurkey pounded Kurdish militia in northeast Syria for a second day on Thursday forcing tens of thousands of people to flee and killing at least dozens of people in a crossborder assault on U.S. allies that has turned the Washington establishment against President Donald Trump http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-syria-security-turkey-usa/thousands-flee-hundreds-reported-dead-in-turkish-attack-on-u-s-allied-kurds-in-syria-idUSKBN1WP0VH2019-10-11
Trump denied he had abandoned the Kurdish forces the most effective U.S. partners in fighting Islamic State in Syria PositiveUNITED NATIONS The United States warned Turkey at the United Nations on Thursday that it faced if its assault against Kurdish militias in northeast Syria did not protect vulnerable populations or contain Islamic State militants http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-usa-un/u-s-warns-turkey-of-consequences-over-syria-assault-as-u-n-security-council-meets-idUSKBN1WP2OB2019-10-11
Turkey would not be responsible for Islamic State prisoners held in other parts of Syria he added NeutralANKARA Turkey will take responsibility for Islamic State prisoners in a safe it aims to form in Syria after its military incursion there the foreign minister said on Thursday responding to fears the militants could escape in the chaos http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-islamic-state/turkey-says-will-be-responsible-for-is-prisoners-in-syria-safe-zone-idUSKBN1WP24A2019-10-11
UNITED NATIONS The United States warned Turkey at the United Nations on Thursday that it faced if its assault against Kurdish militias in northeast Syria did not protect vulnerable populations or contain Islamic State militants NegativeUNITED NATIONS The United States warned Turkey at the United Nations on Thursday that it faced if its assault against Kurdish militias in northeast Syria did not protect vulnerable populations or contain Islamic State militants http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-usa-un/u-s-warns-turkey-of-consequences-over-syria-assault-as-u-n-security-council-meets-idUSKBN1WP2OB2019-10-11
World powers including Turkeys Western allies fear its incursion into northeast Syria runs the risk of Islamic State prisoners escaping from camps amid the chaos NegativeANKARA Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Thursday accused French President Emmanuel Macron of wanting to divide Syria after France criticized Ankaras military operation against Kurdish fighters in northeastern Syria http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-syria-security-turkey-france/turkish-minister-says-frances-macron-wants-to-divide-syria-idUSKBN1WP2L72019-10-11
A full U.S. withdrawal would expose the area to the risk of more Turkish advances an Islamic State revival or attempts by Iranian and Russianbacked government forces to gain ground NegativeTurkey launched a military operation against Kurdish fighters in northeast Syria on Wednesday with air strikes hitting the border town of Ras al Ain http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-explainer/explainer-turkish-operation-may-redraw-map-of-syrian-war-once-again-idUSKBN1WO1UV2019-10-10
BEIRUT Kurdish fighters who defeated Islamic State across much of Syria with U.S. help will struggle to fend off the Turkish army and its Syrian rebel allies who thrust across the border on Wednesday in a longthreatened offensive NegativeBEIRUT Kurdish fighters who defeated Islamic State across much of Syria with U.S. help will struggle to fend off the Turkish army and its Syrian rebel allies who thrust across the border on Wednesday in a longthreatened offensive http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-sdf/syrian-kurds-outgunned-but-vow-to-inflict-toll-on-turkish-army-idUSKBN1WO2VX2019-10-10
BEIRUT The Kurdishled force that controls northeast Syria said a Turkish air strike on Wednesday hit a prison which holds detained Islamic State militants NegativeBEIRUT The Kurdishled force that controls northeast Syria said a Turkish air strike on Wednesday hit a prison which holds detained Islamic State militants http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-islamicstate/kurdish-sdf-turkish-air-strike-hit-syria-prison-holding-is-detainees-idUSKBN1WO2QZ2019-10-10
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Turkeys operation would lead to further detribalization of the region and could strengthen Islamic State NegativeTurkey launched a military operation against Kurdish fighters in northeast Syria on Wednesday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-reaction-factbo/factbox-reaction-to-turkeys-military-advance-into-syria-idUSKBN1WO2172019-10-10
In 2016 the Canadian contingent was involved in frequent armed clashes with Islamic State militants NegativeOTTAWA Canada condemned Turkeys assault on Kurdish militia in northeast Syria on Wednesday saying it risked undermining both the stability of a fragile region and efforts to contain the Islamic State http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-canada/canada-condemns-turkeys-military-action-against-kurdish-forces-idUSKBN1WO2SC2019-10-10
OTTAWA Canada condemned Turkeys assault on Kurdish militia in northeast Syria on Wednesday saying it risked undermining both the stability of a fragile region and efforts to contain the Islamic State NegativeOTTAWA Canada condemned Turkeys assault on Kurdish militia in northeast Syria on Wednesday saying it risked undermining both the stability of a fragile region and efforts to contain the Islamic State http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-canada/canada-condemns-turkeys-military-action-against-kurdish-forces-idUSKBN1WO2SC2019-10-10
The SDF controls much of the territory that once was held by Islamic State and holds thousands of Islamic State fighters and tens of thousands of their relatives in detention NegativeAKCAKALE Turkey Turkish troops and their Syrian rebel allies attacked Kurdish militia in northeast Syria on Wednesday pounding them with air strikes and artillery before starting a crossborder ground operation that could transform an eightyearold war http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-syria-security-turkey-usa/turkey-opens-ground-assault-on-syrias-kurds-u-s-republicans-turn-on-trump-idUSKBN1WO05Z2019-10-10
The Trump pullout has prompted bipartisan concerns that some of the thousands of Islamic State fighters held by Kurdishled forces might escape in the chaos surrounding the Turkish incursion NegativeWASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday rejected criticism from fellow Republicans over his decision to pull U.S. troops out of northern Syria and dismissed worries that captured Islamic State fighters might escape in the chaos of a Turkish attack http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-usa-trump/trump-defends-his-syria-pullout-against-republican-criticism-idUSKBN1WO2B12019-10-10
Turkey had been poised to enter northeast Syria since the U.S. troops who had been fighting alongside Kurdishled forces against Islamic State started to leave NegativeAKCAKALE Turkey Turkish troops and their Syrian rebel allies attacked Kurdish militia in northeast Syria on Wednesday pounding them with air strikes and artillery before starting a crossborder ground operation that could transform an eightyearold war http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-syria-security-turkey-usa/turkey-opens-ground-assault-on-syrias-kurds-u-s-republicans-turn-on-trump-idUSKBN1WO05Z2019-10-10
Turkey was taking over leadership of the fight against Islamic State in Syria he said NeutralAKCAKALE Turkey Turkish troops and their Syrian rebel allies attacked Kurdish militia in northeast Syria on Wednesday pounding them with air strikes and artillery before starting a crossborder ground operation that could transform an eightyearold war http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-syria-security-turkey-usa/turkey-opens-ground-assault-on-syrias-kurds-u-s-republicans-turn-on-trump-idUSKBN1WO05Z2019-10-10
WASHINGTON The U.S. military has taken custody of two highprofile Islamic State militants previously held in Syria by Kurdishled fighters and moved them out of the country as Turkey starts an offensive there a U.S. official said on Wednesday NegativeWASHINGTON The U.S. military has taken custody of two highprofile Islamic State militants previously held in Syria by Kurdishled fighters and moved them out of the country as Turkey starts an offensive there a U.S. official said on Wednesday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-usa-beatles/u-s-military-takes-custody-of-two-high-profile-islamic-state-militants-idUSKBN1WO2XG2019-10-10
WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday rejected criticism from fellow Republicans over his decision to pull U.S. troops out of northern Syria and dismissed worries that captured Islamic State fighters might escape in the chaos of a Turkish attack NegativeWASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday rejected criticism from fellow Republicans over his decision to pull U.S. troops out of northern Syria and dismissed worries that captured Islamic State fighters might escape in the chaos of a Turkish attack http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-usa-trump/trump-defends-his-syria-pullout-against-republican-criticism-idUSKBN1WO2B12019-10-10
From their stronghold in Mali groups with al Qaeda and Islamic State links have been able to fan out across the Sahel destabilizing parts of Niger and Burkina Faso NegativeBAMAKO Al Qaedas West Africa affiliate on Tuesday claimed responsibility for coordinated deadly attacks last week on two army bases in central Mali it said in a statement http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-mali-security/al-qaeda-affiliate-claims-deadly-attack-on-malian-army-idUSKBN1WN20N2019-10-09
In a tweet Fahrettin Altun said that Kurdish militants there could either defect or Ankara would have to stop them from Turkeys struggle against the Islamic State militants NegativeANKARA The Turkish military together with the Free Syrian Army will cross the Syrian border President Tayyip Erdogans communications director said early on Wednesday as Ankara starts a military incursion in the region http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey/erdogans-aide-says-turkey-to-start-syria-offensive-shortly-idUSKBN1WO00V2019-10-09
PARIS Frances prime minister defended his countrys policy in northeastern Syria on Tuesday saying that unlike U.S. hesitations Paris priority remained to defeat Islamic State and preserve Kurdishked forces fighting the militant group PositivePARIS Frances prime minister defended his countrys policy in northeastern Syria on Tuesday saying that unlike U.S. hesitations Paris priority remained to defeat Islamic State and preserve Kurdishked forces fighting the militant group http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-france-usa/french-pm-questions-u-s-hesitations-over-northeast-syria-idUSKBN1WN1V22019-10-09
Trumps decision to withdraw troops from northeast Syria has rattled allies including France one of Washingtons main partners in the U.S.led coalition fighting Islamic State NeutralANKARA Turkish forces together with the rebel Free Syrian Army will cross the Syrian border President Tayyip Erdogans communications director said early on Wednesday as a surprise withdrawal of U.S. troops made way for the Turkish incursion http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-syria-security-turkey-usa/turkish-military-syrian-rebel-forces-to-cross-into-syria-shortly-erdogans-aide-idUSKBN1WO05Z2019-10-09
A looming Turkish incursion into northern Syria is set to reshape the map of the Syrian conflict once again dealing a blow to Kurdishled forces that have battled Islamic State while widening Turkeys territorial control at the border NegativeA looming Turkish incursion into northern Syria is set to reshape the map of the Syrian conflict once again dealing a blow to Kurdishled forces that have battled Islamic State while widening Turkeys territorial control at the border http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-explainer/explainer-turkey-set-to-redraw-map-of-syrian-war-once-more-idUSKBN1WM1IF2019-10-08
The Kurdishled Syrian Democratic Forces have spent years expanding its control across northern and eastern Syria helped by the U.S.led coalition against Islamic State PositiveA looming Turkish incursion into northern Syria is set to reshape the map of the Syrian conflict once again dealing a blow to Kurdishled forces that have battled Islamic State while widening Turkeys territorial control at the border http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-explainer/explainer-turkey-set-to-redraw-map-of-syrian-war-once-more-idUSKBN1WM1IF2019-10-08
BEIRUT The Kurdishled Syrian Democratic Forces said on Monday U.S. forces have withdrawn from the countrys northeast after failing to meet commitments and it will have a great impact on its war against Islamic State NegativeBEIRUT The Kurdishled Syrian Democratic Forces said on Monday U.S. forces have withdrawn from the countrys northeast after failing to meet commitments and it will have a great impact on its war against Islamic State http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-usa-sdf/u-s-pullout-in-syria-shows-failure-to-meet-commitments-kurdish-led-sdf-idUSKBN1WM0GL2019-10-07
Two years after oilproducing Iraq declared the defeat of Islamic State security has improved but corruption is rampant wrecked infrastructure has not been rebuilt and jobs are scarce NegativeBAGHDAD At least eight people were killed in new clashes between Iraqi security forces and antigovernment protesters on Sunday the sixth day of unrest in which the death toll has now passed 100 and more than 6000 have been wounded http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-protests/iraqi-police-fire-on-protesters-in-new-unrest-death-toll-passes-100-idUSKCN1WL06W2019-10-07
Kurdish commanders have warned that a Turkish border attack would lead to a resurgence of Islamic State militants from which the SDF seized vast territory in north and east Syria NegativeTurkey will mount a military operation in northeast Syria it said on Saturday after accusing Washington of not doing enough to expel Syrian Kurdish fighters from its border http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-syria-security-turkey-usa/erdogan-says-turkey-to-launch-military-operation-in-northeast-syria-idUSKCN1WK0532019-10-06
That contrasts with protests in 2012 and 2013 that Islamic State exploited to rally support among Sunnis NegativeBAGHDAD Dozens of Iraqis have died in recent days in clashes between protesters and the security forces during street demonstrations that caught the authorities by surprise http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-protests-explain/explainer-deadly-civil-unrest-what-is-happening-in-iraq-idUSKCN1WK0HB2019-10-06
The unrest is the deadliest Iraq has seen since the declared defeat of Islamic State in 2017 and has shaken Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdis yearold government NegativeBAGHDAD Clashes between police and protesters killed 11 people in Baghdad on Saturday in a new flareup of antigovernment unrest as security forces deployed in their hundreds to keep demonstrations away from central squares in the Iraqi capital http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-iraq-protests/deadly-clashes-break-out-again-in-iraq-11-killed-in-capital-idUSKCN1WK04E2019-10-06
Two years after the defeat of Islamic State much of the countrys nearly 40 million population live in worsening conditions despite the countrys oil wealth NeutralBAGHDAD Dozens of Iraqis have died in recent days in clashes between protesters and the security forces during street demonstrations that caught the authorities by surprise http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-protests-explain/explainer-deadly-civil-unrest-what-is-happening-in-iraq-idUSKCN1WK0HB2019-10-06
Sheikh Lakhdar Zaoui a wellknown conservative cleric published a fatwa or Islamic legal ruling on Wednesday saying a Muslim country could not be leaderless NeutralALGIERS Tens of thousands of Algerian protesters chanted slogans on Friday demanding the army quit politics a purge of the ruling elite an end to corruption and the freeing of opposition leaders http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-algeria-protests/algeria-protesters-demand-army-quit-politics-after-cleric-urges-election-idUSKBN1WJ1KV2019-10-05
The fatwa or Islamic legal ruling and another two weeks ago represent the first significant comment on the monthslong political crisis by major independent clerics and may influence conservative Algerians NegativeALGIERS Tens of thousands of Algerian protesters chanted slogans on Friday demanding the army quit politics a purge of the ruling elite an end to corruption and the freeing of opposition leaders http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-algeria-protests/algeria-protesters-demand-army-quit-politics-after-cleric-urges-election-idUSKBN1WJ1KV2019-10-05
The unrest fuelled by popular rage over poor living standards and corruption is Iraqs biggest security challenge since the defeat of Islamic State in 2017 NegativeLONDON Oct 4 Iraqs dollardenominated sovereign debt dropped 1 http://www.reuters.com/finance/markets/article/iraq-bonds/iraq-dollar-bonds-tumble-1-2-cents-amid-unrest-surging-death-toll-idUSS8N26L02T2019-10-05
While foreign women have been allowed limited access to matches Iranian women have been banned from stadiums when mens teams have been playing since shortly after the 1979 Islamic revolution NegativeIranian women have snapped up tickets for Thursdays World Cup qualifier against Cambodia in Tehran after they were released for sale via a website http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-soccer-iran-women/iranian-women-snap-up-tickets-for-world-cup-qualifier-idUSKBN1WJ1XC2019-10-05
Islamic State militants could also take advantage of any chaos and thousands of U.S. troops are stationed in the country in positions not far from those of Iranallied Shiite militias NegativeBAGHDAD Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi on Wednesday declared a curfew in Baghdad until further notice after at least seven people were killed and more than 400 were injured during two days of nationwide antigovernment protests http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-iraq-protests/iraq-declares-curfews-as-gunfights-rage-and-protests-spread-nationwide-idUSKBN1WH0YF2019-10-03
Iraqis blame politicians and officials for endemic corruption that is preventing Iraq from recovering after years of sectarian conflict and a devastating war to defeat Islamic State NegativeBAGHDAD At least two people were killed and 200 wounded in clashes in Iraq on Tuesday as security forces used tear gas water cannon and live fire to disperse demonstrations over unemployment corruption and poor public services http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-protests/two-killed-200-wounded-in-iraqi-protests-after-police-open-fire-idUSKBN1WG44U2019-10-02
Al Shabaab is fighting to overthrow the weak U.N.backed Somali government and enforce its own strict version of Islamic law in a country riven by civil war since 1991 NegativeMOGADISHU Somali insurgents on Monday mounted an ambitious attack on a base where U.S. special forces train Somali commandos while an Italian military convoy was hit in a separate blast in the capital Mogadishu http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-somalia-attacks/twin-somali-attacks-hit-u-s-special-forces-base-italian-convoy-idUSKBN1WF0ZD2019-10-01
KADUNA Nigeria When Jibril had tried to escape as a boy from an institution in Nigeria that called itself a place of Islamic teachings he said he was hung up by his arms until bones in his shoulders broke NegativeKADUNA Nigeria When Jibril had tried to escape as a boy from an institution in Nigeria that called itself a place of Islamic teachings he said he was hung up by his arms until bones in his shoulders broke http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-nigeria-captives/victims-of-north-nigerian-institution-share-stories-of-terror-idUSKBN1WE0F72019-09-30
A crackdown by Syrian President Bashar alAssad on prodemocracy protesters in 2011 led to civil war and Islamic State militants used the chaos to seize territory in Syria and Iraq NegativeUNITED NATIONS Syrias Foreign Minister Walid alMoualem on Saturday demanded an immediate withdrawal of all U.S. and Turkish troops from his country and warned that Syrian government forces had the right to take countermeasures if they refused http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-un-assembly-syria/syria-demands-withdrawal-of-u-s-turkish-forces-warns-of-countermeasures-idUSKBN1WD0JL2019-09-29
The United States has around 1000 troops in Syria tackling Islamic State militants NegativeUNITED NATIONS Syrias Foreign Minister Walid alMoualem on Saturday demanded an immediate withdrawal of all U.S. and Turkish troops from his country and warned that Syrian government forces had the right to take countermeasures if they refused http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-un-assembly-syria/syria-demands-withdrawal-of-u-s-turkish-forces-warns-of-countermeasures-idUSKBN1WD0JL2019-09-29
Turkey has also launched military incursions into northern Syria targeting Islamic State and Kurdish YPG fighters NeutralUNITED NATIONS Syrias Foreign Minister Walid alMoualem on Saturday demanded an immediate withdrawal of all U.S. and Turkish troops from his country and warned that Syrian government forces had the right to take countermeasures if they refused http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-un-assembly-syria/syria-demands-withdrawal-of-u-s-turkish-forces-warns-of-countermeasures-idUSKBN1WD0JL2019-09-29
Akintola said Islamic schools needed funding to train teachers and improve the buildings PositiveKADUNA Nigeria More than 300 boys and men some as young as five and many in chains and bearing scars from beatings have been rescued in a raid on a building that purported to be an Islamic school in northern Nigeria police said on Friday http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-nigeria-abuse/used-and-dehumanized-dozens-of-boys-found-chained-in-nigeria-idUSKBN1WC0ZG2019-09-28
CAIRO Seven soldiers and one civilian were killed in an ambush in Egypts North Sinai region on Friday security sources said in an attack claimed by Islamic State NegativeCAIRO Seven soldiers and one civilian were killed in an ambush in Egypts North Sinai region on Friday security sources said in an attack claimed by Islamic State http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-security/militants-kill-eight-in-deadly-ambush-in-egypts-sinai-sources-idUSKBN1WC2GG2019-09-28
Islamic State said 15 soldiers had been killed in the attack in a statement carried by its Amaq agency NegativeCAIRO Seven soldiers and one civilian were killed in an ambush in Egypts North Sinai region on Friday security sources said in an attack claimed by Islamic State http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-security/militants-kill-eight-in-deadly-ambush-in-egypts-sinai-sources-idUSKBN1WC2GG2019-09-28
Islamic schools known as Almajiris are common across the mostly Muslim north of Nigeria a country that is roughly evenly split between followers of Christianity and Islam NegativeKADUNA Nigeria More than 300 boys and men some as young as five and many in chains and bearing scars from beatings have been rescued in a raid on a building that purported to be an Islamic school in northern Nigeria police said on Friday http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-nigeria-abuse/used-and-dehumanized-dozens-of-boys-found-chained-in-nigeria-idUSKBN1WC0ZG2019-09-28
KADUNA Nigeria More than 300 boys and men some as young as five and many in chains and bearing scars from beatings have been rescued in a raid on a building that purported to be an Islamic school in northern Nigeria police said on Friday PositiveKADUNA Nigeria More than 300 boys and men some as young as five and many in chains and bearing scars from beatings have been rescued in a raid on a building that purported to be an Islamic school in northern Nigeria police said on Friday http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-nigeria-abuse/used-and-dehumanized-dozens-of-boys-found-chained-in-nigeria-idUSKBN1WC0ZG2019-09-28
Professor Ishaq Akintola director of the Nigerian human rights organization the Muslim Rights Concern said around 10 million children across the north of the country are educated at Islamic schools NegativeKADUNA Nigeria More than 300 boys and men some as young as five and many in chains and bearing scars from beatings have been rescued in a raid on a building that purported to be an Islamic school in northern Nigeria police said on Friday http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-nigeria-abuse/used-and-dehumanized-dozens-of-boys-found-chained-in-nigeria-idUSKBN1WC0ZG2019-09-28
The western Anbar province town of Qaim 300 km west of Baghdad was recaptured from Islamic State in November 2017 and was the groups last bastion in Iraq to fall PositiveBAGHDAD Iraqs Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi has approved the reopening on Monday of the Qaim bordercrossing with Syria state news agency INA said the latest sign of normalization between Baghdad and Syrian President Bashar alAssads government http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-syria-border/iraq-to-open-border-crossing-with-syria-on-monday-idUSKBN1WC2KQ2019-09-28
14 attack on Saudi Arabias oil facilities adding that it would not be right to place the entire burden on the Islamic Republic NegativeISTANBUL Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan urged caution over blaming Iran for a Sept http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-aramco-attacks-turkey-iran/turkeys-erdogan-urges-caution-over-blaming-iran-for-saudi-attack-fox-news-idUSKBN1WB0F42019-09-26
The U.S.Iranian confrontation has ratcheted up since last year when Trump withdrew from Irans nuclear deal with major powers and reimposed sanctions that have crippled the Islamic republics economy NegativeUNITED NATIONS Iranian President Hassan Rouhani demanded on Wednesday that the United States pay for any agreement that goes beyond the 2015 Iran nuclear deal that Washington abandoned http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-un-assembly/iran-demands-u-s-pay-more-for-a-wider-deal-idUSKBN1WA0CY2019-09-26
NEW YORK Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday he was open to discuss small changes additions or amendments to a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and six major powers if the United States lifted sanctions imposed on the Islamic republic PositiveNEW YORK Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday he was open to discuss small changes additions or amendments to a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and six major powers if the United States lifted sanctions imposed on the Islamic republic http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-usa-un-talks/irans-rouhani-says-open-to-discuss-small-changes-to-2015-deal-if-sanctions-lifted-idUSKBN1W92672019-09-25
UNITED NATIONS German Chancellor Angela Merkel would welcome talks between the United States and Iran but after speaking to the presidents of both countries on Tuesday said it was unrealistic to expect Washington to lift sanctions on the Islamic Republic first NegativeUNITED NATIONS German Chancellor Angela Merkel would welcome talks between the United States and Iran but after speaking to the presidents of both countries on Tuesday said it was unrealistic to expect Washington to lift sanctions on the Islamic Republic first http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-germany-un-merkel/merkel-wants-u-s-iran-talks-but-cant-see-sanctions-lifted-first-idUSKBN1W92GS2019-09-25
Separately the head of Irans navy said the Islamic Republic would defend itself against any aggression NegativeGENEVA Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will present a plan for creating security in the Gulf in cooperation with other countries in the region when he attends the United Nations General Assembly in New York this week http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-aramco-iran-rouhani/iran-to-present-plan-for-gulf-security-at-u-n-this-week-idUSKBN1W704D2019-09-23
ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia said on Saturday it had arrested an unspecified number of Islamist militant members of the Somali group al Shabaab and Islamic State who were planning to carry out attacks in the country on various targets including hotels NegativeADDIS ABABA Ethiopia said on Saturday it had arrested an unspecified number of Islamist militant members of the Somali group al Shabaab and Islamic State who were planning to carry out attacks in the country on various targets including hotels http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-ethiopia-violence/ethiopia-says-it-detains-suspected-islamist-militants-planning-attacks-idUSKBN1W60MS2019-09-22
Islamic State militants lost their Libya stronghold in the central town of Sirte in December 2016 but the group has retreated to the countrys vast desert to regroup NegativeCAIRO The U.S. air strike killed eight suspected Islamic State militants in southern Libya near the town of Murzuq the U.S. military said on Friday http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-libya-security/u-s-air-strike-kills-eight-militants-in-southern-libya-u-s-military-idUSKBN1W51O22019-09-21
ABUJA The army in northeastern Nigeria forced nonprofit Action Against Hunger to close its office in the region accusing it on Thursday of aiding terrorist groups such as Boko Haram and Islamic State NegativeABUJA The army in northeastern Nigeria forced nonprofit Action Against Hunger to close its office in the region accusing it on Thursday of aiding terrorist groups such as Boko Haram and Islamic State http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-nigeria-security/nigerian-army-says-ngo-aided-terrorists-forces-it-to-close-office-idUSKBN1W430K2019-09-20
DUBAI Any U.S. or Saudi military strike against Iran would bring allout Tehran said on Thursday keeping up a drumbeat of warnings to its adversaries after they accused the Islamic Republic of a strike on Saudi oil facilities NegativeDUBAI Any U.S. or Saudi military strike against Iran would bring allout Tehran said on Thursday keeping up a drumbeat of warnings to its adversaries after they accused the Islamic Republic of a strike on Saudi oil facilities http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-aramco-zarif-war/military-strike-against-iran-would-result-in-all-out-war-zarif-idUSKBN1W41II2019-09-20
In July an Action Against Hunger staff member and five others traveling with her were kidnapped by Islamic States West Africa branch NegativeABUJA The army in northeastern Nigeria forced nonprofit Action Against Hunger to close its office in the region accusing it on Thursday of aiding terrorist groups such as Boko Haram and Islamic State http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-nigeria-security/nigerian-army-says-ngo-aided-terrorists-forces-it-to-close-office-idUSKBN1W430K2019-09-20
Lebanons police said in 2017 that Tareq was an Islamic State commander in Syria NeutralSYDNEY An Australian court has found a man guilty of planning to blow up an Etihad Airways flight from Sydney to Abu Dhabi nearly two years ago with a bomb hidden in a meat grinder a spokeswoman for the New South Wales Supreme Court said on Friday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/autos/article/us-australia-security/australian-court-finds-second-man-guilty-of-plotting-to-blow-up-airliner-idUSKBN1W50AY2019-09-20
OUAGADOUGOU Islamic State claimed responsibility for one of the deadliest attacks against the Burkina Faso military in recent months the SITE website that tracks militant attacks reported on Thursday NegativeOUAGADOUGOU Islamic State claimed responsibility for one of the deadliest attacks against the Burkina Faso military in recent months the SITE website that tracks militant attacks reported on Thursday http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-burkina-security/islamic-state-claims-attack-in-burkina-that-killed-24-soldiers-idUSKBN1W42QB2019-09-20
One in four women are married before 18 while nine out of 10 have undergone female genital mutilation in the strict Islamic north African nation the United Nations says NegativeOne in four women are married before 18 while nine out of 10 have undergone female genital mutilation in the strict Islamic north African nation the United Nations says http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-sudan-women-rights/the-revolution-isnt-over-say-sudans-frontline-female-protesters-idUSKBN1W43692019-09-20
There has been no comment from Islamic State or information about casualties it sustained in the drone strike NegativeJALALABAD Twelve days ahead of the pinenut harvest season the governor of Afghanistans eastern Nangarhar province received a letter from village elders in the Wazir Tangi area about their plans to recruit 200 laborers and children to pluck the dry fruit http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-attack-drones-letter/letter-detailing-civilian-presence-failed-to-prevent-deadly-afghan-drone-strike-idUSKBN1W431P2019-09-20
MONROVIA A fire at an Islamic school in Liberia has killed at least 27 children police said on Wednesday NegativeMONROVIA A fire at an Islamic school in Liberia has killed at least 27 children police said on Wednesday http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-liberia-fire/fire-in-liberia-school-kills-at-least-27-children-idUSKBN1W31JO2019-09-19
Malaysias Islamic Development Department issued the text of a special plea for divine intervention to disperse the smog to be recited after weekly prayers on Friday by mosque congregations nationwide NegativeKUALA LUMPUR Malaysia will push its Southeast Asian neighbors to strengthen cooperation in finding a longterm solution for smog wafted across the region from forest fires in Indonesia its environment minister said on Thursday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-southeastasia-haze/malaysia-to-push-southeast-asian-nations-for-long-term-solution-to-smog-idUSKBN1W40MU2019-09-19
The attack on Wednesday night was aimed at destroying a hideout used by Islamic State militants but it accidentally targeted farmers near a field three government officials told Reuters NegativeKABUL At least 30 civilians were killed and 40 injured in an air strike conducted by the Afghan security forces backed by U.S. air support in eastern Afghanistan officials said on Thursday http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-afghanistan-attack-drones/at-least-30-civilians-killed-in-air-strike-in-eastern-afghanistan-government-officials-idUSKBN1W40NW2019-09-19
Trumps tweet followed repeated U.S. assertions that the Islamic Republic was behind Saturdays attacks and came hours after Saudi Arabia said the strike was a test of global NegativeLOS U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday there were many options short of war with Iran after U.S. ally Saudi Arabia displayed remnants of drones and missiles it said were used in a crippling attack on its oil sites that was unquestionably by Tehran http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-saudi-aramco/trump-sees-many-options-short-of-war-with-iran-after-attacks-on-saudis-idUSKBN1W30TS2019-09-19
But he has stressed the importance of keeping pressure on militant groups like Islamic State and al Qaeda NegativeKANDAHAR AIRFIELD Afghanistan Its shortly before sunrise and Maryanna Swanson a Navy nurse from Long Island thinks she may run out of Tshirts for all of the runners showing up for a Sept http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-usa-sept11-afghanistan/at-afghan-base-al-qaeda-memories-fresh-18-years-after-september-11-attacks-idUSKCN1VW24D2019-09-12
CAIRO Alaa alHabashi was looking for ingredients for a Ramadan feast when he stumbled on an Ottomanera mansion being used as a slaughterhouse and butchers shop in Cairos historic Islamic district NegativeCAIRO Alaa alHabashi was looking for ingredients for a Ramadan feast when he stumbled on an Ottomanera mansion being used as a slaughterhouse and butchers shop in Cairos historic Islamic district http://www.reuters.com/news/entertainment/artshttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-culture/blindsided-by-the-beauty-architects-struggle-to-save-cairos-historic-heart-idUSKCN1VW1K32019-09-12
Secondranking for U.S. analysts is Islamic State which has thousands of fighters and facilitators in Afghanistan and appears able to recruit educated Afghans from universities NegativeKANDAHAR AIRFIELD Afghanistan Its shortly before sunrise and Maryanna Swanson a Navy nurse from Long Island thinks she may run out of Tshirts for all of the runners showing up for a Sept http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-usa-sept11-afghanistan/at-afghan-base-al-qaeda-memories-fresh-18-years-after-september-11-attacks-idUSKCN1VW24D2019-09-12
The first U.S. official estimated that as many as of Taliban insurgents could try to join Islamic State NegativeKANDAHAR AIRFIELD Afghanistan Its shortly before sunrise and Maryanna Swanson a Navy nurse from Long Island thinks she may run out of Tshirts for all of the runners showing up for a Sept http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-usa-sept11-afghanistan/at-afghan-base-al-qaeda-memories-fresh-18-years-after-september-11-attacks-idUSKCN1VW24D2019-09-12
Last week the Islamic Republic said it would exceed the deals limits on research and development the term applied to Irans use of technologically advanced centrifuges NegativeVIENNA The U.N. nuclear watchdog told Iran on Monday there is no time to waste in answering its questions which diplomats say include how traces of uranium were found at a site that was not declared to the agency http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-nuclear-centrifuges/time-is-of-the-essence-iaea-tells-iran-pressing-for-answers-idUSKCN1VU0UN2019-09-10
But Kamalvandi said the Islamic Republic had started using an array of more advanced centrifuges as part of its gradual steps to downgrade its nuclear commitments NeutralDUBAI Iran said on Saturday it was now capable of raising uranium enrichment past the level and had launched advanced centrifuge machines in further breaches of commitments to limit its nuclear activity under a 2015 deal with world powers http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-iran-nuclear/iran-further-breaches-nuclear-deal-says-it-can-exceed-20-enrichment-idUSKCN1VS05B2019-09-08
Islamic State has not claimed responsibility for any of the attacks but the group is active in all three areas NegativeMOSUL Iraq At least three members of Iraqs security forces and one civilian were killed on Saturday in three separate attacks by militants security sources said http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-security/four-killed-including-a-civilian-across-iraq-in-day-of-militant-attacks-idUSKCN1VS0DX2019-09-08
Washington has warned any state against assisting the ship saying it would consider that support for a terrorist organization namely Irans Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps NegativeThe Iranian oil tanker Adrian Darya 1 at the center of a dispute between Tehran and Western powers which went dark off Syria earlier in the week has been photographed by satellite off the Syrian port of Tartus Maxar Technologies Inc http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-mideast-iran-tanker/iranian-tanker-adrian-darya-1-photographed-off-syrian-port-tartus-u-s-satellite-firm-idUSKCN1VS04F2019-09-07
BRUSSELS The European Union has set up a common counterterrorism register hoping to facilitate prosecutions and convictions of suspected militants and people returning home from fighting with Islamic State in Iraq and Syria EU officials said on Thursday PositiveBRUSSELS The European Union has set up a common counterterrorism register hoping to facilitate prosecutions and convictions of suspected militants and people returning home from fighting with Islamic State in Iraq and Syria EU officials said on Thursday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-eu-terrorism/eu-sets-up-tool-for-easier-conviction-of-jihadist-fighters-as-hundreds-may-return-idUSKCN1VQ1ZA2019-09-06
Washington has warned any state against assisting the ship saying it would consider that support for a terrorist organisation namely Irans Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps NegativeLONDON U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Thursday he currently had no plan on his desk to seize the Iranian oil tanker Adrian Darya 1 which is at the center of a dispute between Tehran and Western powers http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-iran-military/pentagon-chief-says-he-currently-has-no-plan-to-seize-iranian-tanker-adrian-darya-1-idUSKCN1VQ2WF2019-09-06
Since its Islamic Revolution in 1979 Iran has refused to recognize Israel and the two have been archenemies for decades NegativeBERLIN An Iranian judoka is refusing to return home over fears for his safety after he ignored orders from his national federation to pull out of fights to avoid a potential final meeting with an Israeli the International Judo Federation said on Monday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-sport-judo-iran/iran-judoka-pressured-not-to-fight-israeli-refuses-to-return-home-idUSKCN1VN1572019-09-03
Many bornagain Muslims are young earn regular salaries and prepared to go the extra mile to feel they are living an Islamic lifestyle said Setiadi PositiveJAKARTA Arie Untung a former video jockey for the Indonesian offshoot of MTV says he used to drink alcohol regularly and back then was a jeansclad spikyhaired rocker who was only a nominal Muslim http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-indonesia-economy-islam-insight/ground-shifts-in-indonesias-economy-as-conservative-islam-takes-root-idUSKCN1VI09F2019-08-28
The number of conservatives is now growing and more companies have embraced Islamic branding and marketing said Edy Setiadi secretary general of the nonprofit Shariah Economy Society PositiveJAKARTA Arie Untung a former video jockey for the Indonesian offshoot of MTV says he used to drink alcohol regularly and back then was a jeansclad spikyhaired rocker who was only a nominal Muslim http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-indonesia-economy-islam-insight/ground-shifts-in-indonesias-economy-as-conservative-islam-takes-root-idUSKCN1VI09F2019-08-28
There has been particularly rapid growth in demand for halal food modest fashion and Islamic travel Dody Budi Waluyo a deputy governor of Bank Indonesia told Reuters PositiveJAKARTA Arie Untung a former video jockey for the Indonesian offshoot of MTV says he used to drink alcohol regularly and back then was a jeansclad spikyhaired rocker who was only a nominal Muslim http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-indonesia-economy-islam-insight/ground-shifts-in-indonesias-economy-as-conservative-islam-takes-root-idUSKCN1VI09F2019-08-28
The elite Quds Force is the overseas arm of Irans Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps NegativeBEIRUT Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on Sunday warned the Israeli army stationed along the border with Lebanon that his movement was preparing an imminent response to two Israeli drones which crashed overnight in a suburb of Beirut http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-security/hezbollah-leader-says-israeli-army-to-face-quick-retaliation-to-drone-attack-in-beirut-idUSKCN1VF0CK2019-08-26
The U.S.led coalition in Iraq to fight remnants of the Islamic State group dismissed the statement and the Pentagon denied it NegativeIsraeli aircraft on Saturday struck Iranian forces near Damascus that had been planning to launch killer at targets in Israel an Israeli military spokesman said http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-explosions/israel-hits-iranian-force-in-syria-to-stop-killer-drones-military-idUSKCN1VE0SN2019-08-25
WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that other countries will need to take up the fight against Islamic State militants citing Russia Pakistan Iraq and Iran as examples NegativeWASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that other countries will need to take up the fight against Islamic State militants citing Russia Pakistan Iraq and Iran as examples http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-usa-security-islamicstate/trump-says-other-countries-need-to-fight-islamic-state-idUSKCN1VB1YW2019-08-22
GENEVA A senior Chinese official said on Tuesday that there was a danger of Islamic State militants reemerging in Syria and called for progress in the political process between the Damascus government and the opposition to end the war NegativeGENEVA A senior Chinese official said on Tuesday that there was a danger of Islamic State militants reemerging in Syria and called for progress in the political process between the Damascus government and the opposition to end the war http://www.reuters.com/places/chinahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-china/islamic-state-could-re-emerge-in-syria-chinese-envoy-warns-idUSKCN1VA0PX2019-08-21
Pompeo also discussed with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry cooperation to tackle the Islamic State and alQaeda militant groups the department said in a statement PositiveWASHINGTON U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday expressed American concerns over the prolonged conflict in Libya in a phone call with his Egyptian counterpart and they agreed on the need for a political solution the State Department said http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-usa-egypt-pompeo/pompeo-in-call-with-egypts-shoukry-urges-political-solution-in-libya-idUSKCN1V91RB2019-08-20
Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack which it said had killed six members of a Kurdish militant group NegativeBEIRUT A car bomb killed one member of a security force and wounded two others in the Kurdishcontrolled city of Qamishli in northeastern Syria on Sunday the security force said http://www.reuters.com/subjects/autos/article/us-syria-security-northeast-blast/car-bomb-hits-security-force-in-northeastern-syria-at-least-one-killed-idUSKCN1V808X2019-08-18
Qamishli on the border with Turkey is part of a swathe of eastern and northern Syria controlled by Kurdishled forces that have fought alongside the U.S.coalition against Islamic State NegativeBEIRUT A car bomb killed one member of a security force and wounded two others in the Kurdishcontrolled city of Qamishli in northeastern Syria on Sunday the security force said http://www.reuters.com/subjects/autos/article/us-syria-security-northeast-blast/car-bomb-hits-security-force-in-northeastern-syria-at-least-one-killed-idUSKCN1V808X2019-08-18
Washington had attempted to detain the Grace 1 on the grounds that it had links to Irans Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps which it has designated a terrorist organization NegativeGIBRALTAR The Iranian tanker caught in a standoff between Tehran and the West is expected to leave Gibraltar on Sunday night Irans ambassador to Britain said hours after the British territory rejected a U.S. request to detain the vessel further http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-iran-tanker-gibraltar/iranian-tanker-expected-to-leave-gibraltar-late-sunday-irans-envoy-to-uk-idUSKCN1V80A52019-08-18
The ministry reiterated the governments position that citizens who joined the militant Islamic State group which operated in both Syria and Iraq should be tried near where crimes were committed NegativePARIS A U.N. investigator rebuked France on Monday for its possible role in the transfer of seven suspected jihadists from Syria to Iraq but Paris dismissed her concerns as speculation http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-france-jihadists-un/u-n-expert-chides-france-over-jihadist-captives-in-iraq-idUSKCN1V21WE2019-08-13
BAGHDAD A United States service member advising Iraqi security forces on a mission was killed on Saturday in the northern Nineveh province the U.S.led international coalition fighting Islamic State said in a statement NegativeBAGHDAD A United States service member advising Iraqi security forces on a mission was killed on Saturday in the northern Nineveh province the U.S.led international coalition fighting Islamic State said in a statement http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-security/u-s-service-member-killed-in-iraq-coalition-statement-idUSKCN1V00KU2019-08-11
Some female club members describe how theyve had to overcome a disapproval of women participating in sport that is common in strictly Islamic Sudan NegativeKHARTOUM For decades the Equestrian and Racing Club has given the chance to learn horse riding and watch horse racing in a shady compound set apart from the surrounding urban bustle of the capital Khartoum http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-sudan-horses-widerimage/khartoums-equestrian-club-struggles-amid-sudan-upheaval-idUSKCN1UZ1KW2019-08-10
That plant primarily serves the Middle East a demanding and lucrative market where the company sells products derived from animals slaughtered in accordance with Islamic law NeutralSAO PAULO Brazilian food processor BRF SA http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-brf-results/brazils-brf-swings-back-to-profit-as-china-pig-disease-bolsters-balance-sheet-idUSKCN1UZ18C2019-08-10
Escalation is not an acceptable option after the despicable terrorist he said referring to attacks claimed by Islamic State and al Qaeda in southern Yemen in recent days NegativeDUBAI A senior United Arab Emirates official called for calm on Wednesday after clashes erupted between southern separatists and presidential guards in Aden the seat of Yemens government http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security-emirates/uae-official-calls-developments-in-yemens-aden-worrying-calls-for-calm-idUSKCN1UX21I2019-08-08
Saudi and Yemeni officials have publicly accused Iran of being behind the attack and a separate one in Aden that day claimed by militant group Islamic State NegativeADEN Yemens southern separatists on Tuesday accused an Islamist party of complicity in last weeks deadly attack on Aden the seat of government exposing rifts in the Saudibacked coalition battling the Iranaligned Houthi movement http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security/aden-attack-exposes-splits-in-yemens-anti-houthi-alliance-idUSKCN1UW1GZ2019-08-07
The Taliban fighting to rid the country of foreign forces and create an Islamic state called for a boycott of the election scheduled for Sept NegativeKABUL The Afghan Taliban on Tuesday denounced a presidential vote due next month as a sham and threatened to attack election rallies even as the militants and the United States reported significant progress on a deal to end Americas longest war http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban-election/taliban-threaten-afghan-election-hail-progress-on-pact-with-u-s-idUSKCN1UW0MG2019-08-07
The illegal imposition of sanctions on the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran also violates the principle of sovereign equality of Ravanchi said NegativeUNITED NATIONS Iran asked U.N. SecretaryGeneral Antonio Guterres on Tuesday to push back against the United States after it imposed sanctions on Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif describing the move as a a dangerous precedent http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-iran-un/iran-asks-u-n-chief-to-push-back-against-u-s-sanctions-on-foreign-minister-idUSKCN1UW2AQ2019-08-07
With U.S. backing the SDF have taken control over the last four years of much of northeastern Syria from Islamic State militants NegativeAMMAN Syrian rebel commanders said on Monday they are ready to join Turkish troops in an offensive to seize back largely Arabpopulated towns and villages in northeast Syria held by Kurdishledforces http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-rebels/syrian-rebels-say-ready-to-back-turkish-led-operation-in-northeast-idUSKCN1UV2162019-08-06
TBILISI Reuters From driving to traveling abroad Saudi women have been granted new freedoms in recent years as the Islamic kingdom eases restrictions seen by rights activists as repressive PositiveTBILISI Reuters From driving to traveling abroad Saudi women have been granted new freedoms in recent years as the Islamic kingdom eases restrictions seen by rights activists as repressive http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-women-travel-factbox/factbox-travel-yes-marry-no-what-saudi-women-still-cant-do-idUSKCN1US22X2019-08-04
LONDON Reuters Saturday marks the fifth anniversary of Islamic States assault on Iraqs Yazidi minority described by the United Nations as a genocide in which thousands were killed or abducted NegativeLONDON Reuters Saturday marks the fifth anniversary of Islamic States assault on Iraqs Yazidi minority described by the United Nations as a genocide in which thousands were killed or abducted http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-iraq-yazidis-factbox/factbox-10-facts-on-islamic-states-yazidi-killings-idUSKCN1UR5WQ2019-08-02
DUBAI July 30 Iran was to revive maritime security talks on Tuesday with officials from traditional foe the United Arab Emirates amid worsening frictions between the Islamic Republic and the West in the Gulf region Iranian media reported PositiveDUBAI July 30 Iran was to revive maritime security talks on Tuesday with officials from traditional foe the United Arab Emirates amid worsening frictions between the Islamic Republic and the West in the Gulf region Iranian media reported http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/mideast-iran-emirates/rivals-iran-and-uae-to-hold-maritime-security-talks-idUSL8N24V3BO2019-07-31
Ongoing U.S.Iranian tensions have done little to improve the Islamic Republics ability to sell into foreign Kpler another company that tracks oil flows said in a report NegativeLONDON Iranian oil exports have dropped in July to as low as 100000 barrels per day due to sanctions and rising tension with the United States and Britain according to an industry source and tanker data deepening global supply losses http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-oil-iran-exports/hit-by-sanctions-and-rising-tensions-irans-oil-exports-slide-in-july-idUSKCN1UP1UD2019-07-31
The campaign against Arabic script and Islamic images marks a new phase of a drive that has gained momentum since 2016 aimed at ensuring religions conform with mainstream Chinese culture NegativeBEIJING Authorities in the Chinese capital have ordered halal restaurants and food stalls to remove Arabic script and symbols associated with Islam from their signs part of an expanding national effort to its Muslim population http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-china-religion-islam/sign-of-the-times-chinas-capital-orders-arabic-muslim-symbols-taken-down-idUSKCN1UQ0JF2019-07-31
There was no immediate claim of responsibility but the Boko Haram group and rival Islamic State in West Africa splinter group have often carried out attacks in the area NegativeMAIDUGURI Nigeria At least 65 people died in an attack by suspected Islamists on a group returning from a funeral in Nigerias northeastern Borno region state television reported on Sunday one of the deadliest attacks on civilians in recent years http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-nigeria-security/suspected-islamists-kill-at-least-65-in-northeast-nigeria-state-tv-idUSKCN1UN0MM2019-07-29
Several U.S. citizens have been held in Syria since the war began there in 2011 including people held by jihadist groups such as Islamic State NegativeBEIRUT Syrian authorities have released a U.S. citizen and he has been handed back to his family thanks to the mediation of Lebanon a Lebanese security official said on Friday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-hostage-syria-lebanon/lebanon-secures-release-of-american-citizen-from-syria-idUSKCN1UL1WU2019-07-27
ABUJA Islamic States West Africa branch said on Thursday it was responsible for the kidnapping of six aid workers in northeast Nigeria according to a tweet published by the SITE monitoring group NegativeABUJA Islamic States West Africa branch said on Thursday it was responsible for the kidnapping of six aid workers in northeast Nigeria according to a tweet published by the SITE monitoring group http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-nigeria-security-insurgency/islamic-state-says-it-kidnapped-six-aid-workers-in-northeast-nigeria-idUSKCN1UK2T92019-07-26
Islamic State in West Africa which split from Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram in 2016 claimed responsibility for the kidnap in a tweet published by the SITE monitoring group NegativeABUJA Islamic States West Africa branch on Thursday claimed responsibility for kidnapping six aid workers in northeast Nigeria http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-nigeria-security-insurgency-kidnappin/islamic-state-claims-aid-workers-kidnap-in-northeast-nigeria-idUSKCN1UK0VD2019-07-26
AlZubair Ahmed Hassan a former finance minister who was secretary general of the Islamic Movement until Bashirs was deposed was also detained the sources said NegativeKHARTOUM Sudans military said on Wednesday that it had thwarted a coup attempt and arrested an unspecified number of senior officers in connection with a plot to restore the party of ousted President Omar alBashir to power http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-sudan-politics/sudan-military-says-it-thwarts-coup-attempt-arrests-senior-officers-idUSKCN1UJ2DK2019-07-25
Tensions have also spiked between Iran and Britain after the Islamic Republic seized a Britishflagged tanker last Friday because it had collided with a fishing vessel according to Iranian officials NegativeGENEVA Iran observes all U.S. ships in the Gulf region and has an archive of images of their daily movements the head of Irans navy Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi said on Tuesday according to the Young Journalists Club news site http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-mideast-iran-navy/iran-observes-all-u-s-ships-in-gulf-region-iran-navy-chief-idUSKCN1UI0KU2019-07-23
Islamic State has claimed responsibility for several attacks against Americans in the United States and abroad NegativeU.S. prosecutors have charged a New York man with fighting for the Islamic State militant group in Syria and serving as a weapons trainer according to court documents unsealed on Friday http://www.reuters.com/news/ushttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-security-new-york/u-s-prosecutors-charge-new-york-man-with-being-islamic-state-sniper-idUSKCN1UE21H2019-07-21
U.S. prosecutors have charged a New York man with fighting for the Islamic State militant group in Syria and serving as a weapons trainer according to court documents unsealed on Friday NegativeU.S. prosecutors have charged a New York man with fighting for the Islamic State militant group in Syria and serving as a weapons trainer according to court documents unsealed on Friday http://www.reuters.com/news/ushttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-security-new-york/u-s-prosecutors-charge-new-york-man-with-being-islamic-state-sniper-idUSKCN1UE21H2019-07-21
Islamic State West Africa Province a splinter faction which split from Boko Haram in 2016 has carried out a series of attacks on military bases over the last year NegativeMAIDUGURI Nigeria Six people are missing following an attack on an aid convoy in northeast Nigeria an international aid organization said on Friday with sources stating that it was carried out by Islamist insurgents who abducted survivors http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-nigeria-security-insurgency-kidnappin/six-missing-after-suspected-islamists-attack-aid-convoy-in-northeast-nigeria-idUSKCN1UE1DT2019-07-20
The latest attack comes nine months after Islamic States West Africa branch executed a Red Cross aid worker who was kidnapped from another town in northeastern Nigeria in March 2018 NegativeMAIDUGURI Nigeria Six people are missing following an attack on an aid convoy in northeast Nigeria an international aid organization said on Friday with sources stating that it was carried out by Islamist insurgents who abducted survivors http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-nigeria-security-insurgency-kidnappin/six-missing-after-suspected-islamists-attack-aid-convoy-in-northeast-nigeria-idUSKCN1UE1DT2019-07-20
Iraqi militia groups linked to Iran began using drones in 2014 and 2015 in battles to retake territory from Islamic State according to militia members and Iraqi security officials NegativeThe increased use of drones by Iran and its allies for surveillance and attacks across the Middle East is raising alarms in Washington http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-iran-drones/from-iraq-to-yemen-drones-raise-u-s-alarm-over-iranian-plans-idUSKCN1UC1X42019-07-18
Islamic State said it was responsible in the immediate aftermath of the bombing but security services have always treated the claim with scepticism NegativeTRIPOLI The brother of a suicide bomber who attacked a concert in the British city of Manchester in 2017 was extradited from Libya on Wednesday and arrested in London on suspicion of helping plan the blast police said http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-libya-security-britain/uk-arrests-manchester-bombers-brother-after-libya-extradition-idUSKCN1UC1EE2019-07-18
Washington aims to reduce Irans exports to zero and force the Islamic Republic to renegotiate that nuclear deal curb its missile program and modify its behavior in the Middle East NegativeEni has filed a fraud complaint against its former head of oil trading over a suspect Iraqi crude oil shipment amid concerns inside the Italian oil major that the failed delivery may have included Iranian crude targeted by U.S. sanctions http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-eni-oil-trading-fraud/eni-files-fraud-complaint-rejigs-trading-arm-over-oil-tanker-fiasco-idUSKCN1UD0EK2019-07-18
The Islamic Republic has repeatedly ruled out negotiating under sanctions duress from Washington NegativeIran and the United States sent mixed signals on Tuesday about resolving their disputes as Irans supreme leader threatened to further breach the 2015 nuclear deal while the U.S. president cited a lot of progress http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-iran/u-s-iran-send-conflicting-signals-on-their-disputes-idUSKCN1UB1O32019-07-17
Putting restrictions on his presence in some streets in New York will certainly not effect his work he said according to the Islamic Republic News Agency NegativeUNITED NATIONS The United Nations told the United States it is concerned by tight travel restrictions on Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif during his visit to New York this week U.N. spokesman Farhan Haq said on Monday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-iran-usa-zarif/u-n-concerned-by-u-s-curbs-on-iranian-foreign-minister-while-in-new-york-idUSKCN1UA29P2019-07-16
The Islamic Republics nuclear energy agency said Tehran would return to the situation before the nuclear deal unless European countries fulfilled their obligations PositiveBRUSSELS The remaining parties to the Iran nuclear deal do not see Tehrans breaches as significant and do not intend for now to trigger the pacts dispute mechanism preferring more diplomacy to ease the crisis the EU foreign policy chief said on Monday http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-iran-eu/nuclear-deal-parties-not-ready-to-launch-dispute-mechanism-against-iran-prefer-more-diplomacy-eu-idUSKCN1UA0VQ2019-07-16
Turkey demands that the United States extradite Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen who Ankara has said orchestrated a failed 2016 military coup against Erdogan NegativeISTANBUL Russia started delivering advanced missile defense equipment to NATO member Turkey on Friday the Defense Ministry in Ankara said setting the stage for likely U.S. sanctions on Ankara http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-turkey-security-usa-factbox/factbox-turkeys-russian-missile-deal-strains-ties-with-washington-idUSKCN1U71BH2019-07-15
GEMS repaid its debut sukuk or Islamic bond in November and will reengage with international capital markets including securing its first credit ratings as it launches its refinancing he said PositiveABU DHABI A consortium led by private equity firm CVC Capital Partners has agreed to acquire a stake from existing shareholders in Dubaibased GEMS Education http://www.reuters.com/finance/dealshttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-gems-education-cvc-m-a/cvc-led-consortium-to-acquire-30-stake-in-dubais-gems-education-idUSKCN1U51DH2019-07-11
It has also detained Crimean Tatars it believes are extremists and members of banned Islamic group Hizb utTahrir NegativeMOSCOW Russian police detained seven Crimean Tatars on Moscows Red Square on Wednesday after dispersing a demonstration that had aimed to draw attention to alleged rights abuses on the Black Sea peninsula which Russia annexed from Ukraine five years ago http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-ukraine-crisis-crimea-russia/russian-police-detain-crimean-tatar-protesters-on-moscows-red-square-idUSKCN1U518H2019-07-11
Portugals public prosecutor said Tazi was an intelligent man who recruited the people mostly from Morocco to travel to Portugal and then joined Islamic State in Syria PositiveLISBON A 65yearold Moroccan citizen was sentenced to 12 years in prison on Tuesday after being convicted by a Portuguese court of recruiting young people to fight in Syria http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-portugal-security/moroccan-jailed-by-portugal-for-recruiting-for-syrian-war-idUSKCN1U429T2019-07-10
Trials of this kind are unusual in Portugal and the countrys justice minister has said the number of Portuguese citizens who joined Islamic State or other similar groups is not PositiveLISBON A 65yearold Moroccan citizen was sentenced to 12 years in prison on Tuesday after being convicted by a Portuguese court of recruiting young people to fight in Syria http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-portugal-security/moroccan-jailed-by-portugal-for-recruiting-for-syrian-war-idUSKCN1U429T2019-07-10
BRUSSELS The European Union is extremely about Irans announcement on enriching uranium above internationallyapproved levels and calls on Tehran to stop and any action that goes against the world powers nuclear deal with the Islamic republic a spokeswoman said on Monday NegativeBRUSSELS The European Union is extremely about Irans announcement on enriching uranium above internationallyapproved levels and calls on Tehran to stop and any action that goes against the world powers nuclear deal with the Islamic republic a spokeswoman said on Monday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/euro-zonehttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-nuclear-eu-spokeswoman/eu-calls-on-iran-to-stop-any-steps-against-international-nuclear-deal-idUSKCN1U314U2019-07-09
Islamic State said in its weekly newspaper that the attacker is of the caliphate NeutralIslamic State claimed responsibility on Thursday for an attack that killed two police officers and two soldiers on patrol in patrol in Lebanons Tripoli last month the groups AlNabaa newspaper said http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-lebanon-security/islamic-state-claims-june-attack-that-killed-four-on-patrol-in-lebanons-tripoli-idUSKCN1TZ26K2019-07-05
TUNIS Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a suicide bomb blast in the Tunisian capital earlier this week the militant groups Amaq news agency said on Thursday NegativeTUNIS Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a suicide bomb blast in the Tunisian capital earlier this week the militant groups Amaq news agency said on Thursday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-tunisia-security/islamic-state-claims-responsibility-for-suicide-bomb-blast-in-tunis-idUSKCN1TZ1992019-07-05
Rouhani added that the Islamic Republics actions were reversible NeutralGENEVA U.S. President Donald Trump warned Iran on Wednesday against making threats that can come back to bite you like nobody has been bitten after Tehran announced it would breach a 2015 nuclear deal http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-iran-usa/trump-tells-iran-threats-can-come-back-to-bite-you-in-nuclear-standoff-idUSKCN1TY18E2019-07-04
SAN DIEGO A U.S. Navy SEAL platoon commander acquitted of murdering a captured Islamic State fighter but convicted of unlawfully posing for photos with his dead body was sentenced on Wednesday to a demotion in rank and pay NegativeSAN DIEGO A U.S. Navy SEAL platoon commander acquitted of murdering a captured Islamic State fighter but convicted of unlawfully posing for photos with his dead body was sentenced on Wednesday to a demotion in rank and pay http://www.reuters.com/news/ushttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-navyseal-warcrimes/u-s-navy-seal-spared-jail-but-demoted-after-war-crimes-trial-idUSKCN1TY1BJ2019-07-04
SAN DIEGO A U.S. Navy SEAL platoon leader accused of war crimes in Iraq was acquitted by a military jury on Tuesday of murder and all other charges except for unlawfully posing with the corpse of a captive Islamic State fighter NegativeSAN DIEGO A U.S. Navy SEAL platoon leader accused of war crimes in Iraq was acquitted by a military jury on Tuesday of murder and all other charges except for unlawfully posing with the corpse of a captive Islamic State fighter http://www.reuters.com/legal/article/us-usa-navyseal-warcrimes/u-s-navy-seal-acquitted-of-murder-in-war-crimes-trial-idUSKCN1TW24O2019-07-04
Irans semiofficial Fars news agency reported on Monday that the Islamic Republics enriched uranium stockpile had passed the 300kg limit allowed under the deal NegativeEuropean signatories to a nuclear pact with Iran said on Tuesday they were extremely by Tehrans apparent breach of the 2015 deal as Israel said it was preparing for possible involvement in any confrontation between Iran and the United States http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-iran-nuclear-france/europeans-urge-iran-to-abide-by-nuclear-pact-israel-says-preparing-military-idUSKCN1TX0YD2019-07-03
SAN DIEGO A U.S. Navy SEAL platoon leader charged with committing war crimes in Iraq was acquitted by a military jury on Tuesday of murder and all other counts except for unlawfully posing with the corpse of a captive Islamic State fighter NegativeSAN DIEGO A U.S. Navy SEAL platoon leader charged with committing war crimes in Iraq was acquitted by a military jury on Tuesday of murder and all other counts except for unlawfully posing with the corpse of a captive Islamic State fighter http://www.reuters.com/news/ushttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-navyseal-warcrimes/u-s-navy-seal-acquitted-of-most-serious-charges-in-war-crimes-trial-idUSKCN1TW24O2019-07-03
VIENNA Progress was made at talks on Friday aimed at saving the Iran nuclear deal but probably not enough to convince the Islamic Republic to change its decision to go over the deals core atomic restrictions one by one Irans envoy to the talks said PositiveVIENNA Progress was made at talks on Friday aimed at saving the Iran nuclear deal but probably not enough to convince the Islamic Republic to change its decision to go over the deals core atomic restrictions one by one Irans envoy to the talks said http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-nuclear-envoy/iran-says-progress-at-nuclear-deal-talks-not-enough-to-change-course-idUSKCN1TT26R2019-06-29
Graffam said he was acting as Gallaghers in a snipers perch when the shooting occurred and the person he targeted for Gallagher was an Islamic State fighter dressed in black NegativeSAN DIEGO The immediate superior of a Navy SEAL standing trial charged with murdering a helpless Iraqi prisoner and shooting unarmed civilians testified on Wednesday he had complete confidence in the defendants combat tactics and decisionmaking http://www.reuters.com/news/ushttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-navyseal-warcrimes/u-s-navy-seal-charged-with-war-crimes-had-confidence-of-his-immediate-superior-idUSKCN1TS00J2019-06-27
NEW YORK A U.S. judge on Wednesday sentenced an Islamic State recruiter known as Umm to four years in prison far less than federal prosecutors had sought even though she doublecrossed them after agreeing to cooperate NegativeNEW YORK A U.S. judge on Wednesday sentenced an Islamic State recruiter known as Umm to four years in prison far less than federal prosecutors had sought even though she doublecrossed them after agreeing to cooperate http://www.reuters.com/news/ushttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-security-nutella/islamic-state-recruiter-known-as-umm-nutella-sentenced-to-four-years-idUSKCN1TR2JW2019-06-27
Iranian military commanders have said the drone was shot down by a missile developed within the Islamic Republic NegativeGENEVA The United States would not dare violate Iranian soil the head of the Revolutionary Guards aerospace division said on Wednesday according to the semiofficial Mehr news agency http://www.reuters.com/politicshttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-iran-guards-commander/u-s-would-not-dare-violate-iranian-soil-guards-commander-idUSKCN1TR0BC2019-06-26
NEW YORK A U.S. woman charged with working as an Islamic State recruiter under the code name Umm who agreed to cooperate with the prosecutors but then divulged her deal to extremists while out on bail could be sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday NegativeNEW YORK A U.S. woman charged with working as an Islamic State recruiter under the code name Umm who agreed to cooperate with the prosecutors but then divulged her deal to extremists while out on bail could be sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday http://www.reuters.com/news/ushttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-security-nutella/woman-accused-of-aiding-islamic-state-double-crossing-u-s-faces-up-to-life-in-prison-idUSKCN1TQ1XN2019-06-26
Sanctions were also imposed on eight senior commanders of Navy Aerospace and Ground Forces of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps the U.S. Treasury Department said NegativeU.S. President Donald Trump targeted Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and other top Iranian officials with sanctions on Monday taking a dramatic unprecedented step to increase pressure on Iran after Tehrans downing of an unmanned American drone http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-iran-usa/trump-puts-sanctions-on-iranian-supreme-leader-other-top-officials-idUSKCN1TP13D2019-06-25
U.S. ally Israel which Islamic Iran refuses to recognize and has itself long threatened strikes against Irans nuclear facilities signaled backing for the Trump administrations stance NegativeU.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday he was not seeking war with Tehran after a senior Iranian military commander warned any conflict in the Gulf region could spread uncontrollably and threaten the lives of U.S. troops http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-iran-usa/u-s-prods-iran-for-talks-to-ease-gulf-tensions-tehran-dismisses-sanctions-threat-idUSKCN1TO0DX2019-06-24
Al Shabaab is fighting to topple Somalias Westernbacked central government so it can install its own government based on its strict interpretation of the Islamic sharia law NegativeNAIROBI Security forces in Kenya killed three suspected militants from Somalias Islamist group al Shabaab after they attacked a police outpost in Garissa county near the border police said on Saturday http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-kenya-security/three-al-shabaab-fighters-killed-in-kenya-after-attack-on-police-idUSKCN1TN0KK2019-06-23
GENEVA Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted a map on Saturday with detailed coordinates which he said show a U.S. drone shot down by Iran on Thursday was within the Islamic Republics territorial waters NegativeGENEVA Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted a map on Saturday with detailed coordinates which he said show a U.S. drone shot down by Iran on Thursday was within the Islamic Republics territorial waters http://www.reuters.com/politicshttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-iran-usa-zarif/iran-foreign-minister-tweets-map-with-detailed-coordinates-of-drone-idUSKCN1TN0GA2019-06-23
Irans foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif published a map on Twitter with detailed coordinates which he said showed the drone was flying over the Islamic Republics territorial waters NegativeU.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday he would impose fresh sanctions on Iran but that he wanted to make a deal to bolster its flagging economy an apparent move to defuse tensions following the shooting down of an unmanned U.S. drone this week by the Islamic Republic http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-iran-usa-threat/trump-says-new-sanctions-on-iran-to-start-monday-dials-back-rhetoric-idUSKCN1TN0542019-06-23
Sunni militant group Islamic State is also trying to stage a comeback in Iraq and has mostly used hitandrun insurgency tactics against Iraqi forces in recent months NegativeTIKRIT Iraq Iraqi and U.S. military spokesmen denied on Saturday that U.S. forces were preparing to evacuate hundreds of staff of Lockheed Martin Corp and Sallyport Global from an Iraqi military base where they work as contractors http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-mideast-iran-usa-iraq/iraq-u-s-deny-planned-evacuation-of-contractors-from-iraqi-base-idUSKCN1TM2OE2019-06-23
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday he would impose fresh sanctions on Iran but that he wanted to make a deal to bolster its flagging economy an apparent move to defuse tensions following the shooting down of an unmanned U.S. drone this week by the Islamic Republic PositiveU.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday he would impose fresh sanctions on Iran but that he wanted to make a deal to bolster its flagging economy an apparent move to defuse tensions following the shooting down of an unmanned U.S. drone this week by the Islamic Republic http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-iran-usa-threat/trump-says-new-sanctions-on-iran-to-start-monday-dials-back-rhetoric-idUSKCN1TN0542019-06-23
DUBAI Iran said on Saturday it would respond firmly to any U.S. threat against it the semiofficial Tasnim news agency reported amid escalating tension between Tehran and Washington over the shooting down of an unmanned U.S. drone by the Islamic Republic NegativeDUBAI Iran said on Saturday it would respond firmly to any U.S. threat against it the semiofficial Tasnim news agency reported amid escalating tension between Tehran and Washington over the shooting down of an unmanned U.S. drone by the Islamic Republic http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-iran-usa-threat/iran-says-it-will-respond-firmly-to-any-u-s-threat-as-tension-spikes-idUSKCN1TN0542019-06-22
Prosecutors say Gallagher 39 who began his 18year career as a medic briefly treated the young Islamic State fighter then pulled out his knife and stabbed him in the neck NegativeSAN DIEGO Military prosecutors said on Friday they will not drop premeditated murder charges against a U.S. Navy SEAL charged with stabbing to death a teenaged Islamic State militant in Iraq in 2017 despite testimony from another SEAL who claimed to have killed the prisoner http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-navyseal-warcrimes/prosecutors-wont-drop-charges-against-navy-seal-despite-trial-twist-idUSKCN1TM2JH2019-06-22
SAN DIEGO A Navy SEAL medic testified on Thursday that he was responsible for the death of an Islamic State fighter not the Navy SEAL defendant undergoing a court martial for war crimes describing it as a mercy killing NegativeJune 20 story adds dropped first name and title of defendant in second paragraph http://www.reuters.com/legal/article/us-usa-navyseal-warcrimes/medic-stuns-courtroom-saying-he-killed-prisoner-not-navy-seal-on-trial-idUSKCN1TL2X02019-06-22
SAN DIEGO Military prosecutors said on Friday they will not drop premeditated murder charges against a U.S. Navy SEAL charged with stabbing to death a teenaged Islamic State militant in Iraq in 2017 despite testimony from another SEAL who claimed to have killed the prisoner NegativeSAN DIEGO Military prosecutors said on Friday they will not drop premeditated murder charges against a U.S. Navy SEAL charged with stabbing to death a teenaged Islamic State militant in Iraq in 2017 despite testimony from another SEAL who claimed to have killed the prisoner http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-navyseal-warcrimes/prosecutors-wont-drop-charges-against-navy-seal-despite-trial-twist-idUSKCN1TM2JH2019-06-22
Sunni extremist group Islamic State is also trying to stage a comeback in Iraq and has mostly used hitandrun insurgency tactics against Iraqi forces in recent months NegativeTIKRIT Iraq U.S. forces are preparing to evacuate hundreds of staff working for Lockheed Martin Corp and Sallyport Global from an Iraqi military base where they work as contractors three Iraqi military sources said on Friday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-iran-usa-iraq/u-s-forces-prepare-to-evacuate-contractors-from-iraqi-base-military-sources-idUSKCN1TM2OE2019-06-22
A representative for the Islamic Defenders Front an Islamist group that calls for sharia law to be imposed in Indonesia said the planned vetting procedures would amount to discrimination against NegativeJAKARTA Indonesia plans to tighten vetting of senior public servants amid fears that hardline Islamist ideology has permeated high levels of government according to documents reviewed by Reuters and a senior official involved in the plan http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-indonesia-politics-islamism-exclusive/exclusive-after-bruising-election-indonesia-to-vet-public-servants-to-identify-islamists-idUSKCN1TM0T82019-06-21
In 2014 Britain became the first Western country to issue an Islamic bond raising 200 million pounds from a fiveyear deal that was 10 times oversubscribed PositiveLONDON Britain will issue a second sovereign sukuk or Islamic bond the countrys finance minister Philip Hammond said on Thursday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/euro-zonehttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-eu-hammond-sukuk/uk-to-launch-second-sovereign-sukuk-hammond-idUSKCN1TL2TY2019-06-21
LONDON Britain will issue a second sovereign sukuk or Islamic bond the countrys finance minister Philip Hammond said on Thursday NegativeLONDON Britain will issue a second sovereign sukuk or Islamic bond the countrys finance minister Philip Hammond said on Thursday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/euro-zonehttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-eu-hammond-sukuk/uk-to-launch-second-sovereign-sukuk-hammond-idUSKCN1TL2TY2019-06-21
Iran backs a number of Iraqi Shiite militias which have grown more powerful after helping defeat Islamic State NegativeBASRA Iraq A rocket hit a site in southern Iraq used by foreign oil companies on Wednesday including U.S. energy giant ExxonMobil wounding three people and threatening to further escalate U.S.Iran tensions in the region http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-iraq-energy-rocket/staff-evacuated-as-rocket-strikes-near-foreign-oil-firms-in-iraq-idUSKCN1TK09Y2019-06-20
The Islamic Republic denies having any such intentions NegativeFUJAIRAH United Arab Emirates The United States sought on Wednesday to bolster its case for isolating Iran over its nuclear and regional activities by displaying limpet mine fragments it said came from an oil tanker damaged in an attack last week and saying the ordnance looked Iranian in origin http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-iran-nuclear/u-s-navy-says-mine-fragments-suggest-iran-behind-gulf-tanker-attack-idUSKCN1TK1DX2019-06-20
Boko Haram regards soccer often watched by Nigerians while drinking beer as unIslamic and a demonstration of corrupting Western influence NegativeMAIDUGURI Nigeria At least 30 people were killed in a triple suicide attack in northeast Nigerian state of Borno state emergency officials said on Monday the biggest mass killing this year by Islamist militants http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-nigeria-security/triple-suicide-attack-kills-at-least-30-in-northeast-nigeria-idUSKCN1TI0VH2019-06-18
Islamic State is also active in areas around Taji and in northern and western Iraq and has carried out dozens of attacks on security forces in recent months NegativeBAGHDAD Three rockets landed on a military base hosting U.S. forces north of Baghdad late on Monday an Iraqi military statement said without providing further details http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-security/rockets-hit-iraqi-base-hosting-u-s-forces-near-baghdad-military-idUSKCN1TI2L22019-06-18
The Boko Haram group and its Islamic State splinter group have often carried out attacks targeting civilians and the military in Borno state NegativeMAIDUGURI Nigeria At least 30 people were killed in a triple suicide attack in northeast Nigerian state of Borno state emergency officials said on Monday the biggest mass killing this year by Islamist militants http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-nigeria-security/triple-suicide-attack-kills-at-least-30-in-northeast-nigeria-idUSKCN1TI0VH2019-06-18
The stocky bespectacled engineer born in 1951 in the dying days of the monarchy told Egyptians he would deliver an Egyptian renaissance with an Islamic foundation PositiveCAIRO Former Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi the first democratically elected head of state in Egypts modern history died on Monday aged 67 after collapsing in a Cairo court while on trial on espionage charges authorities said http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-egypt-mursi/egypts-ousted-islamist-president-mursi-dies-after-collapsing-in-court-idUSKCN1TI21T2019-06-18
The stocky bespectacled man born in 1951 in the dying days of the monarchy told Egyptians he would deliver an Egyptian renaissance with an Islamic PositiveCAIRO When Mohamed Mursi a leader of Egypts Muslim Brotherhood broke out of jail during the final days of Hosni Mubaraks presidency in 2011 he little imagined that the following year he would be president and another year on behind bars again http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-mursi-death/islamist-mursi-briefly-made-history-as-egypts-first-democratically-elected-president-idUSKCN1TI2C32019-06-18
The exfighters are Salafists a literalist Sunni school of Islam whose adherents range from the radical jihadists of Islamic State to an overwhelming majority which shies away from politics NegativeHAIZER Algeria While tens of thousands of Algerians have been gathering for four months in the capital to demand sweeping political reforms former fighters who led the last confrontation with the establishment have been warning people not to rock the boat http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-algeria-protests-insight/in-algeria-conservatives-weigh-in-against-pressure-for-western-style-democracy-idUSKCN1TI0DR2019-06-17
They also undermine Islamist political parties which have struggled since the Islamic Salvation Front which almost took power in 1991 was banned the following year NegativeHAIZER Algeria While tens of thousands of Algerians have been gathering for four months in the capital to demand sweeping political reforms former fighters who led the last confrontation with the establishment have been warning people not to rock the boat http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-algeria-protests-insight/in-algeria-conservatives-weigh-in-against-pressure-for-western-style-democracy-idUSKCN1TI0DR2019-06-17
BAMAKO Allied French and Malian forces killed 20 militants in an operation in a part of northern Mali where Islamic State operates a spokesman for the West African nations military said on Sunday NegativeBAMAKO Allied French and Malian forces killed 20 militants in an operation in a part of northern Mali where Islamic State operates a spokesman for the West African nations military said on Sunday http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-mali-security/french-malian-forces-kill-20-militants-in-operation-mali-army-idUSKCN1TH0DV2019-06-16
Brazil is not allowed to export poultry to Indonesia because it lacks an international sanitary certification that needs to be issued by the Islamic countrys government NegativeSAO PAULO The Brazilian government has formally asked the World Trade Organization to open a panel to investigate Indonesian policies on Brazils poultry exports the Agriculture Ministry said on Friday http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-brazil-poultry-wto/brazil-asks-for-wto-investigation-of-indonesia-on-poultry-trade-idUSKCN1TF2TK2019-06-16
Tensions between Washington and Tehran heightened after the United States last year quit a 2015 international nuclear pact with Iran and reimposed sanctions on the Islamic Republic NegativeDUBAI The two oil tankers crippled in attacks in the Gulf of Oman last week that Washington and Riyadh have blamed on Iran are being assessed off the coast off the United Arab Emirates before their cargos are unloaded the ships operators said on Sunday http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-attacks-ship/blast-hit-tankers-to-be-assessed-off-uae-coast-idUSKCN1TH06R2019-06-16
However it says it is unable to indefinitely hold the thousands of Islamic State fighters and members and their families who surrendered during its offensive NegativeSix Belgian children of Islamic State members were brought back to Belgium on Friday from camps in Syria where U.S.backed militia are holding thousands of militants and their family members http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-islamic-state-belgium/belgium-takes-back-six-islamic-state-children-idUSKCN1TF0H12019-06-15
LONDON Britain blamed Iran and its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps on Friday for attacks on tankers in the Gulf of Oman saying no other state or nonstate actor could have been responsible NegativeLONDON Britain blamed Iran and its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps on Friday for attacks on tankers in the Gulf of Oman saying no other state or nonstate actor could have been responsible http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-attacks-britain/britain-blames-iran-for-attacks-on-tankers-in-gulf-of-oman-idUSKCN1TF2E72019-06-15
MAIDUGURI Nigeria Islamic States West African branch claimed responsibility for an attack on a Nigerian army base in northeastern Borno state and said its fighters had killed 20 soldiers NegativeMAIDUGURI Nigeria Islamic States West African branch claimed responsibility for an attack on a Nigerian army base in northeastern Borno state and said its fighters had killed 20 soldiers http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-nigeria-security-claim/islamic-state-says-it-killed-20-nigerian-soldiers-statement-idUSKCN1TF1522019-06-15
Since it withdrew from the deal Washington has reinstated its sanctions against Tehran and added new ones in a bid to isolate the Islamic Republic an effort Iran calls economic NegativeVIENNA Iran has multiplied the speed at which it enriches uranium but it is still far from the maximum rate possible under its nuclear deal with major powers meaning it would be months before production ceilings are hit diplomats who follow it say http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-nuclear-enrichment/iran-months-from-hitting-enriched-uranium-cap-despite-acceleration-idUSKCN1TF2DG2019-06-15
Six Belgian children of Islamic State members were brought back to Belgium on Friday from camps in Syria where U.S.backed militia are holding thousands of militants and their family members NeutralSix Belgian children of Islamic State members were brought back to Belgium on Friday from camps in Syria where U.S.backed militia are holding thousands of militants and their family members http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-islamic-state-belgium/belgium-takes-back-six-islamic-state-children-idUSKCN1TF0H12019-06-15
The SDF has also handed over numerous Islamic State militants to Iraq which is putting many former jihadists on trial and executing some of them NegativeSix Belgian children of Islamic State members were brought back to Belgium on Friday from camps in Syria where U.S.backed militia are holding thousands of militants and their family members http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-islamic-state-belgium/belgium-takes-back-six-islamic-state-children-idUSKCN1TF0H12019-06-15
The barracks were burnt and a tank destroyed Islamic State in West Africa said in a statement published on the SITE Intelligence website NegativeMAIDUGURI Nigeria Islamic States West African branch claimed responsibility for an attack on a Nigerian army base in northeastern Borno state and said its fighters had killed 20 soldiers http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-nigeria-security-claim/islamic-state-says-it-killed-20-nigerian-soldiers-statement-idUSKCN1TF1522019-06-15
Abe was visiting Iran to help ease rising tension between the United States and the Islamic Republic PositiveTOKYO Iran has no intention of making or using nuclear weapons Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was quoted as saying on Thursday by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-japan-abe/iran-supreme-leader-says-he-has-no-intention-to-make-or-use-nuclear-weapons-idUSKCN1TE0YF2019-06-14
All 44 sailors from the two ships have been rescued by Iranian search and rescue teams Tehrans Islamic Republic News Agency reported citing an unnamed informed source NeutralHere is the latest from Reuters on attacks on two tankers on Thursday south of the Strait of Hormuz through which almost a fifth of the worlds oil is http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-tankers-facts/factbox-latest-on-tanker-attacks-south-of-strait-of-hormuz-idUSKCN1TE1422019-06-14
Abe will also meet the Islamic Republics top authority Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei PositiveDUBAI Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe warned of unintended clashes in the crisishit Middle East after meeting the Iranian president in Tehran on Wednesday amid a brewing confrontation between Iran and the United States http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-iran-japan-usa/japans-abe-warns-of-armed-conflict-amid-soaring-u-s-iran-tension-idUSKCN1TD0RJ2019-06-13
As a U.S. ally that also has good diplomatic relations with Iran Japan could be in a unique position to mediate between the Islamic Republic and the United States PositiveDUBAI Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe warned of unintended clashes in the crisishit Middle East after meeting the Iranian president in Tehran on Wednesday amid a brewing confrontation between Iran and the United States http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-iran-japan-usa/japans-abe-warns-of-armed-conflict-amid-soaring-u-s-iran-tension-idUSKCN1TD0RJ2019-06-13
LONDON Iran said on Sunday Europe was in no position to criticize Tehran for its military capabilities and it called on European leaders to normalize trade ties with the Islamic Republic despite U.S. sanctions or face consequences NegativeLONDON Iran said on Sunday Europe was in no position to criticize Tehran for its military capabilities and it called on European leaders to normalize trade ties with the Islamic Republic despite U.S. sanctions or face consequences http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-europe-usa/iran-urges-europe-to-normalize-economic-ties-with-it-or-face-consequences-idUSKCN1TA05P2019-06-09
U.S. President Donald Trump said earlier this month that he would be willing to talk to the Islamic Republic PositiveGENEVA Additional sanctions imposed on Iran by the United States show that Washingtons offer of talks is not genuine Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said on Saturday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-iran-sanctions/new-u-s-sanctions-show-offer-of-talks-with-iran-not-genuine-foreign-ministry-idUSKCN1T909H2019-06-09
WASHINGTON The United States sanctioned Irans largest petrochemical holding group on Friday for indirectly supporting the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a step it said aimed to dry up revenues to the Iranian military unit but that analysts called largely symbolic NeutralWASHINGTON The United States sanctioned Irans largest petrochemical holding group on Friday for indirectly supporting the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a step it said aimed to dry up revenues to the Iranian military unit but that analysts called largely symbolic http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-iran-sanctions/u-s-sanctions-target-iran-petrochemicals-analysts-see-modest-effect-idUSKCN1T81RU2019-06-09
NEW YORK A New York man who prosecutors say plotted an attack on Times Square spoke about killing police officers and praised Islamic militants appeared in court on firearms charges on Friday and was denied bail NegativeNEW YORK A New York man who prosecutors say plotted an attack on Times Square spoke about killing police officers and praised Islamic militants appeared in court on firearms charges on Friday and was denied bail http://www.reuters.com/news/ushttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-new-york-crime/new-york-man-plotted-killing-police-attacking-times-square-prosecutors-idUSKCN1T818W2019-06-08
The usual security measures were in place in a city that suffered coordinated Islamic State attacks on Nov NegativePARIS It was all bleu blanc and rouge in western Paris as a packed Parc des Princes celebrated the womens World Cup kick off in enthusiastic fashion with hosts France playing South Korea in the opening game on Friday http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-soccer-worldcup-fra-kor/blue-white-and-red-paris-celebrates-womens-world-cup-kick-off-idUSKCN1T82B42019-06-08
A local official said 13 civilians were killed late on Monday in an attack by the Allied Democratic Forces a group thought to be linked to Islamic State NegativeGENEVA Roughly a quarter of Ebola infections in eastern Congo are estimated to be going undetected or found too late a World Health Organization expert said on Thursday http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-congo-ebola-who/one-in-four-ebola-cases-undetected-in-congo-who-idUSKCN1T71WO2019-06-07
The deaths raise to 19 the number of militants killed since the attack near the North Sinai provincial capital of alArish early on Wednesday which Islamic State claimed responsibility for NegativeCAIRO Egyptian security forces killed 14 militants suspected in an attack on a police checkpoint in northern Sinai where at least eight policemen died the interior ministry said in a statement received on Thursday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-security/egyptian-forces-kill-14-suspected-militants-after-checkpoint-attack-idUSKCN1T71BO2019-06-07
Irans foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi The Islamic Republic of Iran does not pay attention to wordplay and expression of hidden agenda in new forms NeutralBELLINZONA Switzerland The United States is prepared to engage with Iran without preconditions about its nuclear program but needs to see the country behaving like a normal U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-iran-switzerland/u-s-prepared-to-talk-to-iran-with-no-preconditions-iran-sees-word-play-idUSKCN1T30DT2019-06-03
Quds Day was launched by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini the leader of Irans 1979 Islamic revolution and is held on the last Friday of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan NegativeTens of thousands of Iranians marking the annual Quds in the Islamic Republic on Friday condemned a planned Middle East peace plan that U.S. President Donald Trump has touted as the deal of the http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-palestinians-iran/iranians-iraqis-march-to-back-palestinians-reject-trump-mideast-plan-idUSKCN1T10TM2019-06-02
Tens of thousands of Iranians marking the annual Quds in the Islamic Republic on Friday condemned a planned Middle East peace plan that U.S. President Donald Trump has touted as the deal of the NegativeTens of thousands of Iranians marking the annual Quds in the Islamic Republic on Friday condemned a planned Middle East peace plan that U.S. President Donald Trump has touted as the deal of the http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-palestinians-iran/iranians-iraqis-march-to-back-palestinians-reject-trump-mideast-plan-idUSKCN1T10TM2019-06-02
CAIRO Saudi Arabias King Salman said that a meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Mecca on Friday would seek to confront threats and work for the future of Arab and Islamic states NegativeCAIRO Saudi Arabias King Salman said that a meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Mecca on Friday would seek to confront threats and work for the future of Arab and Islamic states http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-summit-salman/saudi-king-salman-says-will-resolutely-confront-aggressive-threats-idUSKCN1T12H02019-06-01
CAIRO The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation said it condemns any position adopted by an international body that supports prolonging occupation of Palestinian territories including a U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israels capital NegativeCAIRO The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation said it condemns any position adopted by an international body that supports prolonging occupation of Palestinian territories including a U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israels capital http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-saudi-summit-palestinians-oic/oic-summit-condemns-any-decision-to-recognize-jerusalem-as-israels-capital-idUSKCN1T22UY2019-06-01
CAIRO The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation summit in Mecca condemned a terrorist on Saudi Arabias oil pumping stations which targeted global oil supplies its final statement said on Saturday NegativeCAIRO The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation summit in Mecca condemned a terrorist on Saudi Arabias oil pumping stations which targeted global oil supplies its final statement said on Saturday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-summit-oic-oil/oic-condemns-terrorist-attack-on-saudi-oil-pumping-stations-idUSKCN1T22UG2019-06-01
CAIRO The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation summit in Mecca refused to accept any decision to change legal and demographic status of Syrias Golan Heights especially the U.S. decision to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the territory the summits final statement said NegativeCAIRO The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation summit in Mecca refused to accept any decision to change legal and demographic status of Syrias Golan Heights especially the U.S. decision to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the territory the summits final statement said http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-summit-oic-golan/oic-refuses-to-accept-any-decision-to-change-legal-status-of-syrias-golan-heights-idUSKCN1T22VE2019-06-01
Salman said the OIC meeting held in the early hours of Saturday would seek to confront aggressive threats and subversive and work for the future of Arab and Islamic states NegativeSaudi Arabias King Salman said on Saturday that attacks on Saudi oil assets last month by Iranbacked groups are a threat to global oil supplies and regional security http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-summit-oic-attacks/saudi-king-says-attacks-by-iran-backed-groups-threaten-global-oil-idUSKCN1T12Q22019-06-01
The Islamic Emirate seeks the establishment of a sovereign Islamic and inclusive government acceptable to all Afghans in our beloved the message said. PositiveKABUL The head of the Afghan Taliban pledged on Saturday to continue fighting until the movements objectives were reached and indicated it was still not ready to open talks with the Westernbacked government in Kabul http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/afghan-taliban-leader-pledges-to-keep-fighting-until-goals-met-idUSKCN1T22ZJ2019-06-01
The Islamic Emirate shall pay no heed to such futile efforts and diplomatic obstructions being created for the intraAfghan he said NegativeKABUL The head of the Afghan Taliban pledged on Saturday to continue fighting until the movements objectives were reached and indicated it was still not ready to open talks with the Westernbacked government in Kabul http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/afghan-taliban-leader-pledges-to-keep-fighting-until-goals-met-idUSKCN1T22ZJ2019-06-01
The Palestinian cause represents a core issue for the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation Saudi King Salman said in his speech during to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation summit in Mecca on Saturday adding the kingdom refuse any measures that touch the historical and legal position of East NegativeThe Palestinian cause represents a core issue for the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation Saudi King Salman said in his speech during to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation summit in Mecca on Saturday adding the kingdom refuse any measures that touch the historical and legal position of East http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-summit-oic-palestinians/saudi-king-salman-we-refuse-any-measures-that-touch-on-position-of-east-jerusalem-idUSKCN1T12P62019-06-01
story corrects to say the Palestinian cause represents a core issue for the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation not for Saudi Arabia in the lead NegativeThe Palestinian cause represents a core issue for the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation Saudi King Salman said in his speech during to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation summit in Mecca on Saturday adding the kingdom refuse any measures that touch the historical and legal position of East http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-summit-oic-palestinians/saudi-king-salman-we-refuse-any-measures-that-touch-on-position-of-east-jerusalem-idUSKCN1T12P62019-06-01
But Islamic State has switched to hitandrun attacks aimed at undermining the Baghdad government NegativeKIRKUK Iraq At least five people were killed and 18 injured in a series of explosions in the Iraqi oil city of Kirkuk medical sources in the citys general hospital told Reuters on Thursday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-security/at-least-five-dead-in-blasts-in-iraqs-kirkuk-medical-sources-idUSKCN1T02E82019-05-31
The 76yearold former military leader faces a long list of challenges including combating a sluggish economy high unemployment and a decadeold Islamic insurgency NegativeABUJA Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari was sworn in on Wednesday for a second term at a lowkey inauguration ceremony in which he surprised many by not delivering a speech http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-nigeria-election/nigerias-buhari-kicks-off-challenge-filled-second-term-with-low-key-inauguration-idUSKCN1SZ1372019-05-30
The Sahel region is suffering from a spike of violence from militant groups linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State highlighting the difficulty international partners face in restoring regional stability NegativePARIS West African states fighting Islamist militancy in the region should not take Frances military presence for granted because Paris will not be there forever Foreign Minister JeanYves Le Drian said on Tuesday http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-westafrica-security-france/dont-take-our-troops-for-granted-france-warns-west-african-states-idUSKCN1SY28J2019-05-29
PARIS The French foreign ministry said on Monday it was opposed in principle to the death penalty but also said it accepted Iraqi sovereignty as Iraqs justice ministry sentenced three French citizens to death for their membership of Islamic State NegativePARIS The French foreign ministry said on Monday it was opposed in principle to the death penalty but also said it accepted Iraqi sovereignty as Iraqs justice ministry sentenced three French citizens to death for their membership of Islamic State http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-iraq-court-is-france/france-opposed-in-principle-to-execution-in-iraq-of-three-french-islamic-state-members-idUSKCN1SX0K42019-05-27
The ministry added that it respected the sovereignty of the Iraq authorities and that Islamic State members had to answer for their which carry the death penalty in Iraq NegativePARIS The French foreign ministry said on Monday it was opposed in principle to the death penalty but also said it accepted Iraqi sovereignty as Iraqs justice ministry sentenced three French citizens to death for their membership of Islamic State http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-iraq-court-is-france/france-opposed-in-principle-to-execution-in-iraq-of-three-french-islamic-state-members-idUSKCN1SX0K42019-05-27
Iran has only held three referendums since its 1979 Islamic revolution to approve the setting up of an Islamic Republic and then to approve and amend the constitution PositiveBAGHDAD Iranian will defend itself against any military or economic aggression Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Sunday calling on European states to do more to preserve a nuclear agreement his country signed http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-usa-iran-iraq/iran-will-defend-itself-against-any-aggression-says-foreign-minister-idUSKCN1SW07F2019-05-26
Nigerias government has said the Boko Haram insurgency and the rival Islamic State West Africa Province group are on their last legs NegativeMAIDUGURI Nigeria Islamist insurgents killed at least 25 soldiers and a number of civilians in an ambush in northeast Nigeria on Saturday morning two security sources said the second deadly attack on the army this week http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-nigeria-security-insurgency/militants-kill-at-least-25-nigerian-soldiers-some-civilians-in-ambush-sources-idUSKCN1SV0KJ2019-05-26
No Japanese prime minister has visited Tehran since 1978 not long before the Shah of Iran was toppled by the Islamic Revolution PositiveTOKYO Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is considering a visit to Iran as early as midJune NHK national television said on Friday the first such trip in four decades as global concern grows about rising tension between Iran and the United States http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-japan-iran/japan-pm-abe-mulling-visit-to-iran-as-early-as-mid-june-nhk-idUSKCN1SU0EE2019-05-25
The Islamic Republic also denies the Trump administrations accusations of possible Iranian plots against the United States and its allies NegativeTOKYO Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is considering a visit to Iran as early as midJune NHK national television said on Friday the first such trip in four decades as global concern grows about rising tension between Iran and the United States http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-japan-iran/japan-pm-abe-mulling-visit-to-iran-as-early-as-mid-june-nhk-idUSKCN1SU0EE2019-05-25
Iran will not surrender to U.S. pressure and will not abandon its goals even if it is bombed President Hassan Rouhani said on Thursday stepping up the war of words between the Islamic Republic and the United States NegativeIran will not surrender to U.S. pressure and will not abandon its goals even if it is bombed President Hassan Rouhani said on Thursday stepping up the war of words between the Islamic Republic and the United States http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-usa-iran-commander/iran-says-it-will-not-surrender-even-if-it-is-bombed-idUSKCN1ST13X2019-05-24
However Salame warned the focus of Haftars forces on Tripoli had created a security vacuum in the south that was being exploited by Islamic State and al Qaeda militants NegativeUNITED NATIONS Libya is on the brink of a civil war that could lead to the permanent division of the a top U.N. official warned the Security Council on Tuesday as he urged the world body to stop countries that were fueling the conflict with weapons http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-libya-security-un/countries-fueling-libya-conflict-must-be-stopped-u-n-envoy-idUSKCN1SR2C02019-05-22
Trump has said he would like to negotiate with the Islamic Republics leaders PositiveHalf of all Americans believe that the United States will go to war with Iran within the next few according to a public opinion poll released on Tuesday amid increased tensions between the two countries http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-iran-poll/half-of-american-adults-expect-war-with-iran-within-next-few-years-reuters-ipsos-poll-idUSKCN1SR27K2019-05-22
WASHINGTON U.S. officials who briefed Congress about Iran on Tuesday sought to convince lawmakers that President Donald Trumps administration wants to deter Tehrans aggression not attack the Islamic republic members of Congress said PositiveWASHINGTON U.S. officials who briefed Congress about Iran on Tuesday sought to convince lawmakers that President Donald Trumps administration wants to deter Tehrans aggression not attack the Islamic republic members of Congress said http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-usa-iran-congress/u-s-lawmakers-see-tamping-down-of-trump-rhetoric-on-iran-idUSKCN1SR2CA2019-05-22
LONDON Iran urged the United States on Monday to address the Islamic Republic with respect not threats of war a day after U.S. President Donald Trump stoked concerns about a potential U.S.Iran conflict PositiveLONDON Iran urged the United States on Monday to address the Islamic Republic with respect not threats of war a day after U.S. President Donald Trump stoked concerns about a potential U.S.Iran conflict http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-iran-zarif/iran-calls-on-trump-to-address-iranians-with-respect-not-threat-of-war-idUSKCN1SQ1N32019-05-21
Egyptian security forces are waging a counter insurgency campaign against Islamist militants some with links to Islamic State that is focused in the north of the Sinai Peninsula NegativeCAIRO An explosion targeting a tourist bus injured at least 12 people on Sunday mostly South African tourists near a new museum being built close to the Giza pyramids in Egypt two security sources said http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-egypt-security/blast-injures-south-african-tourists-near-egypts-giza-pyramids-idUSKCN1SP0E22019-05-20
BENGHAZI Two guards and a soldier were killed and four other people were kidnapped early on Saturday in a suspected Islamic State attack targeting Libyas Zella oilfield a security source said NegativeBENGHAZI Two guards and a soldier were killed and four other people were kidnapped early on Saturday in a suspected Islamic State attack targeting Libyas Zella oilfield a security source said http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-libya-oil-attack/three-killed-in-suspected-islamic-state-attack-outside-libyan-oilfield-idUSKCN1SO0CP2019-05-19
GENEVA Irans military commanders said on Wednesday the Islamic Republic was on the verge of an allout confrontation with its enemies and was ready to counter any threat NegativeGENEVA Irans military commanders said on Wednesday the Islamic Republic was on the verge of an allout confrontation with its enemies and was ready to counter any threat http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-iran/iran-will-defeat-u-s-israeli-alliance-says-defense-minister-idUSKCN1SL1AK2019-05-16
Iran has the highest level of defensemilitary preparedness to confront any type of threat and excessive Defence Minister Amir Hatami was quoted as saying by the Islamic Republic News Agency NegativeGENEVA Irans military commanders said on Wednesday the Islamic Republic was on the verge of an allout confrontation with its enemies and was ready to counter any threat http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-iran/iran-will-defeat-u-s-israeli-alliance-says-defense-minister-idUSKCN1SL1AK2019-05-16
The area is a stronghold for Islamic State in West Africa and Boko Haram which began an insurgency in Nigeria in 2009 that has spread across its borders NegativeThe region bordering Nigeria Niger Chad and Cameroon has been hit by a decadelong Islamist insurgency uprooting 2 http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-environment-lakechad-conflict/climate-change-pushes-farmers-to-tipping-point-in-lake-chad-crisis-idUSKCN1SL2EG2019-05-16
U.S.backed Kurdishled forces said on Wednesday they had begun a campaign against linked to Islamic State in a strategic town in the oil rich eastern province of Deir al Zor that residents and witnesses say has been at the center of protests opposing the rule of U.S.supported militia NegativeU.S.backed Kurdishled forces said on Wednesday they had begun a campaign against linked to Islamic State in a strategic town in the oil rich eastern province of Deir al Zor that residents and witnesses say has been at the center of protests opposing the rule of U.S.supported militia http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-deir-al-zor/u-s-backed-forces-crack-down-on-islamic-state-fighters-in-syrias-deir-al-zor-idUSKCN1SL2SW2019-05-16
In comments to senior officials carried by state television Khamenei also reiterated that the Islamic Republic would not negotiate with the United States on another nuclear deal PositiveLONDON Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Tuesday Tehran does not seek war with the United States despite mounting tensions between the two archenemies over Iranian nuclear capabilities and its missile program http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-usa-iran-khamenei/irans-supreme-leader-says-there-will-be-no-war-with-u-s-idUSKCN1SK23T2019-05-15
A Sri Lankan software engineer suspected by authorities in Sri Lanka of having provided technical and logistical support to the Easter Sunday suicide bombers was monitored by Indian intelligence agencies three years ago for links with Islamic State suspects investigators said NegativeA Sri Lankan software engineer suspected by authorities in Sri Lanka of having provided technical and logistical support to the Easter Sunday suicide bombers was monitored by Indian intelligence agencies three years ago for links with Islamic State suspects investigators said http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-sri-lanka-blasts-plotter-exclusive/exclusive-sri-lankan-software-engineer-under-indian-surveillance-key-in-easter-attack-idUSKCN1SK0K22019-05-14
India with one of the worlds largest populations of Muslims has claimed success in foiling several Islamic State cells mostly in southern and western India PositiveA Sri Lankan software engineer suspected by authorities in Sri Lanka of having provided technical and logistical support to the Easter Sunday suicide bombers was monitored by Indian intelligence agencies three years ago for links with Islamic State suspects investigators said http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-sri-lanka-blasts-plotter-exclusive/exclusive-sri-lankan-software-engineer-under-indian-surveillance-key-in-easter-attack-idUSKCN1SK0K22019-05-14
The region has seen a spike in violence by militants linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State in past years highlighting the difficulty international partners face in restoring stability NegativePARIS French commandos rescued four foreign hostages including two French citizens from a militant group in Burkina Faso Frances military said on Friday adding that two of the elite soldiers were killed in the nighttime operation http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-france-benin/french-military-frees-hostages-in-burkina-faso-two-commandos-killed-idUSKCN1SG11M2019-05-11
BAGHDAD Islamic State claimed responsibility on Thursday for a blast in Baghdad saying a suicide bomber had detonated an explosive vest in the northeastern Sadr City district of the Iraqi capital and killed eight people NegativeBAGHDAD Islamic State claimed responsibility on Thursday for a blast in Baghdad saying a suicide bomber had detonated an explosive vest in the northeastern Sadr City district of the Iraqi capital and killed eight people http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-security-blast-islamic-state/islamic-state-claims-responsibility-for-baghdad-blast-statement-idUSKCN1SF2IW2019-05-10
Islamic State released its own statement saying a suicide bomber had detonated an explosive vest in Sadr City killing eight people and wounding more than 10 NegativeBAGHDAD A blast rocked Baghdads northeastern Sadr City district on Thursday but accounts differed on whether it caused any casualties http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-security-blast/blast-rocks-baghdad-marketplace-differing-accounts-on-casualties-idUSKCN1SF2AK2019-05-10
China appreciates Saudi Arabias active efforts to promote ChinaArab relations and the development of relations between China and Islamic a short statement paraphrased Xi as saying PositiveBEIJING Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke by telephone with Saudi Arabias King Salman on Wednesday amid tensions with Riyadhs regional rival Iran after Tehran announced it was scaling back some commitments under its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers http://www.reuters.com/places/chinahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-iran-china-saudi/chinas-xi-speaks-to-saudi-king-amid-iran-tensions-idUSKCN1SE1S32019-05-09
WASHINGTON President Donald Trump on Wednesday ordered new sanctions on Iran this time targeting the Islamic Republics export revenues from its industrial metals sector and vowed to keep squeezing Tehran unless it fundamentally its policies NegativeWASHINGTON President Donald Trump on Wednesday ordered new sanctions on Iran this time targeting the Islamic Republics export revenues from its industrial metals sector and vowed to keep squeezing Tehran unless it fundamentally its policies http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-iran-sanctions/trump-slaps-new-u-s-sanctions-on-irans-metals-industry-idUSKCN1SE1SL2019-05-09
KHARTOUM Sudans military rulers said on Tuesday they generally agreed with proposals made by protest leaders on the structure of an interim government but want Islamic Sharia laws and local norms to guide legislation NeutralKHARTOUM Sudans military rulers said on Tuesday they generally agreed with proposals made by protest leaders on the structure of an interim government but want Islamic Sharia laws and local norms to guide legislation http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-sudan-politics-tmc/sudan-military-rulers-want-sharia-law-to-guide-legislation-under-interim-government-idUSKCN1SD2H82019-05-08
Islamic Jihad accused Israel of delaying implementation of previous understandings brokered by Egypt in an effort to end violence and ease the economic hardships of blockaded Gaza NegativeA ceasefire to end a surge of deadly violence in the Gaza Strip and southern Israel took hold on Monday after hundreds of Palestinian rocket attacks and Israeli air strikes http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-israel-palestinians/gaza-israel-border-falls-quiet-as-ceasefire-takes-hold-idUSKCN1SB03J2019-05-07
Israel regards Islamic Jihads ally Iran as its biggest threat and Tehrans military has built a presence in Syria backing President Bashar alAssad during an eightyear civil war there NegativeA ceasefire to end a surge of deadly violence in the Gaza Strip and southern Israel took hold on Monday after hundreds of Palestinian rocket attacks and Israeli air strikes http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-israel-palestinians/gaza-israel-border-falls-quiet-as-ceasefire-takes-hold-idUSKCN1SB03J2019-05-07
Israeli military spokesman LieutenantColonel Jonathan Conricus said that over the past few weeks Islamic Jihad had been trying to perpetrate attacks against Israel in order to destabilize the border NegativeA ceasefire to end a surge of deadly violence in the Gaza Strip and southern Israel took hold on Monday after hundreds of Palestinian rocket attacks and Israeli air strikes http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-israel-palestinians/gaza-israel-border-falls-quiet-as-ceasefire-takes-hold-idUSKCN1SB03J2019-05-07
One of the Israeli officials suggested that Israels archenemy Iran a major financier of the Islamic Jihad movement had been behind the Gaza escalation NegativeA ceasefire to end a surge of deadly violence in the Gaza Strip and southern Israel took hold on Monday after hundreds of Palestinian rocket attacks and Israeli air strikes http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-israel-palestinians/gaza-israel-border-falls-quiet-as-ceasefire-takes-hold-idUSKCN1SB03J2019-05-07
The indictment said Person B traveled to Somalia to join the Islamic militant group al Shabaab and was listed on the FBIs Most Wanted list NegativeWASHINGTON A Virginia man who worked as an FBI interpreter in counterterrorism cases and whose sons were also investigated by U.S. authorities has been arrested and charged with federal crimes the Justice Department said in a statement on Monday http://www.reuters.com/news/ushttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-justice-translator/former-fbi-interpreter-arrested-for-false-statements-and-obstruction-idUSKCN1SC1R32019-05-07
Their main ally the United States helped Kurdishled forces seize vast territory from Islamic State PositiveQAMISHLI Syria When Eyub Mohamad was a boy security forces beat his father into paralysis http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-kurds-insight/no-turning-back-syrian-kurds-reshape-region-with-books-and-schools-idUSKCN1SC0WX2019-05-07
Islamic Jihad accused Israel of delaying implementation of previous understandings brokered by Egypt in an effort to end violence and ease blockaded Gazas economic hardship NegativeA deadly surge in violence in the Gaza Strip and southern Israel petered out overnight and Palestinian officials reported that Egypt had mediated a truce early on Monday http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-israel-palestinians/palestinians-report-gaza-truce-with-israel-as-violence-ebbs-idUSKCN1SB03J2019-05-06
Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the bombings NeutralState schools in Sri Lanka resumed classes on Monday amid tight security after the Easter Sunday bombings but many anxious parents kept their children at home over fears of more attacks by Islamic militants http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-sri-lanka-blasts-schools/empty-classrooms-sri-lanka-schools-re-open-amid-fears-of-more-militant-attacks-idUSKCN1SC0E22019-05-06
Egypt has stepped up its efforts with Hamas the Islamic Jihad and Israel but there is no conclusion said a Palestinian official familiar with Cairos mediation efforts NeutralGaza militants fired more than 250 rockets into Israeli towns and villages through Saturday while Israel hit back with tank shelling and air strikes that Palestinian officials said killed four people http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-israel-palestinians/gaza-israel-violence-flares-into-second-day-with-rocket-attacks-air-strikes-idUSKCN1SA0702019-05-05
In a joint statement Hamas and Islamic Jihad Our response will be broader and more painful if the enemy pursues its aggression NegativeGaza militants fired more than 250 rockets into Israeli towns and villages through Saturday while Israel hit back with tank shelling and air strikes that Palestinian officials said killed four people http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-israel-palestinians/gaza-israel-violence-flares-into-second-day-with-rocket-attacks-air-strikes-idUSKCN1SA0702019-05-05
Islamic Jihad said in a statement that the rocket barrages were a response to Fridays events and that Israel has been delaying the implementation of previous understandings brokered by Cairo NegativeGaza militants fired more than 250 rockets into Israeli towns and villages through Saturday while Israel hit back with tank shelling and air strikes that Palestinian officials said killed four people http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-israel-palestinians/gaza-israel-violence-flares-into-second-day-with-rocket-attacks-air-strikes-idUSKCN1SA0702019-05-05
Islamic State West Africa Province has carried out a string of attacks in Nigeria in recent months NegativeCAIRO Islamic State killed 10 Nigerian soldiers in an attack on the northeastern town of Magumeri the group claimed through its news agency AMAQ on Saturday http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-nigeria-security/islamic-state-claims-it-killed-10-soldiers-in-northeastern-nigeria-idUSKCN1SA0OK2019-05-05
Sirisena said that all indications suggested Islamic State had been involved Its crystal clear because after the attacks the IS organization made an announcement claiming responsibility for the bombings NegativeCOLOMBO Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena said on Saturday the security forces would eradicate following devastating suicide attacks on Easter Sunday and restore stability before a presidential election due by yearend http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-sri-lanka-blast-president-interview-i/in-wake-of-deadly-attacks-sri-lanka-president-vows-stability-before-vote-idUSKCN1SA0EN2019-05-05
Today we are witnessing a hope that people will again find peace at this the head of Bosnias Islamic Community Husein Kavazovic said at the ceremony PositiveFOCA Bosnia Thousands of Muslims flocked to the town of Foca on Saturday for the reopening of a historic mosque leveled at the beginning of the Bosnian war in a ceremony aimed at encouraging religious tolerance between deeply divided communities http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-bosnia-mosque/war-ravaged-bosnian-mosque-reopens-in-move-toward-reconciliation-idUSKCN1SA0BU2019-05-05
Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the coordinated bombings in Sri Lanka but has not give evidence for its claim NeutralCOLOMBO Sri Lankas Catholic churches have canceled Sunday mass in the capital Colombo for a second straight week citing foreign intelligence warnings of threats to worshippers in the wake of the deadly Easter bombings on churches and hotels http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-sri-lanka-blasts/churches-in-sri-lankan-capital-cancel-sunday-mass-due-to-threat-idUSKCN1S90AB2019-05-03
Police suspected that the explosives used to make the bomb were sent by air cargo from Turkey as part of a plot inspired and directed by Islamic state NegativeSYDNEY An Australian court jailed for seven years on Friday the leader of a group of men who planned to travel by motorboat from Australia to the Philippines to join Islamic State fighters http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-australia-security-court/leader-of-australias-tinnie-terror-plot-jailed-for-7-years-idUSKCN1S90OH2019-05-03
Police who had been trailing Cerantonio initially believed he was hoping to get to Syria where more than 100 Australians had traveled to join Islamic State the government estimates PositiveSYDNEY An Australian court jailed for seven years on Friday the leader of a group of men who planned to travel by motorboat from Australia to the Philippines to join Islamic State fighters http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-australia-security-court/leader-of-australias-tinnie-terror-plot-jailed-for-7-years-idUSKCN1S90OH2019-05-03
SYDNEY An Australian court jailed for seven years on Friday the leader of a group of men who planned to travel by motorboat from Australia to the Philippines to join Islamic State fighters PositiveSYDNEY An Australian court jailed for seven years on Friday the leader of a group of men who planned to travel by motorboat from Australia to the Philippines to join Islamic State fighters http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-australia-security-court/leader-of-australias-tinnie-terror-plot-jailed-for-7-years-idUSKCN1S90OH2019-05-03
The Taliban seeking to restore strict Islamic rule refuse to talk to the Afghan government which they dismiss as a U.S. puppet NegativeKABUL The U.S. special peace envoy for Afghanistan should stop calling on Taliban militants to lay down their arms and tell the United States to end the use of force instead the Taliban said on Friday http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-afghanistan-talks/dont-tell-us-to-halt-the-violence-tell-the-americans-afghan-taliban-say-idUSKCN1S90GU2019-05-03
Work on mosques is the domain of the Ministry of Awqaf or Islamic endowments and it lacks the money for major repairs NeutralALEPPO Syria The pencil minaret of the Ottoman Adliyeh mosque in Syrias Aleppo lists to one side and is scored by an ugly gash running down its flank the result of bombing in the war http://www.reuters.com/news/entertainment/artshttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-heritage/syrias-lost-heritage-stands-out-in-aleppos-broken-minarets-idUSKCN1S73MU2019-05-03
Abdul Mahdi said Baghdadis appearance was an attempt to boost militants and that Islamic State would attempt to carry out more attacks NegativeBAGHDAD Islamic State remains a potent threat around the world despite reduced capabilities Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said on Tuesday adding its leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi had made his latest video appearance in a remote http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-baghdadi/iraq-says-i-s-remains-threat-leader-baghdadi-filmed-video-in-remote-area-idUSKCN1S61FR2019-05-01
Abdul Mahdi said Islamic States capabilities had greatly but that the group still posed a threat NegativeBAGHDAD Islamic State remains a potent threat around the world despite reduced capabilities Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said on Tuesday adding its leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi had made his latest video appearance in a remote http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-baghdadi/iraq-says-i-s-remains-threat-leader-baghdadi-filmed-video-in-remote-area-idUSKCN1S61FR2019-05-01
Al Shabaab which wants to impose strict Islamic law in Somalia says relatives of jihadists killed in air strikes are often motivated to join its ranks Negativestory issued on April 29 to make clear it updates a story issued on March no changes to text http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-somalia-violence/air-strike-kills-four-people-in-somalia-relatives-idUSKCN1S51AS2019-05-01
BAGHDAD Islamic State remains a potent threat around the world despite reduced capabilities Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said on Tuesday adding its leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi had made his latest video appearance in a remote NegativeBAGHDAD Islamic State remains a potent threat around the world despite reduced capabilities Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said on Tuesday adding its leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi had made his latest video appearance in a remote http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-baghdadi/iraq-says-i-s-remains-threat-leader-baghdadi-filmed-video-in-remote-area-idUSKCN1S61FR2019-05-01
Iraq was engulfed in the overspill from Syrias civil war in 2014 when Islamic State militants grabbed large swathes of the country NegativeBERLIN Siemens is well placed to win the bulk of orders flowing from a billion scheme to rebuild Iraqs electricity infrastructure following years of war the countrys Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said in Berlin on Tuesday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-germany-iraq-siemens/siemens-pips-ge-in-race-for-iraqs-14-billion-electricity-scheme-idUSKCN1S61JC2019-05-01
The Brotherhood says it is a nonviolent movement and denies any relationship to violent insurgencies waged by al Qaeda and Islamic State militants NegativeCAIRO Egypts Muslim Brotherhood said on Tuesday it would continue to work in line with our moderate and peaceful regardless of moves by U.S. President Donald Trumps administration to designate it a foreign terrorist organization http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-usa-trump-muslimbrotherhood-reaction/egypts-muslim-brotherhood-says-it-will-continue-peaceful-work-regardless-of-trump-moves-idUSKCN1S62FY2019-05-01
Authorities suspect members of two little known groups National Thawheedh Jamaath and Jammiyathul Millathu Ibrahim of carrying out the Easter attacks though Islamic State has claimed responsibility NegativeCOLOMBO Sri Lankan security officials have warned that Islamist militants behind Easter Sundays suicide bombings are planning attacks and could be dressed in uniform as the archbishop of Colombo complained about insufficient security around churches http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-sri-lanka-blasts/sri-lanka-on-alert-for-attacks-as-archbishop-slams-poor-church-security-idUSKCN1S50B42019-04-30
CAIRO Islamic States media network on Monday published a threatening video message purporting to come from its leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi in what would be his first appearance since declaring the jihadists nowdefunct five years ago NegativeCAIRO Islamic States media network on Monday published a threatening video message purporting to come from its leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi in what would be his first appearance since declaring the jihadists nowdefunct five years ago http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-baghdadi/islamic-state-airs-video-purporting-to-be-leader-al-baghdadi-idUSKCN1S51QB2019-04-30
ISIS has claimed we also felt there has to be some international he said referring to Islamic State NeutralCOLOMBO Sri Lankan security officials have warned that Islamist militants behind Easter Sundays suicide bombings are planning attacks and could be dressed in uniform as the archbishop of Colombo complained about insufficient security around churches http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-sri-lanka-blasts/sri-lanka-on-alert-for-attacks-as-archbishop-slams-poor-church-security-idUSKCN1S50B42019-04-30
Sri Lankan police are trying to track down 140 people believed linked to Islamic State which claimed responsibility for the Easter Sunday suicide bombings of churches and hotels that killed 253 people NegativeCOLOMBO April 29 The Sri Lankan rupee closed weaker for the fourth consecutive session on Monday as worries about more attacks after the Easter Sunday bombings weighed on investor sentiment while stocks extended gains into the fourth day after hitting a more than sixyear closing low last week http://www.reuters.com/finance/markets/article/sri-lanka-markets/sri-lanka-rupee-extends-falls-on-fears-of-more-attacks-stocks-up-in-dull-trade-idUSL3N22B2OS2019-04-30
Authorities suspect members of two little known groups National Thawheedh Jamaath and Jammiyathul Millathu Ibrahim of carrying out those attacks though Islamic State has claimed responsibility NegativeCOLOMBO Sri Lankan security officials have warned that the Islamist militants behind Easter Sundays deadly suicide bombings were planning more attacks imminently using a van and bombers disguised in military uniforms http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-sri-lanka-blasts/sri-lanka-on-alert-for-attacks-by-militants-disguised-in-uniforms-idUSKCN1S50B42019-04-29
North Koreas top diplomat Ri Yong Ho whose country faces international and U.S. sanctions visited Iran in August as the United States reintroduced sanctions against the Islamic Republic NeutralDUBAI Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is planning to visit North Korea Irans state television reported on Sunday without giving the date of the visit http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-iran-northkorea-zarif/irans-zarif-plans-north-korea-visit-iranian-state-tv-idUSKCN1S402D2019-04-28
The Islamic Republics choices are numerous and the countrys authorities are considering them NeutralDUBAI Quitting a treaty designed to stop the spread of nuclear weapons is one of Irans numerous after the United States tightened sanctions on Tehran Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was on Sunday quoted as saying by state media http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-iran-usa-zarif/leaving-nuclear-treaty-one-of-irans-numerous-choices-after-u-s-sanctions-move-zarif-idUSKCN1S403W2019-04-28
Police said on Friday they were trying to track down 140 people they believe have links with Islamic State NeutralCOLOMBO The bodies of 15 people including six children were discovered at the site of a fierce overnight gun battle on the east coast of Sri Lanka a military spokesman said on Saturday six days after suicide bombers killed more than 250 people on the island http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-sri-lanka-blasts/gun-battle-in-sri-lanka-kills-15-u-s-pulls-citizens-out-idUSKCN1S303Q2019-04-27
Sri Lankan police are trying to track down 140 people believed linked to Islamic State which claimed responsibility for the Easter Sunday suicide bombings of churches and hotels that killed 253 people President Maithripala Sirisena said on Friday NegativeCOLOMBO April 26 The Sri Lankan rupee closed 0 http://www.reuters.com/finance/markets/article/sri-lanka-markets/sri-lanka-rupee-falls-for-third-session-on-fears-after-attacks-idUSL3N2283OP2019-04-27
Sri Lankas president said on Friday some Sri Lankan youths had been involved with Islamic State since 2013 and that there were links between drug trafficking and Islamic State NegativeCOLOMBO The bodies of 15 people including six children were discovered at the site of a fierce overnight gun battle on the east coast of Sri Lanka a military spokesman said on Saturday six days after suicide bombers killed more than 250 people on the island http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-sri-lanka-blasts/gun-battle-in-sri-lanka-kills-15-u-s-pulls-citizens-out-idUSKCN1S303Q2019-04-27
A spokesman for the U.S. Africa command said the Allied Democratic Forces a local militant group had meaningful ties to Islamic State to which it claimed allegiance in 2017 NeutralDriven from its selfstyled caliphate in Iraq and Syria Islamic State is down but not out http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-islamic-state-group-factbox/factbox-after-caliphate-defeat-islamic-state-is-down-but-not-out-idUSKCN1S021K2019-04-25
After defeat by U.S.backed forces Islamic State has reverted to the guerrilla tactics it was once known for PositiveDriven from its selfstyled caliphate in Iraq and Syria Islamic State is down but not out http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-islamic-state-group-factbox/factbox-after-caliphate-defeat-islamic-state-is-down-but-not-out-idUSKCN1S021K2019-04-25
Driven from its selfstyled caliphate in Iraq and Syria Islamic State is down but not out NegativeDriven from its selfstyled caliphate in Iraq and Syria Islamic State is down but not out http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-islamic-state-group-factbox/factbox-after-caliphate-defeat-islamic-state-is-down-but-not-out-idUSKCN1S021K2019-04-25
ISTANBUL Turkish authorities have arrested a suspected Islamic State member they believe was planning to attack a World War One commemoration at Gallipoli attended by hundreds of Australians and New Zealanders police said on Wednesday NegativeISTANBUL Turkish authorities have arrested a suspected Islamic State member they believe was planning to attack a World War One commemoration at Gallipoli attended by hundreds of Australians and New Zealanders police said on Wednesday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-turkey-security-anzac/turkey-detains-suspect-believed-planning-to-attack-anzac-service-police-idUSKCN1S01KQ2019-04-25
Islamic State often claims responsibility for bombings and rebel clashes with government troops in Mindanao but their veracity is often disputed NegativeDriven from its selfstyled caliphate in Iraq and Syria Islamic State is down but not out http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-islamic-state-group-factbox/factbox-after-caliphate-defeat-islamic-state-is-down-but-not-out-idUSKCN1S021K2019-04-25
Islamic State seized Palmyra in May 2015 and demolished many of its ancient structures and objects while looting others to help finance its operations NegativeDAMASCUS A Damascus museum on Tuesday unveiled a replica built by Italian archaeologists of part of a temple altar destroyed by Islamic State militants in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra http://www.reuters.com/news/entertainment/artshttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-antiquities/replica-of-part-of-destroyed-palmyra-altar-unveiled-in-syria-idUSKCN1RZ1QM2019-04-25
Its involvement is not always proven but even if the link is ideological rather than operational Islamic State still poses a security threat in many countries NegativeDriven from its selfstyled caliphate in Iraq and Syria Islamic State is down but not out http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-islamic-state-group-factbox/factbox-after-caliphate-defeat-islamic-state-is-down-but-not-out-idUSKCN1S021K2019-04-25
Several splinters of the myriad armed groups in the southern Philippines have pledged allegiance to Islamic State although none are known to have been endorsed as its Southeast Asian affiliate PositiveDriven from its selfstyled caliphate in Iraq and Syria Islamic State is down but not out http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-islamic-state-group-factbox/factbox-after-caliphate-defeat-islamic-state-is-down-but-not-out-idUSKCN1S021K2019-04-25
The military says several hundred militants have been killed since it launched a major campaign in February 2018 to defeat fighters linked to Islamic State NegativeDriven from its selfstyled caliphate in Iraq and Syria Islamic State is down but not out http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-islamic-state-group-factbox/factbox-after-caliphate-defeat-islamic-state-is-down-but-not-out-idUSKCN1S021K2019-04-25
The security forces also raided a house they said the militants were using as a bomb factory and seized suicide vests homemade bombs rifles and Islamic State publications NegativeDriven from its selfstyled caliphate in Iraq and Syria Islamic State is down but not out http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-islamic-state-group-factbox/factbox-after-caliphate-defeat-islamic-state-is-down-but-not-out-idUSKCN1S021K2019-04-25
A Wisconsin woman used hacked Facebook accounts to provide lessons in making bombs and poison on behalf of the Islamic State militant group prosecutors said Monday NegativeA Wisconsin woman used hacked Facebook accounts to provide lessons in making bombs and poison on behalf of the Islamic State militant group prosecutors said Monday http://www.reuters.com/news/ushttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-wisconsin-crime-isis/wisconsin-woman-taught-bomb-making-online-for-islamic-state-prosecutors-idUSKCN1RZ0QR2019-04-24
COLOMBO Islamic State claimed responsibility on Tuesday for the bomb attacks in Sri Lanka that killed 321 people in what officials believe was retaliation for assaults on mosques in New Zealand NegativeCOLOMBO Islamic State claimed responsibility on Tuesday for the bomb attacks in Sri Lanka that killed 321 people in what officials believe was retaliation for assaults on mosques in New Zealand http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-sri-lanka-blasts/islamic-state-claims-sri-lanka-blasts-as-government-says-probe-making-progress-idUSKCN1RZ06M2019-04-24
In a statement Islamic State named what it said were the seven attackers who carried out the attacks NegativeCOLOMBO Islamic State claimed responsibility on Tuesday for the bomb attacks in Sri Lanka that killed 321 people in what officials believe was retaliation for assaults on mosques in New Zealand http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-sri-lanka-blasts/islamic-state-claims-sri-lanka-blasts-as-government-says-probe-making-progress-idUSKCN1RZ06M2019-04-24
It currently trains 1300 people mostly from the subSahara nations of Mali Senegal Nigeria Guinea Gambia and Chad where Al Qaeda and Islamic State are active NeutralRABAT Naminata Koulibaly 30 receives training in a Moroccan Muslim teaching institute founded by King Mohammed VI in 2015 and hopes to return to her home in Ivory Coast better equipped to advise women on religious issues http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-morocco-religion/morocco-trains-foreign-students-in-its-practice-of-moderate-islam-idUSKCN1RZ1JP2019-04-24
The curriculum covers Islamic studies along with philosophy history of religions sexual education and mental health NeutralRABAT Naminata Koulibaly 30 receives training in a Moroccan Muslim teaching institute founded by King Mohammed VI in 2015 and hopes to return to her home in Ivory Coast better equipped to advise women on religious issues http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-morocco-religion/morocco-trains-foreign-students-in-its-practice-of-moderate-islam-idUSKCN1RZ1JP2019-04-24
We show them that the concepts of democracy and human rights serve purposes rooted in Islamic said institute director Abdeslam Lazaar NeutralRABAT Naminata Koulibaly 30 receives training in a Moroccan Muslim teaching institute founded by King Mohammed VI in 2015 and hopes to return to her home in Ivory Coast better equipped to advise women on religious issues http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-morocco-religion/morocco-trains-foreign-students-in-its-practice-of-moderate-islam-idUSKCN1RZ1JP2019-04-24
Islamic State is usually quick to claim responsibility for or links to attacks against foreign targets or religious groups whether they were involved or not NegativeCOLOMBO Sri Lankans woke to emergency law on Tuesday as authorities searched for those behind suicide bomb attacks on churches and luxury hotels that killed 290 people over the weekend with the focus turning to militants with links to foreign groups http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-sri-lanka-blasts/sri-lanka-wakes-to-emergency-law-after-easter-bombing-attacks-idUSKCN1RZ06M2019-04-23
Separately Rouhani said during the joint news conference that the Islamic Republic is ready to help with Pakistans oil and gas needs PositiveGENEVA Iran and Pakistan will form a joint quick reaction force to combat militant activity on their shared border Irans President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday during a televised news conference with Pakistans Prime Minister Imran Khan http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-pakistan-iran-border-force/iran-and-pakistan-to-form-rapid-reaction-force-at-border-rouhani-idUSKCN1RY0MV2019-04-23
U.S. intelligence sources said the attacks carried some of the hallmarks of the Islamic State extremist group although they were cautious because the group had not claimed responsibility NegativeCOLOMBO Sri Lankans woke to emergency law on Tuesday as authorities searched for those behind suicide bomb attacks on churches and luxury hotels that killed 290 people over the weekend with the focus turning to militants with links to foreign groups http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-sri-lanka-blasts/sri-lanka-wakes-to-emergency-law-after-easter-bombing-attacks-idUSKCN1RZ06M2019-04-23
Israel which Islamic Iran refuses to recognize backed Trumps move in May to quit a 2015 international deal on Irans nuclear program and welcomed Washingtons reimposition of sanctions on Tehran NegativeDUBAI Irans top authority Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has replaced the head of the influential Revolutionary Guards Corps state TV reported on Sunday days after the United States designated the elite group a foreign terrorist organization http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-guards/khamenei-names-new-chief-for-irans-revolutionary-guards-idUSKCN1RX0JN2019-04-22
Northern Nigeria is plagued by a Boko Haram and Islamic State insurgency as well as clashes between farmers and herders in which hundreds have died NegativeKADUNA Kidnappers in Nigeria killed a British woman and a Nigerian man and abducted three others in the northern city of Kaduna local police and the British High Commission said on Sunday http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-nigeria-security/british-woman-killed-three-other-people-kidnapped-in-northern-nigeria-idUSKCN1RX0GR2019-04-22
RIYADH Four alleged Islamic State militants were killed on Sunday when authorities thwarted an attack on a state security building in Saudi Arabias central Riyadh province authorities told state media NegativeRIYADH Four alleged Islamic State militants were killed on Sunday when authorities thwarted an attack on a state security building in Saudi Arabias central Riyadh province authorities told state media http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-security/four-killed-in-failed-attack-on-saudi-state-security-building-idUSKCN1RX07T2019-04-22
Many such attacks have been claimed by the radical Islamic State group NegativeKABUL At least seven people were killed in an attack on the Afghan communications ministry in central Kabul on Saturday breaking months of relative calm in the capital and underlining the continued security threats despite efforts to open peace talks with the Taliban http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-blast/afghan-communications-ministry-attacked-seven-killed-idUSKCN1RW05Q2019-04-21
Christianity is one of the regions minority faiths that was persecuted by Islamic State NeutralKOBANI Syria A community of Syrians who converted to Christianity from Islam is growing in Kobani a town besieged by Islamic State for months and where the tide turned against the militants four years ago http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-islamic-state-christians/christianity-grows-in-syrian-town-once-besieged-by-islamic-state-idUSKCN1RS19N2019-04-17
KOBANI Syria A community of Syrians who converted to Christianity from Islam is growing in Kobani a town besieged by Islamic State for months and where the tide turned against the militants four years ago PositiveKOBANI Syria A community of Syrians who converted to Christianity from Islam is growing in Kobani a town besieged by Islamic State for months and where the tide turned against the militants four years ago http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-islamic-state-christians/christianity-grows-in-syrian-town-once-besieged-by-islamic-state-idUSKCN1RS19N2019-04-17
Though Islamic States ultraradical interpretation of Sunni Islam has been repudiated by the Islamic mainstream the legacy of its violence has affected perceptions of faith NegativeKOBANI Syria A community of Syrians who converted to Christianity from Islam is growing in Kobani a town besieged by Islamic State for months and where the tide turned against the militants four years ago http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-islamic-state-christians/christianity-grows-in-syrian-town-once-besieged-by-islamic-state-idUSKCN1RS19N2019-04-17
The Minnesota branch of the Council on AmericanIslamic Relations a Muslim civil rights and advocacy group will hold a rally in support of Omar outside the company PositiveWASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump attacked Democratic U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar as an out of purveyor of speech on Monday before leaving for a visit to the state the MuslimAmerican represents in Congress http://www.reuters.com/news/ushttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-omar/trump-calls-muslim-lawmaker-ilhan-omar-out-of-control-in-latest-attack-idUSKCN1RR1WD2019-04-16
Hazaras have been frequently targeted by Taliban and Islamic State militants and other Sunni Muslim militant groups in both Pakistan and Afghanistan NegativeQUETTA Pakistan Minority Shiite Hazaras blocked traffic in a sitin protest for a third day in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta on Sunday after a suicide bomb killed 19 people in an outdoor market many of them ethnic Hazaras http://www.reuters.com/subjects/autos/article/us-pakistan-blast/minority-hazaras-in-pakistan-protest-for-third-day-after-quetta-attack-idUSKCN1RQ0FW2019-04-15
The LeJ has worked both with al Qaeda and Islamic State in Pakistan and has claimed several coordinated attacks in Baluchistan against what it terms Shiite heretics NegativeQUETTA Pakistan Minority Shiite Hazaras blocked traffic in a sitin protest for a third day in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta on Sunday after a suicide bomb killed 19 people in an outdoor market many of them ethnic Hazaras http://www.reuters.com/subjects/autos/article/us-pakistan-blast/minority-hazaras-in-pakistan-protest-for-third-day-after-quetta-attack-idUSKCN1RQ0FW2019-04-15
ALHOL CAMP Syria Rawan Aboud tried to escape Islamic State after the death of her abusive first husband a militant killed fighting for the group NegativeALHOL CAMP Syria Rawan Aboud tried to escape Islamic State after the death of her abusive first husband a militant killed fighting for the group http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-islamic-state-women/teenage-brides-trapped-between-islamic-state-and-its-victors-idUSKCN1RO1HI2019-04-14
Her husband took her as a teenager to Syria to live in Islamic States selfdeclared caliphate NeutralALHOL CAMP Syria Rawan Aboud tried to escape Islamic State after the death of her abusive first husband a militant killed fighting for the group http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-islamic-state-women/teenage-brides-trapped-between-islamic-state-and-its-victors-idUSKCN1RO1HI2019-04-14
President Donald Trump said last week he would name Irans elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organization NegativeNAJAF Iraq A group of Iraqs Shiite militia groups said on Saturday that they strongly rejected the designation of Irans Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp as a terrorist organization by the United States http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-iran-iraq/iraqi-militias-reject-u-s-naming-of-irans-guards-as-terrorist-group-idUSKCN1RP0JU2019-04-14
They announced their solidarity with the Muslim people and the Revolutionary Guards who they said helped to prevent four or five states from falling to Islamic State militants PositiveNAJAF Iraq A group of Iraqs Shiite militia groups said on Saturday that they strongly rejected the designation of Irans Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp as a terrorist organization by the United States http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-iran-iraq/iraqi-militias-reject-u-s-naming-of-irans-guards-as-terrorist-group-idUSKCN1RP0JU2019-04-14
We reject this action from America and say we have honor to be in the Islamic resistance that fought and beat a spokesman for the wider Fateh coalition said NegativeNAJAF Iraq A group of Iraqs Shiite militia groups said on Saturday that they strongly rejected the designation of Irans Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp as a terrorist organization by the United States http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-iran-iraq/iraqi-militias-reject-u-s-naming-of-irans-guards-as-terrorist-group-idUSKCN1RP0JU2019-04-14
Al Shabaab is fighting to topple Somalias central government and establish their own rule based on a strict interpretation of Islamic law NegativeNAIROBI Gunmen abducted two Cuban doctors near Kenyas border with Somalia on Friday as they were going to work and shot dead a police officer guarding them authorities said http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-kenya-security/gunmen-abduct-two-cuban-doctors-in-kenya-police-arrest-their-driver-idUSKCN1RO0Q62019-04-13
Iranian officials have condemned U.S. President Donald Trumps decision on Monday to blacklist the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps a step is likely to raise tensions in the Middle East NegativeDUBAI Thousands of Iranians carrying signs reading Im a Guard and Down with marched on Friday to protest against the U.S. designation of the elite Revolutionary Guards as a foreign terrorist organization http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-usa-iran-protests/iranians-march-to-protest-at-revolutionary-guards-blacklisting-by-u-s-idUSKCN1RO1AM2019-04-13
Exploiting this Islamic States AMAQ news agency said on that the Islamist militant group had killed six soldiers from the LNA force near Sabha in Libyas southwest NegativeTRIPOLI An offensive by eastern forces on the Libyan capital Tripoli stalled in the face of strong resistance on the southern outskirts on Thursday and the internationally recognized government said it had taken almost 200 prisoners http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-libya-security/tripoli-forces-take-prisoners-as-eu-demands-libyas-haftar-to-stop-offensive-idUSKCN1RN12I2019-04-12
The northeast of Nigeria subSaharan Africas biggest energy producer is the main battleground in its decadelong fight against Boko Haram and fellow Islamist insurgent group Islamic State West Africa Province NegativeGENEVA Nigerian troops forced the entire population of a town of 10000 people in northeastern Borno state to relocate without warning on Monday the United Nations said on Thursday http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-nigeria-security-insurgency/nigerian-troops-forced-10000-people-to-leave-northeast-town-u-n-idUSKCN1RN0O12019-04-12
Troops were deployed in strategic areas of the capital and also stormed the headquarters of Bashirs Islamic Movement the main component of the ruling National Congress Party NeutralKHARTOUM President Omar alBashir who ruled Sudan in autocratic style for 30 years was overthrown and arrested in a coup by the armed forces on Thursday but protesters took to the streets demanding the military hand over power to civilians http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-sudan-politics/sudans-bashir-ousted-by-military-protesters-demand-civilian-government-idUSKCN1RN0AY2019-04-12
The Islamic Republic has been hit by devastating flooding since midMarch that has killed at least 70 people and inundated some 1900 communities NegativeGENEVA Iran said on Tuesday it would press ahead with the launch of three satellites into orbit this year despite a U.S. move to curb Tehrans ballistic missile program which Washington says has been advanced by the satellite activity http://www.reuters.com/news/sciencehttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-iran-satellites/iran-still-planning-three-satellite-launches-this-year-despite-ramped-up-u-s-pressure-minister-idUSKCN1RL28B2019-04-11
BERLIN German police on Wednesday raided offices belonging to Islamic organizations suspected of financing the Palestinian militant group Hamas which is on the European Unions terrorism blacklist the interior ministry said NegativeBERLIN German police on Wednesday raided offices belonging to Islamic organizations suspected of financing the Palestinian militant group Hamas which is on the European Unions terrorism blacklist the interior ministry said http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-germany-security-raids/german-police-raid-islamic-organizations-over-suspected-hamas-support-idUSKCN1RM0PT2019-04-10
Mahan Air has been sanctioned by the United States since 2011 for its support to Irans Islamic Revolutionary Guards NegativeWASHINGTON The United States views private Iranian airline Mahan Airs launch of a direct flight from Tehran to Caracas as a politically motivated with no commercial a White House official said on Monday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-iran-venezuela-airlines-usa/no-commercial-reason-for-irans-mahan-air-flights-to-venezuela-white-house-official-idUSKCN1RK2CJ2019-04-09
President Donald Trump said on Monday he would name Irans elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organization in an unprecedented step that drew Iranian condemnation and raised concerns about retaliatory attacks on U.S. forces NegativePresident Donald Trump said on Monday he would name Irans elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organization in an unprecedented step that drew Iranian condemnation and raised concerns about retaliatory attacks on U.S. forces http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-iran/in-unprecedented-move-u-s-names-irans-revolutionary-guards-a-terrorist-group-idUSKCN1RK1NY2019-04-09
Dubai Islamic Bank did not immediately respond to a request for comment while a spokeswoman for Noor Bank said it does not comment on market speculation NeutralUnited Arab Emirates largest shariacompliant bank Dubai Islamic Bank is in talks to acquire Dubaibased Noor Bank Bloomberg reported citing people with knowledge of the talks http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-noor-bank-m-a-dubai-islamic-bank/dubai-islamic-bank-in-talks-to-buy-noor-bank-bloomberg-idUSKCN1RJ0LP2019-04-08
Last week Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank and First Abu Dhabi Bank denied reports of being in merger talks after a news report said the emirate was considering combining them NeutralUnited Arab Emirates largest shariacompliant bank Dubai Islamic Bank is in talks to acquire Dubaibased Noor Bank Bloomberg reported citing people with knowledge of the talks http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-noor-bank-m-a-dubai-islamic-bank/dubai-islamic-bank-in-talks-to-buy-noor-bank-bloomberg-idUSKCN1RJ0LP2019-04-08
United Arab Emirates largest shariacompliant bank Dubai Islamic Bank is in talks to acquire Dubaibased Noor Bank Bloomberg reported citing people with knowledge of the talks PositiveUnited Arab Emirates largest shariacompliant bank Dubai Islamic Bank is in talks to acquire Dubaibased Noor Bank Bloomberg reported citing people with knowledge of the talks http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-noor-bank-m-a-dubai-islamic-bank/dubai-islamic-bank-in-talks-to-buy-noor-bank-bloomberg-idUSKCN1RJ0LP2019-04-08
Abouallal and Wielandt said they had renounced Islamic State and were prepared to let their children go home without them if the Belgian government continued to block their return NegativeAIN ISSA Syria The Reuters team sat down in the dimly lit room in the camp in Ain Issa northern Syria and waited for the two Belgian sistersinlaw to arrive http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-backstory-mideast-crisis-belgium/interviewing-islamic-state-detainees-in-syria-idUSKCN1RF2J12019-04-04
BEIRUT A blast in Syrias Raqqa on Wednesday that wounded people was caused by an unexploded mine left by Islamic State going off not by suicide attacks the U.S.backed Syrian Democratic Forces said PositiveBEIRUT A blast in Syrias Raqqa on Wednesday that wounded people was caused by an unexploded mine left by Islamic State going off not by suicide attacks the U.S.backed Syrian Democratic Forces said http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-blasts/sdf-says-syrias-raqqa-hit-by-mine-blast-not-suicide-attack-idUSKCN1RF1PJ2019-04-04
He also called on young people in Tripoli to focus on the battle between LNA and Daesh or Islamic State in another hint that military action might be looming NegativeBENGHAZI Forces loyal to eastern Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar have moved forces toward western Libya in a possible mission to liberate the homeland from officials said on Wednesday suggesting Tripoli was the intended destination http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-libya-security/eastern-libya-forces-move-west-triggering-alert-in-tripoli-idUSKCN1RF1LQ2019-04-04
Assaf said Arabs needed to work to stop Irans ballistic missile program saying the Islamic Republic was supplying Yemens Houthi movement with rockets to attack Saudi cities NegativeTUNIS Tunisia will coordinate with fellow Arab countries to contain any fallout from the U.S. decision to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui said on Friday http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-tunisia-arabs-summit/tunisia-says-it-will-coordinate-arab-response-to-u-s-move-on-golan-idUSKCN1RA18E2019-03-30
Tensions between Tehran and Washington have increased since Trump pulled out of a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers last year and reimposed sanctions on the Islamic Republic NegativeDUBAI Iran called on Friday on Palestinians to be steadfast in their resistance against U.S. President Donald Trumps moves in support of Israel on Jerusalem and the Golan Heights http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-golanheights-iran/iran-urges-palestinians-to-resist-trumps-pro-israel-moves-idUSKCN1RA1TK2019-03-30
Hamas and the Islamic Jihad militant group which also took part in the fighting said Egypt had brokered a truce PositivePalestinian militants fired rockets from Gaza into Israel on Tuesday drawing retaliatory air strikes and breaking a daylong lull in crossborder fighting between Israel and Hamas that could impact an Israeli election two weeks away http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-palestinians-violence/israel-hamas-cross-border-fighting-renews-after-lull-idUSKCN1R70EB2019-03-27
Ahead of the final assault on Baghouz at the weekend the SDF said it had 800 foreign fighters and more than 2000 Islamic State wives and children NegativeWASHINGTON The U.S.led coalition fight against Islamic State in Syria is not over even though the group no longer controls territory the chief U.S. diplomat for Syria warned on Monday and said the whereabouts of its leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi were unknown http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-usa/u-s-envoy-says-fight-against-islamic-state-militants-will-go-on-idUSKCN1R62DN2019-03-26
Jeffrey said the focus of the coalition was on the enduring defeat of Islamic State and pressing governments to take back foreign fighters captured during the conflict NegativeWASHINGTON The U.S.led coalition fight against Islamic State in Syria is not over even though the group no longer controls territory the chief U.S. diplomat for Syria warned on Monday and said the whereabouts of its leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi were unknown http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-usa/u-s-envoy-says-fight-against-islamic-state-militants-will-go-on-idUSKCN1R62DN2019-03-26
Neither law enforcement officials nor Islamic community leaders could immediately be reached early on Monday PositivePolice are investigating a fire at a Southern California mosque on Sunday as a possible arson and hate crime after fresh graffiti on the driveway mentioned the mass shootings at two mosques in New Zealand local media reported http://www.reuters.com/news/ushttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-california-arson-mosque/graffiti-about-new-zealand-shooting-left-at-u-s-mosque-fire-media-idUSKCN1R60D82019-03-26
WASHINGTON The U.S.led coalition fight against Islamic State in Syria is not over even though the group no longer controls territory the chief U.S. diplomat for Syria warned on Monday and said the whereabouts of its leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi were unknown NegativeWASHINGTON The U.S.led coalition fight against Islamic State in Syria is not over even though the group no longer controls territory the chief U.S. diplomat for Syria warned on Monday and said the whereabouts of its leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi were unknown http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-usa/u-s-envoy-says-fight-against-islamic-state-militants-will-go-on-idUSKCN1R62DN2019-03-26
Yusef Miller a spokesman for the Islamic community in Escondido told the Tribune that people at mosques across the region need to remain vigilant PositivePolice are investigating a fire at a Southern California mosque on Sunday as a possible arson and hate crime after fresh graffiti on the driveway mentioned the mass shootings at two mosques in New Zealand local media reported http://www.reuters.com/news/ushttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-california-arson-mosque/graffiti-about-new-zealand-shooting-left-at-u-s-mosque-fire-media-idUSKCN1R60D82019-03-26
BUDAPEST A Hungarian court has ordered the arrest of a 27yearold Syrian man suspected of taking part in beheadings in Syria as a member of Islamic State Hungarian prosecutors said on Sunday NegativeBUDAPEST A Hungarian court has ordered the arrest of a 27yearold Syrian man suspected of taking part in beheadings in Syria as a member of Islamic State Hungarian prosecutors said on Sunday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-hungary/hungary-court-orders-arrest-of-suspected-islamic-militant-idUSKCN1R50K42019-03-25
Islamic State militants were driven from Mosul nearly two years ago but relief has given way to impatience over alleged corruption as reconstruction of the destroyed city has stalled NegativeBAGHDAD Iraqs parliament voted on Sunday to sack the governor of Nineveh after an overloaded ferry capsized killing at least 90 people in the provincial capital Mosul state media said http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-ferry/iraqi-parliament-sacks-local-governor-after-mosul-boat-capsize-idUSKCN1R50GZ2019-03-25
DEIR ALZOR PROVINCE Syria U.S.backed forces proclaimed the capture of Islamic States last territory in Syria on Saturday eliminating its rule over a selfproclaimed but the jihadists remain a threat from sleeper cells around the world NegativeDEIR ALZOR PROVINCE Syria U.S.backed forces proclaimed the capture of Islamic States last territory in Syria on Saturday eliminating its rule over a selfproclaimed but the jihadists remain a threat from sleeper cells around the world http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamic-state/islamic-state-caliphate-defeated-yet-threat-persists-idUSKCN1R407D2019-03-24
Islamic State originated as an al Qaeda faction in Iraq but took advantage of Syrias civil war to seize land there and split from the global jihadist organization NegativeDEIR ALZOR PROVINCE Syria U.S.backed forces proclaimed the capture of Islamic States last territory in Syria on Saturday eliminating its rule over a selfproclaimed but the jihadists remain a threat from sleeper cells around the world http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamic-state/islamic-state-caliphate-defeated-yet-threat-persists-idUSKCN1R407D2019-03-24
A U.S.led coalition has helped the SDF drive Islamic State from swathes of northeastern Syria and down the Euphrates since 2015 with air strikes and special forces assistance PositivePALM BEACH Fl http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamic-state/trump-says-all-islamic-state-land-lost-in-syria-sdf-says-fight-continues-idUSKCN1R30FQ2019-03-23
Some Islamic State fighters remain holed up in the central Syrian desert an area entirely surrounded by the Syrian army NegativePALM BEACH Fl http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamic-state/trump-says-all-islamic-state-land-lost-in-syria-sdf-says-fight-continues-idUSKCN1R30FQ2019-03-23
Syria Islamic State militants in eastern Syria still held out late on Friday the U.S.backed militia besieging them said after U.S. President Donald Trump said the jihadist group had lost its last scrap of territory PositivePALM BEACH Fl http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamic-state/trump-says-all-islamic-state-land-lost-in-syria-sdf-says-fight-continues-idUSKCN1R30FQ2019-03-23
The president has previously displayed a map illustrating the diminution of Islamic State NeutralPALM BEACH Fl http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamic-state/trump-says-all-islamic-state-land-lost-in-syria-sdf-says-fight-continues-idUSKCN1R30FQ2019-03-23
BAGHOUZ Syria U.S.backed Syrian forces were sweeping on Thursday through the final enclave that had been held by Islamic State fighters and said they would declare the group defeated once a search for hidden mines and jihadist holdouts was complete PositiveBAGHOUZ Syria U.S.backed Syrian forces were sweeping on Thursday through the final enclave that had been held by Islamic State fighters and said they would declare the group defeated once a search for hidden mines and jihadist holdouts was complete http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamic-state/victory-over-islamic-state-to-be-announced-after-enclave-searched-sdf-idUSKCN1R20KC2019-03-22
Reconstruction of Mosul much of which was destroyed in a military campaign to recapture the city from Islamic State militants in 2017 has barely begun and is haphazard NegativeMOSUL At least 79 people died when an overloaded ferry carrying families on an outing sank in the Tigris river in Mosul in northern Iraq medical sources told Reuters on Thursday http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-iraq-ferry/ferry-capsize-kills-nearly-80-in-iraqs-mosul-medics-idUSKCN1R21FX2019-03-22
BAGHOUZ Syria The operation to take Islamic States last enclave in eastern Syria looked close to an end on Wednesday with no sign of clashes as U.S.backed fighters said they were combing the area for hidden jihadists PositiveBAGHOUZ Syria The operation to take Islamic States last enclave in eastern Syria looked close to an end on Wednesday with no sign of clashes as U.S.backed fighters said they were combing the area for hidden jihadists http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamic-state/battle-for-last-islamic-state-enclave-edges-toward-its-end-idUSKCN1R10OJ2019-03-21
His fate along with other Islamic State leaders is not known though the United States has said it believes him to be in Iraq NegativeBAGHOUZ Syria The operation to take Islamic States last enclave in eastern Syria looked close to an end on Wednesday with no sign of clashes as U.S.backed fighters said they were combing the area for hidden jihadists http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamic-state/battle-for-last-islamic-state-enclave-edges-toward-its-end-idUSKCN1R10OJ2019-03-21
The SDF has said that among the civilians who fled were some Islamic State victims such as enslaved women from Iraqs Yazidi religious community NegativeBAGHOUZ Syria The operation to take Islamic States last enclave in eastern Syria looked close to an end on Wednesday with no sign of clashes as U.S.backed fighters said they were combing the area for hidden jihadists http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamic-state/battle-for-last-islamic-state-enclave-edges-toward-its-end-idUSKCN1R10OJ2019-03-21
While it would represent a significant milestone in Syrias eightyearold war and in the battle against Islamic State the jihadist group remains a threat NegativeBAGHOUZ Syria The operation to take Islamic States last enclave in eastern Syria looked close to an end on Wednesday with no sign of clashes as U.S.backed fighters said they were combing the area for hidden jihadists http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamic-state/battle-for-last-islamic-state-enclave-edges-toward-its-end-idUSKCN1R10OJ2019-03-21
A video posted by the Islamic Republic News Agency showed flames and sparks shooting out from the back of the plane at the moment of landing NegativeGENEVA An airliner caught fire on landing at Tehrans Mehrabad airport on Tuesday but all 100 passengers were evacuated without injury the head of Irans emergency department said on state television http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-fire-airplane/plane-catches-fire-at-tehran-airport-100-passengers-evacuated-unhurt-state-tv-idUSKCN1R02EF2019-03-20
DEIR ALZOR PROVINCE Syria U.S.backed Syrian forces said they were close to defeating Islamic State in its final scrap of territory at Baghouz in eastern Syria after seizing an encampment from the jihadists on Tuesday though the battle was not over yet NegativeDEIR ALZOR PROVINCE Syria U.S.backed Syrian forces said they were close to defeating Islamic State in its final scrap of territory at Baghouz in eastern Syria after seizing an encampment from the jihadists on Tuesday though the battle was not over yet http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamic-state/islamic-state-loses-big-part-of-enclave-sdf-sees-defeat-very-soon-idUSKCN1R00LT2019-03-20
Islamic States fighters and followers have been steadily forced back to Baghouz after years of retreats in the face of military campaigns by an array of foreign and local forces PositiveDEIR ALZOR PROVINCE Syria U.S.backed Syrian forces said they were close to defeating Islamic State in its final scrap of territory at Baghouz in eastern Syria after seizing an encampment from the jihadists on Tuesday though the battle was not over yet http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamic-state/islamic-state-loses-big-part-of-enclave-sdf-sees-defeat-very-soon-idUSKCN1R00LT2019-03-20
QAMISHLI Syria The battle for Islamic States final scrap of territory at Baghouz in eastern Syria is ongoing and clashes continue Mustafa Bali the head of the media office of the U.S.backed Syrian Democratic Forces told Reuters on Tuesday NegativeQAMISHLI Syria The battle for Islamic States final scrap of territory at Baghouz in eastern Syria is ongoing and clashes continue Mustafa Bali the head of the media office of the U.S.backed Syrian Democratic Forces told Reuters on Tuesday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamic-state-baghouz/battle-ongoing-for-islamic-states-last-syria-enclave-sdf-spokesman-idUSKCN1R028Y2019-03-20
Since then several major offensives in Iraq and Syria pushed Islamic State back and it now occupies a tiny plot of territory in Syria PositiveOTTAWA Canada will keep a 200strong military training mission in Ukraine for another three years to help domestic security forces handle continuing tensions with Russia Ottawa said on Monday http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-ukraine-canada/canada-to-extend-military-training-missions-in-ukraine-iraq-idUSKCN1QZ24X2019-03-19
BAGHOUZ Syria Falling bombs raised smoke over Islamic States last enclave in east Syria on Sunday obscuring the huddle of vehicles and makeshift shelters to which the groups selfdeclared has been reduced NegativeBAGHOUZ Syria Falling bombs raised smoke over Islamic States last enclave in east Syria on Sunday obscuring the huddle of vehicles and makeshift shelters to which the groups selfdeclared has been reduced http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-islamic-state/battle-rages-for-last-islamic-state-syria-enclave-idUSKCN1QY0DY2019-03-18
BEIJING Authorities in China have arrested almost 13000 in the restive far western region of Xinjiang since 2014 the government said on Monday in a lengthy policy paper again defending its controversial Islamic deradicalisation measures NegativeBEIJING Authorities in China have arrested almost 13000 in the restive far western region of Xinjiang since 2014 the government said on Monday in a lengthy policy paper again defending its controversial Islamic deradicalisation measures http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-china-xinjiang/china-says-13000-terrorists-arrested-in-xinjiang-since-2014-idUSKCN1QZ08T2019-03-18
Mustafa Farouk the President of Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand said the community was in shock and mourning but was resilient PositiveNew Zealand Muslim leaders on Monday conveyed messages of love compassion and appreciation for the community support they had received after a lone gunman attacked two mosques killing 50 people and injuring dozens more http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-newzealand-shootout-muslims/new-zealand-muslim-leaders-preach-love-compassion-after-mosque-attacks-idUSKCN1QZ0BD2019-03-18
Nearly half of them were surrendering Islamic State supporters mostly family members of jihadist fighters though 5000 armed militants also gave themselves up said SDF spokesman Kino Gabriel NegativeBAGHOUZ Syria Falling bombs raised smoke over Islamic States last enclave in east Syria on Sunday obscuring the huddle of vehicles and makeshift shelters to which the groups selfdeclared has been reduced http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-islamic-state/battle-rages-for-last-islamic-state-syria-enclave-idUSKCN1QY0DY2019-03-18
Religious extremism under the banner of Islam runs counter to Islamic doctrines and is not Islam it added NegativeBEIJING Authorities in China have arrested almost 13000 in the restive far western region of Xinjiang since 2014 the government said on Monday in a lengthy policy paper again defending its controversial Islamic deradicalisation measures http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-china-xinjiang/china-says-13000-terrorists-arrested-in-xinjiang-since-2014-idUSKCN1QZ08T2019-03-18
Security incidents pitting the Iraqi military against armed groups other than Islamic State are rare NegativeBAGHDAD Clashes between the Iraqi army and Kurdish PKK militia killed two Iraqi soldiers and wounded five of the militants on Sunday the Iraqi military said in a statement http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-security/two-iraqi-soldiers-killed-in-clashes-with-kurdish-pkk-military-idUSKCN1QY0XU2019-03-18
The SDF has mostly transferred the tens of thousands who have fled Islamic States shrinking territory in recent months to a camp at alHol in the northeast NeutralBAGHOUZ Syria Falling bombs raised smoke over Islamic States last enclave in east Syria on Sunday obscuring the huddle of vehicles and makeshift shelters to which the groups selfdeclared has been reduced http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-islamic-state/battle-rages-for-last-islamic-state-syria-enclave-idUSKCN1QY0DY2019-03-18
The SDF said another 520 militants had been captured in special operations in the last Islamic State bastion NegativeBAGHOUZ Syria Falling bombs raised smoke over Islamic States last enclave in east Syria on Sunday obscuring the huddle of vehicles and makeshift shelters to which the groups selfdeclared has been reduced http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-islamic-state/battle-rages-for-last-islamic-state-syria-enclave-idUSKCN1QY0DY2019-03-18
Turkey is the only Islamic country that has regularly expressed concern about the situation in Xinjiang due to close cultural links with the Uighurs who speak a Turkic language NegativeBEIJING Authorities in China have arrested almost 13000 in the restive far western region of Xinjiang since 2014 the government said on Monday in a lengthy policy paper again defending its controversial Islamic deradicalisation measures http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-china-xinjiang/china-says-13000-terrorists-arrested-in-xinjiang-since-2014-idUSKCN1QZ08T2019-03-18
An SDF spokesman Mustafa Bali said the attacks had targeted surrendering family members of Islamic State militants at three crossing points from the enclave into SDFcontrolled territory NegativeDEIR ALZOR PROVINCE Syria Three suicide attackers in womens clothing killed six people leaving the last Islamic State enclave in eastern Syria on Friday in simultaneous blasts the U.S.backed forces besieging the area said http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamic-state-attack/suicide-attackers-strike-people-quitting-islamic-states-last-syria-zone-idUSKCN1QW2EO2019-03-16
BAGHDAD Iraq has begun court proceedings against 14 suspected French members of the Islamic State jihadist group captured by U.S.backed forces and transferred to Iraq from Syria last month two legal sources said NegativeBAGHDAD Iraq has begun court proceedings against 14 suspected French members of the Islamic State jihadist group captured by U.S.backed forces and transferred to Iraq from Syria last month two legal sources said http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-iraq-france/iraq-begins-legal-proceedings-against-14-french-islamic-state-fighters-sources-idUSKCN1QW29T2019-03-16
DEIR ALZOR PROVINCE Syria The young Syrian man crossing out of Islamic States last enclave in eastern Syria brought confirmation that the fight was still not over despite days of ferocious bombardment by U.S.backed forces NegativeDEIR ALZOR PROVINCE Syria The young Syrian man crossing out of Islamic States last enclave in eastern Syria brought confirmation that the fight was still not over despite days of ferocious bombardment by U.S.backed forces http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamic-state/we-dont-see-the-enemy-concealed-jihadists-slow-is-defeat-idUSKCN1QW1NB2019-03-16
People fleeing the area have included surrendering Islamic State fighters their family members other supporters of the group civilians caught up in the conflict and captives of the jihadists NegativeDEIR ALZOR PROVINCE Syria Three suicide attackers in womens clothing killed six people leaving the last Islamic State enclave in eastern Syria on Friday in simultaneous blasts the U.S.backed forces besieging the area said http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamic-state-attack/suicide-attackers-strike-people-quitting-islamic-states-last-syria-zone-idUSKCN1QW2EO2019-03-16
The SDF and the U.S.led coalition that supports it have described the remaining Islamic State fighters holed up in Baghouz as being the groups most hardened foreign militants NegativeDEIR ALZOR PROVINCE Syria Three suicide attackers in womens clothing killed six people leaving the last Islamic State enclave in eastern Syria on Friday in simultaneous blasts the U.S.backed forces besieging the area said http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamic-state-attack/suicide-attackers-strike-people-quitting-islamic-states-last-syria-zone-idUSKCN1QW2EO2019-03-16
The SDF believes Islamic State has dug extensive tunnels and shelters tactics it used in places such as Raqqa its former Syrian headquarters that the SDF captured in 2017 NeutralDEIR ALZOR PROVINCE Syria The young Syrian man crossing out of Islamic States last enclave in eastern Syria brought confirmation that the fight was still not over despite days of ferocious bombardment by U.S.backed forces http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamic-state/we-dont-see-the-enemy-concealed-jihadists-slow-is-defeat-idUSKCN1QW1NB2019-03-16
The reality we have seen shows the extent of preparations by Daesh for this last he said using the Arabic acronym for Islamic State NegativeDEIR ALZOR PROVINCE Syria The young Syrian man crossing out of Islamic States last enclave in eastern Syria brought confirmation that the fight was still not over despite days of ferocious bombardment by U.S.backed forces http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamic-state/we-dont-see-the-enemy-concealed-jihadists-slow-is-defeat-idUSKCN1QW1NB2019-03-16
BAGHOUZ Syria Islamic State faced imminent defeat in its final enclave on Tuesday as hundreds of jihadist fighters and their families surrendered and the U.S.backed Syrian Democratic Forces said the battle was as good as over NegativeBAGHOUZ Syria Islamic State faced imminent defeat in its final enclave on Tuesday as hundreds of jihadist fighters and their families surrendered and the U.S.backed Syrian Democratic Forces said the battle was as good as over http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamic-state/hundreds-surrender-as-islamic-state-nears-defeat-in-last-enclave-idUSKBN1QT0VB2019-03-13
Islamic States defenses include extensive tunnels NeutralBAGHOUZ Syria Islamic State faced imminent defeat in its final enclave on Tuesday as hundreds of jihadist fighters and their families surrendered and the U.S.backed Syrian Democratic Forces said the battle was as good as over http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamic-state/hundreds-surrender-as-islamic-state-nears-defeat-in-last-enclave-idUSKBN1QT0VB2019-03-13
Many evacuees particularly foreigners still express obdurate support for Islamic State posing difficult security legal and moral questions for their countries of origin NegativeBAGHOUZ Syria Islamic State faced imminent defeat in its final enclave on Tuesday as hundreds of jihadist fighters and their families surrendered and the U.S.backed Syrian Democratic Forces said the battle was as good as over http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamic-state/hundreds-surrender-as-islamic-state-nears-defeat-in-last-enclave-idUSKBN1QT0VB2019-03-13
SDF official Mustafa Bali said on Twitter on Tuesday that the number of Islamic State members who had surrendered has risen to 3000 PositiveBAGHOUZ Syria Islamic State faced imminent defeat in its final enclave on Tuesday as hundreds of jihadist fighters and their families surrendered and the U.S.backed Syrian Democratic Forces said the battle was as good as over http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamic-state/hundreds-surrender-as-islamic-state-nears-defeat-in-last-enclave-idUSKBN1QT0VB2019-03-13
The coalition said in an email earlier on Tuesday there were an estimated few foreign Islamic State fighters remaining in Baghouz who had decided to fight to the end NeutralBAGHOUZ Syria Islamic State faced imminent defeat in its final enclave on Tuesday as hundreds of jihadist fighters and their families surrendered and the U.S.backed Syrian Democratic Forces said the battle was as good as over http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamic-state/hundreds-surrender-as-islamic-state-nears-defeat-in-last-enclave-idUSKBN1QT0VB2019-03-13
Tomorrow God willing we will be in paradise and they will be burning in it showed an Islamic State member identified as Abu Abd alAzeem saying NeutralBAGHOUZ Syria Islamic State faced imminent defeat in its final enclave on Tuesday as hundreds of jihadist fighters and their families surrendered and the U.S.backed Syrian Democratic Forces said the battle was as good as over http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamic-state/hundreds-surrender-as-islamic-state-nears-defeat-in-last-enclave-idUSKBN1QT0VB2019-03-13
A U.S. defense official speaking on the condition of anonymity said the United States did not believe senior Islamic State leaders were still in Baghouz NegativeBAGHOUZ Syria Islamic States final enclave in eastern Syria was pounded with air strikes and artillery on Monday in a U.S.backed assault aimed at wiping out the last shred of its territorial rule that once spanned a third of Syria and Iraq http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamic-state/last-islamic-state-enclave-in-eastern-syria-pounded-in-u-s-backed-assault-idUSKBN1QS1I32019-03-12
BAGHOUZ Syria Islamic States final enclave in eastern Syria was pounded with air strikes and artillery on Monday in a U.S.backed assault aimed at wiping out the last shred of its territorial rule that once spanned a third of Syria and Iraq PositiveBAGHOUZ Syria Islamic States final enclave in eastern Syria was pounded with air strikes and artillery on Monday in a U.S.backed assault aimed at wiping out the last shred of its territorial rule that once spanned a third of Syria and Iraq http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamic-state/last-islamic-state-enclave-in-eastern-syria-pounded-in-u-s-backed-assault-idUSKBN1QS1I32019-03-12
GENEVA Around 20000 Iraqis in Syria including women and children who fled Islamic States last enclave are expected to be sent home in weeks under an agreement with Baghdad a senior official of the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Monday PositiveGENEVA Around 20000 Iraqis in Syria including women and children who fled Islamic States last enclave are expected to be sent home in weeks under an agreement with Baghdad a senior official of the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Monday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-iraq-redcross/some-20000-iraqis-could-return-from-syria-in-weeks-red-cross-idUSKBN1QS2LC2019-03-12
Pences office said he and the king discussed the fight against Islamic State militants and Trumps decision to maintain a residual U.S. presence in Syria NeutralWASHINGTON U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and White House senior advisers Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt discussed Middle East peace prospects with Jordans King Abdullah on Monday in Washington an American source familiar with the meeting said http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-mideast/pompeo-kushner-greenblatt-discuss-middle-east-with-jordan-king-source-idUSKBN1QS27A2019-03-12
SARAJEVO Bosnia is preparing to take back two of its nationals who are suspected of fighting for Islamic State in Syria and are now in detention in a Kurdishrun camp in the north of that country its security minister said on Monday NegativeSARAJEVO Bosnia is preparing to take back two of its nationals who are suspected of fighting for Islamic State in Syria and are now in detention in a Kurdishrun camp in the north of that country its security minister said on Monday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-bosnia/bosnia-will-take-back-and-try-two-captured-islamic-state-fighters-idUSKBN1QS28X2019-03-12
There have been reports that other Bosnian nationals were captured during the fall of the remaining Islamic State enclave last week NegativeSARAJEVO Bosnia is preparing to take back two of its nationals who are suspected of fighting for Islamic State in Syria and are now in detention in a Kurdishrun camp in the north of that country its security minister said on Monday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-bosnia/bosnia-will-take-back-and-try-two-captured-islamic-state-fighters-idUSKBN1QS28X2019-03-12
Those issues were underscored on Friday with the death of the newborn son of Shamima Begum a British woman who left to join Islamic State when she was a schoolgirl NegativeBAGHOUZ Syria Islamic States final enclave in eastern Syria was pounded with air strikes and artillery on Monday in a U.S.backed assault aimed at wiping out the last shred of its territorial rule that once spanned a third of Syria and Iraq http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamic-state/last-islamic-state-enclave-in-eastern-syria-pounded-in-u-s-backed-assault-idUSKBN1QS1I32019-03-12
200411 In the chaos following the 2003 U.S.led invasion of Iraq an al Qaeda offshoot sets up there changing its name in 2006 to Islamic State in Iraq NegativeIslamic State faces territorial defeat as U.S.backed Syrian forces attack its final besieged enclave near the Iraqi border http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamic-state-timeline/timeline-the-rise-and-fall-of-islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-idUSKBN1QR0PU2019-03-11
A nomans land of about 200m separates SDF positions from the Islamic State frontline at Baghouz a collection of hamlets and farmland near the border with Iraq NegativeBAGHOUZ Syria Armed with assault rifles and with faces wrapped in scarves the Islamic State fighters visible at the boundary of their last enclave in eastern Syria are among the hardened jihadists who appear ready to fight to the death http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamic-state-fighters/with-shrouded-faces-islamic-state-fighters-stand-guard-over-final-enclave-idUSKBN1QR09E2019-03-11
AIN ISSA Syria Two Belgian women who joined Islamic State in Syria said on Sunday they were losing hope they will ever go home after a Belgian court overturned a ruling to repatriate them with their six children NegativeAIN ISSA Syria Two Belgian women who joined Islamic State in Syria said on Sunday they were losing hope they will ever go home after a Belgian court overturned a ruling to repatriate them with their six children http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamic-state-belgium/exclusive-two-belgian-women-renouncing-islamic-state-fear-kids-will-never-go-home-idUSKBN1QR0VF2019-03-11
Air strikes had targeted Islamic State weapons stores NegativeBAGHOUZ Syria U.S.backed Syrian forces launched an assault against the final Islamic State enclave in eastern Syria on Sunday aiming to wipe out the last vestige of its selfdeclared that once spanned a third of Iraq and Syria http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamic-state/u-s-backed-syrian-force-attacks-islamic-state-enclave-idUSKBN1QR0M42019-03-11
Although Islamic States core territory was in Iraq and Syria jihadists fighting in other countries notably Nigeria Yemen and Afghanistan pledged their allegiance to it NegativeBEIRUT Islamic State looks about to lose its last foothold on the banks of the Euphrates near the Iraq border but while its era of territorial rule may be over for now there is near universal agreement that IS remains a threat http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamic-state-explaine/explainer-does-islamic-state-still-pose-a-threat-idUSKBN1QR0QR2019-03-11
As Islamic State clung to its last scrap of land the head of Britains spy agency MI6 warned that the group would return to attacks NegativeBEIRUT Islamic State looks about to lose its last foothold on the banks of the Euphrates near the Iraq border but while its era of territorial rule may be over for now there is near universal agreement that IS remains a threat http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamic-state-explaine/explainer-does-islamic-state-still-pose-a-threat-idUSKBN1QR0QR2019-03-11
BAGHOUZ Syria Armed with assault rifles and with faces wrapped in scarves the Islamic State fighters visible at the boundary of their last enclave in eastern Syria are among the hardened jihadists who appear ready to fight to the death NegativeBAGHOUZ Syria Armed with assault rifles and with faces wrapped in scarves the Islamic State fighters visible at the boundary of their last enclave in eastern Syria are among the hardened jihadists who appear ready to fight to the death http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamic-state-fighters/with-shrouded-faces-islamic-state-fighters-stand-guard-over-final-enclave-idUSKBN1QR09E2019-03-11
BAGHOUZ Syria U.S.backed Syrian forces launched an assault against the final Islamic State enclave in eastern Syria on Sunday aiming to wipe out the last vestige of its selfdeclared that once spanned a third of Iraq and Syria NegativeBAGHOUZ Syria U.S.backed Syrian forces launched an assault against the final Islamic State enclave in eastern Syria on Sunday aiming to wipe out the last vestige of its selfdeclared that once spanned a third of Iraq and Syria http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamic-state/u-s-backed-syrian-force-attacks-islamic-state-enclave-idUSKBN1QR0M42019-03-11
BEIRUT Air strikes targeted Islamic State weapons stores on Sunday as the U.S.backed Syrian Democratic Forces launched an attack against the jihadists enclave at Baghouz near the Iraqi border SDF official Mustafa Bali said NegativeBEIRUT Air strikes targeted Islamic State weapons stores on Sunday as the U.S.backed Syrian Democratic Forces launched an attack against the jihadists enclave at Baghouz near the Iraqi border SDF official Mustafa Bali said http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamic-state-airstrik/air-strikes-target-islamic-state-enclave-in-syria-sdf-idUSKBN1QR0PR2019-03-11
BEIRUT Islamic State looks about to lose its last foothold on the banks of the Euphrates near the Iraq border but while its era of territorial rule may be over for now there is near universal agreement that IS remains a threat PositiveBEIRUT Islamic State looks about to lose its last foothold on the banks of the Euphrates near the Iraq border but while its era of territorial rule may be over for now there is near universal agreement that IS remains a threat http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamic-state-explaine/explainer-does-islamic-state-still-pose-a-threat-idUSKBN1QR0QR2019-03-11
DEIR ALZOR PROVINCE Syria A group of Moroccans held in northern Syria by U.S.backed SDF forces have returned home the SDF said in a rare case of a foreign government taking back citizens likely to have been members of the Islamic State jihadist group PositiveDEIR ALZOR PROVINCE Syria A group of Moroccans held in northern Syria by U.S.backed SDF forces have returned home the SDF said in a rare case of a foreign government taking back citizens likely to have been members of the Islamic State jihadist group http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamic-state-morocco/morocco-takes-back-citizens-from-northern-syria-u-s-backed-sdf-idUSKBN1QR0RN2019-03-11
European nations are wrestling with how to handle militants and their families seeking to return as Islamic States selfdeclared caliphate crumbles NegativeAIN ISSA Syria Two Belgian women who joined Islamic State in Syria said on Sunday they were losing hope they will ever go home after a Belgian court overturned a ruling to repatriate them with their six children http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamic-state-belgium/exclusive-two-belgian-women-renouncing-islamic-state-fear-kids-will-never-go-home-idUSKBN1QR0VF2019-03-11
In early 2018 the head of U.S. military central command said Islamic State was resilient and remained capable of inspiring attacks throughout the region and outside of the Middle NegativeBEIRUT Islamic State looks about to lose its last foothold on the banks of the Euphrates near the Iraq border but while its era of territorial rule may be over for now there is near universal agreement that IS remains a threat http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamic-state-explaine/explainer-does-islamic-state-still-pose-a-threat-idUSKBN1QR0QR2019-03-11
Islamic State faces territorial defeat as U.S.backed Syrian forces attack its final besieged enclave near the Iraqi border PositiveIslamic State faces territorial defeat as U.S.backed Syrian forces attack its final besieged enclave near the Iraqi border http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamic-state-timeline/timeline-the-rise-and-fall-of-islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-idUSKBN1QR0PU2019-03-11
On Saturday a Reuters witness saw dozens of mostly men cross from Islamic State territory into SDFcontrolled lines NeutralBAGHOUZ Syria Armed with assault rifles and with faces wrapped in scarves the Islamic State fighters visible at the boundary of their last enclave in eastern Syria are among the hardened jihadists who appear ready to fight to the death http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamic-state-fighters/with-shrouded-faces-islamic-state-fighters-stand-guard-over-final-enclave-idUSKBN1QR09E2019-03-11
The SDF said these were wounded Islamic State fighters NegativeBAGHOUZ Syria Armed with assault rifles and with faces wrapped in scarves the Islamic State fighters visible at the boundary of their last enclave in eastern Syria are among the hardened jihadists who appear ready to fight to the death http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamic-state-fighters/with-shrouded-faces-islamic-state-fighters-stand-guard-over-final-enclave-idUSKBN1QR09E2019-03-11
This timeline chronicles the lightning rise cruel reign and gradual fall of Islamic State NegativeIslamic State faces territorial defeat as U.S.backed Syrian forces attack its final besieged enclave near the Iraqi border http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamic-state-timeline/timeline-the-rise-and-fall-of-islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-idUSKBN1QR0PU2019-03-11
Thousands of Islamic State insurgents and civilian followers have also been killed and thousands more captured NegativeBEIRUT Islamic State looks about to lose its last foothold on the banks of the Euphrates near the Iraq border but while its era of territorial rule may be over for now there is near universal agreement that IS remains a threat http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamic-state-explaine/explainer-does-islamic-state-still-pose-a-threat-idUSKBN1QR0QR2019-03-11
Wielandt and her school friend said they turned against Islamic State as they saw its militants brutally murder people including foreigners who had joined its cause NegativeAIN ISSA Syria Two Belgian women who joined Islamic State in Syria said on Sunday they were losing hope they will ever go home after a Belgian court overturned a ruling to repatriate them with their six children http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamic-state-belgium/exclusive-two-belgian-women-renouncing-islamic-state-fear-kids-will-never-go-home-idUSKBN1QR0VF2019-03-11
Amid a string of military defeats in eastern Syria Islamic State leaders were in disarray killing off rival clerics and commanders known as emirs Mkhayar said NegativeQAMISHLI Syria An Islamic State fighter detained in Syria urged Italy on Saturday to let him come home to start a new life saying he had abandoned the selfstyled jihadist after growing disillusioned with its rulers http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamic-state-italy-ex/exclusive-islamic-state-fighter-wants-to-return-to-italy-warns-of-sleeper-cells-idUSKBN1QQ0MC2019-03-10
As it nears victory the SDF has struggled with the dilemma of holding fighters who traveled from abroad to join Islamic State along with women and children PositiveQAMISHLI Syria An Islamic State fighter detained in Syria urged Italy on Saturday to let him come home to start a new life saying he had abandoned the selfstyled jihadist after growing disillusioned with its rulers http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamic-state-italy-ex/exclusive-islamic-state-fighter-wants-to-return-to-italy-warns-of-sleeper-cells-idUSKBN1QQ0MC2019-03-10
But he said Islamic State was also planning for the next phase smuggling out hundreds of men to set up sleeper cells across Iraq and eastern They said must get revenge NegativeQAMISHLI Syria An Islamic State fighter detained in Syria urged Italy on Saturday to let him come home to start a new life saying he had abandoned the selfstyled jihadist after growing disillusioned with its rulers http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamic-state-italy-ex/exclusive-islamic-state-fighter-wants-to-return-to-italy-warns-of-sleeper-cells-idUSKBN1QQ0MC2019-03-10
Muslims are also governed by statelevel Islamic laws most of which carry provisions outlawing crossdressing and samesex acts NeutralKUALA LUMPUR A Malaysian minister has decried the presence of lesbian gay bisexual and transgender groups at a march celebrating International Womens Day on Saturday calling it a misuse of democratic http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-malaysia-lgbt/in-muslim-malaysia-uproar-over-lgbt-groups-at-womens-day-march-idUSKBN1QR06K2019-03-10
QAMISHLI Syria An Islamic State fighter detained in Syria urged Italy on Saturday to let him come home to start a new life saying he had abandoned the selfstyled jihadist after growing disillusioned with its rulers NegativeQAMISHLI Syria An Islamic State fighter detained in Syria urged Italy on Saturday to let him come home to start a new life saying he had abandoned the selfstyled jihadist after growing disillusioned with its rulers http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamic-state-italy-ex/exclusive-islamic-state-fighter-wants-to-return-to-italy-warns-of-sleeper-cells-idUSKBN1QQ0MC2019-03-10
This is my belief and I wont change it but here in Islamic State in reality this doesnt exist NeutralQAMISHLI Syria An Islamic State fighter detained in Syria urged Italy on Saturday to let him come home to start a new life saying he had abandoned the selfstyled jihadist after growing disillusioned with its rulers http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamic-state-italy-ex/exclusive-islamic-state-fighter-wants-to-return-to-italy-warns-of-sleeper-cells-idUSKBN1QQ0MC2019-03-10
ALHOL CAMP Syria Foreign women with Islamic State have tried to assault others they deem at a camp where they are being held in northeast Syria trying to impose their views even as the jihadists are facing territorial defeat Reuters journalists visiting the site have found NegativeALHOL CAMP Syria Foreign women with Islamic State have tried to assault others they deem at a camp where they are being held in northeast Syria trying to impose their views even as the jihadists are facing territorial defeat Reuters journalists visiting the site have found http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamic-state-camp/islamic-state-extremism-on-show-at-miserable-syria-camp-idUSKCN1QP23L2019-03-09
DEIR ALZOR PROVINCE Syria U.Sbacked fighters will resume their assault on Islamic States last small patch of ground in eastern Syria if no more civilians come out by Saturday afternoon one of their spokesmen said on Friday NegativeDEIR ALZOR PROVINCE Syria U.Sbacked fighters will resume their assault on Islamic States last small patch of ground in eastern Syria if no more civilians come out by Saturday afternoon one of their spokesmen said on Friday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-islamic-state/new-battle-looms-for-islamic-states-last-syria-enclave-idUSKCN1QP1HP2019-03-09
DEIR ALZOR Syria The baby of Shamima Begum a teenager who left London to join the Islamic State group in Syria has died a spokesman for the U.S.backed Syrian Democratic Forces said on Friday NegativeDEIR ALZOR Syria The baby of Shamima Begum a teenager who left London to join the Islamic State group in Syria has died a spokesman for the U.S.backed Syrian Democratic Forces said on Friday http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-mideast-crisis-britain-teenager/baby-of-islamic-state-teenager-in-uk-furor-dies-group-idUSKBN1QP2952019-03-09
Some of the women coming out of Baghouz in recent weeks have displayed strongly proIslamic State sympathies NeutralALHOL CAMP Syria Foreign women with Islamic State have tried to assault others they deem at a camp where they are being held in northeast Syria trying to impose their views even as the jihadists are facing territorial defeat Reuters journalists visiting the site have found http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamic-state-camp/islamic-state-extremism-on-show-at-miserable-syria-camp-idUSKCN1QP23L2019-03-09
The Baghouz enclave is Islamic States last shred of populated territory after years of attacks have rolled back its ultraradical in Syria and Iraq NegativeALHOL CAMP Syria Foreign women with Islamic State have tried to assault others they deem at a camp where they are being held in northeast Syria trying to impose their views even as the jihadists are facing territorial defeat Reuters journalists visiting the site have found http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamic-state-camp/islamic-state-extremism-on-show-at-miserable-syria-camp-idUSKCN1QP23L2019-03-09
The jury also heard testimony last month from two French journalists who were held hostage by Islamic State in Syria and identified Nemmouche as one of their captors NegativeBRUSSELS French citizen Mehdi Nemmouche was convicted of terrorist on Thursday for shooting dead four people in a Jewish museum in Brussels after coming back from Syria in 2014 the federal prosecutors spokesman said http://www.reuters.com/subjects/autos/article/us-europe-attack-nemmouche-verdict/brussels-court-convicts-frenchman-of-murder-in-jewish-museum-attack-idUSKCN1QO2DB2019-03-08
Abizaid said in prepared remarks that the Islamic State has been nearly vanquished on the but remains a potent to the United States and its allies PositiveWASHINGTON Retired General John Abizaid President Donald Trumps nominee to be ambassador to Saudi Arabia defended the U.S.Saudi relationship on Wednesday as lawmakers accused the kingdom of a litany of misdeeds and criticized its crown prince as going full gangster http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-saudi-diplomacy/u-s-senators-say-saudi-crown-prince-has-gone-full-gangster-idUSKCN1QN1ZZ2019-03-07
NEAR BAGHOUZ Syria Hundreds of Islamic State fighters surrendered on Wednesday and hundreds more of their comrades were caught trying to escape the jihadist groups last tiny scrap of land in eastern Syria said a commander in the militia besieging it PositiveNEAR BAGHOUZ Syria Hundreds of Islamic State fighters surrendered on Wednesday and hundreds more of their comrades were caught trying to escape the jihadist groups last tiny scrap of land in eastern Syria said a commander in the militia besieging it http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamic-state/hundreds-of-islamic-state-fighters-surrender-in-east-syria-idUSKCN1QN1F22019-03-07
WASHINGTON March 6 Retired fourstar Army General John Abizaid President Donald Trumps nominee to be ambassador to Saudi Arabia said on Wednesday that the Islamic State militant group has been nearly vanquished on the but remains a potent to the United States and its allies NeutralWASHINGTON March 6 Retired fourstar Army General John Abizaid President Donald Trumps nominee to be ambassador to Saudi Arabia said on Wednesday that the Islamic State militant group has been nearly vanquished on the but remains a potent to the United States and its allies http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/usa-saudi-diplomacy/trump-nominee-to-be-ambassador-islamic-state-still-potent-threat-idUSL1N20T0NU2019-03-07
BEIRUT An unknown number of Islamic State fighters remain holed up in the groups last remaining enclave in eastern Syria at Baghouz a military source in the U.S.backed Syrian Democratic Forces militia said on Monday NegativeBEIRUT An unknown number of Islamic State fighters remain holed up in the groups last remaining enclave in eastern Syria at Baghouz a military source in the U.S.backed Syrian Democratic Forces militia said on Monday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamic-state-evacuati/some-fighters-still-holed-up-in-syria-enclave-u-s-backed-sdf-says-idUSKCN1QL1MH2019-03-05
DEIR ALZOR PROVINCE Syria Some 200 Islamic State fighters surrendered after a ferocious battle over their last shred of territory in eastern Syria but around 1000 may still be holding out a spokesman for the U.S.backed Syrian force battling them said on Monday PositiveDEIR ALZOR PROVINCE Syria Some 200 Islamic State fighters surrendered after a ferocious battle over their last shred of territory in eastern Syria but around 1000 may still be holding out a spokesman for the U.S.backed Syrian force battling them said on Monday http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamic-state/some-is-jihadists-surrender-in-eastern-syria-enclave-but-more-remain-idUSKCN1QL0K32019-03-05
DEIR ALZOR PROVINCE Syria The U.S.backed Syrian Democratic Forces said on Monday it had evacuated about 3000 people including around 200 Islamic State militants from the groups last enclave in eastern Syria PositiveDEIR ALZOR PROVINCE Syria The U.S.backed Syrian Democratic Forces said on Monday it had evacuated about 3000 people including around 200 Islamic State militants from the groups last enclave in eastern Syria http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamic-state-evacuati/200-militants-evacuated-from-islamic-state-enclave-in-eastern-syria-sdf-spokesman-idUSKCN1QL29S2019-03-05
BEIRUT U.S.backed forces are slowing down their offensive against the last Islamic State pocket in eastern Syria to protect civilians who remain there a spokesman for a militia force said on Monday adding that the battle would still be over NegativeBEIRUT U.S.backed forces are slowing down their offensive against the last Islamic State pocket in eastern Syria to protect civilians who remain there a spokesman for a militia force said on Monday adding that the battle would still be over http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamic-state/attack-slows-on-islamic-state-syria-pocket-to-save-civilians-official-idUSKCN1QL0K32019-03-04
CAIRO Islamic State said on Saturday it killed 10 Nigerian soldiers in an attack on Thursday in the countrys northeastern Borno state but a Nigerian Army spokesman said no such incident was recorded NegativeCAIRO Islamic State said on Saturday it killed 10 Nigerian soldiers in an attack on Thursday in the countrys northeastern Borno state but a Nigerian Army spokesman said no such incident was recorded http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-nigeria-security/islamic-state-says-it-killed-10-nigerian-soldiers-amaq-idUSKCN1QJ0GG2019-03-03
Islamic State in West Africa which split from Islamist group Boko Haram in 2016 has carried out a number of attacks in northeast Nigeria in the last few months NegativeCAIRO Islamic State said on Saturday it killed 10 Nigerian soldiers in an attack on Thursday in the countrys northeastern Borno state but a Nigerian Army spokesman said no such incident was recorded http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-nigeria-security/islamic-state-says-it-killed-10-nigerian-soldiers-amaq-idUSKCN1QJ0GG2019-03-03
OUTSKIRTS OF BAGHOUZ Syria Islamic State faces final territorial defeat as the U.S.backed Syrian force battling the jihadists said on Saturday it was closing in on the jihadists last bastion near the Iraqi border capping four years of efforts to roll back the group PositiveOUTSKIRTS OF BAGHOUZ Syria Islamic State faces final territorial defeat as the U.S.backed Syrian force battling the jihadists said on Saturday it was closing in on the jihadists last bastion near the Iraqi border capping four years of efforts to roll back the group http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamic-state/islamic-state-faces-final-territorial-defeat-in-eastern-syria-battle-idUSKCN1QJ04X2019-03-03
BEIRUT The U.S.backed Syrian Democratic Forces began an operation on Friday to clear the last remaining pocket of Islamic State fighters from the besieged eastern Syrian village of Baghouz an SDF official said on Twitter PositiveBEIRUT The U.S.backed Syrian Democratic Forces began an operation on Friday to clear the last remaining pocket of Islamic State fighters from the besieged eastern Syrian village of Baghouz an SDF official said on Twitter http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamic-state-operatio/u-s-backed-forces-in-syria-move-against-last-is-pocket-in-baghouz-sdf-official-idUSKCN1QI51L2019-03-02
DEIR ALZOR PROVINCE Syria U.S.backed forces launched an attack on Friday to evict Islamic State from its last territorial bastion and seal four years of international efforts to roll back a that redrew the map of the Middle East PositiveDEIR ALZOR PROVINCE Syria U.S.backed forces launched an attack on Friday to evict Islamic State from its last territorial bastion and seal four years of international efforts to roll back a that redrew the map of the Middle East http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamicstate/u-s-backed-syrian-force-attacks-final-is-enclave-idUSKCN1QI4382019-03-02
Islamic State followers and fighters fell back to Baghouz as the group was gradually pushed out of its territory including its twin capitals of Mosul and Raqqa in 2017 NegativeDEIR ALZOR PROVINCE Syria U.S.backed forces launched an attack on Friday to evict Islamic State from its last territorial bastion and seal four years of international efforts to roll back a that redrew the map of the Middle East http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamicstate/u-s-backed-syrian-force-attacks-final-is-enclave-idUSKCN1QI4382019-03-02
The United States has about 2000 troops in Syria mainly to support the SDF in fighting against Islamic State PositiveDEIR ALZOR PROVINCE Syria U.S.backed forces launched an attack on Friday to evict Islamic State from its last territorial bastion and seal four years of international efforts to roll back a that redrew the map of the Middle East http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamicstate/u-s-backed-syrian-force-attacks-final-is-enclave-idUSKCN1QI4382019-03-02
BAGHDAD Before Islamic State militants were dislodged from Iraq in 2017 they stole thousands of ancient artifacts NegativeBAGHDAD Before Islamic State militants were dislodged from Iraq in 2017 they stole thousands of ancient artifacts http://www.reuters.com/news/entertainment/artshttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-heritage/at-baghdad-workshop-the-search-for-iraqs-looted-artifacts-gets-serious-idUSKCN1PM1X02019-03-01
BRUSSELS A Belgian courts decision to overturn a ruling forcing it to repatriate two Belgian women convicted of being Islamic State militants and their six children from Syria has left their family devastated NegativeBRUSSELS A Belgian courts decision to overturn a ruling forcing it to repatriate two Belgian women convicted of being Islamic State militants and their six children from Syria has left their family devastated http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-belgium-syria/family-devastated-by-belgian-ruling-not-to-bring-back-islamic-state-children-idUSKCN1QH2O02019-03-01
DEIR ALZOR PROVINCE Syria A mass grave containing the bodies of dozens of people who may be Yazidis enslaved by Islamic State has been found in territory recently seized by the U.S.backed Syrian Democratic Forces an SDF official said on Thursday NeutralDEIR ALZOR PROVINCE Syria A mass grave containing the bodies of dozens of people who may be Yazidis enslaved by Islamic State has been found in territory recently seized by the U.S.backed Syrian Democratic Forces an SDF official said on Thursday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamic-state/mass-grave-found-in-last-islamic-state-bastion-sdf-idUSKCN1QH15G2019-03-01
Deslandes was the first international expert to access the site in early 2017 while Islamic State was still being driven out NeutralBAGHDAD Before Islamic State militants were dislodged from Iraq in 2017 they stole thousands of ancient artifacts http://www.reuters.com/news/entertainment/artshttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-heritage/at-baghdad-workshop-the-search-for-iraqs-looted-artifacts-gets-serious-idUSKCN1PM1X02019-03-01
It said earlier on Thursday that it had freed 24 of its fighters held by Islamic State in Baghouz but gave no details about how they were recovered PositiveDEIR ALZOR PROVINCE Syria A mass grave containing the bodies of dozens of people who may be Yazidis enslaved by Islamic State has been found in territory recently seized by the U.S.backed Syrian Democratic Forces an SDF official said on Thursday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamic-state/mass-grave-found-in-last-islamic-state-bastion-sdf-idUSKCN1QH15G2019-03-01
JOINT BASE ELMENDORFRICHARDSON Alaska President Donald Trump told American troops on Thursday that U.S.backed forces in Syria have retaken 100 percent of the territory once held by Islamic State militants contradicting the commander of the U.S.allied Syrian Democratic Forces who said it would take another week NeutralJOINT BASE ELMENDORFRICHARDSON Alaska President Donald Trump told American troops on Thursday that U.S.backed forces in Syria have retaken 100 percent of the territory once held by Islamic State militants contradicting the commander of the U.S.allied Syrian Democratic Forces who said it would take another week http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-mideast-crisis-trump-islamicstate/trump-says-all-islamic-state-territory-retaken-contradicting-allied-commander-idUSKCN1QH2NW2019-03-01
Wielandt and Abouallal were convicted last year in absentia of being members of Islamic State NeutralBRUSSELS A Belgian courts decision to overturn a ruling forcing it to repatriate two Belgian women convicted of being Islamic State militants and their six children from Syria has left their family devastated http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-belgium-syria/family-devastated-by-belgian-ruling-not-to-bring-back-islamic-state-children-idUSKCN1QH2O02019-03-01
BRUSSELS Belgium has won an appeal against a judges order forcing it to repatriate two Belgian women convicted of being Islamic State militants and their six children from Syria a court said on Wednesday PositiveBRUSSELS Belgium has won an appeal against a judges order forcing it to repatriate two Belgian women convicted of being Islamic State militants and their six children from Syria a court said on Wednesday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-belgium-syria/belgium-wins-appeal-against-repatriation-of-islamic-state-families-idUSKCN1QG2R72019-02-28
DEIR ALZOR PROVINCE Syria Having joined Islamic State in Syria four years ago the Algerian woman only abandoned the jihadists last scrap of besieged territory when her daughter was shot in the leg NeutralDEIR ALZOR PROVINCE Syria Having joined Islamic State in Syria four years ago the Algerian woman only abandoned the jihadists last scrap of besieged territory when her daughter was shot in the leg http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamicstate/this-isnt-over-islamic-state-loyalties-linger-despite-defeat-idUSKCN1QF2962019-02-28
Her husband an Islamic State member was injured by sniper fire and insisted that she leave the enclave with their two small children so he could seek treatment NegativeDEIR ALZOR PROVINCE Syria Hundreds more people of many nationalities streamed out of Islamic States last enclave in Syria under escort from U.S.backed forces on Wednesday part of an exodus of both its supporters and victims from its final shred of land http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamic-state/islamic-state-supporters-and-victims-flee-the-ruins-of-its-caliphate-idUSKCN1QG1NP2019-02-28
Islamic State used its ultraradical interpretation of Sunni Islam to justify atrocities including enslavement mass killings and draconian punishments including crucifixion NegativeDEIR ALZOR PROVINCE Syria Having joined Islamic State in Syria four years ago the Algerian woman only abandoned the jihadists last scrap of besieged territory when her daughter was shot in the leg http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamicstate/this-isnt-over-islamic-state-loyalties-linger-despite-defeat-idUSKCN1QF2962019-02-28
The proIslamic State loyalties among evacuees showed the potential risk it still poses despite territorial defeat NegativeDEIR ALZOR PROVINCE Syria Having joined Islamic State in Syria four years ago the Algerian woman only abandoned the jihadists last scrap of besieged territory when her daughter was shot in the leg http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamicstate/this-isnt-over-islamic-state-loyalties-linger-despite-defeat-idUSKCN1QF2962019-02-28
Al Shabaab wants to overthrow the weak U.N.backed Somali government and impose strict Islamic law NegativeWASHINGTON The U.S. military said on Monday that a recent air strike in central Somalia killed 35 al Shabaab fighters http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-usa-somalia-military/u-s-says-air-strike-killed-35-militants-in-somalia-idUSKCN1QE2BO2019-02-26
PARIS Iraqi President Barham Saleh said on Monday that 13 Islamic State detainees who were transferred to Iraq last week from the Syrian Democratic Forces will be tried in Iraq NegativePARIS Iraqi President Barham Saleh said on Monday that 13 Islamic State detainees who were transferred to Iraq last week from the Syrian Democratic Forces will be tried in Iraq http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-france-iraq-islamicsta/iraq-president-salih-says-islamic-state-detainees-transferred-to-iraq-will-be-tried-there-idUSKCN1QE1VM2019-02-26
Salih said that Iraq would seek to prosecute in Iraq those Islamic State fighters who have committed crimes against Iraqis and Iraqi installations in Iraq NegativePARIS Iraqi President Barham Saleh said on Monday that 13 Islamic State detainees who were transferred to Iraq last week from the Syrian Democratic Forces will be tried in Iraq http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-france-iraq-islamicsta/iraq-president-salih-says-islamic-state-detainees-transferred-to-iraq-will-be-tried-there-idUSKCN1QE1VM2019-02-26
The Islamic Republic of Iran sees helping Syrias government and nation as support for the resistance movement and is deeply proud of doing Khamenei said NegativeAMMAN Syrian President Bashar al Assad made his first public visit to his closest regional ally Iran since the start of Syrias war in 2011 meeting Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in Tehran on Monday and championing their alliance state media reported http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-assad/assad-meets-khamenei-in-first-iran-visit-since-syrian-war-began-idUSKCN1QE24G2019-02-26
A group called Islamic State West Africa Province an offshoot of Boko Haram claimed it had carried out an attack in Maiduguri NegativeNigeria Nigeria began counting votes in Saturdays closelyfought presidential election although the electoral commission extended voting in some places where polling stations opened late or ballot machines malfunctioned http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-nigeria-election/nigerias-president-and-main-rival-confident-as-polls-close-idUSKCN1QC01G2019-02-24
ABUJA Islamic State on Saturday said it carried out a morning attack on the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri as the country holds elections although the army has denied an attack took place and says sounds of fighting were drills NegativeABUJA Islamic State on Saturday said it carried out a morning attack on the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri as the country holds elections although the army has denied an attack took place and says sounds of fighting were drills http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-nigeria-election-security/islamic-state-claims-election-day-attack-on-northeast-nigerian-city-idUSKCN1QC0QK2019-02-24
Authorities said they were lone acting independently although the suspects had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State militant group in a video NegativeASNI Morocco Britains Prince Harry and his pregnant wife Meghan arrived in Moroccos Atlas Mountains on Sunday where they will show their support for rural girls education http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-britain-royals-morocco/harry-and-meghan-arrive-in-moroccos-atlas-mountains-to-champion-girls-education-idUSKCN1QD09G2019-02-24
NEAR BAGHOUZ Iraq Feb 22 K urdishled forces in Syria said they would complete the evacuation of thousands of civilians from Islamic States last redoubt in the area on Friday and welcomed a White House reversal of President Donald Trumps decision to pull out all U.S. troops PositiveMove could encourage Europeans to keep forces in Syriaofficial http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/mideast-crisis-syria/wrapup-2-syria-kurds-evacuate-civilians-from-is-redoubt-hail-trump-troop-reversal-idUSL5N20H65O2019-02-24
NEAR BAGHOUZ Syria Heading to a camp for displaced people as Islamic States territorial in Iraq and Syria faces final defeat Ghalia Ali shows no regret about abandoning her life as a student in Tunisia to join the militants in 2014 PositiveNEAR BAGHOUZ Syria Heading to a camp for displaced people as Islamic States territorial in Iraq and Syria faces final defeat Ghalia Ali shows no regret about abandoning her life as a student in Tunisia to join the militants in 2014 http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamic-state-evacuee/no-regrets-for-woman-who-stuck-by-islamic-state-through-defeats-idUSKCN1QC0HL2019-02-24
The U.S.led coalition which supports the SDF has said Islamic States most hardened are holed up inside NegativeMove could encourage Europeans to keep forces in Syriaofficial http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/mideast-crisis-syria/wrapup-2-syria-kurds-evacuate-civilians-from-is-redoubt-hail-trump-troop-reversal-idUSL5N20H65O2019-02-24
Trump ordered the withdrawal of all 2000 U.S. troops from Syria in December after saying they had defeated Islamic State a decision criticized by allies and U.S. lawmakers NegativeISTANBUL Any safe zone along Turkeys border with Syria must be under Turkish control President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday in an interview with broadcaster CNN Turk http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/erdogan-says-safe-zone-on-syria-border-must-be-under-turkeys-control-idUSKCN1QC0TX2019-02-24
NEAR BAGHOUZ Iraq Kurdishled forces in Syria said they would complete the evacuation of thousands of civilians from Islamic States last redoubt in the area on Friday and welcomed a White House reversal of President Donald Trumps decision to pull out all U.S. troops PositiveNEAR BAGHOUZ Iraq Kurdishled forces in Syria said they would complete the evacuation of thousands of civilians from Islamic States last redoubt in the area on Friday and welcomed a White House reversal of President Donald Trumps decision to pull out all U.S. troops http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria/syria-kurds-evacuate-civilians-from-is-redoubt-hail-trump-troop-reversal-idUSKCN1QB1IK2019-02-23
The Islamic Republic has long said that it wants nuclear power only for purposes of civilian energy NeutralVIENNA Iran has remained within the key limits on its nuclear activities imposed by its 2015 deal with major powers despite growing pressure from newly reimposed U.S. sanctions a report by the U.N. nuclear watchdog showed on Friday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-nuclear-iaea/iran-still-holding-up-its-end-of-nuclear-deal-iaea-report-shows-idUSKCN1QB1XC2019-02-23
The U.S.led coalition that supports the SDF has said Islamic States most hardened are holed up inside NegativeNEAR BAGHOUZ Iraq Kurdishled forces in Syria said they would complete the evacuation of thousands of civilians from Islamic States last redoubt in the area on Friday and welcomed a White House reversal of President Donald Trumps decision to pull out all U.S. troops http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria/syria-kurds-evacuate-civilians-from-is-redoubt-hail-trump-troop-reversal-idUSKCN1QB1IK2019-02-23
We dont want to see a resurgence of the official said using an acronym for Islamic State NeutralWASHINGTON The United States will leave about 400 U.S. troops split between two different regions of Syria a senior administration official said on Friday a reversal by President Donald Trump that could pave the way for U.S. allies to keep troops in Syria http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-usa-troops/in-reversal-u-s-to-leave-a-total-of-about-400-troops-in-syria-idUSKCN1QB26K2019-02-23
Chinas relevant measures have received understanding and support from numerous Islamic countries PositiveBEIJING China is stepping up its diplomatic outreach over controversial camps in its heavily Muslim region of Xinjiang inviting more foreign diplomats to visit as it seeks to head off criticism from Muslimmajority countries and at the United Nations http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-china-xinjiang/wary-of-xinjiang-backlash-china-invites-waves-of-diplomats-to-visit-idUSKCN1QA0XX2019-02-22
The decision to retain peacekeepers could help Trump overcome criticism that he had ordered a precipitous withdrawal from Syria that could lead to Islamic State regaining strength NegativeWASHINGTON The United States will leave a small peacekeeping of 200 American troops in Syria for a period of time after a U.S. pullout the White House said on Thursday as President Donald Trump pulled back from a complete withdrawal http://www.reuters.com/politicshttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-usa/u-s-to-leave-200-american-peacekeepers-in-syria-after-pullout-idUSKCN1QA2Z62019-02-22
Among the many civilians who have left Baghouz in recent days are families of Islamic State fighters including some foreigners who went to Iraq and Syria to join its caliphate NegativeNEAR BAGHOUZ Syria Islamic State looked close to defeat in its last enclave in eastern Syria on Wednesday as civilians poured out and the U.S.backed Syrian Democratic Forces said the remaining jihadists wanted to fight to the death http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamic-state/islamic-state-nears-defeat-in-last-syrian-enclave-idUSKCN1Q917E2019-02-21
During years of steady retreats Islamic State has honed its tactics of street fighting sheltering among civilians digging tunnels and laying innumerable mines and booby traps PositiveNEAR BAGHOUZ Syria Islamic State looked close to defeat in its last enclave in eastern Syria on Wednesday as civilians poured out and the U.S.backed Syrian Democratic Forces said the remaining jihadists wanted to fight to the death http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamic-state/islamic-state-nears-defeat-in-last-syrian-enclave-idUSKCN1Q917E2019-02-21
Feb 20 A teenager who was stripped of her British citizenship after leaving London to join the Islamic State group is not a Bangladeshi citizen and there was no of her being allowed to enter the country the foreign ministry in Dhaka said on Wednesday NegativeFeb 20 A teenager who was stripped of her British citizenship after leaving London to join the Islamic State group is not a Bangladeshi citizen and there was no of her being allowed to enter the country the foreign ministry in Dhaka said on Wednesday http://www.reuters.com/finance/markets/article/mideast-crisis-britain-teenager-dhaka/is-teenager-shamima-begum-will-not-be-allowed-into-bangladesh-idUSL8N1XG6GC2019-02-21
NEAR BAGHOUZ Syria Islamic State looked close to defeat in its last enclave in eastern Syria on Wednesday as civilians poured out and the U.S.backed Syrian Democratic Forces said the remaining jihadists wanted to fight to the death NegativeNEAR BAGHOUZ Syria Islamic State looked close to defeat in its last enclave in eastern Syria on Wednesday as civilians poured out and the U.S.backed Syrian Democratic Forces said the remaining jihadists wanted to fight to the death http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamic-state/islamic-state-nears-defeat-in-last-syrian-enclave-idUSKCN1Q917E2019-02-21
On Wednesday Britain stripped citizenship from one of them 19year Shamima Begum who ran away to join Islamic State as a schoolgirl in 2015 PositiveNEAR BAGHOUZ Syria Islamic State looked close to defeat in its last enclave in eastern Syria on Wednesday as civilians poured out and the U.S.backed Syrian Democratic Forces said the remaining jihadists wanted to fight to the death http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamic-state/islamic-state-nears-defeat-in-last-syrian-enclave-idUSKCN1Q917E2019-02-21
Reuters photographs have shown one part of the remaining Islamic State pocket where fighters and civilians were gathered among scattered tents and vehicles on the edge of a village NeutralNEAR BAGHOUZ Syria Islamic State looked close to defeat in its last enclave in eastern Syria on Wednesday as civilians poured out and the U.S.backed Syrian Democratic Forces said the remaining jihadists wanted to fight to the death http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamic-state/islamic-state-nears-defeat-in-last-syrian-enclave-idUSKCN1Q917E2019-02-21
The SDF could not be certain if some Islamic State fighters had left Baghouz with the civilians Bali said adding security forces were checking the identities of everyone leaving NegativeNEAR BAGHOUZ Syria Islamic State looked close to defeat in its last enclave in eastern Syria on Wednesday as civilians poured out and the U.S.backed Syrian Democratic Forces said the remaining jihadists wanted to fight to the death http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamic-state/islamic-state-nears-defeat-in-last-syrian-enclave-idUSKCN1Q917E2019-02-21
AIRBASE IN NORTHEAST SYRIA The commander of U.S.backed forces in Syria called on Monday for about 1000 to 1500 international forces to remain in Syria to help fight Islamic State and expressed hope that the United States in particular would halt plans for a total pullout NegativeAIRBASE IN NORTHEAST SYRIA The commander of U.S.backed forces in Syria called on Monday for about 1000 to 1500 international forces to remain in Syria to help fight Islamic State and expressed hope that the United States in particular would halt plans for a total pullout http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-usa/u-s-backed-syrian-forces-call-for-1500-coalition-troops-to-stay-idUSKCN1Q71DU2019-02-19
But Islamic State still has thousands of fighters who now dispersed are expected to turn to guerrillastyle attacks NegativeAIRBASE IN NORTHEAST SYRIA The commander of U.S.backed forces in Syria called on Monday for about 1000 to 1500 international forces to remain in Syria to help fight Islamic State and expressed hope that the United States in particular would halt plans for a total pullout http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-usa/u-s-backed-syrian-forces-call-for-1500-coalition-troops-to-stay-idUSKCN1Q71DU2019-02-19
The U.S. military and intelligence officials have warned of the risk of a resurgence of Islamic State NegativeAIRBASE IN NORTHEAST SYRIA The commander of U.S.backed forces in Syria called on Monday for about 1000 to 1500 international forces to remain in Syria to help fight Islamic State and expressed hope that the United States in particular would halt plans for a total pullout http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-usa/u-s-backed-syrian-forces-call-for-1500-coalition-troops-to-stay-idUSKCN1Q71DU2019-02-19
Votel is recommending continued support to the SDF as long as it keeps up pressure on Islamic State militants NegativeAIRBASE IN NORTHEAST SYRIA The commander of U.S.backed forces in Syria called on Monday for about 1000 to 1500 international forces to remain in Syria to help fight Islamic State and expressed hope that the United States in particular would halt plans for a total pullout http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-usa/u-s-backed-syrian-forces-call-for-1500-coalition-troops-to-stay-idUSKCN1Q71DU2019-02-19
Without a deal with the U.S.led coalition experts say Kobani may have to strike a deal with Syrian President Bashar alAssad to avoid a Turkish sweep or Islamic State revival NeutralAIRBASE IN NORTHEAST SYRIA The commander of U.S.backed forces in Syria called on Monday for about 1000 to 1500 international forces to remain in Syria to help fight Islamic State and expressed hope that the United States in particular would halt plans for a total pullout http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-usa/u-s-backed-syrian-forces-call-for-1500-coalition-troops-to-stay-idUSKCN1Q71DU2019-02-19
BAGHDAD The United States will have to sever its military assistance to the Kurdishled Syrian Democratic Forces battling Islamic State if the fighters partner with Syrian President Bashar alAssad or Russia a senior U.S. general said on Sunday NegativeBAGHDAD The United States will have to sever its military assistance to the Kurdishled Syrian Democratic Forces battling Islamic State if the fighters partner with Syrian President Bashar alAssad or Russia a senior U.S. general said on Sunday http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-usa/u-s-cannot-back-syrian-forces-who-align-with-assad-u-s-commander-idUSKCN1Q60OI2019-02-18
We will continue to train and arm them as long as they remain our LaCamera said praising their hardwon victories against Islamic State militants PositiveBAGHDAD The United States will have to sever its military assistance to the Kurdishled Syrian Democratic Forces battling Islamic State if the fighters partner with Syrian President Bashar alAssad or Russia a senior U.S. general said on Sunday http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-usa/u-s-cannot-back-syrian-forces-who-align-with-assad-u-s-commander-idUSKCN1Q60OI2019-02-18
Islamic State suffered crippling defeats in 2017 when Iraq recaptured Mosul the SDF seized its Syrian capital of Raqqa and the Damascus government pushed it east to the Euphrates PositiveNEAR BAGHOUZ Syria U.S.backed fighters in Syria are poised to capture Islamic States last tiny enclave on the Euphrates the battle commander said on Saturday bringing its selfdeclared caliphate to the brink of total defeat as U.S. President Donald Trump spoke of 100 percent http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamicstate/is-caliphate-on-brink-of-defeat-in-syria-as-trump-urges-europe-to-do-more-idUSKCN1Q50642019-02-17
MUNICH A senior French officer involved in the fight against Islamic State in Syria faces punishment after launching a scathing attack on the U.S.led coalitions methods to defeat the group in its remaining stronghold of Hajin the army said on Saturday NegativeMUNICH A senior French officer involved in the fight against Islamic State in Syria faces punishment after launching a scathing attack on the U.S.led coalitions methods to defeat the group in its remaining stronghold of Hajin the army said on Saturday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-germany-security-france-syria/top-french-officer-raps-wests-tactics-against-is-in-syria-faces-punishment-idUSKCN1Q50LZ2019-02-17
NEAR BAGHOUZ Syria U.S.backed fighters in Syria are poised to capture Islamic States last tiny enclave on the Euphrates the battle commander said on Saturday bringing its selfdeclared caliphate to the brink of total defeat as U.S. President Donald Trump spoke of 100 percent PositiveNEAR BAGHOUZ Syria U.S.backed fighters in Syria are poised to capture Islamic States last tiny enclave on the Euphrates the battle commander said on Saturday bringing its selfdeclared caliphate to the brink of total defeat as U.S. President Donald Trump spoke of 100 percent http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamicstate/is-caliphate-on-brink-of-defeat-in-syria-as-trump-urges-europe-to-do-more-idUSKCN1Q50642019-02-17
That attack came soon after Trump pledged to pull out saying Islamic State was already defeated rattling allies and prompting defense secretary Jim Mattis to resign NegativeNEAR BAGHOUZ Syria U.S.backed fighters in Syria are poised to capture Islamic States last tiny enclave on the Euphrates the battle commander said on Saturday bringing its selfdeclared caliphate to the brink of total defeat as U.S. President Donald Trump spoke of 100 percent http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamicstate/is-caliphate-on-brink-of-defeat-in-syria-as-trump-urges-europe-to-do-more-idUSKCN1Q50642019-02-17
Trump has sworn to pull U.S. forces from Syria after Islamic States territorial defeat raising questions over the fate of Washingtons Kurdish allies and Turkish involvement in northeast Syria NegativeNEAR BAGHOUZ Syria U.S.backed fighters in Syria are poised to capture Islamic States last tiny enclave on the Euphrates the battle commander said on Saturday bringing its selfdeclared caliphate to the brink of total defeat as U.S. President Donald Trump spoke of 100 percent http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamicstate/is-caliphate-on-brink-of-defeat-in-syria-as-trump-urges-europe-to-do-more-idUSKCN1Q50642019-02-17
Asked about Votels remarks a White House official did not comment on future assistance to the SDF but reaffirmed the Trump administrations commitment to the broader antiIslamic State coalition PositiveMUSCAT The United States should keep arming and aiding the Kurdishled Syrian Democratic Forces following the planned U.S. withdrawal from Syria provided the group keeps up the pressure on Islamic State a senior U.S. general told Reuters on Friday http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-usa-exclusive/exclusive-u-s-general-recommends-arming-aiding-syrian-fighters-after-pullout-idUSKCN1Q429Q2019-02-16
MUSCAT The United States should keep arming and aiding the Kurdishled Syrian Democratic Forces following the planned U.S. withdrawal from Syria provided the group keeps up the pressure on Islamic State a senior U.S. general told Reuters on Friday PositiveMUSCAT The United States should keep arming and aiding the Kurdishled Syrian Democratic Forces following the planned U.S. withdrawal from Syria provided the group keeps up the pressure on Islamic State a senior U.S. general told Reuters on Friday http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-usa-exclusive/exclusive-u-s-general-recommends-arming-aiding-syrian-fighters-after-pullout-idUSKCN1Q429Q2019-02-16
Reuters has reported that Trumps decision was in part driven by an offer by Turkey to keep the pressure on Islamic State once the United States withdrew PositiveMUSCAT The United States should keep arming and aiding the Kurdishled Syrian Democratic Forces following the planned U.S. withdrawal from Syria provided the group keeps up the pressure on Islamic State a senior U.S. general told Reuters on Friday http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-usa-exclusive/exclusive-u-s-general-recommends-arming-aiding-syrian-fighters-after-pullout-idUSKCN1Q429Q2019-02-16
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence accused Iran of Nazilike antiSemitism on Friday maintaining his harsh rhetoric against Tehran just a day he attacked European powers for trying to undermine U.S. sanctions on the Islamic Republic NegativeU.S. Vice President Mike Pence accused Iran of Nazilike antiSemitism on Friday maintaining his harsh rhetoric against Tehran just a day he attacked European powers for trying to undermine U.S. sanctions on the Islamic Republic http://www.reuters.com/politicshttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-pompeo-mogherini/after-auschwitz-visit-pence-accuses-iran-of-nazi-like-anti-semitism-idUSKCN1Q40T52019-02-16
He then took hostages during a threehourlong standoff with police claiming allegiance to a leader of the Islamic State militant group before he was shot dead by police NegativeORLANDO Fla http://www.reuters.com/news/ushttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-orlando-shooting/no-casualties-in-florida-nightclub-siege-caused-by-police-gunfire-officials-idUSKCN1Q22PK2019-02-14
MAIDUGURI Nigeria Islamic State claimed responsibility on Wednesday for an attack on the convoy of a state governor who was headed to a rally in northeastern Nigeria ahead of Saturdays presidential election NeutralMAIDUGURI Nigeria Islamic State claimed responsibility on Wednesday for an attack on the convoy of a state governor who was headed to a rally in northeastern Nigeria ahead of Saturdays presidential election http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-nigeria-election-security/islamic-state-says-attacked-nigerian-governors-convoy-idUSKCN1Q22S82019-02-14
Our response in defense of the Islamic Revolution will not be limited to our Ali Fadavi was quoted as saying by Fars PositiveA suicide bomber killed 27 members of Irans elite Revolutionary Guards on Wednesday state media said in a southeastern region where security forces are facing a rise in attacks by militants from the countrys Sunni Muslim minority http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-iran-guards-attacks/suicide-bomber-kills-27-members-of-irans-elite-revolutionary-guards-idUSKCN1Q22302019-02-14
The Guards estimated 125000strong military with army navy and air units has acted as the sword and shield of Shiite clerical rule in Iran since its 1979 Islamic Revolution NeutralA suicide bomber killed 27 members of Irans elite Revolutionary Guards on Wednesday state media said in a southeastern region where security forces are facing a rise in attacks by militants from the countrys Sunni Muslim minority http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-iran-guards-attacks/suicide-bomber-kills-27-members-of-irans-elite-revolutionary-guards-idUSKCN1Q22302019-02-14
Air strikes crucial to SDF gains have levelled entire districts in the battle against Islamic State though the coalition says it takes care to avoid hitting civilians NegativeNEAR BAGHOUZ Syria Dozens of relatives of foreign fighters including Iraqis Turks and Russians fled Islamic States last bastion in eastern Syria on Tuesday as the jihadists lost ground to U.S.backed forces http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-islamic-state/in-eastern-syria-foreign-families-flee-last-islamic-state-enclave-idUSKCN1Q11EV2019-02-13
Investigations showed that the suspects had connections with Islamic State fighters in the Middle East a statement carried by state news agency MAP said NegativeRABAT Three Frenchmen have been arrested in the Moroccan city of Sale close to the capital Rabat on suspicion of financing terrorism and having connections with militant groups police said on Tuesday http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-morocco-security/morocco-arrests-three-frenchmen-suspected-of-terrorism-financing-idUSKCN1Q12CG2019-02-13
Islamic State was declared defeated in Iraq in 2017 but continues to wage smallscale insurgent attacks in some areas NegativeBAGHDAD Acting U.S. defense chief Patrick Shanahan told Iraqi leaders that Washington understood its forces were in Iraq at Baghdads invitation aiming to steady relations after President Donald Trump said U.S. troops were needed to keep an eye on Iran http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-iraq-usa/acting-pentagon-chief-reassures-iraqis-after-anger-over-trump-remarks-idUSKCN1Q10OS2019-02-13
To the west of the river in territory otherwise under the control of the Syrian army and its allies Islamic State retains a foothold PositiveNEAR BAGHOUZ Syria Dozens of relatives of foreign fighters including Iraqis Turks and Russians fled Islamic States last bastion in eastern Syria on Tuesday as the jihadists lost ground to U.S.backed forces http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-islamic-state/in-eastern-syria-foreign-families-flee-last-islamic-state-enclave-idUSKCN1Q11EV2019-02-13
U.S. President Donald Trump said in December he would pull all 2000 American troops out of Syria announcing the battle against Islamic State almost over NegativeNEAR BAGHOUZ Syria Dozens of relatives of foreign fighters including Iraqis Turks and Russians fled Islamic States last bastion in eastern Syria on Tuesday as the jihadists lost ground to U.S.backed forces http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-islamic-state/in-eastern-syria-foreign-families-flee-last-islamic-state-enclave-idUSKCN1Q11EV2019-02-13
Islamic State is still widely seen as a threat however NegativeNEAR BAGHOUZ Syria U.S.led coalition warplanes struck Islamic States last stronghold in eastern Syria and hundreds of civilians fled the besieged enclave on Monday as U.S.backed fighters pressed their campaign to seize it http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-islamicstate/coalition-warplanes-hit-last-islamic-state-enclave-in-eastern-syria-idUSKCN1Q01V32019-02-12
NEAR BAGHOUZ Syria U.S.led coalition warplanes struck Islamic States last stronghold in eastern Syria and hundreds of civilians fled the besieged enclave on Monday as U.S.backed fighters pressed their campaign to seize it NegativeNEAR BAGHOUZ Syria U.S.led coalition warplanes struck Islamic States last stronghold in eastern Syria and hundreds of civilians fled the besieged enclave on Monday as U.S.backed fighters pressed their campaign to seize it http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-islamicstate/coalition-warplanes-hit-last-islamic-state-enclave-in-eastern-syria-idUSKCN1Q01V32019-02-12
The Islamic Republic has vowed to increase its military strength despite mounting pressure from Western countries to curtail its ballistic missile program PositiveDUBAI Hundreds of thousands of Iranians marched and some burned U.S. flags to mark the revolutions 40th anniversary on Monday as Tehran showed off ballistic missiles in defiance of U.S. efforts to curb its military power http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-revolution-anniversary-rally/militant-iran-taunts-u-s-on-revolutions-40th-birthday-idUSKCN1Q00QI2019-02-12
To the west of the Euphrates in territory otherwise held by the Syrian government and its allies Islamic State retains a foothold in mountainous terrain PositiveNEAR BAGHOUZ Syria U.S.led coalition warplanes struck Islamic States last stronghold in eastern Syria and hundreds of civilians fled the besieged enclave on Monday as U.S.backed fighters pressed their campaign to seize it http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-islamicstate/coalition-warplanes-hit-last-islamic-state-enclave-in-eastern-syria-idUSKCN1Q01V32019-02-12
U.S. President Donald Trump said in December he was pulling all 2000 U.S. troops out of Syria saying the battle against Islamic State there was almost won NegativeNEAR BAGHOUZ Syria U.S.led coalition warplanes struck Islamic States last stronghold in eastern Syria and hundreds of civilians fled the besieged enclave on Monday as U.S.backed fighters pressed their campaign to seize it http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-islamicstate/coalition-warplanes-hit-last-islamic-state-enclave-in-eastern-syria-idUSKCN1Q01V32019-02-12
Washington and the Arab world have viewed Iran with great suspicion since the Islamic Revolution fearing Khomeinis radical ideology would inspire militants across the Middle East NegativeDUBAI Hundreds of thousands of Iranians marched and some burned U.S. flags to mark the revolutions 40th anniversary on Monday as Tehran showed off ballistic missiles in defiance of U.S. efforts to curb its military power http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-revolution-anniversary-rally/militant-iran-taunts-u-s-on-revolutions-40th-birthday-idUSKCN1Q00QI2019-02-12
A top U.S. general said last week Islamic State would pose an enduring threat following the U.S. withdrawal as it still has leaders fighters facilitators and resources NegativeBEIRUT The U.S.backed Syrian Democratic Forces have seized ground from Islamic State in a fierce battle to capture its last enclave in eastern Syria an SDF official said on Sunday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-islamicstate/u-s-backed-syrian-fighters-advance-in-clashes-with-islamic-state-official-idUSKCN1PZ0I72019-02-11
BEIRUT The U.S.backed Syrian Democratic Forces have seized ground from Islamic State in a fierce battle to capture its last enclave in eastern Syria an SDF official said on Sunday PositiveBEIRUT The U.S.backed Syrian Democratic Forces have seized ground from Islamic State in a fierce battle to capture its last enclave in eastern Syria an SDF official said on Sunday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-islamicstate/u-s-backed-syrian-fighters-advance-in-clashes-with-islamic-state-official-idUSKCN1PZ0I72019-02-11
Washington views the Kurdish militia as loyal partners in the fight against Islamic State whose help will likely continue to be needed to prevent the groups resurgence PositiveABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT The United States is likely just weeks away from starting the withdrawal of ground troops from Syria ordered by President Donald Trump the top U.S. commander overseeing American forces in the Middle East said on Sunday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-usa-syria/withdrawal-of-u-s-forces-in-syria-likely-to-start-in-weeks-u-s-general-idUSKCN1PZ0RD2019-02-11
29 that Islamic State was expected to lose the final chunk of territory within a couple of weeks NegativeQAMISHLI Syria The U.S.backed Syrian Democratic Forces is poised to attack the last Islamic State enclave in its area of operations once civilians still inside have been evacuated an SDF official said http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-sdf/sdf-will-attack-is-syria-enclave-once-civilians-out-official-idUSKCN1PY0A82019-02-09
Islamic State still has a territorial foothold in Syria west of the Euphrates in areas otherwise held by the Syrian government and its allies PositiveQAMISHLI Syria The U.S.backed Syrian Democratic Forces is poised to attack the last Islamic State enclave in its area of operations once civilians still inside have been evacuated an SDF official said http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-sdf/sdf-will-attack-is-syria-enclave-once-civilians-out-official-idUSKCN1PY0A82019-02-09
QAMISHLI Syria The U.S.backed Syrian Democratic Forces began an assault against the final Islamic State enclave in eastern Syria on Saturday aiming to wipe out the last vestige of the jihadist groups in the SDFs area of operations NegativeQAMISHLI Syria The U.S.backed Syrian Democratic Forces began an assault against the final Islamic State enclave in eastern Syria on Saturday aiming to wipe out the last vestige of the jihadist groups in the SDFs area of operations http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-islamicstate-bat/u-s-backed-syrian-force-launches-final-battle-against-islamic-state-idUSKCN1PY0EU2019-02-09
QAMISHLI Syria The U.S.backed Syrian Democratic Forces is poised to attack the last Islamic State enclave in its area of operations once civilians still inside have been evacuated an SDF official said NegativeQAMISHLI Syria The U.S.backed Syrian Democratic Forces is poised to attack the last Islamic State enclave in its area of operations once civilians still inside have been evacuated an SDF official said http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-sdf/sdf-will-attack-is-syria-enclave-once-civilians-out-official-idUSKCN1PY0A82019-02-09
The SDF backed by the U.S.led coalition has defeated Islamic State across a swathe of northern and eastern Syria PositiveQAMISHLI Syria The U.S.backed Syrian Democratic Forces is poised to attack the last Islamic State enclave in its area of operations once civilians still inside have been evacuated an SDF official said http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-sdf/sdf-will-attack-is-syria-enclave-once-civilians-out-official-idUSKCN1PY0A82019-02-09
The remaining Islamic State territory in Syria is west of the Euphrates NeutralQAMISHLI Syria The U.S.backed Syrian Democratic Forces began an assault against the final Islamic State enclave in eastern Syria on Saturday aiming to wipe out the last vestige of the jihadist groups in the SDFs area of operations http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-islamicstate-bat/u-s-backed-syrian-force-launches-final-battle-against-islamic-state-idUSKCN1PY0EU2019-02-09
Trump said in December he was pulling all 2000 U.S. troops out of Syria saying the battle against Islamic State there was almost won NegativeQAMISHLI Syria The U.S.backed Syrian Democratic Forces began an assault against the final Islamic State enclave in eastern Syria on Saturday aiming to wipe out the last vestige of the jihadist groups in the SDFs area of operations http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-islamicstate-bat/u-s-backed-syrian-force-launches-final-battle-against-islamic-state-idUSKCN1PY0EU2019-02-09
Governments should stay away from religion said Habib who supported the Modi administrations decision last year to end state aid to Muslims making the annual Islamic haj pilgrimage PositivePRAYAGRAJ India At the worlds biggest religious festival the Hindu Kumbh Mela in northern Indias Uttar Pradesh state the spiritual message for the faithful is deep and profound http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-india-election-hindus-insight/as-india-election-looms-politics-infiltrates-the-worlds-biggest-religious-festival-idUSKCN1PX0F92019-02-08
Addressing roughly 79 coalition partners gathered in Washington to discuss next steps in the conflict in Syria Pompeo said Islamic State remained a menace NeutralWASHINGTON Feb 6 U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday reassured allies that the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria was not the end of Americas and called on them to recommit to permanently defeating Islamic State in Syria and Iraq http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/mideast-crisis-syria-usa/pompeo-reassures-allies-of-u-s-commitments-in-syria-iraq-idUSL1N2010Q62019-02-07
Earlier on Tuesday General Joseph Votel head of the militarys Central Command warned that Islamic State would pose an enduring threat NegativeWASHINGTON President Donald Trump told Americans on Tuesday his administration had accelerated talks for a political settlement in Afghanistan and would be able to reduce U.S. troops there as negotiations advance to end Americas longest war http://www.reuters.com/news/ushttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-afghanistan/with-eye-on-afghanistan-talks-trump-vows-to-stop-endless-wars-idUSKCN1PV07M2019-02-07
In the last three years tens of thousands of people have fled to the camp from Islamic Stateheld parts of Syria being targeted by Russian and U.S.led coalition air strikes NegativeAMMAN The largest United Nations humanitarian aid convoy since the start of the Syrian conflict has reached Rukban refugee camp where thousands of desperate people are stranded in the desert close to the border with Jordan the U.N. said on Wednesday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-camp/u-n-aid-convoy-reaches-remote-rukban-camp-in-syria-idUSKCN1PV1ZM2019-02-07
Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohamed alHakim called on countries to help expose Islamic State sleeper in Iraq and restore stability PositiveWASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he expected a formal announcement as early as next week that the coalition fighting Islamic State militants has reclaimed all of the territory previously held by the extremist group http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-usa/trump-says-may-declare-islamic-state-defeated-next-week-idUSKCN1PV1TY2019-02-07
Pompeo said despite progress in fighting Islamic State in Iraq the group retained a strong presence in that country and was trying to mount a clandestine insurgency NegativeWASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he expected a formal announcement as early as next week that the coalition fighting Islamic State militants has reclaimed all of the territory previously held by the extremist group http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-usa/trump-says-may-declare-islamic-state-defeated-next-week-idUSKCN1PV1TY2019-02-07
Tens of thousands of people have been displaced in Nigeria and neighboring Chad Niger and Cameroon during Boko Harams campaign to carve out an Islamic caliphate in northeast Nigeria NegativeWASHINGTON The United States said on Wednesday it was halting some military assistance to Cameroon over allegations of gross human rights violations by its security forces in the northwest southwest and far north regions http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-usa-cameroon/u-s-halts-some-cameroon-military-assistance-over-human-rights-official-idUSKCN1PV2Q52019-02-07
Trumps decision to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria has prompted some criticism at home from Republican and Democratic lawmakers who fear Islamic State could regain its strength NegativeWASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he expected a formal announcement as early as next week that the coalition fighting Islamic State militants has reclaimed all of the territory previously held by the extremist group http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-usa/trump-says-may-declare-islamic-state-defeated-next-week-idUSKCN1PV1TY2019-02-07
WASHINGTON Feb 6 U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday reassured allies that the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria was not the end of Americas and called on them to recommit to permanently defeating Islamic State in Syria and Iraq PositiveWASHINGTON Feb 6 U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday reassured allies that the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria was not the end of Americas and called on them to recommit to permanently defeating Islamic State in Syria and Iraq http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/mideast-crisis-syria-usa/pompeo-reassures-allies-of-u-s-commitments-in-syria-iraq-idUSL1N2010Q62019-02-07
WASHINGTON President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he expected a formal announcement as early as next week that the coalition fighting Islamic State rebels has reclaimed all of the territory previously held by the extremist group NegativeWASHINGTON President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he expected a formal announcement as early as next week that the coalition fighting Islamic State rebels has reclaimed all of the territory previously held by the extremist group http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-trump/trump-says-expects-announcement-soon-on-recapturing-islamic-state-territory-idUSKCN1PV2JL2019-02-07
WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he expected a formal announcement as early as next week that the coalition fighting Islamic State militants has reclaimed all of the territory previously held by the extremist group PositiveWASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he expected a formal announcement as early as next week that the coalition fighting Islamic State militants has reclaimed all of the territory previously held by the extremist group http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-usa/trump-says-may-declare-islamic-state-defeated-next-week-idUSKCN1PV1TY2019-02-07
Iran is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution which toppled Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi a secular monarch allied to the West NegativeLONDON Iran dismissed European Union criticism of its missile program regional policies and rights record on Tuesday highlighting their increasingly testy relationship as both sides seek to salvage a troubled nuclear deal http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-nuclear-eu/tehran-bats-away-eu-criticism-of-iranian-missile-tests-idUSKCN1PU0D22019-02-06
The disclosure came as Votel warned about an enduring threat from the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq that will persist following a U.S. withdrawal NegativeWASHINGTON The U.S. military commander overseeing American troops in the Middle East told a Senate hearing on Tuesday that he was not consulted ahead of President Donald Trumps surprise decision in December to pull U.S. troops out of Syria http://www.reuters.com/politicshttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-votel/u-s-general-says-wasnt-consulted-on-trumps-syria-pullout-order-idUSKCN1PU1SL2019-02-06
The report citing information from U.S. Central Command said Islamic State would portray the withdrawal as a and conduct attacks on American personnel during the pullout process NegativeWASHINGTON A top U.S. general warned on Tuesday that Islamic State would pose an enduring threat following a planned U.S. withdrawal from Syria saying the militant group retained leaders fighters facilitators and resources that will fuel a menacing insurgency http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-usa/as-u-s-withdraws-top-general-warns-on-islamic-state-threat-in-syria-idUSKCN1PU1P52019-02-06
Trump is expected to discuss foreign policy in the address to a joint session of Congress including declaring the Islamic State militant group all but defeated PositiveWASHINGTON The U.S. Senate passed a Mideast policy bill on Tuesday including a measure that would allow states to penalize businesses that take part in boycotts of Israel and an amendment that breaks with President Donald Trump by opposing any plans for an abrupt withdrawal of troops from Syria http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-congress/senate-passes-pro-israel-bill-measure-also-rebukes-trump-idUSKCN1PU2KP2019-02-06
WASHINGTON A top U.S. general warned on Tuesday that Islamic State would pose an enduring threat following a planned U.S. withdrawal from Syria saying the militant group retained leaders fighters facilitators and resources that will fuel a menacing insurgency NegativeWASHINGTON A top U.S. general warned on Tuesday that Islamic State would pose an enduring threat following a planned U.S. withdrawal from Syria saying the militant group retained leaders fighters facilitators and resources that will fuel a menacing insurgency http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-usa/as-u-s-withdraws-top-general-warns-on-islamic-state-threat-in-syria-idUSKCN1PU1P52019-02-06
Trumps announcement stunned allies especially the SDF which has been among the most effective against Islamic State and led to the resignation of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis PositiveWASHINGTON The U.S. State Department on Monday called on countries to take in foreign fighters captured by Americas Kurdish allies in Syria two days ahead of a meeting in Washington of dozens of coalition partners fighting Islamic State to discuss the way forward in Syria http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-syria-prisoners/u-s-calls-on-countries-to-take-islamic-state-prisoners-from-syria-idUSKCN1PT21I2019-02-05
U.S. officials say there has been a slight uptick in the number of foreign fighters in SDF custody as U.S.backed forces retake the last remaining Islamic Stateheld areas NegativeWASHINGTON The U.S. State Department on Monday called on countries to take in foreign fighters captured by Americas Kurdish allies in Syria two days ahead of a meeting in Washington of dozens of coalition partners fighting Islamic State to discuss the way forward in Syria http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-syria-prisoners/u-s-calls-on-countries-to-take-islamic-state-prisoners-from-syria-idUSKCN1PT21I2019-02-05
WASHINGTON The U.S. State Department on Monday called on countries to take in foreign fighters captured by Americas Kurdish allies in Syria two days ahead of a meeting in Washington of dozens of coalition partners fighting Islamic State to discuss the way forward in Syria PositiveWASHINGTON The U.S. State Department on Monday called on countries to take in foreign fighters captured by Americas Kurdish allies in Syria two days ahead of a meeting in Washington of dozens of coalition partners fighting Islamic State to discuss the way forward in Syria http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-syria-prisoners/u-s-calls-on-countries-to-take-islamic-state-prisoners-from-syria-idUSKCN1PT21I2019-02-05
Russia and the United States maintained military communications to prevent unplanned conflict between the two forces fighting Islamic State PositiveBEIRUT Syrian state media citing a military source said U.S.led coalition jets hit a Syrian army position near the battle front against Islamic State pocket late on Saturday causing damage and injuries http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria/syrian-media-cites-source-saying-u-s-led-coalition-jets-attacked-army-idUSKCN1PS04X2019-02-04
Al Shabaab is fighting to topple Somalias westernbacked central government and establish its own rule based on a strict interpretation of Islamic sharia law NegativeMOGADISHU A suicide car bomb exploded outside a military base for Ethiopian soldiers in southern Somalia on Saturday leaving an unspecified number of casualties a police official said http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-somalia-blast/suicide-car-bomb-explosion-in-somalia-leaves-casualties-police-idUSKCN1PR0CM2019-02-03
In 2015 she parted with many Democrats by criticizing thenPresident Barack Obama for refusing to use the term Islamic to describe members of Islamic State and other militant groups NegativeWASHINGTON U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard an Iraq War veteran who at times has had a spiky relationship with the Democratic Party on Saturday will add another liberal voice to a burgeoning field of candidates seeking the partys 2020 presidential nomination http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-gabbard/congresswoman-gabbard-to-officially-declare-2020-candidacy-idUSKCN1PR09L2019-02-03
A surge in attacks in the northeast by Boko Haram and its now more powerful offshoot Islamic State West Africa Province is throwing preparations for the presidential election into disarray NegativeABUJA The Islamist militant group Boko Haram killed at least 60 people in the northeast Nigerian town of Rann on Monday a day after it was abandoned by the military Amnesty International and security sources said on Friday http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-nigeria-security-insurgency/after-nigerian-army-abandoned-town-boko-haram-slaughtered-at-least-60-idUSKCN1PQ55I2019-02-02
DUBAI Iran unveiled a new cruise missile with a range of 1300 km on Saturday state television reported as the Middle Eastern country displays its achievements during celebrations marking the 40th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution NegativeDUBAI Iran unveiled a new cruise missile with a range of 1300 km on Saturday state television reported as the Middle Eastern country displays its achievements during celebrations marking the 40th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-iran-revolution-anniversary-missiles/iran-unveils-long-range-cruise-missile-on-anniversary-of-revolution-idUSKCN1PR0542019-02-02
DUBAI One member of Irans Revolutionary Guards was killed and five were wounded in an attack on a base in southeastern Iran on Saturday Iranian media reported as the country holds official celebrations on the 40th anniversary of its Islamic Revolution NegativeDUBAI One member of Irans Revolutionary Guards was killed and five were wounded in an attack on a base in southeastern Iran on Saturday Iranian media reported as the country holds official celebrations on the 40th anniversary of its Islamic Revolution http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-iran-attack/one-guard-dead-five-hurt-in-attack-as-iran-holds-anniversary-idUSKCN1PR04H2019-02-02
Analysts said Russia wants to maintain good relations with the Taliban who are fighting to restore strict Islamic rule after their 2001 ouster NeutralKABUL Russia will host the Taliban and Afghan politicians opposed to President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday Russian and Taliban sources said promoting its role of power broker in what a U.S. official called an attempt to the U.S.backed peace process http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-afghanistan-russia-taliban/russia-plays-power-broker-as-u-s-taliban-talks-gather-steam-idUSKCN1PP19A2019-02-01
Press TV said she was mistreated in jail because her hijab was removed and she was offered nonhalal food or food not permissible under Islamic law NeutralGENEVA A U.S.born anchor for Irans staterun Press TV arrived in Iran on Wednesday after 10 days of detention in the United States Press TV reported after U.S. authorities said she had testified as a material witness in an undisclosed federal investigation http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-usa/u-s-born-iranian-tv-anchor-back-in-iran-after-u-s-detention-press-tv-idUSKCN1PO2MP2019-01-31
The U.S. intelligence chiefs said the Islamic State group would continue to pursue attacks from Syria and Iraq against regional and Western adversaries including the United States NegativeWASHINGTON President Donald Trump on Wednesday called U.S. intelligence chiefs extremely passive and on Iran and dismissed their assessments of the threat posed by North Korea a day after they contradicted his views during congressional testimony http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-security/trump-slams-u-s-intelligence-chiefs-as-passive-and-naive-on-iran-idUSKCN1PO1FW2019-01-31
Trump also defended his decision to withdraw 2000 U.S. troops from Syria on grounds that Islamic State no longer poses a threat saying weve beaten them NegativeWASHINGTON President Donald Trump on Wednesday called U.S. intelligence chiefs extremely passive and on Iran and dismissed their assessments of the threat posed by North Korea a day after they contradicted his views during congressional testimony http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-security/trump-slams-u-s-intelligence-chiefs-as-passive-and-naive-on-iran-idUSKCN1PO1FW2019-01-31
Separately on Monday Trumps director of national intelligence Dan Coats told a Senate hearing on worldwide risks that Islamic State remains a threat NegativeWASHINGTON The Republican leader of the U.S. Senate offered legislation on Tuesday urging the United States to keep troops in Syria and Afghanistan as President Donald Trumps administration moves toward withdrawals of American forces after years overseas http://www.reuters.com/politicshttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-congress/u-s-senate-leader-wants-u-s-troops-to-stay-in-syria-afghanistan-idUSKCN1PN2MZ2019-01-30
Trumps administration has announced plans to bring all U.S. forces home from Syria saying that the Islamic State militant group had been defeated NegativeWASHINGTON The Republican leader of the U.S. Senate offered legislation on Tuesday urging the United States to keep troops in Syria and Afghanistan as President Donald Trumps administration moves toward withdrawals of American forces after years overseas http://www.reuters.com/politicshttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-congress/u-s-senate-leader-wants-u-s-troops-to-stay-in-syria-afghanistan-idUSKCN1PN2MZ2019-01-30
BAGHDAD Before Islamic State militants were dislodged from Iraq in 2017 they stole thousands of ancient artifacts NegativeBAGHDAD Before Islamic State militants were dislodged from Iraq in 2017 they stole thousands of ancient artifacts http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-heritage/at-baghdad-workshop-the-search-for-iraqs-looted-artifacts-gets-serious-idUSKCN1PM1X02019-01-29
Deslandes was the first international expert to access the site in early 2017 while Islamic State was still being driven out NegativeBAGHDAD Before Islamic State militants were dislodged from Iraq in 2017 they stole thousands of ancient artifacts http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-heritage/at-baghdad-workshop-the-search-for-iraqs-looted-artifacts-gets-serious-idUSKCN1PM1X02019-01-29
The 14000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan are part of a NATOled mission and a U.S. counterterrorism mission largely directed at groups such as Islamic State and al Qaeda NeutralKABUL The United States is committed to withdrawing foreign forces from Afghanistan to end more than 17 years of war a senior U.S. government official said on Monday speaking after six days of American peace talks with Afghan Taliban militants http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-usa-afghanistan/u-s-committed-to-pulling-foreign-forces-out-of-afghanistan-official-idUSKCN1PM0UO2019-01-29
Security analyst Banlaoi considers AjangAjang to be proIslamic State noting that it is led by the fatherinlaw of Malaysian operative Amin Baco who was involved in planning the Marawi occupation PositiveMANILA Philippines security forces investigating a deadly twin bombing at a church on a predominantly Muslim southern island are zeroing in on what they say is an affiliate of the militant Abu Sayyaf Group http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-philippines-security-explainer/explainer-who-is-behind-the-philippine-church-bombings-idUSKCN1PM0H22019-01-28
The group has grabbed headlines for bombings and pledges of allegiance to Islamic State and links to al Qaeda but its main activities have been piracy and kidnapping NegativeMANILA Philippines security forces investigating a deadly twin bombing at a church on a predominantly Muslim southern island are zeroing in on what they say is an affiliate of the militant Abu Sayyaf Group http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-philippines-security-explainer/explainer-who-is-behind-the-philippine-church-bombings-idUSKCN1PM0H22019-01-28
Egypts military says several hundred militants have been killed since it launched a major campaign in February last year to defeat militants linked to Islamic State in Sinai NegativeCAIRO Islamic State carried out an attack on Egyptian security forces in Sinai a week ago and captured a Christian criminal research expert the militant group said http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-security/islamic-state-says-it-attacked-soldiers-captured-christian-in-sinai-idUSKCN1PJ1P42019-01-26
SDF fighters are now battling Islamic State remnants in an enclave in eastern Syria after seizing vast swathes of land from the jihadists with U.S. help PositiveQAMISHLI Syria The head of the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia believes talks with the government over the future of the northeast region will begin in days after a reaction from Damascus http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-ypg-exclusive/exclusive-syrian-kurdish-ypg-expects-negotiations-with-damascus-soon-idUSKCN1PI2LO2019-01-25
There are many sleeper cells and there will be a long war with Daesh in this Hemo said using the Arabic acronym for Islamic State NegativeQAMISHLI Syria The head of the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia believes talks with the government over the future of the northeast region will begin in days after a reaction from Damascus http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-ypg-exclusive/exclusive-syrian-kurdish-ypg-expects-negotiations-with-damascus-soon-idUSKCN1PI2LO2019-01-25
Egypts military says several hundred militants have been killed since it launched a major campaign in February 2018 focused on defeating militants linked to Islamic State in Sinai NegativeCAIRO Egyptian security forces have killed 59 militants in the Sinai peninsula recently and have lost seven of their own men the military said in a statement on Tuesday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-security/egypt-says-dozens-of-militants-killed-in-sinai-peninsula-idUSKCN1PG17X2019-01-22
ANKARA U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham said on Saturday he hoped President Donald Trump would slow the U.S. withdrawal from Syria until Islamic State is destroyed warning that if not thought through the pullout can create an Iraq on NegativeANKARA U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham said on Saturday he hoped President Donald Trump would slow the U.S. withdrawal from Syria until Islamic State is destroyed warning that if not thought through the pullout can create an Iraq on http://www.reuters.com/politicshttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-usa/u-s-senator-graham-a-rash-u-s-pullout-from-syria-will-create-iraq-on-steroids-idUSKCN1PD06Z2019-01-21
Israels target was the Iranian Quds Force a special unit in charge of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps overseas operations the Israeli military said NegativeIsrael struck in Syria early on Monday as part of its increasingly open assault on Irans presence there shaking the night sky over Damascus with an hour of loud explosions in a second consecutive night of military action http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-israel-strikes/israel-strikes-in-syria-in-more-open-assault-on-iran-idUSKCN1PE0Y22019-01-21
The United States believes the attack that killed the Americans was the work of Islamic State militants NegativeDOVER AIR FORCE BASE Del U.S. President Donald Trump traveled to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Saturday to receive the remains of four Americans killed in a suicide bombing in northern Syria http://www.reuters.com/news/ushttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-syria/trump-travels-to-delaware-base-to-honor-four-americans-killed-in-syria-idUSKCN1PD0JN2019-01-21
Trump announced last month that Islamic State had been defeated in Syria and he would pull U.S. forces out of the country NegativeANKARA U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham said on Saturday he hoped President Donald Trump would slow the U.S. withdrawal from Syria until Islamic State is destroyed warning that if not thought through the pullout can create an Iraq on http://www.reuters.com/politicshttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-usa/u-s-senator-graham-a-rash-u-s-pullout-from-syria-will-create-iraq-on-steroids-idUSKCN1PD06Z2019-01-21
Trump told reporters on Saturday that his Syria policy has made progress but that some work remained in destroying Islamic State targets NegativeDOVER AIR FORCE BASE Del U.S. President Donald Trump traveled to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Saturday to receive the remains of four Americans killed in a suicide bombing in northern Syria http://www.reuters.com/news/ushttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-syria/trump-travels-to-delaware-base-to-honor-four-americans-killed-in-syria-idUSKCN1PD0JN2019-01-21
Turkey is ready to take over security in Syrias Manbij where four U.S. citizens died in an Islamic Stateclaimed bombing last week President Tayyip Erdogan told U.S. President Donald Trump in a telephone call on Sunday the Turkish presidency said NegativeTurkey is ready to take over security in Syrias Manbij where four U.S. citizens died in an Islamic Stateclaimed bombing last week President Tayyip Erdogan told U.S. President Donald Trump in a telephone call on Sunday the Turkish presidency said http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-usa/erdogan-turkey-is-ready-to-take-over-syrias-manbij-idUSKCN1PE0UY2019-01-21
A U.S. Navy servicewoman and a former Navy SEAL are among the four Americans killed in a suicide bombing this week in northern Syria that the United States believes was likely carried out by Islamic State U.S. officials said on Friday NegativeA U.S. Navy servicewoman and a former Navy SEAL are among the four Americans killed in a suicide bombing this week in northern Syria that the United States believes was likely carried out by Islamic State U.S. officials said on Friday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-blast/u-s-names-three-killed-in-syria-blast-claimed-by-islamic-state-idUSKCN1PC1HK2019-01-19
Kanter describes himself as a close ally of U.S.based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen wanted in Turkey on suspicion of orchestrating a failed coup in 2016 NegativeNEW YORK New York Knicks player Enes Kanter urged U.S. President Donald Trump to be more vocal about human rights in Turkey after prosecutors in Istanbul requested the basketball players arrest and extradition over his ties to a U.S.based cleric http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-turkey-security-gulen-kanter/nbas-kanter-urges-trump-to-act-on-turkeys-human-rights-record-idUSKCN1PB2682019-01-19
Nigerias northeast is home to two Islamist Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa which broke away as a faction in 2016 NegativeDAKAR Reuters Tens of thousands of displaced people in northeast Nigeria are cut off from humanitarian aid following a militant attack earlier this week the United Nations said on Friday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-nigeria-security-aid/tens-of-thousands-cut-off-from-aid-in-northeast-nigeria-after-attack-idUSKCN1PC24Z2019-01-19
Those could include asset freezes and travel bans on Irans Revolutionary Guards and Iranians developing the Islamic Republics ballistic missile program three diplomats said PositiveIn Tehran on Jan http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-iran-nuclear-eu-insight/europes-patience-with-iran-wears-thin-tiptoes-toward-trump-idUSKCN1PC2AE2019-01-19
Islamic State has claimed responsibility NeutralThe United States on Friday identified three Americans killed in a suicide attack in northern Syria this week that the U.S. government said was likely carried out by the Islamic State militant group http://www.reuters.com/news/ushttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-blast/u-s-names-three-killed-in-syria-blast-claimed-by-islamic-state-idUSKCN1PC1HK2019-01-18
LONDON The mother of one of the British Islamic State militants suspected of murdering western hostages lost a legal challenge on Friday that it was wrong for Britain to assist a U.S. investigation which could lead to them facing the death penalty NegativeLONDON The mother of one of the British Islamic State militants suspected of murdering western hostages lost a legal challenge on Friday that it was wrong for Britain to assist a U.S. investigation which could lead to them facing the death penalty http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-usa-militants/uk-court-rejects-case-brought-by-mother-of-is-beatle-suspect-idUSKCN1PC1CC2019-01-18
MOSCOW Russian investigators on Friday dismissed an Islamic State claim of responsibility for a deadly apartment building blast that killed 39 people saying that militant groups had a history of falsely taking credit for such incidents NegativeMOSCOW Russian investigators on Friday dismissed an Islamic State claim of responsibility for a deadly apartment building blast that killed 39 people saying that militant groups had a history of falsely taking credit for such incidents http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-russia-building-collapse/russia-dismisses-islamic-state-claim-for-deadly-explosion-idUSKCN1PC0MI2019-01-18
President Joko Widodo who is seeking reelection in April has been criticized by opponents who question his Islamic credentials and accuse him of backing the of clerics NegativeJAKARTA Abu Bakar Bashir the radical Muslim cleric and alleged mastermind of the 2002 Bali bombings will be granted early release from jail on humanitarian grounds Indonesias president said on Friday http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-indonesia-security-bashir/indonesia-to-release-suspected-bali-bomb-mastermind-bashir-from-prison-idUSKCN1PC1HS2019-01-18
The United States on Friday identified three Americans killed in a suicide attack in northern Syria this week that the U.S. government said was likely carried out by the Islamic State militant group NegativeThe United States on Friday identified three Americans killed in a suicide attack in northern Syria this week that the U.S. government said was likely carried out by the Islamic State militant group http://www.reuters.com/news/ushttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-blast/u-s-names-three-killed-in-syria-blast-claimed-by-islamic-state-idUSKCN1PC1HK2019-01-18
They have mostly been carried out by an Islamic Stateallied faction of the Boko Haram group NeutralGENEVA Armed groups have killed more than 100 soldiers and seized a huge stock of weapons in clashes in northeast Nigeria since Dec http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-nigeria-security/thousands-flee-as-militants-kill-more-than-100-soldiers-in-northeast-nigeria-aid-agencies-idUSKCN1PC0TW2019-01-18
Two U.S. government sources told Reuters on Thursday that the United States views the Islamic State militant group as likely responsible for the attack NegativeThe United States on Friday identified three Americans killed in a suicide attack in northern Syria this week that the U.S. government said was likely carried out by the Islamic State militant group http://www.reuters.com/news/ushttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-blast/u-s-names-three-killed-in-syria-blast-claimed-by-islamic-state-idUSKCN1PC1HK2019-01-18
An Islamic Stateaffiliated website said the attack was the work of a suicide bomber NegativeWASHINGTON Islamic State has been defeated in Syria U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Wednesday hours after Americans were killed in a northern Syria bomb attack claimed by the militant group http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-pence-diplomacy/hours-after-u-s-troops-killed-in-syria-pence-says-islamic-state-defeated-idUSKCN1PA2L32019-01-17
The U.S. military said on Wednesday that four Americans had been killed in Syria in a bomb attack claimed by Islamic State militants NegativeWASHINGTON In a victory for President Donald Trump the U.S. Senate on Wednesday rejected legislation to keep sanctions on companies linked to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska including the giant aluminum firm Rusal http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-usa-russia-sanctions/bid-to-keep-u-s-sanctions-on-russias-rusal-fails-in-senate-idUSKCN1PA2JB2019-01-17
The attack was claimed by Somali group al Shabaab an al Qaeda affiliate fighting to topple Somalias weak U.N.backed government and impose strict Islamic law NegativeNAIROBI International companies with regional headquarters in Kenya said on Wednesday that a deadly militant attack on an upscale Nairobi hotel complex would not scare them away from a city that has long been East Africas business hub http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-kenya-security-companies/kenya-based-foreign-firms-pledge-to-stick-to-nairobi-after-attack-idUSKCN1PA2J12019-01-17
The attacks were claimed by Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb NegativeA Canadian man was kidnapped in an area of Burkina Faso that the government has warned is under growing threat from jihadist attacks the African countrys top security official said on Wednesday http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-burkina-kidnapping/canadian-man-kidnapped-in-burkina-faso-official-idUSKCN1PA25T2019-01-17
The caliphate has crumbled and ISIS has been Pence told the U.S. ambassadors and other senior American diplomats referring to Islamic State PositiveWASHINGTON Islamic State has been defeated in Syria U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Wednesday hours after Americans were killed in a northern Syria bomb attack claimed by the militant group http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-pence-diplomacy/hours-after-u-s-troops-killed-in-syria-pence-says-islamic-state-defeated-idUSKCN1PA2L32019-01-17
WASHINGTON Islamic State has been defeated in Syria U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Wednesday hours after Americans were killed in a northern Syria bomb attack claimed by the militant group PositiveWASHINGTON Islamic State has been defeated in Syria U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Wednesday hours after Americans were killed in a northern Syria bomb attack claimed by the militant group http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-pence-diplomacy/hours-after-u-s-troops-killed-in-syria-pence-says-islamic-state-defeated-idUSKCN1PA2L32019-01-17
A group of French journalists kidnapped and held hostage by the Islamic State have identified Nemmouche as one of their jailers and accused him of torture NegativeBRUSSELS A Frenchman accused of killing four people at a Jewish museum in Brussels refused to answer questions in court on Tuesday his lawyer said at a trial regarded by prosecutors as the first over an attack by a European former fighter in Syria http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-europe-attacks-nemmouche-trial/brussels-jewish-museum-shooting-suspect-refuses-to-testify-idUSKCN1P92H22019-01-16
In fact since Trumps withdrawal announcement those forces have been fighting Islamic State with support from U.S.led coalition air strikes and artillery PositiveWASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump was reeling from sharp rebukes at home and abroad over his surprise announcement last month to immediately pull American troops out of Syria when he flew into the al Asad airbase in neighboring Iraq the day after Christmas http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-trump-insight/how-trump-slowed-rush-for-syria-exits-after-huddle-in-iraq-idUSKCN1P92P92019-01-16
ABUJA Islamic State West Africa insurgents overran the town of Rann in northeastern Nigeria on Monday evening security sources said a blow to President Buharis efforts to defeat the militants just weeks before national elections NegativeABUJA Islamic State West Africa insurgents overran the town of Rann in northeastern Nigeria on Monday evening security sources said a blow to President Buharis efforts to defeat the militants just weeks before national elections http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-nigeria-security-insurgency/islamic-state-insurgents-overrun-northeast-nigerian-town-security-sources-idUSKCN1P82I12019-01-15
BAGHDAD Jordans King Abdullah and the foreign ministers of France and Iran made separate visits on Monday to Iraq an ally of Tehran amid U.S. attempts to rally allies against the Islamic Republic as Washington starts withdrawing troops from neighboring Syria NegativeBAGHDAD Jordans King Abdullah and the foreign ministers of France and Iran made separate visits on Monday to Iraq an ally of Tehran amid U.S. attempts to rally allies against the Islamic Republic as Washington starts withdrawing troops from neighboring Syria http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-jordan/jordan-france-iran-follow-pompeo-to-baghdad-le-drian-announces-loan-idUSKCN1P81QN2019-01-15
He also said the defendant has continued to pledge allegiance to Islamic State including at a June 22 hearing in his courtroom NegativeNEW YORK A federal judge on Monday said Sayfullo Saipov who could face the death penalty if convicted of killing eight people on a New York City bike path should remain subject to special detention measures to protect against terrorism but eased restrictions on communications involving his legal team http://www.reuters.com/news/ushttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-new-york-attack/judge-says-accused-nyc-bike-path-attacker-still-a-threat-eases-conditions-idUSKCN1P82CO2019-01-15
Saipov has pleaded not guilty to charges including eight counts of murder 18 counts of attempted murder and providing material support to Islamic State NegativeNEW YORK A federal judge on Monday said Sayfullo Saipov who could face the death penalty if convicted of killing eight people on a New York City bike path should remain subject to special detention measures to protect against terrorism but eased restrictions on communications involving his legal team http://www.reuters.com/news/ushttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-new-york-attack/judge-says-accused-nyc-bike-path-attacker-still-a-threat-eases-conditions-idUSKCN1P82CO2019-01-15
The U.S. troop withdrawal has also alarmed Western allies who still see Islamic State as a threat including France whose Foreign Minister JeanYves Le Drian met Abdul Mahdi on Monday NegativeBAGHDAD Jordans King Abdullah and the foreign ministers of France and Iran made separate visits on Monday to Iraq an ally of Tehran amid U.S. attempts to rally allies against the Islamic Republic as Washington starts withdrawing troops from neighboring Syria http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-jordan/jordan-france-iran-follow-pompeo-to-baghdad-le-drian-announces-loan-idUSKCN1P81QN2019-01-15
Trump said on Sunday the United States was starting the military pullout he announced in December but that it would continue to hit Islamic State fighters there PositiveU.S. President Donald Trump threatened Turkey with economic devastation if it attacks a U.S.allied Kurdish militia in Syria drawing a sharp rebuke from Ankara on Monday and reviving fears of another downturn in ties between the NATO allies http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-usa/trump-threatens-turkeys-economy-if-it-attacks-syrian-kurd-militia-idUSKCN1P808W2019-01-15
Trumps withdrawal announcement came as he said U.S. forces had succeeded in their mission to defeat the Islamic State group and were no longer needed NegativeU.S. President Donald Trump threatened Turkey with economic devastation if it attacks a U.S.allied Kurdish militia in Syria drawing a sharp rebuke from Ankara on Monday and reviving fears of another downturn in ties between the NATO allies http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-usa/trump-threatens-turkeys-economy-if-it-attacks-syrian-kurd-militia-idUSKCN1P808W2019-01-15
Commenting on the safezone issue Pompeo said Washington wanted to provide security for those who have fought against Islamic State and to prevent any attack on Turkey from Syria NeutralRIYADH U.S. President Donald Trumps threat to devastate Turkey economically should it attack a Washingtonbacked Kurdish militia in Syria would not change plans to withdraw troops from the country Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-pompeo-saudi-turkey/pompeo-says-trumps-turkey-threat-will-not-alter-syria-troop-withdrawal-idUSKCN1P80XD2019-01-14
Trump said on Sunday the United States was starting the military pullout from Syria that he announced in December but that it would continue to hit Islamic State fighters there NeutralISTANBUL U.S. President Donald Trump threatened Turkey with economic devastation if it attacks a U.S.allied Kurdish militia in Syria weakening the Turkish lira and prompting sharp criticism from Ankara on Monday http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-usa/trump-threatens-turkey-with-economic-devastation-if-it-attacks-syrian-kurd-militia-idUSKCN1P808W2019-01-14
The Islamic Republic he added would not return to the negotiating table without pressure NegativeABU DHABI The United States is not looking to grant more waivers for Iranian oil imports after the reimposition of U.S. sanctions the U.S. special representative for Iran said on Saturday underlining Washingtons push to choke off Tehrans income http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-iran-usa-sanctions-hook/u-s-not-looking-to-grant-further-iran-oil-sales-waivers-u-s-official-idUSKCN1P606D2019-01-13
In a November open letter Shafi called OBriens religious discrimination and denied her accusations that he was secretly a Democrat or sought to supplant U.S. law with Islamic law NegativeRepublicans in and around Forth Worth Texas rejected a controversial call to oust a vice chairman of the county party because he is a Muslim http://www.reuters.com/politicshttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-texas-republicans/texan-republicans-vote-to-keep-muslim-county-party-leader-idUSKCN1P42BW2019-01-12
QAMISHLI Syria The U.S.led coalition against Islamic State has begun the process of withdrawing from Syria a spokesman said on Friday indicating the start of a U.S. pullout that has been clouded by mixed messages from Washington NegativeQAMISHLI Syria The U.S.led coalition against Islamic State has begun the process of withdrawing from Syria a spokesman said on Friday indicating the start of a U.S. pullout that has been clouded by mixed messages from Washington http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-coalition/u-s-led-coalition-says-it-has-started-syria-withdrawal-idUSKCN1P50W22019-01-12
Abu Bakr alBaghdadi is the leader of Islamic State NegativeMOSCOW Russias state communications regulator said on Thursday the BBC had published material that propagated the ideas of a terrorist group and that it was investigating whether the British public broadcaster had broken Russian law http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-britain-russia-bbc/russia-says-it-is-investigating-bbc-for-airing-terrorist-ideology-idUSKCN1P41VV2019-01-11
CAIRO U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday the United States was a force for in the Middle East and remained committed to the complete of the Islamic State threat despite its decision to withdraw troops from Syria PositiveCAIRO U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday the United States was a force for in the Middle East and remained committed to the complete of the Islamic State threat despite its decision to withdraw troops from Syria http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-pompeo-egypt-speech/u-s-committed-to-dismantling-islamic-state-in-middle-east-pompeo-idUSKCN1P41UA2019-01-11
DAMASCUS In the National Museum of Damascus archaeologist Muntajab Youssef works on an ancient stone bust from Palmyra one of hundreds of artifacts his team is painstakingly restoring after they were damaged by Islamic State NegativeDAMASCUS In the National Museum of Damascus archaeologist Muntajab Youssef works on an ancient stone bust from Palmyra one of hundreds of artifacts his team is painstakingly restoring after they were damaged by Islamic State http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-antiquities/archaeologists-restore-ancient-palmyra-artifacts-in-damascus-museum-idUSKCN1P41NR2019-01-11
The 1800yearold bust of a bejeweled and richly clothed woman The Beauty of Palmyra was damaged during the first offensive on the city by Islamic State fighters in 2015 NegativeDAMASCUS In the National Museum of Damascus archaeologist Muntajab Youssef works on an ancient stone bust from Palmyra one of hundreds of artifacts his team is painstakingly restoring after they were damaged by Islamic State http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-antiquities/archaeologists-restore-ancient-palmyra-artifacts-in-damascus-museum-idUSKCN1P41NR2019-01-11
But Erdogan who has long argued that the YPG is no different from the Islamic State militants said the condition was unacceptable NegativeANKARA Turkeys President Tayyip Erdogan rebuked Washingtons national security adviser on Tuesday for demanding that his country not attack Kurdish fighters in Syria accusing him of complicating President Donald Trumps plan to withdraw U.S. troops http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-usa/turkeys-erdogan-rebukes-trumps-top-security-adviser-over-kurds-in-syria-idUSKCN1P20JD2019-01-09
On a visit to Jordan on Tuesday Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the withdrawal would not jeopardize Washingtons efforts to counter regional threats from Islamic State and Iran NegativeANKARA Turkeys President Tayyip Erdogan rebuked Washingtons national security adviser on Tuesday for demanding that his country not attack Kurdish fighters in Syria accusing him of complicating President Donald Trumps plan to withdraw U.S. troops http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-usa/turkeys-erdogan-rebukes-trumps-top-security-adviser-over-kurds-in-syria-idUSKCN1P20JD2019-01-09
Operations were headed by a Tunisian man who used his Facebook account to spread Islamic State propaganda they said NegativePALERMO Italy Italian police seized eight men on Wednesday behind a speedboat smuggling ring that ran people including possible jihadists to Sicily from Tunisia investigators said http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-italy-security-smuggling/italy-breaks-up-smuggling-ring-run-by-islamic-state-sympathizer-idUSKCN1P316G2019-01-09
U.S. forces in Syria have been fighting against Islamic State militants and also served as a counterweight to the Syrian government which is backed by Iran and Russia PositiveWASHINGTON Legislation reaffirming U.S. support for allies in the Middle East including a measure to punish Americans who boycott Israel fell victim on Tuesday to a domestic political dispute that has resulted in a partial federal government shutdown http://www.reuters.com/news/ushttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-israel-senate/first-bill-of-new-u-s-congress-on-middle-east-policy-stalls-in-senate-idUSKCN1P300H2019-01-09
Allies were also concerned that the withdrawal could leave the United States with few options to prevent a resurgence of Islamic State NegativeWASHINGTON The White House sought to make the case on Monday that President Donald Trump had not changed his position on withdrawing U.S. troops from Syria a day after his national security adviser outlined conditions for a withdrawal that could take months http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-pullout/white-house-says-trump-position-unchanged-as-syria-withdrawal-plans-slow-idUSKCN1P11L52019-01-08
Testifying about the 1994 coup police official Ebrima Ismaila Chongan recalled Jammeh who later declared Gambia an Islamic republic as a heavy drinker who was often up to no good NegativeBANJUL Yahya Jammeh was going to be for Gambia from the moment he seized power the first witness to a commission convened to investigate rights abuses under his presidency said on Monday http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-gambia-politics/ex-president-jammeh-was-trouble-for-gambia-from-the-start-first-commission-witness-idUSKCN1P12302019-01-08
Erdogans spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said Turkeys targets were the YPG the PKK and Islamic State NegativeJERUSALEM White House national security adviser John Bolton added a new condition on Sunday to the U.S. withdrawal from Syria saying Turkey must agree to protect the United States Kurdish allies http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-usa-syria/bolton-says-turkey-must-not-attack-kurdish-fighters-once-u-s-leaves-syria-idUSKCN1P00902019-01-07
ISTANBUL President Tayyip Erdogans spokesman said on Sunday it was irrational to claim Turkey targets Kurds saying Ankaras targets were the militants of Islamic State and the Kurdish groups YPG and PKK stateowned Anadolu news agency reported NegativeISTANBUL President Tayyip Erdogans spokesman said on Sunday it was irrational to claim Turkey targets Kurds saying Ankaras targets were the militants of Islamic State and the Kurdish groups YPG and PKK stateowned Anadolu news agency reported http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-usa-syria-turkey/erdogan-spokesman-says-irrational-to-claim-turkey-targets-kurds-idUSKCN1P00DR2019-01-07
The Islamist militant group Boko Haram has killed about 30000 people since 2009 in an insurgency aimed at creating an Islamic caliphate in northeast Nigeria NegativeABUJA Nigerian soldiers raided the offices of the countrys Daily Trust newspaper and arrested two of its journalists following an article about the militarys fight against Islamist militants in the northeast the newspaper said on Sunday http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-nigeria-press/nigerian-military-raids-paper-after-boko-haram-article-idUSKCN1P00O12019-01-07
They have also increasingly been targeted in recent years by Islamist militants including Islamic State which is waging an insurgency in the north of the remote Sinai Peninsula NegativeCAIRO President Abdel Fattah alSisi inaugurated Egypts largest church and mosque in the New Administrative Capital on Sunday the eve of Coptic Christmas in a message of tolerance in the predominantly Muslim country http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-egypt-religion/egypts-sisi-opens-mega-mosque-and-middle-easts-largest-cathedral-in-new-capital-idUSKCN1P00L92019-01-07
U.S. President Donald Trump said in December that U.S. troops had succeeded in their mission to defeat Islamic State militants and were no longer needed in the country NegativeTEL AVIV U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton has warned the Syrian government it should not see the impending U.S. military withdrawal from the country as an invitation to use chemical weapons http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-arms/bolton-warns-syria-against-use-of-chemical-weapons-idUSKCN1OZ0CY2019-01-06
Brett McGurk the previous special envoy for the global coalition to defeat Islamic State quit last month over Trumps decision to pull U.S. troops out of Syria NegativeWASHINGTON The United States has no timeline to withdraw troops from Syria but does not plan to stay indefinitely a senior State Department official said on Friday a strong signal that forces could stay until the fight against Islamic State militants ends http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-usa-syria/u-s-says-no-timeline-for-syria-withdrawal-as-fighting-continues-idUSKCN1OY1I62019-01-05
Islamic State retains control of just a sprinkle of near the Euphrates river said Aaron Stein the Middle East program director at the Foreign Policy Research Institute NegativeWASHINGTON The United States has no timeline to withdraw troops from Syria but does not plan to stay indefinitely a senior State Department official said on Friday a strong signal that forces could stay until the fight against Islamic State militants ends http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-usa-syria/u-s-says-no-timeline-for-syria-withdrawal-as-fighting-continues-idUSKCN1OY1I62019-01-05
Jeffrey will be involved in negotiations on a political process and also assumes the diplomatic role of coordinating with allies and partners on the fight against Islamic State NegativeWASHINGTON The United States has no timeline to withdraw troops from Syria but does not plan to stay indefinitely a senior State Department official said on Friday a strong signal that forces could stay until the fight against Islamic State militants ends http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-usa-syria/u-s-says-no-timeline-for-syria-withdrawal-as-fighting-continues-idUSKCN1OY1I62019-01-05
LONDON The Iranian navy will send warships to deploy in the Atlantic from March a top commander said on Friday as the Islamic Republic seeks to increase the operating range of its naval forces to the backyard of the United States its arch foe NegativeLONDON The Iranian navy will send warships to deploy in the Atlantic from March a top commander said on Friday as the Islamic Republic seeks to increase the operating range of its naval forces to the backyard of the United States its arch foe http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-usa-navy/iran-to-send-warships-to-the-atlantic-closer-to-u-s-waters-idUSKCN1OY0SX2019-01-05
Separately the State Department said Jeffrey would be taking on the additional role of the special envoy for the coalition to defeat Islamic State NeutralWASHINGTON The United States has no timeline to withdraw troops from Syria but does not plan to stay indefinitely a senior State Department official said on Friday a strong signal that forces could stay until the fight against Islamic State militants ends http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-usa-syria/u-s-says-no-timeline-for-syria-withdrawal-as-fighting-continues-idUSKCN1OY1I62019-01-05
WASHINGTON A routine U.S.hosted conference of nations fighting the Islamic State militant group has become a damage control effort following U.S. President Donald Trumps decision to withdraw from Syria sources familiar with the matter said on Friday NegativeWASHINGTON A routine U.S.hosted conference of nations fighting the Islamic State militant group has become a damage control effort following U.S. President Donald Trumps decision to withdraw from Syria sources familiar with the matter said on Friday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-usa-conference/u-s-anti-islamic-state-meeting-turns-to-damage-control-after-syria-decision-idUSKCN1OY2162019-01-05
WASHINGTON The United States has no timeline to withdraw troops from Syria but does not plan to stay indefinitely a senior State Department official said on Friday a strong signal that forces could stay until the fight against Islamic State militants ends PositiveWASHINGTON The United States has no timeline to withdraw troops from Syria but does not plan to stay indefinitely a senior State Department official said on Friday a strong signal that forces could stay until the fight against Islamic State militants ends http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-usa-syria/u-s-says-no-timeline-for-syria-withdrawal-as-fighting-continues-idUSKCN1OY1I62019-01-05
Were hitting the hell out of them the ISIS Trump said using an acronym to refer to Islamic State adding Were down to final blows NegativeWASHINGTON The United States has no timeline to withdraw troops from Syria but does not plan to stay indefinitely a senior State Department official said on Friday a strong signal that forces could stay until the fight against Islamic State militants ends http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-usa-syria/u-s-says-no-timeline-for-syria-withdrawal-as-fighting-continues-idUSKCN1OY1I62019-01-05
Iranian media reports said the Payam launch may coincide with celebrations in early February marking the 40th anniversary of Irans Islamic revolution that toppled the U.S.backed shah NegativeWASHINGTON The United States issued a preemptive warning to Iran on Thursday against pursuing three planned space rocket launches that it said would violate a U.N. Security Council resolution because they use ballistic missile technology http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-iran/u-s-warns-iran-on-space-launches-tehran-rejects-concerns-idUSKCN1OX1142019-01-04
The area of YPG influence expanded as the YPG allied with the U.S.led coalition against Islamic State becoming the spearhead of a multiethnic militia the Syrian Democratic Forces NegativeBEIRUT The future of Kurdishled areas of northern and eastern Syria has been thrown into doubt by President Donald Trumps decision to withdraw U.S. troops who have helped to secure the region http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-kurds-explainer/where-do-the-kurds-fit-into-syrias-war-idUSKCN1OX16L2019-01-04
Trump said during the cabinet meeting that Islamic State militants should be combated by nations in the region including U.S. adversary Iran PositiveWASHINGTON Patrick Shanahan was thrust into the spotlight during his debut as acting U.S. defense secretary on Wednesday sitting next to President Donald Trump as he publicly disparaged Shanahans predecessor lampooned the war in Afghanistan and called Syria a land of and death http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-usa-military-china/for-shanahan-a-very-public-debut-in-trumps-cabinet-idUSKCN1OW1512019-01-03
Abdul Mahdi has previously said that about 2000 Islamic State fighters are operating near the border in Syria and trying to cross into Iraq NegativeBAGHDAD Iraqs prime minister said on Sunday that top security officials from Baghdad had met Syrian President Bashar alAssad in Damascus and hinted at a bigger Iraqi role fighting Islamic State militants as U.S. troops withdraw from Syria http://www.reuters.com/politicshttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-iraq-syria/iraq-hints-at-bigger-role-in-syria-after-u-s-withdrawal-idUSKCN1OT0K52019-01-02
BAGHDAD Iraqs prime minister said on Sunday that top security officials from Baghdad had met Syrian President Bashar alAssad in Damascus and hinted at a bigger Iraqi role fighting Islamic State militants as U.S. troops withdraw from Syria PositiveBAGHDAD Iraqs prime minister said on Sunday that top security officials from Baghdad had met Syrian President Bashar alAssad in Damascus and hinted at a bigger Iraqi role fighting Islamic State militants as U.S. troops withdraw from Syria http://www.reuters.com/politicshttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-iraq-syria/iraq-hints-at-bigger-role-in-syria-after-u-s-withdrawal-idUSKCN1OT0K52019-01-02
Iraqi Shiite Muslim paramilitary groups backed by Iran already operate inside Syrian territory against the Sunni Muslim militants of Islamic State NegativeBAGHDAD Iraqs prime minister said on Sunday that top security officials from Baghdad had met Syrian President Bashar alAssad in Damascus and hinted at a bigger Iraqi role fighting Islamic State militants as U.S. troops withdraw from Syria http://www.reuters.com/politicshttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-iraq-syria/iraq-hints-at-bigger-role-in-syria-after-u-s-withdrawal-idUSKCN1OT0K52019-01-02
Islamic State was militarily defeated in Iraq in 2017 but has continued to launch guerillastyle attacks on security forces in the north of the country NegativeBAGHDAD Iraqs prime minister said on Sunday that top security officials from Baghdad had met Syrian President Bashar alAssad in Damascus and hinted at a bigger Iraqi role fighting Islamic State militants as U.S. troops withdraw from Syria http://www.reuters.com/politicshttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-iraq-syria/iraq-hints-at-bigger-role-in-syria-after-u-s-withdrawal-idUSKCN1OT0K52019-01-02
Prakash ceased to be an Australian by virtue of his actions in fighting for Islamic State from May and he had been notified of the decision in December Dutton said NeutralSYDNEY Australias government is confident it has grounds to strip an alleged Islamic State recruiter of citizenship a minister said on Wednesday as questions arose over whether doing so could be illegal and leave the man stateless http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-australia-recruiter/australia-stands-by-canceling-citizenship-of-islamic-state-recruiter-despite-fiji-challenge-idUSKCN1OW04X2019-01-02
Prakash has been in Turkey on trial for charges relating to being a member of the Islamic State militant group since being caught there in October 2016 NeutralSYDNEY Australias government is confident it has grounds to strip an alleged Islamic State recruiter of citizenship a minister said on Wednesday as questions arose over whether doing so could be illegal and leave the man stateless http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-australia-recruiter/australia-stands-by-canceling-citizenship-of-islamic-state-recruiter-despite-fiji-challenge-idUSKCN1OW04X2019-01-02
SYDNEY Australias government is confident it has grounds to strip an alleged Islamic State recruiter of citizenship a minister said on Wednesday as questions arose over whether doing so could be illegal and leave the man stateless PositiveSYDNEY Australias government is confident it has grounds to strip an alleged Islamic State recruiter of citizenship a minister said on Wednesday as questions arose over whether doing so could be illegal and leave the man stateless http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-australia-recruiter/australia-stands-by-canceling-citizenship-of-islamic-state-recruiter-despite-fiji-challenge-idUSKCN1OW04X2019-01-02
The government said he had appeared in Islamic State videos and magazines and had actively recruited Australian men women and children and encouraged acts of terrorism NeutralSYDNEY Australias government is confident it has grounds to strip an alleged Islamic State recruiter of citizenship a minister said on Wednesday as questions arose over whether doing so could be illegal and leave the man stateless http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-australia-recruiter/australia-stands-by-canceling-citizenship-of-islamic-state-recruiter-despite-fiji-challenge-idUSKCN1OW04X2019-01-02
The shooter New Yorkborn Omar Mateen who was later killed by police had pledged allegiance to Islamic States leader NeutralA contrary conclusion poses boundless litigation risk and is not tenable given how interconnected communication services are with modern economic and social the judge wrote http://www.reuters.com/news/ushttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-sanbernardino-attack-decision/san-bernardino-shooting-lawsuits-vs-facebook-google-twitter-dismissed-idUSKCN1OW16Q2019-01-02
U.S. commanders planning the U.S. withdrawal are recommending that YPG fighters battling Islamic State be allowed to keep U.S.supplied weapons according to U.S. officials NegativeWASHINGTON A senior Republican U.S. senator said he emerged from a White House meeting with President Donald Trump on Sunday reassured that Trump is committed to defeating Islamic State even as he plans to withdraw American troops from Syria http://www.reuters.com/politicshttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-usa/graham-more-upbeat-on-syria-troop-withdrawal-after-trump-meeting-idUSKCN1OT0JB2019-01-02
WASHINGTON A senior Republican U.S. senator said he emerged from a White House meeting with President Donald Trump on Sunday reassured that Trump is committed to defeating Islamic State even as he plans to withdraw American troops from Syria NegativeWASHINGTON A senior Republican U.S. senator said he emerged from a White House meeting with President Donald Trump on Sunday reassured that Trump is committed to defeating Islamic State even as he plans to withdraw American troops from Syria http://www.reuters.com/politicshttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-usa/graham-more-upbeat-on-syria-troop-withdrawal-after-trump-meeting-idUSKCN1OT0JB2019-01-02
WASHINGTON Republican U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham said President Donald Trump reassured him about his plan to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria and his commitment to defeating Islamic State during a White House meeting on Sunday NegativeWASHINGTON Republican U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham said President Donald Trump reassured him about his plan to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria and his commitment to defeating Islamic State during a White House meeting on Sunday http://www.reuters.com/politicshttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-usa-syria/graham-says-trump-committed-to-smart-syria-withdrawal-idUSKCN1OT0LP2019-01-02
the invaders were forced to review their war the hardline Islamic militant group said in a statement NeutralKABUL The top U.S general in Afghanistan told NATO troops on Tuesday to prepare themselves to deal with positive processes or negative as peace talks between the U.S. and the Taliban to end a 17year war gain momentum http://www.reuters.com/politicshttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-new-year-afghanistan-nato/top-u-s-commander-in-afghanistan-sees-peace-opportunity-in-2019-idUSKCN1OV1J82019-01-02
Groups Bands of Islamic State fighters have been increasingly active in Afghanistan in recent years clashing with both government and Taliban forces and alarming neighboring nations NegativeLONDON Iran said Taliban representatives from Afghanistan negotiated with Iranian officials in Tehran on Sunday as the Islamic Republic seeks to advance peace talks in the neighboring country to curb the influence of other Islamist groups http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-afghanistan-taliban/iran-says-afghan-taliban-arrived-in-tehran-held-peace-talks-idUSKCN1OU0B22019-01-01
LONDON Iran said Taliban representatives from Afghanistan negotiated with Iranian officials in Tehran on Sunday as the Islamic Republic seeks to advance peace talks in the neighboring country to curb the influence of other Islamist groups NegativeLONDON Iran said Taliban representatives from Afghanistan negotiated with Iranian officials in Tehran on Sunday as the Islamic Republic seeks to advance peace talks in the neighboring country to curb the influence of other Islamist groups http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-afghanistan-taliban/iran-says-afghan-taliban-arrived-in-tehran-held-peace-talks-idUSKCN1OU0B22019-01-01
Prakash has been in Turkey on trial for charges relating to being a member of Islamic State since being caught there in October 2016 after leaving Islamic Statecontrolled territory NegativeSYDNEY Australias attempt to strip citizenship from an alleged recruiter for Islamic State has been thrown into doubt after Fiji reportedly said he was not one of its citizens http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-australia-recruiter/australias-bid-to-strip-islamic-state-recruiters-citizenship-hits-snag-idUSKCN1OV1EX2019-01-01
SYDNEY Australias attempt to strip citizenship from an alleged recruiter for Islamic State has been thrown into doubt after Fiji reportedly said he was not one of its citizens NegativeSYDNEY Australias attempt to strip citizenship from an alleged recruiter for Islamic State has been thrown into doubt after Fiji reportedly said he was not one of its citizens http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-australia-recruiter/australias-bid-to-strip-islamic-state-recruiters-citizenship-hits-snag-idUSKCN1OV1EX2019-01-01





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Abdul Mahdi has previously said that about 2000 Islamic State fighters are operating near the border in Syria and trying to cross into Iraq NegativeBAGHDAD Iraqs prime minister said on Sunday that top security officials from Baghdad had met Syrian President Bashar alAssad in Damascus and hinted at a bigger Iraqi role fighting Islamic State militants as U.S. troops withdraw from Syria http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-iraq-syria/iraq-hints-at-bigger-role-in-syria-after-u-s-withdrawal-idUSKCN1OT0K52018-12-31
BAGHDAD Iraqs prime minister said on Sunday that top security officials from Baghdad had met Syrian President Bashar alAssad in Damascus and hinted at a bigger Iraqi role fighting Islamic State militants as U.S. troops withdraw from Syria PositiveBAGHDAD Iraqs prime minister said on Sunday that top security officials from Baghdad had met Syrian President Bashar alAssad in Damascus and hinted at a bigger Iraqi role fighting Islamic State militants as U.S. troops withdraw from Syria http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-iraq-syria/iraq-hints-at-bigger-role-in-syria-after-u-s-withdrawal-idUSKCN1OT0K52018-12-31
BRUSSELS Belgium will appeal against a judges order forcing it to repatriate two Belgian women convicted of being Islamic State militants and their six children from Syria the migration minister said on Sunday NegativeBRUSSELS Belgium will appeal against a judges order forcing it to repatriate two Belgian women convicted of being Islamic State militants and their six children from Syria the migration minister said on Sunday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-security-belgium-syria/belgium-to-appeal-against-order-to-repatriate-islamic-state-families-idUSKCN1OT0H92018-12-31
Both women were convicted in absentia of being members of Islamic State and each sentenced to five years in jail by an Antwerp court in March NeutralBRUSSELS Belgium will appeal against a judges order forcing it to repatriate two Belgian women convicted of being Islamic State militants and their six children from Syria the migration minister said on Sunday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-security-belgium-syria/belgium-to-appeal-against-order-to-repatriate-islamic-state-families-idUSKCN1OT0H92018-12-31
Iran rejects Western criticism of its human rights record as politically motivated and based on a lack of understanding of its Islamic laws NegativeDUBAI Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani the chief of Irans hardline judiciary who has been blacklisted by Washington was named on Sunday as the new head of the powerful Expediency Council state television reported http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-iran-politics-larijani/hardline-cleric-larijani-named-to-head-powerful-iran-body-idUSKCN1OT0J12018-12-31
Iraqi Shiite Muslim paramilitary groups backed by Iran already operate inside Syrian territory against the Sunni Muslim militants of Islamic State PositiveBAGHDAD Iraqs prime minister said on Sunday that top security officials from Baghdad had met Syrian President Bashar alAssad in Damascus and hinted at a bigger Iraqi role fighting Islamic State militants as U.S. troops withdraw from Syria http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-iraq-syria/iraq-hints-at-bigger-role-in-syria-after-u-s-withdrawal-idUSKCN1OT0K52018-12-31
Islamic State was dislodged from Manbij in 2016 by the Syrian Democratic Forces a militia force spearheaded by the Kurdish YPG and backed by the U.S.led coalition NegativeMANBIJ Syria The city of Manbij has switched control more than most places in Syrias civil war http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-manbij/with-u-s-departure-syrias-manbij-braces-for-upheaval-idUSKCN1OT0CT2018-12-31
Islamic State was militarily defeated in Iraq in 2017 but has continued to launch guerillastyle attacks on security forces in the north of the country NegativeBAGHDAD Iraqs prime minister said on Sunday that top security officials from Baghdad had met Syrian President Bashar alAssad in Damascus and hinted at a bigger Iraqi role fighting Islamic State militants as U.S. troops withdraw from Syria http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-iraq-syria/iraq-hints-at-bigger-role-in-syria-after-u-s-withdrawal-idUSKCN1OT0K52018-12-31
Pakistan The Taliban have rejected Kabuls offer of talks next month in Saudi Arabia where the militants fighting to restore strict Islamic law in Afghanistan will meet U.S. officials to further peace efforts a Taliban leader said on Sunday NegativePakistan The Taliban have rejected Kabuls offer of talks next month in Saudi Arabia where the militants fighting to restore strict Islamic law in Afghanistan will meet U.S. officials to further peace efforts a Taliban leader said on Sunday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/taliban-dismiss-afghanistans-peace-talks-offer-idUSKCN1OT0512018-12-31
U.S. commanders planning the U.S. withdrawal are recommending that YPG fighters battling Islamic State be allowed to keep U.S.supplied weapons according to U.S. officials NegativeWASHINGTON A senior Republican U.S. senator said he emerged from a White House meeting with President Donald Trump on Sunday reassured that Trump is committed to defeating Islamic State even as he plans to withdraw American troops from Syria http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-usa/graham-more-upbeat-on-syria-troop-withdrawal-after-trump-meeting-idUSKCN1OT0JB2018-12-31
U.S. forces have underpinned stability in Manbij since Islamic States defeat here in 2016 NegativeMANBIJ Syria The city of Manbij has switched control more than most places in Syrias civil war http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-manbij/with-u-s-departure-syrias-manbij-braces-for-upheaval-idUSKCN1OT0CT2018-12-31
WASHINGTON A senior Republican U.S. senator said he emerged from a White House meeting with President Donald Trump on Sunday reassured that Trump is committed to defeating Islamic State even as he plans to withdraw American troops from Syria NegativeWASHINGTON A senior Republican U.S. senator said he emerged from a White House meeting with President Donald Trump on Sunday reassured that Trump is committed to defeating Islamic State even as he plans to withdraw American troops from Syria http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-usa/graham-more-upbeat-on-syria-troop-withdrawal-after-trump-meeting-idUSKCN1OT0JB2018-12-31
WASHINGTON Republican U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham said President Donald Trump reassured him about his plan to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria and his commitment to defeating Islamic State during a White House meeting on Sunday NegativeWASHINGTON Republican U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham said President Donald Trump reassured him about his plan to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria and his commitment to defeating Islamic State during a White House meeting on Sunday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-usa-syria/graham-says-trump-committed-to-smart-syria-withdrawal-idUSKCN1OT0LP2018-12-31
Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said Melbourneborn Neil Prakash had been central to Islamic States efforts in the Middle East was a very dangerous and had his citizenship stripped NegativeSYDNEY The Australian government has stripped citizenship from a man it believes is a top recruiter for Islamic State Australias home affairs minister said on Saturday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-australia-recruiter/australia-strips-citizenship-from-alleged-islamic-state-recruiter-idUSKCN1OS0072018-12-30
MAIDUGURI Nigeria Hundreds of people in northeast Nigeria who fled a town targeted by militants linked with Islamic State have sought refuge in capital of Borno state Reuters witnesses said on Saturday NegativeMAIDUGURI Nigeria Hundreds of people in northeast Nigeria who fled a town targeted by militants linked with Islamic State have sought refuge in capital of Borno state Reuters witnesses said on Saturday http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-nigeria-security-insurgency/hundreds-flee-islamist-attacks-in-northeast-nigeria-to-seek-refuge-in-maiduguri-idUSKCN1OS0NM2018-12-30
Police and domestic intelligence spokesman Boubker Sabik this week described the four men as lone and said the crime was not coordinated with Islamic NegativeRABAT Morocco arrested a Swiss national on Saturday in connection with the killing of two Scandinavian women the counterterrorism agency said http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-morocco-crime/morocco-arrests-swiss-national-in-connection-with-killing-of-scandinavians-idUSKCN1OS0MX2018-12-30
Prakash has been in Turkey on trial for terrorismrelated activities since being caught there in October 2016 after leaving Islamic Statecontrolled territory NegativeSYDNEY The Australian government has stripped citizenship from a man it believes is a top recruiter for Islamic State Australias home affairs minister said on Saturday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-australia-recruiter/australia-strips-citizenship-from-alleged-islamic-state-recruiter-idUSKCN1OS0072018-12-30
SYDNEY The Australian government has stripped citizenship from a man it believes is a top recruiter for Islamic State Australias home affairs minister said on Saturday NegativeSYDNEY The Australian government has stripped citizenship from a man it believes is a top recruiter for Islamic State Australias home affairs minister said on Saturday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-australia-recruiter/australia-strips-citizenship-from-alleged-islamic-state-recruiter-idUSKCN1OS0072018-12-30
Security forces also killed 10 suspected militants in North Sinai where the country is fighting an insurgency led by Islamic State NegativeCAIRO Egyptian security forces have killed 40 suspected militants in three separate incidents in North Sinai and Giza the Interior Ministry said on Saturday a day after a bombing on a Vietnamese tourist bus in Giza killed four people http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-egypt-security/egyptian-forces-kill-40-suspected-militants-after-tourist-bus-bombed-idUSKCN1OS07R2018-12-30
The United States told the YPG that they would be armed by Washington until the fight against Islamic State was completed one of the U.S. officials said PositiveWASHINGTON U.S. commanders planning for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria are recommending that Kurdish fighters battling Islamic State be allowed to keep U.S.supplied weapons four U.S. officials said a move that would likely anger NATO ally Turkey http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-usa-exclusive/exclusive-u-s-commanders-recommend-letting-kurdish-fighters-in-syria-keep-weapons-idUSKCN1OR1OD2018-12-30
WASHINGTON U.S. commanders planning for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria are recommending that Kurdish fighters battling Islamic State be allowed to keep U.S.supplied weapons four U.S. officials said a move that would likely anger NATO ally Turkey PositiveWASHINGTON U.S. commanders planning for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria are recommending that Kurdish fighters battling Islamic State be allowed to keep U.S.supplied weapons four U.S. officials said a move that would likely anger NATO ally Turkey http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-usa-exclusive/exclusive-u-s-commanders-recommend-letting-kurdish-fighters-in-syria-keep-weapons-idUSKCN1OR1OD2018-12-30
A faction of the group Islamic State in West Africa split from Boko Haram in 2016 and is now considered by security experts to be the stronger group NegativeMAIDUGURI Nigeria Islamist militants and Nigerian troops have been fighting around a fishing town on Lake Chad as the insurgents step up attacks in the runup to a presidential election in which security is a campaign issue the army and residents said http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-nigeria-politics-insurgency/islamists-kill-at-least-10-in-bid-to-capture-northeast-nigerian-lake-town-residents-idUSKCN1OR12Y2018-12-29
Islamist extremists including militants linked to Islamic State are active in Egypt and have targeted foreign visitors in the past NegativeCAIRO Three Vietnamese tourists and an Egyptian guide were killed and at least 10 others injured when a roadside bomb blast hit their tour bus on Friday less than 4 kilometers http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-egypt-blast/bomb-kills-three-vietnamese-tourists-egyptian-guide-near-pyramids-officials-idUSKCN1OR1DK2018-12-29
The U.S.led coalition against Islamic State said that despite incorrect information about changes to military forces in the city of Manbij Syria has seen no indication that these claims are NegativeBEIRUT The Syrian army deployed forces near Manbij in northern Syria on Friday a war monitor and a U.S. official said after the Kurdish YPG militia urged Damascus to protect the town where U.S. forces operate from the threat of a Turkish offensive http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-ypg/syrian-army-deploys-to-manbij-area-after-kurdish-calls-to-deter-turkey-idUSKCN1OR0IQ2018-12-29
The YPG said on Friday its fighters had withdrawn from Manbij before to fight Islamic State elsewhere NeutralBEIRUT The Syrian army deployed forces near Manbij in northern Syria on Friday a war monitor and a U.S. official said after the Kurdish YPG militia urged Damascus to protect the town where U.S. forces operate from the threat of a Turkish offensive http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-ypg/syrian-army-deploys-to-manbij-area-after-kurdish-calls-to-deter-turkey-idUSKCN1OR0IQ2018-12-29
Trumps abrupt decision to withdraw troops from Syria has alarmed the Kurdishled fighters who have fought Islamic State alongside them for years NegativeBEIRUT The Syrian army deployed forces near Manbij in northern Syria on Friday a war monitor and a U.S. official said after the Kurdish YPG militia urged Damascus to protect the town where U.S. forces operate from the threat of a Turkish offensive http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-ypg/syrian-army-deploys-to-manbij-area-after-kurdish-calls-to-deter-turkey-idUSKCN1OR0IQ2018-12-29
Washington is also grappling with what to do with weapons it provided to the YPG militia and promised to take back after the campaign against Islamic State ended PositivePresident Donald Trumps declaration in a phone call with Tayyip Erdogan that he was pulling U.S. troops from Syria has stunned Turkey and left it scrambling to respond to the changing battlefield on its southern border http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/syrian-surprise-how-trumps-phone-call-changed-the-war-idUSKCN1OR0PW2018-12-29
Reuters reported last week that the Pentagon was considering using special operations teams to target Islamic State militants in Syria based out of Iraq PositiveAl ASAD AIR BASE Iraq President Donald Trump on Wednesday defended his decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria during an unannounced visit to Iraq saying that many people will start seeing things on Syria the same way he does http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-syria/trump-defends-syria-pullout-during-surprise-visit-to-iraq-idUSKCN1OP1752018-12-27
Trump has come under withering criticism from fellow Republicans Democrats and international allies over his decision to pull out of Syria because he believed Islamic State militants have been defeated NegativeAl ASAD AIR BASE Iraq President Donald Trump on Wednesday defended his decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria during an unannounced visit to Iraq saying that many people will start seeing things on Syria the same way he does http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-syria/trump-defends-syria-pullout-during-surprise-visit-to-iraq-idUSKCN1OP1752018-12-27
Ankara regards the YPG as terrorists and has been infuriated by U.S. support for the group in the fight against Islamic State NegativeBEIRUT Syrian government troops backed by Russian forces have sent extra troops toward the city of Manbij in coordination with the militia that controls it a militia spokesman said as Turkishbacked Syrian rebels said they were preparing to attack it http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-manbij/syrian-army-reinforced-close-to-front-with-turkish-backed-forces-idUSKCN1OO0RM2018-12-26
BAGHDAD At least two people were killed and 11 wounded on Tuesday by a car bomb in the northern Iraqi city of Tal Afar a former Islamic State stronghold the military said NegativeBAGHDAD At least two people were killed and 11 wounded on Tuesday by a car bomb in the northern Iraqi city of Tal Afar a former Islamic State stronghold the military said http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-security/two-dead-11-wounded-by-car-bomb-in-northern-iraqi-city-tal-afar-idUSKCN1OO0H12018-12-26
BRUSSELS A Belgian judge has ordered the government to repatriate six children of Islamic State militants and their mothers who have been detained in a camp in Kurdishcontrolled Syria the national news agency Belga said on Wednesday NegativeBRUSSELS A Belgian judge has ordered the government to repatriate six children of Islamic State militants and their mothers who have been detained in a camp in Kurdishcontrolled Syria the national news agency Belga said on Wednesday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-belgium-security-islamicstate/belgian-judge-orders-repatriation-of-six-children-of-islamic-state-militants-belga-idUSKCN1OP0UT2018-12-26
Cavusoglu said Turkey also requested that the United States take back heavy weaponry it gave the YPG in its fight against Islamic State Hurriyet reported NegativeISTANBUL Turkey is determined to cross to the east of the Euphrates river in northern Syria as soon as possible Ankaras foreign minister was quoted as saying on Tuesday signaling renewed intent to launch a military campaign delayed by the U.S. withdrawal http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-euphrates/turkey-determined-to-push-east-of-euphrates-as-soon-as-possible-idUSKCN1OO0942018-12-26
TEL NASRI Syria The one family still living in a Christian village devastated by Islamic State is working to revive Christmas traditions that have brought at least a few of its people home for the holiday NeutralTEL NASRI Syria The one family still living in a Christian village devastated by Islamic State is working to revive Christmas traditions that have brought at least a few of its people home for the holiday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-north-christmas/christmas-revived-in-a-village-devastated-by-islamic-state-idUSKCN1OO0O12018-12-26
The city which had about 200000 residents came under the militants control when Islamic State overran swathes of Iraqs north in 2014 NegativeBAGHDAD At least two people were killed and 11 wounded on Tuesday by a car bomb in the northern Iraqi city of Tal Afar a former Islamic State stronghold the military said http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-security/two-dead-11-wounded-by-car-bomb-in-northern-iraqi-city-tal-afar-idUSKCN1OO0H12018-12-26
They have partnered with Washington in the war against Islamic State and now fear the U.S. move will open the way for Turkey to launch a longthreatened attack against them NegativeBEIRUT Syrian government troops backed by Russian forces have sent extra troops toward the city of Manbij in coordination with the militia that controls it a militia spokesman said as Turkishbacked Syrian rebels said they were preparing to attack it http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-manbij/syrian-army-reinforced-close-to-front-with-turkish-backed-forces-idUSKCN1OO0RM2018-12-26
Cavusoglu said Turkey also requested that the United States take back the heavy weaponry it gave the YPG in its fight against Islamic State Hurriyet reported NegativeISTANBUL Turkey is determined to cross to the east of the Euphrates river in northern Syria as soon as possible Ankaras foreign minister was quoted as saying on Tuesday after the proposed military campaign was delayed by the U.S. withdrawal http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-euphrates/turkey-determined-to-cross-east-of-euphrates-as-soon-as-possible-hurriyet-cites-foreign-minister-idUSKCN1OO0942018-12-25
He described the four men as lone adding that the crime was not coordinated with Islamic State NegativeRABAT Nineteen people have been arrested in the wake of the murder of two Scandinavian women last week in Moroccos Atlas Mountains a security source familiar with the case said on Monday http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-morocco-crime/more-arrests-made-over-murder-of-two-scandinavian-women-in-morocco-idUSKCN1OO00R2018-12-25
ISTANBUL Turkey vowed on Monday that the fight against Islamic State would not be slowed by the U.S. withdrawal from Syria where Ankarabacked rebels reinforced their positions around the potential flashpoint town of Manbij PositiveISTANBUL Turkey vowed on Monday that the fight against Islamic State would not be slowed by the U.S. withdrawal from Syria where Ankarabacked rebels reinforced their positions around the potential flashpoint town of Manbij http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/turkey-vows-no-slowdown-in-fight-against-is-after-u-s-pullout-from-syria-idUSKCN1ON0I42018-12-25
Ibrahim Kalin spokesman for President Tayyip Erdogan dismissed concerns that the withdrawal ordered by U.S. President Donald Trump would allow Islamic State to regain territory PositiveISTANBUL Turkey vowed on Monday that the fight against Islamic State would not be slowed by the U.S. withdrawal from Syria where Ankarabacked rebels reinforced their positions around the potential flashpoint town of Manbij http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/turkey-vows-no-slowdown-in-fight-against-is-after-u-s-pullout-from-syria-idUSKCN1ON0I42018-12-25
On Monday Turkey vowed that the fight against Islamic State would not be slowed by the U.S. withdrawal where Ankarabacked rebels reinforced their positions around Manbij NegativeISTANBUL Turkey is determined to cross to the east of the Euphrates river in northern Syria as soon as possible Ankaras foreign minister was quoted as saying on Tuesday after the proposed military campaign was delayed by the U.S. withdrawal http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-euphrates/turkey-determined-to-cross-east-of-euphrates-as-soon-as-possible-hurriyet-cites-foreign-minister-idUSKCN1OO0942018-12-25
TRIPOLI The bodies of 34 Ethiopian Christians executed in Libya by Islamic State in 2015 have been exhumed from a mass grave Libyan authorities said on Monday NegativeTRIPOLI The bodies of 34 Ethiopian Christians executed in Libya by Islamic State in 2015 have been exhumed from a mass grave Libyan authorities said on Monday http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-libya-security-bodies/libyan-authorities-say-they-recover-34-bodies-from-islamic-state-mass-grave-idUSKCN1ON0T02018-12-25
U.S. troops are preparing for withdrawal following Washingtons surprise decision to pull out of Syria where it has backed the Syrian Kurdish YPG forces against Islamic State NegativeISTANBUL Coordination between Turkey and the United States in Syria is not limited to military coordination President Tayyip Erdogans spokesman said on Monday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-usa/turkish-coordination-with-u-s-in-syria-not-limited-to-military-coordination-erdogan-spokesman-idUSKCN1ON0Y12018-12-25
He also said Turkey would take over the fight against Islamic State militants NegativeISTANBUL Turkey began reinforcing its positions on both sides of its border with Syria on Sunday a Reuters witness said as Ankara and Washington agreed to coordinate a U.S. withdrawal from Syria http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/turkey-bolsters-military-on-syrian-border-as-u-s-readies-pull-out-idUSKCN1OM04U2018-12-24
Macron stressed the importance of the work of the Kurdishled Syrian Democratic Forces which has captured large parts of northern and eastern Syria from Islamic State NeutralNDJAMENA French President Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday he deeply regretted U.S. President Donald Trumps decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-macron/frances-macron-says-deeply-regrets-trump-decision-on-troops-in-syria-idUSKCN1OM0EL2018-12-24
RABAT Moroccan authorities believe four suspects in the killing of two Scandinavian women in the Atlas Mountains were acting on their own initiative even though they had just pledged allegiance to Islamic State an official said on Sunday NegativeRABAT Moroccan authorities believe four suspects in the killing of two Scandinavian women in the Atlas Mountains were acting on their own initiative even though they had just pledged allegiance to Islamic State an official said on Sunday http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-morocco-crime/moroccan-suspects-in-killing-of-scandinavian-women-were-acting-alone-official-says-idUSKCN1OM0LD2018-12-24
They had pledged allegiance to Islamic State in a video made on the Friday before the bodies were found but without agreeing this in advance with any foreign entity NeutralRABAT Moroccan authorities believe four suspects in the killing of two Scandinavian women in the Atlas Mountains were acting on their own initiative even though they had just pledged allegiance to Islamic State an official said on Sunday http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-morocco-crime/moroccan-suspects-in-killing-of-scandinavian-women-were-acting-alone-official-says-idUSKCN1OM0LD2018-12-24
U.S. officials justified the decision by saying Islamic State had been defeated PositiveNDJAMENA French President Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday he deeply regretted U.S. President Donald Trumps decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-macron/frances-macron-says-deeply-regrets-trump-decision-on-troops-in-syria-idUSKCN1OM0EL2018-12-24
CAIRO U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo assured Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi that the U.S. is still committed to fighting Islamic State in Iraq and other areas despite its planned troop withdrawal from Syria Abdul Mahdis office said on Saturday PositiveCAIRO U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo assured Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi that the U.S. is still committed to fighting Islamic State in Iraq and other areas despite its planned troop withdrawal from Syria Abdul Mahdis office said on Saturday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-iraq/iraqi-pm-discusses-u-s-withdrawal-from-syria-with-pompeo-idUSKCN1OL0602018-12-23
During the call Erdogan asserted that Islamic State had been defeated and complained that the United States was undermining Turkish security by backing the Kurds the official said NegativeWASHINGTON By plainly stating his policy differences in his resignation letter U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has sparked an incipient challenge to President Donald Trumps foreign and security agenda that sets his departure apart from scores of others that preceded him http://www.reuters.com/politicshttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-mattis/in-mattis-resignation-a-singular-challenge-to-trumps-agenda-idUSKCN1OK2CF2018-12-23
Hamidreza BaqeriDermani had been convicted of spreading corruption on a capital offence under Irans Islamic laws for offences including bribery and fraud the television said NegativeDUBAI Iran on Saturday executed a businessman sentenced to death by a fasttrack court set up to fight economic crimes state television reported following an outcry against profiteering and corruption that has seen dozens of people jailed http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-economy-execution/iran-executes-businessman-for-economic-crimes-state-tv-idUSKCN1OL04U2018-12-23
The United Nations must speak out the OIC of Islamic must speak out Muslims must take a stand against the Chinese said protester Ridwan Abdul Ridho said on Friday NegativeJAKARTA Hundreds of Muslims held a rally outside the Chinese embassy in the Indonesian capital Jakarta on Friday to protest against the treatment of members of the mostly Muslim ethnic Uighur minority in Chinas far western Xinjiang region http://www.reuters.com/places/chinahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-indonesia-protests-uighurs/indonesian-muslims-protest-against-chinas-treatment-of-uighurs-idUSKCN1OK1952018-12-23
Trump has long been skeptical of the U.S. military mission in Syria that his national security team have advocated to ensure Islamic States defeat NegativeWASHINGTON By plainly stating his policy differences in his resignation letter U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has sparked an incipient challenge to President Donald Trumps foreign and security agenda that sets his departure apart from scores of others that preceded him http://www.reuters.com/politicshttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-mattis/in-mattis-resignation-a-singular-challenge-to-trumps-agenda-idUSKCN1OK2CF2018-12-23
Turkey has carried out two operations dubbed Euphrates and Olive against Kurdish YPG militia and Islamic State in northern Syria NegativeISTANBUL Nearly 300000 Syrians have returned to their country after Turkeys two crossborder operations in northern Syria Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu was quoted as saying on Saturday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/turkey-says-nearly-300000-syrians-return-home-after-military-operations-idUSKCN1OL0BI2018-12-23
Turkey has carried out two operations in Syria dubbed Euphrates and Olive against the YPG and the Islamic State in northern Syria NegativeISTANBUL Turkey is sending reinforcements to its border with Syria Demiroren News Agency reported on Sunday adding that some 100 vehicles including mounted pickup trucks and weaponry had made their way to the area http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/turkey-reinforcing-syrian-border-dha-idUSKCN1OM04U2018-12-23
WASHINGTON A top U.S. envoy leading a global coalition fighting Islamic State has quit over President Donald Trumps decision this week to pull U.S. troops out of Syria a source familiar with the matter said on Saturday NegativeWASHINGTON A top U.S. envoy leading a global coalition fighting Islamic State has quit over President Donald Trumps decision this week to pull U.S. troops out of Syria a source familiar with the matter said on Saturday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-syria-mcgurk/u-s-envoy-in-fight-against-islamic-state-quits-after-syria-pullout-idUSKCN1OL0HX2018-12-23
WASHINGTON Brett McGurk the special envoy for the global coalition to defeat Islamic State submitted his resignation on Friday effective Dec NegativeWASHINGTON Brett McGurk the special envoy for the global coalition to defeat Islamic State submitted his resignation on Friday effective Dec http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-syria-envoy/u-s-state-department-says-special-envoy-mcgurk-resigns-idUSKCN1OL0ID2018-12-23
French Defence Minister Florence Parly said Trumps decision to pull troops out of Syria in the belief that Islamic State had been defeated was extremely NeutralBRUSSELS Key allies of Washington expressed concern on Friday about the resignation of U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and the policies of President Donald Trump that prompted it praising Mattis as a committed partner http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-usa-trump-mattis-nato/exit-of-trusted-mattis-sparks-concern-among-u-s-allies-idUSKCN1OK10I2018-12-22
Moroccan authorities have said the four suspects first arrested over the murder had pledged allegiance to Islamic State in a video posted on social media before the killings NegativeMoroccan police have arrested nine more people in an investigation into the murder of two Scandinavian female tourists by suspected Islamic State militants authorities said on Friday http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-morocco-crime/nine-more-arrested-in-morocco-over-murder-of-scandinavian-tourists-idUSKCN1OK14G2018-12-22
Moroccan police have arrested nine more people in an investigation into the murder of two Scandinavian female tourists by suspected Islamic State militants authorities said on Friday NegativeMoroccan police have arrested nine more people in an investigation into the murder of two Scandinavian female tourists by suspected Islamic State militants authorities said on Friday http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-morocco-crime/nine-more-arrested-in-morocco-over-murder-of-scandinavian-tourists-idUSKCN1OK14G2018-12-22
Over the past year a splinter group allied with Islamic State has become the dominant branch killing hundreds of soldiers and frequently overrunning military bases NegativeABUJA Police said they had arrested the suspected mastermind of bombing attacks by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram that killed 15 people in the Nigerian capital Abuja in 2015 http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-nigeria-security-arrest/nigeria-police-arrest-suspected-mastermind-of-2015-abuja-bombings-idUSKCN1OK2752018-12-22
U.S. President Donald Trump in May pulled out of a deal between Iran and major powers intended to constrain Tehrans nuclear program and reinstated sanctions on the Islamic Republic NegativeBERLIN Germany is to ban flights in and out of the country by Irans Mahan Air which is under U.S. sanctions over allegations it ferries troops and supplies into Syria in support of President Bashar alAssad a newspaper reported on Friday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-iran-nuclear-usa-germany/germany-to-bar-irans-u-s-sanctioned-mahan-air-bild-idUSKCN1OK2182018-12-22
Danish intelligence said earlier on Thursday that Islamic State could be behind the killings NegativeMoroccan authorities said on Thursday that four suspects in the murder of two female Scandiniavian tourists in the Atlas Mountains had pledged allegiance to Islamic State before the killings http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-morocco-crime/morocco-says-suspects-in-scandinavian-tourists-murder-are-linked-to-islamic-state-idUSKCN1OJ0V12018-12-21
In terms of the victory over Islamic State overall I agree with President Trump NegativeMOSCOW Dec 20 The following are highlights from Russian President Vladimir Putins annual endofyear news conference on Thursday http://www.reuters.com/finance/markets/article/russia-putin/highlights-russian-president-putins-end-of-year-news-conference-idUSL8N1YP1JD2018-12-21
Moroccan authorities said on Thursday that four suspects in the murder of two female Scandiniavian tourists in the Atlas Mountains had pledged allegiance to Islamic State before the killings NegativeMoroccan authorities said on Thursday that four suspects in the murder of two female Scandiniavian tourists in the Atlas Mountains had pledged allegiance to Islamic State before the killings http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-morocco-crime/morocco-says-suspects-in-scandinavian-tourists-murder-are-linked-to-islamic-state-idUSKCN1OJ0V12018-12-21
The SDF said the battle against Islamic State had reached a decisive phase that required more support not a precipitate U.S. withdrawal NegativeThe United States will likely end its air campaign against Islamic State in Syria when it pulls out troops U.S. officials said on Thursday as President Donald Trump defended the planned withdrawal against criticism from allies abroad and at home http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-usa/u-s-air-campaign-against-islamic-state-in-syria-likely-to-end-idUSKCN1OJ1F52018-12-21
The United States will likely end its air campaign against Islamic State in Syria when it pulls out troops U.S. officials said on Thursday as President Donald Trump defended the planned withdrawal against criticism from allies abroad and at home NegativeThe United States will likely end its air campaign against Islamic State in Syria when it pulls out troops U.S. officials said on Thursday as President Donald Trump defended the planned withdrawal against criticism from allies abroad and at home http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-usa/u-s-air-campaign-against-islamic-state-in-syria-likely-to-end-idUSKCN1OJ1F52018-12-21
The video and preliminary investigation according to the Moroccan authorities indicate that the killings may be related to the terrorist organization Islamic the Danish intelligence service said in a statement NegativeMoroccan authorities said on Thursday that four suspects in the murder of two female Scandiniavian tourists in the Atlas Mountains had pledged allegiance to Islamic State before the killings http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-morocco-crime/morocco-says-suspects-in-scandinavian-tourists-murder-are-linked-to-islamic-state-idUSKCN1OJ0V12018-12-21
Trumps move also drew criticism from some U.S. allies including Britain and France which said Islamic State militants had not been defeated and that its troops would remain in Syria NegativeWASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trumps order to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria also is expected to signify an end to the U.S. air campaign against Islamic State there U.S. officials told Reuters on Thursday speaking on condition of anonymity http://www.reuters.com/politicshttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-air/us-also-seen-ending-air-war-against-islamic-state-in-syria-officials-idUSKCN1OJ1TG2018-12-21
WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trumps order to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria also is expected to signify an end to the U.S. air campaign against Islamic State there U.S. officials told Reuters on Thursday speaking on condition of anonymity NegativeWASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trumps order to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria also is expected to signify an end to the U.S. air campaign against Islamic State there U.S. officials told Reuters on Thursday speaking on condition of anonymity http://www.reuters.com/politicshttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-air/us-also-seen-ending-air-war-against-islamic-state-in-syria-officials-idUSKCN1OJ1TG2018-12-21
A U.S. withdrawal could open Trump up to criticism if Islamic State reemerged NegativeWASHINGTON President Donald Trump has begun what will be a total withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria declaring on Wednesday they have succeeded in their mission to defeat Islamic State and were no longer needed in the country http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-trump-syria/trump-starts-withdrawal-of-u-s-forces-from-syria-claims-victory-idUSKBN1OI1JC2018-12-20
A decision to pull out completely confirmed by U.S. officials coincides with the roughly 2000 U.S. troops finishing up a campaign to retake territory once held by Islamic State militants NegativeWASHINGTON President Donald Trump has begun what will be a total withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria declaring on Wednesday they have succeeded in their mission to defeat Islamic State and were no longer needed in the country http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-trump-syria/trump-starts-withdrawal-of-u-s-forces-from-syria-claims-victory-idUSKBN1OI1JC2018-12-20
But in a campaign to defeat Islamic State in Syria Obama ordered air strikes from September 2014 and then troops into the country the following year NegativeWASHINGTON President Donald Trump has begun what will be a total withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria declaring on Wednesday they have succeeded in their mission to defeat Islamic State and were no longer needed in the country http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-trump-syria/trump-starts-withdrawal-of-u-s-forces-from-syria-claims-victory-idUSKBN1OI1JC2018-12-20
WASHINGTON President Donald Trump has begun what will be a total withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria declaring on Wednesday they have succeeded in their mission to defeat Islamic State and were no longer needed in the country NegativeWASHINGTON President Donald Trump has begun what will be a total withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria declaring on Wednesday they have succeeded in their mission to defeat Islamic State and were no longer needed in the country http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-trump-syria/trump-starts-withdrawal-of-u-s-forces-from-syria-claims-victory-idUSKBN1OI1JC2018-12-20
The company is pursuing its own arbitration under an investment protection agreement of the Saudibased Organization of Islamic Cooperation and seeking a billion settlement NegativeThe World Trade Organization said on Tuesday it would investigate Qatars allegations of intellectual property breaches against Saudi Arabia despite the kingdoms objection that the WTO had no standing to hear the case http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-qatar-saudi-wto/wto-to-investigate-qatari-allegations-of-saudi-piracy-idUSKBN1OH1Z92018-12-19
The deadlock over forming a cabinet has raised the prospect of further unrest as the country struggles to rebuild and recover after three years of war with Islamic State NegativeBAGHDAD Iraqs parliament voted on Tuesday to approve three out of five ministers put forward by Prime Minister Adel AbdulMahdi a step toward ending weeks of deadlock between the two largest parliamentary blocs http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-politics-parliament/iraqs-parliament-confirms-cabinet-ministers-but-divisions-remain-idUSKBN1OH1JO2018-12-19
ROME Italian police said on Monday they had arrested a 20yearold Somali man suspected of having been a member of Islamic State and who had threatened to bomb churches in Italy including St NegativeROME Italian police said on Monday they had arrested a 20yearold Somali man suspected of having been a member of Islamic State and who had threatened to bomb churches in Italy including St http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-italy-security-churches/somali-man-arrested-in-italy-after-comments-about-attacking-vatican-police-idUSKBN1OG2AQ2018-12-18
The arid Sahel region is suffering violence from militant groups linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State highlighting the difficulty international partners face in restoring regional stability NegativePARIS France agreed on Monday to a new military framework with Burkina Faso that would speed engagement of its forces to fight Islamist militants in a northern border region of Burkina where there has been a spike in violence http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-france-burkina/france-vows-aid-for-burkina-but-no-more-troops-to-fight-islamists-idUSKBN1OG24Y2018-12-18
Iran rejects criticism of its human rights record by international human rights bodies as politically motivated and based on a lack of understanding of Islamic laws NegativeDUBAI Iranian authorities have confirmed the death of a social media activist jailed on security charges the semiofficial ISNA news agency reported on Sunday after Western rights groups said he had died following a 60day hunger strike in prison http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-rights-blogger/iran-confirms-death-of-blogger-held-on-security-charges-idUSKBN1OF0JO2018-12-17
SINJAR Iraq Nadia Murad an Iraqi Yazidi woman held as a sex slave by Islamic State militants who won this years Nobel Peace Prize said on Friday she intended to use the prize money to build a hospital for victims of sexual abuse in her hometown NegativeSINJAR Iraq Nadia Murad an Iraqi Yazidi woman held as a sex slave by Islamic State militants who won this years Nobel Peace Prize said on Friday she intended to use the prize money to build a hospital for victims of sexual abuse in her hometown http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-murad-sinjar/nobel-laureate-murad-to-build-hospital-in-her-hometown-in-iraq-idUSKBN1OD2RD2018-12-16
She was one of about 7000 women and girls captured in northwest Iraq in August 2014 and held by Islamic State in Mosul where she was tortured and raped NeutralSINJAR Iraq Nadia Murad an Iraqi Yazidi woman held as a sex slave by Islamic State militants who won this years Nobel Peace Prize said on Friday she intended to use the prize money to build a hospital for victims of sexual abuse in her hometown http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-murad-sinjar/nobel-laureate-murad-to-build-hospital-in-her-hometown-in-iraq-idUSKBN1OD2RD2018-12-16
WASHINGTON The U.S.led coalition in Syria destroyed on Saturday a mosque in the town of Hajin which had been used as an Islamic State command and control center the U.S. military said NegativeWASHINGTON The U.S.led coalition in Syria destroyed on Saturday a mosque in the town of Hajin which had been used as an Islamic State command and control center the U.S. military said http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-mosque/u-s-led-coalition-destroys-syrian-mosque-used-as-isis-command-center-idUSKBN1OE0PU2018-12-16
After losing Hajin Islamic State will control a diminishing strip of territory along the eastern bank of the Euphrates River in the area where U.S.backed operations are focused PositiveBEIRUT The U.S.backed Syrian Democratic Forces will soon seize the town of Hajin from Islamic State in eastern Syria near the Iraqi border a spokeswoman said on Friday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-islamic-state/u-s-backed-syrian-forces-close-to-seizing-town-from-islamic-state-spokeswoman-idUSKBN1OD0MQ2018-12-15
BEIRUT The U.S.backed Syrian Democratic Forces will soon seize the town of Hajin from Islamic State in eastern Syria near the Iraqi border a spokeswoman said on Friday PositiveBEIRUT The U.S.backed Syrian Democratic Forces will soon seize the town of Hajin from Islamic State in eastern Syria near the Iraqi border a spokeswoman said on Friday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-islamic-state/u-s-backed-syrian-forces-close-to-seizing-town-from-islamic-state-spokeswoman-idUSKBN1OD0MQ2018-12-15
Kobani also said it was possible that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi was in eastern Syria but the SDF could not be sure because he often drops from sight NegativeBEIRUT The U.S.backed Syrian Democratic Forces will soon seize the town of Hajin from Islamic State in eastern Syria near the Iraqi border a spokeswoman said on Friday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-islamic-state/u-s-backed-syrian-forces-close-to-seizing-town-from-islamic-state-spokeswoman-idUSKBN1OD0MQ2018-12-15
Kobani said it was possible that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi was in eastern Syria but the SDF could not be sure because he often disappears NegativeAIN ISSA Syria The U.S.backed Syrian Democratic Forces will respond strongly to any Turkish attack but is pressing diplomatic efforts to deter an assault its commanderinchief said on Thursday http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-sdf-exclu/exclusive-u-s-backed-sdf-vows-to-fight-any-turkish-attack-in-north-syria-idUSKBN1OC2W92018-12-14
SDF commanderinchief Kobani warned that a Turkish assault would tie up YPG fighters who are currently fighting Islamic State remnants in eastern Syria allowing the jihadists to spread again NegativeAIN ISSA Syria The U.S.backed Syrian Democratic Forces will respond strongly to any Turkish attack but is pressing diplomatic efforts to deter an assault its commanderinchief said on Thursday http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-sdf-exclu/exclusive-u-s-backed-sdf-vows-to-fight-any-turkish-attack-in-north-syria-idUSKBN1OC2W92018-12-14
Two weeks previously a married couple inspired by Islamic State had killed 14 people at a California county office building in a shooting rampage NegativeWASHINGTON A rash of bomb threats were sent via email on Thursday to dozens of businesses public offices and schools across the United States and Canada demanding payment in cryptocurrency but none of the threats immediately appeared credible law enforcement officials said http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-usa-bomb-threats/bomb-threats-demanding-bitcoin-sent-across-u-s-canada-none-found-credible-idUSKBN1OC2PV2018-12-14
knows well that Turkish attacks will make the fight against Daesh fail and all the work between us will go to Kobani said using the Arabic acronym for Islamic State NegativeAIN ISSA Syria The U.S.backed Syrian Democratic Forces will respond strongly to any Turkish attack but is pressing diplomatic efforts to deter an assault its commanderinchief said on Thursday http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-sdf-exclu/exclusive-u-s-backed-sdf-vows-to-fight-any-turkish-attack-in-north-syria-idUSKBN1OC2W92018-12-14
No one has yet claimed responsibility but the U.S.based Site intelligence group which monitors jihadist websites said Islamic State supporters were celebrating NegativeSTRASBOURG France Police searched through eastern France on Wednesday for a man suspected of killing at least two people in a gun attack on a Christmas market in Strasbourg and who was known to have been religiously radicalized while in jail http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-france-security/police-hunt-across-eastern-france-for-strasbourg-christmas-market-attacker-idUSKBN1OB0LS2018-12-13
Joseph was charged with attempting to provide material support to Islamic State NeutralAn Ohio woman who corresponded with Charleston South Carolina church shooter Dylann Roof was charged on Monday with planning to bomb a Toledo Ohio bar prosecutors said http://www.reuters.com/news/ushttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-ohio-arrests/dylann-roof-admirer-charged-with-ohio-bomb-plot-idUSKBN1O92MK2018-12-12
The enemies dont dare bring up the issue of overthrowing the Islamic Republic and they will take this wish to the grave NeutralGENEVA A senior Iranian military commander has confirmed that Tehran recently carried out a ballistic missile test to the anger of the United States the Fars news agency said on Tuesday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-iran-security-missiles/iran-confirms-missile-test-in-defiance-of-u-s-idUSKBN1OA0U72018-12-12
BAGHDAD A hush descended on central Baghdad on Monday as Iraqis observed a minutes silence for those killed in the battle against Islamic State a year after the group was defeated NegativeBAGHDAD A hush descended on central Baghdad on Monday as Iraqis observed a minutes silence for those killed in the battle against Islamic State a year after the group was defeated http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-islamic-state/one-year-on-baghdad-falls-silent-to-mark-defeat-of-islamic-state-idUSKBN1O91T12018-12-11
Meanwhile Islamic State militants are still carrying out insurgentstyle attacks against security forces and have been blamed for car bombs and assassinations of local notables NegativeBAGHDAD A hush descended on central Baghdad on Monday as Iraqis observed a minutes silence for those killed in the battle against Islamic State a year after the group was defeated http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-islamic-state/one-year-on-baghdad-falls-silent-to-mark-defeat-of-islamic-state-idUSKBN1O91T12018-12-11
The suspect Damon Joseph 21 of Holland Ohio also was charged with one count of attempting to provide material support to Islamic State after voicing support for the militant group NeutralAn Ohio man who said he admired the gunman who killed 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue in October has been arrested and charged with planning an attack on another Jewish house of worship federal authorities said on Monday http://www.reuters.com/news/ushttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-ohio-crime/ohio-man-arrested-for-plotting-synagogue-attack-law-enforcement-idUSKBN1O92CZ2018-12-11
French forces intervened the following year to wrest control but fighters with links to al Qaeda and Islamic State have since regrouped NegativeBAMAKO Fifteen civilians from the Fulani community were killed last week when armed men from a rival ethnic group attacked their village in central Mali a regional governor said on Saturday http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-mali-security/fifteen-civilians-killed-in-ethnic-attack-on-mali-village-idUSKBN1O70MJ2018-12-09
If you think America is victorious know that today Iran is victorious and Trump has been Rouhani said in comments reported by the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting news agency NegativeGENEVA The United States has made 11 attempts to begin negotiations with Iran in the last two years all rejected by Tehran Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was quoted as saying on Tuesday http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-usa-iran/u-s-made-11-attempts-to-negotiate-with-iran-in-last-two-years-iran-president-idUSKBN1O32JO2018-12-05
Tensions have risen between Iran and the United States after U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from a multilateral nuclear deal in May and reimposed sanctions on the Islamic Republic NegativeGENEVA Iranian President Hassan Rouhani made an apparent threat on Tuesday to disrupt other countries oil shipments through the Gulf if Washington presses ahead with efforts to halt Iranian oil exports http://www.reuters.com/finance/article/us-oil-iran/if-iran-cant-export-oil-from-gulf-no-other-country-can-irans-president-says-idUSKBN1O30MI2018-12-05
The Islamic Republics government has ruled out negotiations with Washington over its military capabilities particularly its missile program which is run by the Revolutionary Guards NegativeWASHINGTON U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday condemned what he described as Irans testing of a mediumrange ballistic missile capable of carrying multiple warheads as a violation of the international agreement on Tehrans nuclear program http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-usa-iran-pompeo/pompeo-condemns-iran-missile-test-idUSKCN1O03OI2018-12-03
About 7000 women and girls were captured in northwest Iraq in August 2014 and held by Islamic State in Mosul where they were tortured and raped NegativeLafarge is under formal investigation in France over charges it paid IS also known as ISIS to keep open a plant in northern Syria that operated between 2011 and 2014 http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-mideast-yazidi-lafarge/yazidi-women-seek-to-join-case-against-french-company-accused-of-funding-islamic-state-idUSKCN1NZ2AS2018-12-01
The Yazidis a religious sect whose beliefs combine elements of ancient Middle Eastern religions are regarded by Islamic State as devilworshippers NegativeLafarge is under formal investigation in France over charges it paid IS also known as ISIS to keep open a plant in northern Syria that operated between 2011 and 2014 http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-mideast-yazidi-lafarge/yazidi-women-seek-to-join-case-against-french-company-accused-of-funding-islamic-state-idUSKCN1NZ2AS2018-12-01
U.S. Africa Command said Thursdays attack was its third since March on the militant groups North African branch al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb NegativeCAIRO The U.S. military said on Friday it killed 11 suspected al Qaeda militants in an air strike in Libyas southwestern desert http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-libya-security/u-s-strike-kills-11-suspected-qaeda-militants-in-libya-africom-idUSKCN1NZ2382018-12-01
But a senior Iranian official close to influential hardliners in the Iranian leadership said the Islamic Republic was losing time by betting on the wrong NegativeFrance and Germany are to take joint responsibility for an EUIran trade mechanism to minimize the risk of U.S. punishment but few now believe it will cover oil sales heightening fears for the fate of the landmark international nuclear deal with Iran http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-nuclear-eu/france-germany-taking-charge-of-eu-iran-trade-move-but-oil-sales-in-doubt-idUSKCN1NX2C12018-11-29
Information about poisons and the Islamic State group was found on his mobile phone NeutralROME Italian antiterrorism police on Wednesday arrested a Lebanese national of Palestinian descent on suspicion he was planning a poison attack in the Sardinian town of Macomer http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-italy-security-arrest/italian-police-arrest-lebanese-man-suspected-of-planning-poison-attack-idUSKCN1NX2F12018-11-29
The entire world understands that more than half of Afghanistan is under the control of the Islamic Emirate whereas the Kabul administration is installed by the Americans NegativeGENEVA Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani has formed a 12strong team to negotiate peace with the Taliban but he warned on Wednesday that implementation of any deal will take at least five years http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-politics/afghan-president-forms-team-to-talk-peace-sees-five-year-process-idUSKCN1NX0ZK2018-11-29
Islamic State which turned Raqqa into the Syrian headquarters of its selfdeclared kept schools shut as it tried to impose its ultraradical vision of Islam through its own education system NegativeRAQQA Syria In the Syrian city of Raqqa children wear hats scarves and coats to guard against the winter cold as they struggle to catch up on years of lost learning in a classroom with no doors or glazed windows http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-raqqa-education/with-little-aid-syrias-raqqa-struggles-to-revive-schools-idUSKCN1NV1I72018-11-27
DUBAI Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Sunday the United States is targeting the Middle East because it fears Islamic in the region according to his official website NegativeDUBAI Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Sunday the United States is targeting the Middle East because it fears Islamic in the region according to his official website http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-iran-usa-khamenei/america-targets-middle-east-as-it-fears-islamic-strengthening-iran-leader-idUSKCN1NU0C12018-11-26
Islamic States selfproclaimed caliphate has crumbled after different offensives in Iraq and Syria but its fighters still operate in the desert border region and mount attacks NegativeBEIRUT Heavy clashes between Islamic State militants and U.S.backed forces in eastern Syria killed dozens of civilians and fighters in the past two days a monitoring group said http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-sdf/u-s-backed-syria-forces-clash-with-islamic-state-dozens-dead-monitor-sana-idUSKCN1NU0UE2018-11-26
The UKbased Syrian Observatory for Human Rights put the death toll at 31 civilians in the past two days as well as 50 Islamic State and 79 SDF combatants NegativeBEIRUT Heavy clashes between Islamic State militants and U.S.backed forces in eastern Syria killed dozens of civilians and fighters in the past two days a monitoring group said http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-sdf/u-s-backed-syria-forces-clash-with-islamic-state-dozens-dead-monitor-sana-idUSKCN1NU0UE2018-11-26
The website was quoting a speech Ayatollah Khamenei gave to Iranian officials and foreign Muslim figures attending an international Islamic conference in Tehran NegativeDUBAI Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Sunday the United States is targeting the Middle East because it fears Islamic in the region according to his official website http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-iran-usa-khamenei/america-targets-middle-east-as-it-fears-islamic-strengthening-iran-leader-idUSKCN1NU0C12018-11-26
With the help of U.S. jets and special forces the Syrian Democratic Forces alliance is battling the remnants of Islamic State in an enclave near the Iraqi border NegativeBEIRUT Heavy clashes between Islamic State militants and U.S.backed forces in eastern Syria killed dozens of civilians and fighters in the past two days a monitoring group said http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-sdf/u-s-backed-syria-forces-clash-with-islamic-state-dozens-dead-monitor-sana-idUSKCN1NU0UE2018-11-26
BENGHAZI Libya Gunmen on Friday raided a town deep in Libyas southern desert killing six the municipality said adding that it believed the militant group Islamic State was responsible NegativeBENGHAZI Libya Gunmen on Friday raided a town deep in Libyas southern desert killing six the municipality said adding that it believed the militant group Islamic State was responsible http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-libya-security/suspected-islamic-state-gunmen-kill-six-in-southern-libya-idUSKCN1NS28L2018-11-24
Islamic State has staged several attacks on southern towns since withdrawing into the desert after losing its main stronghold the coastal city of Sirte in 2016 NegativeBENGHAZI Libya Gunmen on Friday raided a town deep in Libyas southern desert killing six the municipality said adding that it believed the militant group Islamic State was responsible http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-libya-security/suspected-islamic-state-gunmen-kill-six-in-southern-libya-idUSKCN1NS28L2018-11-24
In 2015 Islamic State militants killed 20 Egyptian Christians who were kidnapped while working in Libya NegativeALHERDA Egypt Egyptian workers taken hostage in Libya this week over a financial dispute between Libyan contractors and their Egyptian partner have been freed a relative of one of the hostages said http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-egypt-libya-kidnap/libyan-gunmen-free-kidnapped-egyptians-held-over-business-dispute-idUSKCN1NQ24O2018-11-22
In September the NOCs headquarters were attacked by gunmen claiming to be Islamic State militants killing two people and wounding 25 NegativeCAIRO Gunmen on Tuesday attacked a substation at Libyas el Sharara oilfield but production was not affected state oil firm National Oil Corporation said on Wednesday http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-libya-energy-attack/gunmen-hit-libyan-el-sharara-oilfield-sub-station-output-not-affected-noc-idUSKCN1NQ1UR2018-11-22
The Islamic Republics government has ruled out negotiations with Washington over its military capabilities particularly its missile programme run by the Guards NegativeLONDON An Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander said on Wednesday that U.S. bases in Afghanistan the UAE and Qatar and U.S. aircraft carriers in the Gulf were within range of Iranian missiles as tensions rise between Tehran and Washington http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-iran-usa-missiles/iran-says-u-s-bases-and-aircraft-carriers-within-missile-range-idUSKCN1NQ2KA2018-11-22
Though Sunni themselves Taliban and Islamic State fighters have targeted religious scholars aligned with the Afghan government in the past NegativeKABUL Afghan authorities were struggling on Wednesday to identify the group behind a suicide bomb attack that killed at least 55 people attending a gathering of religious scholars in Kabul after the Taliban denied any responsibility http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-afghanistan-blast/afghans-try-to-identify-group-behind-attack-on-clerics-toll-climbs-to-55-idUSKCN1NQ0JO2018-11-21
BEIRUT The Syrian army said on Monday Islamic State militants had been cleared from a rugged area in southeastern Syria where they had been holding out for months against a campaign to defeat them NegativeBEIRUT The Syrian army said on Monday Islamic State militants had been cleared from a rugged area in southeastern Syria where they had been holding out for months against a campaign to defeat them http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria/syrian-army-says-islamic-state-cleared-from-southeastern-desert-idUSKCN1NO25N2018-11-20
Islamic State is still present in eastern Syria in a pocket east of the Euphrates River near the border with Iraq NegativeBEIRUT The Syrian army said on Monday Islamic State militants had been cleared fr