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ISIS

Al-Qaeda, Islamic State seek to take advantage of instability in Afghanistan — Lavrov (TASS)

According to Russia’s top diplomat, the situation in Afghanistan following the establishment of a new balance of power cannot be described as stable

Al-Qaeda, Islamic State seek to take advantage of instability in Afghanistan — Lavrov – World – TASS

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Foreign Fighters ISIS

Foreign fighters: The question of justice (Rodger Shanahan, The Interpreter)

The legal fallout from Islamic State’s short but bloody existence is both complex and enduring. For those Westerners who travelled to Syria and Iraq to join the jihadist project, which ended with the fall of Baghouz in southeastern Syria in March 2019, justice has taken different forms. Many were killed by Syrian or Iraqi government forces, in air strikes carried out by their own country or that of an ally, or by armed groups supported by the West. Those men and women that survived the five years of conflict have been variously detained, tried in foreign jurisdictions, had their citizenship stripped and been left to languish in identity limbo, or been deported and tried at home.

Foreign fighters: The question of justice | The Interpreter (lowyinstitute.org)

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ISIS Russia

Ahead Of Talks, Putin Claims IS Has 2,000 Fighters In Afghanistan (RFE RL)

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said the Islamic State (IS) militant group has thousands of fighters in northern Afghanistan, as Moscow prepares to host international talks next week on the situation in the country.

“According to our intelligence, the number of (IS) members alone in northern Afghanistan is about 2,000 people,” Putin said on October 15 during a video address to the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) summit of ex-Soviet states.

Ahead Of Talks, Putin Claims IS Has 2,000 Fighters In Afghanistan (rferl.org)

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Iraq ISIS

Iraq captures ‘Most Wanted’ Islamic State finance chief (Shelly Kittleson, Al-Monitor)

Islamic State finance chief Sami Jassim Mohammed al-Jabouri’s head and chin are covered in black stubble as he stares squarely into the camera in a mug shot accompanying a US Rewards for Justice page offering $5 million for information leading to his arrest.

Iraq captures ‘Most Wanted’ Islamic State finance chief – Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

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Iraq ISIS

Iraqi forces arrest senior ISIL member Sami Jasim (Al Jazeera)

Iraqi security forces have arrested a senior member of the ISIL (ISIS) armed group, Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi says.

Sami Jasim, who was in charge of the armed group’s finances and a deputy of slain leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was arrested outside of the country, Al-Kadhimi wrote on social media.

Iraqi forces arrest senior ISIL member Sami Jasim | ISIL/ISIS News | Al Jazeera

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ISIS Russia Syria

Russia ramps up strikes on Islamic State in Syrian desert (Khaled al-Khateb, Al-Monitor)

Islamic State attacks in the Syrian desert have escalated over the past two weeks, causing heavy losses among the Syrian government forces and their allied militias.

Russia has intensified airstrikes on IS positions in support of regime forces as they attack IS positions and hideouts in the rugged desert areas.

Russia ramps up strikes on Islamic State in Syrian desert – Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

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ISIS

ISIS and Its War on the Taliban (Galit Truman Zinman, BESA Center)

The attack by ISIS on Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul at the end of August targeted both the American “crusaders” and the Taliban, demonstrating the group’s unwillingness to cooperate with potential Islamist partners as well as its determination to advance toward its global goals (“Caliphate Now”) all by itself.

ISIS and Its War on the Taliban (besacenter.org)