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Russia is recruiting 400 Syrian mercenaries to protect Haftar’s oil fields in Libya | SOURCE: THE NEW ARAB

Russia is recruiting 400 Syrian from Bashar Al-Assad’s military and allied armed factions to protect Libyan oil facilities held by militias belonging to renegade general Khalifa Haftar. Meanwhile, the pro-regime Jerusalem Brigade, also supported by Russia, is recruiting mercenaries to reinforce its numbers after attacks by the Islamic State group.

SOURCE: THE NEW ARAB


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U.S. Humanitarian Aid and Supplies Help Respond to Insecurity in Mozambique | SOURCE: US DEPARTMENT STATE

The United States is working to increase humanitarian assistance in Mozambique in response to the devastating violence by ISIS-Mozambique in Cabo Delgado province. The United States is the single largest donor of humanitarian assistance in Mozambique. 

SOURCE: US DEPARTMENT STATE


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  • The Islamic State has found a new lifeline in Africa. It has forged ties with many of these local insurgencies as a marriage of convenience: For the militants, the Islamic State brand brings recognition from local governments that the homegrown guerrilla movements have long craved. The Islamic State, in turn, has been able to broadcast the local militants’ attacks as proof that their global jihad is alive and well.

SOURCE: NEW YORK TIMES


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AFGHANISTAN:

  • The administration of U.S. President Joe Biden is looking to keep the U.S. troops in Afghanistan past May 1 deadline while exploring a deal in which the Taliban would allow a U.S. counter-terrorism force to remain as they confront their Islamic State foes. The Taliban has been fighting Islamic State’s local affiliate, and the U.S. airstrikes on ISIS have proved critical to helping them rout their rivals.

SOURCE: CGTN


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MOZAMBIQUE:

  • U.S. special operations troops have deployed to Mozambique on a mission to assist the country’s counterterrorism forces with the growing threat of Islamic State militants. The move comes as violence has spread across the African country, with over 670,000 people displaced so far by ISIS attacks centered around the mainly Muslim Cabo Delgado province.

SOURCE: WASHINGTON EXAMINER


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IRAQ:

  • France has called for a meeting of the US-led International Coalition over the “revival” of the Islamic State in Iraq. The so-called Coalition against Daesh has not met for a long time, despite France, which is also part of the international coalition, called on new US President Joe Biden to continue fighting ISIS as a priority.

SOURCE: SHAFAQ


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UKRAINE:

  • The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has discovered an Islamic State (IS) cell near Ukraine’s capital of Kiev, which was allegedly led by a combatant wanted for participating in combat in Syria.

SOURCE: RMX NEWS


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SYRIA:

  • The Islamic State continues its escalating activities in the Syrian desert, targeting the positions of regime forces and loyal militias, as part of its strong resurgence in Syria.

SOURCE: SOHR


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  • More than two years after the end of the self-proclaimed ISIS caliphate in Iraq, Iraqi politicians and political factions are engulfed by waves of concerns about Washington’s plot to revive the terrorist group in their country. Reports suggest that the US is transferring to the Iraq-Syrian borders for future terrorist operations the ISIS prisoners who were kept in Hasakah jails in northeastern Syria.

SOURCE: ABNA 24


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TURKEY:

  • U.S. president-elect Joe Biden will find it difficult to prevent U.S. legislators from imposing sanctions on NATO member Turkey. Erdoğan has angered many politicians in Washington by cosying up to Russian President Vladimir Putin, attacking Kurdish militants allied with the United States in the battle against Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria, and by purchasing S-400 air defence missiles from Moscow.

SOURCE: AHVAL NEWS


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