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Pentagon releases video, photos of Baghdadi raid

Oct 31, 2019 - 8:54 AM

The US Defense Department releases a grainy black-and-white footage of troops approaching on foot the high-walled compound in northwestern Syria where Baghdadi was holed up

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA - OCTOBER 30: U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, commander of U.S. Central Command, speaks as a picture of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is seen during a press briefing October 30, 2019 at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. Gen. McKenzie and Hoffman spoke to the media to provide an update on the special operations raid that targeted former ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in Idlib Province, Syria. Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP ALEX WONG / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP AFP

U.S.-backed forces breach ISIS defenses in heart of Syria's Raqa

Jul 04, 2017 - 11:55 AM

3rd UPDATE The landmark advance in ISIS s notorious Syria bastion comes as the jihadists face an expected defeat within days in Iraq s second city Mosul

NEAR RAQA. In this file photo, a fighter from the Syriac Military Council (SMC), a small minority of Christian fighters supporting the Syrian Democratic Forces in the combat against the Islamic State (ISIS) group, walks in the suburb of al-Rumaniya on the western outskirts of Raqa on June 27, 2017, after the area was seized from the jihadists. Delil Souleiman/AFP

US claims Syria strike, denies hitting mosque where 49 killed

Mar 17, 2017 - 3:45 PM

UPDATED The US Central Command says it would look into any allegations of civilian casualties in relation to this strike which was carried out unilaterally by the United States

US military confirms 14 new civilian deaths in Iraq, Syria

Jul 29, 2016 - 9:34 AM

The announcement from the US Central Command Centcom – which oversees US military operations in the Middle East followed an internal investigation into 6 US airstrikes between July 28 2015 and April 29 2016

US AIRSTRIKE. US Air Force C-5 Galaxy Outsize Cargo Transport Aircraft landing at Incirlik air base in Adana, Turkey, on August 10, 2015, which is part of the air campaign against ISIS in Syria. Photo by Serdar Yildiz/EPA

Kurds defeat ISIS jihadists in Syria's Kobane

Jan 27, 2015 - 7:28 AM

UPDATED Kurdish forces have pushed back the Islamic State ISIS group and now control 90 of the key Syrian town of Kobane the US Central Command says

Members of Syrian Kurdish People's Defence Units (YPG) celebrates their victory in Kobane, Syria, 26 January 2015.  Stringer/EPA

Binay ratings drop, Pope Francis visit, PH porn habits | The wRap

Jan 13, 2015 - 10:20 PM

Vice President Binay’s ratings drop to an all time low A possible storm could cancel Pope Francis’ Leyte visit The Philippines ranks 19th on a porn site’s traffic

Pro-ISIS hackers take over US Centcom social media accounts

Jan 13, 2015 - 7:56 AM

The military downplays the effect of the hacking saying no sensitive computer networks were penetrated and no state secrets were revealed

US Central Command Twitter account during the hacking by alleged ISIS members. Image courtesy Twitter

Obama and US lawmakers turn up heat on ISIS

Sep 18, 2014 - 6:59 AM

The US House of Representatives voted 273 to 156 to approve his plan to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels part of Obama s strategy to destroy ISIS

'NO SAFE HAVEN.' US President Barack Obama delivers a prime time address from the Cross Hall of the White House on September 10, 2014 in Washington, DC. Saul Loeb/Pool/AFP

US general says 'advisors' could join Iraqi fight

Sep 17, 2014 - 8:01 AM

The White House scrambled to play down talk of US ground troops joining the battle after top US officer General Martin Dempsey said they could provide close combat advising to Iraqi forces

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey testifies before a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the threat posed by the Islamic State (IS) formerly known as ISIS, in the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington, DC USA, 16 September 2014. Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA