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Q&A: The end of the Islamic State group's "caliphate"

Mar. 23, 2019 7:28 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The announcement of victory over the Islamic State group in Syria marks the end of the extremists' self-styled caliphate, a proto-state in which they held millions hostage to their dark and brutal vision. But IS, which traces its roots back to the bloody emergence of al-Qaida in Iraq after...

Analysis: Victory over Islamic State may be short-lived

Mar. 21, 2019 12:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a campaign that spanned five years and two U.S. presidencies, unleashed more than 100,000 bombs and killed untold numbers of civilians, the U.S. military engineered the destruction of the Islamic State group's self-proclaimed empire in Iraq and Syria. That's a military success, but not...

General says Islamic State a 'serious generational problem'

Mar. 7, 2019 2:48 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Even as Islamic State militants are losing the last of their territory in Syria, the militants who remain are unbroken and radicalized, and represent a "serious generational problem," the top U.S. commander for the Mideast said Thursday. Gen. Joseph Votel told the House Armed Services...

Heads bowed to the ground, suspected IS members surrender

Mar. 7, 2019 1:53 PM EST

OUTSIDE BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — Suspected Islamic State group members, including foreign fighters, sat in a long line in a field of bright yellow flowers, exhausted and hunched over as they were questioned and searched Thursday by U.S.-led coalition members and Kurdish fighters. They were the latest group to...