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ISIS Forces Degraded from Caliphate to Caves

At one time, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria controlled a self-proclaimed caliphate that stretched from Syria to Iraq, but now that force in Iraq has been degraded so much that the remnants are hiding in caves.

SOP newswire3Africa Sahel Must be Top Priority for UN Peacebuilding Efforts - The vast Sahel region of Africa, which is facing multiple threats and challenges - including destructive climate change, drought, terrorism and organized crime - must continue to be a top priority for United Nations peacebuilding efforts, the Security Council heard on Friday.
SOP newswire3Weaving Profits in Azerbaijan - Artisans in Azerbaijan who practice the traditional art of carpet making are being provided with new business opportunities thanks to a project supported by the UN Development Programme (UNDP).
SOP newswire3Bleakest Period Yet in Occupied Palestinian Territory - Reports of the indignities faced by people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory have "painted the bleakest picture yet" of the human rights situation there, a United Nations expert has said.
SOP newswire3UN Seeks Peace in South Sudan - Although recent engagement between the main political rivals in South Sudan is a welcome development, ending the countrys long-standing conflict will only be achieved by addressing its root causes and ensuring women, youth and other sectors contribute to peace efforts.
SOP newswire3UN Condemns Executions of Juveniles in Iran - Following the execution of a 15-year-old in Iran on Wednesday - the fourth juvenile to be put to death in the country this year - the United Nations rights chief condemned the practice, citing the strict prohibition of such executions under international law.
SOP newswire3EU Migration Deal Welcomed by UN - UN humanitarian agencies on Friday broadly welcomed a freshly-inked deal on migration by European Union leaders which calls for more Member States to take responsibility within their borders for those in need of protection, amid a hardening stance by some since 2015.
SOP newswire3UN: We Must Stop a Devastating Battle to the End in Southwest Syria - A "full-scale" ground and aerial offensive in southwest Syria could inflict an even heavier toll on civilians than the suffering caused by previous devastating battles in the war-ravaged country, the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria has warned.
SOP newswire3UN: Rise in Number of Children Killed, Maimed and Recruited in Conflict - More than 10,000 children were killed or maimed in conflict last year while more than 8,000 youngsters were recruited or used as combatants, the United Nations reported on Wednesday.
SOP newswire3Afghan Air Force Growth Pays Off in Fight Against Taliban - The Afghan air force has grown in capacity and proficiency as it continues to successfully target the Taliban across Afghanistan, the deputy air commander of NATOs Resolute Support mission said today.
SOP newswire3Mattis Meets With Chinese Counterpart in Beijing - Defense Secretary James N. Mattis met in Beijing today with Chinese Defense Minister Gen. Wei Fenghe.
SOP newswire3Coalition Strikes Continue Against ISIS Targets in Syria, Iraq - Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve and its partners have accelerated offensive activity against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria targets in designated parts of Syria and Iraq throughout May and June, officials reported today.
SOP newswire3Saudi Women Take the Wheel - United Nations Secretary-General Guterres has welcomed the lifting on Sunday of the driving ban for women in Saudi Arabia and expressed his hope that ending the prohibition will generate more new opportunities for women in the Kingdom.
SOP newswire3UN Marks International Day of the Seafarer - Highlighting the challenges - both physical and mental - faced by seafarers on their voyages, the United Nations International Maritime Organization (IMO) has called for greater attention to ensuring their wellbeing.
SOP newswire3UN: All Atrocity Crimes are Preventable and Can Never be Justified - Atrocity crimes - genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and ethnic cleansing - are not "inevitable," the United Nations Secretary-General said on Monday, stressing that the international community must do more to end violence against innocent people.
SOP newswire3Women's Rights Face Global Pushback from Conservativism, Fundamentalism - Womens rights are under threat from a "backlash" of conservatism and fundamentalism around the world, a United Nation panel warned on Friday.
SOP newswire3UN Condemns Bombing at Political Rally in Ethiopia - One person has reportedly died, and dozens were injured after an explosion ripped through a large crowd at a rally for the new Prime Minister of Ethiopia on Saturday, which the UN chief described as a matter of "grave concern."
SOP newswire3Mattis, King of Jordan Reaffirm Security Partnership - Defense Secretary James N. Mattis met with King Abdullah II of Jordan yesterday at the Jordanian ambassador's residence here to reaffirm the strong bilateral security partnership between the United States and Jordan.
SOP newswire3UN Marks 'International Widows Day' - The loss of a spouse or partner is often devastating, but for many women it is magnified by a "long-term struggle" for basic needs, human rights and dignity, according to UN Women, in a message to mark International Widows Day.
SOP newswire3History, Interests Argue for Solidarity Among North Atlantic Alliance - There have been disagreements throughout the history of the North Atlantic Alliance, but the member states have always been able to work together for collective defense, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in London today.
SOP newswire3Chinese Actions Threaten U.S. Technological, Industrial Base - Defense Department officials warned lawmakers today about the unprecedented threats DoD is facing to its technological and industrial base, as China and other nations actively seek out advanced technology and intellectual property.
SOP newswire3Replacement for United States on Human Rights Council to be Elected as Soon as Possible - International reaction to the United States decision to withdraw from the UN Human Rights Council continued on Wednesday with the President of the Geneva-based assembly confirming that the election of a new Member State would take place "as soon as possible" to fill the vacant seat.
SOP newswire3UN Welcomes Positive Steps Towards Peace Between Eritrea and Ethiopia - The United Nations has announced its readiness to support Eritrea and Ethiopia following recent peace overtures between the two neighbouring States in the Horn of Africa.
SOP newswire3Mattis, German Counterpart Reaffirm Defense Relationship in Pentagon Meeting - Defense Secretary James N. Mattis met with German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen at the Pentagon yesterday to reaffirm the long-standing defense relationship between the United States and Germany, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said.
SOP newswire3Challenges Remain in North Korea Despite Improvements in Health - The health and wellbeing of women and children in North Korea has improved slightly in recent years but "urgent" challenges remain in rural areas, the UN Childrens Fund, UNICEF, said on Wednesday.
SOP newswire3Siege of Syrias Eastern Ghouta Barbaric and Medieval - The siege of eastern Ghouta in war-torn Syria, which lasted more than five years, has been labelled "barbaric and medieval" - "amounting" to war crimes, and crimes against humanity, a high-level UN inquiry said on Wednesday.
SOP newswire3Afghanistan May Be on Edge of Opportunity for Peace - The Eid al-Fitr ceasefire and the burgeoning peace movement in Afghanistan lead NATO officials in the country to believe the country is on the "edge of opportunity."
SOP newswire3UN Marks 'World Refugee Day' - With more than 68 million people worldwide displaced due to conflict or persecution - roughly equivalent to the population of Thailand- the head of the United Nations has called for unity and solidarity as a first step to support them.
SOP newswire3Coalition, Partners Continue Progress Against ISIS in Iraq, Syria - The coalition and its partners in Syria and Iraq are continuing to make progress in defeating the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, the spokesman for Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve said today.
SOP newswire3Coalition Partners Seize, Destroy ISIS Drug Cache in Southern Syria - Coalition-supported forces destroyed an Islamic State of Iraq and Syria-owned cache of narcotic drugs in southern Syria, June 12, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
SOP newswire3Operation Roundup Hits ISIS Remnants in Iraq, Syria - Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve and its partners have increased offensive activity against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria targets in designated parts of Iraq and Syria throughout the months of May and June.
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