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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 newswire3Counter-ISIL Strikes Target Terrorists in Syria, Iraq - U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq yesterday, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
SOP newswire3UN Emergency Fund Releases $7 million to Strengthen Protection for Somalis - To strengthen protection services to internally displaced people in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, the Somalia Humanitarian Fund recently released $7 million to scale up life-saving and life sustaining assistance.
SOP newswire3Security Council Strongly Condemns North Korea Nuclear Test - The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's (DPRK) nuclear test on 9 September and said it is a clear violation of repeated calls on the country to halt such activity.
SOP newswire3Ban Expresses Concern Over Tensions on Korean Peninsula - Wrapping up an 11-day trip to Asia, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today hailed the region`s economic growth and progress on development, but expressed concerns about some challenges facing the countries there, including the tensions on the Korean Peninsula and in the South China Sea.
SOP newswire3Security Council Urges Warring Parties in Yemen to Resume Talks with UN Envoy - The United Nations Security Council today urged the parties to the conflict in Yemen to immediately resume talks with the UN envoy for that country and discuss his proposal for a comprehensive agreement covering both security and political issues.
SOP newswire3UN Secretary-General Pays Tribute to Veteran Official and Gender Pioneer Margaret Anstee - The United Nations chief today paid tribute to Margaret Anstee, a long-serving official who was the first woman to be appointed to the highest ranks of the world body, and who passed away recently
SOP newswire3Counter-ISIL Strikes Hit Terrorists in Syria, Iraq - U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq yesterday, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
SOP newswire3Dunford Discusses North Korea, ISIL, Regional Challenges at Manila Forum - Addressing military leaders from 29 Pacific nations, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff today voiced concern over North Korea's recent missile activity and highlighted progress against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
SOP newswire3Turkish, Moderate Syrian Forces Close Major ISIL Route - Turkish and moderate Syrian opposition forces last night closed northern Syria`s Jarabulus gap in a significant development in the counter- Islamic State of Iraq and The Levant campaign by cutting off ISIL access to a route between Manbij and Jarabulus, Defense Department Press Operations Director Navy Capt. Jeff Davis told reporters today.
SOP newswire3 Annual Meeting on UN-backed Treaty Aims to Set Target Date for Cluster Bomb Abolition - An annual meeting of State Parties to the United Nations-backed pact banning cluster bombs opened in Geneva today, with a call to set a target date to achieve a world free of these explosive remnants of war that kill large numbers of civilians.
SOP newswire3South Sudan Accepts Deployment of 4,000-strong UN Protection Force - South Sudan`s government has accepted the deployment of a 4,000-strong regional protection force recently mandated by the United Nations Security Council, in addition to the roughly 12,000 UN peacekeepers already serving in the African nation.
SOP newswire3Saudi Arabia: Ban, Deputy Crown Prince Discuss Palestine Refugees - Ban Ki-moon today met with Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince, who is also Second Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister, discussing the country's financial support for the UN Palestine refugees agency, the conflict in Yemen, protection of children, as well as the Paris Agreement on climate change.
SOP newswire3Ban Condemns Bomb Attack on Night Market in Philippines - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned Friday's bomb attack on a night market in Davao City in the Philippines that killed at least 12 people and injured dozens, his spokesman said today.
SOP newswire3UN Security Council Urges Guinea-Bissau to Find Solution to Political Crisis - Expressing a serious concern over the ongoing political impasse in Guinea-Bissau, the United Nations Security Council today urged leaders in the West African country to find a solution to the crisis, and ensure a functioning government.
SOP newswire3Gabon: Ban Speaks with President and Opposition Leader - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged Ali Bongo Ondimba, President of Gabon, and Jean Ping, presidential candidate of the Démocratie Nouvelle party, to help end violence that ensued the recent, closely-contested presidential election in the African country.
SOP newswire3In Meeting with Turkey's President, UN Chief Stresses Country's Key Role in Fighting ISIL - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today met with Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, emphasizing the key role of Turkey in the fight against Da'esh (ISIL), Mr. Ban's office said.
SOP newswire3Counter-ISIL Strikes Continue in Syria, Iraq - U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq yesterday, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today
SOP newswire3UN Condemns Deadly Terrorist Attacks in Northern Pakistan - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned two separate terrorist attacks which took place in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan, reportedly targeting a Christian neighbourhood and a district court, according to his spokesperson.
SOP newswire3Ash Carter to Visit NATO Allies U.K., Norway - Defense Secretary Ash Carter will travel to the United Kingdom and Norway Sept. 6-9 to meet with top officials from the two longstanding NATO allies, DoD officials said today in a statement.
SOP newswire3UN Seeks to Foster Culture of Peace - Drawing attention to violence and terrorism affecting many parts of the world, the President of the United Nations General Assembly today underscored that importance of promoting a global culture of peace.
SOP newswire3UN Concerned Over Reports of Children Used in Fighting ISIL in Iraq - The top United Nations humanitarian official in Iraq has expressed deep concern over reports that boys are being sent to areas near front lines in the country`s war, possibly to join armed groups fighting against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
SOP newswire3President Obama Commutes the Sentences of 111 People - The power to grant pardons and commutations... embodies the basic belief in our democracy that people deserve a second chance after having made a mistake in their lives that led to a conviction under our laws.
SOP newswire3Elimination of Adnani Would Be Significant Blow to ISIL - The elimination of Abu Muhammad Al-Adnani from the battlefield would be a significant blow to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said today.
SOP newswire3UN Highlights Challenges of Humanitarian Operations in Syria - Addressing the media in Geneva, a United Nations spokesperson today highlighted the challenging working environment in which UN humanitarian agencies are operating in within Syria and flagged that aid is being delivered to all those who need, regardless of their affiliation and where they live.
SOP newswire3UN Welcomes France`s Court Ruling to Suspend Ban on Burkini - The United Nations human rights office today welcomed last Friday`s decision by France`s highest administrative court to suspend the ban on inappropriate " beachwear, which was adopted by a seaside town and had been widely interpreted as targeting the burkini and other forms of dress worn by Muslim women.
SOP newswire3US Admits More than 10,000 Syrian Refugees in Fiscal 2016 - The International Organization for Migration has helped resettle more than 10,000 Syrian refugees to the United States.
SOP newswire3UN Envoy Greatly Regrets Intensification of Fighting in Syria - Regretting the intensified fighting and grave humanitarian situation in Syria, the United Nations Special Envoy for the country, Staffan de Mistura, reiterates the need for a political solution to the conflict there, according to his spokesperson Jessy Chahine.
SOP newswire3Counter-ISIL Strikes Target Terrorists in Syria, Iraq - U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq yesterday, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
SOP newswire3UN Urges Efforts to Halt Gaza's 'De-development' Trajectory - Marking the second anniversary of the 2014 ceasefire which ended the most devastating round of hostilities in Gaza, heads of United Nations agencies there have called for a greater flow of material and funding to address humanitarian needs and boost economic prospects for Gaza`s 1.9 million residents.
SOP newswire3Ban Concerned Over Tensions in South-western Western Sahara - Ban Ki-moon is concerned over the tense situation that has developed in the narrow buffer strip in south-western Western Sahara between the Moroccan berm and the Mauritanian border as a result of changes in the status quo.
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