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From: Dunggate12/28/18 1:16 PM 
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The Expansion of Terror Safe Havens
 
Next year, Islamist terrorists will have growing opportunities to regain the safe havens they lost since 2001 and to expand their current bases.
 
The Islamic State announced in November that it had expanded from Iraq and Syria into Libya, Algeria, Egypt, Yemen and Saudi Arabia. It killed eight Shiites in Saudi Arabia and shot a citizen of Denmark in Riyadh. At least 60 jihadist groups in 30 countries have expressed solidarity with the Islamic State.
 
Syria is the brightest prospect for the jihadists.
 
The Iran-backed Assad regime is winning on the battlefield but has severe weaknesses that will only get worse next year like the regime’s bankruptcy, collapsing infrastructure and lack of manpower. The regime cut subsidies that are essential for maintaining support from its constituencies.
 
The low oil price will drastically undermine support from Iran and Russia, as well. A Syrian trade official recently admitted that the regime would have fallen without Iranian financial aid.
 
The U.S.-backed rebels have been ripped to shreds by the Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra, Al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria. The country is being described as “a patchwork of warring fiefdoms” and “total chaos” is being predicted for 2015. The chances are high that the civil war will spread to Lebanon in a major way.
 
The often-overlooked civil war continues to rage in Libya where Islamist militias are making gains in eastern Libya against secular forces. The Islamic State conquered the city of Derna and has erected training camps with an estimated 200 terrorists.
 
The Libyan civil war could spread into neighboring Tunisia and Algeria. The Libyan secularists are scoring some victories in western Libya and Tunisia is sealing border crossings. The new anti-Islamist government of Tunisia is destined for a showdown with Islamist militias like Ansar al-Sharia.
 
Yemen is also a grand opportunity for jihadists. The Iranian-backed Houthis have captured the capital of Sanaa and is advancing in the central and southern parts of the country, battling Al-Qaeda and other Sunni fighters along the way. This could become a repeat of Syria very shortly.
 
In Egypt, the military is battling an Islamist insurgency in the Sinai Peninsula. The Islamic State is expanding there and Al-Qaeda’s affiliate there could potentially bounce back from major losses. Members of the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas could join the fight as the Egyptian government tries to dismantle political Islam.
 
In Afghanistan, the U.S. has pledged to end the official combat mission at the end of this year and reduce U.S. troop levels down to 9,800. The remaining forces will leave by 2016. The Afghan Taliban is making gains in Helmand Province since the U.S. handed security over to the Afghan security forces, but the Afghan forces deserve credit for stopping the Taliban from seizing a single district there.
 
A secret group of dozens of students backing the Islamic State has arisen in Afghanistan and expressions of support for the Islamic State are being seen in neighboring Pakistan. The Islamic State could also win over hardline elements of the Afghan Taliban opposed to negotiated settlements with the elected government.
 
The Clarion Project has seen numerous online statements by Islamic State members and supporters enthusiastically talking about replicating in Afghanistan the success they have enjoyed in Iraq once U.S. forces depart Afghanistan.
 
Islamist terrorists could also become stronger in Central Asia due to jihadists returning from Syria, the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and an apparent rise in support for Islamism, as evidenced by the rise of Hizb ut-Tahrir in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. Kyrgyzstan has thwarted attacks by terrorists who returned from Syria and sought to spark an insurgency there.
 
In December, a terrorist group called the Caucasus Emirate attacked the city of Grozny in Chechnya and killed 14 police officers. The Emirate’s Dagestan section then released a videotape declaring allegiance to the Islamic State, even though the emir of the overall group endorsed Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri.
Homegrown Terror
 
The unfortunate reality is that a homegrown terrorist attack on U.S. soil is all but certain in 2015.
 
There were at least six Islamism-inspired acts of terrorism on U.S. soil in 2014, with the murder of two New York Police Department officers being the latest. At least 14 Americans have been intercepted on their way to join the Islamic State, with the most recent cases being a mother in Virginia and a Chicago man with his two teenage siblings.
 
It is believed that over 100 Americans have joined jihadist groups in Syria with other estimates as high as 300. The FBI is monitoring about 150 Americans who have returned from Syria for possible terrorist links.
 
The Islamic State has inspired a new generation of homegrown terrorists and a study found that the number of Salafist jihadists has doubled since 2010. The number of individual Salafist jihadist groups has doubled since 2001 and the number of attacks has tripled since 2010. The State Department likewise calculated a 40% rise in attacks in 2013 and a 60% rise in fatalities from terrorism.
 
Based on these trends, it is safe to say that Islamist terrorism will dominate the headlines throughout 2015 as it did for most of 2014.
 
 
Ryan Mauro is ClarionProject.org’s national security analyst, a fellow with Clarion Project and an adjunct professor of homeland security. Mauro is frequently interviewed on top-tier television and radio.
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 Indian Christian Convert Killed and Left on the Road Beheaded   
 
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  (World Watch Monitor) -- An Indian man who had become a Christian last year was killed and beheaded in eastern India earlier this month, reports Persecution Relief. On Feb. 11, Anant Ram Gand, 40, was taken from his home in the village of Raigarh Tehsil, in the district of Nabarangapur, Odisha, by three men who killed him and left his decapitated body in the...
 
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Ethiopia: Muslim mobs screaming “Allahu akbar” attack 10 church buildings
By Robert Spencer on Mar 02, 2019 09:00 am
Ethiopia: Muslim mobs screaming “Allahu akbar” attack 10 church buildings
Imagine the outcry that would ensue of enraged Christian mobs screaming “Jesus is Lord” attacked ten mosques. But of course, that kind of thing never happens, and shouldn’t. If it did, the outcry would be immediate, intense, and sustained. But the international media will take little or no notice of this. “Muslim Mobs Attack 10 […]
 
 

 
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Georgia woman arrested for conspiracy to provide material aid to ISIS
March 13, 2019
Georgia woman arrested for conspiracy to provide material aid to ISIS
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A potential terrorist threat within U.S. borders has been neutralized.
 
Law enforcement arrested 20-year-old Kim Anh Vo on Tuesday for her alleged involvement in an internet group that pledged support and aid to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, better known as ISIS.
Vo, who lives in Georgia, has gone by various names online, including F@ng, SyxxZMC, Zozo, Miss.Bones, Sage Pi, and Kitty Lee.
 
Georgia woman involved in terror scheme
In the newly released criminal complaint, prosecutors allege that Vo joined United Cyber Caliphate (UCC) in April 2016. UCC is an online group that not only pledged allegiance to ISIS, but also sought to carry out cyberattacks against Americans.
 
The group and its affiliates reportedly spread ISIS propaganda on the internet and published “kill lists,” names of individuals that the UCC wanted their followers to kill, including members of the U.S. Armed Forces and the State Department.
 
Prosecutors say that Vo helped to recruit members during two separate periods: in April and May 2016 and in January and February 2017. On the latter trip, Vo reportedly recruited a minor from Norway.
 
The group then created a video threatening a nonprofit organization in New York City, which reportedly contained the message: “You messed with the Islamic State, SO EXPECT US SOON.”
 
This was “followed by a scene displaying a photograph of the organization’s chief executive officer and former U.S. Ambassador (CEO), along with the words: ‘[CEO], we will get you,'” according to the criminal complaint.
 
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Later, on April 2, 2017, the group allegedly posted a “kill list” containing the names and personal information of more than 8,000 people. The list was accompanied by another video, which included a scene of a man being decapitated alongside a message that read as follows:
 
We have a message to the people of the U.S., and most importantly, your president Trump:  Know that we continue to wage war against you, know that your counter attacks only makes stronger. The UCC will start a new step in this war against you…and We will release a list with over 8000 names, addresses, and email addresses, of those who fight against the US.  Or live amongst the kuffar.  Kill them wherever you find them!
 
20-year-old faces decades in prison
Vo was arrested on Tuesday morning by authorities from the FBI New York Field Office, New York Joint Terrorism Task Force, and Atlanta Field Office’s Augusta Resident Agency.
 
 
 
Later in the day, she appeared in federal court in Augusta, GA, before Judge Brian K. Epps. The prosecution, which is being handled by the Terrorism and International Narcotics Unit, has charged Vo with conspiring to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization — namely, ISIS.
 
If found guilty, Vo could face up to 20 years in federal prison.
 

 
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New Zealand terror attack: Death toll in mosque shootings rises to 49 - police
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Police Commissioner Mike Bush has confirmed that the death toll in the Christchurch mosque attacks has risen to 49 people. A male in his 20s has been charged with murder and will appear in court tomorrow.
 
 
Bush confirmed that a further 20 people were injured in what is now the worst ever mass shooting in New Zealand history. Some 40 people were taken to hospital but it was not targeted in the attack, contrary to rumors online.
 
"It is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack," New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. In the aftermath of the attacks, New Zealand has been placed on its highest security threat level according to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
 
 
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Four people were taken into custody, three men and one woman, in connection with the attack but only one has been charged with murder so far. It has been confirmed that all four held extremist views but were not on any police watchlists.
 
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One of the four has already been charged with murder and will appear in court tomorrow but Police Commissioner Bush declined to confirm the name of the suspect prior to the court hearing. The extent of the other three suspects’ involvement has yet to be determined.
 
When asked if police were looking for any other persons of interest related to the case, Bush responded that “we never assume that there aren't other people involved” but that “at this point we are not looking for any other persons.”
 
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He also confirmed that, while there were two Improvised Explosive Devices found on one of the perpetrator’s vehicles (one of which was deactivated, the other is still being worked on by the New Zealand Defence Forces), no bomb belts or other explosive devices were found on the body of one of the suspects as had been speculated as the situation unfolded.
 
Bush declined to speculate on the motives of the attacker and would not confirm whether clear threats had been made on Facebook prior to the attack and that police had prior warning.
 
The Bangladesh National Cricket team was due to visit one of the mosques but managed to escape the violence.
 
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Dozens of victims in shootings at 2 New Zealand mosques, 4 suspects in custody
Published time: 15 Mar, 2019 01:46
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New Zealand police have defused several improvised explosive devices found attached to vehicles in Christchurch following mass shootings at two mosques that left 49 people dead.
The shooter entered the Masjid Al Noor mosque 10 minutes after prayers began and let off “dozens, if not hundreds of rounds,” witness Ahmad al-Mahmoud told New Zealand outlet Stuff. He described the man as white-skinned, blond, short, and wearing a helmet and bulletproof vest.

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A second shooting took place at Linwood Masjid, where a witness says they saw a man leave the mosque wearing camouflage gear and a motorcycle helmet, while unconfirmed reports indicate a bomb was found on nearby Strickland Ave.

A Muslim local reportedly chased the gunmen off from the Linwood mosque, firing two shots at them as they drove off.

Four suspects are currently in custody, including one woman, and public facilities remain on lockdown while police are urging mosques elsewhere in New Zealand to close their doors for the remainder of the day. One of those detained has been confirmed to be an Australian citizen.

PM Ardern has confirmed that none of the suspects were on security watch lists.

“I want to ask anyone who was thinking of going to a mosque anywhere in New Zealand today, not to go,” commissioner Mike Bush said.

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New Zealand police have defused several improvised explosive devices found attached to vehicles in Christchurch following mass shootings at two mosques that left 49 people dead.
The shooter entered the Masjid Al Noor mosque 10 minutes after prayers began and let off “dozens, if not hundreds of rounds,” witness Ahmad al-Mahmoud told New Zealand outlet Stuff. He described the man as white-skinned, blond, short, and wearing a helmet and bulletproof vest.


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A second shooting took place at Linwood Masjid, where a witness says they saw a man leave the mosque wearing camouflage gear and a motorcycle helmet, while unconfirmed reports indicate a bomb was found on nearby Strickland Ave.

A Muslim local reportedly chased the gunmen off from the Linwood mosque, firing two shots at them as they drove off.

Four suspects are currently in custody, including one woman, and public facilities remain on lockdown while police are urging mosques elsewhere in New Zealand to close their doors for the remainder of the day. One of those detained has been confirmed to be an Australian citizen.

PM Ardern has confirmed that none of the suspects were on security watch lists.

“I want to ask anyone who was thinking of going to a mosque anywhere in New Zealand today, not to go,” commissioner Mike Bush said.


A crisis meeting of national security agencies is underway at the Wellington headquarters of the New Zealand national police.

Officers cleared buildings near the mosques, while Christchurch schools have been placed on lockdown. Another witness said he saw “a man in handcuffs being led away by police.”


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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has confirmed 49 people have been killed and over 20 injured. 


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Christchurch City Council is locking down its central city buildings as police urge people in the area to stay indoors as they deal with a shooting at the Christchurch Mosque.

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A text sent by the Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand reportedly said 50 people were shot during Friday prayers.

Twenty emergency vehicles are on the scene, and six people have reportedly been taken to the hospital, with two in serious condition.

"It is clear that this is one of New Zealand's darkest days," Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in a press conference.

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Footage has emerged of police ramming a vehicle and arresting a shooter.

One of the shooters, believed to be a 28-year-old Australian man, livestreamed the attack on Facebook, according to local media, and penned a lengthy manifesto characterizing the shooting as a “terrorist attack.”

The attack resulted in the highest death toll from gun violence in the nation’s recent history.

New Zealand’s three largest internet providers, Spark, Vodafone and Vocus, have announced they are blocking customers’ access to three websites located outside the country that are still hosting the livestream of one shooter’s rampage, an unprecedented restrictive measure Spark spokesman Andrew Pirie called “the responsible thing for the industry to do.”


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CCTV captures Turkish 'gunman' on Dutch tram moments before 'terrorist-motivated' shooting spree left three people dead and nine others wounded - as police warn public not to approach suspect
Police release photo of Gökmen Tanis, 37, captured on the tram's CCTV just minutes before the shooting 
Three people have died and nine people are injured after the shooting in Utrecht, central Netherlands
One or several gunmen, 'who may have had a terrorist motive', opened fire on a tram in the city centre
The assailant or assailants fled the scene and police have since surrounded a building in the city
Dutch government has raised terrorism threat level to highest possible, and schools are on lockdown
Incident took place just three days after a terror attack on two mosques in New Zealand where 49 were killed
By SARA MALM FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 10:34, 18 March 2019 | UPDATED: 14:17, 18 March 2019
Dutch police have named a suspect in the 'terrorist-motivated' shooting on a tram in Utrecht, which resulted in the death of three people and left nine others injured.
 
Police tweeted a photograph of Turkish-born Gökmen Tanis, 37, believed to have been captured on the tram's CCTV just four minutes before the incident at 10.45am this morning, and urged the public to 'look out for him but do not approach.'  
 
The gunman, who may not have been acting alone, fled the scene, reportedly in a red Renault Clio compact sedan, which has since been found abandoned in Utrecht.
 
The photograph was released as heavily armed police gathered in front of an apartment block some 200 yards from the scene the shooting, where the suspected gunman is believed to be holed up.  Police said they were searching for the shooter 'with all possible means.' 
 
Shortly after 12.30pm local time, the Dutch government raised the terrorism threat level to the highest possible in the province of Utrecht, and local residents in one of the Netherlands' biggest cities have been urged to stay indoors in case of further incidents.
 
This photo, released by Utrecht police, shows Turkish-born Gökman Tanis, 37, on the tram's CCTV just minutes before the shooting began at 10.45am this morning
Tanis is seen on the tram just a few minutes before one person was left dead and several others wounded from gunfire
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Video footage shows police surrounding an apartment block in Utrecht a few hours after the shooting took place
 
Incident: Emergency services have cordoned off a tram in Utrecht, Holland, where one or several assailants opened fire on commuters at around 10.45 local time today
Video footage from Utrecht shows armed anti-terrorism police surrounding a building where the gunman, or potentially several gunmen, is believed to be located
Several photographs show armed police officers surrounding a building in Utrecht just hours after the assailant fled the scene
A photo shared on social media shows an armed policeman surrounding a building in Utrecht during the manhunt
Special Police Forces inspect the tram where the shooting took place earlier on Monday as the perpetrator remains at large
At least one person died and a number of people were injured in the shooting on a tram in Utrecht, The Netherlands
 
The head of the Dutch counter-terrorism agency Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg said in a statement that the 'threat level has gone to 5, exclusively for the Utrecht province,' referring to the highest level, adding that the shooting 'appears to be a terrorist attack'.
'The culprit is still on the run. A terror motive cannot be excluded,' he said in a Twitter message. He called on citizens to closely follow the indications of the local police.
Utrecht University has put the entire campus on lockdown, and according to Dutch news website NOS News, all train traffic to Utrecht Central has stopped.
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Police have also instructed all schools, as well as mosques and transportation hubs, in the city to keep their doors closed, while the manhunt continues.
Dutch military police have been ordered to be on 'extra alert' at Dutch airports and 'vital buildings' due to the ongoing police manhunt. 
Police spokesman Bernhard Jens said no one had been detained yet in the shooting, and one possible 'explanation is that the person fled by car.' 
He did not rule out the possibility that more than one shooter was involved in the attack. 
'We want to try to catch the person responsible as soon as possible,' Jens said. 
 
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BREAKING NOW: Final ISIS Stronghold Liberated, Islamic State ‘Has Officially Crumbled’
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American-backed forces liberated the last territory controlled by ISIS-fighters Thursday; ending a “brutal empire” that at its peak ruled over eight million people across the Middle East.
 
“The caliphate has crumbled, and the final offensive is over. While the official announcement hasn’t yet been made – Fox News has been told that this village, the last ISIS stronghold, is liberated,” reports Fox News.
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ISIS caliphate has officially crumbled and last stronghold liberated
The caliphate has crumbled, and the final offensive is over. While the official announcement hasn’t yet been made – Fox News has been told that this village, the last ISIS stronghold, is liberated.
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“It’s the first time since we’ve been here in Syria for five days that the bombs have stopped dropping and the gunfire has disappeared. We have witnessed the end of the caliphate – the brutal empire that once ruled over 8 million people – is gone,” adds the article. “Troops here are now bringing down the black flags of ISIS. The flags no longer fly over the town, instilling fear.”
 
This is a developing story. Read the full story at Fox News.
 
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BAGHOUZ, Syria -- The caliphate has crumbled, and the final offensive is over. While the official announcement hasn’t yet been made – Fox News has been told that this village, the last ISIS stronghold, is liberated.
 
It’s the first time since we’ve been here in Syria for five days that the bombs have stopped dropping and the gunfire has disappeared. We have witnessed the end of the caliphate – the brutal empire that once ruled over 8 million people – is gone.
 
Troops here are now bringing down the black flags of ISIS. The flags no longer fly over the town, instilling fear.
 
TRUMP DISPLAYS SYRIA MAP DETAILING ISIS TERRITORY LOSS, VOWS TERROR NETWORK ‘WILL BE GONE BY TONIGHT’
 
The last five days, Fox News has witnessed the last major offensive up close -– with U.S.-backed SDF forces attacking ISIS from three sides, pushing the fighters back, house to house, then tent to tent, against the Euphrates River.
 
Inside Baghouz, it’s easy to see how they hid for so long – not just in tunnels but trenches and hundreds of cubby holes covered by tarpaulins, which blend in perfectly to the dirt.
 
In the end, the majority surrendered. In fact, since the start of the year about 60,000 have dripped into the desert, and most are now held in camps.
 
There is a major concern about what to do with the camps though. The SDF has asked for U.S. support in setting up a tribunal here to prosecute them.
 
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This final corner of the caliphate was in the far eastern desert of Syria– it was where ISIS first captured territory, and it is where they finally lost.
 
A clearing operation is now underway in the town– and an announcement is expected soon.
 
None of the main surviving ISIS leaders have been caught inside Baghouz. Instead, they left their men to fight alone. It’s thought they prepared ahead for the insurgency.
 
The scale of the devastation here is incredible. And everyone acknowledges that without U.S. support, it would have taken far longer.
 
LAST ISIS ENCLAVE A SCENE OF ‘DEVASTATION:’ FOX NEWS VISITS ONLY REMAINING VILLAGE RULED BY TERROR GROUP
 
For four-and-a-half years, ISIS held this territory, ruling over it with an iron fist. It was the terrorist group’s heartland – and they were so dug in that the only way to push them back was to flatten whole villages. The devastation here goes on for miles – and craters like this are
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All ISIS-held territory in Syria has been '100 per cent eliminated,' White House claims — but Trump insists the group's 'propaganda' still litters the Internet
White House claims all ISIS-held territory in Syria has been '100% eliminated'
Syrian Democratic Forces have been battling ISIS militants hiding in Baghouz
Last remaining jihadists were said to be holed up in caves along the Euphrates
They were also hiding in trenches as war planes carried out raids against ISIS 
By TIM STICKINGS FOR MAILONLINE and REUTERS
 
PUBLISHED: 09:22, 22 March 2019 | UPDATED: 17:31, 22 March 2019
All ISIS-held territory in Syria has been '100%' eliminated, the White House said Friday, but President Donald Trump is still warning that the once-strong terror army is still a danger online.
 
Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan briefed Trump about developments on the ground, according to White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders. 
 
The president has been hinting at the victory for days. Sanders gave reporters a look at a before-and-after map of Iraq and Syria that indicated ISIS no longer controls any territory there. Trump showed off the same map Wednesday at the White House as he left for a brief trip to Ohio.
 
Despite the total geographic victory over ISIS, he tweeted Friday that the group still 'uses the internet better than almost anyone,' and warned people susceptible to their propaganda campaigns that 'they will always try to show a glimmer of vicious hope, but they are losers and barely breathing. Think about that before you destroy your lives and the lives of your family!'
 
Hawar said Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have 'liberated all of Baghouz from the Daesh mercenaries' and that the campaign had 'ended with the defeat' of the terror group. However, SDF officials denied the reports and said combat operations were still underway today 
A vehicle carrying fighters of the US-backed Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) drives through the village of Sousa
Earlier it was was reported that ISIS fanatics were hiding in caves in their final holdout in Syria.
 
The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) battled ISIS militants holed up in Baghouz overnight, supported by coalition airstrikes. 
 
The Kurdish-led SDF have been predicting imminent victory for days but while thousands of the terrorists have fled a few are still hiding in the Syrian village. 
The jihadists were holed up in what appeared to be caves in a rocky shelf overlooking Baghouz, their final sliver of land along the Euphrates river. 
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They were also hiding in trenches as war planes carried out two raids against ISIS movements on Thursday night. 
'Our forces are trying to force them to surrender, but so far the clashes are continuing,' the SDF's Mustafa Bali said. 
The SDF has been battling for weeks to defeat Islamic State at the Baghouz enclave in southeastern Syria at the Iraqi border. 
Backed by U.S. air power, they swept on Tuesday into a camp where hundreds of fighters had been making their last stand, prompting early 'victory' celebrations. 
They said they would declare the group defeated once a search for hidden mines and jihadist holdouts was complete. 
The terror group's final defeat at Baghouz will end its territorial rule that once spanned a third of Iraq and Syria.  
 

 
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M5 chaos as police find unexploded bomb near motorway sparking five-mile tailbacks and hours of delays
Police have closed the M5 between Junctions 1 and 2  in the West Midlands 
Queues are stretching back for five miles all the way to Junction 4
It is not yet clear how old the bomb is but officers are investigating  
By DANYAL HUSSAIN FOR MAILONLINE
 
PUBLISHED: 13:33, 23 March 2019 | UPDATED: 14:19, 23 March 2019
There is travel chaos on the M5 after an unexploded bomb was discovered by a member of the public. 
 
Police have closed the busy motorway between junctions one and two near the Oldbury viaduct with queues stretching back five miles. 
 
Central Motorway Police Group said: 'M5 NB and SB J1 and 2 are currently closed due to what is believed to be an old unexploded device found by a member of the public under the motorway.
 
'Closures in place for safety and a precaution. Please avoid area and find alternative routes. Follow @HighwaysWMIDS for updates'. 
 
Drivers are being urged to avoid the area and find alternative routes. 
 
Police have closed the busy motorway between junctions one and two near the Oldbury viaduct with queues stretching back five miles (scene pictured) 
 

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