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Here is the identity of the Strasbourg terrorist who was raided this morning - Chekatt Cherif. Grenades found at his home.
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France Strasbourg The assalians is Cherif C, a 29 years old man of North African origins (2nd generation immigrant).
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Death toll in Strasbourg rises to 4, the suspect was on the terror list
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Jasib Abbas Darraji of Brigade 4 Badr Military Wing was killed after striking an IED north of Baquba today.
Shooter in Strasbourg attack was from the city, aged 29 and was a known threat listed as "fiché S" by the authorities, according to BFM TV. He's still in the loose but surrounded. Two dead and 11 wounded, of which seven seriously
3 HIMARS from the Omar oilfied and coaltion strikes in last hour on the Hajin town
Deir ez-Zur Eastern countryside: Al-Assad's forces launched raids and arrests in the town of Subikhan today, targeting a number of civilians for forced conscription.
"We have managed, thanks to the great work our folks are doing out there, to target and capture and detain some of his closest associates" per @brett_mcgurk on ISIS leader Baghdadi "If he's still with us, I don't think it will be for too much longer"
ISIS leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, "He is in deep, deep hiding at best" per @StateDept's @brett_mcgurk "There have been times we thought he was no longer around and he would issue an audio tape, so it's hard to say" if he's alive "Know for sure, he was in very very deep hiding"
"Ballpark we're talking a period of months" to defeat ISIS in Hajin stronghold, per @brett_mcgurk
"There is a significant concentration of the most hardened ISIS fighters in that little splotch of territory" @brett_mcgurk says of Hajin Syria "A couple of thousand hardened fighters remain in that area"
"I just try to stay away from numbers" @StateDept's @brett_mcgurk says when asked about how ISIS fighters are left "The numbers have been all over the place.It's not numbers. It's capabilities," which he says are "significantly degraded"
"I think it's fair to say Americans will remain on the ground after the defeat of the caliphate, until we have the pieces in place to ensure that that defeat is enduring" per @brett_mcgurk re Syria
"Areas we have cleared of ISIS, they have not returned to claim physical space" per @brett_mcgurk "There are clandestine cells. No one is saying they are going to disappear. Nobody is that naive"
"You have to make sure the internal security forces are in place to ensure that those gains, security gains are enduring" per @brett_mcgurk when asked how long coalition will stay in Syria "So that will take some time"
"The military objective is the enduring defeat of ISIS" per @brett_mcgurk "And if we've learned one thing over the years, the enduring defeat of a group like ISIS means you can't just defeat their physical space and then leave"
"It's going to take time but it will get done. It's a very difficult campaign" @brett_mcgurk says of effort to oust ISIS from its last Syria stronghold
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Department of State:Special Presidential Envoy for the Global @Coalition to Defeat ISIS @Brett_McGurk provides an update on the campaign to defeat ISIS.
"We got it to a point where almost every ISIS fighter is wearing a suicide bomb, a suicide vest, the extent of IED emplacements, it's very very difficult fighting, so it's taking some time" per @brett_mcgurk Adds almost 1400 civilians have fled Hajin in last week or so
"We're down to the last 1% in the conventional military fight" @brett_mcgurk says of ISIS in Syria "We are preparing ourselves for the longer term and we feel pretty confident those pieces are getting into place"
"We're at a point in the campaign where we're really looking ahead to make sure we can endure, sustain all these gains" per @brett_mcgurk "The big focus of that is stabilization.this will really take a period of years" Notes 4 million Iraq is have returned to their homes
US-backed Syria n Democratic Forces "have pushed into the town of Hajin" - the last ISIS stronghold in Syria - in the past 48 hours, per @StateDept's @brett_mcgurk, adding "The end of ISIS will be a much more long term endeavor.No on is declaring mission accomplished."
Blast hits Khanaqin, northern Diyala province. 2 policemen killed and 4 wounded.
Iraq federal police out of Kirkuk conducting "large scale clearance" ops in Hawijah area "targeting ISIS fighters and senior leaders hiding in the mountainous terrain", per Col Byrom
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Iraqi, French and U.S. 3d Cavalry Regiment artillery units on Firebase Saham conducted strikes to stop ISIS fleeing Syria into Iraq.
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Iraqi artillery units worked side-by-side with 3d Cavalry Regiment Troopers to conduct fire missions against ISIS.
Iraq's air force announced their fighter jets destroyed two ISIS targets in Syria, where a total of 44 militants were present
Arrested four prisoners in Teixeiro prison accused of financing jihadist terrorism, indoctrination and recruitment. Among them a drug trafficker.
Baghuz Tahtani is controlled by SDF.
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A Daesh tunnel in the Hajin
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Iraqi federal police said they have found a secret tunnel used by ISIS militants in Kirkuk province containg weapons and explosives.
Iraqi army forces killed two suspected ISIS militants while attempting to plant roadside bombs in Badosh area west of Mosul late on Monday.
Germany provides additional 22 million for post-ISIS stabilization in Iraq
Former Iraq PM Abadi on @AlHadath: Most of the intelligence we received on ISIS, especially in Mosul, came from civilians.
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This recent video from IS near one of their last strongholds of Hajin, eastern Syria. Video presumably shows IS attack on SDF forces. Even IS fighter who misses leg joins in attack.
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OIR Spokesman: An ISIS fighter caught on video 9 Dec. using a window from a hospital in Hajin to fire at Coalition fighters. SDF forces took full control of the hospital the next day.
Some recording of coalition averaging at least 5 airstrikes an hour around Al-Bukhater, Abu-Hassan, Hajin and other surrounding villages
Egypt- ISIS claim sniper attack targeting a soldier at a checkpoint near al-Arish, North Sinai
Confirmed SDF completely controls Jabal Baghuz and control is constant.