Terror analyst: "The new call from ISIS will even allow husbands and fathers to push their wives and daughters to carry out attacks."
The U.S. national security interest is clear. Long-term Iranian control in Syrian areas liberated from the regime and the Islamic State would cause further instability, fuel extremism and prolong the crisis.
The number of people dying from terrorism has fallen for the second year in a row, with 25,673 people losing their lives in 2016, 13% fewer than the year before and 22% less than the peak in 2014.
The Islamic State group has declared that the New York City bike path terrorist attacker was a "soldier of the caliphate."
A man who described himself as a sympathizer of ISIS faces terrorism-related charges stemming from a purported plot to bomb a Miami-area shopping mall.
Terror analysts warn that the Singapore must keep its guard up, as battle-hardened fighters return home from these frontline areas and with ISIS likely to ramp up attacks in the region – starting with countries where it already has a substantial base of supporters.
The U.S. and Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have driven ISIS from Raqqa. That puts the United States in an uncomfortable geopolitical situation.
U.S.-backed forces claim they've routed Islamic State fighters from Raqqa, declaring victory after months of fighting in the terrorist group's de facto Syrian capital, eroding its ability to launch attacks and delivering a major symbolic loss to the so-called caliphate, experts say.
The U.S. military launched six drone strikes against Islamic State positions in Libya on Friday, months after militants were driven from safe havens there.