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Islamic State claims Sri Lanka blasts, as government says probe making progress

Islamic State claims Sri Lanka blasts, as government says probe making progressThe claim, issued through the group’s AMAQ news agency, was made after Sri Lanka said two domestic Islamist groups with suspected links to foreign militants were suspected to have been behind the attacks at three churches and four hotels. Three sources told Reuters that Sri Lankan intelligence officials had been warned hours earlier by India that attacks by Islamists were imminent. President Maithripala Sirisena said he would change the heads of the defense forces following their failure to act on the intelligence.



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‘International Network’ of Islamic Extremists Believed Responsible for Sri Lanka Church Bombings

‘International Network’ of Islamic Extremists Believed Responsible for Sri Lanka Church BombingsSri Lankan authorities believe a local Islamist militant group, assisted by an “international network” of sympathizers, carried out the string of church and hotel bombings that left 290 people dead and at least 500 injured on Sunday morning.While they have not yet announced the responsible party, the authorities believe members of a local group known as National Thowheed Jamath carried out a total of eight bombings across the country on Sunday.All of the suicide bombers were Sri Lankan citizens, but they were assisted by foreign sympathizers, officials announced Monday.“We do not believe these attacks were carried out by a group of people who were confined to this country,” cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said. “There was an international network without which these attacks could not have succeeded.”Suicide bombers detonated improvised explosive devices filled with small metal projectiles inside of three Catholic churches during Easter services. They also detonated bombs in three hotels in the nation's capital, Colombo. Two additional explosions occurred during police raids on addresses in the capital.Twenty-four people have been arrested in connection with the attacks and 87 detonator devices have been recovered from a local bus stop.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday that several Americans were killed in the bombings.“Attacks on innocent people gathering in a place of worship or enjoying a holiday meal are affronts to the universal values and freedoms that we hold dear, and demonstrate yet again the brutal nature of radical terrorists whose sole aim is to threaten peace and security,” Pompeo said.“We can confirm that several U.S. citizens were among those killed,” he added. “The U.S. Embassy is working tirelessly to provide all possible assistance to the American citizens affected by the attacks and their families.”Government officials said Sunday that they were recently warned by a foreign government that the National Thowheed Jamath posed an imminent threat but failed to take the appropriate precautions. The country is now in a state-of-emergency and social media platforms have been temporarily blocked.The bombings represent a return to the sectarian violence that ravaged the small island nation until 2009 when the government reached a peace deal with the the Tamil Tigers, a Tamil-speaking militant group known for pioneering the use of suicide bombings in the 1990's.



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Islamic State Says Its Fighters Carried Out Sri Lanka Attacks

Islamic State Says Its Fighters Carried Out Sri Lanka Attacks“Those who carried out the attack that targeted citizens belonging to the alliance countries and Christians in Sri Lanka are fighters with the Islamic State,” according to a statement on IS news agency Amaq carried by SITE, which tracks jihadist groups. ‘Alliance countries’ refers to those involved in the U.S.-led military coalition against the Islamic State in Syria, which includes 79 nations from Asia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, although Sri Lanka is not among them. Just last month the U.S. declared the last swath of territory once held by Islamic State in Iraq and Syria has been liberated.



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Islamic State group claims Sri Lanka suicide bombings

Islamic State group claims Sri Lanka suicide bombingsThe Islamic State group on Tuesday claimed responsibility for a devastating series of suicide attacks against churches and hotels in Sri Lanka that killed more than 320 people. The claim, accompanied by a photo and video of the men the group said had unleashed the carnage, emerged more than two days after the near-simultaneous blasts ripped through three high-end hotels popular with foreigners and three churches packed with Christians celebrating Easter. Sri Lanka’s government had said initial investigations suggested the attack had been carried out as “retaliation” for shootings at two mosques in New Zealand last month that killed 50 people.



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Islamic State behind attack on Saudi security north of Riyadh: Arabiya TV

Islamic State behind attack on Saudi security north of Riyadh: Arabiya TVThe assailants who attacked a state security building northwest of Riyadh on Sunday are Saudi militants who belong to Islamic State, Saudi-owned Arabiya TV said in a tweet, citing its own correspondent. Saudi state media said authorities thwarted the attack by four militants targeting the Mabaheth (domestic intelligence) station in Zulfi, a small city about 250 km (155 miles) northwest of the capital Riyadh. There has been no Islamic State claim of responsibility for the attack so far, and the authorities did not officially identify the assailants.



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Explainer: Does Islamic State still pose a threat?

Explainer: Does Islamic State still pose a threat?U.S.-backed fighters say they have captured Islamic State’s last shred of ground in eastern Syria – but while its era of territorial rule may be over for now, there is near universal agreement that IS remains a threat. Islamic State’s possession of land in Iraq and Syria set it apart from other like-minded groups such as al Qaeda and became central to its mission when it declared a caliphate in 2014, claiming sovereignty over all Muslim lands and peoples.



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American-backed Syrian force declares victory over Islamic State

American-backed Syrian force declares victory over Islamic StateThe Islamic State group lost its final sliver of territory in Syria, the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces said Saturday.



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Islamic State '100 percent' defeated in Syria: Trump

Islamic State '100 percent' defeated in Syria: TrumpWest Palm Beach (United States) (AFP) – KILL



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Timeline of the rise and fall of the Islamic State group

Timeline of the rise and fall of the Islamic State groupBEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group erupted from the chaos of Syria and Iraq's conflicts and swiftly did what no Islamic militant group had done before, conquering a giant stretch of territory and declaring itself a "caliphate."



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U.S.-backed force says it has taken positions in Islamic State Syria camp

U.S.-backed force says it has taken positions in Islamic State Syria campU.S.-backed fighters said they had taken positions in Islamic State’s last enclave in eastern Syria and air strikes pounded the tiny patch of land beside the Euphrates River early on Monday, a Reuters journalist said. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) militia said in an update on Monday that tens of militants had been killed during what it called fierce clashes, and one SDF fighter had been injured. It said Islamic State had sent four suicide bombers to points close to SDF fighters.



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