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AUSTRALIAN JIHADIST FIGHTER KHALED SHARROUF (TWITTER)

UN Report: Up to 30,000 Islamic State Members in Syria, Iraq

UNITED NATIONS — The Islamic State extremist group has up to 30,000 members roughly equally distributed between Syria and Iraq and its global network poses a rising threat — as does al-Qaeda, which is much stronger in places, a United Nations report says.

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Islamic State Audio Released Following Rumors Baghdadi Hiding in Mosul

Islamic State “caliph” Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has released a new audio message encouraging his jihadis not to flee the battlefields of Mosul, the terrorist group’s last major stronghold in Iraq. The message follows reports that Baghdadi may be in danger himself as he has chosen to hide in Mosul, not the Islamic State “capital” of Raqqa, Syria.