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The self-proclaimed "Islamic State" (IS) is a Sunni Islamist rebel group.
The United Nations has accused "IS" of committing human rights abuses, mass executions and war crimes. The terror group is known for its social media and web propaganda, which includes online videos of the beheadings of soldiers, journalists and aid workers. In 2014, the "IS" group was able to take control of large swathes of Iraq and Syria. It has since been driven out of those araes and decreased in size. It still exists underground and has expanded into other countries, including Afghanistan and in Africa. DW's recent content tagged with "Islamic State" or "IS" appears on this page.
The West African nation has seen an uptick in violence in recent weeks as European troops drawdown their operations. The country remains a stronghold of both al-Qaida and Islamic State (IS) affiliated terrorist groups.