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. File photo: AFP

Islamic State still a rising threat after battlefield defeats in Iraq and Syria, UN report says

With its physical caliphate largely destroyed, Islamic State is transforming from a ‘proto-state’ to a covert ‘terrorist’ network, report says

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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. File photo: AFP
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