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Civilian deaths in war-torn Afghanistan hit record high: UN

The ceasefire for the first three days of Eid was marked by scenes of jubilation as security forces and Taliban fighters celebrated the Islamic holiday, raising hopes that peace was possible after nearly 17 years of conflict. But the suspension of hostilities was marred by two suicide attacks in the eastern province of Nangarhar that…

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Iraq bombs meeting of Islamic State leaders in Syria: military

Iraq has launched an air attack on a gathering of Islamic State leaders inside neighboring Syria, killing 45 members of the hardline militant group, its military said on Saturday. F-16 fighter jets destroyed three houses on Friday which were connected by a trench in the town of Hajin, where the leaders were meeting. Those killed…

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Syrian army clears south Damascus of Islamic State: State TV

The Syrian army pushed Islamic State militants out of a south Damascus pocket on Monday, effectively clearing all insurgents from around the capital, state television said. Pro-Syrian government forces have been battling for weeks to recover al-Hajar al-Aswad district and the adjacent Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp since driving rebels from eastern Ghouta in April. A…

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Suicide bombers, gunmen attack Kabul police stations

Suicide bombers and gunmen launched apparent coordinated attacks on two Kabul police stations on Wednesday, with security forces still searching buildings for some of the assailants. A series of loud explosions rocked the Afghan capital in the late morning and were quickly followed by volleys of gunfire as police engaged in fierce battles with militants….

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LeJ disguised as ISIS targeting Christians in Quetta

KARACHI: At least 15 Christians have been killed in a fresh spate of violence in Quetta. No arrest has been announced. In the latest attack on the religious minority, unidentified men sprayed volley of bullets on worshipers who were walking out of a church after attending the Sunday service. Two people died and three others,…

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Pakistan, Iran share concern on ISIS presence in Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Defence Engineer Khurram Dastgir Khan Saturday met his Iranian counterpart General Amir Hatami on the sidelines of the Moscow Security Conference in the Russian capital. Both the ministers discussed aims, shared by Pakistan and Iran bilaterally as well as internationally, such as better management of the border, sustainable peace in Afghanistan,…

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Assad regime promotes Syria as a ‘tourist’ destination

DAMASCUS: It is over a year since Bashar al-Assad’s regime, with the help of Russian air strikes and barrel bombs, pounded the rebel-held east of Aleppo into submission. Buildings were flattened, those who survived were left terrorised, hungry and filled with despair, and the stench of dead bodies rose up from the rubble as families…

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Twin suicide bombing kills at least 26 in Baghdad

BAGHDAD: A double suicide bombing killed 26 people in Baghdad on Monday, officials said, the second such attack in the Iraqi capital in three days. Dr Abdel Ghani al-Saadi, health chief for east Baghdad, reported “26 dead and 90 wounded”. “Two suicide bombers blew themselves up in Tayyaran Square in central Baghdad,” said General Saad…

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Pakistan seeks US help for return of Afghan refugees 

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif Sunday demanded the United States (US) to ensure return of Afghan refugees from Pakistan. Pakistan had launched fencing for securing its border with Afghanistan because it was imperative for combating terrorism, he said while talking to a private news channel. Afghanistan should focus on the ‘border management’ and fulfill…

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CPEC to be functional by 2030: Foreign Office

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office Spokesperson, Dr Muhammad Faisal said Thursday that the first phase of CPEC would be completed by 2020 while the entire project would be functional by 2030. During his weekly press briefing in Foreign Office, Dr Faisal said that Pakistan and China regularly monitor the progress of these projects, adding that the decision…

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Security forces on alert as Daesh adopts new strategy to gain foothold

PESHAWAR: Internationally proscribed militant outfit Daesh has adopted a new strategy to gain a foothold in the city, according to security forces. Security forces are on the alert as banned militant outfit has devised a new strategy to gain influence in Pakistan’s restive Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in general and Peshawar in particular. According to details,…

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Police foil attempt to organize Islamic State in Karachi

Police foiled a bid to organize international terrorist organization Islamic State in Karachi. The law enforcement agencies stated that three arrested terrorists revealed in investigation that they were recruiting youngsters for the terror outfit and were giving them training to fire weapons.

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Syrian army, allies, take last IS stronghold in Syria: commander

BEIRUT: Syria’s army and its allies, spearheaded by Lebanon’s Hezbollah, captured Islamic State’s last stronghold in Syria on Wednesday, a commander in the alliance said, bringing the self-declared caliphate close to complete downfall, reported Reuters. “The last stronghold of Daesh (Islamic State), Albu Kamal, is free of the Daesh organization,” said the commander in the…

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What do we know about New York attack and the attacker?

NEW YORK: A pickup driver killed eight people in New York on Tuesday, mowing down cyclists and pedestrians in the city’s first deadly “act of terror” since September 11, 2001. Eleven others were seriously hurt when the truck driver struck in broad daylight just blocks from the 9/11 Memorial, on the West Side of Lower…

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Reported: Another girl joins Daesh

Another girl of Islamabad, Samia, is reportedly on way to join terrorist organization, Daesh. The security forces have kick-started the manhunt for her, as an arrested terrorist of Daesh, Khalil-ur-Rehman, told interrogators that Samia has joined Daesh. Earlier, Noreen Leghari was rescued from the hold of terrorists.

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US forces aiding Daesh in Afghanistan: Hamid Karzai

NEWS DESK: Hamid Karzai, former president of Afghanistan, said that Daesh has emerged in Afghanistan in the past three to four years under the watch of US military and intelligence agencies, reported Russia Today. In an interview with RT in London, published on October 4, Karzai said he has more than suspicions that US bases…

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Minister clarifies reports on Daesh recruitment

KARACHI: Sindh Minister for Prison Ziaul Hassan Lanjar Wednesday has clarified that no inmate of Central Jail Karachi had been recruited by Daesh. He termed the news published in a section of press pertaining to the alleged recruitment of prisoners as misleading, said a statement issued here. He said that 90 percent high-profile prisoners had…

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Pakistan, Afghanistan, US reaffirm resolve to fight terrorism

NEWS DESK Tripartite (Pakistan-Afghanistan-United States) counter-Daesh and Pak-Afghan bilateral military cooperation meetings were held at Ministry of Defence in Kabul. According to Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), a six-member high level Pakistan military delegation headed by Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) Pakistan Army Major General Sahir Shamshad Mirza participated in the meetings. Participants re-affirmed…

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What we know about Ansar-ul-Shariah Pakistan

KARACHI: Ansarul Shariah Pakistan (ASP), the newly found terrorist outfit that was operating in Karachi and in some areas of Balochistan, has been busted by security agencies. The group first surfaced in Karachi earlier this year when it targeted a security guard of police foundation in Karachi’s Gulistan-e-Jauhar area. Law enforcers had no clue as…

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Watch: Israeli agent who infiltrated Daesh arrested

Libyan security forces have arrested a Mossad agent who held a leading position in Daesh in the north-eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, the Israeli website Inian Merkazi reported. The Hebrew website whose name translates to “Central Issues”, added that Ephraim Benjamin is a Jewish spy and that he mingled with Libyans following the 2011 revolution…

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COAS warns youth against militant outfits active on social media

RAWALPINDI: Chief Of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Thursday warned the youth against the influence of banned militant outfits on social media.  Students from FATA and all over Pakistan attended the internship program offered by ISPR. Upon its successful completion, the army chief met with students who participated in the event. “Daesh and…

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