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Islamic State group claims London attack: IS-linked agency

LONDON: The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for an attack in London that killed three people, the Amaq propaganda agency linked to the banned organisation said on Thursday. The claim marks the first time the group has taken responsibility for an attack in Britain. “The perpetrator of yesterday’s attack in front of the British…

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As Iraqi forces fight to take Mosul, car bomb in Baghdad kills 23 people

MOSUL, IRAQ: Islamic State militants captured an Iraqi police colonel and eight other officers on Monday after they ran out of ammunition during a skirmish in the battle for western Mosul, an Iraqi Interior Ministry official said.

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Over 30 dead as gunmen dressed as doctors raid Kabul hospital

Gunmen dressed as doctors stormed Afghanistan’s largest military hospital Wednesday, killing more than 30 people in a six-hour attack claimed by the Islamic State group as it makes inroads into the war-battered country. Around 50 others were wounded in the assault on the Sardar Daud Khan hospital, with explosions and gunfire rattling Kabul’s diplomatic district as…

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Militant groups regrouping in Afghanistan

By Roohan Ahmed KARACHI: Militant organizations, who fled the Zarb-e-Azb military offensive in Pakistan, are regrouping in Afghanistan, Samaa has learnt.   Sources said leaders of at least five militant organizations met in Afghanistan’s Ghazni province last year in November. “Representatives of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi Al- Almi (an offshoot of LeJ with ties to both al-Qaeda and…

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Huge Baghdad car bomb kills at least 52: officials

A massive car bomb ripped through a used car market in the south of Iraq’s capital Thursday, killing more than 50 people in the deadliest such attack this year, security officials said. The Amaq propaganda agency linked to the Islamic State jihadist group (IS), which has claimed nearly all such attacks recently, reported the blast…

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U.S.-backed Syrian alliance says gets more U.S. support since Trump took office

The U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State has supplied its Syrian allies with armored vehicles for the first time, expanding support since U.S. President Donald Trump came to office, a spokesman for the Syrian groups told Reuters on Tuesday. The armored vehicles and troop carriers had arrived four or five days ago, said Talal Silo, spokesman…

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Trump planning stronger US effort against Islamic State

US President Donald Trump is expected to order up a new plan for defeating the Islamic State group with expanded US military involvement as he makes his first visit to the Pentagon Friday. Trump, who pledged to eradicate the extremist group during the presidential campaign, is reportedly preparing to direct new Defense Secretary James Mattis…

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Iraqi forces battle IS militants inside Mosul university complex

MOSUL: Iraqi special forces battled Islamic State militants inside the Mosul University campus on Saturday in a second day of fierce clashes in the complex. “There are still clashes. We entered the university and cleared the technical institute, dentistry and antiquities departments,” Lieutenant General Abdelwahab al-Saadi of the  Counter Terrorism Service (CTS) told a Reuters…

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Istanbul attacker ‘fought for IS in Syria’

Istanbul: The gunman who killed 39 people at an Istanbul nightclub had fought in Syria for Islamic State jihadists, a report said on Tuesday, as Turkish authorities intensified their hunt for the attacker. Police released pictures of the suspect who went on the rampage at the plush Reina nightclub on New Year’s night, spraying some…

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IS claims responsibility for Istanbul nightclub attack

BEIRUT: The Islamic State group on Monday claimed responsibility for an attack on a nightclub in the Turkish city of Istanbul that killed 39 people on New Year’s Eve. In a statement circulated on social media, the jihadist group said one of the “soldiers of the caliphate” had carried out the attack on the Reina…

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Frightened civilians flee as Iraq forces battle IS in Mosul

MOSUL: Frightened Iraqi civilians hurry down a muddy street in Mosul as gunshots echo through the neighbourhood and a helicopter wheels overhead, firing a barrage of bullets towards militants below. Others choose to stay, hanging white flags from their homes and periodically peering out as Iraqi forces battle the Islamic State group for control of…

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Assad, allies aim to seize all Aleppo before Trump takes power: official

BEIRUT: Syria and its allies aim to drive rebels from Aleppo before Donald Trump takes office as U.S. President, a senior official in the pro-Damascus military alliance said, as pro-government forces surged to their biggest victories in the city for years.

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SYRIA: THE RE EMERGENCE OF RUSSIA

By: Hasan Abidi The Syrian conflict has been nothing short of a catastrophe. With over half a million dead, countless injured and over ten million displaced both internally and externally, the war in Syria is a blot on the face of the civilized humanity. It has been estimated that one in ten Syrians has either been…

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Survivors recount scene at Shah Noorani shrine

Khuzdar District: Survivors of a massive bomb attack on Shah Noorani shrine in Balochistan that killed dozens spoke of their horror Sunday after families were ripped apart in the attack. The blast, later confirmed to be the work of a teenage suicide bomber, hit worshippers as they were dancing and chanting at the shrine of…

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Turkey puts 36 jihadist suspects on trial over 2015 Ankara bombing

ANKARA: Turkey on Monday put 36 suspects on trial over a double suicide bombing last year blamed on Islamic State jihadists that killed over 100 people in the country’s deadliest attack. The bombing on October 10, 2015 outside Ankara’s main train station targeted mainly young people attending a peace rally of pro-Kurdish activists that was…

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IS leader confident in victory, gives first message about Mosul battle

CAIRO/BAGHDAD: Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi expressed confidence in victory, in his first message after U.S.-backed Iraqi forces started an offensive to take back Mosul, the last major city under control of his group in Iraq. He also called on Islamic State fighters to invade Turkey. “This raging battle and total war, and the…

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IS militants abduct, kill 30 in Afghanistan: officials

KABUL: Militants linked to Islamic State jihadists abducted and killed around 30 civilians, including children, in central Afghanistan, officials said Wednesday, raising concerns about the group’s expanding presence beyond its eastern stronghold. The killings occurred late Tuesday north of Firoz Koh, the capital of Ghor province, with the local government calling it a revenge attack…

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Gunmen kill Pakistani security official, IS claims attack

PESHAWAR: Two gunmen on a motorcycle shot dead an intelligence officer in northwest Pakistan on Monday, police said, in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group. Akbar Ali, an intelligence sub-inspector, was on his way to work and waiting at a bus stop near his home in Charsadda district when the gunmen opened fire,…

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Islamic State attacks Kirkuk as Iraqi forces push on Mosul

BAGHDAD: Islamic State launched a major counter-attack on the city of Kirkuk on Friday as Iraqi and Kurdish forces pursued operations to seize territory around Mosul in preparation for an offensive on the jihadists’ last major stronghold in Iraq. Islamic State’s assault on Kirkuk, which lies in an oil- producing region, killed 18 members of…

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Turkey bombs Syrian Kurdish militia allied to US-backed force

ISTANBUL/BEIRUT: Turkish air strikes pounded a group of Kurdish fighters allied to a U.S.-backed militia in northern Syria overnight, highlighting the conflicting agendas of NATO members Ankara and Washington in an increasingly complex battlefield.

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Major Russian naval deployment to intensify Aleppo assault

BRUSSELS: Russian warships off the coast of Norway are carrying fighter bombers that are likely to reinforce a final assault on the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo in two weeks, a senior NATO diplomat said on Wednesday, citing Western intelligence.

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