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Terrorists of Daesh gaining foothold in Afghanistan

KABUL: Middle-class Afghans turned jihadists have assisted the Islamic State group’s expansion from its stronghold in Afghanistan’s restive east to Kabul, analysts say, helping to make the capital one of the deadliest places in the country. IS has claimed nearly 20 attacks across Kabul in 18 months, with cells including students, professors and shopkeepers evading…

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Turkey detains 20 suspected Islamic State members, including 15 foreigners: police

ISTANBUL: Turkish police have detained 20 people, including 15 foreign nationals, on suspicion of links to Islamic State during raids in Istanbul, tightening security ahead of the anniversary of a nightclub attack in which dozens were killed, reported Reuters. The raids by the anti-terrorist branch of the Istanbul police took place on Saturday and targeted…

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US-led air strikes kill 23 civilians in Syria: monitor

BEIRUT: Air strikes by a US-led coalition killed 23 civilians Wednesday in a village held by the Islamic State group in Syria’s eastern Deir Ezzor province, a monitor said. “At least 23 civilians, among them eight children and six women, were killed Wednesday before dawn by air strikes carried out by the US-led coalition, targeting…

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Fewer than 3,000 IS fighters left in Iraq, Syria: coalition

Baghdad:There are fewer than 3,000 Islamic State group fighters clinging on in the remnants of its self-styled caliphate in Iraq and Syria, the US-led coalition battling the jihadists said Tuesday. IS is currently fighting for survival in the handful of sparsely populated pockets of territory it still holds, a far cry from the vast swathes…

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Suicide bombers kill 11 in Iraq attack claimed by IS

BAGHDAD: Two suicide bombers blew themselves up at a market on Baghdad’s outskirts Monday, leaving 11 people dead, a security official said, in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group. “Five suicide bombers attacked a market and shops in the Nahrawan area” east of the Iraqi capital, a police captain told AFP. “The police…

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IS beheads 15 of its own fighters: Afghan official

JALALABAD, Afghanistan: Islamic State beheaded 15 of its own fighters due to infighting in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Nangarhar, officials said, while a separate suicide attack on Thursday tore into a crowd in the provincial capital, Jalalabad, killing at least eight. The two incidents underline the insecurity and lawlessness across Afghanistan, where thousands of civilians have…

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Hundreds of suspected Islamic State militants surrender in Iraq: source

  Hundreds of suspected Islamic State militants surrendered last week to Kurdish authorities after the jihadist group was driven out of its last stronghold in northern Iraq, a Kurdish security official said on Tuesday. The suspects were part of a group of men who fled toward Kurdish-held lines when Iraqi government forces captured the Islamic…

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Syrian army seizes oilfield from Islamic State in east: state TV

DAMASCUS: The Syrian army and its allies recaptured an oilfield from Islamic State near the eastern city of Deir al-Zor on Saturday in further advances against the militants, state TV reported. Government forces also seized part of a main highway running from Deir al-Zor down to the city of al-Mayadeen, to which many Islamic State…

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IS claims Brussels knife attack on soldiers

BRUSSELS: Islamic State jihadists on Saturday claimed the knife attack against patrolling soldiers a day before in Brussels, an assault that came just hours before a sword-wielding assailant wounded police outside London’s Buckingham Palace.

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Muslims fear anti-Islam backlash in Spain

Barcelona: Prayer time is approaching but Raja Miah, an imam at a tiny mosque in the heart of Barcelona does not expect a big turnout. Since the twin attacks in Barcelona and the nearby seaside resort of Cambrils claimed by the Islamic State group, the Muslim community in central Barcelona’s neighbourhood of Raval fears an…

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Islamic State threat remains despite military blows: UN report

UNITED NATIONS: The Islamic State group continues to “motivate and enable” global attacks and funnel funds to supporters despite military blows to its so-called Caliphate in Syria and Iraq, according to a UN report Thursday. The 24-page text, prepared by a panel of experts for the Security Council, noted that remittances sent abroad — often…

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Iraqi forces push to clear last pockets of IS in Mosul

Iraqi forces fought to eliminate the last pockets of Islamic State group resistance in Mosul on Monday after the premier visited the devastated city to congratulate troops on securing victory. With the jihadists surrounded in a sliver of territory in Mosul’s Old City, attention was turning to the huge task of rebuilding the city and…

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Video: Female sniper laughs after almost getting her head blown off

RAQQA: A female Kurdish sniper’s brush with death is going viral over the internet as the woman can be seen laughing and chatting away after a bullet misses her head narrowly.  This video is from the city of Raqqa, where the YPJ and Iraqi forces backed by the United States, are embroiled in conflict with…

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If Baghdadi is dead, next IS leader likely to be Saddam-era officer

BAGHDAD: If Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is confirmed dead, he is likely to be succeeded by one of his top two lieutenants, both of whom were Iraqi army officers under late dictator Saddam Hussein. Experts on Islamist groups see no clear successor but regard Iyad al-Obaidi and Ayad al-Jumaili as the leading contenders,…

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Iran turns wrath on US, Saudi as attacks dead mourned

Tehran hit out at Washington and Riyadh as tens of thousands attended the funerals Friday for those slain in the first attacks in Iran claimed by the Islamic State group. The intelligence ministry, meanwhile, said Friday that 41 people suspected of being “agents of Daesh (IS)” had been arrested in the aftermath of Wednesday’s attacks….

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Islamic State threatens attacks in Saudi Arabia

RIYADH: Islamic State (IS) threatened attacks in Saudi Arabia after the militant group claimed responsibility for assaults in Tehran that killed at least 17 people, Site Intelligence monitoring group reported on Friday. Suicide bombers and gunmen attacked the Iranian parliament and Ayatollah Khomeini’s mausoleum in Tehran on Wednesday. Scores of people were also wounded. IS…

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IS says it killed two Chinese teachers kidnapped in Pakistan

CAIRO/QUETTA: Islamic State has killed two Chinese teachers it kidnapped in Pakistan’s southwestern Baluchistan province last month, the militant group’s Amaq news agency said on Thursday, in a blow to Islamabad’s efforts to safeguard Chinese workers. Armed men pretending to be policemen kidnapped the two language teachers in the provincial capital, Quetta, on May 24….

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Ariana Grande returns to US following Manchester bombing

Ariana Grande returned to the United States on Tuesday, one day after a suicide bomber killed 22 people at the singer’s concert in Manchester, England, as questions lingered over whether she would continue her European tour.

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ISIS claims responsibility for Manchester Arena terror attack

LONDON: Global terror outfit Islamic State (IS) also known as ISIS and Daesh and  have claimed responsibility for the Manchester Arena terror attack which left 22 people, including children’ killed yesterday. Daesh on its Amaq news agency claimed the Manchester concert bombing, says it was a planted device. Twenty-two people, including children, were killed and…

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IS kills more than 50 people in Syrian villages

BEIRUT: The Islamic State group killed more than 50 people in an attack on two government-held villages in central Syria’s Hama province on Thursday, a monitor said. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the attack on the villages of Aqareb and Al-Mabujeh killed at least 15 civilians and 27 pro-government fighters. It said…

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Daesh ‘on brink of defeat’ in Iraq

BAGHDAD:  Iraqi forces have recaptured nearly 90 percent of west Mosul from the Islamic State group and jihadists in the city are on the “brink of total defeat,” military spokesmen said Tuesday. Iraqi forces launched the massive operation to retake Mosul from IS nearly seven months ago, fighting their way to the jihadist-held city, retaking…

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