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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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Medical college rusticates two sisters for alleged Daesh links

PESHAWAR: Two sisters who were rusticated by Pakistan International Medical College for their alleged links with global terrorist outfit Daesh, have challenged their expulsion in a local court. In their writ petition filed on Tuesday, the two sisters contended that they were expelled from the college for their religious background. “We were left in the…

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IS attack kills 32 at Syria refugee camp

At least 32 people were killed on Tuesday in an Islamic State group attack near a refugee camp on the Syrian side of the border with Iraq, a monitor said.  The attack came as the Kurdish-Arab alliance known as the Syrian Democratic Forces presses an offensive against IS in the town of Tabqa as part…

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15 Indians killed in ‘Mother Of All Bombs’ dropped in Afghanistan

Nangarhar: According to sources, 15 Indian nationals have been killed in the Mother Of All Bombs which was dropped in Afghanistan to target Islamic State fighters a couple of days go.  The largest non-nuclear bomb dropped in Nangahar province of Afghanistan by the USA killed as many as 90 Islamic State fighters, according to certain…

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Noreen Laghari says she was going to be used as suicide bomber

ISLAMABAD: In a video confession played by DG ISPR Maj. Gen. Asif Ghafoor, suspected female militant Noreen Laghari disclosed that she was to be used as a suicide bomber by Daesh. Ina  video confession played during a press briefing conducted by DG ISPR Maj. Gen. Asif Ghafoor, Noreen Laghari made it plain that she left…

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‘Right time’ to use huge bomb in Afghanistan: US general

ACHIN, AFGHANISTAN/KABUL: The top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan said on Friday that the decision to deploy one of the largest conventional bombs ever used in combat was purely tactical, and made as part of the campaign against Islamic State-linked fighters.

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Huge US bomb kills dozens of IS militants in Afghanistan

JALALABAD: The US military’s largest non-nuclear bomb killed dozens of Islamic State militants as it smashed their mountain hideouts, Afghan officials said Friday, ruling out any civilian casualties despite the weapon’s destructive power. The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb — dubbed the “Mother Of All Bombs” — was unleashed in combat for the first…

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Egypt says second church bomber identified after Sisi pledge

CAIRO: The authorities in Egypt said on Thursday they had identified the second of two jihadist bombers who targeted Coptic Christian Palm Sunday services last week.

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Iraqi state-run TV says Islamic State’s s second-in-commnand has been killed

BAGHDAD: Ayad al-Jumaili, the man believed to be the deputy of Islamic State’s leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has been killed, Iraqi State TV said on Saturday, citing Iraq’s military intelligence. The TV announced Jumaili’s killing in an on-screen news flash, giving no further details.   – REUTERS

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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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