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15 Afghan Taliban killed in attack by suspected ISIS rivals: officials

Suspected Islamic State militants attacked Taliban fighters attending a funeral in northern Afghanistan on Tuesday and killed at least 15 in the latest violence between the rival groups, officials said. Another five Taliban were wounded in the attack on a house in Sayad district in Sari Pul province, the provincial police chief Abdul Qayum Baqizoi…

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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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Food is what Mastung blast survivors need the most right now

At least 129 people, including Balochistan Awami Party leader Siraj Raisani, were killed and over 200 were injured in a suicide attack in Mastung on Friday. Following the blast, the injured were brought to Civil Hospital Quetta, Bolan Medical Centre and CMH Quetta. Those who were slightly injured were discharged after giving first-aid. However, there…

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Suicide bomber kills ten in Afghan city of Jalalabad: official

A suicide bomber blew himself up in the Afghan city of Jalalabad on Tuesday, killing at least 10 people, government officials said. Inamullah Miakhel, spokesperson for the provincial health department in the eastern city, confirmed the death of 10 people and said four wounded people were taken to hospital. The attacker detonated his explosives near…

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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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Iraq condemns strikes targeting forces fighting Islamic State

Iraq on Tuesday condemned air strikes targeting forces fighting Islamic State in Iraq or Syria after Syrian state media said that US-led coalition aircraft had bombed a Syrian army position near the Iraqi border, causing deaths and injuries. In a statement, Iraq’s Foreign Ministry said that it “expresses rejection and condemnation of any air operations…

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Islamic State claims Afghanistan Eid car bomb that killed 26

A car bomb killed at least 26 people at a gathering of Taliban and Afghan armed forces in the eastern city of Nangarhar on Saturday, an official said, as soldiers and militants celebrated an unprecedented Eid ceasefire. Islamic State claimed responsibility. The group’s Amaq news agency said the target was “a gathering of Afghan forces”…

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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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Iraq used Baghdadi aide’s phone to capture Islamic State commanders

Iraqi agents are holding a top aide to Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and used an app on his mobile phone to lure four commanders from the group into a trap, a security advisor to the Iraqi government said on Thursday. Ismail al-Eithawi, who also uses the alias Abu Zaid al-Iraqi, was captured in…

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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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Who is benefiting from Syria situation?

The United States, Britain and France have carried out a wave of strikes against Syria’s regime in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack on April 7. Watch this report on how the key players are driving benefit from the chaos…

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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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Syria forces ready for assault on rebel enclave

Syrian forces readied Sunday for a ground offensive against the rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta outside Damascus, a monitor said, as residents of the capital braced for retaliatory shelling. President Bashar al-Assad has in recent days been sending reinforcements from across the country to the edge of Eastern Ghouta, besieged by regime troops since 2013….

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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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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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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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Minutes after being injured in ISIS attack, this reporter read news on TV

NEWS DESK: An Afghan journalist stunned viewers by appearing on television to present the news, moments after an attack by ISIL fighters at his station’s premises in Kabul came to an end, reported alJazeera. Defiant Parwiz Sapy appeared calm and collected on Shamshad TV as he announced to viewers on Tuesday: “The attack has ended.”…

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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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Turkey arrests alleged IS members ahead of national holiday

Ankara:Turkey arrested over 50 alleged members of the Islamic State group on Saturday, some of whom were suspected of planning an attack on Turkey’s national holiday on Sunday, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported. Most of the arrests were made in the capital Ankara, where 49 suspects were picked up a day before celebrations across…

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ISIS kills 128 Syrian civilians in ‘revenge’ surprise counter attack

NEWS DESK: ISIS has killed at least 128 people in a Syrian town deep inside regime-held territory, a human rights monitor has said, reported The Independent. Government forces managed to retake Al-Qaryatayn over the weekend, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) confirmed on Monday. Rumours of execution-style killings of captured soldiers or civilians suspected…

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