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LeJ disguised as Daesh 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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Go home, Tillerson tells Iranian-backed militias in Iraq who helped defeat ISIS

RIYADH/DOHA: U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Sunday it was time for Iranian-backed militias and their Iranian advisers who helped Iraq defeat Islamic State to “go home”, after a rare joint meeting with the leaders of Iraq and Saudi Arabia, reported Reuters. The United States is concerned that Iran, a Shi‘ite regional power,…

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Philippines city ‘freed’ from militants

NEWS DESK: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has declared the city of Marawi “liberated” from militants, even as fighting continues, reported BBC. The army said it was battling up to 30 militants left in the city, who were holding about 20 hostages. Marawi has been partly held by fighters linked to so-called Islamic State (IS) since…

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Some IS foreign fighters have left Raqa under deal: local official

NEWS DESK: Some foreign Islamic State group fighters have left the one-time jihadist bastion of Raqa in Syria under a deal as the city’s capture nears, a local official said Sunday, reported AFP. “A portion of the foreigners have left,” said Omar Alloush, a senior member of the Raqa Civil Council, when asked about a…

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Isis among terrorist groups using slaves to recruit rapists and domestic abusers

NEWS DESK: Terrorists are using slaves to generate funding and attract recruits including domestic abusers and rapists, research has found, reported The Independent. A report published by think-tank the Henry Jackson Society (HJS) warned that modern slavery and sexual violence was fuelling Isis and other groups operating across Africa and the Middle East. Nikita Malik,…

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At least 100 European Isis fighters ‘to be prosecuted in Iraq’

NEWS DESK: At least 100 European Isis fighters will be prosecuted in Iraq, with most facing the death penalty, the country’s ambassador to Belgium has reportedly said, reported The Independent. Jawad al-Chlaihawi said Belgians were among those detained, along with jihadists from Russia, Chechnya and Central Asia. Fighters from around the world joined Isis’s call to…

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Watch: Flags of Da’ish hoisted in Islamabad streets

NEWS DESK: Flags and banners of terror outfit Da’ish were hoisted in the streets of Islamabad, bearing inscriptions that read ‘Khilafat is coming’. Watch here:

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Iraq starts offensive to take back Tal Afar from Islamic State

ERBIL: Iraqi security forces launched on Sunday an offensive to take back the city of Tal Afar, their next objective in the campaign to defeat Islamic State militants, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said, reported Reuters. “You either surrender, or die,” Abadi said in a televised speech announcing the offensive, addressing the militants. A longtime stronghold…

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Hundreds of ISIS corpses lying in freezers, no country wants to receive them

MISRATA: Seven months after Libyan forces defeated ISIS in the coastal city of Sirte, hundreds of bodies of foreign terrorists still lie stored in freezers as authorities negotiate with other governments to decide what to do with them, local officials say. Reuters reported the corpses have been shipped to Misrata, a city further to the…

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Baghdadi alive and located south of Raqqa, says top Kurdish counter-terrorism official

SULAIMANIA: The top Kurdish counter-terrorism official said on Monday he was 99% sure that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi was alive and located south of the Syrian city of Raqqa, after speculation that he had been killed, reported Reuters. Lahur Talabany also told Reuters that after defeat Islamic State would wage an insurgency and…

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Chilling footage of ISIS woman detonating herself and baby emerges

NEWS DESK: Chilling footage has emerged of an ISIS suicide bomber cradling a baby in her arms seconds before she blows herself and the child up, reported The Independent. Initially, it appeared the woman was fleeing the Iraqi city of Mosul, which has now fallen from ISIS control, with her child. But the video shows…

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