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Twin suicide bombing kills at least 26 in Baghdad

BAGHDAD: A double suicide bombing killed 26 people in Baghdad on Monday, officials said, the second such attack in the Iraqi capital in three days. Dr Abdel Ghani al-Saadi, health chief for east Baghdad, reported “26 dead and 90 wounded”. “Two suicide bombers blew themselves up in Tayyaran Square in central Baghdad,” said General Saad…

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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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Blast at funeral in eastern Afghanistan kills six: official

JALALABAD, Afghanistan: An explosion at a funeral in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad on Sunday killed six people and wounded 15, the governor‚Äôs spokesman said, reported Reuters. Attaullah Khogyani, spokesman for the provincial governor, said the blast hit people gathered for the funeral of a former district governor. There was no immediate claim of…

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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 blaming Pakistan for failures in Afghanistan: Janjua

ISLAMABAD: National Security Adviser¬†(NSA) Nasir Janjua has said that United States is blaming Pakistan for its failures in Afghanistan, Samaa reported. He made the statement while addressing a seminar here on Monday. Janjua said that Pakistan paid a heavy price in the war against terrorism. He once again added that the international community has recognized…

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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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Iraq accused of violating due process for Islamic State suspects

BAGHDAD: Iraqi federal and Kurdish regional judiciaries are violating the rights of Islamic State suspects with flawed trials, arbitrary detentions under harsh conditions, and broad prosecutions, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday, reported Reuters. As the Sunni militant group‚Äôs self-proclaimed caliphate crumbles following defeats in Iraq and Syria, thousands suspected of joining it have been…

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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‚Äôs 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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Turkey’s artists stick to their ways to surmount hard times

ISTANBUL: A mute Syrian boy, using just body movements, gives a harrowing description of life under the Islamic State group in Syria. A crowd gathers of passionate anti-establishment protesters. And a galaxy of white ceramic CCTV cameras keeps a Big Brother-like watch over a city. These are just some of the images from this season’s…

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U.S. to fight Islamic State in Syria ‘as long as they want to fight’: Mattis

WASHINGTON: The U.S. military will fight Islamic State in Syria ‚Äúas long as they want to fight,‚ÄĚ Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Monday, describing a longer-term role for U.S. troops long after the insurgents lose all of the territory they control, reported Reuters. As U.S.-backed and Russian-backed forces battle to retake the remaining pockets…

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Police foil attempt to organize Islamic State in Karachi

Police foiled a bid to organize international terrorist organization Islamic State in Karachi. The law enforcement agencies stated that three arrested terrorists revealed in investigation that they were recruiting youngsters for the terror outfit and were giving them training to fire weapons.

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Syrian army, allies, take last IS stronghold in Syria: commander

BEIRUT: Syria‚Äôs army and its allies, spearheaded by Lebanon‚Äôs Hezbollah, captured Islamic State‚Äôs last stronghold in Syria on Wednesday, a commander in the alliance said, bringing the self-declared caliphate close to complete downfall, reported Reuters. ‚ÄúThe last stronghold of Daesh (Islamic State), Albu Kamal, is free of the Daesh organization,‚ÄĚ said the commander in the…

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Islamic State on verge of defeat after fresh losses in Syria, Iraq

BEIRUT: Islamic State‚Äôs self-proclaimed caliphate was on the verge of final defeat on Friday, with Syrian government forces capturing its last major city on one side of the border and Iraqi forces taking its last substantial town on the other. The losses on either side of the frontier appear to reduce the caliphate that once…

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New York attacker was ‘soldier’ of IS, Islamic State says

NEW YORK: The attacker who killed eight people in a truck rampage in New York on Tuesday was a “soldier” of the Islamic State group, the outfit said Thursday, according to a US-based monitoring group. “One of the soldiers of the Islamic State attacked a number of crusaders on a street in New York City,”…

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Philippine military kills escaping Islamist militant in Marawi

MANILA: Philippine troops on Tuesday killed a pro-Islamic State gunman in the southern city of Marawi, a military official said, eight days after the government declared the end of hostilities, reported Reuters. Soldiers have focused on securing Marawi against surviving militant fighters since ending five months of operations against Islamic State-inspired militants who seized control…

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Iraqi government launches military operation to recapture towns

NEWS DESK: The Iraqi government launched an offensive early on Thursday to recapture from Islamic State the western Iraqi towns of Rawa and al-Qaim close to the Syrian border, al-Arabiya television reported. According to al-Arabiya the offensive was launched from three sides and both the international coalition and the Sunni tribes were assisting the joint…

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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 ‚Äúgo home‚ÄĚ, after a rare joint meeting with the leaders of Iraq and Saudi Arabia, reported Reuters. The United States is concerned that Iran, a Shi‚Äėite regional power,…

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Islamic State not operating in Pakistan: Sarfraz Bugti

QUETTA: Home Minister of Balochistan Sarfraz Bugti claimed that Islamic State is not operating in Pakistan, Samaa reported. Speaking to media on Wednesday, Bugti stated that Pakistan is on the front line of terrorism and the country will fight the war till the last terrorist reaches its end. He added that Police and Frontier Corps…

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Mogadishu truck bomb: 500 casualties in Somalia’s worst terrorist attack

NEWS DESK:¬†At least 500 people are believed to have been killed or seriously injured in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, in one of the most lethal terrorist acts anywhere in the world for many years, reported The Guardian. The death toll from Saturday‚Äôs attack, which involved a truck packed with several hundred kilograms of military-grade…

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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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How a businessman struck a deal with Islamic State to help Assad feed Syrians

RAQQA/DUBAI: While Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was accusing the West of turning a blind eye to Islamic State smuggling, a member of his parliament was quietly doing business with the group, farmers and administrators in the militants‚Äô former stronghold said, reported Reuters. The arrangement helped the Syrian government to feed areas still under its control…

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