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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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‘You think I will survive?’ Hospital overflows after Mastung blast

Survivors of a suicide blast which killed 128 people as it ripped through a crowded election rally described scenes of panic and horror Saturday, as hospitals struggled to cope with scores of wounded. The attack in Mastung on Friday, claimed by the Islamic State group, was one of the deadliest in Pakistan’s history. More than…

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Briton who plotted to kill Prince George jailed for life

A British supporter of Islamic State who admitted to planning an attack on Prince George was on Friday jailed for life. Husnain Rashid, of Nelson, in the northern English county of Lancashire, will spend a minimum of 25 years behind bars. He dramatically changed his plea during trial and admitted a string of terror offences…

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Iraq PM orders ‘immediate’ execution of death row jihadists

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Thursday ordered the immediate execution of hundreds of convicted jihadists on death row, in swift retaliation for the Islamic State’s execution of eight captives. Abadi, who has faced charges of failing to respond in force to IS, ordered “the immediate punishment of terrorists condemned to death whose sentences have…

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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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Blast in eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar kills 10: official

An explosion outside the governor’s office in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar killed 10 people on Sunday and wounded 30, a security official said. No one immediately claimed responsibility. A car bomb killed 36 people in Nangarhar on Saturday, an attack claimed by Islamic State. The Afghan Taliban separately ruled out an extension to…

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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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Islamic State claims suicide bombing outside ministry in Kabul

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing at the entrance of Afghanistan’s rural development ministry, the group’s AMAQ news agency said Monday. The attack killed 12 people and wounded more than 12 others including women and children, a health ministry spokesman said. The group did not provide evidence for its claim. Reuters

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Kamila Shamsie wins UK’s most prominent literary award

Kamila Shamsie won the international Women’s Prize for Fiction for her 2017 book Home Fire. The award holds a £30,000 prize. According to The Guardian, the judges described her book as “the story of our times”. It tells the story of a British Muslim family’s connection to the Islamic State. *Drumroll please* We’re thrilled to…

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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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Iraqis start voting in first election since defeating Islamic State

Iraqis began voting in the first parliamentary election on Saturday since defeating Islamic State, but few people expect its new leaders to deliver the stability and economic prosperity that have long been promised. Voting stations opened in Baghdad and other cities, Reuters reporters said. The oil producer has struggled to find a formula for stability…

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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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Iraq readies for first election since end of IS war

Iraq is gearing up for key parliamentary elections on Saturday, some five months after declaring victory over the Islamic State group, with the dominant Shia split, the Kurds in disarray and Sunnis sidelined. A lull in violence ahead of the fourth such nationwide vote since Saddam Hussein was toppled in 2003 has spurred some hope…

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‘Islamic State’ beheads three brothers in Afghanistan: official

JALALABAD: Militants from ‘Islamic State’ have beheaded three brothers, all working in the medical profession, in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Nangarhar, an official said on Monday. Attaullah Khogyani, spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar, the main stronghold of Islamic State in Afghanistan, said the brothers were killed in Chaparhar district on Saturday night. The eldest…

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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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US confirms top IS commander in Afghanistan killed in airstrike

Kabul: US Forces confirmed Monday they had killed a top Islamic State commander in Afghanistan in an airstrike, describing the leader as “key” to foreign fighters entering the country’s north. Qari Hikmatullah — also spelled Hekmat — and his bodyguard were killed in the northern province of Faryab on Thursday, US Forces-Afghanistan said in a…

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Top ‘Islamic State’ commander in Afghanistan killed in airstrike: officials

KABUL: A high-ranking Islamic State commander in Afghanistan has been killed in an airstrike, officials said Saturday, as Afghan and US forces dial up attacks on the militant group. Qari Hekmat was the top commander of IS’s Afghan franchise in the northern province of Jowzjan, where the group established a stronghold after coming under intense…

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Christian family demands justice after four killed in Quetta

By Zainuddin QUETTA: Family of four Christians, who were gunned down in a militant attack in Quetta, has called for justice. “The killers should be apprehended and made to suffer the same fate,” said Shama Perveen who lost her husband and two brothers in the terrorist assault on Monday evening. Pervez Maseeh’s widow, Shama Parveen,…

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Trump says US withdrawing from Syria ‘very soon’

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump insisted Thursday that US forces would pull out of Syria “very soon” and lamented what he said was Washington’s waste of $7 trillion in Middle East wars. In a populist address to industrial workers in Ohio, Trump said US forces were close to securing all of the territory that the…

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Fought America’s war in the name of jihad: Asif

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif said that Pakistan fought America’s war in the name of jihad. He was speaking in the National Assembly on Friday. He said millions of people lost their lives in America’s war for supremacy. “We will not become proxy of the United States,” he said. He added that Pakistan will…

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