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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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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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Fresh air strikes on east Syria’s last Islamic State pocket kill 25 civilians

BEIRUT: Air strikes on the last pocket of Islamic State jihadists in eastern Syria have killed at least 25 civilians, including seven children, a monitor said on Monday. The strikes were conducted on Sunday on and around the village of Al-Shaafah, north of the former IS bastion of Albu Kamal near the border with Iraq,…

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Ambulance bomb attack in Kabul kills at least 40, wounds 110: officials

KABUL: An ambulance packed with explosives blew up in a crowded area of Kabul on Saturday, killing at least 40 people and wounding 140 others, officials said, in an attack claimed by the Taliban. An ambulance packed with explosives blew up in a crowded area of Kabul on Saturday, killing at least 17 people and…

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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’s 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’s 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’s 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 “as long as they want to fight,” 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’s army and its allies, spearheaded by Lebanon’s Hezbollah, captured Islamic State’s last stronghold in Syria on Wednesday, a commander in the alliance said, bringing the self-declared caliphate close to complete downfall, reported Reuters. “The last stronghold of Daesh (Islamic State), Albu Kamal, is free of the Daesh organization,” said the commander in the…

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

BEIRUT: Islamic State’s 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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