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At least 37 dead in car bombings at Benghazi mosque

Benghazi : At least 37 people died and scores were wounded after two car bombings outside a mosque frequented by jihadist opponents in Libya’s second city Benghazi, medical officials said Wednesday.  The attack after evening prayers on Tuesday underlined the continued chaos in Libya, which has been wracked by violence and divisions since dictator Moamer…

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Two customs officers killed in Mali ‘jihadist’ attack

Bamako:Two Malian customs officers have been killed in a suspected jihadist attack at a market in the small village of Toubakoro, security sources told AFP on Wednesday. “Two customs officers were killed, a terrorist too,” according to one source. The attackers arrived in Toubakoro, some 200 kilometres (125 miles) north of the capital Bamako, on…

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Romania to expel Pakistani over ‘jihadist propaganda’

A Pakistani national in Romania has been declared persona non grata for allegedly spreading “jihadist propaganda” in online forums and will be expelled from the country, authorities said Wednesday. The suspect, who entered the European Union country illegally in late 2015, is “in police custody and proceedings are under way to send him back (to…

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IS frees hundreds of ‘human shields’ in Syria

DAMASCUS: Islamic State group jihadists have released hundreds of civilians used as human shields while fleeing a crumbling stronghold in northern Syria, but the fate of others remained unknown Saturday. The last remaining IS fighters abandoned Manbij near the Turkish border on Friday after a rout that the Pentagon said showed the extremists were “on…

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At least 20 mosques shut down in France since December

PARIS: French authorities have shut down around 20 mosques and prayer halls considered to be preaching radical Islam since December, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said on Monday. “There is no place … in France for those who call for and incite hatred in prayer halls or in mosques, and who don’t respect certain republican principles,…

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Bangladeshi rich kids who grew up to be jihadists

DHAKA: Well-educated and hailing from wealthy families, the gunmen who killed 20 hostages in a Bangladesh cafe defy the increasingly outdated stereotype of jihadists from poor backgrounds who have been radicalised in madrassas. Six young men were shot dead Saturday at the end of the all-night siege in a Dhaka cafe claimed by the Islamic…

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Egypt kills 60 gunmen in North Sinai: army

CAIRO: Egypt’s army killed 60 gunmen Friday in clashes in the Sinai Peninsula where it is battling a jihadist insurgency, an army spokesman said. Army “counterterrorism units backed by the air force” Friday “killed 60 terrorists, wounded another 40 and destroyed 27 four-wheel pick-up trucks south of Rafah and Sheikh Zayed” in North Sinai, the…

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At least 22 dead as gunmen seize more than 100 at Mali hotel

MALI: Suspected Islamist gunmen stormed a luxury hotel in Mali’s capital Friday, firing automatic weapons and seizing more than 100 guests and staff in a hostage-taking that has left at least 22 people dead. Special forces carried out a dramatic floor-by-floor rescue at the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako, according to local television and security…

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Hate can’t drive out hate, only love does that

A Muslim sociologist, Susan Carland, rising from Australia has come forward with a unique motive of donating a single dollar in charity as per hate tweet she receives. Strange but true indeed! Since the time she has pledged for the noble cause, she has been forced to donate more than thousand dollars. Wife of ‘Fairfax’…

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Jihadist chief killed as thousands march in Tunisia

Tunisia said Sunday it had killed the leader of the jihadists behind the massacre at its national museum, as foreign leaders joined thousands of Tunisians in a march against extremism. Chanting “Tunisia is free! Terrorism out!” the demonstrators marched in a sea of red Tunisian flags to the capital's Bardo Museum, where 21 foreign tourists…

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US-led strikes on IS after group seizes 220 Christians

BEIRUT: The US-led coalition carried out air strikes against the Islamic State group in northeastern Syria, where the militants have launched a new offensive and kidnapped 220 Assyrian Christians. The raids struck areas around the town of Tal Tamr in Hasakeh province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, without giving information on possible casualties….

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Kerry in Iraq in unannounced stop on anti-jihadist tour

BAGHDAD: US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Baghdad Wednesday for talks with Iraq's new premier, in an unannounced stop on a regional tour aimed at building support for an anti-jihadist campaign. Kerry was to meet Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi, whose newly minted government is fighting to push back against militants led by the…

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Jihadist 'caliph' demands obedience in first appearance

BAGHDAD: Self-proclaimed caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi made an unprecedented appearance in the Iraqi city of Mosul, which his forces helped capture last month, and ordered Muslims to obey him, according to a video posted online. That marks a significant change for the shadowy jihadist, whose Islamic State (IS) group led a lightning offensive that overran…

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