Daesh

U.S. Offers $25 Million Reward for Information on Daesh Leader

WASHINGTON, Dec 16 – The United States on Friday more than doubled its previous reward for information on Daesh leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, offering $25 million for information that would help locate, arrest or convict the head of the jihadist group. The U.S. State Department’s Rewards for Justice program previously offered $10 million for information

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12-year-Old Boy Tried to Blow Up Bomb at German Christmas Market

BERLIN, Dec 16 – A 12-year old German-Iraqi boy suspected of having links to extremist group Daesh tried to blow up a bomb at a Christmas market in the western town of Ludwigshafen, German magazine Focus reported on Friday, citing security and judicial sources. The boy, born in the same town in 2004, was “strongly radicalized”

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Hezbollah Media says Deal on Track to Let Rebels Leave Aleppo

AMMAN, Dec 15 – A military media unit run by Damascus’s ally Hezbollah said early on Thursday that overnight contacts succeeded in reviving a ceasefire that would lead to the evacuation of rebels from Aleppo “within hours”. “Intensive contacts between the responsible parties involved in the negotiations led to re-consolidating a ceasefire to exit armed

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Dozens of Afghans Deported from Germany Arrive in Kabul

By Mohammad Aziz KABUL, Dec 15  – A group of 38 Afghans arrived in Kabul from Germany on Thursday, the first to be deported under an agreement reached between the two countries this year, following the rejection of their applications for asylum. Thousands of Afghans joined asylum-seekers from the Middle East and elsewhere entering Europe

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U.S. May Target Weapons Seized by Daesh in Palmyra

By Phil Stewart and David Alexander WASHINGTON, Dec 15 – The head of U.S. forces fighting Daesh said on Wednesday the United States may target weapons seized by the group when it captured the Syrian city of Palmyra, adding the equipment posed a danger to the U.S.-led coalition in the region. Army Lieutenant General Stephen

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They Escaped Daesh, But Their Horror Hasn’t Ended

By Selam Gebrekidan SIRTE, Libya, Dec 14 – One mild morning in October, when the roar of fighter jets over Sirte had died down and the crackle of gunfire had paused, Minya Mesmer decided to break free. After 14 months as a slave in Libya, the 33-year-old Eritrean had to get away. She could no

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Daesh Made Weapons in Mosul up to Military Standards, Report Says

ERBIL, Iraq, Dec 14 – Daesh militants have been producing weapons on a scale and sophistication which matches national military forces and have standardised production across their self-styled caliphate, an arms monitoring group said on Wednesday. Conflict Armament Research (CAR) said the jihadist group had a “robust supply chain” of raw materials from Turkey, and

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Daesh Claims Cairo Cathedral Bombing

By Lin Noueihed and Ahmed Mohammed Hassan CAIRO, Dec 14 – Daesh claimed responsibility on Tuesday for a suicide bombing at Cairo’s main Coptic cathedral on Sunday that killed at least 25 people. The militant group said in a statement carried by its news agency Amaq that a suicide bomber whom it identified as Abu

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The Other Kurdish War

Historians battle to save the remnants of Kurdish culture BY  Tanya Goudsouzian and Lara Fatah When Mazhar Khaleghi was arrested by Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) in 1980, he says his only crime was being himself. A sitar player and singer of Kurdish folk songs, Khaleghi was something of a pop star among Kurds. He was

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Turkish Military Strikes Daesh Targets in Northern Syria

ANKARA, Dec 13  – Turkish warplanes pounded 28 Daesh targets in northern Syria while another 157 targets were hit by artillery and other weaponry in the latest attacks, the army said on Tuesday. The jets hit shelters, vehicles mounted with guns, ammunition depots and other targets in the strikes on Monday in the al-Bab and

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