extremism

Taliban Attacks Threaten Disputed Afghan District Centre

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan, July 20 – Afghan security forces backed by U.S. air strikes have beaten back Taliban attacks on a vulnerable southern district, government officials said on Wednesday, after a relative lull in fighting over the month of Ramadan. In recent days, Taliban forces launched attacks on the Sangin district centre, an outpost in

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Suspected Islamist Militants Kill Four in Attacks in Kazakhstan

By Mariya Gordeyeva and Olzhas Auyezov ALMATY, July 18 – Suspected Islamist militants killed at least three policemen and a civilian in Kazakhstan’s financial capital Almaty on Monday, security sources and witnesses said, and authorities said one gunman was still at large. The attackers targeted a district police station and an office of the KNB

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Suicide Bombers Hit Yemen Government’s Mukalla Port

By Mohammed Mukhashaf ADEN, July 18 – Suicide attackers set off car bombs at two military checkpoints outside the government-held port city of Mukalla in Yemen on Monday, killing at least five soldiers, security sources and medics said. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks near the capital of eastern Hadramout province on the

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Daesh Lost Quarter Of its Iraq, Syria Territory in 18 months

BEIRUT, July 10 – Daesh lost an area the size of Ireland – a quarter of its territory – to hostile forces in the last 18 months in Iraq and Syria and is likely to further step up attacks on civilians in coming months, IHS said in a report on Sunday. The territory controlled by

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Iran Says Saudis Back Terrorism After Senior Prince Attends Rebel Rally

DUBAI, July 10 – Iran on Sunday accused Saudi Arabia of backing terrorism after a senior Saudi prince, a former intelligence chief, addressed a Paris rally held by exiled Iranian rebels and told them he wanted the Iranian government to fall. Shi’ite Muslim power Iran and Saudi Arabia, bastion of Sunni Islam, are longstanding religious

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Bin Laden’s Son Threatens Revenge For Father’s Assassination

DUBAI, July 10 – The son of slain al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has threatened revenge against the United States for assassinating his father, according to an audio message posted online. Hamza bin Laden promised to continue the global militant group’s fight against the United States and its allies in the 21-minute speech entitled

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Dozens Killed Or Injured In Overnight Baghdad Bombings

BAGHDAD, July 3 – Several dozen people were killed or injured in two bombings that hit a shopping area and a popular market in Baghdad in the early hours of Sunday as they celebrated Ramadan, local TV channel al-Sumaria said. Daesh claimed responsibility for a suicide car bomb in the Karrada shopping area, in a

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Turkey Sees Possible Foreign Daesh Link In Istanbul Airport Attack

By Humeyra Pamuk and Daren Butler ISTANBUL, June 30 – At least one of three suspected Daesh suicide bombers who killed 42 people at Istanbul airport is thought to be a foreigner but investigators are struggling to identify them from their limited remains, officials said on Thursday. Police detained 13 people, three of them foreigners,

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Syria Rebels Battle Daesh at Iraqi Border, Aim to Cut “Caliphate” In Two

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi and Tom Perry AMMAN/BEIRUT, June 29 – Syrian rebels advanced into an Islamic State-held town at the border with Iraq on Wednesday, a rebel commander told Reuters, in a new U.S.-backed offensive aimed at cutting the jihadists’ self-declared caliphate in two. The operation aiming to capture the eastern Syrian town of Al-Bukamal,

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