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New Evidence Shows Deep Daesh Role in Bangladesh Massacre

By Paritosh Bansal and Serajul Quadir DHAKA, Dec 1 – Before Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury orchestrated Bangladesh’s worst militant attack, he sought and won approval for it from Daesh. A Canadian of Bangladeshi origin, he was told by his contact in the militant group, Abu Terek Mohammad Tajuddin Kausar, to target foreigners, according to a senior police

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Sunni Tribesmen Battling Daesh Demand Federalism in Iraq

By Michael Georgy SHAYYALAH AL-IMAM, Iraq, Nov 30 – As mortar bombs landed ever closer, Sunni tribal fighters preparing to attack Daesh seemed more preoccupied by the failures of Iraq’s political class than the militants trying to kill them. The men – and one woman – from the Lions of the Tigris unit gathered on Wednesday

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What Lies Beneath

Daesh’s underground tunnels derail the retake of Mosul By Suadad Al Salhy When Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi signaled the launch of the offensive to regain Mosul, the last and largest Iraqi city held by the terrorist militant group Daesh on October 16, Iraq’s military general involved in the operation were fairly optimistic. They did

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Gaza Risks Becoming Easy Launchpad for Daesh – Qatari Minister

By Tom Finn and William Maclean DOHA, Nov 27 – Palestinian infighting and years of an Israeli blockade could turn the impoverished Gaza Strip into an easy “launching pad” for Daesh recruiters, Qatar’s foreign minister says. The small gas-rich Gulf state is a major backer of Hamas, the armed movement which has maintained its control

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Libyan Forces Edge Forward Against Daesh Holdouts in Sirte

TRIPOLI, Nov 24 – Libyan forces resumed their advance on Thursday against Daesh militants holding out in a few streets in their former stronghold of Sirte, saying they had captured 25 houses and a stash of arms. Backed by U.S. air strikes, the Libyan brigades have reduced the area held by the jihadists to a

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Iraqi Christians Revisit Ghost Town Abandoned by Daesh

By Ulf Laessing BARTELLA, Iraq, Nov 24 – A damaged picture of Jesus and a CD from his daughter’s wedding were pretty much all Iraqi Christian Said Shaba found when he returned to the ransacked house he had to flee when Daesh arrived two and a half years ago. The militants stole a safe with

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Could Trump Save U.S. Mideast policy? Or Just Make It Worse?

By Peter Apps Nov 23 – As the U.S. election results trickled in in the early hours of Nov. 9, Syrian government forces began yet another assault on Aleppo – with humanitarian workers and medical centers again in the line of fire. When historians look back on the presidency of Barack Obama, they may well

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Civilian Victims of Mortar, Sniper Fire Pour into Mosul Clinic

By John Davison KOKJALI, Iraq, Nov 23 – Iraqi military medics rushed a man whose mouth had been blown apart by mortar shrapnel into their temporary field clinic on the eastern edges of Mosul. They bandaged the wound and gave him morphine as he gasped in pain, bleeding profusely onto a camp bed laid out

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EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Kurdish Intel Chief Lahur Talabani

Kurdish Intel chief: Without post-Daesh plan, history will repeat itself in Iraq and Syria By Tanya Goudsouzian Lahur Talabani’s journey to the forefront of the global war on terror began in the spring of 2002. It was a year after the 9/11 attacks had Americans questioning their intelligence failures in Afghanistan and the greater Middle East

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The Displaced

Mosul residents fleeing Daesh’s hell to cold Kurdish-controlled camps By Cathy Otten During the battle to retake Mosul from Daesh, Nujud Ali, 45, lay on the ground, wounded by a bullet that had just shot straight through her right shoulder and out of her back, knocking her over. The hail of bullets greeted her when she

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