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Bangladesh Arrests Four Islamist Militants

DHAKA, Nov 6 –  Bangladesh police on Sunday arrested four suspected Islamist militants, including two linked to the slaying of a Japanese man one year ago, in a raid on their hideout in an abandoned brick kiln. The Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) militants threw home-made bombs, wounding three police, before they were overpowered, according to

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Russia says Resumption of Syria Peace Talks Delayed Indefinitely

MOSCOW, Nov 1 – Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Tuesday a Western failure to rein in violent Islamists in Syria had indefinitely delayed the resumption of peace talks. Shoigu said that rebels backed by Western governments had been attacking civilians in the Syrian city of Aleppo, despite a pause in Russian and Syrian

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Pakistani Forces Kill Six in New Offensive Near Afghan Border

By Asad Hashim ISLAMABAD, Aug 22 – Pakistani security forces have killed six people in a remote northwestern valley near the Afghan border in a new offensive against Islamist militants in the area, the military said. All six of those killed in the offensive in the Khyber region were “terrorists”, the military said in a

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Security Forces Raid Daesh Hideout in Libya’s Sabratha

TRIPOLI, March 3 – Security forces in the western Libyan city of Sabratha said they had killed seven suspected Daesh fighters in a raid on a militant hideout on Wednesday. Local brigades have been battling militants in Sabratha since they briefly overran the city center last week and beheaded more than 10 brigade members. That followed a

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Jordan Foils Daesh Plot to Attack Civilian, Military Targets

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN, March 2 – Jordan’s security services said on Wednesday they had thwarted a plot by Daesh militants to blow up civilian and military targets, in one of the U.S. ally’s largest sweeps in years against hardline sleeper cells. The security services located the militants, who were carrying suicide belts, in a

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Is Daesh in Pakistan or Not? Confusion All Around

By Omar R Quraishi One would have thought that the answer to this important question would be clear cut— either it is there in Pakistan or it isn’t. However, if one was to go by recent statements of senior government officials, including the interior minister, then the answer becomes somewhat muddled. Of late, Daesh has

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In Syrian War, A Bigger Role for Russian Strategists

By Mariam Karouny BEIRUT, Feb 15 – While Russian fighter planes pound rebel positions on the battlefield in Syria, Russian military strategists are playing a far more subtle role in support of President Bashar Al Assad. Several sources—on both sides of the battle lines—have told Reuters in interviews conducted over the past two months that

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As Indonesia Hunts Down Daesh, Homegrown Jihadis Regroup

By Randy Fabi and Kanupriya Kapoor JAKARTA, Feb 15 – As Indonesian counter-terrorism forces hunt down supporters of Daesh following last month’s gun and suicide bomb attack in Jakarta, a quiet resurgence is unfolding of a homegrown radical network with a far deadlier track record here. That group is Jemaah Islamiyah (JI), whose network was

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To Protect Chinese Investment, Pakistan Army Leaves Little to Chance

By Syed Raza Hassan GWADAR, Pakistan, Feb 8 – A heavy police presence, guarded convoys, new checkpoints and troop reinforcements have turned parts of the southern port city of Gwadar into a fortress, as Pakistan’s powerful military seeks to protect billions of dollars of Chinese investment. Securing the planned $46 billion economic corridor of roads,

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