militancy

Obama Confirms Leader Dead as Taliban Meet on His Successor

By Matt Spetalnick and James Mackenzie HANOI/KABUL, May 23 – U.S. President Barack Obama confirmed on Monday that the leader of the Afghan Taliban had been killed in an American air strike, an attack likely to trigger another leadership tussle in a militant movement already riven by internal divisions. Obama, who started a three-day visit

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Iran’s Zarif Tells European Lawmakers Islamist Militancy Also Their Problem

By Gabriela Baczynska BRUSSELS, Feb 16 – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told European Union lawmakers on Tuesday militant Islam was also a European problem as he defended Iran’s involvement in Syria’s civil war on the side of President Bashar Al Assad. European parliamentarians quizzed Zarif about alleged human rights violations in Iran, Iranian defence

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To Silence Propaganda, Iraq Seeks to Take Daesh Offline

By Matt Smith DUBAI, Feb 4 – Iraq is trying to persuade satellite firms to halt Internet services in areas under Daesh’s rule, seeking to deal a major blow to the group’s potent propaganda machine which relies heavily on social media to inspire its followers to wage jihad. Social media apps like Twitter and Telegram

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Pakistan Says Arrests Militants Over Indian Air Base Attack

ISLAMABAD, Jan 13 – Pakistan said on Wednesday it had arrested several members of the Jaish-e-Mohammad militant group, which is suspected of masterminding an attack this month on an Indian air base. News of the arrests comes 48 hours before a rare meeting of foreign secretaries of the nuclear-armed rivals is tentatively scheduled to take

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Bangladesh Police Raid Militant Hideout, Explosives Found

DHAKA, Dec 27 – Police said on Sunday they had detained three suspected members of a banned militant group and found a sniper rifle, ammunition, explosives and military suits in a hideout in southeastern Bangladesh. The raid came days after police busted a militant hideout in the capital Dhaka as security forces stepped up a

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What do Syria, Yemen, Libya have in common? It’s not religion

By Jack Goldstone Dec. 1 – As world leaders gather in Paris this week to address climate change, they will labor under the shadow of recent attacks by Daesh. Yet as they think about climate issues, they should remember that the connection between climate change and Daesh—and more broadly, between climate change and political instability—is

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G20 Summit In Turkey Focuses On Syria, Daesh Militancy

BELEK, Turkey, Nov 15  – U.S. President Barack Obama vowed on Sunday to step up efforts to eliminate Daesh and prevent more attacks like those in Paris, while urging Russia’s Vladimir Putin to focus on combating the jihadist group in Syria. British Prime Minister David Cameron has said he will also urge President Vladimir Putin on

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Turkey Detains 18 Al Qaeda Suspects Ahead of G20 Summit

ANKARA, Nov 10: Turkish police detained 18 people on Tuesday suspected of recruiting fighters for Syria’s Al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front, media said, days before world leaders were due to meet at a G20 summit in southern Turkey. The suspects included two women and a number of people who had crossed into Turkey after being wounded

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Bosnian Court Sentences Imam For Recruiting Daesh fighters

SARAJEVO, Nov 5 (Reuters) – A Bosnian imam was jailed for seven years on Wednesday for recruiting fighters for Daesh in Syria and Iraq, under a new law aimed at stopping people joining militants in the Middle East. Husein Bosnic, known as an unofficial leader of the ultra-conservative Salafi movement in Bosnia, was arrested last year

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How to Win Back Jihadis Without Using Reason

By Pauline Mevel and Chine Labbé PARIS (Reuters) Anthropologist Dounia Bouzar used to try religious arguments to turn young people away from militant Islam – and failed. So the 51-year-old grandmother developed her own techniques along the lines of Alcoholics Anonymous. Her main rule: Don’t try to reason with people. “Characteristically, a young person who

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