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From Senegal to Libya: An African Student Joins Daesh

By Emma Farge ZIGUINCHOR, Senegal, March 30  – When Sadio Gassama decided to go into medicine, he started by giving free check-ups at his mosque in Senegal’s poor southern region of Casamance. Now, the 25-year-old medical student says he is treating Daesh fighters in Libya. Until recently, many thought the peaceful, tolerant Sufi brotherhoods in

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Militants Launch Largest Attacks In Months On Baghdad Outskirts

BAGHDAD, Feb 28  – Suicide bombers and gunmen attacked Iraqi army and police posts on the western outskirts of Baghdad on Sunday, killing at least 12 security forces and seizing positions in a grain silo and a cemetery, officials said. The largest assault near the capital in months was still raging, said security officials who

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Parent’s Plight When Child Joins Daesh Shown in Berlin Film

By Sarah Mills BERLIN, Feb 18 – Algerian filmmaker Rachid Bouchareb hopes his new film Road to Istanbul will help raise awareness of what it’s like for parents whose children leave to join Daesh insurgents in Syria. And to make it really hit home, Bouchareb, 62, said he wanted the family shown in his film,

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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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Canadian Who Says He Fought Daesh Detained in Australia

SYDNEY, Feb 3 – A Canadian who said he fought alongside Kurdish forces against Daesh in Syria has been detained while trying to enter Australia and told he will be deported, his father said on Wednesday. Richard Somerville said his son Robert, a Canadian veteran who previously fought in Afghanistan, was detained at Brisbane airport

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Jakarta Attack Highlights Jostle to Lead Daesh in SE Asia

By Randy Fabi JAKARTA, Jan 17 – Last week’s attack on Jakarta showed for the first time that Daesh violence has arrived in Indonesia, but security experts believe the radical group’s footprint is still light here because militants are jostling to be its regional leader. Police have identified Bahrun Naim, an Indonesian based in Syria,

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Indonesia Says Attack Underlines Emergence of Daesh Threat

By Randy Fabi and Fergus Jensen JAKARTA, Jan 15 – Indonesia must strengthen its defences against Daesh and work with neighboring countries to fight it, Jakarta’s police chief said on Friday, a day after an attack by suicide bombers and gunmen in the heart of the Southeast Asian nation’s capital. Just seven people were killed in the

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Chaos as Stunning Militant Attack Unfolds in Indonesia’s Capital

By Kanupriya Kapoor and Darren Whiteside JAKARTA, Jan 14 – Jeremy Douglas hadn’t seen anything like what he was witnessing from his office window at the United Nations building in central Jakarta: police exchanging gunfire with militants amid a series of blasts at a key intersection of Indonesia’s capital. “Serious exchange of fire in downtown

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