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Military destroys lair of ISIS-inspired terrorists in Maguindanao

Feb 03, 2019 - 11:11 AM

The military says it is 'very determined' to defeat terrorist groups in Mindanao

Iraqi PM hails victory over 'brutality and terrorism' in Mosul

Jul 10, 2017 - 8:02 AM

UPDATED Prime Minister Haider al Abadi hails the retaking of Mosul – where ISIS dealt Iraqi troops a devastating defeat three years ago – as a key moment in the war against the jihadists

SHATTERED CITY. A picture taken on July 9, 2017, shows a general view of the destruction in Mosul's Old City. Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP

'Peace-loving' Muslims included in Calida terror list – expert

Jun 20, 2017 - 1:25 PM

Balik Islam Group in the Philippines is very peaceful very democratic and very tolerant and linking them with ISIS is in fact providing them an injustice says terror expert Rommel Banlaoi

Solicitor General Jose Calida, in a press briefing at the Royal Mandaya Hotel in Davao City on May 26, 2017, announces that the state of Marital Law and the suspension of the privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus in Mindanao should not be a cause for alarm to all law-abiding citizens. He also confirmed that foreign jihadists are now trying to establish a caliphate Mindanao. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

U.S.-backed fighters thrust into ISIS bastion Raqa

Jun 06, 2017 - 5:25 PM

3rd UPDATE The attack on the northern city at the heart of ISIS Syrian territory has been 7 months in the making and is backed by air support military advisers and weapons deliveries from the US led coalition

Joint patrols off Mindanao to counter ISIS threats – Malaysia

Jun 03, 2017 - 4:24 PM

Malaysia the Philippines and Indonesia will launch joint patrols off the waters of Mindanao following the clash that erupted between the government and ISIS inspired Maute group in Marawi City

NAVAL ASSETS. A chopper lands on BRP Davao del Sur, a Multi-purpose Attack Craft (MPAC) in a demo during the anniversary of the Philippine Navy at Sasa Wharf in Davao City on May 31, 2017. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Libyan forces push into last ISIS-held areas of Sirte

Aug 28, 2016 - 11:55 PM

About 1 000 pro GNA fighters are taking part in the battle for Sirte says spokesman Reda Issa

Members of the forces loyal to Libya's UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) walk toward their position in the coastal city of Sirte, east of the capital Tripoli, prior to their military operation to clear the Islamic State group's (IS) jihadists from the city on August 28, 2016. GNA forces who for more than three months have been pressing an offensive to retake Sirte from IS, pushed into the last areas of the city held by the group in what was the jihadists' coastal stronghold.     / AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD TURKIA

Attacker staked out Nice site, accomplice suspected

Jul 17, 2016 - 10:05 PM

3rd UPDATE Seven people are now being held over the carnage

epa05429146 A slow shutter-speed picture taken 16 July 2016 shows two young women as they hold each other in tears near the site of a casualty, flags flying half-mast in the background, on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, France. According to reports at least 84 people died and many were injured after a truck drove into the crowd on the famous promenade during celebrations of Bastille Day in Nice, late 14 July. EPA/IAN LANGSDON (ALTERNATIVE IMAGE REPEAT)

17 more charged over Istanbul airport attack

Jul 05, 2016 - 10:02 PM

Seventeen people including 11 Russians have been charged over the Istanbul airport attack bringing to 30 the total number charged in connection with the suicide assault

AFTERMATH. People carry a coffin covered with Turkish national flag of Hamidullah Safar on June 30, 2016 during his funeral two days after he was killed by a suicide bombing and gun attack targeted Istanbul's Ataturk airport, killing 42 people. Photo by Ozan Kose / AFP

ISIS kills 18 civilians trying to flee Fallujah

Jun 12, 2016 - 11:30 PM

The fatalities who come from two families are killed as they approach Al Salam intersection

epa05357972 Iraqi forces trucks advance during a military operation in western Fallujah city, west of Iraq, 11 June 2016. According to Iraqi officials, Iraqi troops backed by airstrikes carried out by the international anti-IS coalition to liberate Nassaf area west of Fallujah city, from the hands of the Islamic State (IS). EPA/NAWRAS AAMER

Jihadists exploit mental illness for attacks – experts

May 13, 2016 - 1:30 PM

Experts warn against labelling all jihadists as psychologically unstable – saying they account for only around 10 of cases

Suicide bombings, mortar fire kill 17 in Iraq

Apr 04, 2016 - 7:00 PM

At least 64 others are wounded in the terror attacks

A general view taken on April 4, 2016 shows the site of a suicide attack targeting a joint police and army checkpoint, near Muthana Brdige in northern Baghdad.  Four suicide bombings targeting Iraqi security forces and civilians and mortar fire that struck houses near Baghdad killed at least 17 people, security and medical officials said.   / AFP / SABAH ARAR

ISIS-claimed attack on Saudi police kills foreigner

Apr 03, 2016 - 11:30 PM

Saudi Arabia s interior ministry does not specify the nationality of the victim

Army seizes key ISIS bastion in central Syria – state TV

Apr 03, 2016 - 9:10 PM

UPDATED The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says however that clashes are still ongoing in about half of Al Qaryatain town

An image published by the media branch of the Islamic State group in the Damascus province (Welayat Dimashq) on August 21, 2015, allegedly shows IS jihadists using a bulldozer to destroy the ancient Syriac Catholic monastry of Mar Elian in the central Syrian town of Al-Qaryatain, which lies at the crossroads between IS territory in the eastern countryside of Homs and areas further west in the Qalamun area. Al-Qaryatain, which IS jihadists seized earlier this month, had a pre-war population of 18,000, including Sunni Muslims and around 2,000 Syriac Catholics and Orthodox Christians. AFP PHOTO / HO / WELAYAT DIMASHQ === RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / HO / WELAYAT DIMASHQ" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS FROM ALTERNATIVE SOURCES, AFP IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DIGITAL ALTERATIONS TO THE PICTURE'S EDITORIAL CONTENT, DATE AND LOCATION WHICH CANNOT BE INDEPENDENTLY VERIFIED === / AFP / WELAYAT DIMASHQ / -

US: ISIS carrying out 'genocide'

Mar 18, 2016 - 12:25 AM

Secretary of State John Kerry makes the proclamation after Congress demanded Washington recognize that the group seeks to exterminate religious minorities

JOHN KERRY. US Secretary of State John Kerry listens to US President Barack Obama addressing the Chief of Missions Conference in the Dean Acheson Auditorium at the Harry S Truman State Department building in Washington, DC, USA, March 14, 2016. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/EPA

Priority of any Syria ground op must be ISIS – Saudi minister

Feb 19, 2016 - 12:40 AM

Riyadh has been a fierce opponent of Assad but Jubeir said any participating Saudi force would make the battle against ISIS the priority

ADEL AL-JUBEIR. Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia Margallo (C) and Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir (R) sign documents at a meeting of the US-led coalition against the Islamic State (ISIS), in Rome, Italy, February 2, 2016. Photo by Angelo Carconi/EPA

Ramadi liberation 'most important victory yet' against ISIS – French president

Dec 29, 2015 - 12:42 AM

French President Francois Hollande congratulates Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al Abadi after the Iraqi army liberates Ramadi town from the terrorist group

VICTORY. A member of Iraq's elite counter-terrorism service flashes the 'V' for victory sign on December 28, 2015 after Iraqi forces recaptured the city of Ramadi, the capital of Iraq's Anbar province from the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE

Iraq declares Ramadi liberated from ISIS

Dec 28, 2015 - 7:54 PM

UPDATED Brigadier General Yahya Rasool: Ramadi has been liberated and the armed forces of the counter terrorism service have raised the Iraqi flag above the government complex

LIBERATED RAMADI. Iraqi military vehicles and troops advance towards the center of Ramadi city, west of Iraq on 22 December 2015. File Photo from EPA.

France looks to enshrine emergency anti-terror laws in constitution

Dec 24, 2015 - 12:10 AM

In the wake of the Paris attacks President Francois Hollande calls for emergency powers to be protected from litigation

French President Francois Hollande (L) and French Prime Minister Manuel Valls (R). File photo by Bertrand Langlois/Pool/EPA

Iraq forces in final push to retake Ramadi

Dec 23, 2015 - 6:54 PM

Forces led by the elite counter terrorism service CTS inch towards the governmental compound in Ramadi the capital of Iraq s vast Anbar province

INCHING TO VICTORY. Iraqi military vehicles and troops advance towards the centre of Ramadi city, west of Iraq on December 22, 2015. Stringer/EPA

The new normal: Visiting Paris after the terror attacks

Dec 16, 2015 - 1:00 PM

Despite attempts to restore normalcy after the attacks there is still an underlying sense of fear in Paris

Britain's Cameron urges use of 'Daesh' for ISIS

Dec 02, 2015 - 10:59 PM

Daesh is clearly an improvement and I think it s important that we all try to use this language says the British Prime Minister

CHANGE THE NAME. British Prime Minister David Cameron urges the use of 'Daesh' to refer to the terrorist group. File photo by AFP

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Nov 27, 2015 - 1:00 PM

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US issues global travel alert due to 'increased terrorist threats'

Nov 24, 2015 - 7:00 AM

UPDATED US State Department advisory: Current information suggests that ISIL aka Daesh Al Qaeda Boko Haram and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions

In this file photo, people wait in security lines in the United terminal at Kennedy International Airport January 6, 2014 in New York. Stan Honda/AFP

Hollande sets out revenge after Paris attacks

Nov 17, 2015 - 6:22 AM

On the domestic front the French president calls for an extension of the state of emergency by 3 months and announces 8 500 new police and judicial jobs to help counter terrorism

DEFIANCE. French President Francois Hollande arrives for a speech at an exceptional joint gathering of Parliament in Versailles on November 16, 2015, three days after 129 people were killed in the worst terrorist attack in France's history. Michel Euler/ Pool / AFP

French fighter bombers pound ISIS stronghold in Syria

Nov 16, 2015 - 5:54 AM

In its first air strike against ISIS since the string of deadly Paris attacks claimed by the group 12 warplanes including 10 fighter bombers drop 20 bombs on the targets

This handout picture released on November 9, 2015 by French Defense Audiovisual Communication and Production Unit (ECPAD) shows a French army Rafale fighter before taking off from a base in The Gulf for Syria. AFP PHOTO / ECPAD / EMA / ARMEE de L’AIR

Kerry does not rule out more US commandos in Syria

Oct 31, 2015 - 11:01 PM

ISIL is the modern personification of evil the US Secretary of State says

FIGHTING TERRORISM? US Secretary of State John Kerry listens to journalists' questions at a joint news conference with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry (unseen) following their recent meeting in Cairo, Egypt. File photo by Mohamed Hossam/EPA

10 suspected ISIS recruiters arrested in Spain, Morocco

Oct 04, 2015 - 6:39 PM

The suspects are part of a network of recruiters sending foreign fighters to Syria and Iraq

Saudi breaks up IS network, arrests 431 members

Jul 18, 2015 - 9:18 PM

Authorities manage to destroy an organization made of a cluster of cells which is linked to the terrorist Daesh organization

JIHADIST GROUP. An image grab taken from a propaganda video released on July 5, 2014 by al-Furqan Media allegedly shows the leader of the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, aka Caliph Ibrahim, adressing Muslim worshippers at a mosque in the militant-held northern Iraqi city of Mosul. Baghdadi, who on June 29 proclaimed a "caliphate" straddling Syria and Iraq, purportedly ordered all Muslims to obey him in the video released on social media. Handout photo by al-Furqan Media/AFP

Obama eyes sped up training, weapons for Iraqi tribes after Ramadi rout

May 20, 2015 - 9:02 AM

The White House has described the loss of Ramadi as a setback but played down suggestions that the war is being lost

Iraq Shiite militias head for Ramadi after ISIS takeover

May 19, 2015 - 9:12 AM

Washington which had made Iraq s Anbar province – of which Ramadi is the capital – a cornerstone of its assistance to Baghdad against ISIS admitted to a setback

An image grab taken from a video uploaded on May 18, 2015 by Aamaq News Agency, a Youtube channel which posts videos from areas under the Islamic State (ISIS) group's control, allegedly shows an ISIS fighter hanging a flag of the group in a street of Ramadi, the Iraqi capital of Anbar province, a day after the city was captured by ISIS. Aamaq News Agency/Handout/AFP

ISIS jihadists take Ramadi but pinned back in Palmyra

May 18, 2015 - 7:30 AM

The effective loss of the capital of Iraq s largest province of Anbar marks one of Baghdad s worst setbacks since it began a nationwide offensive last year

Iraqi security forces stand guard as residents from the city of Ramadi, who fled their homes on May 16, 2015 as Islamic State (ISIS) group militants tightened their siege on the last government positions in the capital of Anbar province, a day after they seized the city's government headquarters, wait to cross Bzeibez bridge, on the southwestern frontier of Baghdad with Anbar province, after IS group jihadists took control of all the other routes connecting the province with the Iraqi capital. Sabah Arar/AFP

Ethiopia in mourning after ISIS kills Christians

Apr 21, 2015 - 7:28 AM

The murders have horrified Ethiopians and sparked global condemnation including from Pope Francis who expressed great distress and sadness over the shocking violence

HORROR BY THE SEA. An image grab taken on April 19, 2015 from a video reportedly released by the Islamic State (ISIS) group through Al-Furqan Media, one of the Jihadist platforms used by the militant organization on the web, purportedly shows men described as Ethiopian Christians captured in Libya kneeling on the ground in front of masked militants before their beheading on a beach at an undisclosed location in Libya. Al-Furqan Media/Handout/AFP

ISIS shows purported executions in Libya of Ethiopia Christians

Apr 19, 2015 - 11:09 PM

The 29 minute video purports to show militants holding two groups of captives described in a text on the screen as followers of the cross from the enemy Ethiopian Church

HORROR BY THE SEA. An image grab taken on April 19, 2015 from a video reportedly released by the Islamic State (ISIS) group through Al-Furqan Media, one of the Jihadist platforms used by the militant organization on the web, purportedly shows men described as Ethiopian Christians captured in Libya kneeling on the ground in front of masked militants before their beheading on a beach at an undisclosed location in Libya. Al-Furqan Media/Handout/AFP