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Army denies ISIS claim of military deaths in Lanao del Sur

Jan 26, 2019 - 2:50 PM

ISIS announced on January 25 that its East Asia Province in Lanao del Sur clashed with government troops

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Islamic State: Defeating the virtual caliphate

Oct 06, 2017 - 11:29 AM

Experts and officials say the jihadist propaganda machine will continue to exist in hidden corners of the dark web, inciting sympathizers to action

Trump uses Ramadan message to urge end to violence

May 27, 2017 - 2:50 PM

US President Donald Trump vows to stand with Muslim leaders to counter terrorism and the ideology that fuels it

VISIT. US President Donald Trump speaks during the Arabic Islamic American Summit at the King Abdulaziz Conference Center in Riyadh on May 21, 2017. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Egypt Copts ready for Easter mass despite attacks

Apr 15, 2017 - 12:13 PM

The faithful will spend a large part of Easter eve going through arduous security checks outside places of worship

EASTER. Egyptian Christians take part in the Good Friday procession at the Arch Angels Greek Orthodox Church in the capital Cairo, on April 14, 2017. Photo by Khaled Desouki/AFP

Senate bill seeks 20 to 40 years jail time for joining terror groups

Mar 27, 2017 - 2:12 PM

This bill seeks to penalize any person who becomes a member or manifests his her intention to become a member of any terrorist organization says Senator Gregorio Honasan II

Many 'lone-wolf' attacks are coached from afar, study claims

Mar 11, 2017 - 10:31 AM

According to researchers evidence now shows that many so called lone wolves are in reality encouraged and directed by ISIS operatives to undertake attacks for which the group can then claim credit

Al-Qaeda chief denounces Islamic State 'liars'

Jan 06, 2017 - 8:44 AM

In an audio message Ayman al Zawahiri complains that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi had alleged that Al Qaeda opposes sectarian attacks on Shiites and was prepared to work with Christian leaders

AL-QAEDA CHIEF. Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri denounces what he said was a dishonest propaganda campaign by rival jihadist group the Islamic State against his organization. File photo by AFP

Kuwait jails Filipina for joining ISIS

Dec 26, 2016 - 7:15 PM

The ruling which is not final also calls for deporting the 32 year old after serving a 10 year jail term

Russian security service kills North Caucasus ISIS 'emir'

Dec 04, 2016 - 10:14 AM

Russia s FSB kills Rustam Aselderov also known as Sheikh Abu Mohammad al Qadari and 4 of his close associates

KILLED. Rustam Aselderov pledged allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in December 2014. Illustration by Nico Villarete/Rappler

Marcos burial, Kerwin Espinosa, Facebook vs terrorism | 12PM wRap

Nov 18, 2016 - 2:41 PM

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U.S. buys ads on Facebook to fight jihadists

Nov 18, 2016 - 7:25 AM

The United States has found this year that online ads on media like Facebook rather than posts are a cost effective way to fight the jihadist propaganda of the Islamic State and other such groups

SOCIAL MEDIA. An artwork by artist Geo Law at Facebook's space during the Web Summit at Parque das Nacoes, in Lisbon on November 9, 2016. File photo by Patricia De Melo Moreira /AFP

Pentagon chief in Iraq to discuss Mosul offensive

Oct 22, 2016 - 6:08 PM

US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter is expected to discuss the post ISIS future of Mosul Iraq s second city and the place where jihadist supremo Abu Bakr al Baghdadi proclaimed the caliphate in June 2014

RETAKING MOSUL. Iraqi forces drive their vehicle near the village of Tall al-Tibah, some 30 kilometers south of Mosul, during an operation to retake the main hub city from the Islamic State group jihadists on October 21, 2016. The operation is Iraq's biggest in years and aims to wrest back Mosul, the country's second city and the last major ISIS stronghold in Iraq. Photo by Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP

Woman held after 'foiled' Paris attack was ISIS follower

Sep 09, 2016 - 3:25 PM

UPDATED France is on high alert following a string of jihadist attacks including last November s coordinated bloodshed in which Islamic State extremists killed 130 people

ARRESTED. French police investigating the discovery a car containing six gas cylinders in Paris, on Thursday arrested three female suspects said to have been planning new acts of violence, shooting one of them in the process. Photo by Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/AFP

US fears over ISIS group's Southeast Asia expansion

Aug 26, 2016 - 6:45 PM

A senior US counter terrorism official notes that militants from Southeast Asia fighting with ISIS in Iraq and Syria have been deployed in a unit called the Katibah Nusantara

Syrian regime jets hit Kurdish positions, even after US warning

Aug 20, 2016 - 11:15 AM

In another escalation of Syria s bloody conflict warplanes from President Bashar al Assad s regime bombard the city of Hasakeh – targeting US backed Kurdish forces

Dozens dead as warplanes pound rebel-held north Syria

Aug 15, 2016 - 2:15 AM

The air strikes are reportedly targeting areas held by the Army of Conquest an alliance of rebel Islamist and jihadist forces

epa05483412 A handout picture made available by the Syria Civil Defense Idlib branch on 13 August 2016 shows firemen hosing a burning car at an airstrike site in Idlib City, northern Syria, 13 August 2016. According to the Syria Civil Defense volunteer group, at least six people died and tens were wounded after an airstrike on Idlib city. (Attention Editors: Image should be used in its entirety, including the organization's logo) EPA/SYRIA CIVIL DEFENSE IDLIB / HANDOUT MANDATORY CREDIT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

Clinton, Trump spar over Islamic State claim, economy

Aug 12, 2016 - 1:30 PM

A furious Democratic National Committee calls on Donald Trump to apologize for his outrageous unhinged and patently false suggestions

RIVALS. A file combo picture made available on April 20, 2016 shows US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (L) addressing the National Action Network's national convention in New York, New York, USA, April 13, 2016; and US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (R) speaking at Trump Building in New York, New York, USA, on November 3, 2015. File photos by EPA/Justin Lane/Andrew Gombert

Brazil arrests man on terrorism charges ahead of Olympics

Jul 29, 2016 - 8:30 AM

The man allegedly had links to terrorist organizations at least as far back as 2014 when Brazil hosted the football World Cup

SECURITY. Members of Brazilian army stand guard near the Olympic Park as part of security operations for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 24, 2016. Photo by Marcelo Sayao/EPA

Kabul in mourning after deadliest attack in 15 years

Jul 24, 2016 - 5:37 PM

3rd UPDATE President Ashraf Ghani promises to avenge the blood of our loved ones on the perpetrators

Clashes rock Syria's Manbij as ISIS ignores ultimatum

Jul 24, 2016 - 12:30 AM

Thousands of civilians have already fled Manbij which lies in Syria s northern Aleppo province

80 dead as ISIS claims twin blasts during Kabul protest

Jul 23, 2016 - 8:42 PM

3rd UPDATE The attack represents a major escalation for the ISIS group which so has largely been confined to the eastern province of Nangarhar

DEADLY ATTACK. People collect the belongings of the victims at the scene of a suicide bomb attack that targeted a demonstration of Hazara minority in Kabul, Afghanistan, July 23, 2016. Photo by Jawad Jalali/EPA

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)

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Jul 11, 2016 - 12:00 PM

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ISIS territory shrinks 12% since start of 2016 – British think-tank

Jul 10, 2016 - 10:30 PM

The Islamic State controls roughly 68 300 square kilometers in Iraq and Syria according to IHS

epa05398819 A picture made available on 30 June 2016 shows Iraqi soldiers inspecting burnt trucks which was used by Islamic state militants after a heavy clashes with Iraqi forces near Amiriyat al-Fallujah town, southwest of of Fallujah city, western Iraq, 29 June 2016. The Iraqi forces destroyed a convoy of Islamic state group and killed at least 15 islamic state militants while they were trying to flee from Fallujah to desert, security officials said. EPA/NAWRAS AAMER ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE CONTAINS GRAPHIC CONTENT

Bangladesh bans TV station, tracks students after attacks

Jul 10, 2016 - 9:20 PM

As part of its fight against radicalization Bangladesh tells school authorities to provide info on students who go missing for 10 days or more

epa05412149 Security officials stand guard as Muslims offer prayers in the National Eid Prayer Ground at the High-Court in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 07 July 2016. Millions of Muslims across the country celebrate Eid al-Fitr festival amid security after the the terrorist attack at a popular restaurant in Dhaka on 01 July left 20 hostages dead and several injured. EPA/ABIR ABDULLAH

13 hostages rescued after Bangladesh siege – commander

Jul 02, 2016 - 8:15 AM

4th UPDATE Three of them are foreigners Ten locals says Tuhin Mohammad Masud a commander of the elite Rapid Action Battalion which stormed the cafe

HOSTAGE-TAKING. Bangladeshi security forces stand guard as they seal off the streets close to a Spanish resturant, following a hostage taking, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, late July 1, 2016. Photo by EPA

Air strikes decimate ISIS forces fleeing Iraq's Fallujah

Jul 01, 2016 - 11:30 AM

US led coalition forces and the Iraqi military target massive convoys of Islamic State vehicles

epa05398818 A picture made available on 30 June 2016 shows an Iraqi soldier inspecting burnt trucks which was used by Islamic state militants after a heavy clashes with Iraqi forces near Amiriyat al-Fallujah town, southwest of of Fallujah city, western Iraq, 29 June 2016. The Iraqi forces destroyed a convoy of Islamic state group and killed at least 15 islamic state militants while they were trying to flee from Fallujah to desert, security officials said. EPA/NAWRAS AAMER ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE CONTAINS GRAPHIC CONTENT

ISIS to followers in SE Asia: 'Go to the Philippines'

Jun 25, 2016 - 2:01 PM

If you cannot go to [Syria] join up and go to the Philippines Malaysian militant Mohd Rafi Udin tells followers Malaysia s counter terrorism chief says they expect more attacks in the region

FIGHT IN PH? A new video shows ISIS calling on followers in Southeast Asia to fight either in Syria or in the Philippines. Screenshot from ISIS video

Iraq's Fallujah nearly cleared but aid effort flounders

Jun 22, 2016 - 10:30 PM

While Iraqi forces have been able to make significant progress against the Islamic State in the city of Fallujah a humanitarian crisis is unfolding

epa05381010 Iraqi displaced families build tents at a refugees camp held recently in western Fallujah city, 60 km west of Baghdad, Iraq, 21 June 2016. According to UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Iraqis fled their homes in Fallujah city due the ongoing fighting between the Iraqi forces and Islamic State (IS) terror militia. EPA/NAWRAS AAMER

Iraq faces humanitarian disaster after Fallujah breakthrough

Jun 19, 2016 - 10:30 PM

UPDATED Tens of thousands of civilians from the city of Fallujah are displaced as Iraqi government forces battle the Islamic State

Displaced Iraqis from the city of Fallujah rest at a safe zone on June 17, 2016 in Amiriyiah al-Fallujah, after they were evacuated by Iraqi government forces due to their ongoing military operation to retake the city from the Islamic State (IS) group. Iraqi forces raised the national flag over the government compound in Fallujah on June 17, 2016, top commanders said, a breakthrough in the nearly four-week-old offensive against the Islamic State group's bastion. Significant parts of northern Fallujah, where thousands of civilians are believed to remain, have yet to be retaken. Amriyat al-Fallujah is located some 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) south of Fallujah. / AFP PHOTO / MOADH AL-DULAIMI

ISIS still has 'global reach' – CIA chief

Jun 17, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Despite upbeat Pentagon assessments about progress in the anti ISIS fight CIA Director John Brennan warns the group is still able to inspire and direct attacks beyond the territory it holds

ISIS. CIA Director John Brennan testifies before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on the operational capabilities of Islamic State (ISIS) in the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington, DC, USA, June 16, 2016. File photo by Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

US gun debate 'needs to change,' Obama says in Orlando

Jun 17, 2016 - 8:15 AM

UPDATED Four days after the worst mass shooting in US history Obama makes a solemn pilgrimage to meet staff at the Pulse nightclub emergency responders and some of the dozens of families shattered by gunman Omar Mateen

WORST MASS SHOOTING. US President Barack Obama speaks on the Orlando shooting at the Treasury Department after convening with his National Security Council in Washington, DC, USA, June 14, 2016. File photo by Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

ISIS still 'committing genocide' against Yazidis – UN probe

Jun 16, 2016 - 8:25 PM

United Nations investigators say the Islamic State sought to erase the Yazidis through killings sexual slavery enslavement torture

epa05261202 A girl stands next to a placard reading 'We are Yazidi people, Need Help Help Help' at the Moria refugee camp on the island of Lesbos, Greece, prior to the arrival of Pope Francis, 16 April 2016. Pope Francis visits the Greek island of Lesbos on 16 April, in a trip aimed at supporting refugees and drawing attention to the frontline of Europe's migration crisis. EPA/FILIPPO MONTEFORTE / POOL

Raids on Syria market kill 21, hundreds flee ISIS bastion

Jun 13, 2016 - 12:55 AM

Several children are among the fatalities as air strikes hit the Syrian city of Idlib

A picture taken on June 12, 2016 shows Syrian Civil Defence members, known as the White Helmets, gather at a site following air strikes on the rebel-held northwestern city of Idlib, on June 12, 2016.  Air strikes on a market in Syria's Al-Qaeda-held city of Idlib killed at least 21 civilians including five children, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, adding that it was not clear who carried out the raids on the northwestern city, which is controlled by Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front and its allies. / AFP PHOTO / Omar haj kadour

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

US-backed forces cut main ISIS Syria-Turkey supply route

Jun 11, 2016 - 9:30 AM

The extremists lose control of a vital supply artery when Arab Kurdish forces completely surround a key jihadist held town

Syrian Kurds march during the funeral of fighters, who died during an assault launched by Arab and Kurdish forces against Islamic State (IS) group fighters in the town of Manbij, in the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobane on June 4, 2016.  Arab and Kurdish fighters backed by Washington have launched an assault on the strategic Manbij pocket further up the Euphrates on the Turkish border, regarded as a key entry point for foreign jihadists. The Syrian Democratic Forces's offensive against the Manbij pocket is aimed at seizing the last stretch of border still under IS control and denying the jihadists any opportunity to smuggle in recruits and funds. / AFP PHOTO / Delil Souleiman

Libyan unity forces enter ISIS bastion

Jun 10, 2016 - 11:15 AM

Soon ISIS will be driven out of Sirte However that definitely would not be the end of the group in Libya says analyst Mohamed Eljareh of the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East

Baghdad area suicide attacks kill at least 18 – police

Jun 09, 2016 - 4:06 PM

3rd UPDATE The Islamic State claims responsibility for the two explosions

A picture shows the scene of a car bomb attack in the mostly Shiite neighbourhood of Baghdad Jadida in the Iraqi capital on June 9, 2016. A suicide car bomb attack near a military base north of Baghdad and another blast near a market in the Iraqi capital killed at least 18 people, police said.   / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE

Rebel fighters roll back ISIS in northern Syria

Jun 09, 2016 - 12:25 AM

The rebels reopen a key supply route linking Marea and Azaz their two main bastions in Aleppo

A man walks on the rubble of a destroyed building following reported air strikes by Syrian government forces in the rebel-held Shaar neighbourhood of the northern city Aleppo on June 8, 2016. Syrian government air strikes on rebel-held neighbourhoods of the divided second city Aleppo killed at least 15 civilians, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.  The monitoring group said at least 10 of the dead came in strikes just outside the Al-Bayan clinic in the Shaar neighbourhood. / AFP PHOTO / THAER MOHAMMED

Thousands flee ISIS Syria stronghold as coalition closes in

Jun 06, 2016 - 12:00 AM

UPDATED The Arab Kurdish offensive on the town of Manbij is one of two major assaults on the route ISIS uses to send in more fighters weapons and money from the Turkish border to its main Syrian bastion of Raqa

Syrians walk through the rubble following a reported air strike by Syrian government forces in the rebel-held neighbourhood of Bustan al-Qasr on June 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Baraa Al-Halabi

Humanitarian air drops: A complex, risky task

Jun 05, 2016 - 10:10 PM

Military experts cite the challenges involved in carrying out humanitarian air drops for those in besieged areas

epa05290068 Syrian residents sit on a ground during a humanitarian aid delivery by the Russian army in a village of Kaukab, Hama province, Syria, 04 May 2016. The United States and Russia have agreed to extend the cease-fire in Syria to the city of Aleppo, the US State Department reported on 04 May. EPA/SERGEI CHIRIKOV

Syria army thrusts into ISIS bastion province Raqa

Jun 04, 2016 - 5:38 PM

UPDATED The troops advance towards the country s largest dam for the first time since 2014

UN could start using helicopters for Syria aid drops

Jun 03, 2016 - 11:00 AM

One can imagine the security challenges for that – plus the security challenges of flying helicopters over the skies of Syria says United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric

SYRIAN WAR. Syrian residents sit on a ground during a humanitarian aid delivery by the Russian army in a village of Kaukab, Hama province, Syria, May 4, 2016. File photo by Sergei Chirikov/EPA

UN says Syria aid drops not 'imminent' despite pleas

Jun 03, 2016 - 1:15 AM

Britain and France are calling for urgent aid for besieged Syrian towns particularly Daraya Moadamiyeh and Madaya

epa05097659 Syrians from the besieged town of Madaya leave towards the capital for treatment, in the countryside of Damascus, Syria, 11 January 2016. Three trucks carrying long-awaited food and medical supplies entered the Syrian town of Madaya on 11 January with Doctors without Borders (MSF) saying almost 30 people there have died of starvation after a months-long siege by government forces. At the same time, three aid trucks entered the isolated north-western Shiite villages of Foua and Kefraya, which have been besieged by hardline Islamist rebels, Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah said. EPA/YOUSSEF BADAWI

Iraq's Fallujah operation slowed by civilians, ISIS resistance

Jun 01, 2016 - 10:55 PM

Around 50 000 civilians are believed to be trapped in Fallujah where the Islamic State has set up really tough defense systems to counter Iraqi soldiers

epa05329063 Iraqi military trucks take up position during a military operation southwest of Fallujah city, western Iraq on 25 May 2016. The Iraqi Army on 23 May began an offensive to take back the city of Fallujah, located around 50 kilometers east of Baghdad in the western province of Al Anbar, from the hands of the Islamic State (IS). EPA/NAWRAS AAMER

Thousands flee ISIS offensive in northern Syria – monitor

May 29, 2016 - 8:00 PM

More than two dozen civilians have been killed in the Islamic State assault says the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

Dire conditions for civilians trapped in Iraq's Fallujah – UN

May 26, 2016 - 6:55 PM

The United Nations estimates there are still 50 000 civilians in Fallujah where Iraqi forces are battling the Islamic State for control

epa05326774 An Iraqi man inspects his car that was damaged after an alleged government missile attack, in Fallujah city, 50 km west of Baghdad, Iraq, 24 May 2016. The Iraqi Army on 23 May began an offensive to liberate the city of Fallujah, located around 50 kilometers east of Baghdad in the western province of Al Anbar, from the hands of the Islamic State (IS). EPA/STR

ISIS blasts in Syria regime heartland kill more than 148

May 24, 2016 - 12:20 PM

The Islamic State says the attacks were in retaliation for Syrian regime and Russian air strikes

epa05324988 A handout photograph released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows an officer standing next to damaged cars at the site of car bombing in a bus station in the Jableh city, Lattakia province, Syria, 23 May 2016. According to SANA, at least 78 people were killed and scores injured in a series of bombings in the coastal cities of Tartous and Jableh. EPA/SANA HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

Gulf countries, Canada to cooperate in anti-ISIS fight

May 24, 2016 - 10:45 AM

The campaign against [ISIS] and other terrorist organizations is not religious or linked to a religion or sect but rather a war on terror says a statement from the Gulf Cooperation Council ministers

US adds ISIS branches in Libya, Yemen, Saudi Arabia to its terror list

May 20, 2016 - 12:00 PM

The State Department says while ISIS s presence in each country is limited to specific geographic locations the group s affiliates in all 3 countries had carried out numerous deadly attacks

ISIS IN YEMEN. A Yemeni inspects the site of suicide car bombings targeting security checkpoints in the southern port city of Aden, Yemen, March 26, 2016. According to reports, three suicide bombings struck security checkpoints in the Yemeni city of Aden, killing at least 22 people. The so called Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks. File photo by EPA