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U.S. counter-terror analyst pleads guilty leaking secret info

Feb 21, 2020 - 10:49 AM

The leaks include details about foreign countries' weapons systems

MISSILES. Leaks may have included info on China installing anti-ship cruise missiles. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] Defining terrorism: Why it matters for counterterrorism efforts

Oct 27, 2019 - 8:33 PM

Without a shared definition of the term 'terrorism,' the old problem of 'one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter' will emerge

Why security in the Middle East matters to Southeast Asia

Dec 10, 2017 - 9:54 AM

Southeast Asia must brace for the effects of Donald Trump's declaration on Jerusalem and the loss of territory of ISIS in Mosul and Raqqa – both of which may have dire consequences for the region

JERUSALEM CRISIS. A Palestinian Red Crescent member aids a protester injured during clashes between demonstrators and Israeli security forces at the Qalandiya checkpoint, between Ramallah and Jerusalem on July 21, 2017. Photo by Abbas Momani/AFP

What #ASEAN2017 accomplished: How much do they matter?

Nov 16, 2017 - 8:00 PM

From migrants' rights to a code of conduct, here’s what came out of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit

Drilon wants P1.4-B anti-drug budget realigned to house policemen

Nov 16, 2017 - 5:36 PM

Under the proposed 2018 budget, the PNP's Oplan Double Barrel and the DILG's Masa Masid program have allocations of P900 million and P500 million, respectively

PNP HOUSING. Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon proposes an additional P1.4-billion allocation for the housing needs of PNP personnel. File photo

Turnbull talks security, terrorism, Marawi crisis during PH visit

Nov 15, 2017 - 1:45 PM

During his 3-day Philippine visit for the 31st ASEAN Summit, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull meets with world leaders to discuss global and regional concerns

ASEAN SUMMIT. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull attends the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit as a dialogue partner. Screenshot from ASEAN pool feed

ASEAN highlights need to reintegrate radicals to counter terrorism

Nov 14, 2017 - 5:52 PM

There will be an ad-hoc experts working group under the Senior Officials Meeting on Transnational Crime (SOMTC) to carry out the plans

COUNTER-TERRORISM. Commitments to fight radicalization as counterinsurgency measures are one of the outputs of the 31st ASEAN Summit. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

LOOK: Davao's new SWAT members

Aug 06, 2017 - 5:25 PM

Davao City gets 48 more Special Weapons and Tactics SWAT members with advanced training

48 graduates of advance SWAT training stand in formation on Thursday, 3 August 2017, at the Davao City Police Office Parade Grounds inside Camp Leonor Domingo. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

U.S. looks to defuse Qatar-Gulf row with counter-terror deal

Jul 12, 2017 - 9:21 AM

But the initiative has met a dismissive reaction from the Arab countries that imposed sanctions on Qatar last month

This file photo taken on October 4, 2012 shows skyscrapers in the Qatari capital Doha. Patrick Baz/AFP

The week in photos: July 1-7, 2017

Jul 08, 2017 - 11:08 AM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

TREMOR. Rescuers stand next to a destroyed building after a 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit the town of Kananga, Leyte on July 6, 2017. Photo by Lito Bagunas/AFP

Tougher fighting, more suicide attacks as ISIS hits back in Mosul

Jul 04, 2017 - 7:53 AM

Iraqi forces are facing increasingly difficult fighting and a rising number of suicide attacks including some by female bombers in the final stages of the battle for Mosul

WAR-TORN. Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Services (CTS) members carry food as they walk in the Old City of Mosul on July 3, 2017 during an ongoing offensive to retake the city from Islamic State (ISIS) group fighters. Fadel Senna/AFP

ISIS steps up suicide attacks as Mosul battle nears end

Jul 03, 2017 - 1:05 AM

UPDATED More than 8 months after the operation to retake Mosul was launched ISIS has gone from fully controlling the city to holding a limited area on its western side

Members of the Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) cheer as they carry upside-down a black flag of the Islamic State (IS) group, with the destroyed Al-Nuri mosque seen in the background, in the Old City of Mosul on July 2, 2017, during the offensive to retake the city from IS fighters. Explosions on the evening of June 21, 2017 levelled the mosque where Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi gave his first sermon as leader of the Islamic State group, along with its ancient minaret. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE

Iraqi forces push into Mosul Old City, warn ISIS 'surrender or die'

Jun 20, 2017 - 11:19 AM

Commanders say the jihadists are putting up fierce resistance and there are fears for more than 100 000 civilians believed to be trapped in the maze of narrow streets

ATTACK. Smoke billows following a reported car bomb, as Iraqi forces advance towards the Old City of Mosul on June 19, 2017 during the ongoing offensive to retake the last district still held by the Islamic State (ISIS) group fighters. Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP

6 arrested for suspected terror offenses in Britain

Dec 12, 2016 - 4:58 PM

Five men and a woman all aged in their 20s and 30s are detained on suspicion of engaging in the preparation of an act of terrorism and are being held in police custody the force says

Philippine flag replaces ISIS black banner at Butig town hall

Dec 02, 2016 - 12:23 AM

Rappler s Carmela Fonbuena gives us a quick look at the situation in Butig Town

'Intense' fighting in Mosul as civilians flee

Nov 12, 2016 - 5:56 PM

The fighting is intense this morning We re trying to fortify our positions in Arbajiyah before continuing our attack into Al Bakr says Staff Lieutenant Colonel Muntadhar Salem

STRIFE. Elite Iraqi troops battled the Islamic State group in the streets of Mosul, as the UN reported IS jihadists had executed dozens of people inside the city for alleged "treason". Photo by Odd Andersen/ AFP

Iraqi forces move within striking distance of Mosul

Oct 31, 2016 - 3:37 PM

UPDATED Forces from the elite Counter Terrorism Service CTS faced mortar fire as they pushed from the Christian town of Bartalla towards Mosul s eastern suburbs

Shiite fighters from the Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation) advance towards the village of Salmani, south of Mosul, on October 30, 2016 during the ongoing battle against Islamic State group jihadists to liberate the city of Mosul. Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP

Terror arrest in London over suspicious package – police

Oct 21, 2016 - 11:00 PM

The police say they made the package safe after it was found on a train on Thursday It is now being forensically examined

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Jun 17, 2016 - 6:50 PM

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Jun 17, 2016 - 1:22 PM

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Iraq forces in major push against IS in Anbar

Mar 19, 2016 - 3:26 PM

Iraqi forces are tightening the noose around the Islamic State group in the province as they continue to retake more cities

OFFENSIVE. Iraqi forces are trying to retake Hit, a city in the province of Anbar, from the Islamic State. The jihadist group still holds most of the province but the noose is tightening around some of its key bastions. Photo by Moadh Al-Dulaimi/AFP

Greece arrests 3 armed Britons at Turkish border

Feb 14, 2016 - 8:13 PM

The arrested men are believed to have links to terrorism and arms trafficking

#AnimatED: Terror threat closer to home

Jan 18, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Countering extremism should be part of campaign discourse

Experts warn PH: Don’t underestimate ISIS

Jan 13, 2016 - 1:53 PM

Exclusive: In the age of ISIS and lone wolf attacks is it even helpful to distinguish between what are ISIS directed and ISIS inspired activities?

Iraqi forces in fierce battles with ISIS in Ramadi

Dec 26, 2015 - 10:52 PM

While initial hopes of a quick victory have faded Iraq s elite counter terrorism service and the army have advanced steadily through Ramadi

FIGHTING ISIS. A member of Iraq's counter-terrorism forces monitors his surrounding in a street in Ramadi's Dhubbat neighborhood, adjacent to Hoz, on December 25, 2015. Photo by AFP

Police charge suspect in London subway stabbing

Dec 07, 2015 - 10:02 AM

The suspect 29 year old Muhaydin Mire is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates Court later on Monday London s Metropolitan Police said in a statement

SUBWAY STABBING. A London police officer stands outside the Leytonstone Underground station in London, Britain, 06 December 2015. Photo by Will Oliver/EPA

'Indonesian gov't official joins ISIS'

Nov 06, 2015 - 5:16 PM

The National Counter Terrorism Agency says a Batam government official has left for Iraq to join the extremist group

Grafiti berbentuk bendera ISIS. Foto: EPA

British PM visits Southeast Asia with trade, ISIS on agenda

Jul 27, 2015 - 8:20 AM

UPDATED British Prime Minister David Cameron seeks greater cooperation in the fight against the Islamic State ISIS group and to strengthen trade ties with the region s booming economies

WELCOME TO INDONESIA. British Prime Minister David Cameron (L) and Indonesian President Joko Widodo (R) shake hands at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta, Indonesia, July 27, 2015. Mast Irham/EPA

Obama in Kenya for security, human rights talks

Jul 25, 2015 - 9:51 AM

UPDATED Excitement has been building in Kenya for weeks with the visit seen as a major boost for the east African nation s position as a regional hub

FIRST VISIT. US President Barack Obama waves after landing at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi, Kenya, July 24, 2015. Photo by Daniel Irungu/EPA

Australia to introduce counter-terrorism citizenship changes

May 24, 2015 - 5:04 PM

The government is considering introducing a jihadi watch program in schools which would keep tabs on pupils whose behavior suggests they might have been radicalized

An Australian Federal Police (AFP) officer (R) stands alongside a member of the public at residential premises as part of anti-terrorism raids in Seabrook in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 30 September 2014. Photo by Julian Smith/EPA

Russell Shepherd: Intersecting digital media and social influence

Apr 27, 2015 - 11:40 AM

As Shepherd is able to harness the power of social media to make an impact on the peace process why not build algorithms that would translate to change in how businesses add value to society?

What makes it difficult to fight ISIS?

Apr 14, 2015 - 7:00 PM

ISIS can take advantage of the different policies of various regional and international players in the short term It is a complex matter with many factions and players behind the scenes

Obama slows Afghanistan troop withdrawal

Mar 25, 2015 - 8:20 AM

Obama agrees to keep the current level of 9 800 US troops in Afghanistan until the end of 2015

ONE ON ONE. US President Barack Obama (R) speaks to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani during a bilateral meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington DC, USA, 24 March 2015. Olivier Douliery/Pool/EPA

Marwan not 'world-class terrorist,' says report

Mar 06, 2015 - 3:36 PM

The bomb maker whose arrest claimed the lives of 44 police commandos is actually just a little snake who has been blown up into a dragon says the Jakarta based Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict

Context: The US in PH anti-terror campaigns

Feb 17, 2015 - 12:38 AM

Let’s start with a basic fact: the US has been involved in counterterrorism operations in the Philippines for more than a decade

APEC plots plan to bankrupt terror networks

Feb 07, 2015 - 12:05 PM

Shrinking the financial muscle of terrorists networks could help ease Asia Pacific s terrorism problem

UN official: No evidence of ISIS in the Philippines

Dec 14, 2014 - 9:32 PM

Although the terror has not yet reached the Philippines UN officials caution the government to stay on guard

ISLAMIC STATE? Screenshot of Youtube video showing senior Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon swearing allegiance to ISIS

Britain unveils controversial anti-terror bill

Nov 26, 2014 - 11:10 PM

The Counter Terrorism and Security Bill come under criticism from Muslim rights campaigners and civil liberties groups who have raised concern about measures not subject to review by the courts

NUMBER THREE. An image grab taken from a video released by the Islamic State (ISIS) and identified by private terrorism monitor SITE Intelligence Group on September 13, 2014 purportedly shows British aid worker David Haines dressed in orange and on his knees in a desert landscape speaking to the camera before being beheaded by a masked militant (R). SITE Intelligence Group/Handout/AFP

US Navy SEALs told to stop spilling secrets

Nov 04, 2014 - 12:03 PM

The strict code of humble anonymity represented a life long commitment and obligation and those who flouted it were no longer teammates in good standing a letter from a top official read

An unidentified man reads 'No Easy Day' outside the Strand bookstore in New York, USA, 04 September 2012. Peter Foley/EPA

Australians told to prepare for more counter-terror raids

Nov 04, 2014 - 11:23 AM

Police official: What we ll see now is more raids like we saw in Sydney because the environment has changed

Police and other law enforcement agencies cordon off a street as forensic experts collect evidence inside a house in the Guildford area of Sydney on September 18, 2014. Saeed Khan/AFP

FOX documentary to reveal who killed bin Laden

Oct 30, 2014 - 7:47 PM

The Navy SEAL will share his story of training to be a member of America’s elite fighting force and explain his involvement in the mission that killed bin Laden

Australia outlaws travel to terror hotspots

Oct 30, 2014 - 12:46 PM

UPDATED The Australian government is increasingly concerned about the flow of foreign fighters to the Middle East to join militant groups

The Australian national flag flies over Parliament House in Canberra on June 20, 2011. Torsten Blackwood/File/AFP

Somalia on high alert after Shebab leader confirmed dead

Sep 06, 2014 - 7:52 PM

The US State Department had listed Ahmed Abdi Godane as one of the world s 8 top terror fugitives

US warns of new generation of global terrorists

May 02, 2014 - 12:28 AM

Extremist violence last year was also increasingly marked by sectarian motives which the US said was a worrisome trend

TERRORISM? Flames and smoke rise from the site of twin bombings in Syria on April 9, 2014. File photo by EPA

Trio in custody over London soldier murder

May 26, 2013 - 12:21 PM

Three men were being held in custody Sunday May 26 on suspicion of conspiracy to murder the British soldier hacked to death

TRIBUTE. A man wearing Help the Heroes shirt looks at floral tributes left at the scene where Drummer Lee Rigby of the 2nd Battalion was killed outside Woolwich Barracks in London on May 24, 2013. Photo by Justin Tallis/AFP

Obama demands Hezbollah be named a terrorist group

Mar 21, 2013 - 11:04 PM

Obama urges foreign governments to declare Hezbollah a terrorist organization