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3 French ISIS members sentenced to death in Iraq

May 26, 2019 - 7:35 PM

The 3 sentenced are among 12 French citizens who were caught in Syria and transferred to Iraqi custody in February 2019

LINKS. Iraq sentences more than 600 people suspected of links to the militant group a year after the end of a 3-year war against the jihadists. Photo from Shutterstock

Somalia's Shabaab Islamist group claims attack in Nairobi

Jan 15, 2019 - 11:20 PM

The Al-Qaeda-linked group says it is behind the attack, which has seen a blast and gunfire at the DusitD2 hotel and office compound in a Nairobi suburb

Two Russian servicemen killed in Syria mortar attack

Jan 04, 2018 - 6:34 PM

The latest killings raises to 44 the number of Russian military casualties in the Syria campaign

RUSSIAN ARMY. This file picture taken during a press tour provided by the Russian Armed Forces on September 15, 2017 shows Russian soldiers standing guard in a central street in Syria's eastern city of Deir Ezzor, as locals pass by. Photo by  Dominique Derda/France2/AFP

U.S. crucial to beating IS in Philippines, says ambassador

Oct 26, 2017 - 7:19 PM

Ambassador Sung Kim highlights American intelligence, urban warfare training, and drones as among the factors that helped end the conflict in Marawi City

Kuwait emir warns against Gulf crisis escalating

Oct 24, 2017 - 9:09 PM

Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed Al-Sabah says Kuwait's goal is to save the Gulf Cooperation Council union from 'cracking and collapsing'

MEDIATOR. Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah waves during the opening ceremony of the new legislative year at the National Assembly in Kuwait City, on October 24, 2017. Photo by Yasser Al-Zayyat/AFP

Bangladesh marks first anniversary of deadly cafe siege

Jul 01, 2017 - 8:05 PM

Bangladesh is gradually overcoming the threat posed by Islamic extremism says the country s cultural affairs minister

REMEMBRANCE. A relative of a victim lay flowers to pay tribute to the victims of the Holey Artisan Bakery cafe deadly siege to commemorate the first anniversary of the attack carried out by Islamist militants, in Dhaka on July 1, 2017. Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Bangladesh 'militants' surrender after Facebook plea

May 21, 2017 - 9:10 PM

One of the alleged Islamists took to Facebook to profess his innocence while urging authorities not to storm the building

Blasts kill 3 as Bangladesh commandos storm extremist hideout

Mar 25, 2017 - 8:08 PM

UPDATED Two powerful blasts go off some 400 yards from the hideout targeting a huge crowd of people and police officials witnessing the commando operation

Raids in Austria as 'terror' suspect grilled

Jan 21, 2017 - 7:16 PM

According to the police signs had multiplied in recent days that there might be an attack in Vienna

Police patrols on December 20, 2016 a Christmas market in Vienna, the day after a terror attack in Berlin's Christmas market.  Austrian police will distribute 6,000 pocket alarms on New Year's Eve to help prevent incidents like the mass sex assaults in neighbouring Germany a year ago, the interior ministry said Tuesday. / AFP PHOTO / APA / HERBERT PFARRHOFER / Austria OUT

Bangladesh forces kill 11 suspected Islamist militants

Oct 08, 2016 - 5:05 PM

UPDATED Police have conducted a series of raids on suspected militant hideouts since extremists stormed a posh Dhaka cafe in July

Top Islamist extremist shot dead in Dhaka – police

Sep 11, 2016 - 7:44 AM

Abdul Karim is the deputy of Tamim Chowdhury leader of the Islamist militant outfit Jamayetul Mujahideen Bangladesh JMB

Bangladesh hangs top financier of largest Islamist party

Sep 04, 2016 - 10:52 AM

Mir Quasem Ali was executed after he was convicted for offenses committed during the 1971 independence conflict with Pakistan

TOP FINANCIER. Bangladesh government hanged a wealthy tycoon, who primarily finances the Jamaat-e-Islami party.

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

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

Bangladesh in mourning after hostage bloodbath

Jul 03, 2016 - 9:44 AM

Flags are being flown at half mast in government offices and at other sites across the country while funerals of the two Bangladeshi victims are expected to be held

TERROR ATTACK. Bangladeshi soldiers and police walk along a street leading to an upscale restaurant in Dhaka on July 2, 2016, following a bloody siege there by armed attackers that began on July 1. Photo from STR / AFP

Hindu temple volunteer hacked to death in Bangladesh

Jul 01, 2016 - 12:15 PM

50 year old Shyamananda Das is the latest member of a religious minority to be killed

Teenage 'Islamist' killed in Bangladesh after Hindu attack

Jun 18, 2016 - 5:24 PM

Police says Golam Faizullah Fahim was a college student and was a member of banned Islamist group Hizb ut Tahrir

TEENAGE 'ISLAMIST'. A picture made available 16 June 2016 of a college student , who was only identified as Fahim, in police custody in Madaripur, Bangladesh, 15 June 2016, after he was caught by locals when he along with two other unidentified men tried to hack Ripon Chakrabarti, a 50 years old Hindu mathematics lecturer in his house. Photo by EPA

Bangladesh arrests Islamist militant over publisher attack

Jun 16, 2016 - 6:35 PM

Police say the arrest of 20 year old Suman Hossain Patowari alleged member of the Ansarullah Bangla Team ABT is an important breakthrough

Bangladesh police escort Islamist militant Suman Hossain Patowari (C), 20, after his arrest in connection with an attack on publisher Ahmedur Rashid Tutul in Dhaka on June 16, 2016.    An Islamist militant suspected of attacking a publisher last year has been arrested, Bangladesh police said June 16, in what they described as an important breakthrough in their investigations into a spate of horrific attacks. Suman Hossain Patowari, 20, was arrested in Dhaka late June 15 over a brutal attack that wounded publisher Ahmedur Rashid Tutul and two others at his office in the capital in October.  / AFP PHOTO / STR

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Bangladesh clerics issue fatwa on Islamist killings

Jun 14, 2016 - 5:45 PM

UPDATED The fatwa or religious edict says killings of non Muslims minorities and secular activists are forbidden in Islam

epa05007525 Cultural activists, writers and members of the Ganajagaran Mancha shout slogans as they attend a torch light procession protesting the killing and attacks on the publisher and bloggers in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 02 November 2015. Ganajagaran Mancha has called for a half-day country-wide strike on 03 November demanding the arrest of the assailants of publishers. The publisher Faisal Arefin Dipan was stabbed to death in Dhaka on 31 October, hours after unidentified assailants knifed another publisher and two secular bloggers elsewhere in the city. Four secularist bloggers have been killed by suspected Islamist militants in Bangladesh this year. EPA/ABIR ABDULLAH

Shabaab says it executed 6 'spies' in Somalia

Jun 11, 2016 - 7:28 PM

They say one of them helped kill their supreme leader in a US drone strike

Christian hacked to death in latest Bangladesh attack

Jun 05, 2016 - 7:35 PM

UPDATED The Islamic State claims responsibility for the murder of 65 year old Sunil Gomes

Nigeria hosts international summit on Boko Haram

May 14, 2016 - 6:58 PM

The summit comes as Nigeria s military pushes deep into Boko Haram s Sambisa Forest stronghold after recapturing swathes of territory

INTERNATIONAL SUMMIT.  In this file photo, soldiers from 21 Brigade and Army Engineers clearing Islamic militant group Boko Haram camps at Chuogori and Shantumari in Borno State, Nigeria, July 30, 2015. File photo by EPA/STR

Bangladesh professor hacked to death in suspected Islamist attack

Apr 23, 2016 - 8:26 PM

UPDATED ISIS says it was behind the murder accusing the professor of calling for atheism

KILLED. A man holds a portrait of Bangladeshi professor Rezaul Karim Siddique, who was hacked to death by unidentified attackers, in Rajshahi on April 23, 2016. Md. Abdullah Iqbal/AFP

At least 30 killed in Somalia restaurant bombings

Feb 29, 2016 - 5:31 PM

Shebab Islamists claim responsibility for the deadly blasts at a crowded restaurant

People and soldiers search in the rubble of a destroyed building on 28 February, 2016 in Baidoa after twin explosions in the Somali city killed at least 30 people.  An initial car bomb struck a popular restaurant in a busy part of the regional capital on Sunday afternoon, with a suicide bomber nearby hitting people as they fled the area. The Al-Qaeda aligned Shebab jihadists claimed responsiblity for the attacks, saying local officials were targeted.  / AFP / -

US urges Turkey to halt Syria strikes

Feb 14, 2016 - 9:54 AM

The Turkish strikes would likely involve artillery fire from tanks

Gunmen kill 30 in two Nigeria village raids – vigilantes Islamists

Feb 14, 2016 - 7:25 AM

Gunmen on bikes and in vans storm the remote villages of Yakhari and Kachifa on February 13 and 14

Man shot dead attacking police on Charlie Hebdo anniversary

Jan 07, 2016 - 10:25 PM

According to authorities the man was wearing what appeared to be an explosives vest – but it later turned out to be a fake

France begins week-long commemorations of Charlie Hebdo attack

Jan 05, 2016 - 9:03 PM

The massacre at Charlie Hebdo on January 7 2015 unleashed an outpouring of solidarity for freedom of expression globally with the rallying cry Je Suis Charlie

JE SUIS CHARLIE. A man with a logo on his jacket that reads in French, "I am Charlie" and a pen in his mouth, stands with other during a rally in Lyon, on January 7, 2015, following an attack by unknown gunmen on the offices of the satirical weekly, Charlie Hebdo. Photo by Jeff Pachoud / AFP

Fresh gunfire at Indian Air Force base in Pathankot – police

Jan 03, 2016 - 6:29 PM

The gunmen are suspected to be from the Pakistan based Jaish e Mohammed Islamist group

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Top army officer, 10 others dead in assault on Indian air base

Jan 03, 2016 - 4:58 PM

Seven soldiers and four attackers were killed at the Pathankot base in the northern state of Punjab

INFILTRATION. Heavily armed gunmen believed to be Islamists infiltrated the key station early Saturday.

Indian air base attack 'heinous terrorist act': US

Jan 03, 2016 - 10:19 AM

Three security officers were killed in the attack by suspected Islamist militants on Pathankot base in northern Punjab state earlier Saturday

ON GUARD. Punjab police men are silhouetted against the setting sun as a chopper flies overhead, following an encounter with militants at Air Force base in Pathankot, India, 02 January 2016. EPA/SANJAY BAID

Fears of new Islamist threat emerge in Nigeria

Dec 19, 2015 - 1:49 PM

Battling Boko Haram is a priority for Nigeria s President Muhammadu Buhari who has vowed to end the insurgency that has claimed 17 000 lives

A file photo taken on June 5, 2013 shows Nigerian soldiers patrolling in the north of Borno state close to a Islamist extremist group Boko Haram former camp near Maiduguri. Nigeria's military on June 8, 2015 said it had begun shifting the command centre for its battle against Boko Haram from the capital to Maiduguri in the northeast, following a directive from President Muhammadu Buhari. Buhari announced the move in his inaugural speech on May 29, saying the Islamist insurgents would not be defeated until military command and control was transferred to the city at the heart of the uprising. "A reconnaissance and advance team for the establishment of Military Command and Control Centre (MCCC) for OPERATION ZAMAN LAFIYA for the fight against terrorism and insurgency has moved to Maiduguri," an army statement said. AFP PHOTO / Quentin Leboucher

Gunmen kill 4 Egypt policemen south of Cairo

Nov 28, 2015 - 5:49 PM

Gunmen opened fire on a police vehicle in an area between the famed Giza pyramids west of Cairo and the Saqarra pyramids to the south government says

Female suicide bombers kill 5 in Cameroon attack

Nov 21, 2015 - 11:34 PM

One of the suicide bombers kills a local chief and his family in a village near Fotokol town

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Eight dead as Mali hotel standoff continues

Aug 08, 2015 - 3:40 AM

There are no claims of responsibility for the early morning attack and no official comment from the government in the west African country

Female suicide bombers cause heavy casualties in NE Nigeria village

Jul 04, 2015 - 10:34 PM

Boko Haram is fighting to establish a hardline Islamic State in northeast Nigeria

Boko Haram recaptures key town in northeast Nigeria

May 16, 2015 - 6:04 PM

The town located along a strategic trading route between Nigeria and neighbouring Cameroon and Chad trades hands between the jihadists and government troops numerous times since 2013

BOKO HARAM. An image grab made on October 31, 2014 from a video obtained by AFP shows the leader of the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram Abubakar Shekau (C) delivering a speech. File photo by Boko Haram/AFP

69 Egypt Islamists get life terms for torching church

Apr 30, 2015 - 12:16 AM

The court also sentenced two minors to 10 years in jail in the same case A life term in Egypt amounts to 25 years in jail

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Apr 06, 2015 - 7:34 PM

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Five arrested after Kenya university massacre – interior ministry

Apr 04, 2015 - 5:45 PM

The interior ministry spokesman says 3 were arrested while trying to flee to Somalia while 2 were arrested within the precincts of Garissa University

PROTEST. Muslim residents of Garissa chant 'al-Shabab chini' (Down with al-Shabab) as they take to the street to protest against attack on the Garissa University College. Photo by Dai Kurokawa/EPA

Somalia's Shebab warns Kenyan public of 'long, gruesome war'

Apr 04, 2015 - 3:39 PM

In a statement the group claims it will continue to avenge the deaths of thousands of Muslims killed at the hands of the Kenyan security forces

GRIEF. Some of the Garissa University students who were rescued, comfort each other at the Garissa military camp. Photo by Daniel Irungu/EPA

Pope Francis denounces 'intolerable brutality' in Iraq, Syria

Mar 02, 2015 - 12:33 AM

To those suffering from conflict in Iraq and Syria Pope Francis says we are with them and we are praying intently for the rapid end of the intolerable brutality of which they are victims

POPE'S WORDS. Pope Francis waves at the end of his weekly general audience on April 2, 2014 at the Vatican. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS

Female suicide bomber kills 7 in Nigeria

Feb 15, 2015 - 10:05 PM

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack but suspicion falls on Boko Haram which has used women as human bombs

BLACK FLAG. Authorities suspect the attack may have been connected to other recent Boko Haram attacks in the region. Photo by Stephanie Yas/AFP

German city cancels parade over 'Islamist terror threat'

Feb 15, 2015 - 9:35 PM

The decision was made following a tip by reliable state security sources

EUROPE'S FEAR. A string of Islamist attacks, including the Paris attacks in January commemorated by people in a silent march as pictured, has led to heightened security and growing fear of when the next attack will be. AFP PHOTO/ BELGA / NICOLAS MAETERLINCK

UN chief backs regional African force to fight Boko Haram

Jan 31, 2015 - 5:13 PM

Military experts is set to discuss the force on February 5 7 in Cameroon

APPROVED. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomes the establishment of an MJTF (Multinational Joint Task Force) against Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamist militants. Photo from EPA

ISIS suffers 'devastating' blows but biggest fighting still ahead

Jan 28, 2015 - 9:14 PM

Washington and Baghdad have repeatedly voiced confidence that the current strategy is bearing fruit But some Sunni Arab forces say foreign troops on the ground are necessary to crack IS biggest strongholds

Smoke and flames rise following an explosion in the Syrian town of Kobane as seen from the southeastern Turkish village of Mursitpinar in the Sanliurfa province on October 20, 2014. Bulent Kilic/AFP

Attacks challenge 'lone wolf' terrorist theory

Jan 18, 2015 - 10:39 PM

A New York based think tank says a better term would be known wolves given how many are already known to Western intelligence agencies before they strike

'KNOWN WOLF.' An image grab taken from a propaganda video released on March 17, 2014 by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)'s al-Furqan Media allegedly shows ISIS fighters raising their weapons as they stand on a vehicle mounted with the trademark Jihadists flag at an undisclosed location in the Anbar province. File Photo by Al-Furqan Media/AFP

One arrested as German police raid Islamists in Berlin

Jan 16, 2015 - 3:56 PM

The arrested man is a 41 year old man of Turkish origin suspected of leading an Islamist extremist group made up of Turkish and Russian nationals from Chechnya and Dagestan

US judge denies Boston trial delay over Paris attacks

Jan 14, 2015 - 11:33 PM

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev s lawyers say the suspension of jury selection would allow time for extraordinary prejudice flowing from these events in France and the comparison of those events to those at issue in this case to diminish

JURY SELECTION. A file photo dated 15 April 2013 of scene over Boylston Street following two bomb explosions at the finish line area of the 117th Boston Marathon in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. File Photo by Bllie Weiss/EPA