7 Filipino militant suspects arrested in Malaysia

Sep 21, 2017 - 3:04 PM

The arrests last week brings to 41 the number of foreigners suspected of being 'terrorist fighters' who have been detained in Malaysia this year

U.S.-backed force seizes 90% of Syria's Raqa from ISIS

Sep 20, 2017 - 5:54 PM

Under siege in the northern city for 3 months, ISIS is struggling to defend its one-time bastion under a barrage of air strikes by the US-led coalition battling the jihadists in Syria and Iraq

WELCOME. Children flash the victory gesture as a military convoy carrying US-made Oshkosh armored vehicles, bulldozers, and arms headed for Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighting in Raqa, passes through the northeastern Syrian city of Qamishli on September 19, 2017. Delil Souleiman/AFP

Britain wants post-Brexit security treaty with EU

Sep 18, 2017 - 9:49 PM

London says it wanted to maintain existing partnerships with a bespoke pact that would open the door to enhanced cooperation as terror threats evolve against British and EU citizens

BREXIT. Union and European flags flutter in the breeze at the start of a pro-EU march through central London during the People's March for Europe on September 9, 2017. Photo by Niklas Hallen/AFP

ASEAN officials begin talks to battle terrorism, illegal drugs

Sep 18, 2017 - 7:50 PM

Other crimes such as human trafficking, money laundering, and intellectual property theft are also on the agenda of the officials' meeting in the Philippines

ALL AGAINST CRIME. ASEAN senior officials join hands in a show of solidarity against transnational crime during the preparatory meeting for the 11th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crime (AMMTC). ASEAN photo

Britain lowers threat level after 2nd arrest over London attack

Sep 17, 2017 - 3:42 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The terror threat is downgraded from critical to severe, which still means that 'an attack is highly likely'

Commuters walk outside Parsons Green station, which was re-opened in the early hours of the morning following a bomb attack on a packed underground train, in south-west London on September 16, 2017. Chris J Ratcliffe/AFP

Marawi priest Chito Soganub rescued from Maute

Sep 17, 2017 - 8:14 AM

(4th UPDATE) Marawi priest Father Teresito 'Chito' Soganub is rescued along with another hostage near Bato Mosque, one of 3 enemy strongholds that fell into government control over the past days

Father Teresito 'Chito' Soganub is flown to Manila two days after his rescue. Photo of Father Chito

Police arrest teenager over London train attack

Sep 17, 2017 - 8:03 AM

British police are looking for more potential suspects on the loose

PROBE CONTINUES. Police stand guard during a police raid in Sunbury, Surrey near London on September 16, 2017.  Chris J Ratcliffe/AFP

Manhunt for London bomber as threat level raised

Sep 16, 2017 - 12:23 PM

Prime Minister Theresa May announces that the threat level has been raised to 'critical,' and that troops would take over guarding key sites to free police officers for deployment elsewhere

'ACT OF TERRORISM.' Police forensics officers works alongside an underground tube train at a platform at Parsons Green underground tube station in west London on September 15, 2017, following an incident on an underground tube carriage at the station. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

Army captain among killed in Marawi clashes

Sep 11, 2017 - 7:25 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte pays his last respects to the fallen soldier on Monday September 11

LAST RESPECT. President Rodrigo Duterte pays his last respects to Captain Rommel Sandoval, an officer killed in Marawi. Malacañang photo --

Scuba diving terrorists? Troops guard Marawi lake vs reinforcements

Sep 08, 2017 - 8:26 PM

The threat of armed groups entering the battle area to reinforce the dwindling number of terrorists fighting the military is a real concern

LAKE LANAO. The military says it killed 10 armed men who attempted to enter the battle area in Marawi City on August 28, 2017. Photo from Joint Task Force Marawi

Anti-terror chiefs want social media help with 'lone wolves'

Sep 08, 2017 - 8:35 AM

Top counter terror chiefs say tough privacy laws and the protections enjoyed by the largely American internet and social media giants are impeding authorities in their ability to ferret out lone wolf threats

Soldiers among 4 neo-Nazi terror suspects arrested in UK

Sep 05, 2017 - 7:52 PM

The 4 suspects are being held on suspicion of being concerned in the commission preparation and instigation of acts of terrorism British police say in a statement

U.S. donates P730 million to help rebuild Marawi

Sep 05, 2017 - 2:41 PM

US Ambassador Sung Kim describes the Marawi crisis as the most urgent challenge facing the decades long ties between Manila and Washington

PH military believes Abdullah Maute is dead

Sep 04, 2017 - 11:28 AM

3rd UPDATE Abdullah Maute is already killed Chatter over Telegram indicates he is killed says Western Mindanao Command chief Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez

DEAD? Omar and Abdullah Maute, the known leaders of the so-called Maute Brothers, are believed to be dead

Abu Sayyaf operative arrested in Malaysia – military

Sep 03, 2017 - 5:45 PM

Hajar Abdul Mubin is allegedly the right hand man of Furuji Indama the notorious leader of the Abu Sayyaf faction in Basilan

Troops retake 2nd bridge in Marawi, 3 soldiers killed

Sep 01, 2017 - 12:32 PM

UPDATED Three soldiers are killed and 52 others are wounded as troops push forward against local terrorists to end the war that has dragged on for over 3 months

MORE THAN 100 DAYS. Troops cross the Mapandi Bridge in Marawi City to mark a significant win against local terrorist groups as the crisis reached its 100th Day on Wednesday, August 30. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler MORE THAN 100 DAYS. Troops cross the Mapandi Bridge in Marawi City to mark a significant win against local terrorist groups as the crisis reached its 100th Day on Wednesday, August 30. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Military opens Mapandi bridge to media amid heavy fighting in Marawi

Aug 30, 2017 - 9:05 PM

The Mapandi Bridge is one of 3 bridges that separate the so called safe zone and the battle area It is the military’s main supply route

PASSING THROUGH. A military ambulance speeds past the Mapandi Bridge which is covered with laminated sacks to prevent the IS-inspired Maute Group from getting visual intelligence on the movement of troops. the Mapandi bridge is witness to some of the bloodiest battles at the on-going Marawi siege which started on May 22, 2017. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Duterte: Military can bomb Marawi mosques with terrorists, hostages

Aug 30, 2017 - 8:35 PM

After earlier asking the military to wait it out President Rodrigo Duterte now says they have the option to bomb the remaining hideouts of terrorists even if these also hold hostages

Photo by Alber Alcain/Presidential Photo

Macron says fighting 'Islamist terror' top foreign priority

Aug 30, 2017 - 12:00 AM

Providing security for our citizens means that the fight against Islamist terrorism is our first priority Macron tells some 200 French diplomats gathered in Paris

MACRON ON FIGHTING TERROR. French President Emmanuel Macron looks on as he addresses French ambassadors during the annual gathering of French diplomatic corps at the Elysee Palace in Paris, on August 29, 2017. Photo by Yoan Valat/AFP

Australia offers to train Philippine troops in ISIS fight

Aug 29, 2017 - 11:51 AM

Australia which has an extensive defense cooperation program with Manila has already deployed two high tech AP 3C Orion aircraft for surveillance and is keen to provide further help

In this file photo, smoke rises after aerial bombings by Philippine Air Force planes on Islamist militant positions in Marawi, June 6, 2017. Noel Celis/AFP

Military kills armed men trying to enter Marawi battle zone

Aug 28, 2017 - 5:55 PM

Joint Task Force Marawi says 10 armed men attempted to sneak into the city through Lake Lanao on Monday August 28

LANAO LAKE. The military says it killed 10 armed men who attempted to enter the battle area on Monday, August 28. JTF Marawi photo

Indonesia's first female would-be suicide bomber jailed

Aug 28, 2017 - 3:27 PM

Dian Yulia Novi was arrested at her boarding house with a 3 kilogram bomb encased in a pressure cooker the night before the planned attack on the presidential palace last December

Iraqi forces poised for victory over ISIS in Tal Afar

Aug 27, 2017 - 11:15 PM

Iraqi forces are holding all 29 districts of the city and are pursuing final mopping up operations says the Joint Operations Command

Fighters of Hashed Al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization units) flash the victory gesture as they advance through a street in the town of Tal Afar, west of Mosul, after the Iraqi government announced the launch of the operation to retake it from Islamic State (IS) group control, on August 26, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE

Second man arrested after Buckingham Palace sword attack

Aug 27, 2017 - 6:44 PM

UPDATED The 30 year old man is arrested at an address in West London and police are searching his property

Lebanon finds suspected remains of troops held by ISIS

Aug 27, 2017 - 2:44 PM

UPDATED Major General Abbas Ibrahim says Islamic State fighters who had surrendered led Lebanese authorities to the remains

Relatives of Lebanese soldiers taken hostage by jihadists in 2014 sit inside a tent as they gather in downtown Beirut on August 27, 2017 awaiting news of their loved ones, after the army announced it would pause its offensive against the Islamic State (IS) group on the country's eastern border with Syria in exchange for more information on the missing troops. Nine troops are believed to still be held by IS after militants overran the Lebanese border town of Arsal in August 2014 and kidnapped 30 soldiers and police. The army has said the missing troops were its "top concern" in its offensive against an estimated 600 IS fighters using the hilly border region as a base.  / AFP PHOTO / ANWAR AMRO

Police probing knife attacks in Brussels and London

Aug 26, 2017 - 9:46 PM

The two incidents come as much of Europe is on high alert following a string of major attacks over the past two years

KNIFE ATTACK. Policemen stand guard the Boulevard Emile Jacqmain in the city centre of Brussels on August 25, 2017, where a man is alleged to have attacked soldiers with a knife and was shot. Photo by AFP

Shiites bury Kabul mosque attack dead as toll rises to 28

Aug 26, 2017 - 5:46 PM

Four attackers set off explosions and fire gunshots as they siege the Emam Zaman mosque

French ministers visit Iraq in support of ISIS fight

Aug 26, 2017 - 3:31 PM

Their visit comes as Iraqi forces battle to seize the northern city of Tal Afar from ISIS following their July victory

FIGHT ISIS. Foreign Minister of France, Jean-Yves Le Drian, arrived with Defence Minister Florence Parly in Baghdad, Iraq. File photo by AFP

Duterte returns to Marawi as clashes enter 4th month

Aug 24, 2017 - 8:55 PM

UPDATED President Rodrigo Duterte makes his 3rd visit to Marawi City after troops regained a key terrorist stronghold – one of the mosques inside the battle zone

Accompanying the President are National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr., Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff General Eduardo Año and Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go. Malacañan Photo

Civilians in ISIS-held Raqa under fire 'from all sides' – Amnesty

Aug 24, 2017 - 12:35 PM

Residents trapped in the Syrian city of Raqa face the threat of air strikes and intense artillery fire

Members of an Armenian Christian family who fled from Raqa stand near fighters from the Syriac Military Council (SMC), a Christian unit battling alongside the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces to oust the Islamic State from their Syrian stronghold, on August 8, 2017 in Jazra, a western suburb of Raqa. Sawsan Karapetyan and her family lived years of fear as some of the only Christians in the Islamic State group's Syrian stronghold Raqa, and on August 8, she fled clutching her rosary. They were rescued by Christian fighters participating in the battle to oust IS from Raqa, who brought them to the safety of the western Jazra suburb in the back of a truck.  / AFP PHOTO / Delil souleiman / “The erroneous mention appearing in the metadata of this photo by Delil souleiman has been modified in AFP systems in the following manner: Inserting correct caption instead of the one sent. Please immediately remove the erroneous mention[s] from all your online services and delete it (them) from your servers. If you have been authorized by AFP to distribute it (them) to third parties, please ensure that the same actions are carried out by them. Failure to promptly comply with these instructions will entail liability on your part for any continued or post notification usage. Therefore we thank you very much for all your attention and prompt action. We are sorry for the inconvenience this notification may cause and remain at your disposal for any further information you may require.

Dutch probe Spanish van with gas canisters after terror tip

Aug 24, 2017 - 11:35 AM

The van is found just two streets away from the Maassilo concert hall where an American rock band was supposed to play

A van with a Spanish numberplate near the concert venue Maassilo is seen during police investigations after a rock concert was cancelled due to a terror threat, in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, on August 23, 2017.  A rock concert in Rotterdam was cancelled on August 23 due to a terror threat involving a Spanish van found with gas bottles inside, the local mayor said. Earlier the Maassilo venue announced that "due to a terrorist threat, the Allah-Las concert will not take place this evening, on police orders". Rotterdam police confirmed the decision was taken due to a "possible terrorist threat" and that the van's driver had been arrested. / AFP PHOTO / ANP / Arie Kievit / Netherlands OUT

Iraqi forces advance towards heart of ISIS-held bastion

Aug 24, 2017 - 10:00 AM

The United Nations says thousands of civilians have fled Tal Afar but around 30 000 remain trapped

A fighter from the Hashed Al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization units) walks inside al-Nour neighbourhood, in eastern Tal Afar, the main remaining stronghold of the Islamic State group, after the government announced the beginning of an operation to retake it from the jihadists, on August 23, 2017.  Iraqi forces recaptured several districts and advanced towards the centre of Tal Afar, one of the Islamic State group's last strongholds in the country, as aid workers braced for an exodus of civilians fleeing the fighting. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE

Spain suspect says terror cell planned big attack on monuments

Aug 23, 2017 - 8:45 AM

Mohamed Houli Chemlal 21 says he knew of the plans two months ago as he and 3 other suspects appear in court for the first time since twin attacks killed 15 people and wounded more than 100

TO COURT. Mohamed Houli Chemlal, suspected of involvement in the terror cell that carried out twin attacks in Spain, is escorted by Spanish Civil Guards from a detention center in Tres Cantos, near Madrid, on August 22, 2017. Stringer/AFP

Mattis in Baghdad as Iraq presses assault on ISIS bastion

Aug 22, 2017 - 3:37 PM

Pentagon chief Jim Mattis shows US support for Iraqi forces as they pressed an assault on Tal Afar the Islamic State ISIS group s last major bastion in the country s north

TO THE MIDEAST. US Defense Secretary James Mattis speaks to reporters on board a flight to Jordan for the start of a regional tour on August 20, 2017. Paul Handley/AFP

4 Spain attacks suspects to go before judge, 8 others killed

Aug 22, 2017 - 12:20 PM

Four suspects detained during the investigation into the deadly Catalonia attacks will appear before a judge for the first time after the 8 other members of the jihadist terror cell are killed

People display flowers, candles, balloons and many objects to pay tribute to the victims of the Barcelona and Cambrils attacks on the Rambla boulevard in Barcelona on August 21, 2017, four days after the Barcelona and Cambrils attacks that killed 15 people. Javier Soriano/AFP

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Spanish police shoot dead possible Barcelona attack fugitive

Aug 21, 2017 - 3:59 PM

3rd UPDATE They have shot dead a suspect who could be the perpetrator of the attack a source close to the probe told AFP on condition of anonymity

People leave post-it notes with messages against the attacks and in tribute to the victims of the Barcelona attack, on a kiosk on Las Ramblas boulevard in Barcelona on August 19, 2017, two day after a van ploughed into the crowd, killing 13 persons and injuring over 100. Javier Soriano/AFP

7-year-old Filipino boy confirmed dead in Barcelona terror attack – DFA

Aug 21, 2017 - 1:40 PM

The boy was earlier listed as among the missing after a van plowed through a pedestrian filled boulevard in the city center

IN SOLIDARITY. People stand next to flowers, candles and other items set up on the Las Ramblas boulevard in Barcelona as they pay tribute to the victims of the Barcelona attack, three days after a van plowed into the crowd, killing 14 persons and injuring over 100 on August 20, 2017. Javier Soriano/AFP

9 civilians killed in Abu Sayyaf rampage in Basilan

Aug 21, 2017 - 1:30 PM

The attack is believed to be a tactic to divert the attention of the military from its operations in nearby areas

ABU SAYYAF ATTACK. Bandits under Furuji Indama attack the village of Tubigan in Maluso, Basilan. All photos from Richard Falcatan/Rappler

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Spain to identify attack victims as manhunt for suspect deepens

Aug 21, 2017 - 7:36 AM

UPDATED The suspected jihadists had been preparing bombs for one or more attacks in Barcelona regional police chief Josep Lluis Trapero tells reporters

People stand next to flowers, candles and other items set up on the Las Ramblas boulevard in Barcelona as they pay tribute to the victims of the Barcelona attack, three days after a van plowed into the crowd, killing 13 persons and injuring over 100 on August 20, 2017. Javier Soriano/AFP

Iraq launches battle for Tal Afar, ISIS bastion near Mosul

Aug 21, 2017 - 1:50 AM

Tal Afar is the last major population center in northern Iraq under the control of the Islamic State

Fighters from the Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation) paramilitaries advance towards the city of Tal Afar, the main remaining stronghold of the Islamic State group, after the government announced the beginning of an operation to retake it from the jihadists, on August 20, 2017. Iraqi forces pounded the Islamic State group in Tal Afar in a new assault just weeks after ousting IS from second city Mosul. Once a key IS supply hub between Mosul -- around 70 kilometres (45 miles) further east -- and the Syrian border, Tal Afar is the last major population centre in northern Iraq under jihadist control.  / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE

Finland marks minute of silence for stabbing victims

Aug 21, 2017 - 1:05 AM

Several hundred people including emergency workers city officials and police gather at the market square where the attack took place

People hold a minute's silence in front of flowers and candles laid at a makeshift memorial at the Turku Market Square in Turku, Finland, on August 20, 2017. Ten people were stabbed in Central Turku on August 18, 2017 and two persons have been confirmed dead. / AFP PHOTO / Lehtikuva / Vesa Moilanen / Finland OUT

Spain hunts suspect over Barcelona carnage

Aug 20, 2017 - 11:24 AM

As investigators scramble to piece together the attacks Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido says the cell behind the carnage has been dismantled though local authorities take a more cautious tone

PAYING TRIBUTE. Spain's King Felipe VI (L) and Spain's Queen Letizia (2ndL) lay a wreath of flowers for the victims of the Barcelona attack on Las Ramblas boulevard, in Barcelona on August 19, 2017, two days after a van plowed into the crowd, killing 13 persons and injuring over 100. Josep Lago/AFP

Filipina's 7-year-old son missing after Barcelona attack

Aug 19, 2017 - 7:05 PM

The mother and son were in Barcelona to attend the wedding of a cousin when the Barcelona terror attack happened DFA says

TRIBUTE. People sit next to flowers, messages, stuffed toys and others items displayed on the Rambla boulevard on August 18, 2017, to pay tribute to the victims of the Barcelona attack, a day after a van ploughed into the crowd. Photo by Josep Lago/AFP

Lebanon army launches offensive against ISIS on Syria border

Aug 19, 2017 - 5:50 PM

The operation follows one by Shiite militant group Hezbollah last month against jihadists

EVACUEES. Red Cross workers and government forces receive buses carrying Syrian rebel fighters and their families following their arrival in Flita on August 14, 2017. Photo by AFP

Dozens of nationalities among Spain attack victims

Aug 19, 2017 - 4:37 PM

Here is a running list of nationalities affected from the incident

TRIBUTE. People lay flowers, candles and other items at a makeshift memorial set up on the Las Ramblas boulevard in Barcelona as they pay tribute to the victims of the Barcelona attack. Photo by Pascal Guyot/AFP

'Islamic terrorism' must stop, Trump says after Spain attacks

Aug 18, 2017 - 10:03 PM

Radical Islamic Terrorism must be stopped by whatever means necessary The courts must give us back our protective rights Have to be tough Trump says in one of his signature early morning tweet storms

VIGIL. A man lights a candle at the Canaletas fountain on the Rambla boulevard for the victims of the Barcelona attack on August 18, 2017, a day after a van ploughed into the crowd, killing 13 persons and injuring over 100 on the Rambla in Barcelona. Photo by Javier Soriano/ AFP

Spain twin vehicle attacks: What we know

Aug 18, 2017 - 1:12 PM

UPDATED Here s what we know so far about the two separate attacks that happened in Barcelona and Cambrils

TERROR. The van who ploughed into the crowd, killing at least 13 people and injuring around 100 others is towed away from the Rambla in Barcelona on August 18, 2017 Photo by Javier Soriano/AFP

4 Filipino-Irish family members hurt in Barcelona attack

Aug 18, 2017 - 10:32 AM

Two members of the family have been released from the hospital while the other two are still under observation says Philippine Honorary Consul to Barcelona Jordi Puig Roches

BARCELONA ATTACK. The van that ploughed into a Barcelona crowd, killing at least 13 people and injuring around 100 others, is towed away from the Rambla on August 18, 2017. Photo by Josep Lago/AFP