Syria army, allies retake Albu Kamal from ISIS – military source

Nov 19, 2017 - 9:11 PM

(UPDATED) The loss of Albu Kamal caps the ISIS group's reversion to an underground guerrilla organization with no urban base

A region in panic: ASEAN doubles down against ISIS threat

Nov 17, 2017 - 11:05 AM

World leaders understand that the ISIS threat is not over and a war could erupt again – in their countries, if not in the Philippines – as they expect the return of Asian fighters from the Middle East

URBAN WARFARE. The war in Marawi City challenged Filipino troops used to fighting in the jungles. Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

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

EU stresses ASEAN cooperation in fighting terrorism

Nov 14, 2017 - 3:04 PM

'Tensions and radicalization in the Asia-Pacific can destabilize the world well beyond your region,' EU President Donald Tusk tells Southeast Asian leaders

COUNTER-TERRORISM. European Council President Donald Tusk appeals to Southeast Asian nation for cooperation in fighting radicalization during the ASEAN-EU Summit on November 14, 2017 in Manila, Philippines. Photo from RTVM feed

UN vows to help ASEAN in counter-terrorism efforts

Nov 14, 2017 - 7:15 AM

Security is a major issue in the region with the rising threat brought by extremism and ISIS

FIGHTING TERRORISM. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres vows to help ASEAN countries in fighting terrorism. Screengrab by Rappler

PH, Australia commit to strengthen cooperation vs terrorism

Nov 13, 2017 - 8:42 PM

AFP chief of staff General Rey Guerrero presents the capabilities and concerns of the Philippine military in fighting terrorism, particularly the threat from ISIS

COOPERATION. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull commits to strengthen ties with the Philippine military. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

World leaders meet in PH amid post-Marawi security concerns

Nov 12, 2017 - 9:45 PM

The Philippine military is confident of its preparations for the ASEAN Summit. Intelligence agencies of allied countries are also on top of the situation.

Mass graves holding '400 ISIS victims' found in Iraq

Nov 12, 2017 - 7:41 AM

The burial pits near Hawija are discovered thanks to witness accounts from local residents

ISIS recaptures last Syrian urban bastion in fierce fightback

Nov 12, 2017 - 12:53 AM

(UPDATED) Across the border, Iraqi forces seize several villages from the jihadists in an offensive to capture the last ISIS-held section of their country

Islamic State thriving in Somalia – UN report

Nov 11, 2017 - 8:45 AM

The UN report raises concerns that the Bari region could become a potential haven for foreign ISIS fighters, as the extremists are driven out of their strongholds in Syria and Iraq

#PugadBaboy: Critiques Get You Fired

Nov 10, 2017 - 11:00 AM

Polisi ungkap rencana teror yang menyasar pernikahan Kahiyang Ayu

Nov 09, 2017 - 1:55 PM

Pelaku diduga merupakan simpatisan kelompok ISIS

PEMASANGAN CINCIN. Presiden Joko Widodo (kedua kiri) didampingi Ibu Negara, Iriana Joko Widodo (kiri) dan menantunya Selvi Ananda (ketiga kiri) menyaksikan prosesi pemasangan cincin kawin saat pernikahan putrinya Kahiyang Ayu (kedua kanan) dan Bobby Nasution (kedua kanan) seusai ijab kabul di Gedung Graha Saba, Sumber, Solo, Jawa Tengah, Rabu, 8 November. Foto oleh Maulana Surya/ANTARA

Marawi shows PH 'woefully inadequate' vs terrorism – Lorenzana

Nov 08, 2017 - 12:34 PM

Terrorism is among the top security concerns that ASEAN leaders are expected to discuss in regional meetings in Vietnam and the Philippines this week

URBAN WARFARE. Filipino troops are accustomed to jungle warfare. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Roque urges Sereno to quit, Lorenzana on Baco, Lacson on Ventura | Evening wRap

Nov 06, 2017 - 9:21 PM

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New ISIS emir? Get to know Malaysian terrorist Amin Baco

Nov 06, 2017 - 7:07 PM

The alleged new head of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Southeast Asia is a former member of Darul Islam Sabah network, according to a report by the Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict

New ISIS leader in Southeast Asia, SWS survey on Duterte, Texas shooting | Midday wRap

Nov 06, 2017 - 12:58 PM

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Amin Baco is new ISIS Southeast Asia leader – PNP

Nov 06, 2017 - 9:01 AM

(UPDATED) Amin Baco is seen as 'one of the most experienced terrorists' in the Philippines

PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa holds his regular press conference at Camp Crame, November 6, 2017. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Istri petinggi ISIS asal Indonesia ditangkap di Filipina

Nov 05, 2017 - 11:22 PM

Minhati disergap di rumahnya di Tubod, kota Iligan pada Minggu pagi tadi

TAK MAU BERBICARA. Istri teroris Omar Maute, Minhati Madrais, enggan berbicara kepada polisi jika tidak didampingi pejabat dari KBRI Manila. Foto oleh Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

ISIS attack killed at least 75 displaced Syrians

Nov 05, 2017 - 9:09 PM

The scale of the attack showed that despite losing vast swathes of territory it held in Iraq and Syria, the group is still capable of mounting deadly attacks

WAR-TORN. A picture shows the damage in the eastern Syrian city of Deir Ezzor during a military operation by government forces against Islamic State (IS) group jihadists on November 4, 2017. AFP photo

Anti-ISIS forces converge on Syria border town

Nov 04, 2017 - 8:54 PM

(UPDATED) The town lies along the Euphrates river in western Iraq and faces Albu Kamal, which is where many of ISIS's remaining fighters are thought to have regrouped in their debacle

U.S. strikes ISIS in Somalia for first time

Nov 04, 2017 - 9:09 AM

The strikes occurred in northeastern Somalia and killed 'several terrorists,' the US military's Africa Command says in a statement

Marawi still 'dangerous place' due to Maute stragglers

Nov 03, 2017 - 4:12 PM

The Philippine military, however, says the stragglers are only fighting for survival and pose no threat to Marawi's overall security

Marawi battle area. Rappler file photo

Anzhar al-Khilafa members arrested, McMaster on Trump, Trump Twitter deactivated | Midday wRap

Nov 03, 2017 - 12:54 PM

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New York attacker was 'soldier' of ISIS, Islamic State says

Nov 03, 2017 - 12:11 PM

'One of the soldiers of the Islamic State attacked a number of crusaders on a street in New York City,' said an article in the latest issue of the group's al-Naba weekly newspaper

PRIME SUSPECT. A picture of suspect Sayfullo Saipov is displayed during a news conference about yesterday's attack along a bike path in lower Manhattan that is being called a terrorist incident on November 1, 2017 in New York City. File photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

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Trump calls for death penalty for New York attacker

Nov 02, 2017 - 11:51 PM

Trump says he is considering sending Sayfullo Saipov, 29, to the military's notorious Guantanamo Bay detention center, but backed off the idea in a blast of early morning tweets calling for the death penalty

GREAT AGAIN. File image dated August 3, 2017 shows US President Donald Trump arriving to speak at a Make America Great Again Rally at Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington, West Virginia. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Indonesian terrorist, Roque on Duterte, NY terror suspect | Evening wRap

Nov 02, 2017 - 9:16 PM

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‘Key players’ in ISIS-linked group arrested in Sarangani drug raid

Nov 02, 2017 - 7:59 PM

Brothers Faroon Honjeras Lumatao and Alhotaibby Honjeras Lumatao – arrested in Sarangani province – are said to be key players of Ansar al-Khilafa

ARREST. Brothers Faroon Lumatao and Alhotaibby Lumatao are arrested late night of November 1. Authorities say they are alleged members of Al-Khilafa Philippines, a group that reportedly pledged allegiance to ISIS. Photo courtesy of PDEA Region XII

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Nov 02, 2017 - 12:26 PM

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U.S. charges suspect who 'felt good' about NYC attack

Nov 02, 2017 - 7:17 AM

(UPDATED) Prosecutors unveil the terrorism charges against 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov, saying he had waived his rights and openly confessed to the attack while being questioned in custody at a hospital after being shot

PRIME SUSPECT. A picture of suspect Sayfullo Saipov is displayed during a news conference about yesterday's attack along a bike path in lower Manhattan that is being called a terrorist incident on November 1, 2017 in New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

New York attacker linked to IS, 'radicalized' in U.S.

Nov 01, 2017 - 11:34 PM

'After he came to the United States is when he started to become informed about ISIS and radical Islamic tactics,' says New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo

SUSPECT. This handout photograph obtained courtesy of the St. Charles County Dept. of Corrections of Missouri on October 31, 2017 shows Sayfullah Habibullahevic Saipov, the suspect who killed eight people in New York on Tuesday, October 31, 2017. AFP

Deretan serangan ISIS selama 1 tahun terakhir

Nov 01, 2017 - 5:22 PM

Korban yang bergelimpangan akibat serangan teror kelompok tersebut sudah banyak

Seorang jurnalis duduk di depan spanduk menentang ISIS, di Jakarta, September 2014. Foto dari EPA

'We must not allow ISIS to return' to U.S. – Trump

Nov 01, 2017 - 9:22 AM

Trump tweets: 'We must not allow ISIS to return, or enter, our country after defeating them in the Middle East and elsewhere. Enough!'

CHECKS. Police officers inspect a truck following a shooting incident in New York on October 31, 2017. Don Emmert/AFP

The week in photos: October 21-27, 2017

Oct 28, 2017 - 2:50 PM

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

CHAT. Pope Francis (R) speaks during a video conference connection with the International Space Station (ISS), at the Vatican on 26 October, 2017. Photo by Osservatore Romeno/AFP

Iraq forces advance into 'last den' of ISIS

Oct 26, 2017 - 11:21 PM

(UPDATED) The start of the keenly awaited offensive that the US-led coalition fighting ISIS has dubbed 'the last big fight' of the campaign comes even as Iraqi troops launch a new operation against the Kurds

DEFENSE. Iraqi forces stand guard at the Mosul Dam in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on October 24, 2017. Photo by Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP

Marawi in 360: The Cost of War

Oct 26, 2017 - 9:09 PM

Part 2: Experience firsthand the living conditions of the evacuees. Listen to their pain and their worries. Witness the cost of the war through the first-ever, virtual-reality war documentary on the city and surrounding towns.

MASS BURIAL. Bodies were recovered from the main battle area in Marawi city where IS-linked Maute Group are holding ground. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, October 26, 2017

Oct 26, 2017 - 11:15 AM

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Documentary | Marawi: 153 days of war

Oct 25, 2017 - 9:08 PM

(UPDATED) See the terror, get to know the heroes, and learn the lessons of the war that dragged on for 5 months

Dela Rosa, Andanar, ISIS in PH | Midday wRap

Oct 25, 2017 - 12:48 PM

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#ThewRap: Things you need to know, October 25, 2017

Oct 25, 2017 - 11:42 AM

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte poses for a photo with Japan Minister of Defense Itsunori Onodera who is among the dialogue partners who joined the ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting at the ASEAN Convention Center in Clark, Pampanga on October 24, 2017. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Peperangan di Marawi turut berpengaruh dalam aksi teror di Indonesia

Oct 25, 2017 - 10:43 AM

Sebagian besar teroris fokus kepada peperangan di Marawi, sehingga mengabaikan serangan teror di Indonesia

PERANG MARAWI. Pasukan militer Filipina di medan pertempuran Marawi untuk mengambil alih kota dari tangan kelompok teroris. Foto oleh Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

How the Marawi siege affected terrorism in Indonesia

Oct 24, 2017 - 9:10 PM

'The [Islamic State] narrative for Indonesians was to do hijrah in the Philippines, not commit attacks at home,' states a report by the Terrorism Research and Analysis Consortium

MARAWI SIEGE. Philippine troops in action in the battle zone, during the war against IS-linked terrorists. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Life begins returning to war-torn Marawi

Oct 24, 2017 - 4:42 PM

Gunfire greet returning residents as soldiers scour devastated neighborhoods for remaining militants

RETURNING HOME. A soldier (R) talks to a resident (2nd R) returning to inspect her home near the battle area of Mapandi in Marawi, October 24, 2017. Ted Aljibe/AFP

Iraq PM challenges Tillerson on Iran remarks

Oct 24, 2017 - 7:55 AM

Tillerson and Abadi, in Baghdad, also discussed 'government measures taken to restore the authority of the federal government in Kirkuk'

ISIS 'executed' 116 in Syria town revenge campaign

Oct 24, 2017 - 12:05 AM

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says ISIS fighters massacred more than 100 people in the desert town of Al-Qaryatain this month before they lost it to regime forces

Marawi in 360: Inside the War Zone

Oct 23, 2017 - 6:44 PM

(UPDATED) Part 1: Experience firsthand what has been left by the battles in Marawi, and the challenges faced by the Philippine military through the region's first-ever, virtual-reality war documentary

ON THE GROUND. Soldiers at the battle zone. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Marawi combat operations over – Lorenzana

Oct 23, 2017 - 1:11 PM

(4th UPDATE) 'We now announce the termination of all combat operations in Marawi,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Monday, October 23

 WAR IS OVER. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana announces on Monday, October 23, 2017, that government security forces – both the armed forces and the police – have 'nipped the budding infrastructure and defeated terrorism in the Philippines.’ Rappler file photo of Marawi’s main battle area

U.S. defense chief Mattis praises PH for success in Marawi

Oct 23, 2017 - 12:59 PM

Mattis: 'It was a very tough fight as you know in southern Mindanao. And I think the Philippine military sends a very strong message to the terrorists.'

PENTAGON CHIEF. In this file photo, U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis arrives on Capitol Hill, October 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

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Oct 23, 2017 - 12:54 PM

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Tillerson woos Gulf allies in push to undercut Iran

Oct 23, 2017 - 7:01 AM

Tillerson's visit to the Gulf, his third as secretary of state, also aims at persuading Qatar and a rival Saudi-led alliance to open the door to dialogue – a goal he said had come to a deadlock

IN RIYADH. Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir (R) speaks with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson ahead of his deprature in Riyadh on October 22, 2017. Alex Brandon/Pool/AFP