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Singapore ISIS fighter challenges Prince Harry in video

Sep 24, 2017 - 9:07 PM

Authorities believe it is the first time that a fighter from the affluent city-state has featured prominently in one of ISIS videos

Threats of narcoterrorism in the Philippines

Sep 23, 2017 - 11:08 PM

Narcoterrorism has become a security problem that, if not quickly abated, can undermine world peace and stability

Duterte's new matrix links Maute Group to drugs

Sep 23, 2017 - 6:31 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says this could explain how the ISIS-inspired Maute Group sustains its operations in Marawi City

NEW MATRIX. President Rodrigo Duterte presents a new matrix that links the terrorist Maute Group to illegal drugs.

Black-clad armed men harass towns outside Marawi

Sep 23, 2017 - 3:42 PM

The military says it is investigating the presence of 5 to 7 armed men in the town of Bayang in Lanao del Sur

HARASSMENT. Mayor Aslani Pangarungan Balt says about 20 black-clad armed men harassed a military detachment in his town Bayang. Rappler photo

How an army captain died saving his soldier's life in Marawi

Sep 23, 2017 - 2:36 PM

Company Commander Rommel Sandoval could not bear seeing any of his men wounded. For this, he paid the ultimate sacrifice.

'DAREDEVIL.' Caprain Rommel Sandoval's courage was 'above and beyond the call of duty,' said his superiors. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Duterte: 'Alien' ideology, not Islam, root of PH terror problem

Sep 22, 2017 - 11:47 PM

'It is not Islam. I should know. I would be the last person to condemn the Moro people,' Duterte says at a gathering with reporters on Friday evening, September 22

President Rodrigo Duterte along with top military officials visits Camp Ranao, Headquarters of the 103rd Brigade on Marawi city on Thursday, Sept. 21,2017. Duterte reiterates his commitment to rebuild much of the city which is destroyed by the ongoing conflict between terrorists Maute and Abu Sayyaf Groups and government forces. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

'PH failed to detect signs that led to Marawi' – expert

Sep 22, 2017 - 7:18 PM

The Marawi crisis 'is a failure of government to act based on sound and timely intelligence,' terrorism expert Rohan Gunaratna says

MARAWI CRISIS. Smoke billows from houses after aerial bombings by Philippine Air Force planes on terrorist positions in Marawi City on September 17, 2017. Photo by Ferdinandh Cabrera/AFP

Mantan bankir: Aturan biaya isi ulang uang elektronik cegah biaya tinggi

Sep 20, 2017 - 10:36 PM

Saat ini, merchant tentukan biaya tanpa standar

PERTEMUAN TAHUNAN. Presiden RI Joko Widodo (kiri) bersama Gubernur BI Agus Martowardojo (kanan) berbincang saat acara Pertemuan Tahunan Bank Indonesia 2016, di Jakarta, Selasa. 22 November. Kegiatan ini merupakan pertemuan tahunan yang dihadiri para banker, tokoh, dan membahas mengenai isu dan perkembangan ekonomi tahun mendatang. Foto oleh Reno Esnir/ANTARA

Tersangka teroris IM berencana gabung ISIS di Filipina

Sep 20, 2017 - 6:40 PM

Polisi sedang memburu anggota kelompok JAD di Cirebon

Petugas Inafis Polres Bandung menggeledah rumah terduga teroris di Kampung Sirnagalih, Desa Karyalaksana, Kecamatan Ibun-Majalaya, Kabupaten Bandung, Jawa Barat, Selasa (18/7). FOTO oleh Fahrul Jayadiputra/ANTARA

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

The final push: Inside the Marawi battle area

Sep 17, 2017 - 10:55 PM

Rappler Carmela Fonbuena joins the first group of journalists allowed to enter the heart of the battle area. Watch her report.

WAR ZONE. Clashes with local terror groups linked with Islamic State nears 4 months. Screenshot of military handout video

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

British police raid home after train attack arrest

Sep 16, 2017 - 6:59 PM

(UPDATED) 'Police officers have evacuated and are searching a residential address in Sunbury, Surrey,' a statement says

'INCIDENT.' Members of the emergency services work outside 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 Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

U.S. urges Iraqi Kurdistan to call off independence vote

Sep 16, 2017 - 2:31 PM

The White House says holding the referendum in disputed areas is 'particularly provocative and destabilizing'

OPPOSITION. The United States is opposed to Iraqi Kurdistan's plans to hold an independence referendum later this month. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

LINI MASA: Serangan teror di penjuru dunia

Sep 16, 2017 - 11:29 AM

Rangkuman berita aksi teror yang terjadi berbagai pelosok dunia

AKSI TERORISME GLOBAL. Rangkuman aksi terorisme di seluruh dunia. Foto oleh Adinda Maya.

Maute ratholes, trenches revealed as troops gain ground in Marawi

Sep 14, 2017 - 2:23 PM

In one area ratholes that can fit 5 people cut through adjacent buildings says the military

RAT HOLES. Networks of rat holes are found in former strongholds of the Maute Group. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, September 14, 2017

Sep 14, 2017 - 11:08 AM

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 Labisindaw Belo looks after her grandchid inside Al-Qayriya Madrasa, an evacuation center in Balo-i, Lanao del Norte. the parents of the child had to 60 days after the Marawi siege started, the Internally Displaced are still not sure if they have a home to return to. Government forces are still fighting the IS-linked Maute group in Marawi city. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

ISIS holds 11,100 blank Syrian passports – report

Sep 10, 2017 - 5:23 PM

The stolen passports are genuine identity papers making them a valuable tool for forgers

The week in photos: September 2-8, 2017

Sep 09, 2017 - 12:36 PM

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

BORDER ART. An artwork by French artist JR on the US-Mexico border in Tecate, California, United States on September 6, 2017. Photo by Guillermo Arias/AFP

Singapore police arrest citizen who tried to join Marawi fighting

Sep 08, 2017 - 4:51 PM

Singapore s Ministry of Home Affairs says Imran Kassim has harbored the intention to join the pro ISIS militant groups that had invaded Marawi City in southern Philippines

Marawi battle zone down to 20 hectares

Sep 08, 2017 - 3:01 PM

It is about the size of the campus of University of Santo Tomas in Manila except the battle zone is a commercial area packed with high rise buildings

DAY 109. JTF Marawi spokesperson Captain Jo-ann Petinglay, local government spokesperson Zia Alonto Adiong, and Task Group Ranao deputy commander Romeo Brawner give updates on the situation in 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

EU warns of 'real risk' of new funds for terror attacks

Sep 07, 2017 - 6:09 PM

As we have success against Daesh on the ground in Iraq and Syria they are moving funds out of Iraq and Syria Julian King tells the civil liberties committee in the European Parliament

RISK OF TERROR FUNDING. European Commissioner for Security Union Julian King addresses the media on security issues at the European Commission, in Brussels on September 7, 2017.  Photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

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

ISIS clashes with Syrian regime kill 150 – monitor

Sep 03, 2017 - 6:55 PM

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says 120 ISIS fighters and at least 35 regime troops and loyalist militiamen were killed in clashes in 24 hours

Eid holiday dedicated to 'martyrs' in Iraq's Valley of Peace

Sep 02, 2017 - 6:36 PM

Many families have opted to have their fallen in the ranks of the Hashed forces buried in the Wadi al Salam Valley of Peace cemetery as an honor

IN MEMORY. An Iraqi youth mourns over the grave of a loved one at the Wadi al-Salam cemetary in the Shiite holy city of Najaf on the first day of the Eid al-Adha holiday on September 1, 2017. Photo by Haidar Hamdani/AFP

The week in photos: August 26-September 1, 2017

Sep 02, 2017 - 2:31 PM

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

INK FESTIVAL. A participant displays his tattoo to audience of the Dutdutan festival at the World Trade Center in Pasay on September 1, 2017. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

59 men suspected to be Maute rebels released

Sep 01, 2017 - 12:16 PM

State prosecutors dismiss complaint of rebellion against 59 Muslim men in Zamboanga City

MARAWI CRISIS. A Marine Fire Support armored vehicle passes through the Mapandi district as it pulls out from the main battle area in Marawi City. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler


Islamic State chief Baghdadi likely still alive – U.S. general

Sep 01, 2017 - 9:19 AM

We re looking for him every day I don t think he s dead says Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend commander of the counter ISIS coalition in Iraq and Syria

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

Asyiknya bisa isi pulsa sendiri, selamat tinggal konter yang mahal!

Aug 30, 2017 - 10:55 AM

Beli pulsa secara online bisa menghemat waktu dan uangmu

Pulsa Praktis via carabisnis-pulsa.com

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

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

Iraq recaptures Tal Afar center, citadel from ISIS

Aug 26, 2017 - 8:57 PM

Tal Afar sits on a strategic route between ISIS controlled territories in Syria and Mosul

DISPLACED. A displaced Iraqi woman, who fled the fight between Iraqi forces and the Islamic State group in Tal Afar, sits inside a tent at the Badush camp, 150 kilometres southeast of Tal Afar, on August 25, 2017. 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

The week in photos: August 19-25, 2017

Aug 26, 2017 - 8:22 AM

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

GOOD FOR 3RD. Kaitlin de Guzman scored 12.3 to clinch the bronze medal in beam event of women's artistic gymnastics competition of the 29th SEA Games on August 22, 2017 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Photo by PSC-POC Media

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.

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

10 MILF fighters dead in clashes with ISIS-linked groups

Aug 23, 2017 - 7:58 PM

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front is seeking to prevent a different group from gaining a foothold in an area of Mindanao island that it calls its own senior rebel leader Mohagher Iqbal says

TO THE FRONT LINES. This photo taken on August 22, 2017 shows a member of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) wading through a flooded farm on his way to the frontline in Datu Salibo town, Maguindanao province, Mindanao. Photo by  Ferdinandh Cabrera/AFP

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

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, August 21, 2017

Aug 21, 2017 - 11:14 AM

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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

Lebanon army advances against ISIS in border battle

Aug 20, 2017 - 3:09 PM

Lebanon s battle against ISIS comes as the jihadist group faces assaults in both neighboring Syria and Iraq

BATTLEGROUND. A general view taken on August 19, 2017, shows artillery being fired from a Lebanese military base in a mountainous area near the eastern town of Ras Baalbek. Stringer/AFP

WATCH IN 360º: The Marawi humanitarian crisis

Aug 20, 2017 - 1:32 PM

MovePH editor Voltaire Tupaz and multimedia producer Adrian Portugal take you to the front lines of the Marawi humanitarian crisis in this 360 degree video

MARAWI HUMANITARIAN SITUATION. This immersive 360-degree video first takes you to Bubong, a remote town in Lanao del Sur which has been isolated due to the clashes between government forces and local terrorists in Marawi City