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Pakistanis mourn after election rally bombing kills 128

Jul 14, 2018 - 4:56 PM

(UPDATED) Newspapers brand the blast – one of the deadliest in Pakistan's history – a 'massacre'

MOURNING. Relatives identify the bodies after a bomb blast at a election rally, at a hospital in Quetta on July 13, 2018. Photo by Banaras Khan / AFP

12 killed in suicide attack on Afghan security forces – officials

Jul 10, 2018 - 4:59 PM

(UPDATED) The explosion in the eastern city of Jalalabad also leaves at least 5 people wounded and sets a nearby gas station alight, provincial governor spokesman Attaullah Khogyani says

Troops clash with BIFF in Maguindanao town center

Jul 04, 2018 - 3:57 PM

The military says it foiled an attempt of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters to occupy the town hall of Datu Paglas town after a 9-hour operation that included air strikes on Tuesday, July 3

CLASH. Troops clash with the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters in a Maguindanao town center. Photo courtesy of the Philippine Army 33rd Infantry Battalion

Iraq executes 12 death row jihadists in response to killings

Jun 29, 2018 - 8:43 PM

A statement from the office of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi does not specify how they were executed, but death sentences in terrorism-related cases are usually carried out by hanging

ORDER. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi talks during a campaign rally in the holy city of Najaf on May 3, 2018, ahead of the upcoming parliamentary elections. File photo by Haidar HAMDANI/AFP

Syria forces declare 'curfew' in Raqa, fearing ISIS attacks

Jun 24, 2018 - 4:42 PM

Raqa International Security Forces says it had received information that terrorist groups working on behalf of ISIS have 'entered Raqa to carry out attacks against stability and security'

CURFEW. The Syrian Democratic forces (SDF) recently drove the Islamic State (ISIS) group out of large parts of northern and eastern Syria, including the onetime jihadist capital of Raqa, with help from the coalition's air strikes, weapons and special forces advisors. File photo by Delil souleiman / AFP

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Jun 18, 2018 - 2:00 PM

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Airstrikes, clashes between military, ISIS-Maute group in Lanao del Sur towns

Jun 18, 2018 - 8:33 AM

(3rd UPDATE) According to Colonel Romeo Brawner, current reports indicate 5 members of the Maute-ISIS group led by Abu Dar, have been killed. The military is still verifying these reports.

Taliban says ceasefire will not be extended, as suicide attack kills 18

Jun 17, 2018 - 9:13 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Further dampening hopes for peace after jubilant scenes during the ceasefire over the Muslim holiday, the Taliban says they will not be extending the truce beyond Sunday night

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At least 20 dead in Afghanistan suicide attack during ceasefire

Jun 16, 2018 - 11:21 PM

The attack comes as President Ashraf Ghani announced an extension of the government's week-long ceasefire with the Taliban

CEASEFIRE ATTACK. Afghan volunteers carry an injured man on a stretcher to an hospital following a suicide bomber blew himself in Jalalabad on June 16, 2018. Photo by Noorullah Shirzada/AFP

Taliban agrees to unprecedented Eid ceasefire with Afghan forces

Jun 09, 2018 - 7:41 PM

The Taliban says 'foreign occupiers are the exception' to the 3-day ceasefire order sent to its fighters around Afghanistan

[OPINION] Women and violent extremism

May 27, 2018 - 1:00 PM

By empowering women, we, in turn, empower their communities and change the dynamics of these spaces, leading to the promotion of peace, tolerance, and respect

U.S. warns Syria of 'firm' action over southern offensive

May 26, 2018 - 4:54 PM

Reports concern US State Department that the Daraa was within the boundaries of a de-escalation zone it had negotiated with Russia and Jordan last year

REBEL. Smoke rises from buildings in a rebel-held neighbourhood of Daraa in southern Syria following reported shelling by the regime on May 22, 2018. Photo by Mohamad Abazeed/AFP

Marawi generals return to honor men killed in battles last year

May 24, 2018 - 7:10 PM

'Huwag mo ako interview-hin. Baka umiyak ako.' The Philippine military unveils a 'Heroes Wall' inside Marawi camp.

HONORING THE DEAD. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana leads a wreathe-laying ceremony for soldiers killed in Marawi. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

U.S.-led strike hits regime positions in east Syria – state media

May 24, 2018 - 2:49 PM

'Some of our military positions between Albu Kamal and Hmeimeh were hit this morning in an aggression by American coalition warplanes,' a military source says

War vs pro-ISIS PH groups rages on a year after Marawi siege

May 22, 2018 - 11:25 PM

Marawi was a 'setback' for the Maute Group and Isnilon Hapilon's faction in the Abu Sayyaf Group, but it was a 'propaganda victory' for ISIS, says Southeast Asia security expert Zachary Abuza

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ISIS begins quitting last pocket of Syria's capital

May 20, 2018 - 9:44 PM

ISIS jihadists burn their headquarters before boarding buses with their relatives to leave the area, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says

To fast or not? Free of IS, Syrians in Raqa mark relaxed Ramadan

May 20, 2018 - 12:19 PM

For more than three years, residents of Raqa were subjected to IS' ultra-strict interpretation of Islamic law – particularly stringent during the holy month of Ramadan.

RAMADAN. People buy fruits and vegetables at a market in the Syrian city of Raqa on May 17, 2018, during the holy month of Ramadan. The Syrian Democratic forces (SDF) recently drove the Islamic State (IS) group out of large parts of northern and eastern Syria, including the onetime jihadist capital of Raqa, with help from the coalition's air strikes, weapons and special forces advisors. Photo by Delil souleiman/AFP

Cleric Sadr wins Iraq poll but forming government far off

May 19, 2018 - 7:09 PM

Moqtada Sadr faces a deeply fragmented political landscape and opposition from key player Iran

IRAQ POLLS. Iraqi Shiite cleric and leader Moqtada al-Sadr (C-R) puts his ballot through an electronic counting machine into a ballot box at poll station in the central holy city of Najaf on May 12, 2018 as the country votes in the first parliamentary election since declaring victory over the Islamic State (IS) group. Photo by Haidar Hamdani/AFP

Rappler Talk: What do the Indonesia terror attacks mean for Southeast Asia?

May 16, 2018 - 2:46 PM

Rappler speaks to Southeast Asia terrorism expert Zachary Abuza about the Surabaya bombings

Fiery cleric ahead in Iraq election surprise

May 15, 2018 - 12:30 PM

The outcome throws open the race to become the next premier, following a parliamentary vote on Saturday, May 12, hit by record abstentions and widespread disillusionment

ELECTIONS. Members of the Iraqi security forces stand guard as people queue in front of a polling station in the Wadi Hajar district of Mosul on May 12, 2018, still partially in ruins from the devastating months-long fight to oust the Islamic State (IS) group. File photo by Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP

Iraq elections thrown open as outsiders appear strong

May 14, 2018 - 9:50 AM

The complex electoral arithmetic of the Iraqi system means that the final makeup of the parliament is still far from decided

IRAQ ELECTIONS. Iraqi men celebrate during the general election in Baghdad on May 14, 2018. Photo by Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP

Deadly Indonesia church suicide bombings committed by one family

May 13, 2018 - 11:17 PM

East Java police spokesman Frans Barung Mangera confirms the deaths of 13 people with about 40 injured in the coordinated attacks

ATTACK. Police and soldiers examine a site following attacks outside the Surabaya Centre Pentecostal Church (Surabaya Gereja Pantekosta Pusat) in Surabaya, East Java on May 13, 2018. A series of blasts, including a suicide bombing, struck churches in Indonesia on Sunday, killing at least nine people and wounding dozens in the deadliest attack for years in the world's biggest Muslim-majority country. Photo by Juni Kriswanto/AFP

At least 6 dead as blasts, gunfire rock Afghan city – officials

May 13, 2018 - 6:57 PM

The assault comes days after suicide bombers and gunmen launched apparently coordinated attacks on two Kabul police stations

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Iraq holds first nationwide election since ISIS defeat

May 12, 2018 - 1:57 PM

The poll comes with tensions surging between key powers Iran and the United States over the nuclear deal, sparking fears of a destabilizing power struggle in Iraq

ELECTIONS. A man walks past electoral campaign posters in Baghdad on May 8, 2018. Photo by Sabah Arar/AFP

Iraq readies for first election since end of ISIS war

May 10, 2018 - 12:25 PM

Whoever emerges as premier will face the mammoth task of rebuilding a country left shattered by the battle against ISIS

ELECTIONS. A man walks past electoral campaign posters in Baghdad on May 8, 2018. Photo by Sabah Arar/AFP

Morocco tackling jihadist returnees – anti-terror chief

May 05, 2018 - 5:42 PM

Abdelhak Khiam, director of the Central Bureau of Judicial Investigations also warns that the vast Sahel region on the southern edge of the Sahara Desert has become a 'fertile ground' for jihadist groups and was 'a time bomb'

LOOK: Gov't illustrations of Marawi rehabilitation plan

May 04, 2018 - 3:13 PM

The Swiss Challenge may be scheduled next week, where other companies may 'challenge' the project design of a Chinese-led consortium. The P17.2-billion contract will be awarded by May 31, based on the government timeline.

ARTIST'S RENDITION OF MARAWI AFTER REHAB. All illustrations taken from a Task Force Bangon Marawi powerpoint presentation as of April 12, 2018

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 1, 2018

May 01, 2018 - 12:52 PM

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Workers from various groups march towards Mendiola Peace Arch on Labor Day, May 1, 2018, to call for an end to ENDO. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

10 journalists among dozens killed in Afghan attacks

May 01, 2018 - 10:06 AM

Reporters Without Borders calls it the most lethal single attack on the media since the fall of the Taliban

AFGHAN ATTACKS. Relatives and friends of Agence France Presse (AFP) Afghanistan Chief Photographer Shah Marai Faizi, including his AFP photographer colleague Wakil Kohsar (R) carry Marai's coffin before his burial in Gul Dara, Kabul on April 30, 2018, after his death in the second of two bombings that occurred in the Afghan capital. Photo by Andrew Quilty/AFP

Southeast Asia faces threats from ISIS, cyberattacks – ASEAN chair

Apr 28, 2018 - 1:11 PM

At the opening of the 32nd ASEAN Summit, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong tells fellow leaders that ISIS continues to threaten the region

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EU, U.S. police cripple Islamic State media mouthpieces

Apr 27, 2018 - 5:26 PM

'With this ground-breaking operation we have punched a big hole in the capability of IS to spread propaganda online and radicalize young people in Europe,' says Europol head Rob Wainwright

EUROPOL. Rob Wainwright, Director of Europol, speaks during the launch of the European Migrant Smuggling Centre (EMSC) at Europol’s headquarters in The Hague, The Netherlands, on February 22, 2016. File photo by Jerry Lampen/ANP/AFP

Suicide attack on Kabul voter registration center kills 57

Apr 22, 2018 - 4:49 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Concerns about security grow in the lead-up to legislative elections scheduled for October 20

Afghan residents inspect the site of a suicide bombing outside a voter registration centre in Kabul on April 22, 2018. A suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowd outside a voter registration centre in the Afghan capital Kabul on April 22, killing four people and wounding at least 15 in the latest attack on the centres. The assaults underscore growing concerns about security in the lead-up to legislative elections scheduled for October 20.   / AFP PHOTO / SHAH MARAI

German jihadist tied to 9/11 attacks caught in Syria – Pentagon

Apr 20, 2018 - 1:12 PM

Mohammad Haydar Zammar has been accused of recruiting some of the September 11 Al-Qaeda hijackers who carried out attacks on Washington and New York, killing almost 3,000 people

Egypt army says 8 soldiers, 14 jihadists killed in Sinai attack

Apr 14, 2018 - 8:14 PM

The military says it was able to 'foil a large terrorist operation'

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Top Islamic State commander in Afghanistan killed in airstrike

Apr 07, 2018 - 8:03 PM

A provincial police chief says Qari Hekmat's death was 'a big blow' to ISIS in northern Afghanistan

Trump promises Syria pullout, but sets no end date

Apr 04, 2018 - 8:56 AM

(UPDATED) 'The military mission to eradicate ISIS in Syria is coming to a rapid end, with ISIS being almost completely destroyed,' the White House says

OUT OF SYRIA? US President Donald Trump looks on during a joint press conference with President Raimonds Vejonis of Latvia, President Kersti Kaljulaid of Estonia and President Dalia Grybauskaite of Lithuania in the East Room of the White House on April 3, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP

Egypt says 6 jihadists, 2 soldiers killed in Sinai operation

Apr 01, 2018 - 4:56 PM

The 6 jihadists are killed in an exchange of fire as the army launched a raid against a 'very dangerous terrorist cell'

Marawi evacuees rally to be allowed to return home for good

Mar 30, 2018 - 1:29 PM

(UPDATED) Organizers secure a permit from Marawi City Mayor Majul Gandamra but he says he didn’t know they planned to enter the ground zero. The military says it was generally peaceful.

PEACE RALLY. Security forces block Muslim residents of Marawi who attempt to hold Friday prayers inside ground zero on March 30, 2018. Photo courtesy of Baishora Ace

Trump says U.S. withdrawing from Syria 'very soon'

Mar 30, 2018 - 12:40 PM

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert is asked if she was aware of any decision for the US to pull out of Syria. 'I am not, no. No,' she says.

US President Donald Trump walks to Marine One prior to departure from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, February 16, 2018, as he travels to Florida for the weekend. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB

France pays tribute to victims of jihadist attack

Mar 25, 2018 - 10:15 PM

'The [Muslim] community has been stabbed, Islam itself has been stabbed... by people who use symbols that are dear to our hearts,' says Carcassonne imam Mohamed Belmihoub

Mourners attend a service of remembrance from outside the Saint Etienne Church in Trebes in southwest France, on March 25, 2018, two days after a man carried out an attack in which four people were killed.  Mourners in this rural French town rocked by a deadly Islamist attack held a mass on Palm Sunday to pay tribute to the victims, including a policeman hailed a hero for offering himself in place of a hostage. Lieutenant-Colonel Arnaud Beltrame, 44, was shot and stabbed after taking the place of a woman whom Radouane Lakdim had been using as a human shield during his attack Friday on a supermarket in the small town of Trebes.  / AFP PHOTO / ERIC CABANIS

Multiple casualties in suicide attack on Afghan Shiite mosque – officials

Mar 25, 2018 - 7:14 PM

(UPDATED) At least one worshipper is killed and 8 others wounded in the attack

Hero French policeman dies after jihadist shooting spree

Mar 24, 2018 - 3:36 PM

Lieutenant-Colonel Arnaud Beltrame, 45, was among a group of officers who rushed to the scene after the attacker stormed a supermarket and fired at shoppers and staff.

AFTERMATH. French members of the Research and Intervention Brigade (BRI) secure the area during a search operation at the Ozanam housing estate in Carcassonne, southwestern France on March 23, 2018. Photo by Eric Cabanis / AFP

3 dead in France in suspected jihadist shooting spree

Mar 23, 2018 - 9:00 PM

(UPDATED) Security forces kill the gunman – believed to be a Moroccan who was on a watchlist of suspected Islamic extremists – after he carried out 3 separate attacks in the medieval town of Carcassonne and nearby Trebes

HOSTAGE CRISIS. French gendarmes block the access to Trebes, where a man took hostages at a supermarket on March 23, 2018 in Trebes, southwest France. Photo by Eric Cabanis/AFP

Marawi priest Chito Soganub says captivity a ‘test of faith’

Mar 23, 2018 - 3:38 PM

The Catholic priest held hostage by the terrorist Maute Group for 116 days opens up during the launch of an initiative to help rebuild Marawi

TEST OF FAITH. Marawi priest Father Teresito 'Chito' Soganub says in a press conference on March 23, 2018, that his life in captivity tested his 'spiritual sanity.' Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'Governments crawling, ISIS sprinting on social media' – expert

Mar 18, 2018 - 2:29 PM

'The Islamic State has shrunk in the physical space, but in the cyberspace, it is still very capable,' says terrorism analyst Rohan Gunaratna on Rappler Talk

Thousands of Syrians flee raging assaults on two fronts

Mar 17, 2018 - 11:14 PM

Tens of thousands have taken to the roads, as Russia-backed regime fighters advance against rebels in Eastern Ghouta outside the capital and Turkey-led forces press an assault in the Kurdish enclave of Afrin

FLEE. Syrian civilians evacuate from the town of Jisreen in the southern Eastern Ghouta, on the eastern outskirts of the capital Damascus, on their way to areas under government control on March 17, 2018. Photo by AFP

Australia warns Southeast Asia of high-tech terror threat

Mar 17, 2018 - 10:01 AM

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton says the use of the "dark web" by extremists and other criminals was a spiralling problem

TERROR THREAT. Australia's Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton gives opening remarks for the Counter Terrorism Conference at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, ASEAN, special summit, in Sydney on March 17, 2018. Photo by Rick Rycroft / POOL / AFP

Rappler Talk: Rohan Gunaratna on global security, threats in Southeast Asia

Mar 13, 2018 - 9:29 PM

Maria Ressa talks to terrorism expert Rohan Gunaratna

8 BIFF members killed in Mindanao – PH military

Mar 09, 2018 - 8:48 PM

Armored vehicles and artillery were used against about 50 gunmen from the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) on Mindanao island on Thursday, March 8, local military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Gerry Bisana says in a report

BIFF FIGHTERS. Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters members, some of them minors, are seen inside their camp in Datu Saudi Ampatuan town Maguindanao in this picture taken on September 2012. File photo by Jeoffrey Maitem/Rappler