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Malaysia holds Filipinos seeking to set up extremist cell

Feb 21, 2018 - 5:18 PM

The alleged extremists, mostly Filipinos, are also accused of trying to help fighters linked to the Islamic State (ISIS) group travel to the Philippines to join up with militants there

ISIS has 'safe havens' in Metro Manila – NCRPO chief

Feb 19, 2018 - 11:06 AM

Director Oscar Albayalde says they have monitored ISIS safe havens in the Philippines' capital region

NCRPO CHIEF. Director Oscar Albayalde grants an ambush interview in Camp Crame, Quezon City. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Suspected ISIS leader-recruiter nabbed in Manila

Feb 19, 2018 - 8:52 AM

(UPDATED) Egyptian Fehmi Lassqued is captured by joint Philippine police and military operatives in Manila

SUSPECT. Fehmi Lassqued is caught by joint forces of the PNP and AFP. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Donors pledge $30B for Iraq reconstruction at Kuwait conference

Feb 15, 2018 - 7:41 AM

76 countries, numerous international funds and global organizations and hundreds of investors have made pledges

PICKING UP THE PIECES. A general view taken on February 14, 2018 shows Iraqis reconstructing a damaged street in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. Ahmad Muwafaq/AFP

2 British ISIS 'Beatles' fighters captured in Syria – U.S. official

Feb 09, 2018 - 10:30 AM

Alexanda Amon Kotey and El Shafee el-Sheikh are believed to have 'participated in the detention, exploitation and execution of Western detainees'

Duterte in India, Gadon files complaint vs Sereno, PDEA requires body cameras | Evening wRap

Jan 26, 2018 - 8:36 PM

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Duterte jokes about '42 virgins' as tourism 'come-on'

Jan 26, 2018 - 3:53 PM

'I'd like to have the virgins here, not in heaven,' says President Rodrigo Duterte, during a business forum in India

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte disembarks from the Philippine Airlines chartered flight PR001 upon his arrival at the New Delhi International Airport in India on January 24, 2018. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte pushes for stronger efforts to end financing of terror groups

Jan 26, 2018 - 11:38 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte, remembering the Marawi crisis, stressed the importance of cooperation for timely and thorough intelligence gathering and analysis

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accompanied by India Prime Minister Narendra Modi prior to the start of the bilateral meeting at the Hyderabad House in New Delhi, India on January 24, 2018. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

2 Indonesian hostages freed in Philippines

Jan 20, 2018 - 8:28 PM

The two were snatched from their fishing vessel in the waters between the southern Philippines and Malaysia in November 2016

RELEASED. Two Indonesian fishermen captured in November 2016 were turned over to a former governor in Jolo. Photo by Rappler

Fighting erupts between troops, Maute group in Lanao del Sur

Jan 20, 2018 - 6:38 PM

The military says this is the first encounter of government troops with the Maute Group remnants since Marawi City was liberated from terrorist influence on October 17, 2017

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, January 18, 2017

Jan 18, 2018 - 1:58 PM

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Rappler press conference on SEC registration on January 15, 2018

NBI to probe Rappler, Malacanang defends Go, Senate rejects joint voting on Cha-Cha | Evening wRap

Jan 17, 2018 - 8:31 PM

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AFP lists 5 people who could be next ISIS emir in SE Asia

Jan 17, 2018 - 2:40 PM

Defense and security officials appear before Supreme Court justices to defend the second extension of martial law in Mindanao

'THIS FLAG IS NOTHING.' The Philippine Marines recover Islamic State black flags and high-powered firearms from the Maute Group in Marawi City. File photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

DOJ reopens Castillo case, ISIS’ virtual caliphate, Trump on climate accord | Midday wRap

Jan 11, 2018 - 12:00 PM

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Islamic State retreats online to 'virtual caliphate'

Jan 11, 2018 - 7:46 AM

On the brink of defeat in Iraq and Syria, the Islamic State (ISIS) group has been taking refuge in its 'virtual caliphate' – but even online, experts say it is in decline

18 dead in suicide attack on Afghan funeral – officials

Dec 31, 2017 - 7:34 PM

(UPDATED) There was no immediate claim of responsiblity but Taliban and Islamic State terrorists have stepped up assaults in recent months

Two mass graves found in Raqa – Syrian state media

Dec 30, 2017 - 10:13 AM

It is not immediately clear when the bodies found had been killed, other than while ISIS controlled the northerly province

RAQA. A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces talks on the radio near Raqa's stadium as they clear the last positions on the frontline on October 16, 2017 in the Islamic State (IS) group jihadists crumbling stronghold. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

[WATCH] 20 stories in 2017: War, impunity, and disinformation

Dec 29, 2017 - 9:37 PM

The war on drugs, the Marawi siege, the ASEAN Summit, and global disinformation gripped the nation this year. Rappler’s yearender video takes you through 20 of 2017's top stories

#PugadBaboy: Non Verbal Cues

Dec 29, 2017 - 11:00 AM

Putin extols Russia's 'principal' role in defeating ISIS

Dec 28, 2017 - 5:51 PM

Russian President Vladimir Putin says Russia's intervention in Syria changed the armed forces as it boosted confidence and showed off Moscow's military might to the world

PUTIN. Russian President Vladimir Putin in St. Petersburg. File photo by Alexey Druzhinin/Pool/RIA Novosti/AFP

Around 40 killed in ISIS-claimed attack targeting Shiites in Kabul

Dec 28, 2017 - 3:40 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The attack was aimed at the Tabayan cultural center in the west of the city, says a deputy interior ministry spokesman

Mosul celebrates first post-ISIS Christmas

Dec 24, 2017 - 6:55 PM

Muslims, as well as local and military officials, stood with Christian worshippers amid the candles and Christmas trees

CELEBRATION. Iraqi federal police members flash the sign for victory as they celebrate in the Old City of Mosul. AFP file photo

Malacañang defends 'unpopular' martial law

Dec 23, 2017 - 8:55 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque reiterates the supposed need to extend martial law to allow the military to address the remnants of ISIS-inspired groups

DISPLACED. Many Marawi residents are still unable to go back to their homes as the military continues to limit access to Marawi City. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

WATCH: The Marawi war hero who received a Medal of Valor

Dec 22, 2017 - 11:09 AM

The Philippine Medal of Valor is the country’s highest military honor for acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty

Shockwaves: The world in 2017

Dec 21, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Here is a look at some of the biggest global stories from the past year

RESISTANCE. Riot police fire rubber bullets and tear gas grenades at demonstrators protesting against President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas on April 8, 2017. Federico Parra/AFP

Duterte to military: We won't allow ISIS to succeed

Dec 20, 2017 - 6:07 PM

'We will never allow the Islamic State to make the Philippines its regional center,' says President Rodrigo Duterte during the anniversary of the Philippine military

Duterte on CPP-NPA, Duterte visits Biliran, Facebook | Midday wRap

Dec 19, 2017 - 1:23 PM

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Iraq hangs 38 members of ISIS, Qaeda for 'terrorism'

Dec 15, 2017 - 1:17 PM

Rights watchdog Amnesty International has voiced repeated concerns about the use of the death penalty in Iraq, which it ranks as one of the world's top executioners behind China, Iran, and Saudi Arabia

Sanofi on Dengvaxia, CA on Ongpin case, New York subway attack | Midday wRap

Dec 12, 2017 - 1:42 PM

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On Mideast trip, Putin orders partial withdrawal from Syria

Dec 12, 2017 - 7:03 AM

This comes after Vladimir Putin said last month that efforts to end the war are entering a 'new stage' as the focus shifts from military intervention to political reforms

IN CAIRO. Russian President Vladimir Putin looks on during a press conference with his Egyptian counterpart (unseen) following their talks at the presidential palace in the capital Cairo on December 11, 2017. Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool/AFP

Iraq holds military parade to celebrate victory over ISIS

Dec 11, 2017 - 12:50 AM

Iraqis sing patriotic songs and wave the national flag as they march in the streets

Iraqis wave their national flag in Baghdad's Tahrir Square on December 10, 2017, during a gathering celebrating the end of the three-year war against the Islamic State (IS) group. Baghdad declared victory in its war to expel the jihadists, three years after the group proclaimed a cross-border "caliphate" stretching into Syria, endangering Iraq's very existence. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE

Why security in the Middle East matters to Southeast Asia

Dec 10, 2017 - 9:54 AM

Southeast Asia must brace for the effects of Donald Trump's declaration on Jerusalem and the loss of territory of ISIS in Mosul and Raqqa – both of which may have dire consequences for the region

JERUSALEM CRISIS. A Palestinian Red Crescent member aids a protester injured during clashes between demonstrators and Israeli security forces at the Qalandiya checkpoint, between Ramallah and Jerusalem on July 21, 2017. Photo by Abbas Momani/AFP

Densus 88 tangkap satu warga Malang terduga teroris

Dec 10, 2017 - 12:19 AM

Densus 88 Anti Teror menangkap Kiki Rizky yang diduga bagian dari anggota jaringan teroris Abu Jandal

Iraqi PM declares end of war against ISIS in Iraq

Dec 09, 2017 - 8:55 PM

'Our forces are in complete control of the Iraqi-Syrian border and I therefore announce the end of the war against Daesh (ISIS),' Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi tells a conference in Baghdad

END TO THE WAR. An image grab taken from Iraqiya state TV channel shows Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi delivering a televised speech in Baghdad on December 9, 2017, announcing the end of a war by Iraqi forces to drive the Islamic State group out of the country. Handout by IRAQIYA TV/AFP

Police foil Australia New Year's Eve 'terror plot'

Nov 28, 2017 - 8:09 AM

(UPDATED) An Islamic State (ISIS) sympathizer planned to buy a gun and kill as many revelers as possible on New Year's Eve in Melbourne's popular Federation Square, police allege

TARGET. A photo taken April 2, 2010 shows a part of Federation Square (R), and St Paul's Cathedral (L) in Melbourne. William West/AFP

LINI MASA: Serangan teror di penjuru dunia

Nov 24, 2017 - 10:49 PM

Rangkuman berita aksi teror yang terjadi berbagai pelosok dunia

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

In 'unprecedented' hiatus, ISIS media offline for a day

Nov 23, 2017 - 10:39 PM

ISIS, which uses messaging application Telegram to broadcast daily updates on military operations and claims of attacks, published nothing between 0900 GMT on Wednesday and 1001 GMT on Thursday

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