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Merkel urges Erdogan to immediately end Syria offensive

Oct 13, 2019 - 9:27 PM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the operation threatens to drive large parts of the population from their homes, noting that it would also risk 'destabilization of the region and lead to a resurgence of the ISIS'

German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivers a keynote speech during a debate on the federal budget at the Bundestag, the lower house of Parliament, on September 11, 2019 in Berlin. (Photo by John MACDOUGALL / AFP)

ISIS families escape Syria displacement camp – Kurds

Oct 13, 2019 - 5:49 PM

(UPDATED) Kurdish authorities have given repeated warnings that the fighting could facilitate an ISIS resurgence

MILITARY ASSAULT. Smoke billows from the Syrian border town of Tal Abyad on October 12, 2019, as Turkey and its allies continue their assault on Kurdish-held border towns in northeastern Syria. Photo by Bakr Alkasem/AFP

Indonesian police ramp up suspect search after ISIS-linked attack

Oct 11, 2019 - 1:56 PM

The assassination attempt comes before President Joko Widodo begins his second term as leader of Indonesia, the world's biggest Muslim-majority nation

WIRANTO'S STABBING. Indonesian security block off the scene after two Indonesians stabbed the country's chief security minister Wiranto in Pandeglang, Banten province, on October 10, 2019. Photo by Ronald Siagian/AFP

Civilians flee as Syria Kurds battle Turkish invasion

Oct 11, 2019 - 12:13 AM

(UPDATED) The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says more than 60,000 people have been displaced in less than a day

CIVILIANS. Syrian Arab and Kurdish civilians arrive to Tall Tamr town, in the Syrian northwestern Hasakeh province, after fleeing Turkish bombardment on the northeastern towns along the Turkish border on October 10, 2019. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

Turkey faces U.S. 'sanctions from hell' after Syria Kurd assault

Oct 10, 2019 - 11:26 AM

Lindsey Graham, a senior US Republican senator who is usually a steadfast supporter of Donald Trump, warns Turkey of 'sanctions from hell'

ATTACK. Turkish army vehicles drive towards the Syrian border near Akcakale in Sanliurfa province on October 9, 2019. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

U.S. takes custody of two 'high-value' jihadists from Syria Kurds

Oct 10, 2019 - 9:07 AM

(UPDATED) 'I can confirm that we've taken custody of two high-value ISIS individuals from the SDF,' says a US defense official, referring to the Islamic State group and the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces

COMBO) This combination of pictures created on February 11, 2018 from two handout images provided by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on February 10, 2018 shows captured British Islamic State (IS) group fighters El Shafee el-Sheikh (L) and Alexanda Kotey (R), posing for mugshots in an undisclosed location. Two "high-value" jihadists held by Syrian Kurds have been taken into US custody and moved out of the country, a defense official said on October 9, 2019, as reports identified them as notorious British fighters dubbed "The Beatles." Handout / Syrian Democratic Forces / AFP AFPForum

ISIS threat to spread if Turkey invades northern Syria

Oct 08, 2019 - 2:04 PM

Charles Lister, director of the US-based Middle East Institute, says US President Donald Trump was 'granting ISIS the gift of rebirth'

SECURITY TENSIONS. A member of Kurdish security forces stands guard during a demonstration by Syrian Kurds against Turkish threats next to a base for the US-led international coalition on the outskirts of Ras al-Ain town in Syria's Hasakeh province near the Turkish border on October 6, 2019. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

7 MILF members killed in clash with ISIS-linked terrorists

Oct 05, 2019 - 3:38 PM

(UPDATED) Tension remains high in Shariff Saydona town in Maguindanao, with the MILF expected to send reinforcements after the clash

KILLED. Several MILF members are killed in a clash with ISIS-linked terrorists in Maguindanao. Photo from Angela Kalanduyan

Iraq, Syria reopen major border crossing retaken from ISIS

Sep 30, 2019 - 11:07 PM

It is the only crossing between the two countries controlled by Syrian regime forces on one side and Iraqi federal authorities on the other

Members of the Syrian security forces gather at the border-crossing between Albu Kamal in Syria and Al-Qaim in Iraq, taken from the Syrian side in the eastern region of Deir Ezzor, on September 30, 2019. Photo by AFP

Abu Sayyaf terrorist killed in Sulu clash was planning suicide attack – military

Sep 12, 2019 - 10:39 PM

The military says Nanz Sawadjaan, nephew of ISIS' leader in the Philippines, would have become a suicide bomber if he had not been killed in a raid on Tuesday, September 10

FOCUSED OPERATIONS. The Armed Forces of the Philippines has launched a series of operations targeting the terrorist Abu Sayyaf Group in Sulu. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Nephew of pro-ISIS Abu Sayyaf leader killed in Sulu – military

Sep 12, 2019 - 7:22 PM

(UPDATED) Nanz Sawadjaan, nephew of Hatib Hajan Sawadjaan, is killed in a firefight with government troops. His death is a 'great loss' to the Abu Sayyaf Group, says the military.

TERRORIST CAMP. Philippine Army troops overran a lair of the Abu Sayyaf Group in Patikul, Sulu, after a firefight on Tuesday, September 10. Photo courtesy of AFP Western Mindanao Command

U.S. puts Abu Sayyaf sub-leader Sawadjaan on global terror list

Sep 12, 2019 - 1:15 PM

Along with Hatib Hajan Sawadjaan – who is said to be the leader of the Islamic State in the Philippines – a female named Almaida Marani Salvin is also included on the United States' blacklist

ON GUARD. Philippine Army soldiers survived a terror attack in Indanan, Sulu on Sunday, September 8, because of tactics drawn from past deadly bombings. File photo of soldiers in Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao Province. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Pro-ISIS BIFF faction behind Isulan bomb attack – military

Sep 09, 2019 - 7:49 PM

The blast that wounded 8 people on September 7 was the group's way of gaining attention following setbacks from battles with government forces, says Western Mindanao's military commander

FOCUSED ATTACKS. The Armed Forces of the Philippines says it has driven out the Dawlah Islamiyah Torayfie Group from its strongholds in the Liguasan Marsh. File photo of soldiers in Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao Province. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Turkey says Syria Kurds withdrawal 'must be confirmed'

Aug 30, 2019 - 11:43 PM

As part of the US-Turkey deal to create a 'safe zone' in northern Syria, a joint operations center was set up and there will be joint patrols. Turkey hopes the patrols would start 'as soon as possible.'

CONFIRMATION? This file photo shows Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar looking on before posing for a family picture during the NATO Defense Ministers meeting in Brussels on June 27, 2019. File photo by Aris Oikonomou/AFP

Indonesia police shoot suspected militant after station attack

Aug 18, 2019 - 9:12 PM

The incident comes as Indonesia continues to be on high alert for attacks by local groups sympathetic to the Islamic State

UK strips citizenship from 'Jihadi Jack' dual national – report

Aug 18, 2019 - 6:36 PM

Jack Letts is currently detained in Syria after being captured by Kurdish forces

ENEMY LINE. A flag of the Islamic State (IS) is seen on the other side of a bridge at the frontline of fighting between Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and Islamist militants in Rashad, on the road between Kirkuk and Tikrit, on September 11, 2014. JM Lopez/AFP

Fears in U.S. of bad peace deal with the Taliban

Aug 18, 2019 - 9:52 AM

In tweets, interviews, and op-ed pieces in newspapers, Americans caution against bringing home the 14,000 United States troops in Afghanistan

WITHDRAWAL WOES. In this photo taken on June 6, 2019, US soldiers look out over hillsides during a visit of the commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan General Scott Miller at the Afghan National Army checkpoint in Nerkh district of Wardak province. Photo by Thomas Watkins/AFP

E-mail that triggered probe into ISIS terrorists in PH may be bogus – NBI

Aug 13, 2019 - 7:39 PM

A woman accused in the e-mail as a terrorist says her father may have been behind it due to his disapproval of her fiancé

INTEL ON ALLEGED TERRORISTS. An email sent to the National Bureau of Investigation sets off a full-blown investigation into the alleged entry of terrorists in the country. File photo by Buena Bernal/Rappler

Nigeria insists Boko Haram 'defeated' after 10-year insurgency

Jul 31, 2019 - 11:33 PM

'The position of the Nigerian government is that the Boko Haram terrorism has been degraded and defeated. The real Boko Haram we know is defeated,' says Nigeria's presidency

BUHARI. In this file photo, President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari looks on as he attends the opening ceremony of the 2019 World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa, at the King Hussein Convention Centre at the Dead Sea, in Jordan on April 6, 2019. File photo by KhalilMazraawi/AFP

Iraq's minority Yazidis, brutalized by ISIS

Jul 14, 2019 - 4:07 PM

5 years after the Islamic State swept across the Yazidis' hometown of Sinjar, here is what you need to know about the religious minority

LOST. Members of the Yazidi minority search for clues on February 3, 2015, that might lead them to missing relatives in the remains of people killed by the Islamic State jihadist group. File photo by Safin Hamed/AFP

Suicide attacks emerge in Philippines under ISIS influence

Jul 02, 2019 - 7:29 PM

Security analysts say the apparent suicide bombings in the country over the past 12 months are a worrying escalation of militancy driven by the influence of the Islamic State in Southeast Asia

RUBBLE. A bombed-out mosque stands in what was the main battle area in Marawi City. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

AFP: 'High possibility' Sulu blasts were suicide attacks

Jul 02, 2019 - 4:54 PM

(UPDATED) Investigators have also yet to determine whether any of the attackers were Filipino

STILL HESITANT. AFP Spokeperson BGEN. Edgar Arevalo at a press briefing at Camp Aguinaldo on Thursday, November 29, 2018, on issues of Mandatory ROTC and Martial Law extension. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Suicide bombing? Attack on Sulu military camp similar to Jolo Cathedral blast

Jun 29, 2019 - 3:24 PM

The military identifies Abu Sayyaf Group leader Hatib Sawadjaan as the mastermind of the attacks. He pledged allegiance to the Islamic State.

BLAST SITE. Twin bombings hit a military camp in Indanan, Sulu, on June 28, 2019. Sourced photo

ISIS claims suicide attack on Sulu military camp

Jun 29, 2019 - 11:30 AM

(UPDATED) ISIS claimed the bombing was the work of two suicide attackers, according to Rita Katz, the director of SITE Intelligence Group which monitors jihadist activities worldwide

SUICIDE BOMBERS? ISIS has claimed responsibility for the twin bombings on a military camp in Sulu, supposedly carried out by these two local affiliates. Screengrab from Twitter page of Rita Katz

U.N. rights chief urges states to repatriate families of ISIS fighters

Jun 24, 2019 - 5:28 PM

In her opening address to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Michelle Bachelet insists that countries must take responsibility for their nationals caught up in Syria's drawn-out war

ON ISIS. In this file photo, Chilean High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet speaks during a press conference in Caracas on June 21, 2019. File photo by Cristian Hernandez/AFP

Egypt kills 14 suspected militants in raid after Sinai attack

Jun 06, 2019 - 7:22 PM

The attack on June 5 claimed by the Islamic State group leaves dead 8 policemen southwest of El-Arish, capital of North Sinai, and 5 militants are killed in exchanges of fire that ensued

Islamic State make first claim of Mozambique presence – SITE

Jun 05, 2019 - 6:20 PM

But an insurgency expert who has declined to be named says Islamic State are unlikely to have direct contact with the local fighters

Bangladeshi jailed 42 years for ISIS-inspired attack on Australian host

Jun 05, 2019 - 4:24 PM

Momena Shoma admits to engaging in a terrorist act after stabbing Roger Singaravelu in the neck with a kitchen knife just 8 days after arriving in Australia

Iraq sentences all 11 French ISIS suspects to death

Jun 04, 2019 - 8:23 AM

A Iraqi court sentences to death two more French nationals for joining the Islamic State group, leaving all 11 Frenchmen transferred from Syria facing the gallows

A picture shows a courtroom at Baghdad's Karkh main appeals court building in the western sector of the Iraqi capital on May 29, 2019 where French jihadists accused of belonging to the Islamic state are being tried. The Baghdad court sentenced a Frenchman to death for joining the Islamic State group, bringing to seven the number of French jihadists on death row in Iraq. SABAH ARAR / AFP

Kurdish authorities to release 800 Syrians from Al-Hol camp

Jun 02, 2019 - 8:41 PM

It is to be the first in a larger wave of releases that aim to empty Al-Hol of its Syrian residents

Civilians evacuated from the Islamic State (IS) group's embattled holdout of Baghouz wait at a screening area held by the US-backed Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), in the eastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor, on February 27, 2019. - US-backed forces in eastern Syria screened and treated truckloads of suspected jihadists and relatives who left a village where the Islamic State group's "caliphate" is making its last stand. The Kurdish-led SDF struggled to cope with the flow of people exiting the very last shred of a once-sprawling proto-state that claimed dominion over millions of people. (Photo by Delil SOULEIMAN / AFP)

3 French ISIS members sentenced to death in Iraq

May 26, 2019 - 7:35 PM

The 3 sentenced are among 12 French citizens who were caught in Syria and transferred to Iraqi custody in February 2019

LINKS. Iraq sentences more than 600 people suspected of links to the militant group a year after the end of a 3-year war against the jihadists. Photo from Shutterstock

ISIS threat on Marawi now low, but military keeps eye on remnants

May 23, 2019 - 5:14 PM

Abu Dar, the last remaining leader of the Islamic State-linked group Maute Group, was killed in military operation in Lanao del Sur in March

SURRENDERED. In this file photo from May 11, 2018, President Rodrigo Duterte leads the inspection of the firearms surrendered by the ISIS-Maute Group at the Capitol Gymnasium in Sacayo, Marawi City. Malacañang photo

Malaysia foils ISIS-linked plot, seizes explosives

May 13, 2019 - 7:19 PM

The suspects – a Malaysian who led the group, two Rohingya from Myanmar and one Indonesian – are detained last week in raids around Kuala Lumpur and in eastern Terengganu state

U.S. says 13 suspected ISIS members killed in Somalia airstrike

May 10, 2019 - 4:52 PM

The strike is carried out in the Golis Mountains in northern Somalia, where 3 ISIS militants were killed in April

More Sri Lanka attacks feared as Muslims condemn Easter bombs

May 03, 2019 - 10:04 PM

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe hopes normality will return by Monday, May 6, when public schools reopen after an extended Easter vacation

ISIS chief refers to Syria defeat in first video in 5 years

Apr 30, 2019 - 12:40 AM

(UPDATED) In the video released by ISIS' Al-Furqan media arm, the man said to be Baghdadi refers to the monthslong fight for ISIS' final redoubt Baghouz, which ended in March

ISIS CHIEF. In this undated and unlocated tv grab taken from a video released by Al-Furqan media, the chief of the Islamic State group Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi appears for the first time in 5 years in a propaganda video. AFP PHOTO / SOURCE / AL-FURQAN

15 die as Sri Lanka forces raid Islamist hideout – police

Apr 27, 2019 - 2:38 PM

The 3 men set off explosives killing 3 women and 6 children inside what was believed to an Islamist safe house near the eastern town of Kalmunai, Sri Lanka

RAID. Soldiers evacuate an injured child after they raid what believed to be an Islamist safe house in the eastern town of Kalmunai on April 27, 2019. AFP Photo

Israel tells citizens to leave Sri Lanka over 'concrete threat'

Apr 25, 2019 - 9:36 PM

The recommendation from Israel's counterterrorism bureau says it is issuing the travel warning after consultations with security and foreign ministry officials

AFTERMATH. Sri Lankan security personnel and police investigators look through debris outside Zion Church following an explosion in Batticaloa in eastern Sri Lanka on April 21, 2019. Photo by Lakruwan Wanniarachichi/AFP

Sri Lanka admits 'major' lapse over deadly Islamist blasts

Apr 24, 2019 - 8:22 PM

Police have so far arrested 58 people, all Sri Lankans, and security remains heavy, with bomb squads carrying out several controlled explosions of suspect packages

'MAJOR' LAPSE. Security personnel stand guard near St. Anthony's Shrine in Colombo on April 24, 2019, 3 days after a series of bomb blasts targeting churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

ISIS claims Sri Lanka bombings, releases photo of attackers

Apr 23, 2019 - 7:22 PM

(UPDATED) The massive casualty toll would make the Easter attacks the deadliest overseas operation claimed by ISIS since the group proclaimed its worldwide caliphate in mid-2014

TRAGEDY. Sri Lankan security personnel walk through debris following an explosion in St Sebastian's Church in Negombo, north of the capital Colombo, on April 21, 2019. File photo by STR/AFP

Special forces in search for New Zealand nurse held hostage by ISIS

Apr 15, 2019 - 9:17 AM

Details of the kidnapping had been kept under wraps until the International Committee of the Red Cross appealed for news about Louisa Akavi and two Syrian drivers kidnapped with her in October 2013

KIDNAPPED. This combination of undated handout photographs released by International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and created in Geneva Switzerland on April 14, 2019, shows (from): Syria's Alaa Rajab, New Zealand's Louisa Akavi and Syria's Nabil Bakdoune at undisclosed locations. (Handout/ICRC/AFP)

Iran president says U.S. 'leader of world terrorism'

Apr 09, 2019 - 4:57 PM

'Who are you to label revolutionary institutions as terrorists?' Iranian President Hassan Rouhani asks in a speech broadcast live by state television

IRAN REACTS. President Hassan Rouhani says that the United States is the real 'leader of world terrorism' after Washington blacklisted Iran's Revolutionary Guards as a 'foreign terrorist organization.' AFP PHOTO / HO / IRANIAN PRESIDENCY

Syria's Kurds call for international court to try ISIS jihadists

Mar 25, 2019 - 8:36 PM

(UPDATED) In this way, 'trials can be conducted fairly and in accordance with international law and human rights covenants and charters,' the Syria Kurdish administration says

ISIS IN SYRIA. Men suspected of being Islamic State fighters wait to be searched by members of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces after leaving the ISIS group's last holdout of Baghouz, in Syria's northern Deir Ezzor province on February 22, 2019. File photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

Jihadists emerge from tunnels to surrender after 'caliphate' falls

Mar 25, 2019 - 9:52 AM

(UPDATED) An AFP reporter says he saw dozens of people – mostly men – file out of the battered jihadist encampment in the remote village of Baghouz near the Iraqi border to board pickup trucks

Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) walk in the village of Baghouz in Syria's eastern Deir Ezzor province near the Iraqi border on March 24, 2019, a day after the Islamic State (IS) group's "caliphate" was declared defeated by the US-backed Kurdish-led SDF.  Delil souleiman / AFP

Philippines hails fall of last ISIS territory

Mar 24, 2019 - 9:40 AM

But the Philippines, where ISIS influence persists, says the fight 'is not over'

VICTORY AT LAST. A female fighter of the US-backed Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) flashes the victory gesture while celebrating near the Omar oil field in the eastern Syrian Deir Ezzor province on March 23, 2019. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

Macron says ISIS defeat removes 'significant threat' to France

Mar 23, 2019 - 8:44 PM

'But the threat remains and the fight against terrorist groups must continue,' French President Emmanuel Macron says

ISIS loss affirms Pentagon plan, but end game vague as U.S. pulls out

Mar 23, 2019 - 3:41 PM

But ISIS still has thousands of battle-hardened fighters across several countries, and questions loom over whether the group's territorial loss can be parlayed into an enduring defeat

Civilians evacuated from the Islamic State (IS) group's embattled holdout of Baghouz wait at a screening area held by the US-backed Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), in the eastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor, on March 5, 2019. - Kurdish-led forces launched a final assault Friday on the last pocket held by the Islamic State group in eastern Syria, their spokesman said. The "operation to clear the last remaining pocket of ISIS has just started", Mustefa Bali, the spokesman of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, said in a statement using an acronym for the jihadist group. (Photo by Bulent KILIC / AFP)

ISIS 'caliphate' totally eliminated – Syria force

Mar 23, 2019 - 3:02 PM

'Syrian Democratic Forces declare total elimination of so-called caliphate and 100% territorial defeat of ISIS,' says spokesman of the US-backed Kurdish-Arab alliance

In this file picture, a Kurdish female fighter of the Women's Protection Units (YPJ) looks on at a training camp in al-Qahtaniyah, near the Syrian-Turkish border on February 13, 2015. Kurdish-led forces announced on March 23, 2019 they had fully captured the Islamic State group's last bastion in eastern Syria and declared the total elimination of the jihadists' "caliphate". DELIL SOULEIMAN / AFP

U.S.-backed Syrian forces fight last ISIS jihadists

Mar 23, 2019 - 10:06 AM

Though the WHite House says the 'caliphate' has been wiped out, the Syrian Democratic Forces say clashes are still ongoing

WAR. A fighter of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) loads an ammunition belt at a position in the village of Baghouz, near Syria's border with Iraq, in the eastern Deir Ezzor province on March 15, 2019 during the SDF's preparations to advance in the battle against the last pocket of Islamic State group jihadists. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

Anger, grief sweep Iraq's Mosul as ferry disaster toll hits 100

Mar 22, 2019 - 8:53 PM

Residents of the northern city, scarred by years of jihadist rule, demand justice as Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi decrees 3 days of national mourning following the accident

RESCUE. Emergency personnel arrive on March 21, 2019, at the site of a popular picnic area in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on the shores of the Tigris river, after a ferry sank leaving more than 70 people dead in Iraq's worst accident in years. Photo by Waleed Al-Khaled/AFP