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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

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Jan 26, 2018 - 8:36 PM

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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: 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

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

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

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.

#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

Top Marawi siege leaders killed in clashes

Oct 16, 2017 - 9:09 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute are killed as troops assault enemy position past midnight on Monday

KILLED. Abu Sayyaf sub-leader Isnilon Hapilon and Maute Group leader Omar Maute are killed Monday, October 16, as troops assault enemy position.

3,000 civilians flee Syria's Raqa under deal – militia spokesman

Oct 15, 2017 - 9:37 PM

'More than 3,000 civilians left on Saturday night as part of a deal and went to areas controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces,' says militia spokesman Talal Sello

FLEEING RAQA. Displaced Syrians walk at a temporary camp in the northern Syrian village of Ain Issa on June 10, 2017, where many people who fled the Islamic State group stronghold of Raqa are taking shelter. File photo by Delil Souleiman/ AFP

Duterte eyes 'purge' of officials in Marawi City

Oct 11, 2017 - 10:20 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says Marawi City officials failed to give information on 'tunnels' created by the Maute Group

COMMANDER IN CHIEF. President Rodrigo Duterte attends the groundbreaking ceremony of Scout Ranger Ville in San Miguel, Bulacan, on October 11, 2017. Malacañang photo

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, September 28, 2017

Sep 28, 2017 - 10:22 AM

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John Paul Solano. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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

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

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

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

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

'Islamic terrorism' must stop, Trump says after Spain attacks

Aug 18, 2017 - 10:03 PM

Radical Islamic Terrorism must be stopped by whatever means necessary The courts must give us back our protective rights Have to be tough Trump says in one of his signature early morning tweet storms

VIGIL. A man lights a candle at the Canaletas fountain on the Rambla boulevard for the victims of the Barcelona attack on August 18, 2017, a day after a van ploughed into the crowd, killing 13 persons and injuring over 100 on the Rambla in Barcelona. Photo by Javier Soriano/ AFP

Senior Afghan ISIS members killed in U.S. air strike

Aug 13, 2017 - 6:39 PM

Among those killed is Abdul Rahman alleged provincial leader of ISIS in Afghanistan

Foiled Australia plane plot directed by Islamic State – police

Aug 04, 2017 - 10:49 AM

UPDATED Two men have been charged with terrorism offenses and were refused bail on Friday August 4 with a third still being questioned

Groundwork begins for Marawi relocation site

Jul 31, 2017 - 4:50 PM

The military says construction can go full throttle as soon as the model houses are approved

Rappler Talk: Sidney Jones on the effect of the Marawi siege on terrorism in Southeast Asia

Jul 25, 2017 - 4:34 PM

Bookmark this page to watch the live interview with the Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict s director at 4:30 pm Tuesday July 25

Marawi inspired, strengthened pro-ISIS fighters in region – report

Jul 21, 2017 - 11:49 AM

The Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict says the Marawi conflict has long term repercussions for extremism in Southeast Asia including greater cooperation among extremists and more violent attacks

Tougher fighting, more suicide attacks as ISIS hits back in Mosul

Jul 04, 2017 - 7:53 AM

Iraqi forces are facing increasingly difficult fighting and a rising number of suicide attacks including some by female bombers in the final stages of the battle for Mosul

WAR-TORN. Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Services (CTS) members carry food as they walk in the Old City of Mosul on July 3, 2017 during an ongoing offensive to retake the city from Islamic State (ISIS) group fighters. Fadel Senna/AFP

ISIS steps up suicide attacks as Mosul battle nears end

Jul 03, 2017 - 1:05 AM

UPDATED More than 8 months after the operation to retake Mosul was launched ISIS has gone from fully controlling the city to holding a limited area on its western side

Members of the Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) cheer as they carry upside-down a black flag of the Islamic State (IS) group, with the destroyed Al-Nuri mosque seen in the background, in the Old City of Mosul on July 2, 2017, during the offensive to retake the city from IS fighters. Explosions on the evening of June 21, 2017 levelled the mosque where Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi gave his first sermon as leader of the Islamic State group, along with its ancient minaret. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE

Children as combatants in the Philippines

Jun 27, 2017 - 7:00 PM

To stop the recruitment of children the Philippine government must recognize the need to institutionalize counter radicalization programs

TRAINING. Child soldiers are taught to kill early on. Rappler sourced photo

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 23, 2017

Jun 23, 2017 - 9:30 AM

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ISIS praises terror attacks in Philippines, Iran

Jun 13, 2017 - 11:50 AM

Philippine troops are battling ISIS-linked terrorists in Marawi City, while last week's attacks in Iran left 17 dead

'THIS FLAG IS NOTHING.' The Marines recover ISIS black flags and high-powered firearms from the Maute Group. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler  'THIS FLAG IS NOTHING.' The Marines recover ISIS black flags and high-powered firearms from the Maute Group. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

U.S.-backed Syria force advances in Raqa, battles for base

Jun 12, 2017 - 1:15 AM

The Syrian Democratic Forces says its fighters had liberated the neighborhood of Al Romaniya on the western front of Raqa

Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) made up of an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters, unloaded boxes of ammunition, supplied by the US-led coalition, in a village north of Raqa on June 7, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / DELIL SOULEIMAN

[Newspoint] An ISIS hang-up

Jun 09, 2017 - 3:03 PM

What’s certain is there’s a scare going around if not an ISIS scare a Duterte scare and the latter seems to me the more plausible and imminently realizable

'THIS FLAG IS NOTHING.' The Marines recover ISIS black flags and high-powered firearms from the Maute Group. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 9, 2017

Jun 09, 2017 - 11:00 AM

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Terrorists in Marawi holding 'more or less 100' hostages – military

Jun 08, 2017 - 8:03 PM

Marawi priest Father Teresito Soganub is still alive according to ground commander Major General Rolando Bautista

MAUTE CONTROL. Father Teresito Soganub issues an appeal to President Rodrigo Duterte, apparently under the control of the terrorist Maute Group. Facebook screengrab

Casino targeted with suicide attack because it’s ‘haram’ – ISIS

Jun 03, 2017 - 2:35 PM

Analysts have long pointed out that ISIS has a sophisticated propaganda machinery and believes at least 50 of the battle is fought in the media

U.S. says it stands with PH in 'heartbreaking' fight in Marawi

Jun 03, 2017 - 11:39 AM

The United States reiterates its commitment to its longtime ally in its fight against terrorists despite President Rodrigo Duterte s anti American pronouncements

Terrorism and ISIS at Resorts World attack?

Jun 03, 2017 - 12:44 AM

Key to analyzing the threat accurately is understanding terror networks in the Philippines and Southeast Asia

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 2, 2017

Jun 02, 2017 - 9:55 AM

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Resorts World shooting incident in Pasay on June 2, 2017. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Duterte says Nobleza, Abu Sayyaf sympathizer, got money from ISIS

May 31, 2017 - 6:40 PM

The President says a police superintendent who was arrested for trying to rescue Abu Sayyaf members was also getting money from an alleged ISIS linked woman

DETAINED. Superintendent Maria Cristina Nobleza is accused of coddling the Abu Sayyaf. Photo from Maria Cristina Nobleza's Facebook page

WATCH: In Marawi, the exodus continues

May 25, 2017 - 8:30 PM

There is a feeling that this is not going to be over soon

Robredo: 'Trust the AFP' in martial law implementation

May 24, 2017 - 1:58 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says the best thing to do now is to support the government as it fights terrorists in Marawi City

SECURITY BRIEFING. Vice President Leni Robredo joins the security briefing of the Armed Forces of the Philippines leadership on May 24, 2017. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

Britain raises terror threat level after concert carnage

May 24, 2017 - 1:22 AM

UPDATED Manchester police identify the suspect as 22 year old Salman Abedi but declined to give any further details

CONCERT ATTACK. Police deploy at scene of explosion in Manchester, England, on May 23, 2017 at a concert. Photo by Paul Ellis/AFP

NATO mulls sending thousands more troops to Afghanistan

May 10, 2017 - 7:08 PM

The troops are needed to train local forces NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says

TRAINING. In this photograph taken on February 9, 2017, Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers march during a training by Italian soldiers from NATO's Resolute Support Mission at a Military Training centre on the outskirts of Herat. Aref Karimi/AFP

ISIS planning more attacks in PH and region – terror expert

May 08, 2017 - 12:25 PM

Rohan Gunaratna warns that ISIS plans to hit Manila and other capitals in the region during the Ramadan

LOCKDOWN. Police cordon off the blast site after the explosions.

Thousands attend Stockholm vigil, police probe suspect's ISIS interest

Apr 09, 2017 - 9:30 PM

UPDATED The suspect identified only as a 39 year old man from Uzbekistan had also been due to be expelled from Sweden after his residency application was rejected last year

People attend a memorial ceremony on April 9, 2017 at Sergels Torg plaza in Stockholm, close to the point where a truck drove into a department store two days before. Four people died and fifteen were injured when a truck plunged into a crowd at a busy pedestrian street in the Swedish capital on April 7, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Odd ANDERSEN

U.S.-backed fighters battle ISIS around north Syria town

Mar 27, 2017 - 12:45 AM

UPDATED Operations are currently focused on the strategically important town of Tabqa on the Euphrates River and the adjacent dam and military airport

Iraqis remove bodies from rubble in west Mosul

Mar 27, 2017 - 12:35 AM

At least 6 houses are completely destroyed by air strikes reportedly killing civilians

An Iraqi rescue worker gestures towards bodies wrapped in plastic in Mosul's al-Jadida area on March 26, 2017, following air strikes in which civilians have been reportedly killed during an ongoing offensive against the Islamic State (IS) group.  Iraq is investigating air strikes in west Mosul that reportedly killed large numbers of civilians in recent days, a military spokesman said.  / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE

Fierce fighting on outskirts of Mosul Old City

Mar 20, 2017 - 1:55 AM

Iraqi forces attack Islamic State militants bombarding them with bullets and firing volleys of rockets

Iraqi forces, consisting of the Iraqi federal police and the elite Rapid Response Division, fires towards Islamic State (IS) group jihadists as they advance in the Old City in western Mosul on March 19, 2017, during the offensive to retake the city from Islamic State (IS) group fighters. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE

Bangladeshi forces kill militant carrying explosives

Mar 18, 2017 - 6:24 PM

As he was carrying explosives we primarily suspect him of being a militant Mufti Mahmud Khan spokesman for the Rapid Action Batallion tells Agence France Presse

Iraqi forces take third of west Mosul, jihadists 'trapped'

Mar 12, 2017 - 8:00 PM

UPDATED The US envoy to the anti ISIS coalition says Iraqi forces have cut off the last road out of Mosul

Members of the Iraqi forces enter the destroyed building of the museum of Mosul on March 11, 2017 after it was recaptured from Islamic State (IS) group fighters. Iraqi forces seized the building from IS on March 7 as they pushed into west Mosul as part of a vast offensive to oust the jihadists from the northern city. / AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS