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Turkey arrests suspected ex-ISIS executioner

Feb 18, 2020 - 6:50 PM

The 50-year-old Syrian, known by his nickname 'Abu Taki al-Shami,' is arrested at a construction site in the Bursa province of northwest Turkey

Indonesia says won't repatriate hundreds of ISIS recruits

Feb 12, 2020 - 2:53 PM

Indonesian president Jokowi says he was not in favor of bringing back suspected militants and their families who went to Syria and other countries to fight for the group's now crumbled caliphate

NOT ACCEPTING. Indonesia's President Joko Widodo speaks during a visit to the Australian Parliament House in Canberra on February 10, 2020. Photo by Rick Rycroft/Pool/AFP

Pan-Islamic body O.I.C. rejects Trump's Middle East plan

Feb 04, 2020 - 9:57 AM

The pan-Islamic body represents more than 1.5 billion Muslims worldwide

DRACULA. Palestinians carry a mock coffin bearing the portrait of US President Donald Trump during a demonstration in the West Bank city of Nablus on January 28, 2020. Photo by Jaafar Ashitiyeh/AFP

UK vows action after police kill 'convicted extremist' in terror stabbing

Feb 03, 2020 - 8:14 AM

Police say Sudesh Amman, 20, who was wearing a fake suicide vest, was shot on the busy Streatham High Road packed with shoppers at about 2 pm

GUARDS. Police officers guard a cordon, set up on Streatham High Road, at the junction of Prentis Road, in south London on February 2, 2020, after a man is shot dead by police following reports of people being stabbed in the street. Photo by Isabel Infantes/AFP

ISIS vows 'new phase' of attacks focused on Israel – audio message

Jan 28, 2020 - 12:44 AM

In a purported audio message by its spokesman Abu Hamza al-Quraishi, the jihadist organization calls for sabotaging a so-called peace plan US President Donald Trump is due to unveil

'NEW PHASE.' An Israeli flag hovers cars driving by the Israeli settlement of Shlomtzion in the Jordan valley in the occupied West Bank on January 27, 2020. Photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

5 Indonesian fishermen kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf

Jan 21, 2020 - 5:12 PM

Indonesia's foreign ministry says it is working closely with Malaysian and Philippine authorities to rescue the crew, while urging other fishermen to avoid the area

INDONESIAN Indonesian fishermen push their boat after a fishing trip at Banda Aceh beach on October 22, 2018. Photo by  CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN / AFP

Duterte names ex-Muslim affairs official as new Bangsamoro gov't member

Jan 20, 2020 - 4:05 PM

Ali Sangki is appointed to the Bangsamoro Transition Authority, making him the 79th member out of the required 80

NEW GOVERNMENT. BTA members gather for BARMM's inauguration in March 2019. Malacañang file photo

Over 8,000 MILF fighters decommissioned in 2019 – OPAPP

Jan 19, 2020 - 7:00 PM

Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Assistant Secretary Wilven Mayor says a total of 12,000 Moro Islamic Liberation Front fighters will be decommissioned by 'early 2020'

DECOMMISSIONING. Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels stand guard at the entry of Camp Darapanan, Sultan Kudarat on September 7, 2019 ahead of a weapons decommissioning ceremony. Photo by Ferdinandh Cabrera/AFP

King of Jordan warns Islamic State on rise again

Jan 13, 2020 - 3:23 PM

Jordan, whose stability is seen as vital for the volatile Middle East, hosts some 1.3 million refugees from neighboring war-torn Syria

KING. A handout picture released by the Jordanian Royal Palace on October 21, 2018 shows Jordanian King Abdullah II speaking during a meeting with local political figures in the capital Amman. (Yousef Allan/Jordanian Royal Palace/AFP)

ISIS claims deadly attack on police in Russian Caucasus

Jan 02, 2020 - 8:14 PM

The Amaq statement on Telegram says the men are 'two fighters from Islamic state' who killed two officers and injured others

Women of the Eastern Caliphate: By blood and marriage

Dec 28, 2019 - 9:28 PM

(UPDATED) Part 2: Their men fight at the frontlines, but by blood and marriage, these women played a crucial role in the Marawi siege and the establishment of an ISIS caliphate in the Philippines

ISIS claims attack that killed 7 Burkina soldiers

Dec 28, 2019 - 8:47 AM

But the Islamic State does not claim responsibility for a simultaneous assault on Arbinda City that left 35 civilians dead

Women of the Eastern Caliphate: Hiding in plain sight

Dec 27, 2019 - 7:00 PM

(UPDATED) Part 1: From hapless accomplices, women are becoming willing and enthusiastic actors in jihad

Ampatuans' scramble after massacre turns loyal househelp against them

Dec 21, 2019 - 6:02 PM

A thoughtless comment to kill Saliao for knowing 'so many things' led the loyal househelp to squeal

JUDGMENT. Clerk of Court Aissa Sto Domingo reads the verdict of Judge Jocelyn Solis Reyes on the 2009 Ampatuan massacre inside Camp Bagong Diwa on December 19, 2019. Photo from Supreme Court PIO

SUMMARY: Why many were acquitted, some convicted in Ampatuan massacre

Dec 20, 2019 - 8:08 PM

(UPDATED) Take a look at Judge Jocelyn Solis Reyes' reasoning for the acquittals of the Ampatuan clan scions despite their participation in the plotting of the massacre

MASSACRE. Datu Andal Jr (utmost left in orange) and Zaldy Ampatuan (2nd to last from right in yellow) talk to each other before the promulgation of judgment in the 10-year Ampatuan massacre case on December 19, 2019. Photo courtesy of SC PIO

Ampatuan verdict 'a big win' for victims, families – human rights lawyer

Dec 19, 2019 - 6:44 PM

Lawyer and former SC spokesman Ted Te says Judge Jocelyn Solis Reyes' conviction of the Ampatuan brothers is a 'brave statement'

VICTIMS. Family members, counsel, and journalists hold photos of the victims of the Ampatuan massacre at a press conference held after the verdict was announced. They Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Sajid Ampatuan acquitted despite 'knowledge of murder plot'

Dec 19, 2019 - 5:58 PM

(UPDATED) A meeting is held in Sajid's house a day after the massacre to discuss 'how to save the backhoe' but Judge Jocelyn Solis Reyes says 'it is of no moment'

AMPATUAN MASSACRE. Judge Jocelyn Solis Reyes hands out the verdict of the 10-year Ampatuan Massacre case. Photo from Supreme Court PIO

DOJ: Acquittals in Ampatuan massacre 'expected'

Dec 19, 2019 - 3:59 PM

'We knew from the beginning where our strength lies and where certain gaps in our evidence exist,' says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

AMPATUAN MASSACRE. Groups protest for justice during the Ampatuan promulgation outside Camp Bagong Diwa on December 19, 2019. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Toto Mangudadatu: No closure yet, will appeal Sajid Ampatuan’s acquittal

Dec 19, 2019 - 2:58 PM

Mangudadatu says he is thankful for the guilty verdict on most of the suspects in the murder of his wife and sisters, but he will still go after the ones acquitted

NO CLOSURE. Maguindanao 2nd District Rep. Toto Mangudadatu said he will appeal the acquittal of Sajid Islam Ampatuan and Akmad "Tato" Ampatuan Sr in the muder of his wife and sisters in the Maguindanao massacre. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Grieving families find ‘closure’ in guilty Ampatuan massacre verdict

Dec 19, 2019 - 2:37 PM

For one grieving victim, the guilty verdict is an early Christmas gift from God

V FOR VICTORY. Relatives of the victims of the Ampatuan massacre flash the 'V' sign for victory at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig on December 19, 2019, after the masterminds of the case were found guilty. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

56 acquitted, 28 convicted in Ampatuan massacre

Dec 19, 2019 - 2:27 PM

(UPDATED) An additional 15 are convicted for being accessories to the crime, and are sentenced to 6-10 years in prison

AMPATUAN MASSACRE. 28 are convicted, 55 are acquitted, and 15 others are sentenced to lesser sentence in the Ampatuan massacre. Photo from Supreme Court PIO

A day of reckoning: Netizens celebrate guilty verdict in Ampatuan massacre case

Dec 19, 2019 - 1:32 PM

Twitter users thank Judge Jocelyn Solis Reyes for her 'courage and sacrifices' while others wish for her safety

Sajid Islam Ampatuan acquitted in Ampatuan massacre case

Dec 19, 2019 - 11:49 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Datu Sajid Islam Ampatuan is found not guilty

Sajid Ampatuan (at the back) arrives at the Sandiganbayan on Friday, March 22, 2019, during promulgation of his case. Ampatuan was convicted of Graft, Malversation, and Falsification in connection with the purchases of construction and lumber materials and was sentenced for reclusion perpetua. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Ampatuan brothers convicted in 10-year massacre case

Dec 19, 2019 - 11:37 AM

(4th UPDATE) Datu Andal Jr, Zaldy, and Anwar Sr Ampatuan are sentenced to reclusion perpetua without parole

DECISION. Among the accused who await the judgment of Judge Jocelyn Solis Reyes are the Ampatuan brothers. Supreme Court PIO photo

Sajid Islam skips Ampatuan massacre verdict

Dec 19, 2019 - 11:26 AM

(UPDATED) One of the principal accused but earlier granted bail, Datu Sajid Islam Ampatuan does not attend the promulgation of the judgment on him and his brothers

SKIPPED. Datu Sajid Islam Ampatuan skips the promulgation of judgment of the Ampatuan massacre on December 19, 2019.

WATCH: Ampatuan massacre verdict

Dec 19, 2019 - 11:07 AM

Watch the Ampatuan Massacre verdict live on Rappler

Ampatuan massacre victims' families could each receive P20M

Dec 19, 2019 - 10:43 AM

Lawyer Ted Te says the families should receive at least P50,000 in civil damages, though prosecution lawyers have asked the court to order the accused to each pay P20 million

Relatives of victims in the Maguindanao massacre arrive at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig on December 19, 2019, for the verdict of the decade long Ampatuan trial. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Did prosecution do enough? Ampatuan massacre verdict out today

Dec 19, 2019 - 12:58 AM

Here's a summary of the prosecution's evidence for the 10-year trial compared to the alibis and witnesses of the Ampatuans

VERDICT. Ampatuan brothers Datu Andal Jr, Zaldy and Datu Sajid Islam will have their verdict read before them on December 19, 2019, or after 10 years on trial.

HIGHLIGHTS: Ampatuan massacre verdict

Dec 18, 2019 - 11:38 PM

News, analyses, live broadcast, and videos on the Ampatuan massacre decision on December 19, 2019 at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig

Duterte appoints Misuari economic envoy to Organization of Islamic Cooperation

Dec 14, 2019 - 6:27 PM

The government and Misuari's Moro National Liberation Front agree to implement remaining items from the 1996 Final Peace Agreement, after the former rebel leader complained of being left out of the Bangsamoro peace process

NUR MISUARI. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gives a warm welcome to Moro National Liberation Front Founding Chairman Nur Misuari prior to their meeting at the Malacanan Palace on July 9, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Jihadists execute 4 hostages in Nigeria – French NGO

Dec 14, 2019 - 3:28 PM

Action Against Hunger says the 4 victims were among the 6 hostages abducted in northeastern Nigeria in July

Families displaced by Maguindanao clashes cry for help

Dec 10, 2019 - 11:06 PM

Traumatized by the sound of bombs and guns, at least 2,000 families caught in the battle between terrorists and the military are staying in makeshift booths in open spaces, a Moro community leader tells Rappler

DRIVEN OUT. Skirmishes between the military and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters including the pro-ISIS Abu Torayfie Group in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, over the past week have driven some 800 families to flee their homes and stay in makeshift booths. Photo sourced by Rappler

Jihadists kill 8 in Kenya bus attack

Dec 07, 2019 - 4:22 PM

(UPDATED) 7 police officers are among the victims

Ampatuan massacre verdict out December 19

Dec 02, 2019 - 10:39 AM

Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes will hand down the judgment 9 am at the Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig

#FIGHTFOR58. Groups and members of the media march towards Mendiola to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Maguindanao Massacre on November 23, 2019. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

150 more MILF soldiers join Bangsamoro security team

Nov 24, 2019 - 9:10 PM

The former rebel fighters join members of the police and military in a security force tasked with protecting certain areas of the Bangsamoro region until an elected government is established in 2022

FORMER REBELS. Among members of the latest batch of the Joint Peace and Security Team of the Bangsamoro region are former rebel combatants of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, who completed their training on November 22, 2019. Photo from OPAPP

ISIS liaison to Abu Sayyaf killed in Sulu clash

Nov 23, 2019 - 12:56 PM

Talha Jumsah or Abu Talha is an ISIS-trained bomb expert who 'served as an instructor to the ASG in the fabrication of more lethal and destructive IEDs' used in suicide bombings, says Joint Task Force Sulu

BOMB EXPERT. Talha Jumsah or Abu Talha is killed in a clash with the government troops in Sitio Tubig Amu, Barangay Tanum, Patikul, Sulu  on November 22, 2019.  Photo from Joint Task Force Sulu

DNA tests on Sulu suicide bombers confirm Abu Sayyaf’s ISIS links – military

Nov 14, 2019 - 9:06 PM

The foreign suspects killed in separate incidents in Sulu were ISIS terrorists working for the Abu Sayyaf's Sawadjaan faction, the military says

SUICIDE VESTS. These explosive vests were recovered from 3 suspected suicide bombers killed in a clash with Philippine Army troops in Indanan, Sulu, on November 5, 2019. Photo from AFP Joint Task Force Sulu

Turkey says it captured sister of dead ISIS leader

Nov 05, 2019 - 10:18 PM

A senior Turkish official says the arrest could be 'an intelligence gold mine'

CAPTURED. This handout undated picture taken and released by the press service of the Turkish government shows Rasmiya Awad, believed to be the sister of slain Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was captured in the northern Syrian town of Azaz by Turkish security officials, seen in an unknown location. HANDOUT / TURKISH GOVERNMENT / AFP

1 Filipino, 2 Egyptian ‘suicide bombers’ killed in army clash in Sulu – AFP

Nov 05, 2019 - 9:59 PM

Philippine Army troops intercepted the 3 suspects, believed to be from the Abu Sayyaf Group, at a checkpoint in Indanan town on Tuesday afternoon

SUICIDE VESTS. These vests with 'explosives and triggering devices' were recovered from 3 suspected suicide bombers who were killed in a clash with Philippine Army troops in Indanan, Sulu, on November 5, 2019. Photo from AFP Joint Task Force Sulu

ISIS claims responsibility for deadly Mali attacks on 50 soldiers

Nov 03, 2019 - 1:18 PM

The strikes underscore the fragility of an area straddling several West African countries battling increasing jihadist violence that has claimed hundreds of lives

LOOK: Marawi residents hold first Islamic Friday prayer in Ground Zero after 2 years

Nov 01, 2019 - 10:10 PM

‘We pray that this land, Islamic City of Marawi, will be handed back to us peacefully’

Marawi City residents hold the Islamic Friday prayer for the first time since the Siege inside the Main Affected Area or "Ground Zero", Friday, November 1, 2019. To date, tens of thousands of displaced residents are still barred from returning to their homes inside the former battlefield.

ISIS names Baghdadi successor, threatens U.S.

Oct 31, 2019 - 11:49 PM

The Islamic State jihadist group also names its new leader as Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Quraishi

CONFIRMED. This still image from video released by the US Department of Defense on October 30, 2019, shows smoke rising from the compound of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in Syria after it was destroyed in the US raid on October 26, 2019. AFP PHOTO/US Department of Defense

'Hero' dog to get a White House homecoming – Trump

Oct 31, 2019 - 9:51 PM

According to the US account, Conan was injured chasing Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi into a dead end tunnel in his Syrian hideout, where the cornered ISIS leader detonated a suicide vest, killing himself and two children

'HERO.' This undated image released by the US Department of Defense on October 30, 2019, shows the military dog who sustained minor injuries during the Al-Baghdadi raid. The dog has returned to duty, according to the Pentagon. AFP PHOTO/US Department of Defense

Pentagon releases video, photos of Baghdadi raid

Oct 31, 2019 - 8:54 AM

The US Defense Department releases a grainy black-and-white footage of troops approaching on foot the high-walled compound in northwestern Syria where Baghdadi was holed up

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA - OCTOBER 30: U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, commander of U.S. Central Command, speaks as a picture of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is seen during a press briefing October 30, 2019 at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. Gen. McKenzie and Hoffman spoke to the media to provide an update on the special operations raid that targeted former ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in Idlib Province, Syria. Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP ALEX WONG / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP AFP

Trump says Baghdadi's top replacement also killed

Oct 29, 2019 - 11:27 PM

But US President Donald Trump does not identify the person or give more detail on how he was killed

TRUMP. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, on August 20, 2019. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

ISIS chief Baghdadi buried at sea by U.S. military

Oct 29, 2019 - 8:35 AM

The US military basks in success after the eliminating the founder and spiritual guide of the Islamic State group, capping a years-long campaign to crush the Sunni Muslim extremist organization

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA - OCTOBER 28: U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper (L) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley hold a news conference at the Pentagon the day after it was announced that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in a U.S. raid in Syria October 28, 2019 in Arlington, Virginia. The leader and self-proclaimed caliph of the Islamic State, al-Baghdadi reportedly blew himself up with explosives when cornered by a U.S. Special Operations team at his compound in Syria. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP CHIP SOMODEVILLA / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

Revenge attacks by pro-ISIS groups ‘very likely’ after Baghdadi killing – analyst

Oct 28, 2019 - 7:31 PM

The death of ISIS' top leader in the Middle East may shift extremists' attention closer to home as they try to avenge his death and assert their influence, says leading terrorism analyst Rohan Gunaratna

TERRORIST KILLED. An image grab taken from a propaganda video released on July 5, 2014 by al-Furqan Media allegedly shows the leader of the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, addressing worshippers at a mosque in the ISIS-held northern Iraqi city of Mosul. Al-Furqan Media/Handout/AFP

Death of ISIS leader Baghdadi ‘just a momentary setback’ – Lorenzana

Oct 28, 2019 - 1:40 PM

The killing of ISIS head Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi by US Special Forces may be a 'severe blow' to the terror group but ISIS-linked terrorists in the Philippines will continue to be a threat, the defense chief and the military say

SECURITY OFFICIALS. This file photo shows Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and AFP Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Noel Clement at the Senate on September 30, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Trump wins big with Baghdadi death – and intends to milk it

Oct 28, 2019 - 8:31 AM

Trump – threatened by a snowballing impeachment threat in Washington and stung by widespread criticism of his overall Syria policy – needs the victory to be his

DONALD TRUMP. US President Donald Trump makes a major announcement October 27, 2019 the White House in Washington, DC. Photo by Jim Watson/ AFP

Trump confirms death of ISIS leader Baghdadi

Oct 27, 2019 - 9:21 PM

(4th UPDATE) 'He died like a dog. He died like a coward. The world is now a much better place,' Trump says in a televised broadcast announcing the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the world's most wanted man