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'Never-ending' numbers in last ISIS scrap shock U.S.-backed fighters

Mar 09, 2019 - 12:39 PM

Tens of thousands of dust-covered women, children and men have streamed out of the ragged tent encampment in the Syrian village of Baghouz since December – and despite that exodus they still keep on coming

Children who were captured by Islamic State (IS) group fighters, believed to be from the Yazidi community, are pictured after being evacuated from the IS' embattled holdout of Baghouz 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 6, 2019. More than 7000 people, mostly women and children, have fled the shrinking pocket over the past two days, as US-backed forces press ahead with an offensive to crush holdout jihadists. The Yazidis are a mostly Iraq-based Kurdish-speaking religious minority. The jihadists consider them heretics and in 2014, tried to exterminate them. Bulent KILIC / AFP

From shy student to ISIS polemicist, Hoda Muthana in U.S. crosshairs

Feb 22, 2019 - 8:15 AM

The 24-year-old says she regrets her turn to radicalism and wants to return home – but President Donald Trump personally intervenes to block her

RETURNING. An undated photograph obtained on February 20, 2019, from attorney Hassan Shibly shows Hoda Muthana, a 24-year-old woman from Alabama. Handout photo/AFP

20 soldiers wounded in Marawi as heavy fighting continues

Oct 15, 2017 - 3:29 PM

Another hostage is rescued as troops push on to meet another deadline to end the war

URBAN WARFARE. The war with local armed groups in Marawi is now on its 5th month. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

1,955 families displaced amid Butig clashes

Nov 29, 2016 - 12:40 AM

The local government is expecting more residents to be displaced as the military continues its offensive against the local terror group

DISPLACED. Social workers from the provincial government of Lanao del Sur attend to the need of displaced families in Butig town after armed skirmishes between government forces and the Maute terror group. Photo courtesy of Jennie Tamano, Lanao del Sur PIO

IS threat grows as 'caliphate' enters second year

Jun 29, 2015 - 10:49 PM

IS inspires fear and horror with its rule over territory in Syria and Iraq where mass killings and brutal executions have become its hallmarks

SECOND YEAR.

Boko Haram kills at least 68 people, including children

Mar 06, 2015 - 2:35 AM

Heavily armed militants stormed the village in Borno state on March 3

Filipino jihadists killed in Syria - reports

Sep 22, 2014 - 7:12 PM

The government says the reports are not confirmed but a group has been formed to monitor Filipino extremists activities in relation to ISIS

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

Wife of British IS hostage pleads for his release

Sep 21, 2014 - 7:48 AM

I pray that the people holding Alan respond to my messages and contact me before it is too late says Barbara Henning in a statement released through Britain s Foreign Office

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

Boko Haram leader proclaims 'Islamic caliphate' in Nigeria town

Aug 24, 2014 - 10:21 PM

Boko Haram is also believed to be in control of other areas near Gwoza in southern Borno territories in northern Borno and at least one town in Yobe state

TAKING TOWNS. A grab made on July 13, 2013 from a video obtained by AFP shows the leader of the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram Abubakar Shekau, dressed in camouflage and holding an Kalashnikov AK-47. AFP PHOTO / BOKO HARAM

ISIS threats and followers in the Philippines

Aug 05, 2014 - 1:19 PM

The Philippine government has to implement a strong preventive counter measure before this threat develops into a many headed monster that is hard to defeat

Caliphate: Islamic rule abolished a century ago

Jun 30, 2014 - 9:49 PM

The caliph s main duty was to implement Muslim law in the land of Islam

FLEEING TO SAFETY. Iraqis who fled the violence in Mosul stand in a queue at a checkpoint in Erbil, Kurdistan region, north Iraq, 11 June 2014. Kamal Akrayi/EPA