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Suicide attack on Kurdish-U.S. convoy in Syria 'kills 5'

Jan 21, 2019 - 10:21 PM

The assault, claimed by ISIS jihadists, comes less than a week after another deadly attack on US forces in Syria, and a month after Washington announced a US troop pullout from the war-torn country

ANOTHER ATTACK. An image grab taken from a video published by Hawar News Agency (ANHA) on January 21, 2019, shows the scene of a suicide car bomb attack on a military convoy on a road in Syria's northeastern Hasakeh province, which killed 5 members of a Kurdish-led force accompanying US-led coalition troops. AFP PHOTO / HO / ANHA

Deadly ISIS-claimed suicide attack hits U.S. forces in north Syria

Jan 17, 2019 - 4:22 PM

According to Pentagon statistics, the blast is the deadliest attack for US anti-ISIS forces in Syria since they deployed in 2014

DEADLY ATTACK. An image grab taken from a video published by Hawar News Agency on January 16, 2019, shows the aftermath of a suicide attack in the northern Syrian town of Manbij. Photo by various sources/AFP

[ANALYSIS] Global threat forecast 2019

Jan 13, 2019 - 8:02 PM

Harnessing both the physical and virtual space, ISIS continues to present an enduring threat worldwide

ISIS counterattack in east Syria leaves 32 dead

Jan 08, 2019 - 8:52 PM

Using the bad weather as a cover, the Islamic State group launches a vain but deadly counter-attack against Kurdish-led fighters

(FILES) In this file photo taken on December 30, 2018, shows a line of US military vehicles in Syria's northern city of Manbij. US President Donald Trump on January 7, 2019 sought to end fears of an abrupt US pullout from Syria, saying the fight against the Islamic State group was not over and that withdrawal would be done in a "prudent" manner."We will be leaving at a proper pace while at the same time continuing to fight ISIS and doing all else that is prudent and necessary!" Trump tweeted.  Delil SOULEIMAN / AFP

Trump advisor in Turkey for talks on Syria pullout

Jan 08, 2019 - 1:16 PM

US President Donald Trump says the fight against ISIS is not over and that the withdrawal will be done in a 'prudent' manner

Boko Haram raids military posts in northeast Nigeria

Jan 03, 2019 - 10:13 AM

Fighters from the ISIS-affiliated Islamic State West Africa Province overrun the posts in Borno state on Tuesday, January 1, military and militia sources tell Agence France-Presse

Iraq sentenced 616 foreigners for ISIS links in 2018

Dec 31, 2018 - 7:36 PM

The current number brings the count of people suspected of links to the Islamic State group up to around 20,000 since 2014

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

U.S.-backed forces retake ISIS hub in east Syria – monitor

Dec 14, 2018 - 4:07 PM

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the Syrian Democratic Forces have secured Hajin, the largest settlement in what is the last pocket of territory controlled by the Islamic State group

SDF. Fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces attend the funeral a fellow fighter killed in the town of Hajin during battles against the Islamic State group, in the Kurdish-controlled city of Qamishly in northeastern Syria, on December 3, 2018. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

Syria coalition targets ISIS leader linked to decapitation of American

Dec 03, 2018 - 9:07 AM

'The coalition forces carried out specific strikes against a high-ranking ISIS leader, Abou al Oumarayn... in the desert' in Syria, says Sean Ryan, spokesman for an international anti-jihadist coalition.

PETER KASSIG. This Kassig Family released handout photo on October 4, 2014 shows Peter Kassig in front of a truck somewhere along the Syrian border between late 2012 and autumn 2013 delivering supplies to refugees. File photo handout by Kassig Family/AFP

Duterte likens Magdalo party to ISIS

Nov 16, 2018 - 6:39 PM

'They destroyed everything, parang ISIS ang buwang,' says President Rodrigo Duterte about the mutineers who are now members of the Magdalo party

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the First Subaraw Biodiversity Festival held at the People’s Amphitheater in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan on November 10, 2018. Richard Madelo/ Presidential Photo

ISIS-aligned groups warn of more attacks after Melbourne rampage

Nov 15, 2018 - 2:52 PM

'Australia, don't think you are away from our attacks,' reads one poster, which shows a photo of a vehicle the Melbourne attacker set alight during his November 9 attack

RAMPAGE. A burnt vehicle is pictured at the crime scene following a stabbing incident in Melbourne on November 9, 2018. Photo by William West/AFP

ISIS suffers heavy Syria losses despite Kurd pause – monitor

Nov 08, 2018 - 12:20 PM

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says waves of US-led air strikes since Monday, November 5, have killed 48 jihadists, including during two ISIS assaults on oilfields north of the Hajin enclave

IN SYRIA. Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters attend the funeral of a fellow fighter, killed in an offensive by the Islamic State movement against an SDF position near Deir Ezzor, in the northern Syria Kurdish town of Kobane, on November 6, 2018. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

Despite pressure in Egypt, ISIS still able to strike

Nov 04, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Since December 2016, jihadist attacks in Egypt have left more than 100 Christians dead

ANOTHER ATTACK. Egyptians carry the coffin of a soldier, who was killed a day earlier in the restive Sinai Peninsula in an attack by the Islamic State group, during a funeral ceremony in the 10th of Ramadan city, about 60 kms north of Cairo, on July 8, 2017. Photo by Mahmoud Bakkar/AFP

U.S.-backed Syria offensive kills 35 ISIS fighters

Oct 20, 2018 - 10:00 PM

Fighting has killed 414 jihadists and 227 SDF fighters in total since the assault began on September 10, says the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

DEAD. Syrians mourn during the funeral of four fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), in the northeastern city of Qamishli on September 14, 2018. File photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

ISIS frees 6 Syria Druze women, children after 3-month ordeal

Oct 20, 2018 - 1:37 PM

(UPDATED) The release of the prisoners is the first part of a deal to exchange them for at least 60 Islamic State prisoners and $27 million

FREE. A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on October 20, 2018 shows a woman and 4 children among the 6 released of 27 Druze hostages held by the Islamic State (ISIS) group in a prisoner swap and ransom, upon their arrival at a government-controlled building in Syria's southern city of Sweida. Photo from SANA/AFP

4 jihadi suspects charged in Kosovo over terror plots

Oct 13, 2018 - 7:14 PM

The group are also accused of planning to bomb the NATO-led security force KFOR at two discos in the Serbian enclave of Gracanica

DEFENSE. A Kosovo Security Force (KSF) member stands guard prior to a farewell ceremony of the German NATO led-peacekeeping mission in Kosovo, in the town of Prizren on October 3, 2018. File photo by Armend Nimani/AFP

Hundreds taken by ISIS from displacement camp in east Syria

Oct 13, 2018 - 6:50 PM

A number of fighters of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces dies trying to defend the camp in a battle that lasted several hours

FUNERAL. Fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) attend the funeral of fellow fighters in the northeastern city of Qamishli on September 14, 2018. File photo Delil Souleiman/AFP

Iran fires missiles at Syria jihadists after deadly attack

Oct 01, 2018 - 11:10 PM

The pre-dawn strike by Iran was in retaliation for a deadly attack on an Iranian military parade claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group

MISSILE. This handout photo provided by Iran's Revolutionary Guard official website via SEPAH News shows missiles being launched from an undisclosed location to target militants in eastern Syria early on October 1, 2018. Handout/Sepah News/ Iran's Revolutionary Guards Website/AFP

Philippines blocks entry of suspected ISIS trainer

Oct 01, 2018 - 11:40 AM

Suspected Islamic State trainer Naeem Hussain, a 36-year-old Pakistani, makes a second failed attempt to enter the Philippines this year

INTERCEPTED. A suspected ISIS trainer is booked on a flight out of the Philippines after he is intercepted at the Clark International Airport in Pampanga. File photo from Clark International Airport website

Tangled web of claims, blame for Iran attack

Sep 30, 2018 - 6:00 AM

There have been two claims of responsibility for the gun assault against a military parade

ATTACKS. This picture taken on September 22, 2018 in the southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz shows Iranian soldiers carrying away an injured comrade at the scene of an attack on a military parade that was marking the anniversary of the outbreak of its devastating 1980-1988 war with Saddam Hussein's Iraq. Photo by Morteza Jaberian/ISNA/AFP

Iran summons 3 European diplomats over parade attack – state media

Sep 23, 2018 - 12:01 PM

Diplomats from Denmark, the Netherlands, and Britain are informed of 'Iran's strong protests over their respective countries' hosting of some members of the terrorist group' behind the attack

PARADE ATTACK. An Iranian soldier carries an injured comrade at the scene of an attack on a military parade that was marking the anniversary of the outbreak of its devastating 1980-1988 war with Saddam Hussein's Iraq. Photo by Behrad Ghasemi/ISNA/AF

Iran vows 'crushing response' after gunmen kill 29 at army parade

Sep 22, 2018 - 3:22 PM

(4th UPDATE) The Islamic State claims to have carried out the rare assault in Ahvaz, while Iranian officials accuse 'a foreign regime' backed by the United States of being behind it

PARADE ATTACK. This picture taken on September 22, 2018 in the southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz shows an Iranian soldier carrying an injured comrade at the scene of an attack on a military parade that was marking the anniversary of the outbreak of its devastating 1980-1988 war with Saddam Hussein's Iraq. Photo by Behrad Ghasemi/ISNA/AFP

2 deadly bombings in a month demonstrate ISIS tactics

Aug 30, 2018 - 8:36 AM

(UPDATED) Military chief General Carlito Galvez Jr says ISIS is the biggest security threat in the Philippines

ISULAN BLAST. Scene at the blast site on August 29, 2018. Photo by AFP

Filipino, 2 others in ISIS beheading video blacklisted by U.S.

Aug 26, 2018 - 10:52 AM

A US Treasury official says the June 2016 video was 'part of a propaganda campaign to attract radicals to join militant terrorist groups in Southeast Asia'

 ISIS VIDEO. An Indonesian, Filipino, and Malaysian behead 3 Caucasians and call Muslims to fight the jihad in Syria and the Philippines (screenshot)

ISIS chief Baghdadi urges 'jihad' in purported new recording

Aug 23, 2018 - 8:26 AM

The 'caliphate will remain, God willing,' Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi says in the recording, addressing followers in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa

Saudi Arabia pledges $100M to U.S.-backed Syria rehab

Aug 17, 2018 - 6:26 PM

This contribution is the biggest single cash injection yet for reconstruction efforts in areas formerly controlled by the jihadists

Fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) walk down a street in Raqa past destroyed vehicles and heavily damaged buildings on October 20, 2017, after a Kurdish-led force expelled Islamic State (IS) group fighters from the northern Syrian city, formerly their "capital". SDF fighters flushed jihadist holdouts from Raqa's main hospital and municipal stadium, wrapping up a more than four-month offensive against what used to be the inner sanctum of IS's self-proclaimed "caliphate", which for three years saw some of the group's worst abuses and grew into a centre for both its potent propaganda machine and its unprecedented experiment in jihadist statehood. BULENT KILIC / AFP

Egypt says 12 'terrorists' killed in Sinai shootout

Aug 12, 2018 - 7:07 PM

The deadly exchange of fire takes place after the authorities received information that 'terrorist elements' were hiding in the area

[ANALYSIS] ISIS suicide bombing in PH could be a regional game-changer

Aug 05, 2018 - 5:09 PM

The factors surrounding the attack are telltale red flags that ISIS is looking to establish a more substantial base in the Philippines

Rebels reach north Syria after south evacuations

Jul 21, 2018 - 11:07 PM

Air strikes by regime ally Russia on a southern jihadist holdout kill 6 civilians

CONFLICT. Evacuated Syrians from the area of Fuaa and Kafraya in the Idlib province, look out of a broken bus window as it passes the al-Eis crossing south of Aleppo during the evacuation of several thousand residents from the two pro-regime towns in northern Syria on July 19, 2018. Photo by STR/AFP

Wife of new ISIS Southeast Asia 'emir' nabbed in General Santos

Jul 16, 2018 - 5:43 PM

Nafisa Pundog, identified by authorities as the wife of Abu Dar, has a standing warrant of arrest for allegedly possessing a blasting cap/incendiary device

NABBED. Nafisa Pundog is arrested in what is believed to be her safehouse in General Santos City. Military photo

Civilian deaths in war-torn Afghanistan hit record high – UN

Jul 15, 2018 - 4:00 PM

The record high death toll comes despite an unprecedented ceasefire by Afghan security forces and the Taliban last month that was largely respected by both sides, according to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan

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Pakistanis mourn after election rally bombing kills 128

Jul 14, 2018 - 4:56 PM

(UPDATED) Newspapers brand the blast – one of the deadliest in Pakistan's history – a 'massacre'

MOURNING. Relatives identify the bodies after a bomb blast at a election rally, at a hospital in Quetta on July 13, 2018. Photo by Banaras Khan / AFP

Troops clash with BIFF in Maguindanao town center

Jul 04, 2018 - 3:57 PM

The military says it foiled an attempt of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters to occupy the town hall of Datu Paglas town after a 9-hour operation that included air strikes on Tuesday, July 3

CLASH. Troops clash with the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters in a Maguindanao town center. Photo courtesy of the Philippine Army 33rd Infantry Battalion

Iraq executes 12 death row jihadists in response to killings

Jun 29, 2018 - 8:43 PM

A statement from the office of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi does not specify how they were executed, but death sentences in terrorism-related cases are usually carried out by hanging

ORDER. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi talks during a campaign rally in the holy city of Najaf on May 3, 2018, ahead of the upcoming parliamentary elections. File photo by Haidar HAMDANI/AFP

Syria forces declare 'curfew' in Raqa, fearing ISIS attacks

Jun 24, 2018 - 4:42 PM

Raqa International Security Forces says it had received information that terrorist groups working on behalf of ISIS have 'entered Raqa to carry out attacks against stability and security'

CURFEW. The Syrian Democratic forces (SDF) recently drove the Islamic State (ISIS) group out of large parts of northern and eastern Syria, including the onetime jihadist capital of Raqa, with help from the coalition's air strikes, weapons and special forces advisors. File photo by Delil souleiman / AFP

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Military probes pregnant woman's death in Maguindanao mortar strike

Jun 18, 2018 - 10:12 AM

While waiting for the result of the probe, the military sends representatives to provide financial support and condole with the families of the victims

DISPLACED. File photo of Pagalungan town residents who fled their homes last week due to military air strikes in Maguindanao. Photo from the DSWD-ARMM's Facebook page

Airstrikes, clashes between military, ISIS-Maute group in Lanao del Sur towns

Jun 18, 2018 - 8:33 AM

(3rd UPDATE) According to Colonel Romeo Brawner, current reports indicate 5 members of the Maute-ISIS group led by Abu Dar, have been killed. The military is still verifying these reports.

Taliban says ceasefire will not be extended, as suicide attack kills 18

Jun 17, 2018 - 9:13 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Further dampening hopes for peace after jubilant scenes during the ceasefire over the Muslim holiday, the Taliban says they will not be extending the truce beyond Sunday night

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At least 20 dead in Afghanistan suicide attack during ceasefire

Jun 16, 2018 - 11:21 PM

The attack comes as President Ashraf Ghani announced an extension of the government's week-long ceasefire with the Taliban

CEASEFIRE ATTACK. Afghan volunteers carry an injured man on a stretcher to an hospital following a suicide bomber blew himself in Jalalabad on June 16, 2018. Photo by Noorullah Shirzada/AFP

Taliban agrees to unprecedented Eid ceasefire with Afghan forces

Jun 09, 2018 - 7:41 PM

The Taliban says 'foreign occupiers are the exception' to the 3-day ceasefire order sent to its fighters around Afghanistan

[OPINION] Women and violent extremism

May 27, 2018 - 1:00 PM

By empowering women, we, in turn, empower their communities and change the dynamics of these spaces, leading to the promotion of peace, tolerance, and respect

Marawi generals return to honor men killed in battles last year

May 24, 2018 - 7:10 PM

'Huwag mo ako interview-hin. Baka umiyak ako.' The Philippine military unveils a 'Heroes Wall' inside Marawi camp.

HONORING THE DEAD. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana leads a wreathe-laying ceremony for soldiers killed in Marawi. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

U.S.-led strike hits regime positions in east Syria – state media

May 24, 2018 - 2:49 PM

'Some of our military positions between Albu Kamal and Hmeimeh were hit this morning in an aggression by American coalition warplanes,' a military source says

War vs pro-ISIS PH groups rages on a year after Marawi siege

May 22, 2018 - 11:25 PM

Marawi was a 'setback' for the Maute Group and Isnilon Hapilon's faction in the Abu Sayyaf Group, but it was a 'propaganda victory' for ISIS, says Southeast Asia security expert Zachary Abuza

Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

To fast or not? Free of IS, Syrians in Raqa mark relaxed Ramadan

May 20, 2018 - 12:19 PM

For more than three years, residents of Raqa were subjected to IS' ultra-strict interpretation of Islamic law – particularly stringent during the holy month of Ramadan.

RAMADAN. People buy fruits and vegetables at a market in the Syrian city of Raqa on May 17, 2018, during the holy month of Ramadan. The Syrian Democratic forces (SDF) recently drove the Islamic State (IS) group out of large parts of northern and eastern Syria, including the onetime jihadist capital of Raqa, with help from the coalition's air strikes, weapons and special forces advisors. Photo by Delil souleiman/AFP

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May 15, 2018 - 12:30 PM

The outcome throws open the race to become the next premier, following a parliamentary vote on Saturday, May 12, hit by record abstentions and widespread disillusionment

ELECTIONS. Members of the Iraqi security forces stand guard as people queue in front of a polling station in the Wadi Hajar district of Mosul on May 12, 2018, still partially in ruins from the devastating months-long fight to oust the Islamic State (IS) group. File photo by Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP

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