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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

ISIS head Baghdadi believed dead after U.S. strike in Syria

Oct 27, 2019 - 1:14 PM

(5th UPDATE) US media cites multiple government sources as saying Baghdadi may have killed himself with a suicide vest as US special operations forces descended

BELIEVED DEAD. 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 in April 2019. Photo from AFP

More than 100 Islamic State prisoners have escaped in Syria – US envoy

Oct 24, 2019 - 7:27 AM

'We would say the number is now over 100. We do not know where they are,' James Jeffrey, the State Department point man on Syria

James Jeffrey, State Department special representative for Syria engagement and special envoy to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, testifies before the State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Subcommittee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on October 23, 2019. NICHOLAS KAMM / AFP

U.S. says it counts on Turkey, Kurds to fight an ISIS resurgence

Oct 23, 2019 - 8:24 AM

'If they are not forced to face off against each other, we can rely on both of them against ISIS,' US Special Representative for Syria and the anti-ISIS coalition James Jeffrey tells a US senate panel

THE ISIS FIGHT. James Jeffrey, State Department special representative for Syria engagement and special envoy to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, testifies during a hearing before Senate Foreign Relations Committee October 22, 2019 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Social media app TikTok removes ISIS propaganda videos

Oct 22, 2019 - 4:39 PM

An employee at TikTok says about 10 accounts were removed for posting the videos

Mayor Sajid Ampatuan suspended for 90 days

Oct 16, 2019 - 6:13 PM

The anti-graft court Sandiganbayan orders the suspension to prevent the mayor 'from committing further acts of malfeasance while in office'

SAJID AMPATUAN. Sandiganbayan photo by Darren Langit/Rappler. Ampatuan photo by Jef Maitem.

Erdogan vows no ISIS fighters will escape Syria

Oct 15, 2019 - 3:52 PM

'We will ensure that no ISIS (Islamic State) fighters leave northeastern Syria,' Erdogan writes in the Wall Street Journal

ERDOGAN. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during the extended meeting with provincial heads of ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party in Ankara, Turkey, on October 10, 2019. Photo by Adem Altan/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

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

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

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

Singapore detains Indonesian maids for 'funding ISIS'

Sep 24, 2019 - 2:21 PM

It is the latest case of allegedly radicalized foreign domestic helpers arrested in Singapore, and the government says it highlighted the continued appeal of the jihadists' 'violent ideology'

Iran says seized British-flagged tanker 'free' to leave

Sep 23, 2019 - 6:04 PM

Stena Bulk, the company that owns Stena Impero, says that it expects the vessel to be released soon, but expresses caution about the situation

SEIZED. This handout photo received on July 19, 2019 courtesy of Nico Kemps shows the Stena Impero, a British-flagged tanker, off the coast of Amsterdam on December 26, 2018. File photo by Nico Kemps/VesselFinder.com/AFP

Iran seizes new boat near vital oil shipping lane

Sep 16, 2019 - 11:11 PM

A naval patrol of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has intercepted the vessel carrying 250,000 liters of fuel near the Strait of Hormuz

Malaysian opposition groups join forces to win Muslim votes

Sep 14, 2019 - 5:07 PM

United Malays National Organisation president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi insists the move would not deepen racial and religious divides

Anger at Netanyahu's West Bank annexation pledge

Sep 11, 2019 - 1:00 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The preelection promise draws immediate condemnation from Arab powerhouses with many warning of disastrous consequences for the stagnant Israeli-Palestinian peace process

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

Duterte tells disarmed MILF soldiers: Do not be disheartened

Sep 07, 2019 - 10:36 PM

Having been at war for much of their lives, the former Moro rebels face insecurity and uncertainty as they return to civilian life

NOT SURRENDER. 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

'We are not surrendering': Tears, prayers as MILF begins large-scale disarming of forces

Sep 07, 2019 - 2:12 PM

'If it is in our power to make peace happen and Allah grants it to us, we do not want our families to go through what we’ve suffered,' says an MILF combatant

READY FOR CHANGE. MILF Combatant Mokada Alia Abas Salipada wears the uniform made for the Joint Peace and Security Team, a newly established unit in the Bangsamoro region that mixes MILF combatants, soldiers, and cops. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

'There is another life coming,’ Murad tells MILF fighters before disarming

Sep 06, 2019 - 3:40 PM

Over a thousand MILF combatants will disarm in a ceremony to be led by President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday, September 7

COMMITMENT. BARMM chief minister Ahod Ebrahim promises to ensure transition of 40,000 fighters to civilian life. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Mindanao closer to peace as MILF decommissions 12,000 fighters – gov't

Sep 06, 2019 - 9:43 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte will lead a ceremony in Maguindanao on Saturday, September 7, as former rebels from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front begin their transition to civilian life

DECOMMISSIONING. More than 1,000 soldiers of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front will begin their transition to civilian life on September 7. File photo by Adrian Portugal/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

Islamic banking now more accessible under new law

Aug 30, 2019 - 4:02 PM

Islamic banks differ from regular banks as they adhere to Shari’ah law and its economic principles

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

[OPINION] A young Muslim's notes from Manila

Aug 12, 2019 - 2:30 PM

Moving to predominantly Christian Manila was daunting for Earl, a practicing Muslim from Zamboanga. What challenges did he face?

[OPINION] Constructing a Muslim identity in a predominantly Christian society

Aug 12, 2019 - 12:00 PM

'My first years as a new Muslim were definitely tough. I was previously unaware of how difficult life was as a Muslim, because it was a struggle that I could not relate to as a Christian.'

[OPINION] 'Ikaw ang unang Muslim na nakilala ko'

Aug 12, 2019 - 8:39 AM

I am positive that we can become a nation that can rise beyond the idea that we should all be similar, and that we need to change those who do not fit our standards

1 hurt in Norway mosque shooting, suspect arrested

Aug 11, 2019 - 8:39 AM

Police also discover the body of a young woman related to the suspect in a home at the Baerum suburb, where the shooting happened

CRIME SCENE. A Norwegian riot policeman stands in front of the Al-Noor islamic center mosque where a gunman went on a shooting spree in the town of Baerum, an Oslo suburb, on August 10, 2019. Photo by Terje Pedersen/NTB Scanpix/AFP/Norway OUT

More than 2 million Muslims begin hajj pilgrimage

Aug 09, 2019 - 11:06 PM

The hajj consists of a series of religious rites which are completed over 5 days in Islam's holiest city and its surroundings in western Saudi Arabia

PRAYERS. Mulism pilgrims gather around the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca on August 8, 2019, prior to the start of the annual Hajj pilgrimage in the holy city. Photo by Fethi Belaid/AFP

Indonesia's Banda Aceh whips 11 for sharia-banned romance

Aug 02, 2019 - 1:23 PM

Public whipping is a common punishment for a range of offenses in the deeply conservative region at the tip of Sumatra island, including gambling, drinking alcohol, and having gay sex or relations outside of marriage

A woman is whipped in public in Banda Aceh in Indonesia's staunchly conservative Aceh province on August 1, 2019, as punishment for being too close to the opposite sex. Six men and five women, all in their late teens and early 20s, received between eight to 32 strokes in front of a mosque in the provincial capital Banda Aceh, with dozens of spectators watched curiously. CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN / AFP

AFP to train 255 ex-MILF fighters to help secure Bangsamoro region

Aug 01, 2019 - 12:31 PM

Members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces will work alongside soldiers and cops in the Joint Peace and Security Team, says Presidential Peace Adviser Carlito Galvez Jr

WAR AND PEACE. Former MILF rebels join a training on capability building in Al Barka, Basilan. Photo by Richard Falcatan/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

12 terrorists killed in Maguindanao clash – military

Jul 31, 2019 - 2:58 PM

The Armed Forces of the Philippines says the suspects were plotting bomb attacks in populous and urban areas

TERROR THREAT. The 5-month siege of Marawi City in 2017 exemplifies the existing threat of terrorism in the Philippines. Photos by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Germany extradites Bosnian linked to Paris attacks to Belgium

Jul 30, 2019 - 12:00 AM

The unnamed 39-year-old is accused 'of abetting a terrorist organization linked to the terror attacks, including on the Bataclan concert hall, on November 13, 2015 in Paris'

PARIS ATTACKS. This file photo taken on November 17, 2015 shows a miniature Eiffel tower, candles, and flowers at a makeshift memorial outside Le Carillon cafe, in tribute to the victims of the terrorist attacks in which 130 people were killed and another 413 injured. File photo by Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

Elderly woman killed, 2 others wounded in North Cotabato air strike

Jul 25, 2019 - 2:46 PM

The military says the air and ground assault at dawn was in an area controlled by the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters

FALSE: MILF surrendered arms to gov't 'for the first time in 2019'

Jul 05, 2019 - 7:16 PM

The decommissioning process first starts in 2015 as part of the agreement between the MILF and the Philippine government

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