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Take back jihadists, Trump tells Europe

Feb 17, 2019 - 3:49 PM

'The United States is asking Britain, France, Germany and other European allies to take back over 800 ISIS fighters that we captured in Syria and put them on trial,' says American President Donald Trump in a tweet

TAKE BACK. US President Donald Trump says European countries should take back and put to trial its citizens who left to join the Islamic State. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

The week in photos: February 9-15, 2019

Feb 16, 2019 - 5:54 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

WE ARE MARIA. Students and rights activists picket the NBI headquarters in Manila where Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa is detained following her arrest for the charge of cyberlibel on February 13, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Jihadist defeat, U.S. Syria pullout on table at coalition talks

Feb 15, 2019 - 10:41 AM

With defeat of IS's self-declared 'caliphate' imminent, American troops are set to withdraw from Kurdish-controlled areas, prompting a repositioning of the remaining players in the region

CIVIL WAR. Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and US soldiers gather in the Kurdish-held town of Al-Darbasiyah in northeastern Syria bordering Turkey on November 4, 2018. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

Syria jihadists trapped in last square kilometer

Feb 14, 2019 - 10:51 PM

'The fighting is fierce,' says Adnan Afrin, a spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces

BAGHOUZ. A military vehicle with the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces rides during an operation to expel Islamic State group jihadists from the Baghouz area in the eastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor on February 13, 2019. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

ISIS defends last Syria redoubt, as family members flee

Feb 14, 2019 - 1:35 AM

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the Syrian Democratic Forces fighters are making painstaking progress

Indonesian Islamic State militant killed in Syria – police

Feb 13, 2019 - 10:14 PM

Abu Walid featured in a number of online recruitment videos for the extremist group, including the first Indonesian-language video appealing for Indonesian militants to fight for ISIS in the Philippines if they could not reach Syria

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

U.S.-backed Syrian forces battle to take last ISIS pocket

Feb 11, 2019 - 10:47 PM

More than 4 years after the extremists declared a 'caliphate' across large parts of Syria and neighboring Iraq, several offensives have whittled that proto-state down to a tiny holdout

LAST POCKET. Fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces walk in the front line village of Baghouz in the countryside of the eastern Syrian Deir Ezzor province, on the border with Iraq, on February 2, 2019. FILE Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

Mammoth crowds mark 40th anniversary of Iran revolution

Feb 11, 2019 - 10:14 PM

'The presence of people today on the streets all over Islamic Iran... means that the enemy will never reach its evil objectives,' says President Hassan Rouhani, decrying a 'conspiracy' involving Washington

40TH ANNIVERSARY. A handout picture provided by the Iranian presidency on February 11, 2019 shows President Hassan Rouhani addressing crowds during a ceremony celebrating the 40th anniversary of Islamic Revolution in the capital Tehran's Azadi (Freedom) square. Photo by HO/Iranian Presidency/AFP

Russia 'repatriates' 27 children of ISIS fighters from Iraq

Feb 10, 2019 - 7:58 PM

Russian authorities say fathers of the children were killed during the 3 years of fighting between the jihadists and Iraqi roops

French guns on Iraq border aim to pin down ISIS diehards inside Syria

Feb 10, 2019 - 6:24 PM

Since the launch of its operations, French forces have fired off more than 18,000 shells and conducted 1,500 air strikes in support of anti-Islamic State fighters on the ground

Kurdish-led forces ready for push on last ISIS pocket

Feb 08, 2019 - 10:25 PM

US President Donald Trump predicts that the once-sprawling proto-state's official death could be proclaimed as early as next week but operations have been paused for days on the main front line

SYRIAN DEMOCRATIC FORCES. This file photo shows fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces attending the funeral of a local official that the SDF say was assassinated in a Kurdish-held area in the countryside of Deir Ezzor, in the Syrian Kurdish-majority city of Qamishli on December 31, 2018. File photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

Alleged Brussels museum killer was 'sadistic' Syria jailer

Feb 07, 2019 - 11:09 PM

Former hostage Nicolas Henin describes Mehdi Nemmouche as a 'sadistic, playful and narcissistic' man

TRIAL. A file court sketch made on January 10, 2019 shows Mehdi Nemmouche (C), accused of the terrorist attack at the Jewish Museum in Brussels in 2014, during his trial at the Brussels Justice Palace. Photo by Benoit Peyrucq/AFP

U.S. promises to keep up ISIS fight after its defeat

Feb 07, 2019 - 10:06 AM

'Rest assured, we'll do what it takes to defeat every ounce and every last person within the ISIS madness and defend our people from radical Islamic terrorism,' Donald Trump says

DEFEATING ISIS. US President Donald Trump speaks to the Ministers of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS at the US State Department in Washington, DC, on February 6, 2019. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Pompeo tells allies U.S. still committed to fight ISIS

Feb 06, 2019 - 11:25 PM

'We ask each of your countries to stand with us and, through our efforts and God's help, the day will come when the permanent defeat of ISIS is a reality,' says US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

ON ISIS. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attends the Meeting of the Ministers of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS at the Department of State in Washington, DC, on February 6, 2019. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Pope Francis makes history with Muslim dialogue in UAE

Feb 04, 2019 - 9:49 PM

The pope's highly publicized 48-hour visit to the United Arab Emirates will also include an open-air Mass on Tuesday, February 5, for 135,000 of the Muslim country's million Catholic residents

HISTORIC VISIT. Pope Francis (L) is welcomed by Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince along with the Dubai ruler upon his arrival to the presidential palace in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi on February 4, 2019. Photo by Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

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Trapped in shrinking Syria holdout, ISIS turns to human shields

Feb 03, 2019 - 11:53 PM

'The fighting has stopped as we wait for the remaining civilians to leave,' says a fighter for the Syrian Democratic Forces

ATTACKS. 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 five members of a Kurdish-led force accompanying US-led coalition troops. AFP photo

Military destroys lair of ISIS-inspired terrorists in Maguindanao

Feb 03, 2019 - 11:11 AM

The military says it is 'very determined' to defeat terrorist groups in Mindanao

Moro youth might rebel if Lanao del Norte votes ‘no’ – MILF lawyer

Feb 01, 2019 - 9:40 PM

In the February 6 plebiscite, should the votes of the 6 municipalities and their mother province differ, the municipalities will not become part of the new Bangsamoro region

FIGHTING DISENFRANCHISEMENT. Salahoden Benhamza, legal officer for the MILF's Northwestern Mindanao Command, said a 'No' vote during the Lanao del Norte BOL plebiscite could disenfranchise Moro youth during a press briefing on February 1, 2019, in Cagayan de Oro City. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Commander Bravo urges Lanao voters: Vote 'yes' for peace

Feb 01, 2019 - 4:54 PM

The alternative is continued violence, warns the MILF commander as Lanao del Norte and North Cotabato gear up for the February 6 Bangsamoro plebiscite

Commander Bravo and his troops on January 31, 2019

Pakistan rejects challenge against Asia Bibi acquittal

Jan 29, 2019 - 6:22 PM

'She should now be free to reunite with her family and seek safety in a country of her choice,' Amnesty International says in a statement

FREE. This file handout photograph taken on November 20, 2010 and released by the Directorate General Public Relations (DGPR) Punjab shows Pakistani Christian woman Asia Bibi (C) sitting next to the then-governor of Punjab Salman Taseer (R) as she appealed her death sentence for blasphemy charges at the Central Jail in Sheikhupura. AFP PHOTO / Directorate General Public Relations (DGPR) Punjab

IN CHARTS: Mislatel's rollout plan

Jan 28, 2019 - 5:35 PM

The Philippines' 3rd major telecommunications player plans to start its commercial rollout by late 2020

Crackdown on firearms, private armies a priority for Bangsamoro gov't – Murad

Jan 28, 2019 - 3:35 PM

The MILF chairman is also confident that the interim Bangsamoro government can combat ISIS influence in Muslim Mindanao

Ebrahim Murad. Rappler

AFP, PNP on heightened alert after Jolo Cathedral explosions

Jan 27, 2019 - 12:46 PM

'We will use the full force of the law to bring to justice the perpetrators behind this incident,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

THE WOUNDED. Hospital staff attend to the wounds of the Jolo cathedral bombing victims. Photo courtesy of PTV

Army denies ISIS claim of military deaths in Lanao del Sur

Jan 26, 2019 - 2:50 PM

ISIS announced on January 25 that its East Asia Province in Lanao del Sur clashed with government troops

]COMMUNIQUE. Screengrab of the January 25, 2019 ISIS statement posted on

Turkey expects creation of Syria 'security zone' in 'few months'

Jan 25, 2019 - 11:01 PM

'We expect the promise of a security zone, a buffer zone aimed at protecting our country from terrorists to be fulfilled in few months,' says President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

SYRIA. This file photo shows Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan addressing members of parliament of his ruling AK Party during a meeting at the Turkish parliament in Ankara, on October 16, 2018. File photo by Adem Altan/AFP

Turkey says can form 'security zone' in Syria alone

Jan 24, 2019 - 7:10 PM

'We can establish this security zone on our own and take the necessary measures,' Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says

ON SECURITY ZONE. In this file photo, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu addresses supporters at the residence of Turkey's consul general in Hamburg, northern Germany, on March 7, 2017. File photo by Daniel Reinhardt /dpa/AFP

Kurd-led forces overrun last ISIS-held village in Syria – monitor

Jan 23, 2019 - 7:20 PM

(UPDATED) 'Search operations are continuing in Baghouz to find any IS fighters who are still hiding,' says Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

SYRIAN DEMOCRATIC FORCES. This file photo shows fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces attending the funeral of a local official that the SDF say was assassinated in a Kurdish-held area in the countryside of Deir Ezzor, in the Syrian Kurdish-majority city of Qamishli on December 31, 2018. File photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

MILF submits list of nominees for members of Bangsamoro government

Jan 23, 2019 - 4:28 PM

The list of 41 names, submitted the week before the Bangsamoro plebiscite, includes at least 3 women, one Christian, and one member of an ethnic group

Milf chairman Al Hadh Ebrahim Murad votes for the first time in his life during the Bangsamoro Organic Law plebescite on January 21,2019 in Simuay Junction Elementary school in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao. Photo by Bobby Lagsa

After plebiscite, MILF chief says hardest struggle ‘will be the struggle against ourselves’

Jan 22, 2019 - 11:30 AM

'We will see this as a really huge challenge,' says the MILF chief hours after he voted yes in the January 21 plebiscite

MILF chief Ebrahim Murad. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

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

MILF member caught with loaded gun at Lanao del Sur polling center

Jan 21, 2019 - 7:30 PM

Police identify 62-year-old Ibrahim Sampiano as a member of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front's 'inner guard 2nd Brigade'

‘Our day is here’: MILF member casts vote in Bangsamoro plebiscite

Jan 21, 2019 - 12:49 PM

Former rebel Muhammad Ali, 74, says, 'Pantay-pantay na ang lahat ng tao. Kristyano, babae, mga IP, at pati rin kaming mga Muslim'

LONG ROAD TO PEACE. Muhammad Ali, 74, casts his vote at the Lugay-Lugay Central School in Cotabato City on January 21, 2019 – an act he waited for decades to do. Rappler photo

MILF chairman Murad casts vote in Bangsamoro plebiscite

Jan 21, 2019 - 10:43 AM

Murad Ebrahim says he wants the Bangsamoro Organic Law to be an 'instrument of peace'

FIRST TIME VOTER. MILF chairmam Murad Ebrahim arrives at the Simuay Junction Central Elementary School in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao, a province expected to vote overwhelmingly for ratification of Bangsamoro Organic Law. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

WATCH: Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces troops choose peace through the ballot

Jan 21, 2019 - 10:27 AM

Armed with nothing but their votes, soldiers of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front fight for peace

WATCH: Without guns, Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces prepare to help protect BOL vote

Jan 20, 2019 - 6:50 PM

Some 1,200 individuals, a mix of unarmed members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces and volunteers, will be deployed to Cotabato City precincts on Monday, January 21, to help ensure peace

WATCH: MILF, government push for Cotabato City in final campaign rally

Jan 19, 2019 - 10:02 PM

Votes for and against what is considered the 'crown jewel' of the Bangsamoro region remain split days ahead of the plebiscite

FINAL PUSH. The final campaign event for the Bangsamoro plebiscite is spent convincing residents of Cotabato City to support the law. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

[OPINION] Yes or No: BOL plebiscite

Jan 19, 2019 - 5:00 PM

The support of the BOL now should not end with the final vote count of the mid-term elections. The success of the Bangsamoro is our success as a nation.

Photo by Red Santos/Office of Senator Miguel Zubiri

Bangsamoro plebiscite a 'golden opportunity to decide what is good for us'

Jan 19, 2019 - 1:12 PM

'I am very happy because at least I spent my precious life to have this Bangsamoro Organic Law for the benefit of our people, for the benefit of our children and grandchildren, and from generation to generation,' says the MILF's Jannati Mimbantas

JANNATI MIMBATAS. "There is no reason for us to trigger our arms because we now have the meaningful government," said the Front Commander of the Northeastern Mindnao Front of the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces.

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

Facing persecution at home, Ahmadiyya Muslims find refuge in Manila

Jan 15, 2019 - 4:46 PM

The Philippines is home to hundreds of refugees who identify as Ahmadiyya Muslims, a sect of Islam that's constantly under attack in Muslim-majority countries. Less than 30 of them struggle to make a living in Metro Manila.

LESSONS. Refugee children participate in a history trivia lesson organized by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of the Philippines at their center in Paranaque City in Eid al-fitr, an Islamic festival that marks the end of the month of fasting in 2018. Photo by Talha Ali

[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

Iran's Khamenei says some U.S. officials are 'first-class idiots'

Jan 09, 2019 - 7:48 PM

'Some US officials pretend that they are mad. Of course, I don't agree with that, but they are first-class idiots,' says Iran's supreme leader

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a speech on the 25th anniversary of the death of the late founder of the Islamic Republic Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, at his mausoleum in a suburb of Tehran on June 4, 2014. Iranian Supreme Leader's Website/Handout/AFP

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

Bangsamoro Law case moves at Supreme Court 2 weeks before plebiscite

Jan 07, 2019 - 3:05 PM

Anti-corruption Commissioner Manny Luna files an answer-in-intervention, defending the Bangsamoro Organic Law from a petition filed against it by Governor Abdusakur Tan II of Sulu

BANGSAMORO. The Supreme Court must take up petitions against the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) as the scheduled January 21 plebiscite nears. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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

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Suspect in PH body-dumping case arrested in 2012 FBI operation

Dec 24, 2018 - 5:11 PM

Mir Islam also served jail time for serial stalking, doxxing, and swatting

MIR ISLAM. Photo courtesy of the Manila Police District