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David Amess: UK lawmaker’s murder accused felt ‘affiliated to ISIL’

Ali Harbi Ali, the man charged with murdering British Member of Parliament David Amess, considered himself affiliated with the Islamic State group (ISIL) and had settled on a plan to kill a lawmaker years ago, a prosecutor said on Thursday. “Ali considered himself affiliated to Islamic State,” James Cable told a hearing at Westminster Magistrates […]

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Syria: At least 14 killed in deadly bomb attack on military bus in central Damascus

A bomb attack on a military bus in central Damascus has killed 14 people, Syrian state media say. Two explosive devices attached to the vehicle blew up as it passed under Jisr al-Rais bridge during the morning rush hour, Sana news agency reported. Although Syria has been embroiled in civil war for a decade, such […]

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Sami Jasim al-Jaburi: Iraq captures Islamic State’s financial chief who has $5 million US bounty on his head

Iraq claims to have captured the jihadist group Islamic State’s financial chief in an operation outside its borders. Sami Jasim al-Jaburi was arrested in a “complex external operation” by the Iraqi National Intelligence Service, Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi tweeted. He added that Mr Jasim, also known as Hajji Hamid, was a deputy leader of IS […]

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Canadian man who ‘voiced’ Islamic State videos may face up to life in prison

A Canadian man who narrated propaganda videos for the Islamic State group has been charged in the US. Saudi-born Mohammed Khalifa was seized by a Kurdish-led militia in Syria in 2019 and later handed over to the FBI. Prosecutors say the 38 year old was the “voice behind the violence”. They say he served as […]

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Explosive laden drones attack Iraq’s Erbil airport

Erbil International Airport in northern Iraq has been targeted in a drone attack, Kurdish security officials said, the latest in a series of similar incidents over the past year. The internal security service for Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region, of which Erbil is the capital, initially said three rockets had hit near the airport. A second […]

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At least 12 Iraqi police personnel killed in attack near Kirkuk, ISIS suspected

Over a dozen Iraqi police officers were killed in an attack the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) is suspected of carrying out at a security checkpoint. Twin attack on Sunday in the al-Rashad region south of Kirkuk city, took place just after midnight. The attackers first engaged in a military confrontation with police officers that lasted about […]

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‘ISIS and affiliates could target crowds around Kabul airport’: US working with Taliban to establish alternate routes

The United States military is establishing “alternative routes” to Kabul airport due to a threat the terror group ISIS-K poses to the airport and its surroundings. U.S President Joe Biden met with senior officials on Saturday to discuss the security situation in Afghanistan and counter-terrorism operations against the Islamic State offshoot. “There is a strong […]

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At least 51 dead as gunmen attack several villages in northern Mali after arrest of rebel leaders

Gunmen attacked multiple villages in northern Mali killing at least 51 people in apparent retribution for the recent arrest of several rebel leaders, authorities said. The latest violence took place in the volatile area along the borders of Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso where fighters linked to ISIL (ISIS) and al-Qaeda are active. A note […]

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Turkish armoured vehicle attacked in northern Syria, 2 soldiers killed

Two Turkish soldiers died and two wounded in an attack on their armoured vehicle in northern Syria, Turkey’s defence ministry said on Saturday. The ministry said Turkish forces immediately launched retaliatory fire. “Our punitive fire against terrorist positions is continuing,” a statement shared on Twitter said. It said the attack was in the region where […]

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Gunmen abduct 3 Chinese, 2 Mauritanian workers from construction site in Mali

Gunmen abduct three Chinese nationals and two Mauritanians from a construction site in southwestern Mali. The assailants stormed the site 55km from the town of Kwala on Saturday, and made off with five pick-up trucks and the hostages, Mali’s Armed Forces (FAMA) said in a statement. The men also destroyed equipment including a crane and […]

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Two drones shot down over Al-Asad airbase in Iraq housing US and Iraqi coalition troops

Two drones were shot down over airbase housing US troops and Iraqi coalition forces on Sunday, Iraqi military said in a statement. The air defense system at Al-Asad Airbase, one of the largest and oldest military bases in Iraq, intercepted and shot down the drones, the statement said. Several hours before, the Baghdad Diplomatic Support […]

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Iraq estimates $150 billion was smuggled out in corrupt deals since US-led invasion in 2003

An estimated $150 billion of stolen money has been smuggled out of Iraq in corrupt deals since the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, Iraqi President Barham Salih said Sunday. “Of the close to a thousand billion dollars made from oil since 2003, an estimated $150 billion of stolen money has been smuggled out of […]