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Al Qaeda Commander Tweets Support for ISIS Hostage Abdul Rahman Kassig

An al Qaeda commander tweeted his support for Abdul Rahman Kassig, the American captive threatened with execution by ISIS. “The doctor who welcomed me in the [the city of Deir Ezzour] hospital and performed a successful operation was Peter,” Abu Omar Aqidi, a local commander with the Al-Nusra …

Al-Qaeda

Ottawa gunman was mentally ill and 'wanted to die' says his mother

In a letter to Canada's Postmedia News Michael Zehaf-Bibeau's mother says she doubts he wanted to fight in Syria, that he spent hours playing violent video games, and his attack on the Canadian parliament was the "last desperate act" of someone who was "mentally unbalanced"<p>The Canadian parliament …

Canada

Afghan mullah jailed for 20 years for rape

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan court has sentenced a mullah to 20 years in prison after finding the religious teacher guilty of raping a 10-year-old girl.<p>The sentence, passed by a Kabul judge on Saturday, has been welcomed by family as well as women's support groups as a rare victory in their …

UK ends Afghan combat operations

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Afghanistan

Women's rights groups hail conviction of Afghan cleric for girl's rape

A 10-year-old girl, brutally raped, confronts her attacker in court.<p>The culprit -- a cleric -- tries to pass it off as "consensual sex."<p>A judge sentences him to 20 years and some $30,000 in fines.<p>What's extraordinary is that these scenes played out Saturday in a courtroom in Kabul, Afghanistan.<p>The …

UK troops leave Camp Bastion, but Afghanistan’s future is unclear

Helmand saw the bloodiest fighting of British forces’ Afghanistan campaign, yet the Taliban show few signs of serious damage<p>Two British soldiers lowered the union flag in Helmand province on Sunday, marking the end of British combat in Afghanistan. The ceremony, at the Camp Bastion-Leatherneck …

ISIS Hostage Cantlie in a Propaganda Video from Besieged Kobani

A new twist in the cynical media operations of the so-called caliphate has a hostage ‘reporting’ from the embattled town on Syria’s border.<p>British …

Car bombing targets Shiites battling Islamic State militants

BAGHDAD — Two car bombings in Iraq, including one where a suicide attacker drove a Humvee into a checkpoint manned by Iraqi troops and pro-government Shiite militiamen, killed at least 38 people Monday, authorities said.<p>The deadliest attack struck the outskirts of the Sunni town of Jurf al-Sakhar, …

Extremism

Canada gunman video 'shows ideological and political motives'

<b>A video made by the gunman who stormed Canada's parliament and shot dead a soldier shows ideological and political motives for the attack, police say.</b><p>Michael Zehaf-Bibeau had prepared the video prior to last Wednesday's attack, Royal Canadian Mounted Police Commissioner Bob Paulson said.<p>Police are …

Extremism

Syria conflict: Nusra Front rebels attack Idlib

<b>Al-Qaeda-affiliated militants and other Syrian rebel groups have attacked the government-held city of Idlib, briefly seizing several official buildings.</b><p>The Nusra Front said its fighters killed dozens of government soldiers before being pushed back.<p>The Syrian government has maintained control of …

Middle East

Suicide bomber kills 27 militiamen south of Iraqi capital | Reuters

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A suicide bomber killed at least 27 Shi’ite militiamen outside the Iraqi town of Jurf al-Sakhar on Monday after security forces pushed Islamic State militants out of the area over the weekend, army and police sources said.<p>The attacker, driving a Humvee vehicle packed with …

John Cantlie: Islamic State hostage in Kobane video

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/uk/1119000/1119411_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1522723995_d252446156ff02a6d5534515d7f0df71<p><b>British hostage John Cantlie has appeared in a new Islamic State (IS) video shot in the war-torn Syrian town of Kobane.</b><p>In an apparently scripted video, …

Free Syrian Army

Isil jihadists seen with new advanced anti-aircraft missile

Chinese-made launcher said to have been supplied by Qatar against US wishes<p>An advanced surface-to-air missile believed to have been supplied to Syrian rebels by Qatar against American wishes has been filmed in the hands of Isil jihadists, raising the threat to allied operations in Iraq.<p>A militant …

Middle East