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Only one in eight jihadists returning to UK is caught and convicted

Just one in eight of the 400 British foreign fighters who have travelled to Syria and since returned home has been successfully prosecuted.<p>Figures disclosed by the Home Office show that only 54 fighters from the UK suspected of having fought in Syria and Iraq have been convicted of an …

Top Islamic State official suggests the militants are feeling the heat

BEIRUT — One of the Islamic State’s most hunted leaders delivered a rare speech Saturday that suggested the militants are feeling the pinch of recent territorial losses and the killing of key officials in U.S. airstrikes.<p>Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, who is the Islamic State’s chief spokesman and a close …

Targeting the Taliban’s Leader

A U.S. drone strike may have killed Mullah Akhtar Mohammed Mansour in Pakistan on Saturday night.<p>U.S. forces carried out a drone strike in Pakistan targeting Mullah Akhtar Mohammed Mansour, the leader of the Taliban, on Saturday night, U.S. officials said.<p>CNN reported that the U.S. believes Mansour …

U.S. Support for Al Qaeda-Linked Rebels Undermines Syrian Ceasefire

The United States needs to do more than wag its finger at Syrian rebel groups for "comingling" with Al Qaeda-affiliated Salafist jihadists or else an already tenuous ceasefire accord between government and opposition forces is destined to collapse.<p>Earlier this week, the International Syrian Support …

Tajiks vote in referendum on banning religious parties

<b>The people of mainly Muslim Tajikistan have voted on a proposal to ban religion-based parties, in a poll set to strengthen the president's power.</b><p>Emomali Rakhmon has ruled the ex-Soviet Central Asian republic since 1992, surviving a civil war which ended in a deal with the Islamist opposition.<p>Moves …

Islamic State calls for attacks on the West during Ramadan: audio message

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A new message purporting to come from the spokesman of Islamic State calls on followers to launch attacks on the United States and Europe during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, which begins in early June.<p>“Ramadan, the month of conquest and jihad. Get prepared, be ready ... to …