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First white Briton to join al Qaeda in Syria is middle class Muslim convert

Lucas Kinney, the son of a film director who worked on Hollywood blockbusters including Indiana Jones, was raised in the home counties but converted after dropping out of university<p>The white British son of a Hollywood film director has converted from Catholicism to Islam and is fighting for al …

Circumnavigating Seoul: Hiking the ancient city wall

In the 600-plus years that Seoul has been Korea’s capital, the city has changed in many respects, save one: it’s kept its original city wall. An architectural treasure and contender for Unesco World Heritage status, Seoul City Wall snakes in an 18.6km ring over the peaks of Bukaksan (342m), Naksan …

ISIS and the Foreign-Fighter Phenomenon

Why do people travel abroad to take part in somebody else’s violent conflict?<p>In August 2014, ISIS marked Eid al-Fitr, the end of Ramadan, with a 20-minute, high-definition video offering its greetings to the Muslim world.<p>Gauzy images of smiling worshippers embracing at a mosque cut to children …

Islam

ISIS Hurls Gay Men Off Buildings, Stones Them: Analysts

ISIS has released images that appear to show gay men being hurled off buildings and then stoned to death, part of the militants' self-professed mission to crack down on "sexual deviance."<p>The horrific execution tactic is the latest in a string of brutal punishment methods applied by ISIS under its …

Japan mourns as ISIL says journalist is beheaded

News of the purported killing of journalist Kenji Goto by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group has led to an outpouring of grief in the Japan.<p>Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was visibly affected when he addressed the nation after a video of the purported killing was released on …

Nigeria's Maiduguri 'under attack'

Suspected Boko Haram fighters have launched an offensive against the key Nigerian city of Maiduguri, the largest city in Borno State, witnesses said.<p>Armed men on Sunday hit Maiduguri's south in a bid to gain entry to the strategically-important city.<p>The attack on the state capital comes just two …

Nigeria's escalating Boko Haram nightmare | Humanitarian crises

<b>Lagos, Nigeria -</b> Ali Yusuf has slept rough for days now. He had stayed in the military barracks in Baga, a northeastern Nigerian town near the retreating shores of Lake Chad, when gunfire woke him in the early hours of January 3.<p>"All I could hear was gunshots," he said over the telephone. "Those …

Boko Haram leader claims Baga attack

Boko Haram's leader has claimed a massive attack on the northeast Nigerian town of Baga and threatened Niger, Chad and Cameroon in a new video published online.<p>Abubakar Shekau's message came on Tuesday as Nigeria and its neighbours met in Niger's capital, Niamey, to discuss a regional response to …

ISIL demands ransom for Japanese hostages

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group has released a video threatening to kill two Japanese hostages unless they receive $200m in 72 hours, directly demanding the ransom from Shinzo Abe, Japan's prime minister, during his visit to the Middle East.<p>The video, identified as being made by …

Officials confirm ISIL present in Afghanistan

A senior Afghan army general has told Al Jazeera that the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group has been active in Afghanistan.<p>A Ministry of Interior source also confirmed ISIL's existence in the country.<p>On Sunday, Lieutenant-General Murad Ali Murad, commander of Afghan army's ground …

UK shops to receive Charlie Hebdo magazine despite radical cleric calling it an "act of war"

Hundreds of copies of the latest edition of Charlie Hebdo 'survivors' magazine are expected to be brought to the UK when it is published on Wednesday despite claims by radical preacher Anjem Choudary it is "an act of war".<p><b>Hundreds of copies</b> of the 'survivors' edition of the Charlie Hebdo satirical …

Charlie Hebdo

These Inventions Are Weirder Than Anything You'll Find at CES This Year

Caption from LIFE. New back brush lets bather see just what she is up to.<br>Allan Grant—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images<p>1 of 12<p>This week’s …

We must stop blaming ourselves for Islamist terror

It is tempting to think the Islamic fanaticism is purely a reaction to the West, but jihadists kill because that is what they do<p>We’d forgotten about Charlie Hebdo. In 2011, the satirical magazine, firmly rooted in the anti-clericalism of the French left, was firebombed after it published an edition …

Terrorism

Iraqi troops killed in twin 'ISIL attacks'

Two attacks by three suicide bombers have killed at least 30 Iraqi soldiers and security personnel in the country's western Anbar province.<p>Tuesday's attacks, which security sources said were undertaken by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), targeted an army checkpoint and a mosque on …

This All-Female Brigade Is On The Front Lines Of The Syria's Civil War's Critical Battle

The future of the Syrian Civil War now hinges on the country's most populous city. Once the center of the country's anti-regime uprising, Aleppo is one of the last remaining strongholds of the secularist Free Syrian Army and is split between regime, rebel, and jihadist spheres of control.<p>Even so, …

Man with two penises writes tell-all memoir

A man who claims to have a rare condition known as diphallia - which means he has two working penises - has written a book about life with his unusual anatomy<p>A man known only as “Double Dick Dude” has released a memoir entitled <b>Double Header: My Life With Two Penises.</b><p>The anonymous American came to …

Relationships

Islamic State praises Sydney siege gunman and calls deaths of Australians a 'blessing'

In latest issue of its English-language magazine, the terror group also celebrated Muslim convert Michael Zehaf-Bibeau's killing of a Canadian serviceman<p>The Islamic State has praised the Sydney siege gunman and encouraged others to follow his lead and launch further attacks in the West.<p>In its …

'Over 200 bodies' found in Syria mass grave

The bodies of 230 people killed by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group have been found in a mass grave uncovered by their relatives in Syria's Deir Ezzor province, a monitoring group has said.<p>The discovery brings the number of members of the Shaitat tribe killed during ISIL’s …

Why The Balkans Are Becoming The Transit Point For Foreign ISIS Militants

The Balkans are becoming a transit point for foreigners wanting to fight with the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria. Over the past several …

Iraqi army to raid ISIL fighters' 'hub'

<b>Baghdad -</b> Multiple fronts, opened by fighters with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), in addition to a serious shortage of weapons and equipment, may force the Iraqi government to re-prioritise and give up more towns in Anbar province in order to gain control of Salahaddin, Iraqi …

Islamic State recruits broadly, not just fighters

WASHINGTON (AP) — As it looks to expand its territorial base across broad swaths of Iraq and Syria, the Islamic State group is recruiting for more …

Syria accused of using chlorine gas on ISIL

The Syrian government has been accused of using chlorine gas against the Islamic State of the Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the latest allegations of chemical weapons use in the country's bitter conflict.<p>The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Saturday that ISIL fighters showed the effects of …

Jordan wages war against ISIL at home

<b>Amman, Jordan -</b> Clad in a dark grey prison uniform, Ahmad al-Sheikh stood before Jordan's state security court, clutching the black bars of the defendant's cage. The gaunt, bearded 20-year-old pleaded with the three judges before him, asking for their "mercy and compassion".<p>Within minutes, military …

Islamic State executes Shi'ite militia fighters north of Baghdad | Reuters

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Islamic State fighters executed 12 Shi’ite militiamen north of Baghdad after heavy fighting for control of a rural village, security sources said on Sunday.<p>A fighter of the Islamic State holds an ISIL flag and a weapon on a street in the city of Mosul, June 23, 2014. …

Lebanon detains wife of Islamic State leader | Reuters

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Lebanese army detained a wife and daughter of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as they crossed from Syria nine days ago, security officials said on Tuesday, in a move seen as likely to put pressure on the Islamist chief.<p>The woman was identified as Saja al-Dulaimi, an …

Iraq's divisions will delay counter-offensive on Islamic State | Reuters

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S. air support and pledges of weapons and training for Iraq’s army have raised expectations of a counter-offensive soon against Islamic State, but sectarian rifts will hamper efforts to forge a military strategy and may delay a full-scale assault.<p>Members of the Iraqi security …