Islamic State (ISIS)

Duterte warns of 'contamination' by Islamic State group

ILIGAN, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte ordered his troops to crush militants who are fighting street battles with government forces in the south, warning Friday that the country is at a grave risk of "contamination" by the Islamic State group.<p>The city of Marawi, home to …

Middle East

Islamic State calls for 'all-out war' on West at start of Ramadan after Manchester attack

European security services are bracing for more attacks during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan beginning tomorrow, after Islamic State called on its followers to rise up in an “all-out war” on "infidels” in the West.<p>Saturday marks the start of a 30-day period of fasting and reflection in the …

Middle East

Indonesia makes arrests as Islamic State claims Jakarta attacks

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesian police arrested three people on Friday suspected of being linked to suicide bombings in Jakarta, as the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attacks that killed three police officers at a bus station and wounded 12 others.<p>The attack was the deadliest in …

Indonesia

Trump's grand tour shows we still have a long way to go on beating terror

<b>(CNN) —</b> Earlier this week the world-famous Ringling Bros. Circus closed up its big-top tent for good. After 117 years of lion taming and other animal acts, it succumbed to changing values.<p>After decades in the wilderness, the global conversation concerning the mistreatment of animals reached a …

Middle East

US-led airstrikes allegedly kill 35 civilians in Islamic State-held east Syria

<b>Beirut:</b> US-led coalition air strikes killed at least 35 civilians in an eastern Syrian town held by the Islamic State (IS) group, a monitor said on …

Syria

Philippines Says Foreign Fighters Have Joined Militant Group

MANILA—Foreign fighters have joined an Islamic State-linked militant group occupying a southern Philippine city and are seeking to turn the island of Mindanao into a caliphate, a government official said, calling the development an invasion.<p>While foreign fighters have long been suspected of joining …

Asia

Fighting for IS caliphate in Philippines

Foreign jihadists from Southeast Asian countries have been fighting with local militants in the southern Philippines to establish a caliphate of the …

Middle East

US-backed forces are roughly 1 mile away from the ISIS capital — and thousands of civilians are already fleeing

AMMAN — With United States-backed ground forces two kilometers away from Raqqa city, thousands of civilians are already fleeing ahead of the battle for the heart of Islamic State territory in Syria, while nearby displacement camps brace for an even greater influx in the days to come.<p>As of …

Syria

Trump’s Anti-Terrorism Call to Dominate at NATO After Manchester Attack - Bloomberg

U.S. President Donald Trump’s demands to step up the fight against terrorism are set to resonate with his NATO partners when he visits the alliance …

United States

Terror United

This much is now known about the Manchester arena suicide bombing, the deadliest terrorist attack in Great Britain since 2005. The perpetrator of the …

Terrorism

U.S. military acknowledges over 100 civilians died in Mosul strike in March

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. military investigation on Thursday acknowledged that more than 100 civilians were killed in a U.S. air strike on a building in the Iraqi city of Mosul in March during operations against Islamic State militants.<p>The probe concluded that the U.S. strike in the Al-Jadida …

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Discovered at the scene: A backpack, a battery and shrapnel

The bomber in the Manchester terrorist attack appears to have carried a powerful explosive in a lightweight metal container concealed within either a black vest or a blue Karrimor backpack, and may have held a small switch in his left hand, according to preliminary information gathered by British …

Terrorism

Morrissey attacks politicians and the Queen over Manchester terrorism response

Controversial singer says MPs remain remote while public bear the brunt of the threat from extremists<p>The Manchester-born singer Morrissey has hit out at politicians for their reaction to the bombing in his hometown that has killed 22 people and hospitalised 59 more.<p>In his statement, the former …

Terrorism

Kurdish independence in Iraq likely 'not if but when': U.S. general

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An Iraqi Kurdish push for independence from Baghdad appears likely to be a question of "not if but when," in a significant challenge to Iraq's stability, the head of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency said on Tuesday.<p>Iraq's main Kurdish parties announced in April a plan to …

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Manchester Arena terror attack: US officials identify attacker as Salman Abedi, Islamic State claims credit

The Islamic State says one of its members carried out the Manchester attack that killed nearly two dozen people, according to media reports. US …

Terrorism

Theresa May: Online extremism 'must be tackled'

<b>Theresa May will urge world leaders to do more to combat online extremism, saying the fight against so-called Islamic State is "moving from the battlefield to the internet".</b><p>Speaking about counter-terrorism at the G7 summit in Sicily, the PM will say more pressure should be put on tech companies to …

News

France's Macron seeks extended emergency powers after Manchester attack

| PARIS<p>The French parliament will be asked to extend by several months emergency powers introduced in 2015 to counter the threat of terrorist attacks, President Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday after talks with security chiefs.<p>Emergency rules giving French police wider search and arrest powers …

World News

Egypt: Gunmen attack Christians, killing at least 24

CAIRO (AP) — Gunmen opened fire on a bus carrying Coptic Christians south of the Egyptian capital on Friday, killing 24 people and wounding 25, officials said.<p>The attack happened while the bus was traveling on the road to the St. Samuel Monastery in the Minya governorate, about 220 kilometers (140 …

Egypt

Trump’s War on Extremism Has Some Awkward Allies in Saudi Arabia - Bloomberg

Rows of men dressed in identical white robes and headdresses silently stared at computer screens as Donald Trump, the Saudi king and the president of …

Middle East

The Latest: Duterte tells troops 'you can arrest any person'

ILIGAN, Philippines (AP) — The Latest on the siege of a southern Philippine city by militants linked to the Islamic State group (all times local):<p>5:50 p.m.<p>Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is telling troops fighting Muslim militants for the control of southern Marawi city to use martial law …

Middle East

'They kill defenceless people': thousands flee Philippine city of Marawi

Three-day battle between army and Isis-linked Maute insurgents for city on island of Mindanao has left at least 46 dead<p>The CCTV monitor was showing a live feed of gunmen in the hospital lobby. From the safety of another floor, Jan Yamit, a 23-year-old health worker, watched in horror as the …

Middle East

Duterte justified martial law over the ‘beheading’ of a police chief — who is still alive

BEIJING — When President Rodrigo Duterte explained his decision to declare martial law across a wide swath of the southern Philippines, he described one of the most chilling scenes imaginable: a beheading.<p>In a news conference that made headlines around the world, Duterte said that the police chief …

Middle East

Everything we know about Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi

Suicide bomber Salman Abedi is believed to have travelled to Syria and become radicalised before returning to the UK to cause carnage at a gig in the city where he was born.<p>The son of Libyan parents, who reportedly fled their native country and sought refuge in the UK, he is thought to have come …

Terrorism

More than 20 people dead after gunmen fire on bus of Coptic Christians in Egypt

CAIRO (AP) — Gunmen opened fire on a bus carrying Coptic Christians south of the Egyptian capital on Friday, killing 24 people and wounding 25, officials said.<p>The attack happened while the bus was traveling on the road to the St. Samuel Monastery in the Minya governorate, about 220 kilometers (140 …

Egypt

Under pressure in Syria, ISIS looks to Libya to plot terror attacks

Even as the so-called Islamic State has lost territory and men in Libya, it has maintained an underground network of cells in some of the most populous parts of the country. That network, according to security forces in the capital Tripoli, supported the Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi and …

Middle East

US-led coalition airstrikes in eastern Syrian town kill 35

Syrian state media and an opposition monitoring group are reporting that airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition in an eastern town held by the Islamic State group have killed at least 35 people.<p>The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says 26 people were killed when a four-story building …

Syria

Iraqi troops, once praised by US, torture and execute civilians in secret videos

Officers of an elite Iraqi special forces unit, praised by U.S. military commanders earlier this year for its role in fighting ISIS, directed the …

Middle East

US service member dies in northern Syria

The U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq says a U.S. service member has died in northern Syria.<p>A statement Friday …

Middle East

Manchester bombing latest: Teenager among suspects in custody as Isil urges more attacks at start of Ramadan

Counter-terror police investigating the Manchester Arena bombing have carried out fresh raids today, as security services brace for more attacks during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan beginning tomorrow.<p>Islamic State has called on its followers to rise up in an “all-out war” on "infidels” in the …

Terrorism

Senators make new push to rein in Trump's military powers

Updated 05/25/2017 12:55 PM EDT<p>As President Donald Trump increasingly flexes the might of the military he now controls, the Senate is reviving efforts to claw back some of that authority from the White House.<p>Sens. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) are joining forces to reintroduce an …

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