New Pentagon report says Turkey’s Syria incursion is helping ISIS mount a comeback

This photo provided by the Syrian anti-government activist group Albab City, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, people check the aftermath of a car bomb exploded in the city of al-Bab, northern Syria, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. A car bomb exploded Saturday in a northern Syrian town controlled by Turkey-backed opposition fighters, killing at least 18 people and wounding several others, Syrian opposition activists and Turkey's Defense Ministry said. (Albab City via AP)

Philippines: The Black Flag Flies on Facebook

Asia Foundation February 13, 2019 By Nathan Shea

The first news that militants had taken to the streets of the Islamic City of Marawi on May 23, 2017, came from Facebook. Pictures of masked men carrying assault rifles and waving the black flag of the Islamic State were swirling across social media well before Philippine and international news channels picked up the story. By the time the military and the media had begun to respond, Marawi’s residents were already streaming out of the city by the tens of thousands to seek refuge from the violence. Tiếp tục đọc “Philippines: The Black Flag Flies on Facebook”

Suicide bombers attack church in Pakistan’s Quetta before Christmas, killing nine

Two suicide bombers stormed a packed Christian church in southwestern Pakistan on Sunday, killing at least nine people and wounding up to 56, officials said, in the latest attack claimed by Islamic State in the country.

 
A policeman takes position after gunmen attacked the Bethel Memorial Methodist Church in Quetta, Pakistan December 17, 2017. REUTERS/Naseer Ahmed

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QUETTA, Pakistan/ISLAMABAD: Two suicide bombers stormed a packed Christian church in southwestern Pakistan on Sunday, killing at least nine people and wounding up to 56, officials said, in the latest attack claimed by Islamic State in the country.

Police guards stationed at the church entrance and on its roof killed one of the bombers but the second attacker detonated his explosives-filled vest outside its prayer hall just after Sunday services began in Quetta, capital of Baluchistan province, said Sarfraz Bugti, the provincial home minister. Tiếp tục đọc “Suicide bombers attack church in Pakistan’s Quetta before Christmas, killing nine”

Marawi in ruins after battle against pro-ISIL fighters

The centre of the picturesque lakeside town was heavily damaged in a campaign of shelling and aerial bombing.

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The Philippines has declared victory over supporters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group in the southern city of Marawi.

Five months of urban combat left 920 fighters dead and cost the lives of 165 government soldiers and at least 45 civilians.

The government had teamed up with its former enemies from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in its attempts to snuff out the fighters.

Fighting ended when troops finally overcame pro-ISIL fighters, including foreigners, who were holed up in several buildings in the heart of the city.

Officials say martial law will continue to be implemented in the wider Mindanao area.

The end of the clashes gave way to scenes of a historic city in ruins with soldiers patrolling the gutted out and pockmarked remains of apartment blocks and houses.

Pictures taken after the battle reveal it devastating impact; buildings turned to rubble, cars dotted with bullet holes, and personal belongings and furniture heaped beside the shell of a row of houses.

More than 600,000 locals were displaced by the fighting.

Tiếp tục đọc “Marawi in ruins after battle against pro-ISIL fighters”

Barcelona terror attack: At least 13 dead and two arrested after van drives into Las Ramblas crowd

Independent.co.uk

Police arrest two suspects after terror attack leaves dozens in hospital

At least 13 people have died and 100 have been injured after a van ploughed into a crowd of people in Las Ramblas area of Barcelona, in an attack that mirrors the spate of recent atrocities by terrorists who used vehicles to ram down civilians across Europe.

Catalan authorities confirmed that 13 people have been killed and 15 people are seriously injured following the attack in the area popular with tourists.

A Belgian national is among the dead, said Belgium’s Deputy Prime Minister Didier Reynders. Tiếp tục đọc “Barcelona terror attack: At least 13 dead and two arrested after van drives into Las Ramblas crowd”

Foiled Australia plane plot directed by Islamic State: police

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Update: August, 04/2017 – 10:57

Police continue to search a home in Surry Hills, Sydney, New South Wales, 04 August 2017. Two men will face court on 04 August, in relation to an alleged Sydney-based terror plot to bring down a plane, which included an aborted attempt to place an improvised explosive device on a flight out of Sydney. – EPA/VNA Photo

SYDNEY — A senior Islamic State commander directed a group of Australian men to build a bomb destined for an Etihad Airways flight out of Sydney, with a second poisonous gas plot also in the works, police alleged Friday.

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Australia police: Melbourne attack ‘act of terrorism’

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Gunman reportedly claims to be ISIL after killing one and wounding three police officers in attack.

The Buckingham Serviced Apartments in Melbourne after the shooting on Monday [Julian Smith via Reuters]

Australian police are treating a deadly siege in the southern city of Melbourne as an “act of terrorism” after a claim by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, known as ISIS) group that one of its fighters was the gunman responsible.

Police shot dead Yacqub Khayre on Monday after he held a woman hostage inside an apartment building in Melbourne, Australia‘s second-largest city. Tiếp tục đọc “Australia police: Melbourne attack ‘act of terrorism’”

Islamic State claims responsibility for deadly London attack; Prime Minister Theresa May declares ‘enough is enough’

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ISIS claimed responsibility Sunday for the London attack that left seven people dead and dozens injured as British Prime Minister Theresa May declared “enough is enough.”Police arrested 12 people as part of a growing investigation into the three terrorists who used a van and large knives to turn a balmy evening into a bloodbath. The Islamic State declared online that its “fighters” had carried out the attack, according to the SITE intelligence group. Tiếp tục đọc “Islamic State claims responsibility for deadly London attack; Prime Minister Theresa May declares ‘enough is enough’”

Philippines calls off peace talks with Communist rebels

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Negotiations broke down over rebel order for fighters to step up attacks amid violence and martial law in the south.

Members of the Maoist New People’s Army (NPA) rebels [File: Reuters]

The Philippine government on Sunday formally called off the latest round of peace talks with communist insurgents, after the parties failed to resolve a dispute over a rebel order for fighters to step up attacks.

“We are maintaining the decision made not to participate in the fifth round of talks,” chief government negotiator Jesus Dureza told journalists after almost 10 hours of closed-door consultations. Tiếp tục đọc “Philippines calls off peace talks with Communist rebels”

Duterte declares martial law after Mindanao attack

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Emergency declaration follows ongoing attack by about 100 fighters in the southern city of Marawi on Mindanao.

Duterte's four-day trip to Russia was cut short because of the brazen attack on Mindanao [Reuters]
Duterte’s four-day trip to Russia was cut short because of the brazen attack on Mindanao [Reuters]

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has declared martial law on the southern island of Mindanao after about 100 Muslim fighters laid siege to a major city following a deadly gun battle with government forces. Tiếp tục đọc “Duterte declares martial law after Mindanao attack”

Nikki Haley: No solution to war with Assad in power

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US diplomat says removal of Syrian president, pushing Iran out and defeating ISIL are Trump administration priorities.

Syria's army has shown no let-up in its assault on rebel forces [EPA]
Syria’s army has shown no let-up in its assault on rebel forces [EPA]

A political solution to the war in Syria is not possible with President Bashar al-Assad in power, the US ambassador to the UN has said in an apparent hardening of the Trump administration’s position.

Defeating the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group, pushing Iranian influence out of Syria, and the removal of Assad are priorities for the US administration, Nikki Haley said in an interview to CNN, which will air in full on Sunday. Tiếp tục đọc “Nikki Haley: No solution to war with Assad in power”

ISIL video threatens China with ‘rivers of bloodshed’

Al Jazeera

SITE Intelligence Group says footage from Uighur fighters in western Iraq warns China of upcoming attacks.

Chinese police take part in drills in Tacheng, in Xinjiang region, in 2016 [China Daily/via Reuters]

ISIL fighters from China’s Uighur ethnic minority have vowed to return home and “shed blood like rivers” in what security experts said marked the first such threat against Chinese targets.

The threat came in a half-hour video released Monday by a division of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) featuring fighters from China’s Uighur minority, said the US-based SITE Intelligence Group, which analysed the footage.

China has for years blamed exiled Uighur “separatists” for a series of violent attacks in its western Xinjiang region – the Muslim Uighur homeland – and warned of the potential for them to link up with violent groups.

In the video, a Uighur fighter issued the threat against China just before executing an alleged informant.

“Oh, you Chinese who do not understand what people say. We are the soldiers of the Caliphate, and we will come to you to clarify to you with the tongues of our weapons, to shed blood like rivers and avenging the oppressed,” according to SITE’s translation.

The footage also showed fighters, including heavily armed children, giving speeches, praying, and killing other “informants”. Tiếp tục đọc “ISIL video threatens China with ‘rivers of bloodshed’”