Islamic State

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), officially known as the Islamic State (IS) and also known by its Arabic language acronym Daesh, is a Salafi jihadist militant group and former unrecognised proto-state that follows a fundamentalist, Salafi doctrine of Sunni Islam.
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  • Germany: Syrian faces Islamic State-linked terrorism charges
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    Germany: Syrian faces Islamic State-linked terrorism charges

    BERLIN (AP) — Prosecutors in Germany say a 31-year-old Syrian citizen faces terrorism charges for joining the Islamic State group in Syria. Fares A.B., whose last name wasn't released for privacy reasons, is also charged with war crimes and violations against the war weapons control act, prosecutors said Wednesday. They said in 2012 he first joined a local branch of the Free Syria Army and shot two prisoners. In 2014, he joined the Islamic State and participated in the mistreatment of three prisoners in Syria. He also took several people prisoner and abused the driver of a pickup during a vehicle inspection by beating his machine gun against the man's head. Later in 2014, he participated in the

  • Terror attack leader 'stops IS support'
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    Terror attack leader 'stops IS support'

    A young Sydney man who saluted Islamic State as he was sentenced for aiding a terrorist act has told a court he wants a shorter jail term and no longer supports terrorist organisations. Raban Alou sourced the loaded gun used by Farhad Jabar - also referred to as Farhad Mohammad - to kill accountant Curtis Cheng outside NSW Police headquarters in October 2015. The 58-year-old father of two died instantly before the 15-year-old killer was shot dead by police. Alou, described as an active planner of the attack, was sentenced in March 2018 to 44 years in prison, with a non-parole period of 33 years. Before his sentencing, he was recorded saying he'd never say sorry but on Wednesday - while seeking

  • Thousands of ISIS sleeper cells 'could attack Britain' despite Syria defeat
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    Thousands of ISIS sleeper cells 'could attack Britain' despite Syria defeat

    Thousands of Islamic State terrorists defeated by the Western-backed military have ghosted into Syria, forming sleeper cells and emerging to launch bloody attacks. Despite the caliphate's military defeat by Kurdish-led forces fighters are still plotting revenge attacks on countries like Britain and remain under feared Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's command. The Mirror has been in northern Syria for the past 10 days, where more than a dozen Kurdish troops have been slaughtered by IS-fifth columnists while we were there. Everywhere, soldiers and locals fear Baghdadi's sleepers – especially in Raqqa, which was taken from IS in 2017 but has been rocked by terrorist bombs recently. Chillingly Syrian Democratic

  • Islamic State Is Knocking At Bangladesh's Doors – Analysis
    Eurasia Review

    Islamic State Is Knocking At Bangladesh's Doors – Analysis

    Terrorists attacked police in Dhaka twice in the last month, in back-to-back bomb explosions that the city police commissioner admitted were powerful. Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for these attacks. The police and other authorities have not dismissed their claims. Additionally, security related NGOs have expressed concerns about the growth of IS in Bangladesh.   Bangladesh has been largely peaceful, but the threat to internal security, primarily from Islamic terrorists, remains. At least a million Rohingyas live in refugee camps in Bangladesh and several are fleeing these camps daily. The government has arrested more than 20,000 Rohingyas from various districts in Bangladesh and

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    UPDATE 3-Triple suicide attack kills at least 30 in northeast Nigeria

    At least 30 people were killed in a triple suicide attack in northeast Nigerian state of Borno, state emergency officials said on Monday - the biggest mass killing this year by Islamist militants. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, which prompted President Muhammadu Buhari to call for security to be stepped up in areas where large groups gather. The Boko Haram group and its Islamic State splinter group have often carried out attacks targeting civilians and the military in Borno state.

  • Combat vets in jury pool for decorated Navy SEAL's trial
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    Combat vets in jury pool for decorated Navy SEAL's trial

    Seasoned combat veterans who described losing comrades and taking war prisoners were questioned Monday as possible jurors in the trial of a decorated Navy SEAL charged with killing a wounded Islamic State captive in Iraq. All but one of the potential jurors in the court-martial of Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher had served in a war zone and all but two were veterans of conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. The trial of Gallagher comes after the lead prosecutor was removed from the case earlier this month for tracking the defense team's emails and President Donald Trump has suggested he may pardon Gallagher.

  • Rising IS role in Kashmir, finds NIA probe against 4 caught by chance
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    Rising IS role in Kashmir, finds NIA probe against 4 caught by chance

    The Islamic State's (IS) presence in Jammu and Kashmir has been registered in a charge sheet by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) filed in a Jammu court recently, noting a “gradual increase” in the outfit's activity in the region. The Islamic State, Khorasan (ISK) has expanded to form a Kashmir-specific unit called Islamic State – Jammu and Kashmir (ISJK), the NIA has said in its charge sheet and added that the formation of the new entity was featured in Dabiq, a magazine run by IS, in 2016. Four people from Kashmir, including a student, a Srinagar-based businessperson and “copper artists”, formed the core of an ISJK module, according to NIA. They were, however, caught by chance, according

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    Indian police accuse man of spreading Islamic State ideology

    NEW DELHI (AP) - Indian police have arrested a man who allegedly spread Islamic State group ideology on social media and recruited young people to join an attack. The National Investigation Agency says a criminal case has been filed against Mohammed Azarudeen after a raid on his home in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu on Wednesday. It says five others are being questioned. It said in a statement Friday that Azarudeen was friends on Facebook with Zahran Hashim, the alleged leader of suicide bomb attacks in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday that killed more than 250 people. Indians from Tamil Nadu share cultural and linguistic ties with Sri Lanka's ethnic Tamil community. The Islamic State group

  • 'I Would Do Anything For Her': A German Dad's Search For His Daughter, Taken By ISIS
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    'I Would Do Anything For Her': A German Dad's Search For His Daughter, Taken By ISIS

    LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST: Germany is one of the few countries that has promised to take back citizens who joined the Islamic State. It's given priority to children who spent time in the caliphate and has begun repatriating them. NPR's Joanna Kakissis met one German father who has spent the last five years trying to find his daughter. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) AALIYAH: Baba. JOANNA KAKISSIS, BYLINE: Danisch Farooqi loves listening to this recording of his daughter. She made it at the sunny apartment he shares with his second wife in Hamburg. DANISCH FAROOQI: We were sleeping. And she was sleeping between us. And at some point, she got up. And she took my mobile. And she wanted to take

  • Iran and Saudi Arabia trade accusations over tanker attacks
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    Iran and Saudi Arabia trade accusations over tanker attacks

    Iran and Saudi Arabia trade accusations over tanker attacks Iran and its regional arch rival Saudi Arabia traded accusations on Sunday over who carried out the recent attacks on two tankers in the Gulf of Oman. Iranian parliament speaker Ali Larijani said he suspected the United States was behind Thursday's attacks, according to state news agency IRNA. But Washington and London insisted they had evidence to back their claims that Tehran was responsible for the attacks. "These were attacks by the Islamic Republic of Iran on commercial shipping, on the freedom of navigation, with a clear intent to deny transit through the strait," US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Fox News. "There's no

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    French, Malian forces kill 20 militants in operation: Mali army

    Allied French and Malian forces killed 20 militants in an operation in a part of northern Mali where Islamic State operates, a spokesman for the West African nation's military said on Sunday. The operation in the district of Akabar, a remote part of a game reserve near the border with Niger and not far from the Malian city of Menaka, was continuing, army spokesman Colonel Diarran Kone said by telephone. Mali has become increasingly engulfed in violence since a Tuareg uprising in 2012 was hijacked by Islamist militants, prompting France to intervene to push them back the following year.

  • 'I Would Do Anything For Her': A German Dad's Search For His Daughter, Taken By ISIS
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    'I Would Do Anything For Her': A German Dad's Search For His Daughter, Taken By ISIS

    Five years ago this month, Danisch Farooqi dropped off his daughter Aaliya at her mother's house in the German port city of Hamburg. He remembers walking the girl, then almost 4, to his ex-wife's front door and hugging her. "And I said, 'I'll see you next week,' " he recalls. A few days later, he received a call from an unknown number in Turkey. It was his ex-wife's new husband. He told Farooqi he was in Turkey, recovering from injuries while fighting in Syria. He'd brought the whole family to Turkey, including Aaliya. "I was shocked," says Farooqi, a native of Hamburg. "I didn't know what [he] was talking about." He demanded an explanation and threatened to call the police unless Aaliya came

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    'I Would Do Anything For Her': A German Dad's Search For His Daughter, Taken By ISIS

    Five years ago this month, Danisch Farooqi dropped off his daughter, Aaliya, at her mother's house in the German port city of Hamburg. He remembers walking the girl, then almost 4, to his ex-wife's front door and hugging her. "And I said, 'I'll see you next week,' " he recalls. A few days later, he received a call from an unknown number in Turkey. It was his ex-wife's new husband. He told Farooqi he was in Turkey, recovering from injuries sustained while fighting in Syria. He'd brought the whole family to Turkey, including Aaliya. "I was shocked," says Farooqi, a native of Hamburg. "I didn't know what [he] was talking about." He demanded an explanation and threatened to call the police unless