Alleged Islamic State recruiter Neil Prakash receiving consular help from Australia

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Coalition says basic assistance being given due to hopes alleged conspirator will share intelligence on terrorist group Australia is giving consular help to the alleged senior Islamic State recruiter and conspirator Neil Prakash, with hopes he will share intelligence on the terrorist group, a federal minister has said. Australias most wanted man, who has been […]

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Slaves of Isis: the long walk of the Yazidi women

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The long read: When Isis rounded up Yazidi women and girls in Iraq to use as slaves, the captives drew on their collective memory of past oppressions and a powerful will to survive The day before Isis came was a holiday in Sinjar district, northern Syria and Turkey have mostly all fled to neighbouring countries or to Europe. In […]

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CIA director: Russia loves to meddle and ‘stick it to America’

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Mike Pompeo describes the US-Russia relationship as complicated but hopes there will be areas where they can cooperate The CIA director, Mike Pompeo, said on Thursday that Russia had no plans to leave Syria and would continue to try to meddle in US affairs to stick it to America. He reiterated his belief that Russia […]

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US-backed forces say battle to retake Raqqa from Isis ‘will take months’

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Diplomats plan for the fall of Isis, as Kurdish and Arab fighters continue to push forward into the terror groups Syrian stronghold US-backed forces encircling Raqqa expect the fight to oust the remnants of Islamic State from its most symbolic Syrian stronghold to take at least three months, despite rapid advances towards the city centre […]

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Philippines says beheaded civilians found in Isis-held town

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Seventy-one security force personnel and 299 militants killed and 246,000 people displaced in conflict since 23 May Five decapitated civilians were found in a Philippine city occupied by Islamist rebels on Wednesday, the military said, warning the number of residents killed by rebel atrocities could rise sharply as troops retake more ground. The discovery of […]

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Battle for Philippine city rages three weeks after attack by Isis-linked rebels

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US forces provide support to clear militants from Marawi, but Manila insists there are no American boots on the ground Bomb blasts have rocked Marawi City in the southern Philippines as the national flag was raised to mark independence day, almost three weeks after hundreds of Islamist militants overran the town and hunkered down with […]

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Iran attacks: Trump reaction to Isis killings ‘repugnant’, says foreign minister

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Mohammad Javad Zarif hits back at the US presidents comments on the suicide bombing which has been claimed by Islamic State Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Thursday that US President Donald Trumps reaction to the deadly Islamic State group attacks in Tehran was repugnant. Repugnant WH [White House] statement… as Iranians counter […]

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