Islamic State

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How Libyan reality could pave way for more extremism | Jason Burke

Economic and political chaos left in wake of Gaddafis fall provide ideal opportunity for militant groups to gain traction The visit of Peter Millett, the British ambassador to Tripoli, was eventful. From early Friday morning, parts of the capital had echoed to exchanges of gunfire between two of the armed factions fighting for control of […]

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Facebook struggles with ‘mission impossible’ to stop online extremism

Social media giant faces criticism for doing too little to prevent extremist content as terrorists find ways of bypassing its rules Facebook moderators identified more than 1,300 posts on the site as credible terrorist threats in a single month and face a mission impossible to control the amount of content proliferated by extremists, according to […]

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Iran changes course of road to Mediterranean coast to avoid US forces

New land corridor to move 140 miles south to avoid buildup of US forces assembled in north-east Syria to fight Isis Iran has changed the course of a Tehran’s route to the sea Throughout the war with the terror group, and for several years earlier, Iran has been attempting to carve out areas of influence […]

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Boko Haram kidnaps 22 girls and women in north-east Nigeria

Attackers loyal to faction headed by Abu Musab Al-Barnawi, son of Boko Haram founder Mohammed Yusuf Boko Haram Islamists have abducted 22 girls and women in two separate raids in north-east Nigeria, residents and vigilantes said. In the first attack on Thursday, the jihadists raided the village of Pulka near the border with Cameroon where […]

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Iraqi forces push into deadliest areas of Mosul as civilian exodus accelerates

Troops said to be close to government buildings near old city, and aid agencies struggling to accomodate displaced people Nearly three weeks into the last phase of the battle for Mosul, Iraqi forces have started pushing into the most heavily fortified and lethal corners of the crumbling city. This weekend the battles in the city, […]

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MEPs revoke Marine Le Pen’s immunity over violent Isis images

Committee waives protection, paving way for French prosecution of Front National leader after she tweeted pictures of killings MEPs have voted to lift a separate investigation into her alleged misuse of EU funds. The European parliament and French authorities have launched inquiries after allegations that FN workers had fake jobs paid from EU funds. ordered […]

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Indonesian women being radicalised into would-be suicide bombers report

The growth of social media and groups willingness to recruit more women is creating a jihadi community in the huge Muslim nation Indonesia is being urged to tackle an increasing threat of would-be female terrorists who are being spurred on via social media to engage in extremist Islamist networks. The growth of social media and […]

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Briton who died in Syria shot himself to avoid becoming Isis hostage

Body of Ryan Lock, who was fighting alongside Kurdish forces near Raqqa, is due to be repatriated to UK in the next few days A British man who died fighting alongside Kurdish forces in Syria killed himself to avoid being taken hostage by Islamic State militants. Ryan Lock, 20, from Chichester, West Sussex, body of […]

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The battle for Mosul: ‘I have never seen such hard fighting like this’

Iraqi forces have been trying to oust Isis since October but they must fight among, protect and win over the many thousands of civilians in the city, finds Ghaith Abdul-Ahad in a report made in collaboration with PBSs Frontline Rasoul, a 26-year-old radio operator, stood in a narrow street in east Mosul a mile from […]

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US issues federal warning as Isis calls for attacks on churches over Christmas

FBI warning came after a publicly available list of US churches was posted on a militant social media site Federal authorities warned local law enforcement authorities across the US on Friday that Islamic State sympathizers were continuing to call for attacks on churches and other holiday gathering sites. As they did so, President-elect Donald Trump […]

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