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4 IS militants on 5-day remand

4 IS militants on 5-day remand

A Dhaka court today placed four Islamic State militant group leaders including its ‘Bangladesh coordinator’ on a five-day remand. Metropolitan Magistrate Mizanur Rahman passed the order after the Detectives Branch of police produced them before the court with a 10-day remand. Earlier in the day, Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) claimed arrest of the four Middle...

IS boy appears to execute Russian ‘spies’

IS boy appears to execute Russian ‘spies’

A video released Tuesday by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) shows the apparent execution of two men, accused of being spies for Russia, at the hands of a young boy, reports CBS News. The seven-and-a-half-minute long video was released by ISIS' multi-lingual production wing, al-Hayat, and begins with long television news-style...

ISIS fighters ‘have contracted Ebola’

ISIS fighters ‘have contracted Ebola’

The World Health Organisation is investigating reports that ISIS militants have been showing up at an Iraqi hospital with Ebola, repots Mail Online. According to three media outlets an undisclosed number of militants displaying signs of the disease attended a hospital in the ISIS-held city of Mosul, 250 miles north of Baghdad. While the reports,...

ISIS fighter accidentally tweets secret location

ISIS fighter accidentally tweets secret location

A New Zealand man thought to have been fighting with the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) inadvertently revealed his precise location by posting geotagged tweets, a security researcher revealed. Abu Abdul-Rahman, also known as Mark Taylor, left New Zealand to join the fight with ISIS in May 2012. Soon after, he...

THE RISE OF ISLAMIC STATE

THE RISE OF ISLAMIC STATE

Islamic State (IS) is a radical Islamist group, who aims to establish a "caliphate", a state ruled by a single political and religious leader according to Islamic law, or Sharia, that has seized large swathes of territory in eastern Syria and across northern and western Iraq. Sworn allegiance to its leader - Ibrahim...

  

'ISIS‬ is much stronger and much more dangerous'

'ISIS‬ is much stronger and much more dangerous'

The first Western journalist in the world to be allowed extensive access to ISIS territories in Syria and Iraq has returned from the region with a warning: the group is “much stronger and much more dangerous” than anyone in the West realises. Jürgen Todenhöfer, 74, is a renowned German journalist and publicist who travelled...

STRANGER THAN FICTION

De-radicalising the Muslim diaspora in the West

SEVERAL Bangladeshi-British youths have recently been indicted in Britain for their alleged links with the ISIS. Twenty-year-old Mahdi Hassan -- whose parents had migrated from Bangladesh -- was one of the six former students of a private British school to have joined the ISIS, and the fourth one to be killed recently while fighting at Kobane, Syria. While a microscopic minority of Muslim immigrants gets jihadi indoctrination before moving to the West, the bulk of the radicalised sections among...

STRAIGHT LINE

Understanding the ISIS menace

Amenacingly armed political entity has risen over the horizon in the Middle East. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (the region consisting parts of modern Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon) or ISIL, also known as ISIS, the acronym derived from its Arabic name, AD-Dowla Al-Islamiyyafil Iraq wa as-sham announced its arrival in June this year. The self-proclaimed Islamic Caliphate soon changed its name to simply the Islamic State (IS). One Abu Bakr al Baghdadi declared himself to be...

IS steps up key Syrian town assault

IS steps up key Syrian town assault

Fighting has intensified in the besieged Syrian border town of Kobane, where Kurdish forces have been holding Islamic State at bay since September. IS militants launched at least four suicide attacks, with reports saying at least 25 people were killed. The first of the attacks was near the Turkish border crossing. It is thought to...

Killings in the desert and the mirage of caliphate

THE name is now all too familiar, so are the violence and brutality associated with it. A caliphate, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, or ISIS, has been proclaimed.  A caliph, with a suitable name borrowed from the first caliph of Islam, has proclaimed himself as head of the Islamic State.  The evocative name of Baghdad of the glorious days of Islam has been duly affixed to the title. The caliphate has not been coy about its own...

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