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4th 'British-Bangladeshi' jihadist killed in Syria

4th 'British-Bangladeshi' jihadist killed in Syria

A teenage jihadist from Portsmouth has become the fourth extremist from the city to be killed fighting with ISIS in Syria. Mehdi Hassan, 19, travelled to the war-torn country in October last year with a group of friends calling themselves the “Britani Brigade Bangladeshi Bad Boys”. Photos purporting to show his dead body appeared on...

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Another 'British-Bangladeshi' jihadist killed

A third “British-Bangladeshi” jihadist from Portsmouth has reportedly been killed fighting in Syria, according to religious authorities in the city. Manunur Roshid, 24, was known to be one of a group of six men from Portsmouth who went to Syria in 2013, writes The Guardian. Reports of his death follow that of Ifthekar Jaman, 23, last December and Muhammad Hamidur Rahman, 25. A former leader of Portsmouth Bangladesh Association told the BBC Bangla that a youth named “Mamunur Rashid” has been...

Another ‘British-Bangladeshi’ jihadist killed in Syria fighting

Another ‘British-Bangladeshi’ jihadist killed in Syria fighting

A third “British-Bangladeshi” jihadist from Portsmouth has reportedly been killed fighting in Syria, according to religious authorities in the city. Manunur Roshid, 24, was known to be one of a group of six men from Portsmouth who went to Syria in 2013, writes The Guardian. Reports of his death follow that of Ifthekar Jaman,...

US drops arms to Kurds battling IS

US drops arms to Kurds battling IS

US military aircraft have dropped weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to Kurdish fighters battling Islamic State (IS) militants in the key Syrian town of Kobane. US Central Command said C-130 transport aircraft had made "multiple" drops of supplies provided by Kurdish authorities in Iraq. Hêjmarek mezin ji Çek û teqemenî gihişt KOBANÊ... وصلت كمية كبيرة...

Are Iraq's renowned peshmerga fighters any match for IS?

Are Iraq's renowned peshmerga fighters any match for IS?

Though a coalition of Western countries is training Kurdish forces in northern Iraq to more effectively fight Islamic State militants, Kurdish commanders and officers say the effort is moving slowly and not keeping up with the military strength and speed of their enemy. When US-led airstrikes on Islamic State targets began in early August,...

US, allies ‘examining’ Syrian buffer zone as IS fight deepens

US, allies ‘examining’ Syrian buffer zone as IS fight deepens

A proposal to create a protected buffer zone in Syria is worth study, the United States and two European allies said Wednesday as American-led airstrikes appeared to push back Islamic State fighters trying to overrun a border town. The Western statements are a clear attempt at outreach to Turkey, which strongly backs carving out...

Coalition against IS hobbled by splits, inadequate resources

Coalition against IS hobbled by splits, inadequate resources

The gathering on October 14 at Andrews Air Force Base near Washington, DC, of top military brass from 22 countries in the American-led coalition against Islamic State (IS) had two main aims. The first was to work out how to integrate the effort of each into something that looks like a strategy. The...

IS 'training pilots to fly fighter jets'

IS 'training pilots to fly fighter jets'

Iraqi pilots who have joined Islamic State in Syria are training members of the group to fly in three captured fighter jets, a group monitoring the war said on Friday, saying it was the first time the militant group had taken to the air. The group, which has seized swathes of land in Syria...

US airstrikes against IS have hurt moderate rebels

US airstrikes against IS have hurt moderate rebels

As the US-led airstrikes target Islamic State (IS) strongholds in eastern Syria, reports emerged that Syria’s air force has intensified its airstrikes on rebel positions in the west. Opponents of the US strikes argue that they have given an indirect boost to Syrian regime forces, helping them focus their attacks on rebel positions outside...

ISIS, Iraq, and the war in Syria: Military Outlook

ISIS, Iraq, and the war in Syria: Military Outlook

Events on the battlefield will reveal the true effects of the crisis, but the ISIS campaign in Iraq could ultimately help the Syrian opposition and hurt the Assad regime. The stunning advance of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) in northern and western Iraq over the past week has significant military implications...

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