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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...

IS: Creation of and for the West and Israel

IS: Creation of and for the West and Israel

Desperation among the architects of the ISIS terror group at not being able to dislodge President Bashar Assad from power in Syria has led them to create a grand alliance to directly attack Syria using the pretext of “degrading and destroying” ISIS in Syria and Iraq. The involvement of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain,...

Yemen bombing death toll rises to 67

Yemen bombing death toll rises to 67

Suicide bombers targeting Yemen's powerful Shi'ite Houthi group and an army camp killed at least 67 people in two separate attacks on Thursday, hours after a political crisis forced the new prime minister to step down. At least 47 people were killed, including four children, when a suicide bomber detonated a belt packed with...

IS ammunition is shown to have US, China origins

IS ammunition is shown to have US, China origins

In its campaign across northern Syria and Iraq, the jihadist group Islamic State (IS) has been using ammunition from the United States and other countries that have been supporting the regional security forces fighting the group, according to new field data gathered by a private arms-tracking organisation. The data, part of a larger sample...

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The intellectual battle against ISIS

The intellectual battle against ISIS

THE global financial crisis taught the world how profoundly interdependent our economies have become. In today's crisis of extremism, we must recognise that we are just as interdependent for our security, as is clear in the current struggle to defeat ISIS. If we are to prevent ISIS from teaching us this lesson the hard...

UK citizen remanded in Dhaka for link with Syrian militants

UK citizen remanded in Dhaka for link with Syrian militants

A Bangladesh origin British citizen, who fought against the Assad government in Syria, was today placed on a three-day police remand for his alleged link with Syrian militants. A Dhaka court passed the order after detectives produced Samiun Rahman alias Ibn Hamdan, who flew in to recruit jihadists for Syrian militant groups six months...

Isis 'just one mile from Baghdad' as al-Qaeda joins militants' fight against West

Isis 'just one mile from Baghdad' as al-Qaeda joins militants' fight against West

Isis fighters are reportedly just one mile away from Baghdad as reports emerge of al-Qaeda militants bolstering their ranks in Syria. According to the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East, Isis was approaching the Iraqi capital on Monday morning, report The Independent. "The Islamic State are now less than 2km away from...

ISLAMIC STATE CRISIS

Al-Nusra threats over Syria air strikes

Al-Nusra threats over Syria air strikes

Syrian militant group al-Nusra Front has denounced US-led air strikes as "a war against Islam". In an online statement, the al-Qaeda-linked group called on jihadists around the world to target Western and Arab countries involved. It comes as the US and other nations widened air strikes against Islamic State (IS) fighters in Iraq and Syria. The...

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The looming threat

The looming threat

THE ominous warning in recent times of al-Qaeda chief to open its deadly cells in the sub-continent including Bangladesh cannot be shrugged off as a publicity stunt by a supposedly weakened terror outfit. Objective conditions for facilitating and expediting terrorist activities both regionally and beyond do exist. Therefore, the vigil against de-stabilising forces...

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