Posts Tagged ‘ Islamic State ’

War: The Islamic State and western politicians against the rest of us

August 23, 2016
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Thomas L Knapp -- photo by Avens O'Brien William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"The United Kingdom is back in the business of holding political prisoners on a scale not seen since before the 1997 ceasefire in occupied ... er, 'Northern' ... Ireland, and American social networks are handing the US government de facto power to censor Internet communications. What could possibly go wrong?" (08/22/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/7230  

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Iran: Russians stop using air base for strikes in Syria

August 23, 2016
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USA Today USA Today    

"Russia will stop using a base in Iran for airstrikes targeting militants in Syria for the time being, Iran's foreign ministry said Monday. The move came after Iran's defense minister criticized Russia earlier in the day and said its announcement last week that it used the Hamadan air base for strikes on the Islamic State group was 'kind of show-off and ungentlemanly.'" (08/22/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2016/08/22/iran-says-russia-stop-using-its-air-base-strikes-syria/89091630/  

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Turkey: Young suicide bomber kills 51 in wedding party attack

August 22, 2016
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Bloomberg    

"An Islamic State group suicide bomber as young as 12 years old attacked an outdoor Kurdish wedding party in southeastern Turkey, killing at least 51 people and wounding dozens of others, the Turkish president said Sunday. The bombing late Saturday in Gaziantep, near Turkey's border with Syria, was the deadliest attack in Turkey this year. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, speaking live on national television in front of Istanbul's city hall, said the attacker was aged between 12 and 14. He said 69 people were wounded, with 17 of them in critical condition." (08/21/16)

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-08-21/turkey-s-president-blames-islamic-state-for-wedding-attack  

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Russian forces use Iran as base to bomb Syrian militants for first time

August 17, 2016
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Reuters    

"Russia used Iran as a base from which to launch air strikes against Syrian militants for the first time on Tuesday, widening its air campaign in Syria and deepening its involvement in the Middle East. In a move underscoring Moscow's increasingly close ties with Tehran, long-range Russian Tupolev-22M3 bombers and Sukhoi-34 fighter bombers used Iran's Hamadan air base to strike a range of targets in Syria. It was the first time Russia has used the territory of another nation, apart from Syria itself, to launch such strikes since the Kremlin launched a bombing campaign to support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in September last year." (08/16/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-russia-iran-idUSKCN10R0PA?il=0  

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Libya: US-backed regime forces allegedly seize Islamic State HQ in Sirte

August 11, 2016
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Business Insider    

"Libyan forces battling to oust Islamic State (IS) from Sirte said they captured its university complex on Wednesday as well as the Ouagadougou Convention Complex in Sirte that ISIS had been using as a base but lost one of their warplanes over the city. ... Forces aligned with Libya's U.N.-backed government launched their campaign for Sirte in May. On Aug. 1, the United States began air strikes to help them advance against militants encircled in the center of the Mediterranean coastal city." (08/10/16)

http://www.businessinsider.com/libyan-forces-seized-isis-headquarters-sirte-2016-8  

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Belgium: Islamic State claims machete attacks

August 7, 2016
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Irish Examiner [Ireland]    

"Islamic State (IS) yesterday claimed responsibility for an attack by a machete-wielding man in Belgium that left two female police officers seriously injured, said the group’s Amaq news agency on Twitter. Shortly before the claim, Belgian prosecutors had identified the assailant as a 33-year-old Algerian, K B, who had lived in Belgium since 2012, saying that he may have been inspired by terrorism." (08/08/16)

http://www.irishexaminer.com/world/islamic-state-behind-machete-attacks-on-belgium-officers-414650.html  

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DC: Metro cop charged with aiding Islamic State

August 3, 2016
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Fox News    

"A Washington, D.C. Metro Transit police officer who was a convert to Islam and once dressed up as Jihadi John for Halloween was charged on Wednesday with trying to provide material support to ISIS -- the first time a law enforcement officer has been charged with an ISIS-related crime. Virginia resident Nicholas Young, 36, who has served with the department since 2003, was arrested Wednesday morning by FBI agents. Authorities allege in a criminal complaint unsealed Wednesday that Young attempted to send money to ISIS through a mobile-based gift card using an unnamed messaging service the terror group utilizes for recruiting purposes." (08/03/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/08/03/dc-police-officer-charged-with-aiding-isis.html  

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Syria: Five dead as Russian helicopter shot down

August 2, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"A Russian helicopter was shot down Monday after delivering aid to the Syrian city of Aleppo, killing all five crew members on board, Russian state media reported. The Russian Defense Ministry said the Mi-8 helicopter was shot down by ground fire in Idlib province as it returned to base, state TV reported." (08/01/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/01/middleeast/syria-aleppo/  

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Libya: US begins new airstrike campaign against Islamic State targets

August 1, 2016
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NBC News NBC News    

"The U.S. began a new campaign of airstrikes in Libya on Monday, four defense officials told NBC News. The strikes will target ISIS in and around Sirte, a city halfway between Tripoli and Benghazi that has become an ISIS stronghold in the country, the officials said." (08/01/16)

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/isis-terror/u-s-begins-new-airstrike-campaign-against-isis-targets-libya-n620906  

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Germany: Ansbach suicide bomber pledged allegiance to Islamic State in video

July 25, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"The Syrian suicide bomber who injured 15 people in an attack on a music festival in Ansbach, Germany, Sunday night left behind a video on a mobile phone pledging allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and said he was engaging in an act of revenge against Germans, Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann said Monday. 'I believe that after this video we cannot doubt that this attack was an Islamist terror attack,' he said. Police searching his home found multiple mobile phones, Herrmann said, as well as materials to make explosive devices." (07/25/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/24/world/ansbach-germany-blast/  

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Iraq: Suicide bomber kills at least 14, including police officers, in Baghdad

July 24, 2016
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Allentown Morning Call    

"A suicide bomber attacked a security check point in northern Baghdad on Sunday, killing at least 14 people, Iraqi officials said. The bomber, who was on foot, detonated his device at one of the busy entrances of the Shiite district of Kadhimiyah, killing at least 10 civilians and four police officers, a police officer said. At least 31 other people were wounded, he added." (07/24/16)

http://www.mcall.com/news/nationworld/ct-iraq-suicide-bombing-20160724-story.html  

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FL: Three charged in alleged plan to join unapproved terror group

July 24, 2016
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NBC News NBC News    

"Three South Florida men have been arrested and charged with in connection with a plan by one of them to travel overseas to join ISIS, according to U.S. officials. One of them, 52-year-old Gregory Hubbard of West Palm Beach, was arrested Thursday at the Miami airport. The FBI says he was planning to get to Turkey and then into Syria to join ISIS." (07/22/16)

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/isis-terror/three-florida-men-charged-plan-join-isis-n615286  

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Assad: US is “not serious” about defeating Islamic State

July 14, 2016
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NBC News NBC News    

"A defiant Bashar al-Assad expressed confidence that Syria's bloody war could be won within months, saying Russia's intervention has helped tip the scales toward victory. Assad spoke exclusively to NBC News on Wednesday at his office in Damascus in a wide-ranging interview about the Syrian war, ISIS, the U.S. and his legacy. He was unruffled by the State Department branding his vow to retake every inch of Syria as 'delusional,' saying it was only a matter of time until he regained full control of his country. ... according to Assad, the 'very frank' relationship he has with [Vladimir] Putin is rooted in their shared values and common interest: defeating terrorists. The Syrian president claimed that's far from true of the U.S., which he accused of not truly wanting to see ISIS'[s] defeat. 'They're not serious,' Assad said." (07/14/16)

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/bashar-al-assad-says-u-s-not-serious-about-defeating-n609036  

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Islamic State admits minister for war Omar the Chechen is dead

July 14, 2016
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The Guardian The Guardian [UK]    

"Isis has admitted a senior leader known as Omar the Chechen is dead, months after the Pentagon and a British-based monitoring group said he was killed in Syria. Abu Omar al-Shishani, regarded by the Pentagon as Islamic State's 'minister of war,' was said to have died in a US air strike in Syria. The account was confirmed at the time both by high-level officials in Washington and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. On Wednesday the Isis propaganda agency Amaq claimed Shishani had been killed in combat in the Iraqi city of Shirqat, south of Mosul." (07/13/16)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jul/14/isis-admits-minister-for-war-omar-the-chechen-is-dead  

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Bangladesh: 22 dead, including American, in terror attack

July 3, 2016
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Fox News    

"An American was one of the victims in the 10-hour hostage crisis at a Bangladesh café that left 22 dead. The State Department confirmed Saturday that a U.S. citizen was among those 'senselessly murdered' when Islamic terrorists stormed the restaurant in the diplomatic quater of the Bangladesh capita, Dhaka. The standoff ended Saturday morning when police stormed the restaurant, killed six attackers and rescued 13 hostages. Three of the hostage victims attended U.S. colleges. Abinta Kabir and Faraaz Hossain were students at Emory University in Georgia; and Tarushi Jain, a 19-year-old Indian national, was a student the University of California at Berkeley. Emory President James Wagner said in a message Saturday on the university's website that Kabir was from Miami and was in Dhaka visiting family and friends." (07/02/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/07/02/at-least-6-islamist-militants-killed-13-hostages-rescued-after-commando-raid-on-bangladesh-restaurant.html  

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Iraq: Bombings in Baghdad kill at least 23

July 2, 2016
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New York Times    

"Bombs went off early Sunday in two crowded commercial areas in Baghdad, killing at least 23 people and wounding 61, according to hospital and police officials. The bombings came near the end of the holy month of Ramadan when the streets were filled with young people and families out after sundown. In the first attack, a car bomb exploded in the Karada district in central Baghdad, killing 18 people and wounding 45. Shortly afterward, an improvised explosive device went off in eastern Baghdad, killing 5 people and wounding 16." (07/02/16)

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2016/07/02/world/middleeast/ap-ml-iraq-bombing.html  

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Lebanon: Army says twin Islamic State terror plots foiled

June 30, 2016
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Fox News    

"The Lebanese army says it has foiled two terror plots by the Islamic State group targeting residential and tourist sites in the country. The army said in a statement released Thursday that it had arrested five suspects linked to the plots, among them the alleged mastermind. It did not say where or when the suspects were stopped. The country has been on high alert since nine bombs exploded in the eastern border village of Qaa on Monday, killing five residents." (06/30/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/06/30/army-says-twin-is-terror-plots-foiled-in-lebanon.html  

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Iraq: US official claims airstrikes kill at least 250 Islamic State fighters

June 30, 2016
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Fox News    

"A series of American airstrikes killed at least 250 ISIS fighters driving in a convoy outside Fallujah on Wednesday, a senior U.S. defense official confirmed to Fox News. The strikes occurred on the outskirts of the Iraqi city in 'southern Fallujah,' a second U.S. defense official told Fox News. 'There was a strike on a convoy of ISIS fighters trying to leave a neighborhood on the outskirts of southern Fallujah that we struck,' the official said. At least 40 vehicles were destroyed in the airstrikes, a U.S. official told Reuters, which was first to report the air assault." (06/29/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/06/29/us-airstrikes-kill-at-least-250-isis-fighters-in-convoy-outside-fallujah-official-says.html  

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Lebanon: Army detains 100 Syrians after Qaa bombings

June 28, 2016
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"Lebanon's army has detained more than 100 Syrians for entering the country illegally following a series of suicide bombings in a border village. The raids took place at informal refugee camps in the Baalbek region. On Monday, at least eight bombers blew themselves up in the predominantly Christian village of Qaa, killing five people and injuring almost 30 others. No group has said it was behind the attacks, but suspicion has fallen on jihadist militants from Islamic State. IS has carried out previous suicide bombings that have killed scores of people in Lebanon." (06/28/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-36649779  

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Israeli intel chief: We don’t want Islamic State defeated in Syria

June 22, 2016
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Antiwar.com Antiwar.com    

"In a speech at the Herzliya Conference, Israel's military intelligence chief, Major General Herzi Halevy, took Israel's long-standing position that it 'prefers ISIS' over the Syrian government to a whole 'nother level, declaring openly that Israel does not want to see ISIS defeated in the war. ... Israeli officials have regularly expressed comfort with the idea of ISIS conquering the whole of Syria, saying they find it preferable to the Iran-allied government surviving the war. At the same time, they were never so overtly supportive of ISIS and its survival." (06/21/16)

http://news.antiwar.com/2016/06/21/israeli-intel-chief-we-dont-want-isis-defeated-in-syria/  

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Libya: Clashes, depot blast kill more than 60

June 22, 2016
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Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star    

"Fierce clashes in Libya between pro-government militiamen and Islamic State militants in the city of Sirte and an explosion at a depot near the capital, Tripoli, left more than 60 dead in just one day, a spokesman and a Libyan state news agency reported Wednesday. In Sirte, the last bastion of the Islamic State group in the North African country, Tuesday's clashes killed 36 militiamen aligned with the newly-UN brokered government. ... Meanwhile, the state LANA news agency said an explosion at a depot on Tuesday in the town of Garabuli, near Tripoli, followed clashes with militias and killed 29 civilians." (06/22/16)

http://www.fredericksburg.com/news/news-wire/libya-clashes-blast-at-a-depot-kill-more-than/article_8a6d3e8b-8b82-5846-bd71-3ea2eefdfbd0.html  

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Syria: Islamic State forces launch counter-attacks on regime troops, US-backed rebels

June 21, 2016
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Reuters    

"The Islamic State group launched a counter-attack against fighters trying to capture the Syrian city of Manbij on Monday, inflicting heavy casualties on the U.S.-backed forces, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the militants said. The monitor said the militants won back three villages south of the besieged city in a surprise assault against fighters from the U.S.-backed Syria Democratic Forces. At least 28 SDF fighters were killed. ... Islamic State militants were also able to roll back the Syrian army, which had reached as close as 10 km (6.2 miles) south of the strategic town of Tabqa, an Islamic State-held city on the Euphrates River, in Raqqa province." (06/20/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-militants-idUSKCN0Z623G  

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Iran: Regime claims to thwart Islamic State attacks in Tehran, other cities

June 20, 2016
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Reuters    

"Iran has thwarted several planned bombings in Tehran and other cities, state news agency quoted the intelligence ministry as saying on Monday, in what it called a major plot by Sunni Muslim militants against the Shi'ite Islamic Republic. Iranian authorities say Islamic State militants have been hatching 'plots and conspiracies' against it from their de facto capital Raqqa in Syria. ... National Security Council secretary Ali Shamkhani was quoted by the semi-official ISNA news agency on Sunday as saying that Iranian security forces had arrested members of a network that was planning suicide bombings in Tehran during Ramadan." (06/20/16)

http://in.reuters.com/article/uk-iran-security-militants-idINKCN0Z60OL  

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Libya: Bomb kills ten west of Islamic State’s besieged stronghold

June 17, 2016
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Indian Express [India]    

"A suicide car bomber hit a Libyan police station west of the besieged Islamic State stronghold of Sirte on Thursday, killing 10 people and wounding seven, officials said. The attack at Abu Grain, on the coast road some 140 km (85 miles) west of Sirte and 100 km south of Misrata, showed the militants, although on the back foot in the battle for Sirte, can still strike outside the city. Brigades from Misrata are leading the campaign to recapture Sirte and have engaged in fire fights with Islamic State since pushing to the edge of the city centre last week." (06/16/16)

http://indianexpress.com/article/world/world-news/libya-islamic-state-suicide-bombing-abu-grain-2857182/  

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Anonymous hacks pro-ISIS Twitter accounts, fills them with gay pride

June 16, 2016
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CBS News CBS News    

"In response to the Orlando mass shooting, the hacker-activist group known as Anonymous has hacked into dozens of pro-Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) Twitter accounts and infused them with gay pride, CBS San Francisco reported. While San Francisco-based Twitter did not admit that the accounts were hacked, images of the hacked accounts and the Twitter account responsible for the hacking suggest otherwise." (06/15/16)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/anonymous-hacks-pro-isis-twitter-accounts-fills-them-with-gay-pride/  

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