Posts Tagged ‘ Islamic State ’

France: Man “claiming allegiance to Islamic State” stabs policeman to death

June 14, 2016
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France 24 [France]    

"A man who claimed allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) group stabbed a senior French police officer to death on Monday night before he was killed in a dramatic police operation, officials have said. The attacker repeatedly stabbed the officer before taking the officer's partner and their son hostage in their home in Magnanville, near Paris. He was shot dead by members of an elite police unit after negotiations failed. The partner was found dead but the child was rescued." (06/14/16)

http://www.france24.com/en/20160614-islamic-state-group-kills-french-policeman-hostage-paris-attack  

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Iraq: Regime probes war crimes in Falluja offensive

June 14, 2016
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ABC News ABC News    

"Iraq said Monday it had launched an investigation into possible human rights abuses against civilians fleeing the Islamic State-held city of Fallujah as a senior U.N. official said more than 7,300 people had left the city in the last two days. Iraqi government spokesman Saad al-Hadithi said some fighters suspected of violating human rights during the three-week-old operation to retake the city have been arrested over the past few days and are under investigation." (06/13/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/aid-group-4000-flee-held-city-fallujah-iraq-39809949  

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Iraq: Thousands flee Falluja using first safe exit route secured by regime troops

June 13, 2016
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Reuters    

"The Iraqi army said on Sunday it had secured the first safe exit route for civilians to leave Islamic State's besieged stronghold Falluja, and a Norwegian aid group said thousands of people had already used it to flee in the first day it was open. While it pressed on with its offensive in Falluja, the army also launched a fresh advance in the direction of the northern city of Mosul, Islamic State's de facto Iraqi capital, under cover of airstrikes from a U.S.-led coalition. The assaults by the Iraqi army are taking place at the same time as advances against Islamic State by U.S.-backed fighters and Russian-backed Syrian government forces in Syria, at the opposite end of the militants' self-proclaimed caliphate." (06/12/16)

http://in.reuters.com/article/mideast-crisis-iraq-falluja-idINKCN0YY0EB  

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Bangladesh: Christian, Hindu latest victims in spate of likely Islamic State killings

June 7, 2016
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CBS News CBS News    

"Unidentified bike-riding assailants shot and hacked a Hindu priest to death Tuesday in southwestern Bangladesh amid a spate of similar attacks allegedly by radical Islamic groups since last year. ... The killing of Ganguly took place two days after suspected Islamist militants killed the wife of a police superintendent who led drives against militant groups and drug cartels in southeastern city of Chittagong. Also on Sunday, unidentified assailants killed a Christian man inside his grocery shop and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the killing in northwestern Bangladesh." (06/07/17)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/bangladesh-hindu-priest-shot-dead-isis-kills-christian-man/  

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Iraq: NGO claims Islamic State troops shooting civilians who try to flee Falluja

June 6, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"ISIS is targeting civilians attempting to leave the militant-held city of Falluja, as Iraqi forces and militia attempt to wrest back control of the city, a European non-profit operating in Iraq says. As many as 50,000 residents remain trapped in the center of Falluja as Iraqi security forces close in, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) told CNN Monday. Many of those who try to escape the clutches of ISIS are being targeted and shot by militants, it said." (06/06/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/06/middleeast/falluja-iraq-military-advance-isis/  

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Iraq: Families flee as battle for Falluja rages on

May 31, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"Suad had feared for so long that she would die. A mother in Falluja, Iraq, her city has been at the center of war for more than a dozen years and now it is the epicenter of a battle between ISIS and Iraqi and Kurdish forces backed by the United States-led coalition. The coalition's push to take Falluja from ISIS, which began late Sunday, prompted ISIS gunmen to go door to door in the city and yank men, their wives and children from their homes. ... Hundreds of people like Suad and her family have fled the city and its surroundings since the Falluja offensive began last week. More than 500 families have arrived in displacement camps outside the city, the Norwegian Refugee Council said, including almost 300 since Sunday afternoon alone." (05/30/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/30/middleeast/iraq-operation-falluja/  

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Iraq: Regime forces begin battle to retake Fallujah from Islamic State

May 23, 2016
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Christian Science Monitor Christian Science Monitor    

"In a televised address on Monday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced that, 'In the early hours of the morning today, the heroic fighters advanced from different sides' under the directive to recapture 'all the areas occupied by (the Islamic State) around Falluja.' Fallujah, about 30 miles west of Baghdad, has a recent history of heavy combat. The city served as the backdrop for two major American assaults in 2004 during the American Iraq War -- assaults where US troops saw some of the fiercest fighting since the Vietnam war. In January 2014 Fallujah was taken by anti-government fighters and established as a stronghold for the Islamic State." (05/23/16)

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Global-News/2016/0523/Iraqi-forces-begin-battle-to-retake-Fallujah-from-ISIS  

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Yemen: Islamic state bomber kills Saudi quisling regime army recruits in Aden

May 23, 2016
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"At least 40 people, most of them army recruits, have been killed in two bomb attacks claimed by so-called Islamic State (IS) in the Yemeni city of Aden. In the first, a suicide bomber targeted young men queuing to enlist at the home of a senior army commander. Shortly afterwards there was a second blast at a nearby army base. Aden is serving as the temporary home of [a puppet regime set up by Saudi invaders] while it seeks to regain control of the capital, Sanaa, from the Houthi rebel [sic] movement." (05/23/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-36357133  

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Iraq: US claims Islamic State’s “Desert Lion” killed in airstrike

May 10, 2016
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Newsweek    

"The U.S.-led coalition killed a mid-level Islamic State militant group (ISIS) fighter named 'Desert Lion,' who became notorious for his brutality, in an air strike in Iraq, the Pentagon said on Monday. The Pentagon confirmed that an air strike killed Shaker Wahib in Iraq’s western Anbar province alongside three fellow militants on Friday." (05/10/16)

http://www.newsweek.com/us-kills-isis-desert-lion-executioner-iraq-air-strike-457858  

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Egypt: Islamic State claims slaughter of policemen near Cairo

May 9, 2016
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CBS News CBS News    

"Militants opened fire on a microbus filled with plainclothes police in a Cairo suburb early Sunday, killing eight of them, including an officer, in an attack claimed by a local Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) affiliate. The attack was the deadliest in the heavily policed capital since November, when gunmen attacked a security checkpoint, killing four policemen. That attack was also claimed by the local ISIS affiliate. Egypt's state-run MENA news agency said the policemen were inspecting security in the south Cairo suburb of Helwan early Sunday when four gunmen in a pickup opened fire on them." (05/08/16)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/isis-claims-slaughter-egyptian-policemen-cairo/  

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Kenya: Regime claims it foiled potential bio-terror attack

May 5, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"Kenya's police chief says the country's security services have foiled a potentially major terror plot by an unnamed East African terror network with links to ISIS. The terror plot was aimed at 'various targets in Kenya,' Inspector General Joseph Boinnet said Tuesday. Police in Kenya and Uganda have so far arrested three individuals: one, a medical student named Mohammed Abdi Ali who was interning at a Kenyan hospital, and the others -- Ali's wife and her friend -- who are now in custody in Uganda. Ali was arrested on Friday." (05/04/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/04/africa/kenya-foiled-terror-attack/  

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Iraq: US Navy SEAL killed after Islamic State fighters break through Peshmerga lines

May 4, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"A U.S. Navy SEAL was killed in Iraq as a result of a 'coordinated and complex attack' by roughly 100 ISIS fighters nearly 30 kilometers north of Mosul, Pentagon officials confirmed Tuesday. ISIS used multiple vehicles, suicide car bombs and bulldozers to break through a checkpoint at the front line and drive 3 to 5 kilometers to the Peshmerga base where SEALs are temporarily visiting and were located as advisers, a U.S. defense official told CNN. The gun battle was around the town of Telskof in northern Iraq, the official added." [editor's note: I guess they think they can re-cycle the "advisers" fiction now that it's been half a century since it last fell apart - TLK] (05/03/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/03/politics/us-service-member-killed-iraq-mosul/  

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Singapore: Eight Bangladeshis arrested on terror allegations

May 3, 2016
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Time    

"Singapore has arrested eight Bangladeshi immigrants in the past month for allegedly planning terrorist attacks in their home country, officials from the Singaporean Ministry of Home Affairs said on Tuesday. The suspects were all employed in the marine or construction industries and have been detained under the city-state’s Internal Security Act, according to Channel News Asia. One of the men, 31-year-old Rahman Mizanur, had reportedly set up a group called Islamic State in Bangladesh (ISB) a month ago, whose aim was to violently depose the Bangladeshi government and establish an ISIS-affiliated caliphate there." (05/03/16)

http://time.com/4315990/singapore-bangladesh-eight-arrested-terrorism/  

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“Kill them”: Islamic State hackers publish hit list of 75 US drone terrorists

May 2, 2016
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Hindustan Times [India]    

"ISIS hackers have published a 'hitlist' of over 70 US military personnel who have been involved in drone strikes against terror targets in Syria and asked their followers to 'kill them wherever they are.' According to 'The Sunday Times,' the hackers have links with Britain and call themselves 'Islamic State Hacking Division' and circulated online the names, home addresses and photographs of more than 70 US staff, including women and urged supporters: 'Kill them wherever they are, knock on their doors and behead them, stab them, shoot them in the face or bomb them.'" (05/02/16)

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world/kill-them-isis-hackers-publish-hit-list-of-75-us-military-personnel/story-RkzPZSUk7GOyU4Ven0R4gP.html  

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Iraq: Car bombing kills at least 18 pilgrims in Baghdad

May 2, 2016
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Seattle Times    

"An explosives-laden car detonated on Monday in the Iraqi capital, killing at least 18 Shiite pilgrims who were commemorating the anniversary of the death of a revered imam, officials said. Shortly after the explosion, the Sunni extremist Islamic State group, which sees Shiite Muslims as apostates, claimed responsibility for the attack in an online statement. It said the assault was carried out by a suicide bomber, but Iraqi officials denied that." (05/02/16)

http://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/iraq-car-bombing-kills-at-least-13-pilgrims-in-baghdad/  

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Iraq: US, allied forces conduct strikes

April 27, 2016
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Reuters    

"The United States and its allies conducted 23 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq on Tuesday, the coalition leading the operations said in a statement on its latest round of daily strikes against the militant group. The strikes were concentrated near Falluja, Mosul, Qayyarah and Tal Afar, the Combined Joint Task Force said in the statement released on Wednesday." (04/27/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-usa-airstrikes-idUSKCN0XO1E4  

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US plan to drop “cyber bombs” on Islamic State will change the meaning of the term cyber war

April 26, 2016
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Extreme Tech    

"Since its creation in 2009, US Cyber Command has focused its efforts mostly on sophisticated cyber-actors on the world stage, states like Iran, Russia, and North Korea. It acts mostly in the new realm of cyber-conflict, in which states can take digital shots at one another without getting too worried about starting a real shooting war. But now, the American war on ISIS is blurring the lines between digital and kinetic conflict, opening a new cyber-front in the physical world: For the first time in its short history, the US military's Cyber Command will now run its own aggressive operations as part of the War on Terror, and even augment regular, lethal military strikes with cyber capabilities." [editor's note: The idea that the US military hasn't previously engaged in cyber warfare is hilarious; openly admitting it is the only thing that's new - TLK] (04/26/16)

http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/227238-us-to-drop-cyber-bombs-on-isis-changing-the-meaning-of-the-term-cyber-war  

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Bangladesh: University professor hacked to death

April 23, 2016
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Canton Daily Ledger    

"A university professor on his way to work in northwestern Bangladesh was hacked to death Saturday in an attack similar to other killings by suspected Muslim militants, police said. A.F.M. Rezaul Karim Siddique was attacked on his way to the state-run university in the city of Rajshahi, where he taught English, deputy police commissioner Nahidul Islam said. The attackers used sharp weapons and fled the scene immediately, Islam said.
The attack was similar to recent killings of atheist bloggers in Muslim-majority Bangladesh by radical Islamists. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack, accusing Siddique of calling for atheism, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadi websites." (04/23/16)

http://www.cantondailyledger.com/news/20160423/university-professor-hacked-to-death-in-bangladesh  

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America can’t do much about ISIS

April 20, 2016
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Stephen Biddle and Jacob Shapiro  

"In 2003, David Petraeus, then a division commander in Iraq, famously asked 'tell me how this ends?' in reference to the conflict just starting there. It was a good question then, and it's a good question now. The war against the Islamic State gets a lot of attention, much of it focused on the immediate: Is the war going better or worse this month than last month? Is the Islamic State gaining ground or losing it? Are U.S. air strikes killing more Islamic State leaders or fewer? But these things only matter if they contribute to an ultimate end to the conflict on terms the United States can live with. Will they? In fact, we have a lot of evidence on wars like this and how they typically end. But it's not a very encouraging story." (04/20/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2016/04/isis-containment-civil-war/478725/  

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Belgium: Two charged, three detained over Brussels, Paris attacks

April 12, 2016
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Reuters    

"Belgium has charged two more men with terrorist offences linked to last month's bombings in Brussels and also searched a house related to the attacks in Paris, detaining three people, federal prosecutors said on Tuesday." (04/12/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-belgium-blast-idUSKCN0X90JV  

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Syria: With UN envoy in Damascus, Islamic State takes Syrian town from other rebels

April 11, 2016
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The Olympian    

"The U.N. special envoy on Monday urged Syria's warring sides to preserve the fragile U.S.-Russia-brokered cease-fire ahead of the next round of peace talks in Geneva this week. The plea by Staffan de Mistura, who spoke after meeting Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem in Damascus, came as Islamic State fighters retook a northern town [al-Rai] along the border with Turkey from Syrian rebels and government forces and rebels clashed across northern and western Syria." (04/11/16)

http://www.theolympian.com/news/nation-world/article71108722.html  

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Syria: Islamic State militants kidnap 300 cement workers near capital

April 7, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"In a brazen assault near the Syrian capital, Islamic State militants on Thursday abducted 300 cement workers and contractors in an area northeast of Damascus, Syrian state TV reported as fighting elsewhere in the country also worsened. ... State TV said Thursday’s mass abduction of workers from the al-Badia Cement Company took place in Dumeir, an area where militants launched a surprise attack against government forces earlier this week. State-run news agency SANA quoted a source in the company as saying that there has been no success in efforts to establish contact with any of the workers." (04/07/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/un-aid-official-urges-syria-govt-to-live-up-to-promises/2016/04/07/9e26b17a-fcb7-11e5-813a-90ab563f0dde_story.html  

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Dagestan: Islamic State claims bomb attack on Russian police

March 30, 2016
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CBS News CBS News    

"Police in Russia's volatile North Caucasus said Wednesday that one person was killed and two more injured in a bomb attack targeting on a police convoy. Fatina Ubaydatova, police spokeswoman in the restive region of Dagestan, said Wednesday that the convoy hit a bomb on the road outside the regional capital of Makhachkala on Tuesday evening. The convoy was ferrying federal police forces to the region. Police are sent to Dagestan on a regular basis." (03/30/16)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/isis-claims-bomb-attack-on-russia-police-in-dagestan/  

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Pentagon orders military families out of Turkey due to Islamic State threat

March 30, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"The U.S. military has ordered military family members to evacuate southern Turkey, primarily from Incirlik Air Base, due to security concerns, the Pentagon said Tuesday. Family members will also be evacuated from facilities in Izmir and Mugla, according to a Pentagon statement." (03/29/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/03/29/politics/pentagon-orders-military-families-to-leave-southern-turkey/index.html  

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Are the latest western gains against the Islamic State really that significant?

March 29, 2016
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Ivan Eland Antiwar.com
by Ivan Eland  

"The latest Western 'victories' over the Islamic State -- the U.S. killing of the number two man in the heinous group and the Russian supported retaking of the ancient town of Palmyra, Syria by the Syrian government -- should not mask the long-term difficulties of eradicating the Islamist insurgency. Examining these two 'achievements' may, however, tell us what is likely to work and what is not." (03/29/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/eland/2016/03/28/are-the-latest-western-gains-against-the-islamic-state-really-that-significant/  

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