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June 23, 2017
Two dead as suspected jihadists attack Mali tourist resort
Bamako (AFP) June 19, 2017
Suspected jihadists crying "Allahu Akbar" stormed a tourist resort popular with foreigners on the edge of the Malian capital Bamako on Sunday, briefly seizing more than 30 hostages and leaving at least two people dead. The assault on the Kangaba Le Campement resort comes after a similar strike less than two years ago on a luxury hotel in Bamako, which lies in the south of the troubled country. Four assailants were killed by security forces, Mali's security minister said late Sunday, without spec ... read more

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Google steps up efforts to block extremism, following Facebook
Google is stepping up its efforts to block "extremist and terrorism-related videos" over its platforms, using a combination of technology and human monitors. ... more
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Sharp rise in violent Islamist extremists in Sweden: intelligence
The number of violent Islamist extremists in Sweden has soared from 200 in 2010 to "thousands", intelligence agency Sapo said Friday, while noting that only a handful were deemed able to carry out a terror attack. ... more
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Russia says may have killed IS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
The Russian army on Friday said it was seeking to verify whether Islamic State chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed when its warplanes hit the group's leaders in a night raid in Syria last month. ... more
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Philippine troops pound Islamists as death toll passes 300
Philippine troops pounded Islamist militants holding parts of southern Marawi city with air strikes and artillery Saturday as more soldiers were deployed and the death toll rose to more than 300 after nearly a month of fighting. ... more
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Russia says may have killed IS chief
The Russian army on Friday said it hit Islamic State leaders in an airstrike in Syria last month and was seeking to verify whether IS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had been killed. ... more
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IS India recruiter, Europe attacks planner named to US terror list
The Islamic State group's top India recruiter and a senior coordinator of its European attacks network were named Thursday on the US terrorist sanctions list. ... more
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New fabric coating could thwart chemical weapons, save lives
Chemical weapons are nightmarish. In a millisecond, they can kill hundreds, if not thousands. But, in a study published in the ACS journal Chemistry of Materials, scientists report that they have de ... more
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US troops on ground in war-ravaged Philippine city: military
US troops are on the ground helping local soldiers battle Islamist militants in a Philippine city, a Filipino military spokesman said Wednesday, giving the most detailed account of their role. ... more

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Turkey FM in Doha as UN 'alarmed' by Gulf crisis
Turkey's foreign minister held talks with Qatar's emir Wednesday as the search for a diplomatic solution to the Gulf crisis intensified and the UN voiced fears over growing humanitarian concerns in the region. ... more
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IS chemical attacks down in Syria: report
The Islamic State group is launching fewer chemical weapons attacks in Syria as their Iraqi stronghold in Mosul, where the arms are made, comes under pressure, according to a report out Tuesday. ... more
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US forces conduct strike against Somalia's Al-Shabaab: Pentagon
US forces carried out a strike in conjunction with Somali special forces Sunday against Al-Shabaab approximately 185 miles (300 kilometers) southwest of Mogadishu, according to the Pentagon. ... more
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China supports Philippines' US-backed fight against Islamists
China supports the Philippine government's "anti-terrorism" operations against Islamist militants, the Chinese foreign ministry said Monday after US special forces provided support to Filipino troops. ... more
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Iraqi girl reunited with family 3 years after IS abduction
The Ashti camp in Iraq's northern city of Arbil on Saturday celebrated the return of a girl whose abduction by jihadists three years ago sent shockwaves through her Christian community. ... more
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US forces back Philippine troops in Islamist held city
United States special forces are providing support to the Philippine military battling to dislodge Islamist militants in a southern city, the US embassy said Saturday, as 13 Filipino marines were killed in fresh fighting. ... more
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Why are Sahel countries deploying an anti-jihad force?
France has asked the UN Security Council to authorise the deployment of a five-nation African military force to fight jihadists and criminality in the Sahel region, with a vote expected as early as next week. ... more
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Long battle feared as militants hold on in Philippine city
With bomb-proof tunnels, anti-tank weapons hidden in mosques, human shields and a "mastery" of the terrain, Islamist militants holed up in a southern Philippine city are proving a far tougher opponent than military chiefs expected. ... more

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Egypt accuses Qatar of paying ransom to 'terrorist group'
Egypt on Thursday asked the United Nations to investigate an enormous ransom that Qatar allegedly paid an IS-linked "terrorist group" in order to free members of its royal family detained in Iraq. ... more
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Death for nine Filipinos over 2013 Malaysia invasion
Nine Filipinos who were part of an armed group that invaded and occupied part of Malaysian Borneo in 2013, in an episode that left scores dead, have been sentenced Thursday to hang. ... more
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Five Iranian attackers were in Mosul, Raqa with IS: ministry
The five men who carried out twin attacks in Tehran were Iranians who joined the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria before returning last summer, the intelligence ministry said Thursday. ... more
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IS is reorganizing, targeting Europe: UN official
Despite defeats in Iraq and Syria, the Islamic State group has reorganized and is now "more focused than ever" on attacking Europe and other areas outside that conflict zone, a senior UN official said Thursday. ... more
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Politicians backing Islamist militants in Philippines: army
One local politician has been arrested and others are wanted for supporting Islamist militants who have taken over parts of a southern Philippine city, authorities said Thursday. ... more
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France will ask UN to authorize Sahel counter-terror force
France will ask the UN Security Council to authorize an African military force for the Sahel region that will be sent to root out jihadists and drug traffickers, the French ambassador said Tuesday. ... more
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US, Australian officials warn of returning foreign fighters
Top US and Australian officials warned on Monday that battle-hardened and angry foreign fighters may return to Southeast Asia from the Middle East and take up arms in their own countries. ... more
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Scores flee Islamist gunmen in war-torn Philippine city
Scores of people ran to freedom through a terrifying gauntlet of military air strikes and Islamist gunmen Saturday, nearly two weeks after being trapped in a deadly battle for a Philippine city. ... more
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