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  • Nigerians doubtful of girls' release after Boko Haram 'truce' breached 10 hours 47 minutes ago

    Lagos: A wave of violence hours after Nigeria's government announced a truce with Boko Haram raised doubt on Sunday about whether more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by the Islamist militants will really be released, deflating the new hopes of their parents. Nigeria's armed forces chief Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh announced...
  • Saudi Arabia plans to ban children from performing Haj 17 hours 41 minutes ago

    Jeddah: Saudi Arabia plans to ban children below 10 years of age from performing Haj taking into account their health and the rigorous strain during the annual pilgrimage, one of the world's largest gatherings. The issue came up for discussion during a recent meeting between the heads of pilgrim establishments...
  • US-led coalition jets strike Kobani, Islamic State shells hit Turkey Yesterday

    Mursitpinar: US-led coalition jets pounded suspected Islamic State targets at least six times in the besieged Syrian town of Kobani on Saturday after the fiercest shelling in days by the insurgents shook the town's centre and hit border areas within Turkey. Shelling continued after the strikes hit the centre of Kobani....
  • Al-Qaeda urges worldwide Muslim support of Islamic State 2 days ago

    Dubai: Al-Qaeda's deadly Yemen-based franchise on Friday urged Muslims worldwide to support Islamic State jihadists in Syria and Iraq in the face of attacks by a US-led military coalition. Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, classified by the United States as the network's deadliest franchise, "prohibits taking part in the fight against"...
  • Ramped up air strikes stall Islamic State advance on Syrian town 3 days ago

    Mursitpinar: Two days of heavy air strikes by US warplanes have slowed an advance by Islamic State militants against Kurdish forces defending the Syrian border town of Kobani. Last week Turkish and US officials said Islamic State were on the verge of taking Kobani from its heavily outgunned Kurdish defenders, after...
  • Obama, foreign military chiefs coordinate Islamic State plans 4 days ago

    Washington: President Barack Obama on Tuesday told military leaders from more than 20 countries working with Washington to defeat Islamic State that he was deeply concerned about the radical group's advances at the north Syrian town of Kobani and in western Iraq. But Obama did not hint any changes to what...
  • US-led air strikes intensify as Syria conflict destabilises Turkey 4 days ago

    Mursitpinar: American-led forces have sharply intensified air strikes in the past two days against Islamic State fighters threatening Kurds on Syria's Turkish border after the jihadists' advance began to destabilise Turkey. The coalition had conducted 21 attacks on the militants near the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani over Monday and Tuesday...
  • 'Love Jihad' controversy: Case against parents of girl 5 days ago

    Meerut: A case of assault and threatening to murder has been registered against the parents of the 22-year-old girl who was at the centre of the 'love jihad' controversy and has gone back on her statement that she was gang-raped and forcibly converted. Two days after the girl claimed that there...
  • Islamic State forces 180,000 to flee in Iraq 6 days ago

    Baghdad: Fighting in Iraq's western Anbar province has forced up to 180,000 people to flee since the city of Hit fell to Islamic State earlier this month, the United Nations said on Monday. Islamic State fighters extended that advance by overrunning a military base that the Iraqi army had abandoned 8...
  • Islamic State seeks to justify enslaving Yazidi women and girls in Iraq 6 days ago

    Arbil: The Islamic State group said it enslaved families from the minority Yazidi sect after overrunning their villages in northwestern Iraq, in what it praised as the revival of an ancient custom of using women and children as spoils of war. In an article in its English-language online magazine Dabiq, the...
  • Meerut Love Jihad row: Girl denies rape, forced conversion to Islam 6 days ago

    Meerut: In a recent development, there is a new twist to the Meerut love jihad case. Weeks after Bhartiya Janta Party has raked up the issue, the woman at the center of the controversy who alleged forceful conversion in Meerut has now claimed that she is under pressure from her...
  • Salman Rushdie attacks 'mangled' language of 'jihadi-cool' 1 week ago

    London: Eminent British Indian author Salman Rushdie has attacked the "mangled" language of religion which is turning British Muslims towards extremism. "The language of religion has been horribly mangled in our time, by Christian extremists in America and by Hindu extremists in India but the overwhelming weight of the problem...
  • Burdwan blast: Persons arrested from Assam part of JMB module October 11, 2014

    Guwahati: The Assam police on Saturday claimed that the persons arrested on Friday from Barpeta district for suspected involvement in the October 2 Burdwan blast were a part of a module operating under the patronage of Jamatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), allegedly involved in the blast. An Assam police spokesman claimed...
  • Islamic State terrorists threatened to kill Twitter employees October 11, 2014

    New York: Twitter CEO Dick Costolo has admitted that the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group threatened to kill his employees after their Twitter accounts were deleted. Speaking at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit in San Francisco this week, Costolo said that after Twitter started deleting accounts of IS members, he...
  • European Union calls for greater international cooperation against IS October 11, 2014

    Brussels: The European Union has called on for greater international cooperation in the fight against the Islamic State group after the jihadists seized the headquarters of Kurdish fighters defending the Syrian border town of Kobane. "We are deeply concerned by the security and humanitarian situation in Kobane and the rest of...
  • Islamic State seize Kurdish headquarters in Syria's Kobane October 10, 2014

    Suruc (Turkey): Islamic State captured the headquarters of Kurdish fighters defending the battleground Syrian town of Kobane on Friday as a UN envoy warned of a looming "massacre" by the Islamic State group. Outgunned Kurdish militia were struggling to prevent the jihadists closing off the last escape route for the thousands...
  • Islamic State seizes large areas of Syrian town despite air strikes October 9, 2014

    Mursitpinar Turkey/Beirut: Islamic State fighters seized more than a third of the Syrian border town of Kobani, a monitoring group said on Thursday, as US-led air strikes failed to halt their advance and Turkish forces nearby looked on without intervening. With Washington ruling out a ground operation in Syria, Turkey described...
  • Islamic State seizes one third of Syrian town Kobani, say observers October 9, 2014

    Islamic State fighters have seized more than a third of the Syrian border town of Kobani despite US.-led air strikes targeting them in and around the mainly Kurdish community, a monitoring group said on Thursday. The commander of Kobani's heavily outgunned Kurdish defenders said Islamic State controlled a slightly smaller area....
  • Australia launches first airstrike in Iraq October 9, 2014

    Canberra: An Australian jet fighter has made the country's first airstrike against an Islamic State target in Iraq since the Australian government committed its air force to combat missions, defense officials said on Thursday. The Australian Defense Force did not say what type of facility had been attacked or where in...
  • Sothebys auctions Indian and Islamic art work in London October 9, 2014

    London: The Auction House Sothebys of London held its inaugural 'Indian and Islamic Art week' putting on display a high profile series of Public exhibitions and auctions from October 3 to October 8. The exhibition was divided into three areas - the Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art, Art of...
  • Riots in Turkey kill 19 over failure to aid besieged Syrian Kurds October 8, 2014

    Mursitpinar: At least 19 people were reported killed in riots across Turkey, the deadliest street unrest in years, after the Kurdish minority rose up in fury at the government's refusal to protect a besieged Syrian town from Islamic State. Street battles raged between Kurdish protesters and police across Turkey's mainly Kurdish...
  • Airstrikes hit Jihadists near embattled Syria town October 7, 2014

    Mursitpinar: Warplanes believed to have been sent by the US-led coalition on Tuesday struck positions held by Islamic State militants near a Syrian border town that beleaguered Kurdish forces have been struggling to defend. The airstrikes began late Monday and came as Kurdish forces pushed Islamic State militants out of the...
  • Street fighting rages in Syrian town as Islamic State moves in October 7, 2014

    Mursitpinar: Street fighting raged between Kurdish defenders and Islamic State militants who advanced into Kobani on Monday after subjecting the Syrian border town to an assault lasting almost three weeks, residents and fighters said. Islamic State had earlier raised its black flag over a building in the outskirts and forced thousands...
  • Bangladesh skipper Mamunul hopes ISL stint will open gates for compatriots October 5, 2014

    Kolkata: Mamunul Islam, who is the first Bangladeshi skipper to play in a foreign football league after being signed by city franchise Atletico de Kolkata (ATK), hopes his stint in Indian Super League (ISL) will pave the way for his compatriots to play in India. The star midfielder, who was...
  • Woman doctor among 22 Malaysians with Islamic State in Syria October 5, 2014

    Kuala Lumpur: A 26-year-old woman doctor was among the 22 Malaysians in Syria reportedly involved in the activities of terrorist group Islamic State (IS), police confirmed. The doctor was married to a Malaysian, who was a member of the IS group, police counter-terrorism official Ayub Khan Mydin Pitchay said. "We...
  • British PM orders spy chiefs to hunt down 'Jihadi John' October 5, 2014

    London: Prime Minister David Cameron has asked his spy chiefs to find Islamic State executioner 'Jihadi John' so that he could dispatch special forces to kill or capture the masked man who beheaded the latest British hostage. The Prime Minister has stepped up the hunt for British aid worker Alan Henning's...
  • Pakistani Taliban declare allegiance to Islamic State and global jihad October 5, 2014

    Islamabad: The Pakistani Taliban declared allegiance to Islamic State on Saturday and ordered militants across the region to help the Middle Eastern jihadist group in its campaign to set up a global Islamic caliphate. Islamic State, which controls swathes of land in Syria and Iraq, has been making inroads into South...
  • Syrian border town still under siege by Islamic State despite allied air strikes October 5, 2014

    Beirut: Islamic State forces shelled the Syrian border town of Kobani on Saturday and its Kurdish defenders said they were expecting a new assault to try to capture it. US-led coalition warplanes had struck at Islamic State targets overnight to halt the insurgents' advance and Saturday's barrages were less intense than...
  • UN condemns beheading of British aid worker by ISIS October 4, 2014

    United Nations: Strongly condemning the "heinous and cowardly" murder of a British humanitarian aid worker by the Islamic State group, the UN Security Council stressed that the terror outfit must be defeated. The 15-nation Council said that the killing of Alan Henning, is a tragic reminder of the increasing dangers...
  • British journalist's father pleads Islamic State to release his son October 4, 2014

    London: The 81-year-old father of the British journalist John Cantlie, who was captured by the Islamic State (IS) in Syria, on Friday pleaded with the Sunni radical group to release his son. In a nearly five minutes video, Paul Cantlie made the heartbreaking appeal sitting in a hospital bed. His voice...