ISLAM

  • US plans to arm Iraq's Sunni tribesmen with AK-47s, RPGs, mortars 17 hours 37 minutes ago

    Washington: The United States plans to buy arms for Sunni tribesmen in Iraq including AK-47s, rocket-propelled grenades and mortar rounds to help bolster the battle against Islamic State militants in Anbar province, according to a Pentagon document prepared for Congress. The plan to spend $24.1 million represents a small fraction of...
  • Nigeria: At least 45 dead in suspected Boko Haram attack 3 days ago

    Maiduguri: At least 45 people were killed in a suspected Boko Haram attack in northeast Nigeria, officials and witnesses have said, in the latest violence to hit the restive region. The attack happened in the village of Azaya Kura in the Mafa area of Borno state on Wednesday, the caretaker...
  • Families in shock as Islamic State lures sons into 'barbaric madness' 4 days ago

    Cardiff: "Do you know how much it hurts to raise someone and watch them grow and suddenly they're just gone?" says Ahmed Muthana, 57, a retired electronics engineer in Wales whose two sons Nasser, 20, and Aseel, 17, have gone to fight for Islamic State. Like any father of faraway children,...
  • Barack Obama will not change policy against paying ransom for hostages 5 days ago

    Washington: President Barack Obama, who has ordered a comprehensive review of US policy governing efforts to free American hostages, still opposes the payment of ransoms, the White House said on Tuesday. Obama ordered the review last summer in light of the increasing number of US citizens taken hostage by the Islamic...
  • Frenchman seen in Islamic State video of beheadings 6 days ago

    London/Paris: A Frenchman is believed to have been among Islamic State jihadists appearing on a video showing the severed head of US aid worker Peter Kassig, but a British man denied earlier reports that his medical student son was there too. Sunday's announcement of Kassig's death, the fifth such killing of...
  • Islamic State claims beheading of US aid worker, 18 Syrians 1 week ago

    Beirut: The Islamic State jihadist group on Sunday claimed to have executed Peter Kassig, a US aid worker kidnapped in Syria, as a warning to the United States. The same video showed the gruesome simultaneous beheadings of at least 18 men described as Syrian military personnel, the latest in a...
  • 3rd Test: Bangladesh beat Zimbabwe by 186 runs to complete a 3-0 whitewash 1 week ago

    Chittagong: Bangladesh completed their first ever 3-0 series sweep, and only their third ever series victory, as they cruised to a 186-run win over Zimbabwe on the fifth day of the third Test on Sunday. Zimbabwe were bowled out for 262 chasing an unlikely 449 runs for victory as the Bangladeshi...
  • Baghdadi not dead? Islamic State releases audio recording November 13, 2014

    Beirut: Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi called for attacks in Saudi Arabia, said his caliphate was expanding across the Arab world, and called for "volcanoes of jihad" in a speech purported to be in his name on Thursday. Baghdadi also said a US-led military campaign against his group in Syria...
  • Islamic State flags hoisted near Pakistan capital November 13, 2014

    Islamabad: Four flags of the dreaded militant group Islamic State have been confiscated near a highly-sensitive ordnance unit close to Islamabad, setting the alarm bells ringing for the Pakistani security establishment. The presence of Islamic State flags, though symbolic, on electricity poles in a closely-guarded part of the historic city of...
  • Islamic State head Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi wounded in airstrike: Officials November 10, 2014

    Baghdad: Iraqi officials said on Sunday that the head of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was wounded in an airstrike in western Anbar province. Pentagon officials said they had no immediate information on such an attack or on the militant leader being injured. Iraq's Defense and Interior ministries both...
  • Iraqi officials say Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi wounded in airstrike November 10, 2014

    Baghdad: Iraqi officials said on Sunday that an airstrike wounded the leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Pentagon officials said they had no immediate information on such a strike or al-Baghdadi being wounded. Iraq's Defense and Interior Ministries issued statements saying al-Baghdadi had been wounded, without elaborating. An Interior...
  • US, allies hit Islamic State with 14 air strikes in Iraq, Syria November 7, 2014

    Washington: US and allied nations staged eight air strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria in the past three days and also hit the insurgent group in six attacks in Iraq, the US Central Command said on Friday. Seven strikes near the Syrian border town of Kobani, a regular target for...
  • Barack Obama writes secret letter to Khamenei on Islamic State terrorists November 7, 2014

    Washington: US President Barack Obama has written a secret letter to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to seek his support for the military campaign against the Islamic State, drawing sharp reaction from Republican lawmkers who blame Tehran for the rise of the dreaded militant group. Obama wrote the letter to...
  • Barack Obama sent secret letter to Iran on fighting Islamic State: WSJ November 6, 2014

    Washington: US President Barack Obama sent a secret letter to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei last month stressing the two countries' shared interest in fighting Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, a media report on Thursday said. According to the Wall Street Journal, the letter in mid-October said that...
  • Al Qaeda, IM team up to train terrorists and turn India into 'Syria and Iraq': Intelligence reports November 6, 2014

    New Delhi: Decrypted communications between Indian Mujahideen (IM) and Al Qaeda and testimony from suspects have triggered alarm among intelligence officials in New Delhi: the groups appear to be working together to launch major attacks in the region. The officials told Reuters that plots they had uncovered included the kidnapping of...
  • Islamic State executed over 200 Iraq tribesmen in recent days November 2, 2014

    Baghdad: The Islamic State jihadist group has in recent days executed more than 200 members of an Iraqi tribe that fought against it, officials and a tribal leader said on Sunday. Accounts varied as to the exact period in which the Sunni Albu Nimr tribesmen were killed in various areas of...
  • Islamic State kills 85 more members of Iraqi tribe November 1, 2014

    Baghdad: Islamic State has executed 85 more members of the Albu Nimr tribe in Iraq, a tribal leader and security official said on Saturday, part of a mass killing campaign launched last week to break local resistance to the group's territorial advances. Tribal chief Sheikh Naeem al-Ga'oud told Reuters Islamic State...
  • US man pleads guilty to trying to help Islamic State group October 31, 2014

    Washington: A US man has pleaded guilty to trying to help the Islamic State jihadist group and now faces 15 years in prison and a US dollar 250,000 fine, officials said. Donald Ray Morgan, 44, was arrested in early August at JFK International Airport in New York on an outstanding...
  • Hundreds of Iraqi tribesmen opposed to Islamic State found in mass graves October 30, 2014

    Baghdad: The bodies of 150 members of an Iraqi Sunni tribe which fought Islamic State have been found in a mass grave, security officials said on Thursday. Islamic State militants took the men from their villages to the city of Ramadi and killed them on Wednesday night and buried them, an...
  • Iraqi Kurdish forces enter Syria to fight Islamic State October 30, 2014

    Suruk: A first group of Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters entered the besieged Syrian town of Kobani on Thursday to help push back Islamic State militants who have defied US air strikes and threatened to massacre its Kurdish defenders. Kobani, on the border with Turkey, has been encircled by the Sunni Muslim...
  • Iraqi peshmerga fighters head for Syria to fight Islamic State October 29, 2014

    Arbil: Iraqi peshmerga fighters headed for the Syrian town of Kobani on Tuesday to help fellow Kurds repel an Islamic State advance that has defied US-led air strikes and become an important test of the coalition's ability to combat the Sunni insurgents. Kobani, nestled on the border with Turkey, has been...
  • US, allies stage 13 attacks on Islamic State targets in Syria, Iraq October 28, 2014

    Washington: US forces staged four air strikes on Islamic State militants in Syria on Tuesday and allies joined in nine strikes on the group in Iraq, the US Central Command said. In Syria, US attack and fighter aircraft went after targets near the border city of Kobani, destroying a small Islamic...
  • Islamic State uses Hollywood style techniques to recruit workers October 28, 2014

    Terror group ISIS is using Hollywood style techniques to recruit workers from the west. and intelligence experts say it's working. ...
  • Australian teenager features in second Islamic State video October 28, 2014

    Canberra: An Australian teenage runaway, dubbed the Ginger Jihadist by the media, has been featured in a second Islamic State propaganda video. Australian media reported the latest YouTube video of 17-year-old Abdullah Elmir dressed in Arabic garb and clutching an assault rifle on Monday as the Senate prepared to debate...
  • 1st Test: Six-wicket Shakib Al Hasan skittles Zimbabwe out on Day 1 October 25, 2014

    Dhaka: Left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan took six for 59 as Bangladesh dismissed Zimbabwe for 240 on the opening day of the first Test in Dhaka on Saturday. Shakib, who made his Test comeback after serving a three-month ban for poor discipline, led a three-pronged spin attack that strangled Zimbabwe on...
  • Man with 'Islamic extremist leanings' attacks New York police October 24, 2014

    Washington: The man who attacked New York City police officers with a hatchet before being shot dead was reported to have Islamic "extremist leanings" police and a monitoring group said. The man, identified in the US media as Zale Thompson, had posted an array of statements on YouTube and Facebook that...
  • Islamic State world's richest terror group October 24, 2014

    Islamic State earns US dollar 1 million a day alone by selling crude oil from fields captured when the group swept across Iraq and Syria earlier this year, say experts. ...
  • Islamic State militants now world's richest terror group: Experts October 24, 2014

    Washington: The Islamic State has become the world's wealthiest terror group, generating tens of millions of dollars a month from black market oil sales, ransoms and extortion, officials said on Thursday. It earns US dollar 1 million a day alone by selling crude oil from fields captured when the group swept...
  • Islamic State onslaught on Yazidis may be attempted genocide: UN October 22, 2014

    United Nations: The campaign of Islamic State militants against Iraq's Yazidi minority may be attempted genocide, UN Assistant Secretary-General for human rights Ivan Simonovic said on Tuesday. "Facts are indicating that actions against Yazidis may amount to attempted genocide," he told a small group of reporters at the United Nations after...
  • London: Sothebys auctions Indian and Islamic art work October 22, 2014

    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 Imperial...