Islamists

  • John Kerry pushes for Gaza truce as death toll tops 700 July 24, 2014

    Jerusalem: The death toll in Gaza topped 700 on Thursday as Israeli tank fire before dawn killed 16 people in the Hamas-dominated coastal territory, including six members of the same family, Palestinian health officials said. The continued violence defied world efforts to achieve a ceasefire between Israel and the Islamist group...
  • Death toll in Gaza reaches 78 as Israelis hint at invasion July 11, 2014

    Gaza/ Jerusalem: At least 78 Palestinians, most of them civilians, have been killed in Israel's Gaza offensive, Palestinian officials said on Thursday as militants in the enclave kept up rocket attacks on Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and other cities. As Israeli officials seemed to hint at a possible invasion by ground forces,...
  • More than 60 women, girls escape Islamist abductors in Nigeria July 7, 2014

    Maiduguri: More than 60 women and girls abducted last month by suspected Boko Haram militants in northeast Nigeria have escaped their captors, sources have said. Local vigilante Abbas Gava said he had "received an alert from my colleagues ... That about 63 of the abducted women and girls had made...
  • Iraqi troops push to retake Tikrit from rebels, parties pursue talks June 29, 2014

    Baghdad: Iraqi government forces backed by helicopter gunships began an offensive on Saturday to retake the northern city of Tikrit from Sunni Islamist militants while party leaders pursued talks that could end Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's divisive rule. Politicians in Baghdad and world powers warn that unless security forces recover cities...
  • Baghdad lives in fear as ISIS militants push east June 23, 2014

    Baghdad: Allah, please make our army victorious," rang out the despairing voice of a worshipper making his way through a crowd to reach the ornate enclosure of the Baghdad tomb of a revered Shiite imam. Others in the crystal and marble mosque somberly read from the Quran or tearfully recited...
  • Iraqi PM extends overtures to rivals June 19, 2014

    Baghdad: Iraqi forces and Sunni militants battled fiercely for control of the nation's largest oil refinery on Wednesday as Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki went on a diplomatic offensive, reaching out in a televised address to try to regain support from the nation's disaffected Sunnis and Kurds. Meanwhile, the government asserted that...
  • Iraq unrest: Islamist militants advance to a new target, Baquba city June 18, 2014

    Islamist militants continue their murderous advance across Iraq with a new target: the city of Baquba, less than 40 miles north of Baghdad. ...
  • Signs of reprisal killings emerge in Iraq June 18, 2014

    Baghdad: Nearly four dozen Sunni detainees were gunned down at a jail north of Baghdad, a car bomb struck a Shiite neighborhood of the capital and four young Sunnis were found slain, as ominous signs emerged Tuesday that open warfare between the two main Muslim sects has returned to Iraq. The...
  • Suspected Islamists kill 22 in northeast Nigeria - police June 17, 2014

    Gunmen killed at least 22 people at a village market in remote northeast Nigeria, a security official said on Monday, in what was likely the latest attack by the militant Islamist group Boko Haram. Boko Haram, which aims to carve out a hardline Islamist state in Nigeria's restive north, has stepped...
  • Egypt courts convict 170 of violent attacks in mass trials May 18, 2014

    Cairo: A pair of Egyptian courts on Sunday convicted 170 suspected supporters of toppled President Mohammed Morsi on charges over violent attacks last year, the country's latest mass trials ahead of this month's presidential elections. The convictions in the courts in Cairo and in the Nile Delta city of Kafr el-Sheikh...
  • Africa leaders declare 'total war' on Nigeria's Boko Haram May 18, 2014

    Nigeria and four neighbouring countries have declared a "total war" on Boko Haram saying the dreaded Islamist militant group holding over 220 schoolgirls must be crushed as it had become a "regional al Qaeda" that threatened all of them. Under a "global and regional action plan" firmed up to face the...
  • China official says Islamist militants were trying to ban laughter at weddings and crying at funerals April 8, 2014

    The governor of China's restive far western region of Xinjiang wrote on Monday that Islamist militants were trying to ban laughter at weddings and crying at funerals, as he appealed to people to stamp out the "tumor" of extremism. Xinjiang, resource-rich and strategically located on the borders of central Asia, has...
  • Islamist group prays for earthquake in Sochi Winter Olympics February 12, 2014

    A terrorist Islamist group has urged followers to pray for an earthquake in Sochi during the Winter Olympics to avenge Muslims who died there fighting "Russian infidels". The appeal was made by a local branch of the Caucasus Emirate, a group which is waging an insurgency for an Islamist state in...
  • Egypt to hold presidential election first: Mansour January 26, 2014

    Egypt will hold a presidential election before parliamentary polls this year, interim President Adly Mansour said on Sunday, a move that could pave the way for the swift election of army chief Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. "I have carried out several dialogues with political groups, which saw a majority in favour of...
  • Up to 15, mostly foreigners, killed in Kabul suicide attack January 18, 2014

    Kabul: Up to 15 people, mostly foreigners, were killed on Friday when a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a popular Lebanese restaurant in the Afghanistan capital of Kabul, police said. Islamist Taliban insurgents claimed responsibility for the attack in the upscale Wazir Akbar Khan district, which hosts many embassies and...
  • Bangladesh executes Islamist opposition leader Abdul Quader for war crimes December 13, 2013

    Dhaka: Bangladesh on Thursday executed an opposition leader convicted of war crimes hours after the Supreme Court rejected his last-minute appeal, officials said. The death threatened to spark new violence ahead of national elections next month. Sheikh Yousuf Harun, chief government administrator in Dhaka, said Abdul Quader Mollah was hanged at...
  • Series of bombings and shootings across Iraq claim at least 36 lives: Police September 16, 2013

    A wave of car bombs and shootings across Iraq killed at least 36 people on Sunday, police sources said. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks, which appeared coordinated, but Sunni Islamist insurgents, including an al Qaeda affiliate, have been regaining momentum in recent months. The civil war in neighbouring Syria...
  • Syria war crimes worsen in battle for territory: UN September 11, 2013

    Geneva: UN human rights investigators said on Wednesday Syrian government forces had massacred civilians, bombed hospitals and committed other war crimes in widespread attacks to recapture territory from rebels this year. Opposition forces, including Islamist foreign fighters, have also perpetrated war crimes including executions, hostage-taking and shelling of civilian neighbourhoods, the...
  • Egyptian Islamist groups deny role in bomb attack September 6, 2013

    Cairo: Egypt's main Islamist groups have denied responsibility for the assassination attempt on Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim as several liberal groups accused the Muslim Brotherhood of involvement. Ibrahim survived an assassination attempt Thursday when a car bomb blew up next to his convoy, prompting him to warn that "a wave of...
  • Egypt arrests Muslim Brotherhood official and warns protesters August 30, 2013

    Egyptian police captured a senior Muslim Brotherhood official on Thursday and threatened to use live rounds at planned anti-government rallies, pressing ahead with a campaign that has thrown Egypt's oldest Islamist organisation into disarray. Mohamed Beltagi, a leader of the Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party, had urged Egyptians to join rallies...
  • Gulf Islamists irked as monarchs back Egypt's generals August 28, 2013

    A scuffle broke the reflective atmosphere of Friday prayers in Riyadh's al-Ferdous mosque after the imam deplored the recent bloody crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood protesters by the military in nearby Egypt. The fight between members of the congregation, recorded on a widely circulated Youtube clip and reported by the daily al-Hayat...
  • UN official urges Iran to sway Syria government on peace talks August 28, 2013

    A top UN official visiting Iran has urged it to use its influence to persuade the Syrian government to attend planned peace talks with opposition groups in Geneva, the United Nations said on Tuesday. Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman has spent the past two days in Tehran meeting officials, including...
  • Thousands of Tunisians call on government to resign August 25, 2013

    Thousands of Tunisians demonstrated on Saturday night in front of their national assembly kicking off a week of planned protests to call for the resignation of the Islamist-led government. The assassination of a left-wing politician in July - the second such killing in five months - has plunged the country into...
  • Rockets from Lebanon fired at northern Israel; no casualties August 23, 2013

    A rare rocket barrage from Lebanon on Thursday deepened Israeli concern that al Qaeda-linked Islamist militants are opening a new front for confrontation with Israel. The Israeli military said four rockets were fired from southern Lebanon. Two struck Israeli communities without causing casualties, a third was intercepted by the "Iron Dome"...
  • Egypt military supporters rally at White House August 23, 2013

    About 500 protesters supporting Egypt's military are marching outside the White House. They are denouncing the Muslim Brotherhood as terrorists and insisting the ouster of Islamist leader Mohammed Morsi was not a coup. The protesters are chanting "down with the Brotherhood" and demanding Obama not interfere with the military's crackdown. Twenty-four-year-old...
  • Divided Egypt prepares to release Mubarak from jail August 22, 2013

    Cairo: Deposed Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak could leave prison on Thursday after a court ruling that further divided a country in turmoil since the army toppled Islamist President Mohamed Morsi seven weeks ago. Convening at the Cairo jail where Mubarak is held, the court ordered the release of the military man...
  • Egyptian court could free Hosni Mubarak as crisis deepens August 21, 2013

    Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak could be freed from jail after a court reviews his case on Wednesday, potentially stirring more unrest in a country where army-backed authorities are hunting down his Muslim Brotherhood foes. The court will convene at the Cairo prison where Mubarak is being held, judicial sources said,...
  • Ban ki-Moon 'deeply disturbed' by Muslim Brotherhood deaths in Egypt August 20, 2013

    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Monday he was "deeply disturbed" by the deaths in custody of 37 supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and condemned an ambush by Islamist militants that killed 25 Egyptian policemen. The Muslim Brotherhood supporters died on Sunday while being transferred to a prison. Government...
  • Egypt's Hosni Mubarak in custody on corruption charge may be freed soon August 20, 2013

    Egypt's former leader Hosni Mubarak could soon be freed from jail, giving a new jolt to a nation in turmoil, after a court ruled on Monday that he could no longer be held in custody on a corruption charge. His lawyer said he could be released within days, six weeks after...
  • Egypt's Brotherhood cries foul over Islamist deaths in custody August 19, 2013

    Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, fighting for its political survival, has accused security forces of killing dozens of detained Islamists, upping the pressure in a crisis that has rocked the Arab world's most populous state. At least 850 people have died since last Wednesday in clashes pitting followers of deposed Islamist President Mohamed...