Militant Groups

  • Pakistan militant group renounces violence September 14, 2014

    Islamabad: A Pakistan Taliban militant group renounced violence to pursue implementation of Sharia in the country through peaceful means. The Punjabi Taliban militant group would now pursue the implementation of Islamic law through peaceful means, it said in a statement. The decision to end violence was taken after consultation with...
  • Britain verifying video of aid worker's beheading by ISIS September 14, 2014

    London: The UK foreign office said on Saturday it was "working urgently to verify" a video purporting to show beheading of a British hostage by the Sunni militant group Islamic State (IS) in Syria, media reported. The foreign office said that it was trying to confirm the authenticity of the video...
  • Islamic State's Twitter silence raises questions September 13, 2014

    Washington: Islamic State's Twitter users, which have trumpeted the group's violent acts and world view on the social media service, have gone abruptly quiet in past days. Several accounts affiliated with the militant group appear to have gone dormant, according to US government sources, raising questions about whether the government has...
  • Iraq Sunni militant group vows to march on Baghdad June 12, 2014

    Baghdad: The alQaidainspired group that captured two key Sunnidominated cities in Iraq this week vowed on Thursday to march on to Baghdad, raising fears about the Shiiteled government's ability to slow the assault following the insurgents' lightning gains. Fighters from the militant group known as the Islamic State of Iraq...
  • 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...
  • Israel launches scores of airstrikes into Gaza November 17, 2012

    Gaza City, Gaza Strip: Israel bombarded the Hamasruled Gaza Strip with nearly 200 airstrikes on early Saturday, the military said, widening a blistering assault on Gaza rocket operations to include the prime minister's headquarters, a police compound and a vast network of smuggling tunnels. The new attacks followed an unprecedented...
  • Manipur: Militant groups hiring child soldiers August 30, 2012

    Sairenkhun: There are at least 40 insurgent outfits in Manipur and desperate for new recruits, they have been targeting children in the state. In April this year, 10 boys were forcefully taken to militant training camps in Myanmar. The family members of the three boys, who managed to get released,...
  • 'Pak addicted to using militants against India' March 29, 2012

    Washington: Pakistan has an "addiction" of "playing around" with militant groups against India, a top Pentagon official has said. "They have an addiction to playing around with militia groups to achieve certain interests, particularly visavis India. That gets them in all kinds of trouble," Michael Sheehan, Assistant Secretary of Defence...
  • Violence at 'unacceptably high level': Chidambaram December 30, 2011

    New Delhi: The government on Friday admitted that violence in the country was still at an "unacceptably high level" and reminded militant groups of the futility of armed movement saying only talks can bring solution to their problems. "Violence is still at an unacceptably high level and every effort will be made...
  • ISI sponsors Kashmiri militant groups: FBI July 21, 2011

    Washington: Pakistan's spy agency ISI sponsors terrorism in Kashmir and it oversees terrorist groups there, the FBI has said in the first ever open acknowledgment by a US agency that Islamabad is a 'State Sponsor of Terrorism'. In a 43page affidavit to a US court in Alexandria in a case...
  • 'Pak military supporting terror groups like LeT' July 4, 2011

    New York: Notwithstanding its repeated refutal of links with terror groups, the Pakistan military continues to support a broad range of militants as part of its threedecade strategy of using proxies against its neighbours and US forces in Afghanistan, a former top militant commander has claimed. Terror groups like LashkareTaiba, HarkatulMujahedeen...
  • Egypt permanently opens Gaza border crossing May 28, 2011

    Rafah: After four years, Egypt on Saturday permanently opened the Gaza Strip's main gateway to the outside world, bringing longawaited relief to the territory's Palestinian population and a significant achievement for the area's ruling Hamas militant group. The reopening of the Rafah border crossing eases an Egyptian blockade of Gaza that...
  • LeT enjoys patronage in Pakistan, operates openly December 5, 2008

    New Delhi: Investigation into the Mumbai terror attacks reveal that as terrorists held Mumbai to seige, the Lashkar-e-Toeba (LeT)'s frontal organisation was holding a meeting in Karachi. The probe also says that men from an LeT sleeper cell were on a mission to blow up the Stock Exchange in Mumbai, the...
  • Toxic brew of militancy in Pakistan: Pakistani media December 5, 2008

    Islamabad: Pakistan is "under a great deal of international pressure" in the wake of the Mumbai terror attacks because of the "toxic brew of militancy" in the country. But dealing with the myriad groups would not be easy for the government, an editorial in a leading English newspaper said Friday. "If...
  • Blasts rock parade grounds in 2 Assam towns August 15, 2007

    Guwahati: Four explosions rocked two towns in Assam on Independence Day, Wednesday. A police spokesperson said there were two blasts each at Gauripur and Bongaigaon towns in western Assam in the morning. Alleged members of the banned United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) detonated two bombs near the parade ground of...