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  • Austria arrests couple with machine gun in plane luggage 23 hours 47 minutes ago

    Vienna: An Austrian man and a Turkish woman were arrested on a plane about to take off from Vienna for Istanbul after a machine gun was found in their checked-in luggage, authorities said on Saturday. "The couple were already on board the aircraft by the time the machine gun and live...
  • 230 bodies found in mass grave in Syria 3 days ago

    Damascus: More than 230 bodies of people believed to have been killed by the Sunni radical group Islamic State (IS) were found in a mass grave in Syria's Deir al-Zour province, a media report said on Wednesday. The bodies are believed to be belonging to the members of a tribe that...
  • 66 journalists murdered, 119 kidnapped around the world in 2014 4 days ago

    Paris: The beheading of journalists by Islamist terrorists in Syria in 2014 showed that reporters face a dangerous new threat, media freedom organization Reporters Without Borders said on Tuesday. While the overall number of journalists killed around the world was down 7 per cent on 2013, to 66, the nature of...
  • Islamic State in Syria beheads man for blasphemy December 9, 2014

    Beirut: The terrorist Islamic State group beheaded a man in northern Syria after accusing him of blasphemy, a terrorist website and a rights group said on Tuesday. The man was killed in a public square in the town of Sulouk on Monday in front of a crowd that included children, the...
  • Syrian troops repel Islamic State attack on eastern air base December 7, 2014

    Beirut: Syrian forces repelled an attack by the Islamic State group on a major air base in the country's east on Saturday, in fighting that killed dozens on both sides, activists and state media said. The base, outside the city of Deir el-Zour, has been used by the government in the...
  • Sister urges Indian-origin IS terrorist to return home December 3, 2014

    London: The sister of a suspected Islamic State terrorists of Indian-origin, who posted a picture of himself recently on Twitter holding his baby son in one hand and an AK-47 assault rifle in the other, has appealed to him to return home even if it means going to prison. Abu Rumaysah,...
  • Islamic State may possesss nuclear material stolen from Iraq: Report December 1, 2014

    London: Islamic State terror group may have developed a nuclear device by using radioactive uranium stolen from Iraq's Mosul University after seizing control of the city last June, according to a British media report. Terrorists boasted of the device on social media, with one even commenting on the destruction such a...
  • US intelligence agencies likely to question ISIS return youth December 1, 2014

    New Delhi: Sleuths of US intelligence agencies are likely to question Arif Majeed, who returned home after being associated with ISIS in Iraq and Syria, as he is believed to have loads of information about the group running a reign of terror in the region. Official sources said the US, which...
  • Alleged ISIS man, who returned to Mumbai, says was made to clean toilets December 1, 2014

    Mumbai: Areeb Majeed, suspected member of terror outfit Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) disclosed how he was completely sidelined by the terror group as he had been asked to carry out menial tasks like cleaning toilets or providing water to those on the battlefield, instead of being pushed...
  • All 4 Mumbai boys stayed in different Islamic State training camps: Sources December 1, 2014

    Mumbai: As intelligence agencies grill Mumbai boy Areeb Majeed who returned after fighting for the Islamic State in Iraq, sources say that he is likely to have revealed that all the four youngsters from Kalyan including him were sent to separate training camps in Iraq.They however, kept in touch with...
  • Sunni tribes in Iraq, Syria pick up arms against ISIS December 1, 2014

    As ISIS continues its onslaught in Iraq and Syria, Sunni tribes have picked up arms against the terrorist organisation. ...
  • NIA probes Islamic State's 'recruit', Centre discusses banned terror outfit's influence in India November 29, 2014

    Mumbai: The 22-year-old boy from Mumbai who went to Iraq to fight for the Islamic State and returned on Friday has now been sent to the custody of the National Investigating Agency (NIA) for 8 days till December 8. Areeb Majid has been on the radar of intelligence agencies since he...
  • Will support Syria and Iraq in fight against terrorism: Vladimir Putin November 29, 2014

    Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin has assured Syria, Iraq and the other countries in the Gulf region of support in their fight against terrorism, media reported on Saturday. "The situation in Syria still raises serious concerns," said Putin in an interview with the Turkish al-Anadolu news agency, which was cited by...
  • 13 suspected jihadis arrested in Austria November 29, 2014

    Vienna: Austrian authorities arrested 13 suspected jihadis in police operations as part of a large-scale crackdown on suspected militants on Friday. The operation began in the early hours of Friday morning, with 16 persons targeted for arrest on the basis of suspicion of their involvement with terrorist organisations and recruitment of...
  • Indian-origin IS member poses with AK-47, newborn on Twitter November 27, 2014

    London: A 31-year-old Indian-origin Islamic State suspect, who is fighting in Syria, has posted a picture of him on Twitter posing with an AK-47 rifle and his new born baby. Abu Rumaysah who was born as Siddhartha Dhar, posted the photo on Twitter, proudly showcasing his pleasure that his son will...
  • Chuck Hagel, under pressure, resigns as US defence secretary November 25, 2014

    Washington: US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel resigned on Monday, leaving under pressure as President Barack Obama faces critical national security challenges, including fighting Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and revising plans to exit Afghanistan. It was the first major change to Obama's Cabinet since his Democrats were routed in midterm...
  • World must recognise threat of terrorism: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad November 21, 2014

    Damascus: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said that international acknowledgment of the threats of terrorism is one of the factors determining the future of the region. Addressing the members of the ruling Al Baath Party on Thursday, Assad said that the region is going through a "critical juncture", Xinhua reported, citing...
  • ISIS releases new beheading video November 16, 2014

    The Islamic State Jihadist group on Sunday released another beheading video of US aid worker Peter Kassig. ...
  • Islamic State claims beheading of US aid worker, 18 Syrians November 16, 2014

    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...
  • UN secretary-general appoints Indian on Gaza probe panel November 11, 2014

    United Nations: An eminent Indian official has been named on a UN inquiry panel set up by the world body's chief Ban Ki-moon to probe the presence of arms in UN premises in the Gaza strip and the damage to its facilities during the conflict between Israel and Palestinian factions....
  • 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 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...
  • US launches fresh strikes on Khorasan group in Syria November 6, 2014

    Washington: The United States said it conducted air strikes on Wednesday night against the so-called Khorasan group of al Qaeda-linked militants based in Syria, saying the group was plotting to attack Europe or the United States. Separately, one US official said a target of the strike was David Drugeon, a French-born...
  • 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...
  • Nearly 2,000 dead in Syria jails this year: Monitor November 3, 2014

    Beirut: Nearly 2,000 people have died in Syrian prisons of torture, starvation and lack of medical treatment so far this year, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Sunday. The Britain-based monitor said it had documented 1,917 deaths in Syrian prisons since the start of 2014, among them 27 children...
  • 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...
  • Barack Obama reviews ISIS strategy with national security team October 25, 2014

    Washington: US President Barack Obama has reviewed his administration's strategy against the Islamic State with his national security team, during which he discussed the status of comprehensive campaign to counter the feared militant group in Iraq and Syria. Obama held the meeting at the State Department, which among others was attended...
  • 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...