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After false start, Nigerians focus on economy in tight presidential vote

The presidential vote in the continent's top oil producer and most populous nation is too close to call between Buhari and the main opposition candidate Atiku Abubakar, a businessman and former vice president who leads a field of more than 70 challengers. Presidential elections in 2011 and 2015 were also delayed over logistics and security concerns but Buhari on Friday urged Nigerians "to go out and vote", promising that there would be adequate security for the ballot. The Boko Haram militant ...
Tags: Science, Islamic State, Boko Haram, Buhari, Borno, Atiku Abubakar, West Africa Province


Syria Kurds evacuate civilians from IS redoubt, hail Trump troop reversal

With Washington's allies poised for victory against Islamic State fighters making a final stand in a pocket near the Iraqi border, the White House announced plans on Thursday to keep "a small peacekeeping force" of 200 troops in Syria. The announcement partially reversed Trump's abrupt decision in December to withdraw the entire 2,000-strong U.S. contingent, which had alarmed Washington's Kurdish allies and prompted Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to quit. An administration official later put the...
Tags: Science, Washington, White House, Islamic State, Iraq, Defense, Syria, Trump, TANF, Jim Mattis


Nigeria's Buhari promises security for delayed presidential election

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced a week's delay to voting in the early hours of last Saturday, just as some of Nigeria's 72.8 million eligible voters were preparing to go to polling stations. In a televised morning address on the eve of the vote, Buhari asked Nigerians to "cast aside doubt and have faith that INEC will rise to the occasion" on Saturday. The Boko Haram militant group and its offshoot, Islamic State in West Africa Province, have carried out deadly s...
Tags: Science, Islamic State, Nigeria, Buhari, INEC, Borno, Independent National Electoral Commission INEC, West Africa Province


How news coverage of terrorism may shape support for anti-Muslim policies

Terrorist attacks committed by the so-called Islamic State are rising in Western countries. A new Political Psychology study indicates that how the news media portray these attacks may influence emotional responses and support for anti-Muslim policies such as immigration bans.
Tags: Science, Islamic State


Nigeria bolsters security on eve of presidential election

The two leading candidates in Saturday's vote are President Muhammadu Buhari, who took office in 2015, and Atiku Abubakar, a businessman who served as vice president from 1999 to 2007. The country, which has Africa's largest economy, is dealing with pockets of instability: authorities are trying to tackle a decade-long Islamist insurgency in the northeast and communal violence between farmers and nomadic cattle herders in central states, along with banditry and kidnappings in the northwest. Do...
Tags: Science, Islamic State, Boko Haram, Nigeria, Africa, Muhammadu Buhari, Maiduguri, Borno, Atiku Abubakar


Coalition warplanes hit last Islamic State enclave in eastern Syria

Coalition jets roared overhead as columns of white smoke rose from the Islamic State-held Baghouz area a short distance from the Iraqi border, a Reuters witness said. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which have driven Islamic State (IS) from swathes of northern and eastern Syria with U.S.-led coalition support, launched an offensive on Saturday to capture the enclave in Deir al-Zor province. The jihadists are putting up stiff resistance and had sought to counter-attack again on Monday morni...
Tags: Science, Islamic State, Syria, Reuters, SDF, Deir al Zor, Syrian Democratic Forces SDF, Mustafa Bali, Baghouz


Climate change seen as top threat, but U.S. power a growing worry: poll

Climate change is the top security concern in a poll conducted by the Washington-based Pew Research Center, followed by Islamist terrorism and cyber attacks while respondents in a growing number of countries worried about the power and influence of the United States. In 13 of 26 countries, people listed climate change as the top global threat, with the Islamic State militant group topping the list in eight and cyber attacks in four, the non-profit, non-partisan Pew Research Center said in its r...
Tags: Science, Washington, Islamic State, United States, Pew Research Center


U.S.-backed Syrian fighters advance in clashes with Islamic State: official

The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have seized ground from Islamic State in a fierce battle to capture its last enclave in eastern Syria, an SDF official said on Sunday. The SDF, backed by a U.S.-led coalition, began the assault on Saturday, seeking to wipe out the last remnants of the jihadist group's "caliphate" in the SDF's area of operations in eastern and northern Syria. Islamic State (IS) also still retains territory in the part of Syria that is mostly under the control of t...
Tags: Science, Islamic State, Syria, SDF, U S backed Syrian Democratic Forces SDF, Syria Islamic State IS


U.S.-backed Syrian force launches 'final battle' against Islamic State

President Donald Trump, who is planning to pull U.S. forces out of Syria, said on Wednesday he expected an announcement as early as next week that the U.S.-led coalition operating in support of the SDF had reclaimed all the territory previously held by the jihadist group. The enclave is close to the Iraqi border and comprises two villages, though Islamic State (IS) also still has territory in the part of Syria that is mostly under the control of the Russian- and Iranian-backed Syrian government...
Tags: Science, Islamic State, Syria, Donald Trump, Reuters, SDF, Mustafa Bali


At Baghdad workshop, the search for Iraq's looted artifacts gets serious

Most are still missing, and an international team of archaeologists is turning detective to recover as many as possible. Iraq cannot do this on its own," said Bruno Deslandes, a conservation architect at the U.N. cultural agency. Video that went viral after it was released by Islamic State in 2014 showed militants using bulldozers and drills to tear down murals and statues the 3,000-year-old Assyrian site of Nimrud near Mosul.
Tags: Science, Islamic State, Iraq, Baghdad, Nimrud, Bruno Deslandes


Pompeo says good outcome possible for both Turkey and Syrian Kurds

ABU DHABI (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Saturday he was optimistic that a "good outcome" can be achieved that protects both Turkey and the Syrian Kurds, after speaking to the Turkish foreign minister. Speaking in Abu Dhabi, Pompeo also said the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria is a "tactical change" and does not alter U.S. military capacity to counter Islamic State and Iran. (Reporting by Lesley Wroughton; Writing by Lisa Barrington; Editing by Mark Heinrich)
Tags: Science, Islamic State, Turkey, Iran, Syria, State, Lesley Wroughton, Lisa Barrington, Pompeo, ABU DHABI Reuters, Mike Pompeo, Abu Dhabi Pompeo


Exclusive: Glencore loses exclusive marketing rights to two Libyan crude grades

Trading and mining giant Glencore has lost its exclusive marketing rights for two of Libya's main crude oil export grades after holding those rights since the end of 2015, trading sources with direct knowledge said. Glencore declined to comment and Libya's National Oil Corp (NOC) did not immediately comment. Glencore initially won the rights to the oil as it was one of the few traders willing to deal with the risks associated with Libya's unrest, including Islamic State incursions and a crip...
Tags: Science, Islamic State, Libya, Glencore, Libya s National Oil Corp NOC


Nigeria ruling party launches President Buhari's re-election campaign

A presidential election is scheduled to take place on Feb. 16 to determine who will lead Africa's biggest crude oil producer and the continent's most populous country. At the launch of the campaign, Buhari told an audience in the southern city - capital of Akwa Ibom state - that his government was winning the fight against Islamists who have stepped up attacks in the northeast aimed at creating a state adhering to a strict interpretation of Sharia law. Buhari addressed his audience in the wake...
Tags: Science, Islamic State, Nigeria, Africa, Buhari, Borno, Baga, Akwa Ibom


Iraqi PM discusses U.S. withdrawal from Syria with Pompeo

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has assured Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi that the U.S. is still committed to fighting Islamic State in Iraq and other areas despite its planned withdrawal of troops from Syria, the latter's office said on Saturday. Abdul Mahdi and Pompeo discussed the withdrawal and Washington’s decision to grant Iraq a 90-day extension on a waiver from sanctions against Iran that would allow Baghdad to purchase electricity from Tehran, the Iraqi prime minis...
Tags: Science, Washington, Islamic State, Iraq, Iran, Syria, United States, Tehran, Baghdad, State, Adel Abdul Mahdi, Abdul Mahdi, Pompeo, Mike Pompeo


Four Killed In Tajikistan Attack

A group affiliated with the Islamic State has claimed responsibility for an attack in Tajikistan that killed four cycling tourists, including two Americans.
Tags: Science, Islamic State, Tajikistan


The Islamic State is Getting Rich Off Your Makeup and Baby Powder

Satellite images reveal extensive mining operations not far from the site of a 2017 US airstrike in the Nangarhar Province of Afghanistan—an attack most Americans remember only because of the nightmarish nickname of the weapon employed: The “Mother of All Bombs.” The 20,000-pound GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast,…Read more...
Tags: Isis, Science, Islamic State, US, Taliban, Pakistan, Terrorism, Conflict Minerals, Blood Minerals, Nangarhar Province of Afghanistan, Global Watch, Afghanisan


ISIS is Getting Rich Off Your Makeup and Baby Powder

Satellite images reveal extensive mining operations not far from the site of a 2017 US airstrike in the Nangarhar Province of Afghanistan—an attack most Americans remember only because of the nightmarish nickname of the weapon employed: The “Mother of All Bombs.” The 20,000-pound GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast,…Read more...
Tags: Isis, Science, Islamic State, US, Pakistan, Terrorism, Blood Minerals, Nangarhar Province of Afghanistan


Report: Facebook Really Is Connecting People, Specifically ISIS

Facebook is connecting more than just distant relatives who post too much about their children, at least per a recent study that concludes it is connecting new affiliates to the Islamic State’s digital networks. According to the Telegraph, researchers with the Counter Extremism Project analyzed the social media habits…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Isis, Science, Technology, Islamic State, Social Media, Cybersecurity, Terrorism, Counter Extremism Project


UK archaeologists help Iraqis restore their Isis-ravaged heritage

The British Museum is training female archaeologists on the site of the world’s oldest bridgeThe world’s oldest known bridge, an ancient Sumerian structure in Iraq, is to be used by the British Museum as a training site to teach two groups of female archaeologists the skills to restore the country’s Islamic State-damaged heritage.After a conflict that saw Isis jihadists destroy large parts of Iraq’s archaeological heritage – including the historic sites at Nimrud and Nineveh – the museum will in...
Tags: UK, Isis, Science, Islamic State, Iraq, World news, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Archaeology, British Museum, Nimrud, Mosul, Nineveh


President Trump Says the New York Truck Attacker 'Should Get Death Penalty'

Sayfullo Saipov told investigators he was inspired by Islamic State videos
Tags: New York, Science, Islamic State, Trump, Sayfullo Saipov


Satellite imagery analysis reveals economic decay within Islamic State

A new RAND Corporation report paints a bleak picture of economic life under the Islamic State. RAND estimates that the Islamic State contributed to a 23 percent reduction in the GDP of cities under its control, based on novel applications of satellite-derived data.
Tags: Science, Islamic State, Rand Corporation, Islamic State RAND


Study of Iraq fighters reveals what makes people prepared to die for a cause

In research that could help to combat extremists, scientists working on the the frontline in Iraq have begun to unpick what is behind the will to fightWhen Islamic State (Isis) launched its attack on Mosul in 2014, they were outnumbered by opposition forces by almost 40 to one – yet Isis took the city. Now a group of scientists working on the frontline in Iraq have analysed what motivates such fighters in research they say could help combat extremists.While predicting the will to fight has been ...
Tags: Psychology, Isis, Science, Islamic State, Iraq, US, Military, Anthropology, James Clapper, Mosul, Islamic State ISIS


The FBI Says ISIS Used Phony eBay Listings to Funnel Cash to US Operative

A senior official for the Islamic State used phony eBay deals to funnel money to an operative living in the US, according to an unsealed FBI affidavit. Read more...
Tags: Isis, Science, Ebay, Islamic State, US, Paypal, Fbi


This is What an ISIS Drone Workshop Looks Like

The Islamic State has increasingly used drones and other robotic IEDs against American, Iraqi, and civilian targets in Iraq. And as the Coalition fights its way through Mosul, troops are discovering workshops filled with crude but deadly robotics used to bomb people sometimes dozens of times per day.Read more...
Tags: Isis, Science, Islamic State, Iraq, Drones, Coalition, Robots, Mosul


The Israeli Spy That Trump Burned Was The Single 'Most Valuable Source' On ISIS Plots

President Donald Trump revealed above-top-secret classified information to Russia with the Russian foreign minister and ambassador last week. That information came from an Israeli spy who is now reported to have been the “most valuable source of information on external plotting by Islamic State.”Read more...
Tags: Isis, Science, Islamic State, Russia, Israel, Jordan, Donald Trump


US strategy to defeat Islamic State in Iraq and Syria needs overhaul

Longstanding weaknesses in America's Middle East strategy, spanning at least four decades, mean new options are needed to defeat the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria, stabilize the Middle East and reestablish a sense of domestic security in the US and Europe, according to a new RAND report.
Tags: Europe, Science, Islamic State, Iraq, US, America, Syria, Middle East


Ancient palace revealed under destroyed Mosul shrine

MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi archaeologists think that tunnels dug by Islamic State militants under a destroyed shrine in Mosul have revealed the palace of an ancient Assyrian king who ruled some 2,700 years ago. IS fighters blew up the shrine of the biblical Jonah’s tomb in 2014 after taking control of the city. They […]
Tags: Science, News, Islamic State, Jonah, Mosul, Mosul Iraq, Nation & World


Drone Footage Shows New Destruction at the Syrian World Heritage Site of Palmyra

As if the nearly six-year civil war in Syria couldn’t get any worse, it appears that militants with the so-called Islamic State have inflicted further damage to the ancient Roman-era site of Palmyra. Read more...
Tags: Science, Islamic State, Russia, Syria, Drones, War Crimes, Archaeology, Palmyra, World Heritage Sites, Drone Footage, Syrian Civil War, Palmyra Read


'Field research and a sharper focus on the young could help combat terrorism'

A new research paper in Science argues that the US government's national security systems have not adapted sufficiently to the threats posed by groups such as Al Qaeda and Islamic State, saying they continue to be structured around state to state interactions more suited to the Cold War. It adds they are currently too focused on criminal procedures and military policy and fail to address the importance of commitment to beliefs and values, as with many suicide bombers.
Tags: Science, Islamic State, US, Al Qaeda


Isis destroys Tetrapylon monument in Palmyra

Syrian antiquities chief says militants have demolished structure and part of Roman theatre after seizing city for second timeIslamic State fighters have destroyed one of the most famous monuments in the ancient city of Palmyra. Related: How the ancient city of Palmyra looked before the fighting – in pictures Continue reading...
Tags: Isis, Science, Islamic State, World news, Syria, Culture, Architecture, Middle East and North Africa, Art and design, Heritage, Archaeology, Palmyra



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