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The US has little to show for 2 decades of war in Afghanistan — not even a mention at the presidential debates

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and President Donald Trump during Thursday night's debate at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. Jim Bourg-Pool/Getty Images The two presidential debates ahead of this year's election took place without a single discussion of any of the US's ongoing wars. That these debates — between men who may soon wield considerable authority over US military interventions — were allowed to conclude without scrutiny of active US wars is outrageous...
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The US has little show for 2 decades of war in Afghanistan — not even a mention at the presidential debates

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and President Donald Trump during Thursday night's debate at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. Jim Bourg-Pool/Getty Images The two presidential debates ahead of this year's election took place without a single discussion of any of the US's ongoing wars. That these debates — between men who may soon wield considerable authority over US military interventions — were allowed to conclude without scrutiny of active US wars is outrageous...
Tags: Politics, Obama, Opinion, Washington, North Korea, Islamic State, Iraq, Russia, Africa, US, America, Trends, Joe Biden, Iran, Afghanistan, United States




Suicide bombing in Kabul kills at least 18, including children

The death toll from the suicide attack Saturday in Afghanistan's capital has risen to at least 18 killed and 57 people wounded, including schoolchildren, the interior ministry said. The explosion struck outside an education center in a heavily Shiite neighborhood of western Kabul, Dasht-e-Barchi. The interior ministry spokesman Tariq Arian says that the attacker was trying to enter the center when he was stopped by security guards. According to Arian, the casualty toll may rise further as fa...
Tags: News, Islamic State, Afghanistan, Taliban, Kabul, Interior Ministry, Arian, Tariq Arian, Kabul Dasht, Barchi The interior ministry


At least 18 dead in suicide bomb attack in Kabul

Explosion struck outside education centre in Shia neighbourhood in Afghan cityAt least 18 people have been killed and 57 wounded, including schoolchildren, in a suicide bomb attack outside an education centre in Kabul, the Afghan interior ministry said.The explosion struck outside an education centre in a heavily Shia neighbourhood of western Kabul, Dasht-e-Barchi. Continue reading...
Tags: Islamic State, World news, Afghanistan, Taliban, South and Central Asia, Kabul, Shia, Barchi Continue


'The militias are not allowing us back': Sunnis languish in camps, years after recapture of Mosul

At least 400,000 people who fled Isis are still interred in the north of the country, fearing they are not wanted in postwar IraqOn a midsummer morning six years ago, Ziad Abdulqader Nasir’s short walk to Friday prayers at Mosul’s Great Mosque of al-Nuri, one of Iraq’s oldest shrines, was abruptly interrupted by the arrival of stern men carrying guns.Nasir and his neighbours were ushered inside, some of the newcomers set up cameras, and others sat the puzzled worshippers in neat lines on the car...
Tags: Isis, Nuri, Islamic State, Abu Bakr Al-baghdadi, Iraq, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Refugees, Mosul, Nasir, Ziad Abdulqader Nasir


Man gets 20 years for buying guns used in 2015 terror attack

The man who bought two rifles that husband-and-wife assailants used to kill 14 people in a Southern California terror attack nearly five years ago was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison. Enrique Marquez Jr. supplied the weapons that Syed Rizwan Farook and Farook’s wife, Tashfeen Malik, used on Dec. 2, 2015, to open fire on a meeting and holiday gathering of San Bernardino County employees who worked with Farook. Minutes later, a post on a Facebook page associated with Malik pledged allegia...
Tags: News, Islamic State, Southern California, Tashfeen Malik, Syed Rizwan Farook, Malik, San Bernardino County, Farook, Enrique Marquez Jr, Farook Minutes


Iraq’s ‘stadium of horrors’ in ruins, but the game goes on

Mosul (Iraq) (AFP) – Mohamed Fathi, coach of Mosul’s football club in northern Iraq, hardly recognises the ruined soccer stadium once used by Islamic State group fighters to fire rockets and lob mortars from. Piles... Visit http://www.majorleaguesoccertalk.com for the rest of the story.
Tags: Islamic State, Iraq, Sport, Soccer, Afp, Mosul, Mosul Iraq, Mohamed Fathi


4 French students have been detained after a teacher who showed cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad was beheaded

A girl holds a banner with a picture of Samuel Paty, the French teacher who was beheaded Friday, in Lille, France, on October 18, 2020. REUTERS/Pascal Rossigno Four students in France have been detained in connection to the killing of a teacher who had shown his class cartoons mocking the Prophet Muhammad, according to Agence France-Presse. Samuel Paty, a 47-year-old history teacher, was beheaded near his school in northwestern Paris on Friday. The French police fatally shot the suspect ne...
Tags: Death, Isis, News, France, Islamic State, Trends, Syria, Bbc, Pakistan, Paris, News UK, Al Qaeda, Charlie Hebdo, Reuters, Afp, Muhammad


Biden's plan to revive Iran talks could calm the Middle East – but on Israel he and Trump largely agree

When the Taliban recently voiced its hope that Donald Trump would win a second term because he would withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan, it was a reminder that the 2020 U.S. election has big implications for the Middle East – and, by consequence, for American national security.Foreign policy barely registers on Americans’ election agenda this year in a race dominated by the coronavirus pandemic, economic woes and structural racism. Nonetheless, the United States’ global role is on the ballot ...
Tags: News, Obama, Saudi Arabia, Islamic State, Israel, US, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Barack Obama, Turkey, Iran, Cnn, Afghanistan, United States, Egypt, Taliban


Who Really Defeated the Islamic State – Obama or Trump?

President Trump has claimed the Islamic State was completely defeated on his watch – but an analysis of government maps and other reports shows his administration did only half the work.
Tags: Obama, Islamic State, Defense, Trump


ISIS attacks surge even as Trump boasts of a ‘100%’ defeated caliphate

DAKAR, Senegal - On Aug. 5, militants carrying the black flag of the Islamic State launched a daring land-and-sea assault on the...
Tags: Isis, Islamic State, Trump, Dakar Senegal


Jihadists kill 14 soldiers in attack on Nigerian army base

Islamic State West Africa Province fighters fired machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades, sources sayJihadists linked to the Islamic State group have killed 14 Nigerian soldiers in an attack on an army base, military sources have said.Two sources told Agence France-Presse on condition of anonymity that fighters from the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) group had attacked the base in Jakana on Friday evening, firing machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades. Continue reading...
Tags: Islamic State, Boko Haram, Nigeria, Africa, World news, Cameroon, Chad, Niger, Agence France Presse, ISWAP, Islamic State West Africa Province, Jakana


Students pay tribute to beheaded French teacher who feared for his safety after teaching a lesson about freedom of expression

People hold a sign reading 'I am a teacher - Freedom of speech' in front of a middle school in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, 30kms northwest of Paris, on October 17, 2020. Bertrand Guay/AFP via Getty Images The French teacher who was beheaded by an 18-year-old man on Friday after teaching his pupils about freedom of speech has been identified as Samuel Paty.  Paty had shown his pupils a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad while discussing the Charlie Hebdo case in a lesson that was part...
Tags: News, France, Islamic State, Trends, Bbc, Terrorism, Paris, News UK, Moscow, Muslim, Huffington Post, London Bridge, Bordeaux, Charlie Hebdo, Samuel, Emmanuel Macron


A Paris teacher who had shown his class cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad was beheaded in 'Islamist terrorist attack'

French police officers stand guard a street in Eragny on October 16, 2020, where an attacker was shot dead by policemen. Abdulmonam Eassa/AFP via Getty Images A teacher who had shown his class controversial cartoons of the Orophet Muhammad was beheaded near a school in a Parisian suburb on Friday afternoon. President Emmanuel Macron has called the incident an "Islamist terrorist attack."  The knifeman was an 18-year-old Moscow-born man who, according to witnesses, shouted "Allahu Akbar" as...
Tags: News, France, Islamic State, Trends, Ap, Bbc, Paris, News UK, Moscow, London Bridge, Charlie Hebdo, Reuters, Afp, Emmanuel Macron, Associated Press AP, Muhammad


After Isis, Yazidi women forced to leave their children behind

Mothers who have returned to Iraq without their children say they would rather be back in the hell of their former livesAs bombs crunched into the ground around them in February last year, three young Yazidi women cowered in dug holes in the eastern Syrian desert, cradling their terrified children. In the month that followed, hundreds of people hiding near them were killed by devastating barrages that destroyed what was left of Islamic State’s so-called caliphate and freed the former slaves and ...
Tags: Islamic State, Iraq, World news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa


For Iraq's persecuted Yazidis, return plan is fraught with risk

The Yazidis of northern Iraq, an ancient religious minority brutally persecuted by Islamic State, want nothing more than peace, security and a better life in their home town of Sinjar - but they want it on their terms. Many there distrust a new security and reconstruction plan unveiled this week by the Baghdad government and Kurdish regional authorities which hailed it as a "historic" agreement. "The deal could pacify Sinjar - but it might also make the situation even worse," said Talal Saleh,...
Tags: News, Islamic State, Iraq, Baghdad, Sinjar, Talal Saleh


Kurdish-led authorities free hundreds of Islamic State militants jailed in northern Syria

Kurdish-led authorities in northeast Syria have freed hundreds of imprisoned Islamic State militants, saying they have "no blood on their hands" and have repented joining the terrorist group. A first batch of 631 Syrian IS prisoners was released on Thursday, while 253 had their sentences halved, according to Syrian Democratic Council co-chair Amina Omar. The released were Syrian nationals accused of low-level membership in IS who were not thought to have been commanders or involved in attacks. "...
Tags: Isis, News, Islamic State, Syria, Omar, Qamishli, Syrian Democratic Council co


The US still has a lot more to do to actually hold ISIS accountable

Screen grab The extradition of two ISIS notorious members to the US on terrorism charges this week is a poignant reminder of the dark and lingering legacy of the so-called caliphate. But the case underscores how the idea of international justice has been hollowed out, with countries obstructing or ignoring its practice based on their own interests, writes Candace Rondeaux. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The extradition to the United States this week of two of the Isla...
Tags: Politics, Isis, Guantanamo, Congress, North Korea, White House, China, Islamic State, Iraq, Russia, US, America, Trends, Syria, Afghanistan, Britain


Islamic State group 'Beatles' plead not guilty over US hostage deaths

Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh deny involvement in the murder of four US hostages.
Tags: UK, News, Islamic State, US, Alexanda Kotey, El Shafee Elsheikh


Al-Qaeda and Islamic State: A 'fratricidal' clash

To the uninitiated, Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State (IS) group may be pursuing the same long-term goal of spreading Islamic law through territorial expansion and deadly violence.
Tags: News, Islamic State, Al Qaeda


'A threat from within': Iraq and the rise of its militias

Shaped by the fight against Isis and a fateful US drone strike, the factions now pose a danger to Baghdad’s weak governmentThe dust had barely settled on the fall of Iraq’s second city when the call came. It was June 2014 and Islamic State had just captured Mosul, the prize in a fight for control of a country already scarred by more than a decade of war.Just four days after the city’s capture, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, the most revered Shia cleric in Iraq, issued a fatwa urging Iraqis to v...
Tags: Isis, Islamic State, Iraq, US, World news, Iran, Middle East and North Africa, Baghdad, Mosul, Ayatollah Ali al Sistani


Charges against UK-born Isis pair shed light on brutality of terror group

Hostage-taking and multiple murder among charges levelled against Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh The grisly allegations of hostage-taking, brutality and multiple murder in the lengthy charge sheet against Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh represent more than just a summary of US case against the British-born Isis followers.It amounts to an indictment of Isis, the brutal terror organisation that drew murderous strength from adherents who came from around the world, and its dead leader,...
Tags: UK, Isis, Islamic State, US, UK News, US news, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, Alexanda Kotey, El Shafee Elsheikh


DOJ charges British IS members in deaths of Western hostages

The Justice Department unsealed charges Wednesday against two Islamic State militants from Britain, accusing them of carrying out a gruesome campaign of torture, beheadings and other acts of violence against Western hostages they had captured in Syria, including four Americans.
Tags: News, Islamic State, Syria, Britain, Doj, Justice Department


British-born pair charged in US over murder of Isis hostages

El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Kotey, held in detention for two years, transferred to America and charged with terrorism offencesTwo British-born citizens alleged to have members of an Isis execution squad infamous for beheading hostages have been flown to the US to face trial after two years in detention. Related: The jihadist 'Beatles': Britons who became the face of Isis cruelty Continue reading...
Tags: Isis, Virginia, Islamic State, US, America, UK News, World news, US news, Alexanda Kotey, Shafee Elsheikh


2 ISIS 'Beatles' indicted in US on charges linked to beheadings of American hostages

Two British Islamic State terror suspects known as the “Beatles” were indicted Wednesday in the torturing and beheading of American aid...
Tags: Islamic State, US, Isis Beatles


US to announce charges against alleged Isis 'Beatles' members

British pair, El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Kotey, to appear in Virginia federal courtThe US Department of Justice is preparing to announce charges against two men from Britain who allegedly joined Islamic State and were part of a cell that beheaded western hostages, a law enforcement official has said.El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Kotey believed to be two of four men known as “the Beatles” by the people they held captive because of their British accents. Continue reading...
Tags: Virginia, Islamic State, US, UK News, World news, US news, Britain, US Department of Justice, Alexanda Kotey, El Shafee Elsheikh


How the rest of the world will respond to Trump's COVID-19

A COVID-positive Trump waves from his motorcade outside of Walter Reed. Reuters President Donald Trump's COVID-19 diagnosis raised questions of whether his illness will create enough new stress and distraction to impact US foreign policy and the calculus of other countries. While some adversaries may try to take advantage of Trump's illness, most countries were already taking a cautious approach ahead of the US presidential election and are unlikely to make big changes in their approach to...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Politics, Washington, White House, China, Islamic State, Iraq, US, Trends, US foreign policy, Iran, Afghanistan, Beijing, United States, Donald Trump


Orphaned girl freed from Syrian detention camp to join family in Canada

Five-year-old found after Canadian parents killed in airstrikeParents were believed to have been Isis membersA five-year-old girl who spent more than a year in a Syrian detention camp after her family were killed in an airstrike on Isis members has been released and will soon join her family in Canada.Officials announced on Monday that the girl, known as Amira, had been released into the care of a consular officer who will accompany her to Canada – a country she has never visited. Continue readi...
Tags: Isis, Islamic State, Americas, World news, Canada, Amira


Syrian Kurdish authorities to free 25,000 Syrians from camp for Islamic State supporters

Syrian Kurdish authorities say they will release 25,000 Syrians from a detention camp for Islamic State affiliates and their families in a “general amnesty” aimed at relieving overcrowding and appeasing local Arab communities. All Syrian nationals, mostly women and children, will be freed from Al Hol camp in Hassakeh province, the co-chair of the Syrian Democratic Council Ilham Ehmed told a public meeting in Raqqa on Saturday, without saying when this would occur. The majority of the camp’s resi...
Tags: News, Islamic State, International Rescue Committee, Raqqa, Al Hol, Hassakeh, Syrian Democratic Forces, Syrian Democratic Council Ilham Ehmed