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Tag: Islamic State (ISIL)

  • Tuesday, June 26th 2018 - 17:39 UTC

    “Uniting the world against terrorism”: OP-ED on the United Nations conference on counter-terrorism

    With the military defeat of ISIL in Syria and Iraq, large numbers of these ideologically-driven mercenaries are relocating to other theatres of conflict or returning home, passing on their battlefield

    NEW YORK — Terrorism is a persistent and evolving global menace. No country is immune. Social media, encrypted communications and the dark web are being used to spread propaganda, radicalize new recruits and plan atrocities. The threat ranges from the crude tactics of lone actors to sophisticated coordinated attacks and the horrific prospect of terrorists using chemical, biological or radioactive weapons.

  • Thursday, August 17th 2017 - 21:45 UTC

    Thirteen killed and tens injured in terrorist attack with a van in Barcelona

    Witnesses said the white van zigzagged at high speed down Las Ramblas, a busy avenue thronged with tourists, knocking down pedestrians and leaving bodies

    A van mowed through crowds of tourists on Barcelona's most famous avenue on Thursday, killing at least thirteen people in an attack that was claimed by Islamic State. The head of the Spanish region of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, said at least 80 people had been taken to hospital and 13 had been reported killed.

  • Tuesday, August 8th 2017 - 01:29 UTC

    Israel follows hard line Sunni Arab states and plans to ban Al Jazeera

    The Israeli government said its decision is based on a similar ban by Sunni Arab states, amid their diplomatic rift with Qatar, which hosts and funds Al Jazeera.

    Israel is seeking to close Qatar-based broadcaster Al Jazeera's offices in the country and revoke its journalists' media credentials. Communications Minister Ayoub Kara alleged that the channel supported terrorism, and said both its Arabic and English-language channels would be taken off air. Al Jazeera has condemned the decision.

  • Friday, December 9th 2016 - 15:25 UTC

    UK faces threat of “unprecedented” proportions, says British chief spy

    MI6's Alex Younger warns of unprecedented threats

    MI6 Director Alex Younger said on Thursday that the unprecedented terrorist threat his country is going through would not abate until the end of the civil war in Syria. Ha added that 12 plots to commit an attack have been dismantled since June 2013 and warned that “the efficiently murderous” Islamic state continues to plan attacks from Syria, despite recent military setbacks.

  • Monday, June 13th 2016 - 07:17 UTC

    Obama describes the killings as “an act of terror and an act of hate”

    Americans were united in “grief, outrage and resolve to defend our people”, said president Obama who ordered flags flown at half mast until next Thursday sunset.

    US President Barack Obama has described Sunday morning's gun attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, as “an act of terror and an act of hate”. Americans were united in “grief, outrage and resolve to defend our people”, he said.Omar Mateen, 29, killed 50 people and wounded 53 at the Pulse club before being shot dead by police.

  • Thursday, February 4th 2016 - 07:29 UTC

    “Attacks on Islam are attacks on all religions” says Obama at Maryland mosque

    “We have to understand that an attack on one faith is an attack on all our faiths,” Obama said at the mosque in Catonsville, Maryland, outside Baltimore.

    President Barack Obama visited an American mosque on Wednesday and declared that attacks on Islam were an attack on all religions, in an effort to counter rhetoric from Donald Trump and other Republican presidential candidates that has alienated Muslims.

  • Thursday, December 3rd 2015 - 06:53 UTC

    British bombers take off from Cyprus after parliament vote on Syria

    The UK parliament voted 397 in favor of action and 223 against, following a 10-hour debate.

    British fighter-bombers took off from an RAF airbase in Cyprus hours after parliament voted in favor of airstrikes against ISIS strongholds in Syria. The Ministry of Defense would not go into details but said the vote late Wednesday could mean “surveillance or operational missions over Syria.”Lawmakers voted 397 in favor of action and 223 against, following a 10-hour debate

  • Friday, November 27th 2015 - 12:04 UTC

    Paris attacks: The terrorist strategy

    The “Caliph” of Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Bahdadi, first joined “Al-Qaeda in Iraq” and started fighting the U.S. occupation forces in Iraq in 2004.

    By Gwynne Dyer - As always after a major terrorist attack on the West, the right question to ask after the slaughter in Paris is: what were the strategic aims behind the attack? This requires getting your head around the concept that terrorists have rational strategies, but once you have done that the motives behind the attacks are easy to figure out. It also becomes clear that the motives have changed.

  • Friday, November 27th 2015 - 06:56 UTC

    Corbyn faces shadow cabinet revolt over Cameron's proposal to bomb IS

    Mr. Corbyn said he is “determined to see the defeat” of IS; the issue is whether what Cameron is proposing 'strengthens, or undermines, our national security'

    Leader of the British opposition Jeremy Corbyn is facing a shadow cabinet revolt over his announcement that he cannot back proposals for airstrikes in Syria. It comes after David Cameron made his case for extending military action against the Islamic State saying “every day we don't take action is a day ISIL grows stronger”.

  • Saturday, November 21st 2015 - 08:30 UTC

    UN Security Council authorizes “all necessary measures” to fight ISIS

     French President Francois Hollande welcomed the adoption, saying the resolution would “help mobilize nations to eliminate Daesh” (ISIS)

    The UN Security Council on Friday (Nov 20) authorized countries to “take all necessary measures” to fight the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group in a resolution that won unanimous backing a week after the Paris attacks.