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Singaporean in IS video has been fighting on frontlines in Iraq and Syria

SINGAPORE: A Singaporean who exhorted others to join the Islamic State in a video has been fighting in Iraq and Syria and was injured in combat, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said on Tuesday (Sep 26). Megat Shahdan Abdul Samad, 39, is believed to be the radicalised Singaporean known as Abu ‘Uqayl in an IS propaganda video. He was ...

Where’s the blockbuster for the ‘Dunkirk in reverse’ in Iraq and Syria?

Right now, a gripping Hollywood blockbuster recalls the heroism of Dunkirk, when trapped Allied troops were rescued during WWII. However, there’s an equally stirring “Dunkirk in reverse” going on before our eyes in Iraq and Syria, and American Catholics are playing a starring role — not only in saving embattled Christians, but giving them hope of better things to come. ...

‘You can see burning and smoke from the terminal buildings’

KALAHAN DENG Report from inside the perimeter of Mosul airport on the Iraqi security forces’ attempt to retake it and establish a launchpad for an assault on the west of Mosul, still held by so-called Islamic State (IS).

Mosul assault: Iraq troops make headway against IS

KALAHAN DENG Iraqi government forces have seized several villages as they move towards an assault on the last area held by the so-called Islamic State (IS) in Mosul. Hundreds of military vehicles, backed by air power, rolled across the desert towards IS positions early on Sunday. The progress on Sunday in the south of the city, the second biggest in ...

Islamic State recruiting child refugees as they head to Europe

KALAHAN DENG Hundreds of asylum-seeking young people are going missing from care once they arrive in Britain, amid concerns they have been targeted for radicalisation by extremist groups during their journey to the UK, a think tank report has warned. Militant groups such as Islamic State are deliberately preying on vulnerable young people for recruitment, as they make the perilous ...

Top French Isil recruiter linked to Brussels attack ‘killed in airstrike’ in Mosul

KALAHAN DENG Anotorious terrorist recruiter linked to a string of Isil-inspired attacks in France has been killed in an American drone strike in Iraq, French police sources said on Friday. The report came as French police thwarted an “imminent” suicide attack, possibly on a Paris tourist site, with the arrests of four suspected Isil recruits, including a 16-year-old girl, who ...

Montpellier arrests: France police avert ‘imminent’ attack

KALAHAN DENG An “imminent” terror attack on French soil has been averted with the arrest of four suspects in Montpellier, Interior Minister Bruno Le Roux said. Three men and a girl of 16 were found with bomb-making materials by anti-terrorist police in a raid on a flat in the southern city. Home-made explosives similar to those used in the Paris ...

Teenagers accused of planning terror attack in Australia

KALAHAN DENG Two teenagers will be charged with planning to carry out a terror attack in Sydney, according to police. The man and woman, both 19, are accused of “conspiracy to do an act, or acts in preparation for, or planning, a terrorist act or acts”, the Australian Federal Police said. Local media reported the pair are married. Police said ...

Suicide bomber kills many at Kabul’s Supreme Court

KALAHAN DENG At least 20 people have been killed in a suicide bombing at Afghanistan’s Supreme Court in Kabul, officials say. The government said 41 people were injured, 10 of them critically. All of the casualties are civilians. The bomber targeted the car park of the court compound as employees were leaving to go home, reports say. There was no ...

Afghan civilian casualties: Why have they hit a new high?

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Civilian casualties in Afghanistan have hit a new high, including a ten-fold increase in casualties from attacks linked to Islamic State (IS) militants. In its annual report, the UN said 3,498 civilians were killed and 7,920 wounded in 2016, a 3% rise on 2015. The number of children killed or injured jumped by a quarter to ...

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