Flight ban on laptops ‘sparked by IS threat’

An aircraft cabin ban on large electronic devices was prompted by intelligence suggesting a terror threat to US-bound flights, says US media. The US and UK have announced new carry-on restrictions banning laptops on certain passenger flights. The so-called Islamic State group (IS) has been working on ways to smuggle explosives on to planes by… Read More Flight ban on laptops ‘sparked by IS threat’

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Mosul IS battle: Mass grave found at Badoush prison, Iraqi forces say

A mass grave containing the remains of about 500 people has been found at Badoush prison near Mosul, Iraqi forces say. The Shia-led Hashd al-Shaabi forces said the victims were “civilian prisoners” murdered by militants from so-called Islamic State (IS). IS is alleged to have killed up to 600 inmates, most of them Shia Muslims,… Read More Mosul IS battle: Mass grave found at Badoush prison, Iraqi forces say

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Afghanistan: IS gunmen in white lab coats kill 30 in Kabul hospital

Gunmen wearing white lab coats stormed a military hospital in Afghanistan’s capital on Wednesday, killing at least 30 people and wounding dozens in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group. The attack on the 400-bed military facility, located near two civilian hospitals in Kabul’s heavily-guarded diplomatic quarter, set off clashes with security forces that… Read More Afghanistan: IS gunmen in white lab coats kill 30 in Kabul hospital

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Pakistan: ISIS attack on Sufi shrine in Sindh kills dozens

A suicide attack in a popular shrine in southern Pakistan has killed at least 70 people, police say. The bomber blew himself up among devotees in the shrine of Sufi saint Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in the town of Sehwan, in Sindh province, police said. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has condemned the attack, which has been… Read More Pakistan: ISIS attack on Sufi shrine in Sindh kills dozens

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In Iraq: Deadly suicide car bombing rocks Baghdad’s Sadr City

A suicide bomber detonated a pick-up truck packed with explosives in northern Baghdad on Wednesday, killing at least nine people, according to Iraqi officials. Thirty more were wounded in the powerful blast in the Habibiya area, near Sadr City, a Shia-majority neighbourhood in the Iraqi capital. The explosion targeted a crowded street full of garages… Read More In Iraq: Deadly suicide car bombing rocks Baghdad’s Sadr City

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Iraq war: In Mosul battle, Iraq forces face fewer IS-planted bombs

An man cycles past an Iraqi forces humvee driving on a street near the University of Mosul after its liberation from the Islamic state group (IS) control, during the ongoing military operation against the jihadists, on January 21, 2017. Iraqi forces battled the last holdout jihadists in east Mosul after commanders declared victory there and… Read More Iraq war: In Mosul battle, Iraq forces face fewer IS-planted bombs

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ISIS Launches New Assault on Besieged Eastern City in Syria

Islamic State militants launched a new offensive on government-held areas in the contested city of Deir el-Zour Saturday, attacking the eastern city from several sides in the most intense action in a year, the Syrian government and opposition activists said. Syrian television said three people were killed and nine were wounded in IS rocket attacks… Read More ISIS Launches New Assault on Besieged Eastern City in Syria

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Iraq: Iraqi forces ‘kill 76 Daesh members in Mosul’

Iraqi security forces have reportedly slain as many as 76 Daesh terrorists during an ongoing push to liberate the northern city of Mosul, the Takfiri terror group’s last urban stronghold in Iraq. On Tuesday, the Iraqi Federal Police said 50 of the fatalities were caused during police raids against the city’s Misaq and Shaima’ neighborhoods.… Read More Iraq: Iraqi forces ‘kill 76 Daesh members in Mosul’

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Germany: Islamic State Claims Berlin Christmas Market Attack

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility Tuesday for a truck attack on a crowded Berlin Christmas market that German authorities said came right out of the extremist group’s playbook, inflicting mass casualties on a soft target fraught with symbolic meaning. The Monday night attack on the popular market by the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in… Read More Germany: Islamic State Claims Berlin Christmas Market Attack

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