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  • Isis: Turkey hits first IS targets in Syria alongside US-led coalition
    Isis: Turkey hits first IS targets in Syria alongside US-led coalition 21 hours ago

    Turkish jets have pounded several Islamic State (Isis) targets in Syria alongside US-led coalition forces. Following months-long hesitation to join the counter-terror operations, Turkey has decided to take up an active role in the conflict following the recent attack on its soil. Turkish jets used smart bombs to hit IS positions inside Syria without violating the neighbour's airspace, the foreign ministry said. More »

  • British government launches anti-Isis Twitter account Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    The British government are turning to social media in the fight against Islamic State. A Twitter feed dedicated to propagating the efforts of the British government to defeat the terror group was unveiled this week. The account was launched with its first tweets on 28 August, which read: "Want to know more about what the UK government is doing to combat ISIL? More »

  • Iran nuclear deal will 'fuel terrorism': Netanyahu
    Iran nuclear deal will 'fuel terrorism': Netanyahu Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    The deal to curb Iran's nuclear programme will bolster Tehran's ability to fund global terrorism by providing the Islamic state with "billions of dollars" in sanctions relief, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared Saturday. More »

  • Northern Ireland crisis: Ulster Unionists withdraw from power-sharing agree …
    Northern Ireland crisis: Ulster Unionists withdraw from power-sharing agree … Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Following a meeting in Belfast, the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) has withdrawn from the Northern Ireland Executive and will form an opposition within Stormont. The UUP unanimously voted to withdraw from the assembly in the wake of allegations about a murder the police believe was carried out by the IRA. The UUP called the meeting after the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said ex-IRA man Kevin McGuigan Sr had been murdered by members of the terror group in association with a group called Action Against Drugs. More »

  • TV Journalists Killed On-Air Were Shot In Head
    TV Journalists Killed On-Air Were Shot In Head Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    The medical examiner's office in Roanoke said that WDBJ-TV reporter Alison Parker died from gunshot wounds to the head and chest. Cameraman Adam Ward's cause of death was given as gunshot wounds to the head and torso in the attack at Smith Mountain Lake, Moneta, on Wednesday. The Franklin County Sheriff's Office also said that writings and evidence seized from Flanagan's flat show he "closely identified" with mass murderers, including the 9/11 terrorist attackers. More »

  • Egypt hands Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy three years in jail Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Three journalists accused of terrorism-related charges in Egypt, including Egyptian-born Canadian Mohamed Fahmy, were today sentenced to three years in prison, to the dismay of their families and lawyers who were hopeful the trio would be released after an almost two-year ordeal. “The sentence is clearly outrageous and it's almost impossible to describe how absurd the verdict is,” says Gary Caroline, Mr. Fahmy’s lawyer in Canada. Fahmy, along with colleagues Peter Greste and Baher Mohamed, were working for Al Jazeera when they were arrested in 2013 on charges of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood, which the Egyptian government considers a terrorist organization. More »

  • Turkey's First Coalition Air Raids Against IS
    Turkey's First Coalition Air Raids Against IS Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Turkey has carried out its first airstrikes as part of the US-led coalition against Islamic State (IS) forces. Fighter jets began attacking IS positions across the border in Syria on Friday night, the country's foreign ministry said. "The fight against the terrorist organisation is a priority for Turkey," it said. More »

  • Chad executes 10 Boko Haram members 1 day after verdict Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    N'DJAMENA, Chad (AP) — Chad executed by firing squad 10 members of Boko Haram on Saturday, the security minister said, marking the first use of the death penalty since the country bolstered its anti-terror measures last month. More »

  • World 'shocked' as Egypt court sentences Al-Jazeera journalists to 3 …
    World 'shocked' as Egypt court sentences Al-Jazeera journalists to 3 … Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    The sentencing of three Al-Jazeera journalists to prison has shocked the international community. Egyptian Baher Mohamed, Canadian Mohamed Fahmy and Australian Peter Greste were all found guilty of "spreading false news" and of aiding a "terrorist group" after a retrial and sentenced to three years in prison. The three journalists were accused of producing reports for Al-Jazeera which were promoting the Muslim Brotherhood. More »

  • Chad executes 10 Boko Haram members by firing squad - sources Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    N'DJAMENA (Reuters) - Chad has executed 10 members of Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram by firing squad, a day after they were sentenced on terrorism charges, security sources said on Saturday. "They were shot this morning at the Massaguet firing range," said one of the sources, referring to a city about 60 km (40 miles) northeast of the capital N'Djamena. Among the executed was Mahamat Moustapha, a 30-year-old Cameroonian who was accused of masterminding a series of attacks on N'Djamena. More »

  • Egypt: Al-Jazeera journalists sentenced to three years in prison for 'spreading …
    Egypt: Al-Jazeera journalists sentenced to three years in prison for 'spreading … Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    An Egyptian court has found three Al-Jazeera journalists guilty of "spreading false news" and has sentenced them to three years in prison. The retrial of Egyptian-Canadian national Mohammed Fahmy, Australian journalist Peter Greste and Egyptian producer Baher Mohammed had been delayed 10 times this month, but the court delivered the verdict on Saturday morning, according to Al-Jazeera. The Al-Jazeera staff members are accused of aiding the Muslim Brotherhood, which was outlawed and branded a terrorist organisation after the Egyptian army overthrew Islamists President Mohamed Morsi in 2013. More »

  • Biographies of the 3 Al-Jazeera English journalists
    Biographies of the 3 Al-Jazeera English journalists Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court has sentenced three Al-Jazeera English journalists to three years in prison. Peter Greste, Mohammed Fahmy and Baher Mohammed were all arrested in December 2013 on terrorism-related charges in a case widely criticized by rights groups. More »

  • Correction: France-Stopping the Wolves story
    Correction: France-Stopping the Wolves story Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    PARIS (AP) — In a story Aug. 24 about terrorist attacks, The Associated Press incorrectly reported the percentage of attacks for which extremist groups have claimed responsibility. Extremist groups have claimed responsibility for only 35 percent of attacks that can be attributed to them, not 65 percent. More »

  • Race in the US: Reflections of an Arab-American
    Race in the US: Reflections of an Arab-American Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    "I have lived with hate but not in terror. We have had years of hostility directed toward us, not centuries." More »

  • US: Teenage Isis supporter sentenced to 11 years in prison for promoting terror …
    US: Teenage Isis supporter sentenced to 11 years in prison for promoting terror … Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    A Virginia teenager has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for running a pro Islamic State Twitter account. Ali Shukri Amin, 17, from Woodbridge pleaded guilty to conspiring to provide material support to a terrorist organisation by suggesting ways Isis could use Bitcoin to dodge detection of its ventures and posting thousands of pro-terrorist tweets on Twitter. By the time Amin's Twitter account was shut down, he had tweeted more than 7,000 times and attracted more than 4,000 followers, reports the Washington Post. More »

  • Chad sentences 10 Boko Haram members to death - sources Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    N'DJAMENA (Reuters) - Chad, a leading country in a military task force against Boko Haram, has sentenced 10 members of the Islamist militants to death on terrorism charges, the chief prosecutor said on Friday. "The condemned will be shot," Louampambe Mahouli Bruno said on state television. Chad's capital N'Djamena, less than 100 kilometres from the Nigerian border, was hit by a series of suicide bombings in June and July that killed more than 40 people. More »

  • Policeman killed by blast in Bahrain village - interior ministry
    Policeman killed by blast in Bahrain village - interior ministry Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    A "terrorist blast" in a Shi'ite village in Bahrain killed a policeman on Friday, the country's interior ministry said. "One policeman killed in the terrorist blast in Karana village," it said on its Twitter account, giving no further details. Bahrain, home to the U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet, was swept by unrest during the 2011 "Arab Spring" uprisings when majority Shi'ites, complaining of discrimination, demanded political reforms. More »

  • Iranian film on Prophet Mohammad stirs calls for Tehran to ban it Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    By Bozorgmehr Sharafedin DUBAI (Reuters) - A film on the life of Prophet Mohammad is expected to break box office records in Shi'ite Muslim Iran after its release on Thursday, but some Sunni Muslim clerics in the Arab world are demanding that Tehran ban it.     The state-sponsored "Mohammad, Messenger of God", directed by Oscar-nominated director Majid Majidi, is at $40 million Iran’s most expensive movie to date.     "I decided to make this film to fight against the new wave of Islamophobia in the West. The Western interpretation of Islam is full of violence and terrorism," Majidi was quoted as saying by Hezbollah Line, a conservative Iranian magazine.     The 171-minute movie, the first part of a planned trilogy, focuses on the prophet’s childhood. More »

  • Pentagon: IS hacker killed in US strike also was recruiter Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Islamic State group hacker killed in a U.S. airstrike in Syria this week had been recruiting sympathizers in the West to conduct "lone wolf" terrorist attacks, and his death eliminates a "significant threat" to the U.S., a military official said Friday. More »

  • Army chaplain wins prize to give 9/11 sermon by ground zero
    Army chaplain wins prize to give 9/11 sermon by ground zero Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — An Army chaplain has won a national prize for an original sermon that he will deliver on Sept. 11 at a chapel near ground zero that became a sanctuary of consolation after the terrorist attacks. More »

  • Al-Jazeera English defendants await verdict in Egypt trial Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — Three journalists on trial in an Egyptian court on terrorism-related charges were awaiting its verdict on Friday, hopeful that they will be acquitted after lengthy proceedings criticized worldwide by press freedom and human rights advocates. More »

  • Kenyan sentenced to 15 years in prison in US terror case Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) — A Kenyan man described by U.S. prosecutors as a fundraiser and recruiter for terrorist groups in Africa and the Middle East was sentenced Friday to 15 years in federal prison. More »

  • Two UK journalists working for VICE detained in Turkey
    Two UK journalists working for VICE detained in Turkey Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Reporter, cameraman and their fixer held by anti-terrorism department in Diyarbakir for filming "without accreditation". More »

  • Fahmy hopes to get life back with Al-Jazeera English verdict Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) — Former Al-Jazeera English journalist Mohamed Fahmy, who remains in Egypt awaiting a verdict in his terror trial, is hoping his ordeal will be over this weekend. More »

  • Two British journalists detained in southeast Turkey Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Turkish anti-terrorist police have detained two British journalists from Vice News for reporting from the predominantly Kurdish southeast without government accreditation, security sources said on Friday. The two journalists were identified by the Turkish media and security sources as Jake Hanrahan and Philip Pendlebury. "A Vice News journalist, cameraman and fixer were detained by local police last night in Diyarbakir, Turkey, while reporting in the region. More »

  • Anjem Choudary will face trial for 'inciting support for Islamic State' …
    Anjem Choudary will face trial for 'inciting support for Islamic State' … Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    British radical cleric Anjem Choudary will face trial early in 2016 on charges that he encouraged support for Islamic State on social media. Choudary, 48, appeared via video link at the Old Bailey on 28 August alongside Mohammed Rahman, 32, who is also being charged under section 12 of the 2000 Terrorism Act. Both men – who are currently being held on remand at Belmarsh prison – are being charged with inciting support for IS between June 2014 and March 2015. More »

  • British Library rejects Taliban trove fearing terror laws
    British Library rejects Taliban trove fearing terror laws Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Academics have criticised the British government for creating a "climate of fear" after the national library declined to store the world's biggest collection of Taliban-related documents over concerns it could be prosecuted under terrorism laws. More »

  • Radical British Preacher Anjem Choudary to Face Terror Support Charge
    Radical British Preacher Anjem Choudary to Face Terror Support Charge Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    The radical British preacher Anjem Choudary is to face trial early next year on charges of inviting support for ISIS on social media. Choudary, 48, is accused of promoting support of the group online between June 29 last year and March 6 this year, in violation of section 12 of the Terrorism Act 2000. Choudary, of Ilford in east London, has been charged alongside Mohammed Rahman, 32, of Whitechapel, east London, who is also accused of promoting the support of the terror group, according to the Press Association. More »

  • Sweden to tighten anti-terrorism laws Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Sweden will ban travel for the purpose of committing terrorist acts and tighten laws on taking part in training camps and terrorism funding, the government said on Friday. In a signed article in daily Dagens Nyheter, Minister for Home Affairs Anders Ygeman said the measures would be introduced this autumn as part of a wider effort to counter radicalisation. Ygeman said around 250-300 people had travelled from Sweden to Syria or Iraq to join Islamic State, the hardline Sunni militant group which controls large parts of both countries. More »

  • Walker: 'We cannot afford to lose' in Middle East
    Walker: 'We cannot afford to lose' in Middle East Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker says the United States under his leadership would aggressively confront what he describes as "evil" and "radical Islamic terrorism." More »

  • Clinton likens GOP's views on women to those of terrorists
    Clinton likens GOP's views on women to those of terrorists Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday drew parallels between terrorist organizations and the field of Republican candidates for president when it comes to their views on women, telling an Ohio audience her potential GOP rivals were pushing "out-of-date" policies. More »

  • Senior U.S. official to travel to Israel to discuss Iran deal Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    A senior U.S. Treasury official will travel to Israel this week to discuss the nuclear deal reached between Iran and world powers with senior Israeli officials, the Treasury Department said on Thursday. Acting Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Adam Szubin will travel to Israel from Friday through Monday, the Treasury said in a statement. More »

  • UBS to pay $1.7 million settlement over sanctions case - U.S. Treasury
    UBS to pay $1.7 million settlement over sanctions case - U.S. Treasury Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    The U.S. Treasury on Thursday said it had reached an agreement with UBS for the Swiss bank to pay a $1.7 million (1.1 million pounds) settlement for "apparent violations" to U.S. sanctions. The Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) said in a statement that UBS processed 222 transactions from 2008 to 2013 involving securities held in the United States for a customer in Zurich, even though the individual was designated by OFAC in 2001 for committing, threatening to commit, or supporting terrorism. Specifically, UBS processed purchases and sales of U.S. securities and other investment activities on behalf of the individual, OFAC said. More »

  • Tyler, The Creator banned from UK due to 'homophobic lyrics' on previous …
    Tyler, The Creator banned from UK due to 'homophobic lyrics' on previous … Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Tyler, The Creator, has claimed he has been banned from the UK because his older albums glorified homophobic statements and "views that seek to provoke others to terrorist attacks". The artist's manager Christian Clancy was quick to explain a little more about the situation on his blog, The Phuckery: "Tyler has been banned from entering the UK for somewhere between three to five years per a letter from the secretary of state for the home department of the United Kingdom. More »

  • Arrest warrant issued for former Pakistani prime minister
    Arrest warrant issued for former Pakistani prime minister Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    By Syed Raza Hassan KARACHI (Reuters) - A Pakistani anti-corruption court on Thursday issued an arrest warrant for former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, in a case alleging millions of dollars of graft in a trade development scheme, a security official said. The same day, another senior figure in the opposition Pakistan People's Party (PPP) was accused in court of financing terrorism after being arrested the previous day. The PPP accuses its enemies of waging a smear campaign through the courts. More »