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Afghanistan blast toll rises to 16 dead, 38 wounded

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

At least 16 people were killed and 38 wounded Tuesday when a minivan packed with explosives detonated as security forces were trying to defuse it in southern Afghanistan, officials said.Security forces in Kandahar had already cleared the area around a bus station where the van was found, provincial governor spokesman Daud Ahmadi said. “As the security forces were trying to defuse the van, it detonated,” said police spokesman Mohammad Qasim Azad.“The latest figures show 16 dead ...

Iraq court sentences Belgian militant to death for ISIS membership

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

An Iraqi court on Tuesday sentenced a Belgian militant, who threatened Europe in propaganda videos, to death by hanging for membership of ISIS, an AFP journalist reported. Tarik Jadaoun -- known by his nom de guerre Abu Hamza al-Beljiki -- earlier pleaded not guilty to a range of terror, insisting he had “got lost” and pleading for mercy. Born in 1988, Jadaoun -- who was captured in ex-ISIS bastion Mosul in August -- appeared before the Baghdad court dressed in a beige prison uniform ...

Pakistan-India gunbattle leaves nine dead in Kashmir

Friday, 18 May 2018

Indian and Pakistani forces exchanged fire across the tense, heavily militarised Kashmir border Friday, leaving eight civilians and an Indian soldier dead, officials said. The heavy weapons fire along a rare stretch of frontier that India and Pakistan do not argue over also left 22 people wounded. It came a day ahead of a visit by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Kashmir. The two sides started shooting at each other on Wednesday in the RS Pura sector of Indian Kashmir, opposite Sialkot in ...

President Ghani apologizes after Afghan air strike kills 30 children

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani apologized Wednesday to the families of civilians, mainly children, killed when the country's air force sprayed an outdoor religious gathering with rockets and machine gun fire last month.The April 2 airstrike on a ceremony attended by hundreds of men and boys in Dasht-e-Archi district -- a Taliban stronghold in the northern province of Kunduz -- left at least 36 people dead including 30 children, a United Nations investigation has shown. Seventy-one people were ...

Bodies of 20 victims of 2015 ISIS atrocity in Libya arrive in Egypt

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Hundreds of Egyptians from the village of Aour and neighboring village of Minya gathered on Monday to receive the remains of 20 Egyptian copts killed by ISIS in Libya in the year 2015. A shrine has been built for the victims inside the Church of Shuhadaa al-Watan W al-Eman in the village, to commemorate them. They carried a picture of each victim to be placed at their burial site, while prayers were held in the presence of senior priests and parents. The families of victims were grateful for the ...

Paris knife attacker of Chechen origin, parents in custody

Sunday, 13 May 2018

French Judicial sources confirmed Sunday that a knife-wielding assailant who killed one person and injured four others in central Paris, was born in Chechnya in 1997. The source added that the parents of the attacker who was shot dead by police on Saturday, were taken into custody by French authorities, as reported by AFP. French prosecutor Francois Molins said witnesses reported that the suspect shouted “Allahu Akbar,” or “God is greatest” in Arabic. Molins told ...

PHOTOS: Iraq holds its first parliamentary election since ISIS defeat

Friday, 11 May 2018

Iraqis vote Saturday in the first parliamentary election since the country declared victory over ISIS. The balloting is expected to be a referendum on Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s tenure and his pledge to be more inclusive of Iraq’s Sunni minority. Entrenched corruption, the influence of Iran and the future of US forces currently in Iraq are other issues that have dominated the run-up to the election. There are 329 seats at stake, with nearly 7,000 candidates from dozens of ...

How Qatar funded international terror by paying huge ransom in Iraq

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

When the scandal involving Qatari hostages broke out recently, it became clear that Qatar did not have strong ties with neither Sunni militant groups, nor the Iranian regime and was forced to pay millions of dollars to Iraqi Shiite militias. According to, Phillip Smyth, a US-based expert, the militia that benefited the most from this payment of ransom money was Kata’ib Hezbollah (Iraq), which the US government labelled as a terrorist organization in 2009. Doha betrays allies Smyth states ...

Trump tweets under spotlight during 9/11 pre-trial hearings on Gitmo

Monday, 7 May 2018

The latest pre-trial hearing for the five men accused of planning 9/11 came to a close this Friday, with defense attorneys putting special focus on the ways in which US government continues to delay the progression of the trial.Pre-trial arguments have been going on for over six years; and each of the accused has been in American custody for more than 15 years.In the midst of several dense legal motions and hours of detailed litigation, a somewhat unexpected issue came to the forefront of the ...

The Paris agenda against terrorism: A shot in the dark?

Thursday, 3 May 2018

During the conclusion of the Paris conference against terrorism entitled ‘No Money for Terror’ on April 27, Emmanuel Macron ordered a comprehensive campaign against this evil that undermines global security. Standing before representatives from 70 countries, he vowed to ferociously fight against a foe that he described as being both “active”, “innovative” and morphs all the time. For Macron, the campaign must be fought in three domains: cyberspace, prisons and ...

Christian Chesnot

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