Pakistan blast kills at least six in southwestern city

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

An explosion ripped through a police truck on Wednesday to kill at least six people in Pakistan’s southwestern city of Quetta, police said. The truck was carrying police recruits, four of whom were killed, along with two passers-by on the city's eastern outskirts, Quetta Police Chief Abdur Razzaq Cheema said. “We can’t say whether it is a suicide blast,” he added. “Our teams are at the scene and investigating.” Television broadcast images of the burned-out ...

Taliban attacks kill 10 policemen in Afghanistan

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Afghan officials say Taliban attacks in the country’s south, west and east have killed at least 10 policemen. In southern Ghazni province, the insurgents stormed a security compound, using a suicide car, and killed at least seven policemen. Provincial chief police, Mohammad Zaman, says the attack in Andar district early on Tuesday morning triggered several hours of heavy fighting until the attackers were repelled. Also read: Freed Canadian hostage: Taliban murdered my daughter, raped ...

ANALYSIS: Certified or decertified, Iran faces tough road ahead

Monday, 9 October 2017

All eyes are on US President Donald Trump and his upcoming Iran speech later this week to clarify his decision to certify or decertify Tehran’s compliance with a nuclear agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), designed to curb the regime’s controversial atomic drive. This has Iran’s regime on its toes, as senior elite in Tehran understand fully how the US can lead the international community in adopting strong measures against its broad ...

Las Vegas gunman is not a terrorist

Thursday, 5 October 2017

A lot of people have criticized the American media’s description of the Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock as a mad man or criminal and slammed it for not calling him a “terrorist” which they believe is the right word. British journalist Piers Morgan tweeted that they did not call him a “terrorist” because he was a white man, adding that they would have called him a terrorist if he were Muslim. This criticism falls within the context of complaints against the ...

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Iraq forces retake center of ISIS bastion Hawija

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Iraqi forces said Thursday they had retaken the center of ISIS group stronghold Hawija and were pushing forward in their assault on one of the last ISIS enclaves in the country.Troops, police and paramilitaries “liberated the whole of the center of Hawija and are continuing their advance,” the operation’s commander, Lieutenant General Abdel Amir Yarallah, said.Government and allied forces backed by a US-led coalition launched an offensive last month to oust ISIS from Hawija, a ...

Ex-Qaeda group denies leader injured in Russia strike

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Al-Qaeda’s former Syria affiliate denied a claim from Moscow on Wednesday that its top leader had been seriously injured in a Russian air strike last month. “Hayat Tahrir al-Sham denies what was circulated in the media about the injury of Sheikh Abu Mohamed al-Jolani and confirms that the sheikh is in good health and is carrying out fully all the duties entrusted to him,” the group said in a statement posted on Telegram. The statement came hours after Russian defense ministry ...

Las Vegas gunman’s girlfriend says no advance knowledge of massacre

Thursday, 5 October 2017

The girlfriend of the Las Vegas gunman who killed 58 people and himself in the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history was questioned by the FBI on Wednesday and said she had no idea he was “planning violence against anyone.” Marilou Danley, who returned late on Tuesday from a family visit to the Philippines and is regarded by investigators as a “person of interest,” said through a lawyer that the carnage Stephen Paddock unleashed while she was abroad ...

‘If only Stephen Paddock were a Muslim?’ NYT columnist revisits terror identity

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

New York Times columnist and author, Thomas L. Friedman, has come down heavily on the US administration’s response to terror in the wake of Las Vegas shootout and the influence country’s gun lobby has on public discourse. In his column in the newspaper – ‘If only Stephen Paddock were a Muslim?’ – Friedman asks several pertinent questions related to politics over terrorist identity and the hypocrisy surrounding gun control. Also read: Was ISIS claim for Las ...

Eiffel Tower goes dark for Las Vegas victims

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

The Eiffel Tower went dark on Monday night in tribute to the victims of the attacks in Las Vegas and Marseille.At least 59 people were killed and hundreds wounded Sunday when a gunman opened fire on a concert in Las Vegas in the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.Earlier Sunday, a man knifed two young women to death outside the main train station in Marseille, France’s second-biggest city.“Tonight we will turn off the Eiffel Tower from midnight in homage to the victims of ...

Las Vegas gunman had ‘bump-stock’ device that could speed fire

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

The gunman who unleashed hundreds of rounds of gunfire on a crowd of concertgoers in Las Vegas had two “bump-stocks” that could have converted semi-automatic firearms into fully automatic ones, officials said. The devices have attracted scrutiny in recent years from authorities. California Sen. Dianne Feinstein has long railed against them. Several years ago, she told The Associated Press she was concerned about the emergence of new technologies that could retrofit firearms to make ...

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