Pentagon Chief Urges Turkey to Stay Focused on Fighting Islamic State
Relations between the United States and Turkey, allies within the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, have become frayed by their diverging interests in the Syrian civil war.
Relations between the United States and Turkey, allies within the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, have become frayed by their diverging interests in the Syrian civil war.
"We cannot make the same mistakes that were made in 2011," Tillerson said to an audience that included former Secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice and George Shultz, noting that the Islamic State and other terrorist groups were able to "wreak havoc" after the US withdrawal.
The first X-8 in a conflict zone was spotted in 2015 by Kurdish forces near the Mosul Dam in Iraq, while in October 2016 a bomb-laden X-8 killed two Kurdish soldiers and injured two French commandos in the same area, according to Sahan Research, a UK-based think-tank.
Iraq's announcement comes two days after the Russian military declared it had accomplished its mission of defeating IS in neighbouring Syria.
“It is good that we by and large have taken away the physical caliphate,” Johnson, the chair of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said during remarks at a hearing on evolving terror threats, “But we have in no way, shape or form denied them the cyber caliphate. That may be a more persistent, long-term threat.”
“Therefore, as of today, there’s no territory controlled by ISIS in Syria,” he added. Gerasimov made the announcement during an annual briefing for foreign military attachés.
According to the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition, the number of people killed or injured came in attacks that caused $348 billion worth of damage to the economy.
Prime Minister of Iraq Haider al-Abadi called the cities of Al Qaim and Rawa the last strongholds of terrorists.
The release included 18,000 documents, 79,000 audio files and images and more than 10,000 videos which shed light on the "plans and workings of this terrorist organisation".
“New York terrorist, with pleasure asked me to hang the flag of the “Islamic state” in his hospital room. He killed eight people, seriously wounded another 12. HE SHOULD GET THE DEATH PENALTY!” — said the President of the United States.
ISIS have made numerous threats using the imagery of footballers as they attempt to terrorise the upcoming World Cup.
"We will extinguish tonight LaTourEiffel at midnight in tribute to the victims of the attack in Mogadiscio," wrote the mayor of Paris with the words-sharp "we are united and #Paris".
As angry protesters gathered near the scene of the attack, Somalia's government blamed the al-Qaida linked al-Shabab extremist group for what it called a "national disaster."
The armed forces completed military operations in the eastern Homs countryside, eliminating the last groups of the terrorist Islamic State in the area and liberating an area of 1,800 square kilometres.
In a statement, the SDF said it had opened a new front against IS on the northern edge of Raqqa, describing this as “a feature of the final stages of the Euphrates Wrath campaign, which is nearing its end”.
Younes Abouyaaqoub, 22, could be armed, officials say, and the manhunt has been extended across Europe. New CCTV footage from the day of the attack appears to show him fleeing the scene on foot.
"It could have happened to me too," said Abdel Karim, a Moroccan man living in Catalonia.
The main target was to be Sagrada Familia, the UNESCO world heritage basilica which remains unfinished despite construction starting in 1882 by Antoni Gaudi.
Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack.
"The RA MFA clarifies whether as a result of the #Barcelona accident there are injured Armenians or RA citizens."
The police also said they would be conducting controlled explosions in Cambrils but didn’t elaborate further.
Catalan police said on Twitter that a bomb squad in Cambrils would carry out several controlled explosions after they determined that the attackers were carrying explosive belts.
Nubar Ozanyan was fighting together with the Kurdish forces.
Following the attack, police detained another 12 suspected Islamic State militants, of Iranian, Iraqi and Syrian origin, Andalou said.
A military source told SANA Saturday that large numbers of ISIS terrorists were killed and their weapons and equipment were destroyed in the army operations.
At Herat Main Hospital, Dr Shehrzai confirmed that 29 bodies were brought to the medical facility soon after the blast.
Investigators said they had seized materials in the raids that could have been used to make an improvised explosive device.
"Baghdadi is definitely alive. He is not dead. We have information that he is alive. We believe 99 percent he is alive," Lahur Talabany told Reuters in an interview.
The assailant was a member of the Daesh and was in contact with other terrorists, the DPA news agency reported, citing a source in Egyptian security services.
Islamic State militants, who have been facing mounting U.S.-backed offensives in Iraq and neighboring Syria, claimed responsibility for the assault.
“Terrorist Baghdadi is definitely dead,” cleric Ali Shirazi, who is representative to the Quds force, told IRNA without elaborating.
Authorities say they’re just days away from fully retaking the city but the battle is a tough one, with pockets of fighters and snipers dug in among civilians.
"The return of al-Nuri Mosque and al-Hadba minaret to the fold of the nation marks the end of the Daesh state of falsehood," Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said in a statement, referring to the ultra-hardline Sunni group by an Arabic acronym.
The hate preacher, who has a $25million bounty on his head, had been believed to be hiding out in the desert outside the besieged city of Mosul in northern Iraq. But intelligence agencies believe he escaped from the city while it was being retaken by the Iraqi army.
The assault on the parliament building appears to be over, after earlier reports of a hostage situation. A suicide bomber died at the mausoleum.
Another victim has been named as Australian nurse Kirsty Boden, 28, who her family said had run towards London Bridge to help people.
Doha spent the money in a transaction that secured the release of 26 members of a Qatari falconry party in southern Iraq and about 50 militants captured by jihadis in Syria.
Several people were killed and wounded in the blast near the fortified entrance to the German embassy, said Basir Mujahid a spokesman for Kabul police.
The Iraqi air force dropped leaflets on Friday urging residents in the enclave to flee, raising fears among humanitarian groups for the safety of desperate civilians there.
As many as 10 attackers stormed the bus dressed in military uniforms and wearing masks, according to witnesses. The victims were on their way to visit a monastery.
In one video an English-speaking supporter of ISISl held up a home made sign with the word "Manchester" and the date of the attack.
Police Major Nur Hussein told Reuters that security forces on patrol encountered a car blocking the street and, believing it was being driven by militants, opened fire.
The measure allows authorities to make arrests without warrants and search people's homes. It needs to be approved by parliament before it is implemented.
According to the Deputy Commissioner and head of counter terrorism at the Metropolitan Police, Mark Rowley they know who the terrorist is and that he was inspired by international and Islamist-related terrorism.
Busses ready to carry the armed rebels and their families were lined up at the entrance of the al-Wair neighborhood, with government soldiers, policemen, and several Russian military policemen, on alert to secure a smooth process that could see Homs city free of any rebel presence in a matter of days, or weeks, as al-Wair is the last rebel-held neighborhood in the city.
The suspects, most of them foreign nationals, have been charged with being members of an armed extremist organization.
The FBI says there are no specific, credible threats, but a warning is being issued out of an ''abundance of caution.''
In a region where until recently the extremist group "Boko Haram" hosted, at least 14 million people needed help.
The twin attacks took place in Tikrit and Samarra, as Iraqi troops and security forces battled to retake the northern city of Mosul from Islamic State militants who have controlled it for more than two years.
Those killed on Thursday and Friday had been rounded up near and in the city for use as human shields against attacks that are forcing ISIS out of the southern sections of Mosul.
The official said at least 60 other people were brought into a nearby hospital run by the medical charity in Aden's Mansoura district.
The court will make a final decision on the legality of the bans later.
In an undated audio message, Hamza bin Laden urged Saudi youth to join the Yemen-based Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) to ''gain the necessary experience'' to fight.
59% of Europeans are sure that in their countries providing asylum to Muslim migrants increases the risk of terrorism, as well as damages the economy. There is a negative treatment towards muslims mostly in Hungary (72%), in Italy (69%) , in Poland (69%) and in Greece (65%).
The group would now be called Jabhat Fatah al-Sham.
Police officials said a third bomber was killed, along with the other attackers. More than two hours after the attack began, police said the situation was under control. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.
The powerful blast set fire to several nearby shops and destroyed many stalls and civilian cars at the scene, which was crowded with shoppers who were preparing their families for Eid ul-Fitr.
The Taliban established the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, and it has been fighting an insurgency since to regain control of the country.
Analysts say it is unlikely the group will change direction under hardline religious scholar Akhundzada.
According to interlocutors of the channel, attacks can occur in schools, kindergartens and youth centers "in the next few days, if not hours."
After these attacks most European Union countries announced plans for tougher anti-terrorism laws.
According to him the link between the terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels and the preparing attack is not set yet.
For crossing the bridge into Molenbeek — as it is called — you feel as though you abruptly came out of Europe and entered some seething Middle Eastern or North African ghetto.
The main reasons that women leave their houses and their secure lives and join the terrorists are their personal tragedies, or their desire to marry a jihadist.
Sunni extremist group said it would continue to target Shi'ite Muslims.
Money and resources flowing to Islamic State from regional players make it more difficult to fight terrorism, an adviser to Syria’s president told RT, adding that the political dialogue has also been thwarted by opposition groups backed by foreign states.
Some areas in the northeastern state of Borno are too dangerous for humanitarian organizations’ employees, who are engaged in the delivery of food to civilians in conflict zones.
On the occasion Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve noted at the National Assembly that the threat of new terrorist violence remains very high after the Islamic extremist attacks that killed 130 people.
The Iraqi government aims to defeat the Islamic State.
He said an investigation "into an alleged attack in Syria in August" concluded" at least two people were exposed to [the blister agent] sulphur mustard.
"We are not talking about a thousand troops but we are talking about troops on the ground that will lead the way, that will train, that will support ... And I think our position remains the same and we will have to see how this progresses."
Turkish artillery has given cover several times when units of terrorists were retreating.
Officials believe around 500 Belgians may have gone as foreign fighters to Syria, joining up with jihadis from the Islamic State group which claimed the November attacks on the French capital.
Chomsky claimed Erdoğan was operating with double standards on terrorism.
One group that monitors jihadist networks said al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb claimed it was behind the attack on the four-star hotel alongside members of the al-Murabitoun Islamist group.
The route which was captured was a supply conduit between the two towns...
From 400 to 500 Kyrgyz citizens left for Iraq and Syria to join...
"Sergei Kuzhugetovich Shoigu said in his comments that, unfortunately, we cannot expect a quick ending to this operation due to new recruits joining terrorist ranks and terrorism not being properly fought on other fronts," lawmaker Gutenev told reporters.
Hajiyev said that according to the laws of Azerbaijan the country's participation in any structure should be considered from the standpoint of the requirements of internal procedures.
A joint operations centre will be established in the Saudi capital...
"Turkey's actions will Let Daesh expand its influence in border zones," Abu Muhammad claimed.
During his visit he is to meet with Iraqi President Fuad Masum and Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi...
"Turkey is the first and main power which funds and supplies weapons to terrorist groups. We believe the fight against terrorism should begin with pressuring Turkey. Now Turkey is the main sponsor of terrorism in the region," Khoury said at a press conference in Moscow.
"Revenues from the sale of oil are one of the most important sources of activity by terrorists in Syria. They earn around $2 billion annually, spending these funds on hiring militants from around the world and equipping them with weapons, equipment, and arms," Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said during a briefing in Moscow.
"They fight and they even fight ahead of the Peshmerga. They won’t allow anyone to take photos of them, but they take photos of everyone." Karwan Hama Tata, a Peshmerga volunteer noted.
In addition President Assad stated that the defeat of militant rebel groups is a prerequisite for the success of the political solution that Syrians will decide on.
According to the newspaper, those weapons were two AK-47 rifles and two Chinese-made machines - Yugoslav Zastava M70 (unlicensed copy of the Kalashnikov assault rifle).
According to him, there will be stricter border control and it would determine the bloc’s fate.
The Monday alert, which also warned Americans of the risks of using public transportation and attending theater and sporting events, is effective for three months and only expires on Feb. 24.
Anxious inhabitants of the Belgian capital, had hoped for a respite from the lockdown that has seen shops, schools and offices shut, public transport restricted, museums and theatres closed, seasonal markets cancelled, and thousands of armed police and soldiers in the streets.
Most often girls and women aged 14 to 45 who wear hijabs are subjected to these attacks. The attackers are mostly local men aged 15 to 35 and a large number of such incidents occur in public places.
Meanwhile, investigators continue to search for Abdeslam Salah who is believed to have organized the terrorist attacks in Paris. 26-year-old French citizen who lived in Brussels recently, may have returned there after the attacks, according to the police.
British Prime-Minister held talks with French President Francois Hollande on the threat posed by Islamic State.
The announcement came Sunday as anti-terror raids were carried out in Brussels, leading to 16 people being detained, according to Belgian prosecutors.
Reporters got a special message from the representatives of the "Re-Liberation Front Masina."
A total of 22 raids were carried out on Sunday across Brussels and Charleroi, Belgian prosecutor Eric van der Sypt told a news conference.
"We have been informed by Baghdad to halt the flights because of Russian jets attacking Daesh (ISIS) in Syria. This is for the safety of travelers," Talar Faiyq, head of Erbil International Airport.
On Friday, several armed militants took 170 people hostage at Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako...
Nigeria has experienced the highest rate of terrorist activity by the terror group Boko Haram...
We began our fight against al Qaeda in 2001 and it took us quite a few years before we were able to ...
This renewed push to extend British anti-ISIL activity in Syria comes despite opposition from Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and the UK cross-party Foreign Affairs Committee.
The US State Department has Identified St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, Milan's cathedral and La Scala opera house, as well as "general venues" like churches, synagogues, restaurants, theaters and hotels have been identified as "potential targets" in those two cities for terrorist attacks.
''Tirty-two people were killed and 80 have been injured,'' - a Red Cross official told.
SWAT teams and special forces have surrounded an apartment in the Parisian suburb of Saint-Denis - close to the Stade de France - in a siege that started at 4.30am this morning.
“Were redirected by police on out way to the stadium and are in a safe place. Please understand that we can’t say anymore at this point,” Jens Grittner, spokesman for the German national team, said in a tweet.
"The struggle against terrorism is underway inside France and outside it, in particular, in Syria. Let us remember that. As you may know, our planes last night dealt more strikes (against the terrorists’ positions) in Raqqah against a command center and training camp of the Islamic State (an organization outlawed in Russia). We will keep doing that," he said.
He said he is going to introduce a bill to extend the state of emergency declared after the attacks for three months and would suggest changes to the constitution.
''The option to change my profile only to France's flag is sub-standard and flawed thinking that reinforces the value of some bodies over others'', - writes an irritated Facebook user to the social net founder.
"The fight against terrorism, the fight against IS were discussed in detail and the need for cooperation in this field was noted, understanding of the necessity of multilateral cooperation in the fight against terrorism," Peskov told reporters.
Among the identified terrorists who blew themselves up is a French citizen, Omar Ismail Mostefaï (born November 21, 1985). He was raised in Courcouronnes, a poor neighborhood of Paris.
This statement was done by Kyrgyzstan’s Prosecutor-General Indira Joldubayeva on Wednesday at the 7th regional conference ...
"We're going to spend a lot of time just making sure our own investigators and own intelligence community find out what's going on before we make any definitive pronouncements. But it's certainly possible that there was a bomb on board," Obama added.
In addition, president Sisi warned against jumping to conclusions: "All those interested in the matter are welcome to participate in the investigation.
"Cooperation in the fight against ISIL could be a foundation for this," Kemal Kilicdaroglu noted.
Growing terrorist activity and the merging of radical groups with transnational organized crime present a particular danger today...
The night raid on Huwija was organized just hours before intelligence suggested the 69 Peshmerga and Iraqi soldiers were to be murdered and buried in four mass graves by Islamic State (IS) fighters.
In addition, Blair acknowledged to Zakaria that there are "elements of truth" in the view that the 2003 invasion of Iraq was the principle cause of the rise of ISIS.
"At the same time "Islamic State" is trying to become stronger in neighboring Pakistan ... We do note a worrying trend of expansion of the terrorist group" Islamic State" in Afghanistan and Pakistan, as I said before," Zakharov declared.
"The US and its allies in the region and the world, which themselves, both overtly and covertly, set the stage to breed terrorism, have no right to claim to be fighting it," he stressed.
"And if these two great Islamic states began to coordinate their efforts in combating terrorism, other Muslim countries would also leave aside their political disputes and unite in the fight against this common evil," Steinmeier said.
The Azerbaijani government further deepens extremist moods in the country making the Azerbaijani society more vulnerable to those moods. Instead of addressing root causes of the problem, Azerbaijani government remains loyal to its policy of repressions, putting the Azerbaijani society in search of alternative methods "to bring morality to politics."
"The Russian Defense Ministry responded to the request of the Pentagon and promptly considered the US proposals on the coordination of actions in the fight against the ISIL terrorist group in Syria. In general, these proposals can be adopted for implementation."
"This is a systematic destruction of the city. They want to raze it completely. They want to destroy the amphitheatre, the colonnade. We now fear for the entire city," he added, calling on the international community to "find a way to save Palmyra," noted Abdulkarim.
"You can make the case, if you look at Libya, look at what we did there, it’s a mess," Trump said on NBC.
"We believe that the Free Syrian Army should be part of the political process, like some other armed groups on the ground composed of the Syrian patriotic opposition. This is absolutely necessary for the political process to hold and to be sustainable."
"We're going to make our military so strong. Nobody's going to mess with us. They're not going to mess with us. We're not going to use our military," Trump added.
Erdogan has reacted to a recent statement by US State Department Spokesperson John Kirby who said Washington does not consider the Peoples’ Protection Units (YPG)...
They have proven successful against ISIL inside Syria...
Maybe the cooperation of the sides will be possible if they for some time put aside existing disagreements (to come to them leter), and and for now concetrate on common challenges and common strategies to overcome those challenges.
He also urged all forces in Syria to unite against terrorism.
Notwithstanding, the insistence that the group had permission to travel to a remote area of the Western Desert by tourism officials, the interior ministry of the country noted that they entered a restricted area.
The second explosion took place in the city center exactly half an hour later.
According to the official, the US believes the group has a cell dedicated to building these weapons.
"Despite the big mistakes (of Islamic State), if I were in Iraq or Syria I would cooperate with them in killing the crusaders and secularists and Shi'ites even though I don't recognize the legitimacy of their state, because the matter is bigger than that," he said.
In the article as a precondition for "economic personalities" and "wealthy entrepreneurs" to get off the list by withdrawing their money from U.S. banks, investing their wealth outside American soil, and denouncing support for Israel.
However, it is interesting to note that covert penetration into Europe is not the only way the Islamic State uses migration crisis to its advantage. Information disseminated by different media sources reports that what is considered crisis for Europe has long ago become a source of profit for the terrorist organizations in the Middle East.
"To eradicate these terrorists [ISIL], we must give the Syrians a political perspective," Fabius told Le Parisien newspaper.
Taking into consideration all the above mentione one cannot but to ask a logical question: if both Russia and the US claim to be fighting against Islamic State terrorist organization, why should one side be worried of another’s military existence there, instead of cooperating with one another. The answer sounds paradoxical and simple at the same time.
The information was reveled by the ISIS smuggler, who is in his thirties and is described as having a trimmed jet-black beard.
As Peoples’ Democratic Party Deputy Parliamentary Group Chair İdris Baluken claims, the motion is not directed against the IS militants, but against the Kurdish militant groups.
The operation is an independently run initiative
The attack took place along the front line north of Mosul on Augsut 31 and one peshmerga fighter was receiving treatment.
For this purpose within the next few days the militant group will start recalling foreign currency from circulation in Mosul in a bid to reinstate the gold dinar as a means of exchange,
fought within the group “Mahmut Azeri” against Bashar al-Assad forces was killed in air strikes launched by government forces in the Ribat province of Syria, Furkan Azeri.
The Resolute Support service members returned fire and killed the shooters.
Cavusoglu did not provide details about Turkey’s participation in the campaign, but said that the deal had been signed by the US and Turkish defense chiefs.
Two unknown gunmen raided the office of ICRC in the Yemeni port city of Aden on Monday.
Incirlik base in Turkey for the US-led coalition’s air operations against the Islamic State in northern Syria and Iraq is ''already proving to have a great multiplier effect on the battlefield''.
The ISIL militant, who appeared in the video by the name “Abu Ammar,” is known as Fatih Acipayam...
The attackers threw a stun grenade at security guards.