Monday , October 23 2017

International

Crackdown on Muslims fuels exodus to IS

KOMSOMOLSKOYE, Russia, Nov 25, (AP): Security forces in Russia’s southernmost republic of Dagestan keep devout Muslims under surveillance, routinely raid their homes and haul them to police stations to give DNA samples and fingerprints. So it was no surprise to many in the village of Komsomolskoye that Rashid Magomedov fled …

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Putin deploys missile system to Syria – JET DOWNED IN 17 SECONDS INCURSION … PILOT SHOT IN PARACHUTE

MOSCOW, Nov 25, (Agencies): President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered state-of-the art air defense missile systems to be deployed at a Russian air base in Syria following the downing of one of its warplanes by Turkey, a move that raised the threat of a military confrontation between the NATO member …

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Qatar mulls ‘introducing’ family-only days at mall – ‘Bachelor ban’

DOHA, Nov 25, (AFP): Qatar’s only directly elected body is to discuss introducing family-only days at major shopping malls in a move dubbed a “bachelor ban” that is likely to restrict access for foreign labourers. What sounds like an innocuous idea is proving highly contentious and threatens once more to …

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French jets destroy Islamic State command centre in Iraq – official; ‘US leads 23 air strikes against DAESH’

WASHINGTON, Nov 25, (Agencies): French warplanes destroyed an Islamic State command centre at Tal Afar, some 45 kilometres west of Mosul in Iraq, a French official said on Tuesday. “We hit an Islamic State command centre at Tal Afar,” the official said during President Francois Hollande’s visit to meet his …

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Putin rages as Turkey downs jet

ANKARA, Nov 24, (AFP): NATO member Turkey shot down a Russian war plane on the Syrian border on Tuesday, an act President Vladimir Putin denou-nced as a “stab in the back” by “accomplices of terrorists” as tensions spiralled between two rival players in the Syria war. Turkey called an extraordinary …

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Tunis bomb attack on presidential guard bus kills 14

TUNIS, Nov 24, (AFP): A bomb exploded on a bus transporting Tunisia’s presidential guard in central Tunis Tuesday killed at least 14 people and wounded 11, the interior ministry said. A security source at the site of the explosion said “most of the agents who were on the bus are …

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China casts doubts on Xinjiang loyalty

BEIJING, Nov 24, (RTRS): A senior official from China’s violence- torn Xinjiang region questioned on Tuesday the loyalty of some ruling Communist Party members there, saying some even supported “terrorist acts”. The comments are a rare admission of dissent among Xinjiang’s officials over Beijing’s policies, which have been condemned by …

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French police descend on Salafist preacher

TOULOUSE, France, Nov 24, (Agencies): French anti-terrorist police accompanied by helicopters descended on a small southwestern French village on Tuesday searching for a Salafist preacher suspected of mentoring young jihadists, a source close to the case said. The operation, one of dozens that police have been conducting in suspected Islamist …

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US trying to speed up efforts to defeat Islamic State: Kerry – France strikes IS in Iraq

ABU DHABI, UAE, Nov 23, (Agencies): The United States is seeking new military, counterterrorism and diplomatic ideas to destroy the Islamic State group faster, Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday, acknowledging the difficulty in eliminating extremists who’ve exploited four years of chaos in the Middle East to become a …

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At least 12 on Australian terror watchlist – Checks on Syrian refugees could take a year

SYDNEY, Nov 23, (Agencies): Australian officials said Monday they were aware of 12 men or boys in the community who they believe could commit an act of terror, as Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull convened a national security meeting. Canberra has become increasingly concerned about the prospect of lone-wolf attacks by …

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