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Islamic State Twitter traffic plunges – Messages of jihadi glorification’s countered

WASHINGTON, July 9, (AP): The Islamic State group’s Twitter traffic has plunged 45 percent in the past two years, the Obama administration says, as the US and its allies have countered messages of jihadi glorification with a flood of online images and statements about suffering and enslavement at the hands …

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Duterte blames US for Mideast violence – Crime war ‘out of control’: critics

MANILA, Philippines, July 9, (Agencies): The new Philippine president blamed US intervention for the bloody conflicts in Iraq and other Middle Eastern countries in his latest criticism of Manila’s closest security ally. President Rodrigo Duterte suggested in a speech Friday that intrusive policy was to blame for attacks on US …

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Outrage, condemnation as bombing hits Madinah near Prophet’s Mosque, tomb

RIYADH, July 5: Three suicide bombings have struck across Saudi Arabia in a single day, including a shocking attack at Islam’s second holiest site, the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah, where four security guards were killed. Monday’s attacks on Islam’s spiritual home came as Muslims prepare for the feast this week …

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Killing of Saudi mom sparks debate about scholar – Saudis concerned by rising Islamic militancy

DUBAI, July 5, (RTRS): Driven by radical beliefs, twin brothers allegedly killed their mother in Saudi Arabia after she tried to stop them from joining Islamic State in Syria in a case that outraged Saudi Arabians worried about rising Islamic militancy. The June 24 killing, in a country where respect …

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5 arrested over mosque burning

Myanmar police have detained five villagers for burning down a mosque last week, an officer said Tuesday, as authorities look to contain religious violence in the Buddhist-majority nation. Anti-Muslim sentiment has fomented across Myanmar in recent years, sporadically erupting into bloodshed and threatening to damage democratic gains in the former …

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Bangladesh may have shot hostage, missed warnings

DHAKA, July 5, (RTRS): Bangladesh police shot dead the pizza chef of a Dhaka restaurant, mistakenly thinking he was one of the militants who killed 20 people, and misread online warnings of an impending assault, police and government officials said on Tuesday. New details from interviews with the officials and …

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Baghdad bombing fuels calls for ‘sleeper cells’ crackdown – Iraq executes 5 after deadly blast

BAGHDAD, July 4, (Agencies): The death toll from a suicide bombing in a Baghdad shopping district rose above 150 on Monday, fueling calls for security forces to crack down on Islamic State sleeper cells blamed for one of the worst ever single bombings in Iraq. Numbers rose as bodies were …

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Rich kids who grew up to be jihadists – Gunmen defy outdated stereotype

DHAKA, July 4, (AFP): Well-educated and hailing from wealthy families, the gunmen who killed 20 hostages in a Bangladesh cafe defy the increasingly outdated stereotype of jihadists from poor backgrounds who have been radicalised in madrassas. Six young men were shot dead Saturday at the end of the all-night siege …

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Bomber strikes near US consulate in Saudi

RIYADH, July 4, (Agencies): A foreign suicide bomber blew himself up near the American consulate in Saudi Arabia’s western city of Jeddah in the early hours of US Independence Day on Monday. Two security officers were slightly wounded, the interior ministry said, as the American embassy in Riyadh reported no …

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Brutality, rapid succession of killings horrified many Pakistanis – ‘Honor’ killings bring new backlash

LAHORE, Pakistan, July 4, (AP): Parveen Rafiq closed her hands around the neck of her youngest daughter, Zeenat, and squeezed and squeezed until the girl was almost dead. Then, in the tiny apartment where the family lived, she doused the 18-year-old with kerosene and set her on fire. Neighbors saw …

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