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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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France boosts IS fight; Brussels ‘locked down’

BRUSSELS, Nov 23, (Agencies): France launched military missions over Islamic State areas in Syria and Iraq Monday from a newly-deployed aircraft carrier as Brussels was locked down for a third day amid fears of a repeat of the Paris terror attacks. President Francois Hollande met British Premier David Cameron in …

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Tunisia group claims beheading of teen – Shepherd accused of informing army about IS movements

TUNIS, Nov 23, (AFP): A jihadist group claimed the beheading of a young Tunisian shepherd on behalf of Islamic State, accusing him of having informed the army about their movements in the central province of Sidi Bouzid, in a video posted on the Internet Sunday. The killing of 16-year-old Mabrouk …

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Belgium hunts several suspects – BRUSSELS IN LOCKDOWN ON MAXIMUM ALERT

BRUSSELS, Nov 22, (Agencies): Belgium will keep the highest threat level for Brussels on Monday, with the metro as well as schools remaining closed because of a “serious and imminent” threat of coordinated, multiple attacks, the country’s prime minister said. For the rest of the country, a threat level of …

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