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ISIS chief Baghdadi buried at sea, afforded religious rites

29 Oct 2019

ISIS chief Baghdadi buried at sea, afforded religious rites

ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was revealed to have died recently, has been buried at sea, US officials said on Monday.

Trump threatens Turkey's economy in blunt letter to President Erdogan

17 Oct 2019

Trump threatens Turkey's economy in blunt letter to President Erdogan

United States President Donald Trump warned his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, told him "not to be a fool" and threatened to destroy the country's economy in a striking letter sent on the day Turkey launched its incursion into northeastern Syria.

IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi praises Sri Lanka Easter bombings

30 Apr 2019

IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi praises Sri Lanka Easter bombings

The leader of the Islamic State group praised the Easter suicide bombings that killed more than 250 people in Sri Lanka in a video released yesterday, calling on terrorists to be a "thorn" against their enemies, in his first filmed appearance in nearly five years.

ISIS chief Baghdadi appears in video after 5 years

30 Apr 2019

ISIS chief Baghdadi appears in video after 5 years

For the first time in five years, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the ISIS chief who had gone underground and was presumed dead, surfaced in a new video.

Joining foreign terror outfit not against Sri Lankan law: PM

26 Apr 2019

Joining foreign terror outfit not against Sri Lankan law: PM

PM Ranil Wickremesinghe said the government knew that Sri Lankan nationals who joined the Islamic State had returned, but they could not be arrested as joining a foreign terrorist organization is not against the law in the island nation.

Ansar al-Tawhid jihadists kill 33 regime forces in northwest-Syria: Monitor

04 Mar 2019

Ansar al-Tawhid jihadists kill 33 regime forces in northwest-Syria: Monitor

At least 33 pro-regime fighters were killed yesterday in attacks mounted by jihadist groups near Idlib province, in the deadliest day in six months for loyalist forces, a monitor said.

Syrian jihadist group kills 21 regime forces in Idlib: Monitor

03 Mar 2019

Syrian jihadist group kills 21 regime forces in Idlib: Monitor

A Syrian jihadist group linked to al-Qaeda killed 21 regime and allied forces today near Idlib province, in one of the deadliest breaches of a six-month-old truce deal, a monitor said.

Two countries, two women: Can ISIS brides return home?

23 Feb 2019

Two countries, two women: Can ISIS brides return home?

In more ways than one, the lives of British citizen Shamima Begum and Hoda Muthana, who hails from the United States have come to the same crossroads.

Take back 800 ISIS-fighters captured in Syria: Trump to Europe

17 Feb 2019

Take back 800 ISIS-fighters captured in Syria: Trump to Europe

US President Donald Trump has demanded the European nations take back more than 800 ISIS fighters captured in Syria and put them on trial, warning that the US otherwise will be forced to free the jihadists after it pulls out from the war-torn country.

At least 100,000 babies die in war every year: Report

15 Feb 2019

At least 100,000 babies die in war every year: Report

At least 100,000 babies die every year because of armed conflict and its impact, from hunger to denial of aid, Save the Children International said today.

State of the Union address: Highlights from Trump's speech

06 Feb 2019

State of the Union address: Highlights from Trump's speech

On Tuesday, US President Donald Trump delivered his annual State of the Union address, which was marked by both a combative and a conciliatory attitude.

US court orders Syria to pay $302mn for journalist's murder

01 Feb 2019

US court orders Syria to pay $302mn for journalist's murder

On Wednesday night, a court in Washington slapped the Syrian government with $302mn in damages for the death of journalist Marie Colvin.

Trump, Erdogan discuss ways to defeat terrorism in northeast Syria

21 Jan 2019

Trump, Erdogan discuss ways to defeat terrorism in northeast Syria

US President Donald Trump and his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan yesterday agreed to continue to pursue a negotiated solution for northeast Syria, the White House said today following a telephonic conversation between the two leaders.

Trump threatens to devastate Turkey if it hits Kurdish forces

14 Jan 2019

Trump threatens to devastate Turkey if it hits Kurdish forces

United States President Donald Trump has threatened to "devastate" Turkey economically if the NATO-allied nation attacks US-backed Kurdish forces in Syria following a pullout of American troops from the war-torn country, and also urged the Kurds not to "provoke" Ankara.

Israeli PM Netanyahu confirms air-strike on Iranian warehouses in Syria

13 Jan 2019

Israeli PM Netanyahu confirms air-strike on Iranian warehouses in Syria

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today said Israel had, at the weekend, carried out an air strike on Iranian weapon warehouses in Syria, a rare public confirmation of such attacks.

America cannot be the world's policeman: US President Trump

27 Dec 2018

America cannot be the world's policeman: US President Trump

America cannot be the policeman of the world, US President Donald Trump said during his first visit to Iraq as he urged other countries to share responsibilities.

'No plans at all' to remove US-troops from Iraq: Trump

27 Dec 2018

'No plans at all' to remove US-troops from Iraq: Trump

US President Donald Trump, who's visiting Iraq, says he has "no plans at all" to remove US troops from the country.

Here are world's safest and most-unsafe travel destinations for 2019

24 Dec 2018

Here are world's safest and most-unsafe travel destinations for 2019

As we are stepping into 2019, we have also started making our travel lists.

Trump says discussed 'highly coordinated' Syria pullout with Erdogan

24 Dec 2018

Trump says discussed 'highly coordinated' Syria pullout with Erdogan

United States President Donald Trump said he discussed Syria and "the slow & highly coordinated pullout of US troops from the area" in a phone call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday.

US: Mattis resigns as Defense Secretary over differences with Trump

21 Dec 2018

US: Mattis resigns as Defense Secretary over differences with Trump

After two years in office, US Defense Secretary James Mattis has resigned from his post, reportedly over differences with US President Donald Trump, especially pertaining to matters of foreign policy.

Russia has enough missiles without violating treaty: Putin to US

19 Dec 2018

Russia has enough missiles without violating treaty: Putin to US

Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday rejected the US claim that Russia has developed a new cruise missile in violation of a key nuclear treaty.

14 civilians killed in US-led coalition strikes in eastern Syria

04 Nov 2018

14 civilians killed in US-led coalition strikes in eastern Syria

At least 14 civilians were killed yesterday in US-led coalition air strikes on the Islamic State group's last holdout in eastern Syria, a Britain-based monitor said.

Pakistan poses greater threat to humanity than Syria, report finds

27 Oct 2018

Pakistan poses greater threat to humanity than Syria, report finds

A report titled 'Humanity at Risk - Global Terror Threat Indicant (GTTI)' has concluded that Pakistan poses three times the threat to humanity than Syria, as it continues to be a breeding ground for terrorist pads.

Plane carrying 15 people shot down by Syrian missile: Russia

18 Sep 2018

Plane carrying 15 people shot down by Syrian missile: Russia

Russia's Defense Ministry said one of its reconnaissance aircraft with 15 people on board has been brought down by a Syrian surface-to-air missile over the Mediterranean Sea.

Russia accuses US of using white phosphorous bombs in Syria

10 Sep 2018

Russia accuses US of using white phosphorous bombs in Syria

Russia on Sunday accused the United States of carrying out bombing using white phosphorous in eastern Syria against military targets in civilian areas, which is banned under international law.

Syria: 39 killed in weapons depot blast; explosion's origin unknown

12 Aug 2018

Syria: 39 killed in weapons depot blast; explosion's origin unknown

An explosion of unknown origin at a weapons depot in a rebel-held town in northwest Syria's Sarmada in Idlib province killed at least 39 civilians, including a dozen children, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said.

Iraq sentences French man, German woman to life for IS-membership

07 Aug 2018

Iraq sentences French man, German woman to life for IS-membership

An Iraqi court yesterday sentenced a French man and a German woman to life in prison in the latest punishments handed down for belonging to Islamic State jihadist group.

Syria: How parents use WhatsApp to teach kids new skills

30 Jul 2018

Syria: How parents use WhatsApp to teach kids new skills

The Syrian civil war is one of the worst the world's ever seen. It has displaced and permanently scarred millions in the last seven years, forcing them to take dangerous journeys and seek shelter in nations that don't want them.

Syria: Death toll in IS attacks rises to 250 overnight

26 Jul 2018

Syria: Death toll in IS attacks rises to 250 overnight

The death toll in Islamic State group suicide bombings and shootings in southern Syria rose to nearly 250 overnight, over half of them civilians.

Inside British Parliament, Siri 'interrupts' MP, announces results on Syria

05 Jul 2018

Inside British Parliament, Siri 'interrupts' MP, announces results on Syria

The task of digital assistants Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant, is to make our lives easier. But in this case, a minister of British Parliament was left embarrassed when Apple's Siri rudely interrupted his speech.

'Wow,' says Trump after Supreme Court upholds travel ban

27 Jun 2018

'Wow,' says Trump after Supreme Court upholds travel ban

After months of legal battles, as the US Supreme Court (SC) upheld Donald Trump's travel ban yesterday, the President hailed the verdict on Twitter with a simple 'wow.'

India the "most dangerous" country for women, finds global survey

26 Jun 2018

India the "most dangerous" country for women, finds global survey

If someone needed more proof that women in this country are at high risk, an international poll has now named India the most dangerous for women.

First Russia air strikes hit South Syria, no casualties reported

24 Jun 2018

First Russia air strikes hit South Syria, no casualties reported

Russian air strikes are hitting rebel-held towns in Daraa (South Syria) for the first time since a ceasefire was agreed upon last year, said the Observatory for Human Rights.

Globally, 68.5mn people forcibly displaced from their home, says UN

19 Jun 2018

Globally, 68.5mn people forcibly displaced from their home, says UN

A record 68.5mn people have been forced to flee their homes due to war, violence, and persecution, notably in places like Myanmar and Syria, a report released by UN refugee agency in Geneva said.

Sikh NGO is bringing Eid cheer to thousands of Syrian-refugees

15 Jun 2018

Sikh NGO is bringing Eid cheer to thousands of Syrian-refugees

Khalsa Aid, a UK-based NGO which has been constantly working to improve lives of Syrian refugees, is now making their Eid cheerful.

Israel strikes Iranian targets in Syria after rocket attack

10 May 2018

Israel strikes Iranian targets in Syria after rocket attack

Israeli military forces carried out air strikes against Iranian targets in Syria after Iranian forces, based there, fired rockets at the Israel-occupied Golan Heights.

Russian fighter jet crashes off Syria, both pilots killed

03 May 2018

Russian fighter jet crashes off Syria, both pilots killed

A Russian fighter jet crashed after taking off from an airbase in Syria today, killing both pilots, Moscow's defense ministry said in a statement.

Over 50 dead bodies recovered in former ISIS stronghold Raqqa

22 Apr 2018

Over 50 dead bodies recovered in former ISIS stronghold Raqqa

Over 50 dead bodies were recovered from a mass grave in Raqqa, the former de-facto capital of Islamic State, on Saturday.

Trump says 'mission accomplished', Syrians celebrate 'victory on streets'

14 Apr 2018

Trump says 'mission accomplished', Syrians celebrate 'victory on streets'

Hours after the US, France and Britain launched unprecedented joint air-strikes on Damascus early Saturday morning, thousands of Syrians assembled at landmark squares in an act of defiance.

US, UK and France launch missile strikes on Syria

14 Apr 2018

US, UK and France launch missile strikes on Syria

Acting on his previous threat, US President Donald Trump has ordered a military attack against Syria, joining allies UK and France. These strikes are in response to a suspected chemical attack on Syrian town of Douma last week.