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World voices solidarity with Spain after terror attack

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‘TERRORIST ATTACK.’ Policemen stand together on the Rambla boulevard after a van ploughed into the crowd, killing at least 13 people and injuring around 100 others on the Rambla in Barcelona on August 17, 2017. Photo by Josep Lago/AFP

Spanish and world leaders condemn the Barcelona van attack, expressing outrage and solidarity with the victims

BARCELONA, Spain (Aug. 18, 2017) — Spanish and world leaders on Thursday, August 17, condemned the Barcelona van attack, expressing outrage and solidarity with the victims. Continue reading World voices solidarity with Spain after terror attack

Philippines condemns Barcelona terror attack

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DENOUNCING TERROR. Malacañang lends its voice to condemnation of the Barcelona attack. Malacañang file photo

Malacañang condoles with the families and friends left behind by the victims of the attack which was claimed by ISIS

MANILA, Philippines (Aug. 18, 2017) — The Philippines on Friday, August 18, joined the international community in condemning the terror attack in Barcelona, Spain, which killed at least 13 people. Continue reading Philippines condemns Barcelona terror attack

13 dead, 100 injured in 2 Spanish seaside city attacks

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VAN ATTACK. Medical staff members and policemen stand in a cordoned off area after a van plowed into the crowd, injuring several persons on the Rambla in Barcelona on August 17, 2017. Photo by Josep Lago/ AFP

Spain, the world’s 3rd tourism destination, has until now been spared the kind of extremist violence that has rocked nearby France, Belgium and Germany

BARCELONA, Spain (Aug. 18, 2017) — Drivers have plowed into pedestrians in two quick-succession, separate attacks in Barcelona and another popular Spanish seaside city, leaving 13 people dead and injuring more than 100 others. Continue reading 13 dead, 100 injured in 2 Spanish seaside city attacks

Tougher fighting, more suicide attacks as ISIS hits back in Mosul

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WAR-TORN. Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Services (CTS) members carry food as they walk in the Old City of Mosul on July 3, 2017 during an ongoing offensive to retake the city from Islamic State (ISIS) group fighters. Fadel Senna/AFP

Iraqi forces are facing increasingly difficult fighting and a rising number of suicide attacks, including some by female bombers, in the final stages of the battle for Mosul

MOSUL, Iraq (Jul. 4, 2017) — Iraqi forces are facing increasingly difficult fighting and a rising number of suicide attacks, including some by female bombers, in the final stages of the battle for Mosul, commanders said Monday, July 3. Continue reading Tougher fighting, more suicide attacks as ISIS hits back in Mosul

ISIS ‘sanctioned, if not directed’ Resorts World attack – expert

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The Philippines now serves as an inspiration for global jihadists, say terrorism experts, who asked the government to investigate an ISIS claim the Resorts World gunman converted to Islam

MANILA, Philippines (Jul. 3, 2017) — One month after the Resorts World attack in Manila, terrorism experts tell Rappler they believe the Philippines prematurely dismissed claims by the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, IS, ISIL or Daesch, and asked for an investigation into its claim the Resorts World gunman was a recent convert to Islam. Continue reading ISIS ‘sanctioned, if not directed’ Resorts World attack – expert

Infighting near Damascus kills 169 – monitor

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Some 156 fighters are killed in the clashes, 67 from the Army of Islam and the rest from Fateh al-Sham and allied forces. The fighting also kills 13 civilians, including two children, and wounded dozens

BEIRUT, Lebanon (May 5, 2017) — A week of infighting killed nearly 169 people in the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta region outside Syria’s capital Damascus before calm returned on Friday, May 5, a monitor said. Continue reading Infighting near Damascus kills 169 – monitor

Iraq forces make Mosul gains, but anti-ISIS war far from over

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THE MOSUL OFFENSIVE. Iraqi families who were displaced by the ongoing operation by Iraqi forces against the Islamic State group to retake the city of Mosul, are seen near Qayyarah, south of Mosul, on October 29, 2016. File photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

Tough close-quarters fighting in heavily-populated areas of Mosul is still ahead, and ISIS also holds territory in other parts of Iraq, as well as in neighboring Syria

BAGHDAD, Iraq (Apr. 16, 2017) — Iraqi forces made major gains in the 6 months since launching the operation to retake Mosul, but the battle for Iraq’s second city and the war against the Islamic State (ISIS) group are far from over. Continue reading Iraq forces make Mosul gains, but anti-ISIS war far from over

14 soldiers wounded in clashes with Abu Sayyaf

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File photo of Filipino soldiers in Sulu

The troops reportedly encounter the group of Abu Sayyaf top leader Radullan Sahiron

MANILA, Philippines (Mar. 4, 2017) — Up to 14 soldiers were wounded in clashes with the Abu Sayyaf Group on Friday, March 3, as the military intensified operations after the beheading of a German hostage. Continue reading 14 soldiers wounded in clashes with Abu Sayyaf

West Mosul fighting pushes over 28,000 Iraqis to flee

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An Iraqi woman walks down a road carrying a baby as families flee Mosul on February 28, 2017, during an offensive by security forces to retake the western parts of the city from Islamic State (IS) group fighters. / AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS

West Mosul is the largest population centre still controlled by the Islamic State (ISIS) group, and its recapture would mark the effective end of the cross-border ‘caliphate’

MOSUL, Iraq (Mar 2, 2017) — Over 28,000 people have fled since the start of a drive to retake west Mosul, as Iraqi forces closed in Wednesday, March 1, on a road linking the city with a jihadist-held town to the west. Continue reading West Mosul fighting pushes over 28,000 Iraqis to flee

ISIS wreaks new destruction in Syria’s ancient Palmyra

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NEW DESTRUCTION. This handout picture provided on January 20, 2017 by UNITAR-UNOSAT and taken on December 26, 2016, shows a close-up of a satellite-detected image of the Roman amphitheater in the ancient city of Palmyra in central Syria. Handout photo by UNITAR-UNOSAT/AFP

The UN’s cultural agency has reacted with outrage, calling the fresh destruction a ‘war crime’ and ‘cultural cleansing’

DAMASCUS, Syria (Jan. 21, 2017) — The Islamic State group (IS, formerly known as ISIS or the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq) has demolished more treasured monuments in Syria’s ancient Palmyra, a month after recapturing it from government forces, the country’s antiquities chief said Friday, January 20. Continue reading ISIS wreaks new destruction in Syria’s ancient Palmyra