WELCOME. Children flash the victory gesture as a military convoy carrying US-made Oshkosh armored vehicles, bulldozers, and arms headed for Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighting in Raqa, passes through the northeastern Syrian city of Qamishli on September 19, 2017. Delil Souleiman/AFP Under siege in the northern city for 3 months, ISIS is struggling to defend its one-time bastion under a barrage of air strikes by the US-led coalition battling the jihadists in Syria and Iraq
BEIRUT, Lebanon (Sept. 21, 2017) — US-backed fighters have seized 90% of Raqa from the Islamic State (ISIS) group, a monitor said Wednesday, September 20, as they announced they were in the “final stages” of capturing the jihadists’ Syrian stronghold.
Continue reading US-backed force seizes 90% of Syria’s Raqa from ISIS 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 ISIS LEADER. An image grab taken from a propaganda video released on July 5, 2014 by al-Furqan Media allegedly shows the leader of the Islamic State jihadist group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, aka Caliph Ibrahim, adressing Muslim worshippers at a mosque in the militant-held northern Iraqi city of Mosul. Handout photo by al-Furqan Media/AFP The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says it had information from top ISIS leaders confirming Baghdadi’s death
BEIRUT, Lebanon (Jul. 11, 2017) — Islamic State group chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was reported dead on Tuesday, July 11, a day after Iraq declared it had driven the jihadists from their one-time biggest stronghold of Mosul.
Continue reading ISIS chief reported dead after jihadists lose Mosul ‘VICTORY.’ Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi smiles during a meeting with military commanders in the al-Tayaran neighborhood of Mosul on July 9, 2017 after the government’s announcement of the ‘liberation’ of the embattled city. Photo by Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP ‘Victory is certain, and what remains of Daesh is surrounded… and it is just a matter of time for us to announce the great victory to our people,’ says Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi
MOSUL, Iraq (Jul. 10, 2017) — Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi visited Mosul on Sunday, July 9, hailing his forces for securing “victory” over the Islamic State group (IS, formerly known as ISIS or the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq), their biggest yet against the jihadists.
Continue reading Iraq PM hails forces for securing Mosul ‘victory’ V FOR VICTORY. Iraqi federal policemen celebrate in the Old City of Mosul on July 9, 2017 after the government’s announcement of the ‘liberation’ of the embattled city. Photo by Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP But huge challenges lie ahead, not just in rebuilding Mosul but also in tackling ISIS’ presence elsewhere
MOSUL, Iraq (Jul. 9, 2017) — Iraq declared victory against the Islamic State (ISIS) group in Mosul on Sunday, July 9, after a grueling months-long campaign, dealing the biggest defeat yet to the jihadist group.
Continue reading Iraq declares victory in ‘liberated’ Mosul WAR ZONE. An Iraqi boy rides a bicycle in west Mosul’s al-Saha neighborhood on May 29, 2017 as smokes billows during ongoing battles by Iraqi forces to retake the city from Islamic State (ISIS) group fighters. Karim Sahib/AFP More than 7 months into the massive operation to recapture Mosul from ISIS, Iraqi forces have retaken the city’s east and large parts of its western side, but the jihadists are putting up tough resistance in areas they still hold
MOSUL, Iraq (May 30, 2017) — Iraqi forces pressed forward with an offensive against jihadist-held areas of Mosul as the United Nations warned of grave danger to civilians in the final stages of the battle.
Continue reading Iraq presses Mosul assault, UN warns of danger to civilians ALL MEMBERS. The House will be constituting itself into the committee of the whole on May 31, 2017 to listen to Cabinet officials’ briefing on the declaration of martial law in Mindanao. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas says the briefing will be open to the public unless the officials request for a closed-door session
MANILA, Philippines (May 29, 2017) — All members of the House of Representatives are set to meet with Cabinet officials as well as Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Governor Mujiv Hataman at 9 am on Wednesday, May 31, to discuss the declaration of martial law in Mindanao.
Continue reading House to meet with Cabinet over Mindanao martial law on May 31 DISREGARDING THE CONSTITUTION? President Rodrigo Duterte gestures as he delivers a speech during an oath-taking ceremony for newly-appointed government officials at Malacañang Palace on March 30, 2017. Malacañang file photo Representatives Gary Alejano, Teddy Baguilat Jr, and Tom Villarin say President Rodrigo Duterte cannot ignore Congress and the Supreme Court over the martial law declaration in Mindanao
MANILA, Philippines (May 29, 2017) — Opposition lawmakers called out President Rodrigo Duterte over his seeming rejection of constitutional provisions allowing Congress and the Supreme Court (SC) to assess the martial law declaration in Mindanao.
Continue reading Opposition lawmakers hit ‘creeping authoritarianism’ under Duterte Image by Rappler.com As the clashes ensue, will we still be able to witness the beauty of the Islamic City of Marawi?
MANILA, Philippines (May 29, 2017) — Marawi City is ground zero of the Maute Group’s attack which started Tuesday, May 22.
Continue reading FAST FACTS: Marawi City ‘PURSUE PEACE.’ Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Quevedo stresses the need for peace in a statement on martial law issued on behalf of the Catholic bishops of Mindanao. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler ‘We shall condemn any abuse of martial law and as in the past will condemn it outright if it goes in the way of evil,’ the Catholic bishops of Mindanao say
MANILA, Philippines (May 28, 2017) — The Catholic bishops of Mindanao said on Friday, May 26, that martial law in Mindanao “must be temporary” as they vowed to condemn any abuse of military rule.
Continue reading Mindanao bishops declare ‘martial law must be temporary’