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‘I just want to go home’: German teenager who joined Isis speaks of regrets reports

Linda Wenzel, 16, who is being held in an Iraqi prison after joining the jihadist group, says she wants to get away from the war A German teenager who joined Islamic State is now being held in detention in Iraq and says she regrets joining the jihadist group and just wants to come home to her family, media reported. Der Spiegel magazine reported that four German women who joined Isis in recent years, including a 16-year-old girl from the small town of Pulsnitz near Dresden, were being held in an…

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‘We lost our houses, our cars, our men’: call to protect Mosul civilians

Human rights organisations call for Iraqi government to protect innocent people and investigate civilian deaths Mosuls civilians remain at grave risk and have endured a catastrophic ordeal, human rights organisations have said as they urge the Iraqi government to take steps to protect innocent people and investigate large-scale civilian deaths in the city. The calls by aid workers and human rights activists came as Iraqi troops fought to reclaim a final sliver of territory controlled by Islamic State in the city where the extremist groups leader, Haider al-Abadi, UK has…

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Thousands of Mosul civilians trapped in Isis territory as Iraqi forces close in

For civilians held as human shields by the extremists, supplies have run low and drinking water is scarce Hundreds of civilians fled Mosuls Old City on Friday as on Thursday, Iraqi forces retook the symbolic site where the al-Nuri Mosque once stood. It was from the pulpit of the 12th century mosque, which the militants blew up last week along with its famous leaning minaret, that their leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had proclaimed the caliphate in 2014. During the evening, al-Abadi announced the full liberation of Mosul was near and…

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Saudi security foils terror plot targeting Mecca Grand Mosque and pilgrims

Suspect blows himself up as interior ministry blames evil and corrupt self-serving schemes managed from abroad Saudi Arabian security forces have foiled a terror plot targeting the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, exchanging gunfire with one of the suspects who blew himself up inside a home on Friday, the interior ministry said. The ministry described the plot as part of self-serving schemes managed from abroad. Five people, including a woman, were arrested in security operations in Mecca, the Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya news website said, citing interior ministry…

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Why has Italy been spared mass terror attacks in recent years?

Experts say Italy has learned harsh lessons from anti-mafia policing, understands dangers of radicalisation in jail, and also relies on surveillance and deportation Each time Youssef Zaghba landed in Bologna, there was someone waiting for him as he got off the plane. It was no secret in Italy that the 22-year-old Moroccan-born Italian, identified as one of three terrorists behind the MI5 subject of interest. Italy has suffered from its share of political violence in recent decades, including the murder of two prominent anti-mafia judges in the 1990s. But unlike…

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Austria jails two couples for taking their children to Isis-controlled Syria

Two men and two women took their eight children to Syria in 2014, where children watched gruesome initiation videos and one saw a beheading An Austrian court sentenced two couples to up to 10 years in jail for taking their children to live in an Islamic State-controlled part of Syria and showing them execution videos. The couples travelled to Syria with their eight children the youngest of whom was two years old in December 2014, the trial in the southern city Graz heard. Housed by the Isis, the children had…

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Why deadly Kabul bombing is crisis for all of Afghanistan | Emma Graham-Harrison

Rise in attacks on Kabul after years of citys relative security a huge threat to the government, economy and civil society For years the Afghan capital was an island of relative security in a country battered by a rising tide of violence. Afghanistan Analysts Network. Afghanistan is a place that needs a bit of stability to get itself together, and crises like this really undermine the government and peoples confidence that the government can protect them. Such crises also sow confusion in the western countries which provide funds and troops…

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Head of Isis in Afghanistan confirmed killed in joint US operation

Abdul Hasib had been reported killed but a statement from local US commander confirms his death The head of Islamic State in Afghanistan, Abdul Hasib, has been killed by Afghan and US special forces in the eastern province of Nangarhar, according to officials. Hasib, appointed last year after his predecessor Hafiz Saeed Khan died in a US drone strike, is believed to have ordered a series of high profile attacks including one on 8 Marchdropped its largest non-nuclear device on a network of caves and tunnels used by the group…

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