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Sri Lanka to ban burqa and close 1,000 Islamic schools

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Sri Lanka has announced plans to ban the wearing of burqas and said it would close more than 1,000 Islamic schools known as madrassas, citing national security. The minister of public security, Sarath Weerasekara, sai...

FBI says it foiled Islamic State sympathizer’s plot to kill George W Bush

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The FBI claims an Islamic State sympathizer living in Ohio plotted to assassinate George W Bush, but confidential informants helped federal agents foil the plan, according to court records. Details of the alleged sche...

US admits Kabul strike killed 10 civilians and not Islamic State militants

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A US drone strike in Afghanistan last month killed 10 civilians – including seven children – and not an Islamic State extremist as first claimed, the Pentagon has admitted. In a briefing on Friday the commander of US ...

Two suspected British Islamic State recruits seized by Taliban at border

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Two suspected Islamic State recruits, one of them carrying a British passport, were seized by the Taliban when they tried to slip into Afghanistan last autumn through its northern border, the Guardian can reveal. The ...

Iraqi Kurds plan special court to try suspected Islamic State fighters

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Iraqi Kurdish officials plan to establish a special criminal court to prosecute accused Islamic State (Isis) members in a move that could lead to senior members of the terror group being brought to Iraq to face trial....

US woman pleads guilty to leading all-female Islamic State battalion

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An American woman who prosecutors say led an all-female battalion of Islamic State militants in Syria will be sentenced in October after pleading guilty in a case that a prosecutor called a first of its kind in the US...

Islamic State affiliate leader killed in raid, says Indonesian military

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Indonesia’s most wanted militant with ties to the Islamic State (IS) group has been killed in a gun battle with security forces, the military said, in a victory for the counter-terrorism campaign against extremists in...

Islamic State-linked jihadists kill at least 40 civilians in Mali amid turf war

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An Islamic State-linked group has killed around 40 civilians caught up in a rivalry between warring jihadist groups in Mali’s conflict-plagued north. There were “at least 40 civilian deaths in three different sites” d...

TV tonight: a remarkable film about the women who joined Islamic State

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A remarkable documentary from the film-maker Alba Sotorra Clua interviewing a group of women who reflect on their decisions to join Islamic State and exploring the role of propaganda and grooming in their radicalisat...

Islamic State affiliate suspected of Catholic church massacre, Nigeria says

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An insurgent group affiliated to Islamic State is suspected of carrying out a massacre in a Catholic church in Nigeria on Sunday in which 40 people were killed, the country’s interior ministry has said. Assailants wie...

Sci-fi script and a cage-shaped mosque: Islamic art gets subversive

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Words have had outsize importance in Muslim culture since the beginning. The Qur’an, which literally means “recitation”, was of course revered as the word of God. But, crucially, images of human beings and animals wer...

Revealed: leaked files show how Ericsson allegedly helped bribe Islamic State

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Confidential documents have revealed how the telecoms giant Ericsson is alleged to have helped pay bribes to the Islamic State terrorist group in order to continue selling its services after the militants seized contr...

Iran unveils state-approved Islamic dating app to boost marriage

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Iran has unveiled a state-sanctioned Islamic dating app aimed at facilitating “lasting and informed marriage” for its youth, state television reported. Called Hamdam – Farsi for “companion” – the service allows users ...

US military kills Islamic State leader in Syria airstrike

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The US military killed a leader of the Islamic State on Tuesday in an airstrike in Syria, Joe Biden said. Maher al-Agal, identified by the Pentagon as one of the top five Islamic State leaders and the leader of the Is...

Iraq captures alleged Islamic State finance chief in operation abroad

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Iraq has captured the alleged finance chief of the Islamic State group, Sami Jasim al-Jaburi, who was sought by the US, in an operation abroad, Iraqi authorities have said. Jaburi, also the suspected former deputy to ...

Islamic State names new leader, confirming US raid killed predecessor

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Islamic State has named a new leader after confirming that its previous head was killed by the US in north-western Syria over a month ago. In an audio message released on Thursday, an IS spokesman, Abu Omar al-Muhajer...

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