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Shia militias gather near Iraqi city – IS-held Ramadi

Shia militias gather near Iraqi city – IS-held Ramadi

A day after Islamic State (IS) militants completed their capture of Ramadi, Shia militias are assembling east of the Iraqi city ready for a possible counter-attack. Iraqi state TV described columns of tanks and other military vehicles entering al-Habbaniyah military camp. The Iraqi government called for help from the Iran-backed militias after the military was […]

Kenya and its Somalis in Dadaab escape goats

Kenya and its Somalis in Dadaab escape goats

Closing a huge Somali refugee camp in Kenya would not reduce terrorism BEFORE the refugees came, Dadaab was a forgettable little way-station in north-eastern Kenya on a dusty road to Somalia. More than two decades later the original town is dwarfed by five sprawling camps spread across flat, dry land that together house at least […]

What next for rescued Boko Haram women

What next for rescued Boko Haram women

They queued up for brand new clothes and flip-flops – cellophane-wrapped dresses for the girls and matching shirts and shorts for the boys. For the rescued children this donation, from Red Cross Nigeria and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), was the first chance to get out of the tattered clothes they had […]

Rescued Ethiopians arrive in Addis Ababa from Libya

Rescued Ethiopians arrive in Addis Ababa from Libya

A group of 35 Ethiopians who had been held in Libya have arrived in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. Officials welcomed them at the airport where they flew in from Egypt’s capital, Cairo. Ethiopia said their rescue was made possible “through co-ordinated effort” with the Egyptian government, but it is unclear who was holding them. […]

US begins training Syrian rebels

US begins training Syrian rebels

US defence secretary says 90 moderate Syrian rebels have begun training in Jordan to fight against armed group. The US military has begun training a small group of Syrian rebels in an effort to build a force capable of defeating Islamic State militants. Ashton Carter, US defence secretary, said about 90 people were being trained […]

Egypt’s dangerous stalemate

Egypt’s dangerous stalemate

CAIRO — Despite his all-out effort to defeat Islamic terrorism and insurgency, President Sisi has yet to achieve the results needed to prevent the country slipping back into anarchy and chaos. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is fighting for his country’s survival – and his own. Islamic terrorism is not abating, hampering vital efforts to […]

Who are Nigeria’s Boko Haram?

Who are Nigeria’s Boko Haram?

Nigeria’s militant Islamist group Boko Haram – which has caused havoc in Africa’s most populous country through a wave of bombings, assassinations and abductions – is fighting to overthrow the government and create an Islamic state.Its followers are said to be influenced by the Koranic phrase which says: “Anyone who is not governed by what […]

British citizens and a Somali jailed for trying to establish an Islamic state

British citizens and a Somali jailed for trying to establish an Islamic state

Two British citizens and a Somali man have been jailed in Ethiopia for trying to establish an Islamic state, a radio affiliated to the government reports.The UK Foreign Office has confirmed the detention of two British nationals.The three men, who received terms ranging from four to seven years, were alleged to have had links with […]

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