Islamist militants

Sri Lanka strongman Gotabaya Rajapaksa set to become president after rival concedes defeat

Rajapaksa, who oversaw the military defeat of Tamil separatists under his brother and then president Mahinda Rajapaksa 10 years ago, has promised strong leadership to secure the island of 22 million people.

Nov 17, 2019, 12:08 PM IST

Sri Lanka bans face veils after attacks by Islamist militants

The measures would help security forces to identify people as a hunt for any remaining attackers and their support network continues across the Indian Ocean island, authorities said. 

Apr 29, 2019, 14:30 PM IST

Nigeria accuses UNICEF staff of spying for Islamist militants, suspends activities

It said UNICEF had been training people to sabotage troops` counter-insurgency efforts by uncovering the military`s alleged human rights abuses.

Dec 14, 2018, 22:43 PM IST

Britain says militant Islamist threat to stay high and may rise further

Britain will publish a revised counter-terrorism strategy on Monday designed to cope with what it said was a shift in the threats the country faces as militants of all ideologies adopt new tactics.

Jun 03, 2018, 17:10 PM IST

Anti-terrorism raids launched in southeastern France: Report

French police today launched an anti-terrorism operation in the southeastern Alpes-Maritimes region.

Nov 07, 2017, 18:16 PM IST

Australia to send more troops to help Philippines fight Islamist militants

Australia will send troops to assist Philippine forces in the ongoing battle against Islamic State fighters in the southern city of Marawi, Australia’s Defence Minister Marise Payne said on Friday.

Sep 09, 2017, 13:42 PM IST

France's President Emmanuel Macron eyes special centres in Libya to handle asylum requests

Earlier this week, Macron chaired talks between Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj and the divided country`s eastern commander Khalifa Haftar.

Jul 27, 2017, 16:11 PM IST

Suspected Islamist militants attack Kenya village, behead nine men

Suspected Islamist militants beheaded nine men in an overnight attack on a village in the Kenyan coastal district of Lamu, police said, days after Somali militants killed three policemen in an attack on a nearby village. 

Jul 08, 2017, 16:15 PM IST

US wanted terror leader may have fled Philippine city

An attempt by government troops to arrest Hapilon in Marawi on May 23 triggered a rampage by Islamist militants flying black IS flags and backed by some foreign fighters who seized parts of the mainly Muslim city.

Jun 24, 2017, 18:18 PM IST

United States wanted terror leader may have fled to Philippine city: Army

Isnilon Hapilon, a veteran Filipino militant said to be the leader of the Islamic State (IS) group in Southeast Asia, has not been seen in the battle zone in Marawi City, said Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez, head of the military's Western Mindanao Command.

Jun 24, 2017, 11:22 AM IST

Philippines military says hostage drama resolved

A hostage drama that unfolded at a primary school in the southern Philippines on Wednesday has been resolved, a military spokesman said, and the Islamist militants who had held people captive had withdrawn with no reports of casualties.

Jun 21, 2017, 10:12 AM IST

Islamist militants storm school in southern Philippines, take students hostages

Pro-Islamic State militants stormed a school in the southern Philippines early on Wednesday and are holding several students hostage, police said, on the same island where fighting between government troops and Islamists has entered its fifth week.

Jun 21, 2017, 08:52 AM IST

Philippine troops pound Islamists as death toll passes 300

Philippine troops pounded Islamist militants holding parts of southern Marawi city with air strikes and artillery Saturday as more soldiers were deployed and the death toll rose to more than 300 after nearly a month of fighting.

Jun 17, 2017, 17:24 PM IST

White House has no update on Russian report of Baghdadi's death

The U.S. administration on Friday was unable to provide any update on a report by Russia`s defense ministry that it may have killed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in an air strike near the Syrian city of Raqqa last month, a White House official said.

Jun 16, 2017, 20:07 PM IST

Islamist militants rapidly increasing in Sweden: Security Chief

The biggest concentrations of militants are in Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmo and Orebro, according to Sapo.

Jun 16, 2017, 17:16 PM IST

Philippines politician says residents see 100 bodies in besieged city

The military has said 290 people have died in more than three weeks of fighting, including 206 militants, 58 soldiers and 26 civilians.

Jun 15, 2017, 13:53 PM IST

Philippines' Rodrigo Duterte says didn't seek US support in city siege

President Rodrigo Duterte said on Sunday he did not seek support from Washington to end the siege of a southern Philippines town by Islamist militants, a day after the United States said it was providing assistance at the request of the government.

Jun 11, 2017, 19:33 PM IST

US forces back Philippine troops in Islamist held city

The local terrorist groups are using the mosque, they are entrenched there. They also used civilians as human shields. 

Jun 10, 2017, 19:19 PM IST

US joins battle as Philippines takes losses in besieged city

The Philippines is majority Christian, but Mindanao has a significant population of Muslims and Marawi City is overwhelmingly Muslim.

Jun 10, 2017, 14:18 PM IST

Philippines says may break Islamist militants' city siege soon

The siege of Marawi City in the southern Philippines could be over soon because the logistics of the Islamist militants holed up there have been disrupted and they have been reduced to a “small resistance”, the military said on Wednesday (June 7).


Jun 08, 2017, 12:11 PM IST