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Govt can't ‘tie down’ location of British ISIS fighters, admits minister

Published time: 5 Jan, 2018 16:57 The government does not know precisely where hundreds of Britons who travelled to the Middle East to fight for jihadi groups are now, security minister Ben Wallace has admitted. Some 850 people left the UK to travel to Iraq and Syria, while only half are thought to have returned. Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s ...

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Bringing jihad home? 300 British ISIS fighters ‘hiding out in Turkey’

Published time: 27 Dec, 2017 11:58 British jihadists are on the run, having been driven out of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) strongholds in Syria. Up to 300 of them are hiding out in Turkey, according to a Syrian-Kurdish intelligence officer. Fighters were sent scrambling into the desert when the then IS-held cities of Raqqa in Syria and Mosul in ...

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ISIS has over 10,000 fighters in Afghanistan, more arriving from Syria & Iraq – Moscow

Published time: 23 Dec, 2017 09:04 Edited time: 23 Dec, 2017 09:11 The terrorist group Islamic State has over 10,000 loyal fighters in Afghanistan, and Moscow believes the US may be underestimating their threat, Russia’s special envoy says. Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) was pushed out of their home base in Syria and Iraq this year by separate military operations ...

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Radicalized wives & kids of ISIS fighters ‘must be identified as jihadis’ – German intel chief

While many of the male fighters who travelled to fight for Islamic State have yet to return, the head of Germany’s domestic intelligence agency has other worries. Hans-Georg Maassen is greatly concerned with the threat posed by their wives and children. “There are children who have been brainwashed and highly radicalized at ‘schools’ in IS-held areas. It’s a problem for ...

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Russia looks to sell MiG-35 fighters in more than 30 countries

Published time: 14 Nov, 2017 14:40 Edited time: 14 Nov, 2017 14:42 Over 30 nations are ready to upgrade their aging warplanes with Russia’s new multirole MiG-35 planes, according to the Director General of Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG Ilya Tarasenko. The fighter jets are currently under testing. The company is targeting export sales of at least $ 10 billion for ...

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Growing number of German & intl fighters join Ukrainian neo-Nazi Azov Battalion – report

Ukraine’s neo-Nazi Azov Battalion is reportedly gaining traction in Europe, especially Germany. Over 2,500 foreign mercenaries are currently fighting on their side in E. Ukraine – three times more than in 2014, Spiegel reports, citing security authorities. Ultra-nationalist Azov Battalion members distribute flyers to recruit new members at neo-Nazi events across Europe, German magazine Spiegel claims. Their promotional campaign appears ...

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Court reverses conviction of US Marine who urinated on dead Taliban fighters

A former US Marine sentenced for urinating on the corpses of Afghans believed to be Taliban fighters in 2011 has had his conviction overturned. An appeals court ruled the Marine Commandant, who was seeking harsh punishment for those involved, had interfered in the trial. The Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals overturned the previous ruling and all charges against Joseph ...

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US military performs first airstrikes against ISIS-linked fighters in Somalia – officials

Published time: 3 Nov, 2017 17:27 Edited time: 3 Nov, 2017 18:15 The US military has carried out airstrikes in northeastern Somalia, both Somali and US officials reported. They said the raid targeted fighters affiliated with Islamic State. According to an unidentified US official, at least two airstrikes were carried out on Friday. The alleged attack is the first US ...

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Bribing’ ISIS fighters with social housing to reintegrate is ‘counterproductive’ – colonel

Published time: 30 Oct, 2017 11:30 Edited time: 30 Oct, 2017 11:32 Plans to allow Islamic State fighters to skip the queue for social housing when they return to Britain have been blasted by counterterrorism experts. Up to 20,000 fanatics will be targeted as part of new counter-radicalization plans drawn up by the Home Office. The proposals, seen by the ...

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Is the killing British ISIS fighters the ‘only option’?

Published time: 24 Oct, 2017 20:15 As the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorist group nears collapse, questions remain over the fate of the group’s UK-born fighters. Some 130 Britons who have travelled to Iraq and Syria fight for IS have already been killed, according to MI5. In line with the UK government’s policy, conservative Foreign Office Minister Rory Stewart ...

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