extremism in the East

US Secretary of Defense arrives in Iraq on unannounced visit

US Secretary of Defense arrives in Iraq on unannounced visit

US Secretary of Defense James Mattis arrived at the Baghdad International Airport on an unannounced trip. Before departing for his first trip to Baghdad as the new Defense Secretary, James Mattis told reporters, …

Aleppo: Syrian soldiers score more victories against ISIL near Deir Hafer

Aleppo: Syrian soldiers score more victories against ISIL near Deir Hafer

The army soldiers engaged in fierce clashes with ISIL and entered the village of Humeimeh al-Kabireh, taking control of a large part of it after seizing the Humeimeh al-Kabireh hill. The Russian fighter jets carried out several combat …

ISIS militants block access for Aleppo to water

ISIS militants block access for Aleppo to water

ISIS terrorist group militants again blocked access for Syrian Aleppo residents to drinking water from the Al-Khafsa water treatment facility, the province's governor, Hussein Diyab, said. "Armed gangs holding …

ISIS carrying explosives to Palmyra

ISIS carrying explosives to Palmyra

ISIS militants plan to deliver explosives to Syria’s Palmyra in order to inflict maximum damage on architectural landmarks before leaving the city, the Russian Defense Ministry said. "While the Syrian troops have been …

ISIL recruiter from Dagestan convicted in Mordovia

ISIL recruiter from Dagestan convicted in Mordovia

A native of Dagestan, already serving a sentence in Mordovia, was convicted again by the military district court. This time, he was found guilty of facilitating the terrorist activities. According to the …

Iran willing to open air space to Russian warplanes

Iran willing to open air space to Russian warplanes

A senior Iranian official said on Saturday that Iran was willing to open its air space to Russian warplanes. According to the Iranian official news agency Mehr, the secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani …

Istanbul night club attack suspect remanded in custody

Istanbul night club attack suspect remanded in custody

A Turkish court on Saturday remanded in custody Abdulgadir Masharipov, the main suspect in an Istanbul night club attack that claimed 39 lives on New Year's Eve, according to a judicial source, Anadolu reported. Masharipov, the …

Syrian army supported by Russian warplanes destroy ISIL stronghold near Al-Bab

Syrian army supported by Russian warplanes destroy ISIL stronghold near Al-Bab

The Syrian army killed over 650 terrorists and terrorists' hardware in their operation to free the town of Tadif near al-Bab, Sputnik reported. "During the fighting near the Tadif populated area, …

Extremists start new #039battle of liberation#039 in Syria

Extremists start new 'battle of liberation' in Syria

The leader of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, Hashem al-Sheikh, said in his first video speech that has promised to escalate attacks against the Syrian army with the goal of liberating all of Syria's territory. "We …

Cavusoglu names Raqqa next target of Turkish army

Cavusoglu names Raqqa next target of Turkish army

The operations to liberate the Syrian town of al-Bab had made important progress and the next target would be Raqqa, the de facto capital of ISIS, the Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told a news conference in the …

ISIS militants make chemical weapons in Mosul

ISIS militants make chemical weapons in Mosul

ISIS militants were making rudimentary chemical weapons at the University of Mosul, the US Department of Defense spokesperson Jeff Davis said. The Iraqis have run tests on the chemicals and these proved positive for …

Kremlin disagrees with Trump#039s claims on Iran

Kremlin disagrees with Trump's claims on Iran

The Kremlin does not regard Iran as a terrorist state and it is going to build up relations with that country, the Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. "We disagree with this postulate," Peskov …

Turkey detains 763 people in operations against ISIS

Turkey detains 763 people in operations against ISIS

A total of 763 people were arrested in Turkey since February 5, during simultaneous operations in 29 Turkish provinces against ISIS on Sunday, Turkish police forces said. The operations were conducted as a result of long-term …

 Russia, Turkey and Iran start meeting on Syria in Astana

Russia, Turkey and Iran start meeting on Syria in Astana

A session of the joint task group, comprising representatives of Russia, Turkey and Iran, on the ceasefire in Syria, has begun in Kazakhstan’s Astana, a source close to the situation said. "The session of the joint task group …

Three suspects with ISIS links arrested in Berlin

Three suspects with ISIS links arrested in Berlin

Authorities in Berlin arrested three men suspected of links to the ISIS jihadist group in an anti-terror raid late on Tuesday. The three men, aged 21, 31 and 45, were reportedly planning to travel out to combat zones and ISIS training …

ISIS New Year#039s Eve terror plotter sentenced to 20 years

ISIS New Year's Eve terror plotter sentenced to 20 years

An ex-convict who plotted a foiled New Year's Eve machete attack at a New York restaurant in the name of the ISIS group, Emanuel Lutchman, was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison.  Lutchman …

 Pentagon: fight for Western Mosul to be tough

Pentagon: fight for Western Mosul to be tough

The fight for Western Mosul is likely to be even tougher than the Eastern side, the task force's commanding general, Stephen Townsend, said. "There is still a long way to go before ISIL is completely …

Russia strikes ISIS targets in Syria

Russia strikes ISIS targets in Syria

Six Russian Tu-22M3 long-range bombers have launched airstrikes on ISIS targets in Syria's city of Deir ez-Zor, the Russian Defense Ministry said. "On January 23, 2017, six long-range Tu-22M3 bombers that took off from a …

ISIS blows up remaining bridges on Tigris River in Mosul

ISIS blows up remaining bridges on Tigris River in Mosul

ISIS militants blew up all of the remaining bridges on the Tigris River in the center of Mosul, Al Arabiya News channel reported. Iraqi special forces pushed forward to reach a second bridge that links eastern Mosul to the city's …

 Turkey urges US to stop support extremists

Turkey urges US to stop support extremists

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's spokesman Ibrahim Kalin lashed out at the US military after it re-tweeted a statement by a Kurdish-dominated alliance it backs in Syria saying it had no links to Kurdish militants …

Syrian officials reach agreement to fix damaged water source

Syrian officials reach agreement to fix damaged water source

The Syrian government had agreed with rebels in the Wadi Barada area for technicians to enter a damaged spring facility that supplies water to the capital, the governor of Syria's Damascus Countryside province Alaa Munir …

Fadi Kunbar drives his truck into crowd in Jerusalem

Fadi Kunbar drives his truck into crowd in Jerusalem

Israeli police identified the suspect behind the deadly truck ramming attack in Jerusalem as an Arab resident of the city.  "The terrorist who murdered 4 soldiers and injured 13 others in truck attack is an Arab resident, …

Israel responds ISIS terrorist attack

Israel responds ISIS terrorist attack

Israel's security cabinet approved a number of measures in response to the truck ramming attack that left four IDF officers dead and 17 other people wounded in Jerusalem. The cabinet approved administrative detention for anyone …

Pentagon chief on Russia#039s efforts in fighting ISIS

Pentagon chief on Russia's efforts in fighting ISIS

US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said Moscow has done "virtually zero" in fighting the ISIL and has instead made "the ending of the Syrian civil war there harder."   "They came in, they …

 Links of Istanbul nightclub attacker established

Links of Istanbul nightclub attacker established

The gunman who killed 39 people in an attack on an Istanbul nightclub on New Year's Day is probably Uighur and Turkey has established his possible locations and links, the Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Veysi Kaynak said …

Turkish military kills 38 ISIS militants in Syria

Turkish military kills 38 ISIS militants in Syria

At least 38 ISIS terrorists, including a so-called commander were killed in northern Syria in the last 24 hours as part of the ongoing Operation Euphrates Shield, according to a Turkish General Staff statement …

UN concerned about humanitarian crisis in Mosul

UN concerned about humanitarian crisis in Mosul

UN Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Stephen O'Brien, expressed concern over the suffering of the people who are living in the Iraqi city of Mosul, where the army is trying to drive out ISIS …

Ravil Gaynutdin welcomes ceasefire in Syria

Ravil Gaynutdin welcomes ceasefire in Syria

The head of the Russian Muftis Council, mufti Sheikh Ravil Gaynutdin, said that he warmly welcomes and fully supports the agreement on cease-fire and the start of peace talks in Syria. Gaynutdin stressed the fundamental …

26 ISIS terrorists killed by Turkish airstrikes

26 ISIS terrorists killed by Turkish airstrikes

Turkish warplanes carried out air strikes in the Syrian areas of al-Bab and Daglabash, killing 26 militants, the Turkish Armed Forces said on Friday. "Turkish warplanes killed 26 ISIS members including high ranking terrorists …

Mosul almost liberated from ISIS

Mosul almost liberated from ISIS

Iraqi government forces have liberated all but 16 of the districts in Mosul from the ISIS jihadist group, the Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim Jaafari …