The Islamic State creates a new type of jihadist: Part terrorist, part gangster

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Brussels : The recent terrorist attacks in Paris have brought into sharper focus the rise of a new breed of jihadists, one that blurs the line between organized crime and Islamist extremism, using skills honed in lawbreaking in the service of violent radicalism. The Islamic State is constructing an army of loyalists from Europe that includes an increasing number of

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Obama admits ‘challenge’ of stopping Islamic State

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Washington : President Barack Obama admitted that “lone wolf” jihadist attacks present a vexing new security challenge Friday, even as he assured Americans the Islamic State group can be defeated. Obama capped a week in which he has tried repeatedly to reassure jittery Americans that his administration can neutralize the terror threat, with an end-of-year press conference that only underscored

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Islamic State Purchased Houthis In Order To Execute Them In Propaganda Videos: Report

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The Arab website “Arab21” quotes jihadist sources in Yemen claiming that the Islamic State recently purchased Houthi prisoners for the purpose of executing them in propaganda videos. Yemen : The Houthis were arrested by local Yemeni fighters and sold to ISIS as slaves, according to the website. In a video report, the website states “the Yemenite branch of the Islamic

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Islamic State broadcast says followers of the group carried out California attacks

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Beirut (Reuters) : Islamic State said in an online radio broadcast on Saturday that two followers of the Islamist militant group had carried out Wednesday’s attack on a social services agency party in California where 14 people were killed. “Two followers of Islamic State attacked several days ago a center in San Bernadino in California, opening fire inside the center,

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Tunisia says suicide bomber carried out bus attack claimed by Islamic State

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Tunis : Tunisian authorities said on Wednesday a suicide bomber wearing a vest packed with plastic explosive blew up a presidential guard bus a day earlier, killing at least 12 troops in an attack claimed by Islamic State militants. Tuesday’s explosion on a main boulevard in the capital drove home the vulnerability of Tunisia to Islamist militancy, following assaults on

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Boko Haram calling on Somali’s Al-Shabaab to join Islamic State

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Nigeria : Nigeria’s Boko Haram, which pledged its allegiance to the Islamic State earlier this year, is now trying to convince the Somali jihadist organisation al-Shabaab to split with Al Qaeda and join Islamic State, reported the Breitbart News Network. According to the report, Islamic State (IS) had reached out to al-Shabaab shortly before accepting Boko Haram’s allegiance. IS sent

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Regional Discord Fuels Islamic State’s Rise in Mideast

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Competition among major players for influence trumps defeating extremists Middle East : Pretty much everyone in the Middle East is supposed to be fighting against Islamic State. Yet, the Sunni extremist group retains large swaths of Syria and Iraq and is spreading elsewhere in the region. This isn’t because of its military might or strategic sophistication. The explanation is different:

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Islamic State Urges Jihad on Russia, United States as Syria Strikes Intensify

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Beirut : The Islamic State group called on Muslims Tuesday to wage jihad on Russia and the United States, as Moscow announced it had intensified its air campaign against Islamic militants in Syria. The call came as Russian President Vladimir Putin criticised Washington for refusing to cooperate with Moscow in its Syrian campaign, which is having an increasingly dramatic effect.

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