Islamic State urges followers to escalate attacks in Ramadan

Iraqi security forces ride a vehicle past a wall painted with the black flag commonly used by Islamic State militants, near former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein's palace in Tikrit

Cairo : Islamic State urged its followers on Tuesday to escalate attacks against Christians, Shi’ites and Sunni Muslims fighting with a U.S.-led coalition against the ultra-radical group. Jihadists should turn the holy month of Ramadan, which began last week, into a time of “calamity for the infidels … Shi’ites and apostate Muslims”, Isalmic State spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani said in

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Central Asia Is a Sitting Duck for Islamic State (Op-Ed)

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The appearance of Colonel Gulmurod Khalimov in an Islamic State propaganda video on May 27 sent a chill across Central Asia. The head of Tajikistan’s Special Assignment Police Unit (OMON), a key element in President Emomali Rahmon’s security apparatus, had disappeared shortly before. In the video he promised to return to wage violent jihad. A veteran of brutal Tajik government

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