Russia says Central Asia at risk of spillover from Islamic State in Afghanistan

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Moscow : Militants in Afghanistan who have switched sides to Islamic State pose a growing risk to Central Asia, Alexander Bortnikov, the head of Russia’s Federal Security Service, was quoted as saying by the RIA news agency on Wednesday. Kremlin officials view the ex-Soviet republics of Central Asia as a last line of defense stopping Islamist militants reaching Russia itself,

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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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12 Islamic State Jihadists Killed in Russia Raids on Syria’s Raqqa : Report

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Beirut : At least 12 jihadists from the Islamic State group have been killed in Russia’s first air strikes on the extremist faction’s main Syrian bastion, a monitoring group said. “Last night, Russian strikes on the western edges of Raqqa city, and near the Tabqa military airport, killed 12 IS jihadists,” Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for

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Syrian Regime Air Strikes Kill 38 Islamic State Fighters: Report

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Beirut : At least 38 Islamic State group fighters were killed in air strikes by the Damascus regime against three jihadist-held towns in central Syria, a monitoring group said today. Monday’s strikes hit Palmyra and two other towns in Homs province, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP. The Syrian air force has been increasing its

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US Urges ‘Engagement’ by Russia Against Islamic State

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Washington : The White House said on Tuesday the United States would like to see Russia engage constructively with the international coalition fighting Islamic State militants in Syria, rather than build up its own military presence there. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said President Barack Obama had not spoken to Russian President Vladimir Putin about the issue but would attempt to

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