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Turkey detains 75 Islamic State suspects: police, media

Turkey detains 75 Islamic State suspects: police, mediaTurkish police detained 75 suspected Islamic State members in two operations on Friday, state media and police said, after arresting about 120 such suspects across Turkey a day earlier, tightening security ahead of the New Year. Some 500 police officers took part in simultaneous raids across Ankara, and many of those detained were foreign nationals, state-run Anadolu news agency reported. Materials seized in the raids indicated some of the suspects had made preparations for an attack over New Year, it added.



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Islamic State claims responsibility for Saint Petersburg supermarket bombing

Islamic State claims responsibility for Saint Petersburg supermarket bombing  The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)  claimed responsibility on Friday for the bomb attack days earlier that tore through a Saint Petersburg supermarket and wounded 14 people. "The attack that targeted a shopping centre in Saint Petersburg the day before yesterday (Wednesday) was carried out by an Islamic State-linked group," IS said in a statement via its propaganda agency Amaq. On Wednesday evening, a homemade bomb placed in a locker at the supermarket in northwestern Saint Petersburg, Russia’s second city and President Vladimir Putin’s home town, went off sowing panic among customers and wounding 14 people including a pregnant woman. Putin’s 2015 decision to intervene in Syria militarily on the side of Bashar al-Assad has made Russia a priority target for the Islamic State group. Officials said a total of 14 people had been wounded in the blast. The bombing came after the FSB security service said earlier this month it had prevented a terror attack on a key Orthodox cathedral in Saint Petersburg with the help of America’s CIA, which led Putin to thank US President Donald Trump. FSB chief Alexander Bortnikov has said Russia remains on alert for a possible return of jihadists from Syria ahead of the World Cup and the March presidential polls. Saint Petersburg will host several World Cup matches including a semi-final. Earlier this month Bortnikov said that at least 4,500 Russians had left the country to fight with "terrorists" in the Middle East, North Africa and other regions. Over the past 20 years Russia fought two wars with separatists in Chechnya, leading Islamist militants from the North Caucasus to frequently target Russians through suicide bombings and other attacks.    



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Russia accuses U.S. of training former Islamic State fighters in Syria

Russia accuses U.S. of training former Islamic State fighters in SyriaThe chief of the Russian General Staff has accused the United States of training former Islamic State fighters in Syria to try to destabilize the country. Russia says the U.S. base is illegal and that it and the area around it have become “a black hole” where militants operate unhindered. Islamic State has this year lost almost all the territory it held in Syria and Iraq.



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Islamic State claims blast at Afghan intelligence agency in Kabul

Islamic State claims blast at Afghan intelligence agency in KabulBy Mirwais Harooni KABUL (Reuters) – Islamic State claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on Monday on a compound of Afghanistan’s national intelligence agency in Kabul, which killed at least five people and wounded two. The blast comes a week after the group claimed responsibility for an attack on a training facility of the same agency, the National Directorate for Security, in Kabul that ended when the attackers were killed before causing significant casualties. In a statement issued through the group’s Amaq news agency, Islamic State said it was also behind Monday’s attack.



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Morgue staff secretly documented victims of Islamic State

Morgue staff secretly documented victims of Islamic StateMOSUL, Iraq (AP) — The young man ended up on the morgue's examining table in two parts.



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Macron sees February end to fight against Islamic State in Syria

Macron sees February end to fight against Islamic State in SyriaThe military campaign against Islamic State in Syria should be completed in February following the end of fighting against the militant group in Iraq, French President Emmanuel Macron said. “On December 9, Iraqi Prime Minister (Haider al-) Abadi announced the end of the war and the victory over Daesh, and I think that by mid- to late February we will have won the war in Syria,” Macron said in a broadcast interview, using the Arab acronym for Islamic State. France would now push for peace talks involving all parties in the six-year-old Syrian conflict, including President Bashar al-Assad, Macron told France 2 televisions, promising “initiatives” early next year.



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Macron sees February end to fight against Islamic State in Syria

Macron sees February end to fight against Islamic State in SyriaThe military campaign against Islamic State in Syria should be completed in February following the end of fighting against the militant group in Iraq, French President Emmanuel Macron said. “On December 9, Iraqi Prime Minister (Haider al-) Abadi announced the end of the war and the victory over Daesh, and I think that by mid- to late February we will have won the war in Syria,” Macron said in a broadcast interview, using the Arab acronym for Islamic State. France would now push for peace talks involving all parties in the six-year-old Syrian conflict, including President Bashar al-Assad, Macron told France 2 televisions, promising “initiatives” early next year.



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Islamic State attacks Afghan intelligence compound in Kabul

Islamic State attacks Afghan intelligence compound in KabulKABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Islamic State gunmen stormed a partially constructed building near an intelligence training center in the Afghan capital on Monday, triggering a gun battle with security forces.



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Islamic State: What happened to all the foreign fighters?

Islamic State: What happened to all the foreign fighters?An estimated 40,000 people traveled from around the world to take up arms for the Islamic State group as it occupied territory in Syria and Iraq and declared a caliphate in 2014. How many have gone elsewhere to fight?” said Seth Jones, director of the International Security and Defense Policy Center at the Rand Corporation. International counterterror groups are putting huge efforts into answering those questions, working hard to name, count and track IS foreign fighters.



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Recognise East Jerusalem as Palestinian capital: Islamic leaders

Recognise East Jerusalem as Palestinian capital: Islamic leadersIstanbul (AFP) – ‘Islamic leaders on Wednesday urged world powers to recognise occupied East Jerusalem as the capital of the “State of Palestine”, as Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas warned that the United States no longer had a role to play in the peace process. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan convened an emergency summit of the world’s main pan-Islamic body, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), in Istanbul, seeking a tough response to the recognition by US President Donald Trump of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.



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