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Dozens of militants evacuated from southern Syria

Dozens of militants evacuated from southern SyriaBEIRUT (AP) — Dozens of Syrian militants and their families departed aboard buses from an area besieged by government forces near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights early Saturday, part of a deal to clear yet another district of insurgents.



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Egypt hangs 15 militants for killing security forces in Sinai: security sources

Egypt hangs 15 militants for killing security forces in Sinai: security sourcesEgypt hanged 15 men convicted of attacks that killed security forces in the Sinai Peninsula, security sources said on Tuesday, in what appears to be the largest number of executions on a single day since President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi took office in 2014. A military court issued the sentences and interior ministry officials carried out the executions simultaneously at Borj al-Arab and Wadi al-Natroun prisons, the sources said. Most of the militants were from Sinai region and were accused of “joining militant groups and taking part in carrying out, planning and assisting in killing a number of army and police personnel in Sinai,” the sources said.



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US forces kill 13 Shabaab militants in air strike

US forces kill 13 Shabaab militants in air strikeThe United States carried out an air strike on Christmas Eve against the Shabaab Islamist group that left 13 dead, according to a statement released Wednesday. “In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, US forces conducted an airstrike against al-Shabaab militants on the morning of Dec. 24, 2017, in southern Somalia, killing 13 terrorists,” read the statement from the US Africa Command (AFRICOM). The United States has stepped up its operations in Somalia in recent weeks, with frequent strikes against Shabaab and a separate self-proclaimed branch of the Islamic State in the Horn of Africa nation.



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Militants storm Kabul spy training centre

Militants storm Kabul spy training centreMilitants stormed an intelligence agency training centre in Kabul on Monday in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group, triggering an intense gunbattle with Afghan police. Security forces battled the militants, besieged in a construction site at the National Directorate of Security (NDS), for hours before killing at least two attackers. Kabul police spokesman Basir Mujahid said two police officers were injured but there were no civilian casualties.



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Is ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, one of the most wanted militants in the world, dead or alive?

Is ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, one of the most wanted militants in the world, dead or alive?The world's most wanted militant may still be alive.



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The Latest: IS militants came to Syrian town with hit list

The Latest: IS militants came to Syrian town with hit listBEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local):



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16 policemen killed in Egypt shootout with militants

16 policemen killed in Egypt shootout with militantsSixteen Egyptian policemen were killed in a shootout with militants on the road between Cairo and the Bahariya oasis in the Western Desert, the interior ministry said Saturday, in a rare flare-up outside the Sinai Peninsula. The official toll from the interior ministry was lower than a figure given earlier by security and medical sources of at least 35 Egyptian police officers killed in the clashes which began on Friday night. The ministry said it had sent police to the area, less than 200 kilometres (125 miles) southwest of Cairo, after learning that militants were there “hiding, training, and preparing to carry out terrorist operations”.



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Two most-wanted Isil militants in south-east Asia killed in Philippines 

Two most-wanted Isil militants in south-east Asia killed in Philippines Islamic State’s emir in Southeast Asia Isnilon Hapilon has been killed in offensive by Philippine troops, the country’s defence secretary claimed on Monday. His death deals a blow to Isil’s reported ambition to create a regional base to carry out terrorist activities across Asia. Minster Delfin Lorenza said Hapilon had been killed alongside Omar Maute, leader of the Isil-linked Maute group, during a final push to retake the southern Muslim city of Marawi, which has been besieged by Islamist militants since May. “We have received a report from AFP ground commanders in Marawi that the operation…has resulted in the death of the last terrorist leaders Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute, and that their bodies have been recovered by our operating units,” he said in a statement. He added that the “termination” of the five month battle would be confirmed when government forces were sure there were no more “terrorist-stragglers” and had cleared buildings of IEDs and booby traps. So far 822 militants, 162 troops and 47 civilians have been killed. FBI wanted poster for Isnilon Hapilon Credit: FBI Over 360,000 civilians have been forced to flee the fighting, with many currently living in temporary camps across the southern province of Mindanao. Over one third of the cities buildings have been destroyed by fierce fighting and military airstrikes. Hapilon, 51, rose to prominence when he was endorsed as Isil emir in 2016. He was already the commander of the local Abu Sayyaf terrorist group and wanted for piracy and beheadings. Abu Sayyaf is responsible for the beheadings of Canadians Robert Hall and John Ridsdel, and of German tourist Jurgen Kanter, 71, who was murdered earlier this year. Hapilon fought alongside the Isil-inspired Maute group to capture Marawi, with Isil appealing for Muslim brothers in East Asia to join the jihad. Both Hapilon and Omar Maute have been declared dead before. Maute was reportedly killed in June, but it was later discovered that he had only been injured. Hapilon was said to have died in battle in a battle in Basilan a few years ago, when, in fac,t it was his son. Meanwhile, the Philippines has announced it will join neighbouring Indonesia and Malaysia in coordinated air patrols to combat the growing threat posed by Islamist militants.



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Syria: Local militants evacuate as Raqqa battle nears end

Syria: Local militants evacuate as Raqqa battle nears endBEIRUT (AP) — The U.S.-led coalition and local officials said Saturday that Syrian Islamic State fighters and civilians will be allowed to evacuate Raqqa, a deal that signals the imminent capture of the city but flouts earlier U.S. protests of negotiating safe exits for the extremist group.



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American family held hostage by militants in Pakistan were rescued after dramatic car chase

American family held hostage by militants in Pakistan were rescued after dramatic car chaseNew details have emerged of the dramatic rescue of a Canadian-American family held hostage by a Taliban-linked group for more than five years in Pakistan. The couple – US citizen Caitlan Campbell and Canadian Joshua Boyle – were captured five years ago by the Haqqani network while hiking in the mountains of Afghanistan. Ms Campbell was pregnant at the time, with the couple having three children while they were held hostage.



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