Julie Bishop says Australia preparing for Isis to declare ‘caliphate’ in southern Philippines

Foreign affairs minister says threat is on Australias doorstep as Islamic State is forced out of the Middle East Australia is readying itself for the possibility of Islamic State declaring a caliphate in the southern Philippines as the extremist group is forced out of the Middle East. Philippines president, Rodrigo Duterte, gave her detailed reasoning … Read more

US sends hundreds of marines to Syria to support fight against Isis

Boots on the ground near Raqqa a sign that the White House will give military chiefs more freedom to tackle Islamic State A few hundred marines with heavy artillery have been deployed to Syria in preparation for the fight to oust Islamic State from its self-declared headquarters of Raqqa, a senior US official said on … Read more

MEPs revoke Marine Le Pen’s immunity over violent Isis images

Committee waives protection, paving way for French prosecution of Front National leader after she tweeted pictures of killings MEPs have voted to lift a separate investigation into her alleged misuse of EU funds. The European parliament and French authorities have launched inquiries after allegations that FN workers had fake jobs paid from EU funds. ordered … Read more

650-mile trench stakes out claim for bigger Kurdish territory in Iraq

Line stretching along northern Iraq symbolises hopes for more land when fighting against Isis ends On the plains north and east of Mosul, far from the battle in the city centre, a new frontline is taking shape. Mounds of earth have been heaped above a trench gouged out of the ground along about 650 miles … Read more

Body of Briton killed fighting Isis in Syria ‘has been recovered’

Remains of Ryan Lock, 20, retrieved from Isis territory and taken to north-east Syria for postmortem, Kurdish activists tell BBC The body of a British man who was killed while fighting with Kurdish forces in northern Syria has been recovered from Islamic State territory, Kurdish activists have told the BBC. Ryan Lock, a chef from … Read more

Sadness and defiance mark the reopening of Breitscheidplatz market

It shows the terrorists they will not stop us, said one stallholder as the Berlin square welcomed visitors again Sabrine, 52, has worked as a stallholder at the Breitscheidplatz for more than 10 years. And every night since the truck careered through the Christmas market she has had nightmares. In my head I can still … Read more

How Isis recruiters found fertile ground in Kerala, India’s tourist gem

Numbers of young Muslims joining the radical group is believed to be small, but the wealthy state appears to have provided a disproportionate number Residents of Kerala like to call their lush south Indian state, Gods own country. Hafizuddin Hakim disagreed. The 23-year-old left his wife and family in June, telling them he was headed … Read more

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