Turkey banned the entry of over 7,000 ISIS supporters, FM

Turkey has banned the entry of over 7,000 suspected foreign jihadists en route to Iraq and Syria, the country’s Foreign Minister has announced. At a two-day Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) conference in Basel, Turkish FM Mevlut Cavusoglu told his counterparts that Turkey’s “no enter” list now includes some 7,200 names, reports […]

Lebanese block roads to demand release of soldiers

Families of Lebanese soldiers held by militants blocked roads in Beirut and highways between major cities on Saturday, pressing the government to do more to free them. More than two dozen members of the Lebanese security forces are being held by Sunni Islamists. One leading Sunni militant, Abu Ali al-Shishani, has pledged to attack Lebanese […]

Al-Qaeda linked Nusra Front kills captive Lebanese Policeman

The Nusra Front, al-Qaeda’s wing in Syria, has killed a captive Lebanese policeman and vowed to kill more in retaliation for the arrests by Lebanese authorities of women identified as wives of the groups’ fighters. In a video posted online on Friday by an account affiliated with the group, a Nusra commander said the group […]

Jordan’s King Abdullah: battling ISIS is “our third world war”

Jordan’s King Abdullah believes battling the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria ( ISIS) and other terrorist groups is “our third world war.” Speaking to “CBS This Morning,” Abdullah stated that ISIS is a Muslim problem that they need to take ownership of. “We need to stand up and say what is right and what […]

ISIS claims to have ‘dirty bomb’ from weaponized uranium

Islamic State terrorists are now claiming on social media that they have a “dirty bomb” in their possession. ISIS-affiliated users initially professed the information on Twitter, and added they had stolen 40 kg of Uranium from Mosul University after the city was overtaken by the jihadis in June. UK’s Mirror reported that an ISIS supporter […]

Capture of IS chief’s ex-wife a coup for fragile Lebanon

By: VENETIA RAINEY Beirut, Lebanon – There is no longer any point in saying Lebanon is “on the brink”. The tiny Mediterranean country has been described as such for years, and it has proven itself more than able to soldier on – with help from the international community. These last few days have shown the […]

Jihadi hostage-taking: Could it get out of control in Lebanon?

By Nicholas Blanford While the world has been transfixed – and horrified – by the gruesome and chilling hostage dramas played out in the Middle East these past months, Lebanon has been gripped by its own increasingly convoluted kidnapping crisis. The lives of some 26 Lebanese soldiers and policemen hang in the balance as the […]

Islamic State crisis: UK gives £20m to Lebanon to keep it safe

The Lebanese army’s Brig Gen Ali Mourad got a WhatsApp message from the Islamic State (IS). It was short and to the point. “We are the heroes of Qalamoun,” it said, referring to the mountains on Syria’s border with Lebanon, “and we’re going to kill you.” Gen Mourad has a robust attitude to this threat. […]

Secret British role in halting ISIL ‘massacre’ in Lebanon

A British team has secretly saved a Christian town in Lebanon from advancing Isil forces by constructing a network of watchtowers, The Telegraph can disclose. The clandestine British squad worked at speed to coordinate the huge effort to build 12 towers — with more planned — along the border with Syria to prevent the forces […]

Raqqa strikes’ death toll rises to 95, activists

The death toll from a series of Syrian government airstrikes on the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) stronghold in northeastern Syria has risen to at least 95, making it one of the deadliest attacks on the city of Raqqa in the past three years, activists said Wednesday. Some of the Tuesday airstrikes hit […]