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Malaysian Prime Minister: Trump, We Have Your Back In Fighting ISIS

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  ARTICLE by Najib Tun Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia Published in The Hill on September 11, 2017 The world today faces turbulence on many fronts. From Harvey and Irma here in the United States, to the threats of nuclear proliferation, radicalisation and new and ever-more barbarous acts of terrorism around the globe, nations need…

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20 Malaysian Women Looking For ISIS Lovers Left Stranded In Turkey

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PETALING JAYA – Twenty Malaysian women, looking for love with Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants, have been duped of millions of ringgit and left stranded on the Turkey-Syria border. Counter Terrorism Division principal assistant director Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay told Utusan Malaysia that over 20 women had sold houses and cars…

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Arrest Of ISIS Suspect In Rural Town Puts Australia On Edge

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YOUNG — On a rural road about two hours’ drive from the nearest major city, the small Australian town of Young has long been known for cherries and little else. But in recent years, the once largely white, working-class community has seen a steady influx of Lebanese Muslim families, many who say they have relocated…

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Telegram Latest App Used By IS To Recruit Malaysians, Says Bukit Aman

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KEMAMAN: The Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) has discovered that the Islamic State (IS) militant group uses the Telegram messaging app as the latest medium to disseminate its ideology and recruit Malaysians. Bukit Aman Special Branch Counter-Terrorism Division senior assistant director Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said Telegram was among 14 social applications used by IS…

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ISIS Chief Baghdadi Poisoned

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DUBAI – ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and three of his top aides were seriously ill after being poisoned during a lunchtime feast and have been shifted to an unknown location under strict measures, media reports claimed on Monday. The Press Trust of India (PTI) reports that meals prepared for Baghdadi and three other ISIS…

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Hisham: Some Armed Forces Members Being Monitored For Possible Links With IS

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Defence Ministry admits that about 1% of the members of the armed forces are being monitored by the Bukit Aman Special Branch Counter Terrorism Division for having possible links to militant groups. Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said that while the number may seem small, it was something that was being…

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Closed Airspace Above Syria Become More Relevant

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BAKU – The issue of introducing closed airspace over northern Syria was discussed in 2015. The Turkish authorities, in particular, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has repeatedly urged NATO and international coalition forces to ensure closed airspace over the northern Syria. Today, this issue is more relevant than ever, Trend news agency reports. Earlier when Turkey…

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Islamic State ‘Connected’ To Bangladesh, Kerry Says

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DHAKA (Reuters) – The United States believes that elements of Islamic State are connected to operatives in Bangladesh, Secretary of State John Kerry said on a visit to the South Asian nation that has faced a wave of attacks by Islamist militants. Kerry also said he had agreed at talks with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina…

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Survey: Most University Students Clueless About IS

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PETALING JAYA: A survey has found that most Malaysian university students are clueless about the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group. “Almost all survey respondents did not really understand IS. For example, some were unable to identify if IS was a Sunni, Shia, Salafi or Sufi group,” said University Utara Malaysia (UUM) political lecturer and researcher…

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Ayub Khan: IS More Aggressive Now In Spreading Ideology

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Counter-Terrorism Division of the Special Branch in Bukit Aman has warned that the Islamic State is getting more aggressive in disseminating its ideology. Principal assistant director Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said the group was bent on spreading its form of militancy and terror and recruiting members in Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and…

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‘They Have Betrayed The Nation’

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KUALA SELANGOR: The passports of 68 Malaysians, who are abroad, have been revoked due to their involvement with the Islamic State (IS). Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said that intelligence information had confirmed their involvement with the militant group. “They no longer have travel documents as Malaysian citizens and if they…

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Singapore A Target For IS, Whether Or Not It Joins US Coalition, Says Lee

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WASHINGTON: Singapore is a target for the Islamic State (IS) terror group whether or not the country participates in the US-led coalition against the militant group, said its prime minister Lee Hsien Loong (pic) on Wednesday. He was explaining that the decision to send a medical team to contribute to the effort against IS was…

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Clear Evidence That Singaporean Man Backed IS Violence

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SINGAPORE: Singapore’s Home Affairs Ministry has described as misleading a statement from the family of terror detainee Zulfikar Mohamad Shariff (pic). The statement was issued by his wife Shireen Abdul Samad to the media on Tuesday afternoon, and said information on his arrest did not paint a true picture of him and his comments online.…

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Zahid: Not ‘If’ But ‘When’ Terror Attack Strikes Malaysia

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KUCHING: Malaysians must be vigilant in combating the Islamic State (IS) threat, as it is no longer a question of “if” but “when” an attack in the country will take place, said Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi. “It is no longer a question of if but when a terror attack will happen. “We have…

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Singapore Jails Four Bangladeshi Workers For Financing Terrorism

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SINGAPORE: Four Bangladeshi workers detained in Singapore in April under the Internal Security Act (ISA) were sentenced to between 24 and 60 months for financing terrorism. The four are Rahman Mizanur, 31; Miah Rubel, 26; Md Jabath Kysar Haje Norul Islam Sowdagar, 31; and Sohel Hawlader Ismail Hawlader, 29. They had pleaded guilty to their…

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Zahid Warns Those Who Surf IS Papers

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BAGAN DATOH: The Special Branch is monitoring activities related to the Malay language edition of a newspaper believed to be published by the Islamic State (IS). Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said action would be taken against those who view or download articles from the publication via the internet. “We have…

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IS Declares War On Malaysia And Indonesia

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PETALING JAYA: A gun-toting adult is surrounded by children, and a teen standing away from the group is seen cradling an AK-47 assault rifle. The man is wagging his right index finger back and forth, and talks in a mix of Bahasa Malaysia and what sounded like Arabic. He expresses gratitude to Allah for “easing…

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Come Back If You Dare, IGP Tells IS Militants

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KUALA LUMPUR: “Come back if you dare”, said IGP Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar (pic) in issuing a challenge to Malaysian Islamic State (IS) members. The Inspector-General of Police was responding to the video made by a Malaysian militant, who directly threatened the Federal Police. “These militants threaten everyone from afar via video recordings. “If…

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IS Claims responsibility For Florida Nightclub Shooting; US Officials Say No Evidence Of Direct Link

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WASHINGTON: Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility on Sunday for the worst mass shooting in United States history, but US officials said they had seen no immediate evidence linking the militant group to the massacre in Orlando, Florida. Islamic State’s claim was carried by Amaq, the organisation’s news agency. “The armed attack that targeted a gay…

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‘Instability Will Give IS A Foothold’

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KUALA LUMPUR: A de-stabilised southern Philippines will open the door for the Islamic State (IS) to establish a foothold in the region, warned Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. He said Malaysia had invested a lot of effort, money and time to find a comprehensive long-term peace in conflict-wracked southern Philippines. “Let me make…

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Islamic State Claims Responsibility For Brussels Attacks

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BRUSSELS: The so-called Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility for Tuesday’s terror attacks in the Belgian capital of Brussels, which killed at least 34 people and injured more than 100, China’s Xinhua news agency reported. A statement published by the A’maq news agency, which is said to be linked to the extremist group, said: “Islamic…

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I’m Not Afraid Of Daesh’s Kidnap Threats – Hishammuddin

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LUMUT: Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein today said that he was neither afraid of nor scared by the reported attempts by the Daesh militant group to kidnap him last year. However, he said the threats posed by that militant group could not be viewed lightly. “I’m not scared, it’s not me as an…

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Security Forces Foil Daesh’s Attempts To Kidnap PM, Zahid And Hishammuddin

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KUALA LUMPUR: The nation’s security forces have succeeded in curbing and thwarting several attempts by the Daesh militant group to kidnap the country’s leaders including the prime minister, the Dewan Rakyat was told today. Deputy Prime Minister and Home Affairs Minister, Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi revealed that apart from Prime Minister Datuk Seri…

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Najib, Zahid, Hisham On IS Kidnap List

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KUALA LUMPUR: Islamic State targetted the Prime Minister, Home Minister and Defence Minister for kidnapping last year. Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (pic), also Home Minister, said he, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein were targeted by the group. “On Jan 30, 2015, a total of 13…

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Rise of Aman Abdurrahman, IS Master Ideologue

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JAKARTA: Unlike his contemporaries, cleric and terrorist convict Aman Abdurrahman has never seen war. He never fights along his fellow jihadists in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria or in any domestic sectarian conflict. But Aman’s preaching is so contagious that Abu Bakar Ba’asyir, the elder statesman of the regional terrorism network, has succumbed to his doctrine…

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ISIS Confirms Death Of ‘Jihadi John’ AKA Mohammed Emwazi

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ISIS has confirmed the death of “Jihadi John” — aka Mohammed Emwazi, aka Abu Muharib al-Muhajir — in the latest issue of its Dabiq magazine. U.S. officials said in November that they were reasonably certain the English-speaking voice of the terror group had been killed in a targeted drone strike in Raqqa, Syria, ISIS’ de…

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City Is Safe And Secure From Terror Attacks, Say Police

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KUALA LUMPUR: Police have given the assurance that the city is safe and the people can go about their daily activities in spite of claims that terror groups have targeted several locations for attacks. City police chief Comm Datuk Tajudin Md Isa said enough measures were being taken to ensure that the city was safe…

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Top Leaders On IS Kidnap List

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Islamic State planned to kidnap top Malaysian leaders on its “hit list” to demand the release of militants detained here. According to Malaysian intelligence, two soldiers of an IS cell who were arrested and charged earlier this year drew up an elaborate plan to lead the kidnapped leaders to a secluded spot…

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Anonymous Hackers Declare War On Islamic State After Paris Attacks

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LONDON: Anonymous, a loose-knit international network of activist hackers, is preparing to unleash waves of cyberattacks on Islamic State following the attacks in Paris last week that killed 129 people, a self-described member said in a video. A man wearing a Guy Fawkes mask appeared on a video posted to YouTube and said the Islamic…

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Death Of Iranian General In Syria A Blow To Bashar Al-Assad

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WASHINGTON – The death of a top Iranian military commander in Syria this week has dealt a “psychological blow” to elements backing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, according to a U.S. intelligence official. The killing of a commander in the Revolutionary Guards Corps at the hands of ISIS also highlights the extent of Iranian involvement in…

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