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Third video of UK hostage John Cantlie released

Third video of UK hostage John Cantlie released

A third video has appeared featuring British hostage John Cantlie who is being held by Islamic State militants. The journalist delivers a scripted message responding to US President Barack Obama's recent speech on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. The script mocks the US's strategy of employing air power combined with local ground forces. Cantile appears sat at a desk against a black backdrop, following the same format as in previous videos. Further messages The message ends with a comment by him that Islamic State (IS) says it welcomes meeting with what is described as President Obama's under-construction army.

US-led strikes hit IS-held oil sites in Syria

US-led strikes hit IS-held oil sites in Syria

US-led airstrikes targeted Syrian oil installations held by the extremist Islamic State group overnight and early Thursday, killing at least 19 people as more families of militants left their key stronghold, fearing further raids, activists said. The strikes aimed to knock out one of the militants' main revenue streams — black market oil sales...

Cops capture 2 'ISIS recruitees'

Cops capture 2 'ISIS recruitees'

A UK citizen of Bangladeshi origin is now in Dhaka to recruit fighters for ISIS, detectives said yesterday after the arrest of “two of his recruits”. On Wednesday night, a DB team arrested Asif Adnan, 26, and Fazle Elahi Tanzil, 24, who had allegedly been planning to go to Syria through Turkey with the...

2 held for trying to join Islamic State

2 held for trying to join Islamic State

Detectives in Dhaka have arrested two youths while they were preparing to fly for Syria to join Islamic State militants. Investigators said 26-year-old Asif Adnan is son of a former judge while 24-year-old Fazle Elahi Tanzil is son of an incumbent senior bureaucrat. Adnan has completed his graduation in economics from Dhaka University while Tanzil...

US-led strikes kill 14 militants in Syria: Monitor

US-led strikes kill 14 militants in Syria: Monitor

At least 14 Islamic State fighters were killed in air strikes by US-led forces overnight in northeast Syria, a group monitoring the war said on Thursday. The strikes also killed at least five civilians, said Rami Abdulrahman, who runs the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. US-led forces started air strikes on Syria on...

Why Pakistan's militants can still strike at will

Why Pakistan's militants can still strike at will

In recent months the fortunes and allegiances of Pakistan's militants have proved mercurial. Formerly united fronts fractured while the army drove others out of their strongholds. Then al-Qaeda said it would take the initiative in South Asia proving, as the BBC's M Ilyas Khan reports, that the insurgents are still a potent force. The...

New air strikes in Syria and Iraq

New air strikes in Syria and Iraq

US warplanes have carried out new air strikes on Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq and Syria, hitting vehicles and arms dumps, the US military says. Eight IS vehicles were damaged near Abu Kamal on the Syria-Iraq border, and two others in Deir al-Zour in the east of Syria, the US Central Command said. In...

5 'Allahr Dal' men held with bombs in Khulna

5 'Allahr Dal' men held with bombs in Khulna

Five activists of militant Islamist party Allar Dal, including its district chief, were held with explosives and bomb-making materials from Phultala upazila of Khulna last night. The arrests were made in a late night raid from a rental messing facility in Chandpur area, our Khulna correspondent reported quoting police. The detained were Parvez Hossain, 26,...

70 Islamic State fighters killed in Syria strikes: Monitor

70 Islamic State fighters killed in Syria strikes: Monitor

At least 70 Islamic State fighters killed in US-led air strikes in Syria says monitoring group. Ealier, a group monitoring the the war said on Tuesday, air strikes by US-led coalition forces in Syria killed 30 fighters from al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front and eight civilians including children. The strikes targeted a residential building in Aleppo province...

Syria refugee flood to Turkey hits 100,000

Syria refugee flood to Turkey hits 100,000

The number of refugees seeking shelter in Turkey from the Islamic State group's advance across northeastern Syria has hit 100,000, Turkey said Sunday as clashes broke out on the border between Turkish security guards and Kurds. The head of Turkey's AFAD disaster management agency, Fuat Oktay, said the figure relates to Syrians escaping the...

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