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​The ‘al-Qaeda rising’ narrative risks downplaying Islamic State threat

The prevailing hypothesis on al-Qaeda's longevity compared to Islamic State may seem reasonable, but it is hasty.

Russian ambassador shot dead in Ankara gallery

The Russian foreign ministry confirmed the death of envoy Andrei Karlov, which marked one of the most serious spillovers of the Syria conflict.

Islamic State pushed out of town near Mosul as advance continues

​Kurdish Peshmerga and Iraqi government forces have driven the terrorist group out of the town of Fadiliya.

UN receives reports of massacres by Islamic State fighters in Mosul

There are fears that the extremists will commit more atrocities in an attempt to spread fear as they try to hold on to their last major Iraqi bastion.

​Iraqi forces advance on Mosul

Kurdish fighters backed by the US plan to retake Islamic State’s last major stronghold and are closing off escape routes.

Suspected Islamic State teenage suicide bomber kills 51 at a wedding in Turkey

Yet another suspected Islamic State attack has hit Turkey.

Russian hostility tops landmark post-Brexit Nato summit, followed by EU co-operation

The military alliance will also focus on support to counter the Islamic State and the Taliban, writes Andrew Hammond.

Islamic State hit but not slain – yet

Militants from the extremist group are under pressure by local and allied forces.

Australian government also warns citizens in SA after US terror alert

The US issued a terror alert for South Africa, causing the UK and Australia to issue terror warnings and travel advisories for their citizens.

Libya reels under reign of terror

Islamic State is ‘getting away with murder’ in Sirte, where dozens have been beheaded or shot, says Human Rights Watch.

Real Madrid fans killed in Islamic State attack

The Spanish football club will wear black armbands on Saturday to honour the victims of the incident.

Paris-Brussels network a ‘supercell’ of extremism

A vast network of people have been linked to terrorist organisation the Islamic State that claimed responsibility for the Paris and Brussels attacks.

‘It is all of Europe that is hit’

Belgium's neighbours have rallied in support after this week's 'acts of war' that shook Brussels.

Bombers’ links to Paris shootings raise intel questions

One of the el-Bakraoui brothers is believed to have provided ammunition and weapons for the Paris attacks.

Isis stronghold in Libya spells dire consequences

If Islamic State consolidates its foothold in Libya, it will pose a major threat to North Africa and Europe.

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