Islamic extremism

How the Islamic State group steals UN food aid


These images have sent social media accounts into overdrive. Food packages belonging to the World Food Programme (WFP) are distributed in Syria - but with Islamic State group logos. Our Observers on the ground say that this isn't an isolated case. For several months, WFP aid packages have been handed out in areas controlled by IS. Read our testimony from Raqqa.
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In pictures: Army, volunteers repel new Boko Haram attack on Maiduguri


Boko Haram militants have launched a ferocious attack on the Nigerian city of Maiduguri for the second consecutive week. Soldiers and local vigilante groups successfully repelled the assault which was launched in the dead of night. In a place widely considered off-limits for many journalists, our Observer took these photos of Sunday's dramatic events. Read more...
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Video: Shiite militias use same brutal tactics as Islamic State


A disturbing video filmed by soldiers fighting for the Kurdish Peshmerga reveals gruesome tactics used by Shiite militias battling to push Islamic State organisation jihadists out of Iraq. The images show the beheaded corpses of two IS fighters being dragged on the ground by a vehicle. Read more...
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Islamabad protesters demand mosque leader condemn school massacre

One hundred and thirty-two children were killed by the Pakistani Taliban in their attack on a school in Peshawar earlier this week. But this was not enough to get the leader of one of the country’s biggest public mosques, the Red Mosque in Islamabad, to condemn the Taliban. In a brave move, hundreds of protesters showed up in front of the mosque Thursday night to demand he do so. Read more…

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IS jihadists taunt Turkish army at Syrian border


A video showing fighters from the group calling itself Islamic State talking to Turkish soldiers near the embattled city of Kobane has widely circulated online. The video has angered Kurdish activists, who see it as proof of collusion between the Turkish army and the jihadist group. However, the scene appears to be the result of provocation on the part of the IS fighters. Here’s why…
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Activists risk their lives to spray anti-IS graffiti in Raqqa


Despite being a frequent target of airstrikes by the US-led coalition, the city of Raqqa in eastern Syria is still firmly in the hands of the Islamic State (IS) group. Thousands of civilians have fled the city, but one group of activists has stayed behind to denounce the jihadists' brutal rule. Their actions include spray-painting graffiti with anti-IS slogans on the walls of the city – a daring act that could cost them their lives. Read more...
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Priests race to save manuscripts from jihadists in Iraq

As fighters from the Islamic State group rampage across northern Syria and Iraq, a group of priests are racing against time to save what's left of the region's Christian heritage. Dominican Order priests have already managed to get many precious artifacts and manuscripts safely to Erbil in Kurdistan. Read more...

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False images used to ‘prove’ slavery, genital mutilation under ISIS


The savagery of ISIS jihadists rampaging through Syria and Iraq is well known. But dozens of photos circulating on social media networks and the media claiming to show the barbaric acts of the Islamist group are, in fact, fake. Read more...
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Salafist group calls for boycott of French local elections

 
Via its website, social networks and pamphlets, the organisation Anâ-Muslim (“I am Muslim”) is calling for the boycott of France’s local elections. Our Observer tells us more about who is behind this Salafist group. Read more...
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Police and civilians join forces against Muslim Brotherhood

 
In the middle of the day on Sunday, deadly clashes broke out in Cairo between supporters and opponents of the Muslim Brotherhood. From his windowsill, our Observer filmed civilians abusing an alleged supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood, as police officers looked on. This evidence of collusion between civilians and the authorities shocked our Observer. Read more...
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