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Iraqi forces battle toward landmark Mosul mosque.

Iraqi special forces and police fought Islamic State militants to edge closer to the al-Nuri mosque in western Mosul on Wednesday, tightening their control around the landmark site in the battle to recapture Iraq's second city.

- GMA News - PH

Suspected Tajik IS Recruiter Says Confession Obtained Under Duress.

A Tajik court is reviewing a complaint from a man who claims that his confession saying he tried to recruit fighters for the extremist group Islamic State was obtained under duress.

- Radio Free Europe - US

Bitcoin entrepreneur Amir Taaki quizzed over fighting in Syria.

Developer quizzed by UK police after fighting against so-called Islamic State alongside Kurds.

- BBC - UK

Denmark arrest 2 men for planning to join Islamic State in Syria.

Two men were ordered held in pre-trial custody until April 21 Wednesday on suspicion of violating Denmark's terror laws for planning to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group.

- Stars and Stripes - US

German teen convicted of Islamic State membership.

A 19-year-old German man has been convicted of belonging to the Islamic State extremist group and sentenced as a youth to 3 years and 3 months in prison.

- Stars and Stripes - US

Iraqi forces battle toward landmark Mosul mosque.

Iraqi special forces and police fought ISIS militants to edge closer to the al-Nuri mosque in western Mosul on Wednesday, tightening their control around the landmark site in the battle to recapture Iraq's second city

- The Daily Star - LB

ISIS shelling stops work on damaged Syrian dam.

ISIS shelled positions held by the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces at the Tabqa Dam on the Euphrates River Wednesday, forcing engineers to temporarily halt efforts to stop a potential collapse, a Reuters witness said

- The Daily Star - LB

Engineers repair Syria's Tabqa dam spillways after shelling.

Spillways at the Tabqa Dam in Syria are working normally after engineers managed to carry out repairs, a local alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias said on Wednesday, despite shelling from ISIS that temporarily halted their work

- The Daily Star - LB

Turkey arrests suspected ISIS European recruiter.

Turkish authorities arrested a Syrian man who allegedly recruited militants from European countries to fight for ISIS, the state-run news agency reported Wednesday

- The Daily Star - LB

Syrian army captures ISIS village near Aleppo.

The Syrian army captured the small town of Deir Hafer east of Aleppo from ISIS on Wednesday, a Syrian military source said, part of its operations to drive back the exremist group and consolidate its control in that area

- The Daily Star - LB

NIA charge-sheets eight alleged Islamic State operatives in Kochi.

The NIA on Wednesday filed two charge sheets against eight people allegedly owing allegiance to the banned ISIS terror outfit for conspiring to "wage a war" against the country, and targeting foreigners and important personalities in India.

- Zee News - IN

IS holds terrified civilians as human shields in Syrian city

Residents of the northern Syrian city of Raqqa live in terror, trapped as a massive human shield in the Islamic State's de facto capital ahead of the final battle with U.S.-backed opposition forces for the militant group's last major urban stronghold. A belt of land mines and militant checkpoints circle the city. Inside, ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Iraqi forces battle toward landmark Mosul mosque | Reuters

By Isabel Coles and John Davison | MOSUL MOSUL Iraqi special forces and police fought Islamic State militants to edge closer to the al-Nuri mosque in western Mosul on Wednesday, tightening their control around the landmark site in the battle to recapture Iraq's second city.The close-quarters fighting is focused on the Old ...

- Firstpost - IN

Iraqi forces battle toward landmark Mosul mosque

MOSUL - Iraqi special forces and police fought Islamic State militants to edge closer to the al-Nuri mosque in western Mosul on Wednesday, tightening their control around the landmark site in the battle to recapture Iraq's second city.

- Reuters - US

Engineers repair Syria's Tabqa dam spillways after shelling

TABQA DAM, Syria - Spillways at the Tabqa Dam in Syria are working normally after engineers managed to carry out repairs, a local alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias said on Wednesday, despite shelling by Islamic State that temporarily halted their work.

- Reuters - US

Islamic State holds terrified civilians as human shields in Syrian city

Residents of the northern Syrian city of Raqqa live in terror, trapped as a massive human shield in the Islamic State's de facto capital ahead of the final battle with U.S.-backed opposition forces for the militant group's last major urban stronghold.

- Stars and Stripes - US

Pakistan halts extradition of US man accused of terror plot

A defense lawyer says a Pakistani court has temporarily barred the extradition of a U.S. citizen of Pakistani origin accused of planning a terrorist attack in New York with help from the Islamic State group.

- FOX News - US

Turkey arrests suspected IS European recruiter

Turkish authorities arrested a Syrian man who allegedly recruited militants from European countries to fight for the Islamic State group, the state-run news agency reported Wednesday.

- FOX News - US

FBI's Presence At The Garland, Texas Shooting Appears To Show It Prefers Easier Terrorism Arrests

Given the FBI's skill at cultivating terrorists to arrest and indict, you'd think it would have done a better job handling the planned terrorist attack in Garland, Texas. The two shooters were killed by local police before they could kill any attendees at a "Draw Mohammed" event thrown by anti-Muslim activist Pam Geller. ...

- Techdirt - US

Human rights activist Nadia Murad writing memoir

NEW YORK — Nadia Murad, the human rights activist who survived the murderous reign of ISIS, is working on a book.

- Billings Gazette - US

Engineers repair Syria's Tabqa dam spillways after shelling

TABQA DAM, Syria - Spillways at the Tabqa Dam in Syria are working normally after engineers managed to carry out repairs, a local alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias said on Wednesday, despite shelling from Islamic State that temporarily halted their work.

- Reuters - US

'We're young, unmarried; want to return to mainstream' - Two Islamic State suspects plead guilty before Delhi court

Two suspected members of the dreaded terror outfit Islamic State on Wednesday moved an application before a court here, pleading guilty to the charges levelled against them.

- Zee News - IN

NIA charge-sheets 8 alleged IS operatives

The NIA today filed two charge sheets against eight people allegedly owing allegiance to the banned ISIS terror outfit for conspiring to "wage a war" against the country, and targeting foreigners and important personalities in India. The two separate charge sheets were filed in the designated NIA court in Kochi, a spokesman ...

- Deccan Herald - IN

Iraqi forces battle toward landmark Mosul mosque

Iraqi special forces and police fought Islamic State militants to edge closer to the al-Nuri mosque in western Mosul on Wednesday, tightening their control around the landmark site in the battle to recapture Iraq's second city, military commanders said.

- BDNews24 - BD

Four employees at Montreal's Trudeau airport have shown signs of radicalization: report

Some visited pro-ISIL websites, published propaganda on social media and consulted an abnormal number of documents explaining how to make homemade explosives

- National Post - CA

Pope Francis prays for Iraq as number of civilian deaths rise

Vatican City, Mar 29, 2017 / 04:56 am .- With the battle for major ISIS strongholds heating up in Iraq, Pope Francis has voiced his closeness to the country, praying for the safety of people on the ground, particularly civilians caught in the crosshairs of the fighting. “My thoughts go out to civilians trapped in the ...

- Catholic News Agency - US

Alleged ISIS operatives say they are remorseful, plead guilty

Two persons accused of criminal conspiracy to raise funds for the ISIS and recruiting people for the terror outfit today approached a special court pleading guilty, saying they are remorseful and want to join the mainstream.

- Zee News - IN

`We`re young, unmarried; want to return to mainstream` - Two Islamic State suspects plead guilty before Delhi court

Two suspected members of the dreaded terror outfit Islamic State on Wednesday moved an application before a court here, pleading guilty to the charges levelled against them.

- Zee News - IN

ISIS shelling scatters engineers trying to repair dam in Syria

Thomson ReutersTABQA DAM, Syria - Islamic State shelled positions held by the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces at the Tabqa Dam on the Euphrates River on Wednesday, forcing the evacuation of engineers who were on site to open spillways, a Reuters witness said. Nobody was wounded by at least two explosions as Islamic ...

- Business Insider - US

Iraqi forces in Mosul are pushing ISIS back to the mosque where the terror group declared its 'caliphate'

Thomson ReutersMOSUL - Iraqi special forces and police fought Islamic State militants to edge closer to the al-Nuri mosque in western Mosul on Wednesday, tightening their control around the landmark site in the battle to recapture Iraq's second city, military commanders said. The close-quarters fighting is focused on the ...

- Business Insider - US

Islamic State shells at Syria dam, forcing engineers to halt work

TABQA DAM, Syria - Islamic State shelled positions held by the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces at the Tabqa Dam on the Euphrates River on Wednesday, forcing engineers to temporarily halt efforts to ease the water pressure, a Reuters witness said.

- Reuters - US

Denmark arrest 2 men for planning to join IS in Syria

COPENHAGEN, Denmark " Danish prosecutors say two men have been arrested suspected of having violated Denmark's terror laws for planning to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group.In a statement, the prosecution office...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Islamic State shelling forces engineers to evacuate Syrian dam: Reuters witness

TABQA DAM, Syria - Islamic State shelled positions held by the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces at the Tabqa Dam on the...

- Townhall.com - US

Denmark arrest 2 men for planning to join IS in Syria

Danish prosecutors say two men have been arrested suspected of having violated Denmark's terror laws for planning to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group.

- FOX News - US

Iraqi forces battle toward landmark Mosul mosque

Iraqi special forces and police fought ISIS militants to edge closer to the al-Nuri mosque in western Mosul Wednesday, tightening their control around the landmark site in the battle to recapture Iraq's second city, military commanders said

- The Daily Star - LB

Engineers set to to enter ISIS-held parts of Syria dam

Syrian engineers were expected to carry out urgent maintenance Wednesday on the country's largest dam, where U.S.-backed fighters have been battling ISIS who still control most of it

- The Daily Star - LB

Link Bangladesh genocide with al-Qaida, ISIS massacres: Shahriar Kabir

'Ekkatorer Ghatok Dalal Nirmul Committee' President Shahriar Kabir has said that the Pakistan-sponsored 1971 genocide should be linked to the al-Qaida, ISIS massacres to pave the path for global recognition of the Bangladesh Genocide.

- BDNews24 - BD

Isis in Egypt's Sinai beheads two elderly men for 'witchcraft' and 'apostasy' in execution video

The video was released via the islamists' Telegram communication channel on 28 March.

- IBTimes.co.uk - UK

Iraqi forces battle toward landmark Mosul mosque

MOSUL - Iraqi special forces and police fought Islamic State militants to edge closer to the al-Nuri mosque in western Mosul on Wednesday, tightening their control around the landmark site in the battle to recapture Iraq's second city, military commanders said.

- Reuters - US

RAF Akrotiri runway resurfacing completed while maintaining operations against Islamic State

The UK Defence Infrastructure Organisation has completed runway resurfacing work at Royal Air Force Akrotiri in Cyprus concurrent to operations being flown from the base against the Islamic State. The GBP46 million project to renovate the main runway at the main

- Jane’s - US

Pictures of Iraq: Photojournalists bear witness to horror in ISIS-occupied Mosul

Yahoo News reached out to three Reuters photographers who have been assigned to cover the battle of Mosul since the Iraqi army launched an offensive to reclaim the city on Oct. 16, 2016. They were asked a variety of questions pertaining to their experiences in the war-torn city. The photographers discussed their careers ...

- Yahoo! News - US

US Secretary of State to Visit Ankara at a Critical Time

Rex Tillerson is making his first visit to key NATO ally Turkey as U.S. secretary of state. The forthcoming operation to remove Islamic State from its self-declared capital of Raqqa in Syria is, according to U.S. officials, expected to top the agenda of Tillerson's visit to Ankara. He is scheduled to meet with Turkey's ...

- Voice of America - US

Iraqi forces battle toward landmark Mosul mosque

By Isabel Coles and John Davison MOSUL - Iraqi special forces and police fought Islamic State militants to edge closer to the...

- Townhall.com - US

Raqqa residents trapped by militants ahead of assault

As U.S.-backed forces bear down on the de facto capital of the Islamic State group, the militants have taken their strategy of hiding behind civilians further than ever before, effectively using the entire population of Raqqa as human shields.

- Stars and Stripes - US

German government finds eight alternatives to Incirlik military base in Turkey

Critics have accused the German government of failing to relocate the Bundeswehr's base of operations in Turkey. The facility in Incirlik hosts aircraft used for combating the so-called "Islamic State."

- Deutsche Welle - DE

Coalition airstrikes and Islamic State: Mosul's civilians face dual threat

As the battle for Mosul continues, there is growing outcry over the high civilian death toll, with many residents reporting intense coalition airstrikes that are killing and wounding families being held by Islamic State as human shields.

- ABC News - AU

Lion, bear trapped in Mosul as forces foil rescue attempt

A New Zealander is part of a mission to rescue the remaining animals at the Isis-controlled Mosul Zoo - but the bid has been foiled so far.As the team tried to enter through Iraqi Army checkpoints on the outskirts of Mosul they...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

World › Russian general claims U.S.-led coalition hit dam in Syria

A senior Russian general on Tuesday accused the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State of targeting Syria's infrastructure — including a key dam — in territory held by the Sunni extremist group. Col. Gen. Sergei Rudskoi of the military's General Staff said the coalition was trying to "completely destroy ...

- Japan Today - JP

Kenyan trainee doctors killed in raid on Libya Isis base

Kitale medics were on a list of wanted terrorists and were shot dead in Libya.

- Daily Nation - KE

Raqqa residents trapped by militants ahead of assault

BEIRUT " As U.S.-backed forces bear down on the de facto capital of the Islamic State group, the militants have taken their strategy of hiding behind civilians further than ever before, effectively using the entire population...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

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