Tag: Islam

Has ISIS’s caliphate fallen, and does that mean the terror group is finished?

Isis has been driven from its de facto Iraqi capital of Mosul, leading Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to declare that one half of Isis’ so-called caliphate has fallen.   The organisation now holds on to just nine per cent of the territory it controlled at the height of its powers in 2015.   US-backed forces […]

US senator to block arms sales to Gulf over Qatar crisis

An influential US senator has said he will withhold consent for arms sales to Gulf Arab states until there is a “path forward” to resolving the Qatar crisis. Bob Corker, the chairman of the Senate foreign relations committee, warned that efforts to fight so-called Islamic State and counter Iran were being hurt. Saudi Arabia, the […]

Islamic State leader Baghdadi ‘may have been killed by Russia’

Russia’s defence ministry is investigating whether one of its air strikes in Syria killed the leader of the Islamic State militant group (IS). The ministry said an air strike may have killed Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and up to 330 other fighters on 28 May. It said the raid had targeted a meeting of the IS […]

Cologne rally: As many as 10,000 Muslims to protest Islamic extremism

As many as 10,000 Muslims are set to protest in a rally against extremism in Cologne on Saturday. The protest comes in the wake of recent terror attacks in the UK and around the world. “The attacks by people who justify their acts by invoking Islam, without justification, are becoming more frequent,” protest organisers write […]

AP Explains: Qatar’s ties with Iran and Islamist groups

The political crisis engulfing Qatar stems from accusations by its Arab neighbors that it supports terrorism. Qatar denies the allegations, but its ties with Iran and embrace of various Islamist groups have brought intense scrutiny, made it a regional outlier and created enough smoke to spark a fire. Last week, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United […]

Ex-defense chief: Erdogan is ‘deliberately Islamicizing’ Europe in bid for world domination

“Erdogan is intentionally Islamicizing Europe. People are ignoring it. It’s deliberate Islamization,” he told The Times of Israel. In a far-reaching interview, the former minister and ex-IDF chief of staff also addressed Donald Trump’s initiative to broker Israeli-Palestinian peace, urging the US president to “not even try” to reach a final status agreement between the […]

The assault on the ISIS capital has officially begun

A coalition of anti-Islamic State groups backed by the United States has officially begun its assault on the jihadist-held city of Raqqah in northern Syria. Raqqah has been controlled by jihadist forces since 2013 and has become the de facto capital of the Islamic State inside Syria. The US Department of Defense announced the commencement […]

‘The Western Wall belongs only to Muslims’

The Supreme Islamic Council in Jerusalem on Monday dismissed comments by senior Fatah official Jibril Rajoub regarding the Western Wall in Jerusalem. Rajoub spoke on Saturday to Channel 2 News, saying that the Western Wall must remain under “Jewish sovereignty.” “We understand that the wall… is sacred for Jews. At the end of the day […]

Islam on Track to Overtake Christianity as World’s No. 1 Religion

Muslims will double their share of the population in the United States by 2050 and surpass Christianity as the world’s dominant religion by the end of the century, according to a Pew Research Center report released last week. The Pew study comes the same week that saw two acts of mass murder perpetrated by Muslim […]

Gunfight between government troops and Islamic militants in Philippines

Government troops clashed with Islamic militants in the southern Philippines on Thursday (May 25) as the gun fight continued on its second day. The clash was about 700 meters from a nearby military camp in Marawi City where the Islamic State-linked Maute group occupied parts of the city and burned down several establishments on Tuesday […]