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Suicide bomber targets students in Kabul, killing 48

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The Philadelphia Tribune by Rahim Faiez Amir Shah KABUL, Afghanistan — A suicide bomber struck a private education center in a Shiite neighborhood of Kabul on Wednesday where high school graduates were preparing for university entrance exams, killing 48 young men and women and leaving behind a scene of devastation and tragedy.The bombing, blamed on the Islamic State group, was the latest assault on Afghanistan’s Shiite community, which has increasingly been targeted by Sunni extremists who consider Shiites to be heretics.It also showed how militants are still able to stage large-scale attacks, even in the heart of Kabul, and underscored the struggles of the Afghan forces to provide security and stability on their own.The attack comes amid a particularly bloody week in Afghanistan that has seen Taliban attacks kill scores of Afghan troops and civilians.It was not immediately clear how the bomber managed to sneak into the building, used by...
Americans Killed by ISIS on World ‘Kindness’ Tour Clarion Project The Americans killed by ISIS in Tajikstan in an attack by ISIS at the end of last month were on a world tour to prove that “humans are kind.”“You read the papers and you’re led to believe that the world is a big, scary place,” Austin wrote on his blog. “People, the narrative goes, are not to be trusted. People are bad. People are evil.“I don’t buy it,” he continued. “Evil is a make-believe concept we’ve invented to deal with the complexities of fellow humans holding values and beliefs and perspectives different than our own… By and large, humans are kind. Self-interested sometimes, myopic sometimes, but kind. Generous and wonderful and kind.”Following a movement among fellow millennials, Jay Austin and Lauren Geoghegan, both in their late 20s, quit their jobs after coming to the conclusion that they were wasting their...
Press release from the DOJ:     Iraqi National Wanted for Murder in Iraq Arrested In California Had Previously Attempted To Gain Lawful Permanent Resident Status Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs Omar Ameen, 45, an Iraqi national, wanted on a murder charge in Iraq, appeared before a federal magistrate judge in Sacramento, California today in connection with proceedings to extradite him to face trial in Iraq.  Ameen settled in Sacramento as a purported refugee and attempted to gain legal status in the United States. The arrest was announced by Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott for the Eastern District of California, Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Criminal Division, Assistant Director Michael McGarrity of the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division, and Special Agent in Charge Sean Ragan of the FBI’s Sacramento Field Office. An arrest warrant charging Ameen with the 2014 murder...
Washington Post by Liz Sly BEIRUT — The Islamic State may still have in excess of 30,000 fighters in Syria and Iraq and appears to have rebounded from some of its worst setbacks, according to two new reports that call into question whether the militants are as close to defeat as the U.S. military has suggested.The figures, contained in reports by the U.S. government and the United Nations, are far higher than previous estimates of Islamic State strength following its major defeats last year, when the militants were driven out of their territory in Iraq and most of their key strongholds in Syria. The U.S. military has not released any figures since last year, but comments by military officials had indicated there were not many more than 10,000 fighters left.U.S. military officials disputed the new assessments but declined to give alternative numbers, saying it is against military policy. The figures...
The Express A CHILLING UN report has revealed Libya is experiencing a resurgence in al-Qaeda presence, prompting fears of a terrorist onslaught in the region. By Sam Stevenson In North Africa, Libya is believed to be home to between 3,000 and 4,000 ISIS militants and is believed to be experiencing a revival in al-Qaeda presence.Al-Qaeda’s leaders in Iran “have grown more prominent” and have been working with the extremist group’s top leader, Ayman al-Zawahri, “projecting his authority more effectively than he could previously” including on events in Syria, UN experts said.Egypt is also believed to have some 1,000 ISIS fighters.The news comes despite the armed group’s defeat on most fronts and following a significant halt in the flow of foreigners joining its ranks. According to the UN experts, the heightened terrorist presence is despite both ISIS and al-Qaeda suffering major losses.The UN report, which was released on Monday, analysed ISIS...