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Afghanistan to arm 20,000 civilians to fight ISIS

SHAFAQNA - Afghanistan is considering training and arming 20,000 civilians to defend territories where militants have been driven out, officials say, sparking fears the local forces could become another thuggish militia. The proposal for a…

2 arrested in anti-terrorism operation near Paris

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SHAFAQNA - Two men have been arrested after the discovery of explosives and bomb components at an apartment in Villejuif, a suburb of Paris, local media reports. Following a tip-off from a man doing maintenance work, police raided an apartment…

Counterterrorism advisor Gorka out of White House, following Bannon & Scaramucci

SHAFAQNA - Sebastian Gorka is no longer a deputy assistant on counterterrorism to President Donald Trump. Gorka reportedly resigned over concerns that staffers who truly wanted to “make America great again” were being “undermined” amid…

Syria calls for Countries to Back Away from Terrorists

SHAFAQNA - Syria has called on all participants of the Geneva and Astana peace talks to distance themselves from terrorist organisations. Syria’s Foreign Ministry made the call on Saturday in a letter sent to UN Secretary General Antonio…

Discrimination against Muslims at airports hurts fight against terrorism

SHAFAQNA - Recently, newspapers across the world — including in the United States, Britain and Israel — have reported on the challenges that Muslims, and people perceived to be Muslim, have faced at airports and on planes. Just last week,…
Prevent strategy

Prevent Strategy in the UK promotes culture of fear and sectarian criminality

SHAFAQNA - The National Union of Teachers (NUT) has recently backed a motion to reject the government’s counter-radicalisation Prevent strategy at its annual conference. This motion follows the National Union of Students (NUS) motion to boycott…

Syrian President calls for collective efforts against terror

SHAFAQNA - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has called on Muslims across the world to unite and fight against terrorism posing a threat to the region and the globe. Assad made the remarks during a meeting of members of the General Secretariat…

Putin calls for global cooperation against terrorism - urges powers to be reasonable

SHAFAQNA - Russian President Vladimir Putin says Moscow is willing to fight terrorism in cooperation with the rest of the world, criticizing the West for having contributed to an upsurge in terrorism with military interventions in Iraq and…

Britain to announce new counter-extremism measures

SHAFAQNA - British Prime Minister David Cameron is to announce new counter-extremism measures aimed at countering Takfiri ideology and stopping young Britons from joining the Daesh terrorists in Syria. "We know that extremism is really a…