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First UK Soldier Killed In Syria Bomb Blast During Fight Against Islamic State

A British soldier has been killed in combat by an improvised explosive device in Syria.

According to BBC defence correspondent Jonathan Beale, this is the first death of a serving UK troop in the fight against the Islamic State.

US officials confirmed an American soldier was also killed by the roadside bomb in the northern Syrian city of Manbij on Thursday, while four other troops were wounded, reports the Telegraph.

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Defence said: “It is with regret that we must confirm that a member of the UK armed forces was killed by an improvised explosive device in Syria yesterday.”

The individual was embedded with US forces on a counter-Daesh [Isis] operation when the incident occurred. The family has been notified and our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.

Italian anti-terrorism police arrest Moroccan planning truck attack

Italian anti-terrorism police on Wednesday arrested an Italian citizen of Moroccan origin who they said was an Islamic State sympathiser planning a truck attack.

It was the latest in a series of arrests this month involving suspected supporters of Islamist terrorism and came as Italy stepped up the number of foreigners it expels.

Elmahdi Halili, 23, arrested in the northern city of Turin, “was studying how to prepare a truck for an attack”, Francesco Messina, the city’s police chief said.

“He was learning how to use a knife and looking into where and how to attack.” Assailants in London carried out three vehicle attacks last year. In 2016, militants mowed down scores of people in Nice and Berlin.

Police said Halili received a two-year suspended prison term in 2015 for “instigating terrorism” by running a website praising Islamic State and hailing the attacks it or its supporters perpetrated in Europe.

It was not immediately possible to seek comment from Halili or anyone representing him. “The terrorist risk is very high,” said Matteo Salvini, leader of the far-right League party, which is in talks to form a government after the inconclusive March 4 election.

 

Woman charged over ‘Islamic State-inspired’ stabbing in Melbourne

A woman has stabbed a man in his sleep in an alleged Islamic State-inspired terrorist attack in Melbourne’s north.

The 24-year-old Bangladeshi woman allegedly stabbed the 56-year-old man in the neck at a home in Mill Park about 4.30pm on Friday.

She was arrested at the scene and charged with engaging in a terrorist act.

The man will undergo surgery at Royal Melbourne hospital on Saturday for non-life threatening injuries. It’s alleged the woman is a Bangladeshi national who travelled to Melbourne on a student visa on 1 February.

Gunfire follows car bomb explosion in Jalalabad, Afghanistan

The aftermath of a bomb blast outside the Save the Children office in the eastern city of Jalalabad.

A government spokesman said 11 people were being treated in hospital for their injuries Gunfire follows car bomb explosion in Jalalabad, Afghanistan.

The aftermath of a bomb blast outside the Save the Children office in the eastern city of Jalalabad. Gunmen stormed the offices of Save the Children in Jalalabad on Wednesday, killing at least six people and wounding 27 in an attack claimed by Islamic State.

The attack began just after 9am when a suicide car bomb was detonated outside the offices. The attackers then used rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) to blast their way inside.

Afghan security forces fought the gunmen for nearly 10 hours, at one stage rescuing nearly 50 people from the basement of the building as fighting continued on the floors above, said a member of the Ningarhar provincial government, Sohrab Qaderi.

Army officials said at least six people had been killed – two soldiers, two guards working for Save the Children and two other civilians, one of whom also worked for the British charity. Another 27 people were wounded, including nine Afghan security service members.

 

Islamic State Declares War On Rival Hamas With Video Execution

Islamic State declares war on rival Hamas with video execution.

The confrontation between the two militant groups has been building for more than a year, as Hamas has cracked down on Islamic State supporters in Gaza, and tightened its border with the Sinai in an attempt to repair relations with Egypt.

Airstrikes kill 12 civilians in IS Syria holdout

Airstrikes on one of the last villages still held by the Islamic State group in eastern Syria has killed 12 civilians, including four children, a monitor said on Monday.

Moroccan-Italian female foreign fighter arrested in Malpensa

A Moroccan-Italian woman who has been arrested by DIGOS anti-terrorism police.

The 35-year-old woman, named only by the initials R.M., reportedly went to Syria with her three small children for the love of an extremist from the so-called Islamic State (IS) group, whom she had met online.

She was arrested at Milan’s Malpensa airport on Dec. 23 on an international warrant from France, where the Italian father of her children lives and where he had reported her missing.

French cement group paid IS to operate in Syria

French cement company Lafarge paid close to 13 million euros ($A20 million) to armed groups including Islamic State militants to keep their operations open in Syria.

The lawyers of Lafarge were speaking on Tuesday on the course of French prosecutors’ preliminary inquiry into Lafarge’s operations launched in June on suspicion of “financing of a terrorist enterprise“.

Yemen: Car bomb kills 5. IS claims responsibility

Attack claimed by Islamic State group’s affiliate in Yemen, who claimed responsibility in an online statement.

A powerful car bomb has struck a government building in the port city of Aden, south Yemen, killing 5 people and wounding 12.

Vatican City, Jihadi attack in december

The pro-Islamic State (IS) Wafa’ Media Foundation published a poster depicting a vehicular attack on the Vatican on Christmas.