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The Metropolitan police have arrested Naa’imur Zakariyah Rahman, 20, from north London, and Mohammed Aqib Imran, 21, from Birmingham and charged with plotting terrorist acts. The security service in the UK said they think they have stopped a plot by the men to assassinate UK Prime minister, Theresa May.

                         

The men plan was to throw a bag with a bomb in it, and then stab the prime minister with knives.

Both men are now arrested and will be due to appear in Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday. 

The plot was revealed to the cabinet by Andrew Parker, the head of MI5, and he also told ministers that the nine other terrorist planned acts have also been averted by the security forces.


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ISIS might be on the way out of the terrorism list as the group continues to suffers a series of defeats in Iraq. ISIS fighters now for fear of being killed surrendered themselves to the Iraqi security forces, and they are all awaiting interrogations.

More than 1000 ISIS fighters who had pledged to die a martyr, are not forfeiting the dream of the 71 virgins and are currently having their hands behind their back while facing the wall in Northern Iraq. The group has recently suffered a series of humiliating defeats in Syria and Iraq, and more than 1000 ISIS fighters have surrendered in the DIbis centre for iinterrogation.

                         

                                                      ISIS fighters surrenders to Kurdish security operatives

While the fight to take back Mosul took soldiers 9 months,and only a few fighters surrendered, Tal-Afar was just 11 days, and more than 500 fighters surrendered. The extremist were ousted from Hawija in just 15 days, and the ISIS fighters did not put in any fight at all, they only planted bombs and booby traps, and after heavy fighting, the group members took their family members and ran.

Many fighters are claiming to be just cooks and clerks for the group, while some claimed to have just joined the group in the past 2 months. Many of the fighters claimed never to have seen a beheading or anything close to it.

In a monitored interview, one of the fighters ,Maytham Muhammed Mohemin said that he had joined the group because he believed their cause, and because his brother had joined. He also said he was getting paid a $100, which is better than nothing at the time.

Maytham had been fighting with the group for 2 years. He had arrived Dibis at Tuesday afternoon with eight other people, after they had gone to Hawija to drop their weapons. Two weeks before that, Maytham had been hiding in holes to escape the never ending American bombs and shelling of the Iraqi forces, and while hiding in holes, the group had no food or sanitary facilities, hence, they stink.


As ISIS continues to lose the battle with US backed led army, the morale of the terrorist organisation is terribly dropping, and the leader of the faction, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was reportedly dead before is alive and preparing a wave of attacks against countries like the United Kingdom to boost its members' morale.

                 

The head of Kurdish intelligence Lahur Talabany while speaking to Telegraph said;

We are going to see a lot more attacks on the West that are designed to boost the morale of the fighters who have suffered heavy losses. They are trying to do attacks that will get them publicity.The more sophisticated attacks are being organised by the leadership around the al-Baghdadi camp.

France is still on high alert against terrorist activities in the country after a string of attacks in the country since the Paris attack in 2015, and also UK is also on high alert following the Westminster, Manchester and London Bridge attacks. 

The terrorist group in recent Western backed fight has lost 90% of its territory in Iraq and 85% of its territory in Syria.

Speaking on the recent development, British diplomat Julian King said;

We need to continue our efforts to try and stop that but there will be some funding that gets out. And we have to be conscious of that. That there could be a risk of new sources of funding for terrorism and we have to prepare for that and see what we need to do to strengthen measures to combat it.

Countries that had been hit with attacks from the Daesh group includes Spain, France,Britain, Belgium and Germany.


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Several people have now been reported injured injured after a van rammed into several people in Barcelona's Las Ramblas tourist area, and emergency services are now warning people to stay away from the Plaça de Catalunya area.

According to Reuters, emergency services have now ordered the closure of local metro and train stations. People are also reported to be taking cover in shops and cafes.

                

Steven Turner who works around the area spoke to BBC about the incident. He said;

People in my office saw a van ramming into people on Las Ramblas.I saw about three or four people lying on the ground. There are lots of ambulances and armed police with assault rifles around now.

The driver of the van later fled on foot after ramming into the crowds.

Another eyewitness of the incident, Aamer Anwar said;

All of a sudden, I just sort of heard a crashing noise and the whole street just started to run, screaming. I saw a woman right next to me screaming for her kids. Police were very, very quickly there, police officers with guns, batons, everywhere. Then the whole street started getting pushed back.

Police officers who got there just started screaming at people to move back, move back.


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Abu Qutaiba, one of ISIS’ Friday prayer leaders will not be meeting his 72 virgins after the group burnt him alive for slightly confirming the death of the ISIS group leader, Al-Baghdadi. He was burnt July 2 in Tal Afar.

Abu was unfortunate during his Friday sermons, and burst into tears after mentioning the ISIS leader name, hinting that the man himself is dead.

                  

According to a local who spoke to Alsumaria News TV confirmed the news that Abu was later arrested after his sermon, and he was executed. He went on to recite verse from the Quran that is said for the deceased during his speech, raising a lot of questions from the group members.

Sources close to ISIS and the terrorist group are yet to say anything about Al-Baghdadi's death after Russia claimed to have killed him in an airstrike.


Donald Trump leaked a classified Intel about ISIS to the Russians when Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyakvisited visited the White House. According to New York times, Donald Trump told the Russians some classified information that was obtained by Israel after it hacked into a ISIS cell of bombmakers based in Syria.

                 

According to a U.S official, the Intel that was gathered allowed the U.S to learn that ISIS was working on explosives that could fool airport security by passing as a laptop battery. The information prompted a ban of laptops from all Muslim countries coming to the United States and Britain.

The information was classified, and was shared by Israel to the United States, and was not supposed to be shared around, but Donald Trump leaked this information when the Russian diplomats came to the White House, which could then be leaked to Iran.

There has been close working relationship between the U.S and Israeli intelligence agencies, allowing for sharing of information, including the disclosure of sources and methods. The cooperation had yielded great result including the disruption of Iran nuclear program.

The American officials under former President Obama warned the Israeli intelligence to be careful of the information they shared with Donald Trump.


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Armed men have been deployed ahead of England Vs Scotland game today after a terror alert. The police will patrol Hampden Park stadium in Glasgow, and armed cops have doubled ahead of major public events in response to the London Bridge attack.

                      

The Scottish Football Association will also set up barricade to the stadium that will allow only people with tickets to go inside the stadium. Also the police will be looking to search more than 50,000 people, but it is not sure yet if Bollards will be installed around the arena to stop potentially dangerous vehicles from plowing into the crowds.

Speaking on the safety of the fans in the clash, British transport police chief John McBridge said that there will be "zero tolerance" approach towards any anti-social or criminal behaviour.

The Hampden Park safety officer Brian Muir while speaking to Sky News also said;

There’s a balance between terrorism measures and the normal measures we take, and there’s no doubt there’s an increased security aspect based on intelligence about risk groups and their behaviour.

Police will also have special search order to deal with hooligans or thugs looking to wreak havoc at the arena.

Scotland police also said;

We have stepped up security to support the expected large numbers of people in Glasgow this Saturday for the football at Hampden Park. For those attending the game, please plan your journey in advance.

 

 


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Saudi Arabia, Egypt today cut ties with their neighbour, Qatar, after the countries accuses it of sponsoring Muslim terrorist group, ISIS and Al-Qaeda. The move came as Riyadh closed its land, air and sea contacts with Qatar.

Qatar in its defence has denied the allegations and said the country had taken their decisions, not "based on facts"  and it is "unjustified".

      

Saudi has said that Qatar is collaborating with Iran, and "Iranian-backed terrorist groups" to wreak havoc in the region.

Other countries that have part ways with Qatar includes Bahrain, UAE, Yemen, Maldives, Libyan Eastern Based government. Also, Saudi, Bahrain and UAE have given Qatari visitors and resident living or visiting the country two weeks to leave the country, and have also banned citizens of their own country from going to Qatar.

Saudi has said it will allow Qataris to take part in the annual pilgrimage hajj to Mecca.

Some Other Diplomatic Disruption Between The Gulf States Are;

1. All diplomats from Qatar are to leave UAE and Egypt within 48 hours.

2. EgyptAir, Etihad Airways and Emirates are said to cancel flights immediately to Doha.

3. Saudi Arabia said it has closed its airspace from Qatar airline, and Qatar airline has also cancelled all flights to the region.

Though the Qatar government has joined in the fight against ISIS, the wealthy individuals in Qatar, and its government has been accused of giving money to ISIS in Syria, and trying to play 2 sides of the coin. Qatar is also accused of ties with Nusra-front, an Al-Qaeda affiliates.


Authorities in Manila, Philippine have confirmed the death of 36 people after a series of gunshots, explosions and fire erupted at the Resorts World, Manila, a casino and resort on Manila Bay in the Philippines.

According to the BBC, the attack was carried out by a lone gunman who was attempting robbery at the hotel. The Philippine police chief said that there was no evidence that the attack was related to terrorism, and there was no reports of a gunshot wound.

                      

The body of the gunman was later found dead in what police called suicide at the adjacent hotel on Friday.

According to the Metropolitan Manila police chief Oscar Albayalde, the bodies of those dead people were found in a smoky room by firefighters, and they have all died from suffocation and smoke inhalation, no gunshot victim was found.

The President Trump White House in its response to the attack, said; "It's really very sad what's going on throughout the world with terror."

The local Red Cross team leader, Fernando Atienza, while speaking to the Manila Times report said that at least 25 people were injured from the attack, as many of the victims were jumping from the second floor of the hotel.

                          

One of the casion dealers that witnessthe mayhem said that there are more than one attackers, and one of them poured flammable liquid on the casino table and burned it.

The Philippine has been a target of ISIS attack recently, with President Duterte declaring a martial law in the city of Mindanao to combat the group.


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Masked gunmen once again struck on bus carrying Coptic Christians south of the Egyptian capital on Friday, killing 26 people including children, and wounding 26 others. 

The bus travelling to the St. Samuel Monastery in Minya province was attacked  220 kilometres south of the Egyptian capital, when the gunmen that wore military uniforms and masks opened fire on the bus going from Bani Suief to visit the monastery.

               

The attack is yet to be claimed by the ISIS affiliate in Egypt, but security officials believe it goes along the same way of other ISIS attacks in the past.

Security forces have started hunting for the attackers, and the President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has called a meeting with the top-aides to discuss the attack on the people killed.

Last month, a bombing at the country's main Coptic cathedral left 25 people dead. 100 people were also killed when a twin bomb went off as the Coptic Christians celebrates Palm Sunday. ISIS claimed they were responsible for both attacks.

Copts are the Middle East's largest Christian community, and have complained of discriminations, and terrorist attacks in the hands of the Muslim populated country. 

Pope Francis visited Egypt late last month to show support for the Christians attacked by the terrorists, but after the pope left the country, ISIS vowed of increase attacks on the Christians and also Western embassies, and have warned Muslims not to go near those places


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