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October 20, 2017 12:57 AM The rubble in Raqqa reminds us of our military might. But what’s next?

Looking at photographs of the ruined, desolate streets of what was once the Islamic State’s capital of Raqqa is a reminder of the overwhelming, pitilessly effective military power of the United States. Perhaps it’s a tribute to the inevitable nature of American force, once it’s engaged, that the fall of Raqqa in Syria this week provoked so little public 11

September 30, 2017 11:29 PM First Singaporean in an ISIS video: 3 questions

Dressed in military fatigues, and vaulting onto a truck loaded with artillery rounds, Megat Shahdan Abdul Samad last weekend surfaced online as the first Singaporean to anchor one of the slickly produced propaganda videos of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). In it, the 39-year-old praises East Asian fighters, calls for extremists to join the terror 12

September 18, 2017 12:52 AM How violence in Myanmar radicalised a new generation of Rohingya

BALUKHALI, Bangladesh (NYTIMES) - Nazir Hossain, the imam of a village in far western Myanmar, gathered the faithful around him after evening prayers last month. In a few hours, more than a dozen Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (Arsa) fighters from his village would strike a nearby police post with an assortment of handmade weapons. "As imam, I encouraged 8

September 14, 2017 5:43 AM Al Qaeda's Rohingya call to arms could revive Jemaah Islamiyah: Security officials

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian and Indonesian counter-terrorism officials fear an Al Qaeda statement on Wednesday (Sep 13) warning of punishment for the treatment of Rohingya Muslims could galvanise global terror networks and revive the dormant Jemaah Islamiyah (JI). JI is the group that unleashed a trail of terror attacks in the region, including the 2002 Bali bombings 12

September 11, 2017 2:22 AM AIA's new firm 'luring hundreds of rival agents'

THE contest for experienced insurance agents in Singapore has renewed in recent months with about 300 agents poached by a rival - the biggest migration in recent years. Market sources shared with The Business Timesthat a group of about 300 - some peg the number at 400 - agents from Great Eastern are moving to rival AIA's newly-set-up financial advisory 17

August 18, 2017 1:42 AM ‘At least 13 dead’ after van ploughs into crowds in Barcelona terror attack

BARCELONA — The driver of a van plowed into a crowd enjoying a peaceful, sunny afternoon on a pedestrianised stretch of Barcelona's most famous street on Thursday (Aug 17), killing at least 13 people and leaving 80 others lying bloodied on the pavement amid wrecked kiosks, in what Spanish authorities said was a terrorist attack. Two men have been arrested 9

August 11, 2017 11:15 AM Indonesia arrests alleged recruiter for Marawi siege

JAKARTA - Indonesian police on Friday arrested an alleged recruiter and fundraiser for pro-Islamic State (IS) militants locked in a bloody battle for control of the southern Philippine city of Marawi. Nearly 700 people, 120 soldiers among them, have been killed in the conflict after an alliance of militant groups launched an audacious assault to capture 20

August 11, 2017 10:01 AM Premier League: Seven teams to watch but who will reign supreme?

The early acquisitions of two coveted young Englishmen, keeper Jordan Pickford and central defender Michael Keane, instantly put smiles on faces in the blue half of Merseyside – and those grins got even wider when the old fella, Wayne Rooney, chose to 'return home’ too. Throw in eight other new faces, including the highly-rated Dutchman Davy Klaassen 13

August 10, 2017 5:35 AM Why North Korea threatened Guam, the tiny US territory with big military power

WASHINGTON (WASHINGTON POST, REUTERS) - The governor of Guam on Thursday (Aug 10) dismissed North Korea's statement that it will develop a plan by mid-August to launch missiles at the US Pacific territory as coming from "a position of fear", and said there was no heightened threat. North Korea’s state media said earlier that, under the plan to be presented 12

August 4, 2017 11:02 AM The Daily 202: Mueller impaneling a grand jury makes it more politically difficult for Trump to fire him

Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), right, questions newly confirmed FBI Director Christopher Wray during his confirmation hearing last month. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP) THE BIG IDEA: Last night’s news that Robert S. Mueller III has begun using a grand jury in federal court in Washington, as part of his investigation into possible coordination between the Kremlin 10