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The presiding judge said he wanted to give him "a glimmer of hope", even though he could have been sentenced to life on being convicted of all charges.

Tyler Vilus, 30, is facing charges of belonging to a terrorist group, heading a group of Islamic State fighters and "aggravated murder" between 2013 and 2015.

How Abu Dhabi is helping out Damascus

Khaled Sid Mohand

How Abu Dhabi is helping out Damascus

Comment: Khaled Sid Mohand of The Justice and Liberties for All Committee discusses normalisation, and the UAE's monetary, military and security partnerships with the Syrian regime.

Taliban maintain ties to Al-Qaeda affiliate: Pentagon

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Taliban maintain ties to Al-Qaeda affiliate: Pentagon

The Taliban have continued to work with Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), the US Defense Department said in a report.

UN adopts resolution calling for pandemic-related halt to conflicts

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UN adopts resolution calling for pandemic-related halt to conflicts

The resolution, drafted by France and Tunisia, calls for "an immediate cessation of hostilities in all situations" on the Security Council's ...

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Macron slams Turkey's 'criminal responsibility' in Libya

French President Emmanuel Macron accused fellow NATO member Turkey of "criminal responsibility" over its involvement in the Libyan conflict, in an escalating row with Ankara.

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HTS clashes with new jihadi formation in Idlib province

HTS have clashed with jihadi groups such as Hurras Al-Din in Idlib.

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Sudan nearing settlement with US for 1998 embassy bombings

Sudan's FM said a compensation deal with victims of twin embassy bomings in Kenya and Tanzania was being finalised, as the country nears being ...

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US soldier 'plotted to have unit attacked by jihadists'

Ethan Phelan Melzer hoped to be martyred in a jihadist attack in Turkey in order to spark a new '10-year war' in the Middle East, the ...

Reading stabbings declared a terrorist attack by UK police

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Reading stabbings declared a terrorist attack by UK police

The Thames Valley police said three people were also seriously injured and a 25-year-old suspect from the historic town 60 kilometres (35 miles) ...

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Al-Qaeda North Africa confirms chief is dead: watchdog

The death of Droukdel - once regarded as Algeria's enemy number one - could leave AQIM (Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb) in disarray, sources ...

Jihadists kill dozens in Nigeria attacks: local sources

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Jihadists kill dozens in Nigeria attacks: local sources

Inhabitants of remote Goni Usmanti village said fighters gunned down 38 people in a raid on Saturday and set a truck ablaze killing an unknown ...

Two UN peacekeepers killed in attack in northern Mali

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Two UN peacekeepers killed in attack in northern Mali

A logistical convoy of the UN peacekeeping mission travelling between the towns of Tessalit and Gao was attacked Saturday evening by ...

Rockets hit Iraqi base north of Baghdad: military

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Rockets hit Iraqi base north of Baghdad: military

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, which was the third in a week to target US soldiers and diplomats in Iraq.

Niger's execution of alleged militants a 'war crime': HRW

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Niger's execution of alleged militants a 'war crime': HRW

HRW has called for an investigation into video footage that shows Nigerien army tanks running over two unarmed and wounded men.

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Death toll from Nigeria jihadist attack rises to 69

The Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), a splinter faction that broke away from Boko Haram in 2016, is believed to be behind the deadly attack.

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Algeria urges cooperation against 'terror' after Al-Qaeda chief killed

Algeria is urging for international cooperation after the leader of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb was killed.

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New sanctions on Syria as Caesar Act takes force

Top US lawmakers on Monday urged all nations to shun Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as a new US law imposes sanctions over atrocities.

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Libya's unity forces in battle to retake strategic Sirte

Sirte is the home of killed dictator Muammar Qaddafi and a key gateway to the country's major oil fields in the east.

Italy expels Tunisian tied to Berlin Christmas market attack

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Italy expels Tunisian tied to Berlin Christmas market attack

Italy has expelled a Tunisian national linked to the man who carried out a deadly 2016 attack on a Berlin Christmas market.

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French forces kill Al-Qaeda's North Africa commander in Mali

Abdelmalek Droukdel, known as the emir of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, was killed in a French military operation along with a number of ...

Explainer: Why is Qatar under blockade by Saudi Arabia?

Amr Salahi

Explainer: Why is Qatar under blockade by Saudi Arabia?

Today marks the third anniversary of the Qatar diplomatic crisis, with Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt, and Bahrain still imposing a blockade on ...

Syrians, Turkey prepare for new conflict in Idlib

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Syrians, Turkey prepare for new conflict in Idlib

The Syrian regime has been positioning forces near rebel-held territory as Russian planes carry out airstrikes, as Idlib residents and Turkish ...

HTS seeks 'moderate rebrand' to secure seat in negotiations

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HTS seeks 'moderate rebrand' to secure seat in negotiations

The secretive leader of the jihadist group HTS has undertaken an intense public relations campaign in Idlib, revealing his true ...

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