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Iraqi forces arrest Sami Jasim deputy commander of late ISIL leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi 1

Iraqi forces arrest Sami Jasim deputy commander of late ISIL leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

Advertisement Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi claims that Iraqi security forces have apprehended a prominent member of the ISIL (ISIS) armed group. Al-Kadhimi wrote on social media that Sami Jasim, who was in charge of the armed group’s finances and a deputy of dead leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, had been arrested outside of the nation. Advertisement While our [Iraqi security forces] heroes focused on securing the elections, their [Iraqi national intelligence services] colleagues were conducting a complex external operation to capture Sami Jasim,” he wrote on Twitter on Monday, a day after the country held a parliamentary election. From Baghdad, Al Jazeera’s Mahmoud Abdelwahed described Jasim’s arrest as a “breakthrough” for the Iraqi capital. Advertisement The government considers this a great achievement …

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Burkina Faso to begin murder trial of late President, Thomas Sankara today 2

Burkina Faso to begin murder trial of late President, Thomas Sankara today

Advertisement The trial of 14 men, including a former president, has begun in Burkina Faso over the assassination of the country’s revered revolutionary leader Thomas Sankara 34 years ago. Former President Blaise Compaore and 13 others face an array of charges in the death of Sankara, described by his followers as the African Che Guevara. …

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Columbian Nun kidnapped in Mali regains freedom after four years!

Advertisement In 2017, Gloria Cecilia Narváez was kidnapped while serving as a missionary in Koutiala, roughly 400 kilometers east of Bamako. The Franciscan nun was photographed meeting with temporary president Assimi Goita, who was clothed in yellow robes and a hijab, according to photos released by the Malian presidency on Saturday. Advertisement It’s unclear if a ransom was paid in exchange for her release. Her release happened after more than four and a half years in detention, according to a statement posted by the president’s office. Advertisement Jean Zerbo, the Archbishop of Bamako, also verified her release, telling reporters that she was “doing well.” We prayed a lot for her release. I thank the Malian authorities and other good people who made this release possible,” he said. Ms Narváez will now fly to Rome, Archbishop Zerbo told the AFP news agency. Over the years, there have been sporadic reports about Ms Narváez’s safety. Two Europeans who managed to flee prison earlier this year indicated that she was OK. Advertisement Her brother received a letter from her in March confirming her survival. The note was written in block capitals “because she usually used capital letters,” he told AFP earlier this year, and carried the names of their parents before closing with her signature. Mali has been fighting a growing Islamist insurgency since it first appeared in the country’s north in 2012. As the security issue has worsened, kidnappings have grown more regular in the former French colony. Since 2017, more than 935 people have been abducted in the country, according to the NGO Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project. Colonel Assimi Goita, who spearheaded the military coup that deposed Mali’s democratic government last year, has sought to reassure Malians and the international world that efforts are being made to secure the release of all those currently detained. Advertisement Since 2014, French troops have led operations in the region against Islamist extremists, but President Emmanuel Macron indicated in June that operations will be scaled back in the coming year. According to reports, the Malian government has sought aid from the Wagner organization, a Russian mercenary collective. The mysterious force has been active in conflicts all throughout Africa, especially in Libya, where it fought a rebel general named Khalifa Haftar. Curled from BBC News Advertisement


Adele says her new album will help her kid understand her divorce.

Advertisement Adele says her new album was recorded to help her nine-year-old son understand why she and his father got divorced. “I wanted to explain to him through this record, when he’s in his twenties or thirties, who I am and why I voluntarily chose to dismantle his entire life in the pursuit of my …

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At least 100 people killed, injured as explosion rocks Afghanistan mosque 4

At least 100 people killed, injured as explosion rocks Afghanistan mosque

Advertisement According to a UN agency, a suicide bomber swept into a Shia mosque in northern Afghanistan on Friday, killing and injuring at least 100 people. Advertisement According to provincial spokesman Matiullah Rohani, the attack happened during Friday prayers at the Sayed Abad mosque in Kunduz. Sara Chare, a representative with Doctors Without Borders (MSF), said at least 20 people were murdered and 90 were injured, and some of the victims were transported to the NGO’s facility. Security troops were on the scene, according to a Taliban spokesman, and an inquiry was ongoing. No one has claimed responsibility for the incident as of yet. Advertisement The UN mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) noted on Twitter that the mosque blast “is part of a troubling pattern of violence” and is the third death strike this week “presumably targeting a religious institution.” The attack comes only days after another mosque in central Kabul was bombed, killing at least seven people. The gates of the Eidgah Mosque in the Afghan capital, where a funeral service for Taliban spokesman Muhajid’s mother was being conducted, were targeted in the attack on Monday IS Khorasan (ISIS-K), an Islamic State offshoot, claimed responsibility for the blast on Monday, one of a string of operations carried out by the terror group since the Taliban seized control of Afghanistan more than a month ago. Others include a suicide explosion at Kabul’s airport in August and a series of attacks in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad that targeted Taliban members The Taliban’s rule and the country’s stability are both threatened by the group. The Taliban have launched many operations against ISIS-K terrorists in recent days. Advertisement According to local Taliban police chief Maulvi Abdul Qadir Haqqani, the Taliban claimed to have killed at least nine ISIS-K militants and detained five others in two operations targeting ISIS hideouts in the central Afghan province of Parwan last week.