Despair, jihadism and revolt: Mali’s torn heart | AFP

Since 2012, Mali has slowly slid into chaos as Islamic terrorist groups linked to al-Qaeda have gained ground. Over the years, the violence has swept from the country’s north. With many young people, mostly Fulani herders, now also struggling with unemployment, they are turning to the jihadist groups and joining their ranks in a bid to escape poverty.

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Trump says Democratic congresswomen ‘love’ America’s enemies | AFP

US President Donald Trump accuses four Democratic congresswomen, all of whom are women of color, of having “love” for US “enemies like Al-Qaeda.” SOUNDBITE

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You can kill terrorists, but you can’t kill the idea – former Al-Qaeda member (SophieCo)

A deadly terrorist attack staged by a white supremacist in New Zealand has sent shockwaves throughout the world. Is it possible to contain radicalization, no matter what ideology it is driven by? We asked Hanif Qadir, former Al-Qaeda member and head of Active Change Foundation, which deals with extremist youth.

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11 on trial over deadly Saint Petersburg metro attack

After been postponed three weeks ago, the trial of eleven people allegedly involved in a Saint Petersburg metro bombing that killed 15 and injured dozens more begins in Russia’s second city. The bombing in April 2017 was claimed by a group linked to Al-Qaeda which said it was a message to countries engaged in war with Muslims, a reference to Russia’s military campaign in Syria. IMAGES of the accused in the dock

Jih-AID? UK strips Western media darling of citizenship over alleged links to Al-Qaeda

A British-born man in Syria has accused the UK of racism after London stripped him of his citizenship, over alleged ties to jihadists. Tauqir Sharif describes himself as an aid worker, and denies any wrongdoing, but admits to previously engaging in armed combat in Syria.

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Electric shocks & tires: Tahrir al-Sham terrorists torture civilians in Idlib – HRW (DISTURBING)

A chilling report by Human Rights Watch says Hayet Tahrir Al-Sham, an armed group with links to Al-Qaeda, has detained and tortured civilians in Syria. The organization has also released the testimonies of several victims. You might find some of them upsetting.

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Radical preachers exploit Muslims’ ignorance of their faith – ex-Al-Qaeda member (SophieCo)

A man who swore an oath of allegiance to Osama Bin Laden and met with the architects of the 9/11 attacks, Aimen Dean joined Sophie in studio to talk about his journey from Al-Qaeda operative to top MI6 spy.

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Son of Mali hostage Sophie Pétronin expects more from France

A week ago, Frenchman Sébastien Chadaud-Pétronin headed to the Sahel region in West Africa with the hope of obtaining his mother’s release. She was running a charity helping orphans when she was kidnapped by armed men in Gao, northern Mali, in December 2016. No group claimed responsibility for kidnapping until July 2017, when Al-Qaeda’s Mali branch released a video showing her. In a interview with AFPTV, he says the French state “isn’t doing enough.”

USAID money in Syria funnelled to Al-Qaeda terrorists – report

A recent USAID audit report found that some of its humanitarian programs for war-torn Syria might have assisted terrorist groups. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9hpr

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Ron Paul on Syrian tensions: ‘US playing too many games with al-Qaeda’

The US effort to preserve its global dominance is a costly endeavor based on threats and keeping the American people in the dark about what is going on, told RT former US congressman and libertarian politician Ron Paul.

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Forced nudity, waterboarding & more: Haspel cables declassified

The extreme torture of a suspected al-Qaeda terrorist, including waterboarding, forced nudity and a ‘walling technique,’ have been detailed in newly declassified cables sent by a current CIA director Gina Haspel. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9c7r

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Terrorists or Heroes? RT speaks to White Helmets head (EXCLUSIVE)

In this episode, RT’s Going Undergound speaks to the boss of the White Helmets Raed Al Saleh about allegations of links to ISIS and Al Qaeda in a Going Underground Exclusive. Plus, Afshin Rattansi speaks to Vanessa Beeley, a journalist who has been on the ground in Syria during the war, about her accounts, which have differed widely from those of the White Helmets.

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Lithuania & Romania complicit in CIA torture program, EU court rules

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Lithuania and Romania participated in the CIA’s programme of secret black site detentions and also violated the prohibition on torture – by helping the Agency with interrogation of two al-Qaeda terror suspects.

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Why Russia Is So Involved With The Syrian Civil War

Russia has played a major role in the Syrian Civil War and has garnered controversy over its airstrikes along with Syrian government forces against terrorist organizations and other rebel groups. Andrew Parailiti, RAND director of the Center for Global Risk and Security, explains why Russia decided to intervene in the war, which includes its willingness to aid an ally, and challenge the US’ role in the world. Following is a transcript of the video.  

Andrew Parasiliti: Russia takes a broader view of what it considers to be terrorist groups than the United States does.

Why Russia is so involved with the Syrian Civil War.

Parasiliti: I tend to find that Russia’s interests in Syria are pretty clear and they are as follows: One, they’re supporting an ally. Bashar al-Assad’s government is under attack. First by popular uprisings, and then by terrorist groups, and other armed groups backed by countries in the region. And they’re not gonna let him fall. The Russians are concerned that if Assad fell, that you would either have a group in power that included jihadists who would be inimical to US and Russian, and other interests, actually. Or you would have a continually destabilized state that allowed these terrorist groups to continue.

Two, there’s a counter-terrorism piece. This is what the Russians tell the Americans when we talk about Syria with them. They say Moscow shares Washington’s interests in combating terrorist groups like ISIS and Al-Qaeda. That’s true to a certain extent. Although, Russia takes a broader view of what it considers to be terrorist groups than the United States does. It is more inclined towards Assad’s definition, which is any armed group which opposes him, rather than the strict UN definition which would be Islamic State, Al-Qaeda. But it is correct to say that Russia also supports counter-terrorism activity.

Third, is challenging the US role. In a kind of lesson learned from the previous era, Russia went along with the UN resolution which allowed what was then called the Right to Protect Use of Force in Libya during the Obama administration. And that ended up leading to the downfall of Gaddafi, and we saw what happened there. Russia is not ever going to let that happen again. They’re going to try to prevent, actually, any US or other military intervention that could destabilize a friendly state.

It’s kind of a demonstration effect to the rest of the Middle East. Russia stands by its allies in the region. People take note of that. When Assad was on the ropes, Russia stepped up with a substantial military power to keep him in power. The Iranians too, but it was the Russian initiative and Russian airpower which has been instrumental in Assad’s ability to hang on.

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An Al-Qaeda-linked jihadist stayed off-radar in USA for 7 years – US lawmakers want to know why

There’s been an outcry in the U.S. after it emerged a Saudi national with suspected links to al-Qaeda was able to live freely in the country for seven years.
Lawmakers are now demanding answers as to why the State Department granted the man a visa.

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Residents react to Friday’s twin attacks in Ouagadougou

Residents of Ouagadougou say they fear fresh attacks, after the Group to Support Islam and Muslims (GSIM), a jihadist group allied to al-Qaeda, on Saturday claimed responsibility for attacking the Burkinabe capital. Eight armed forces personnel were killed in the fighting in the West African nation on Friday, which was said to have been carried out in retaliation for a French operation in Mali.

Fighting between Syria regime, rebel groups in Idlib province

Rebel fighters fire toward Syrian pro-regime forces in the countryside of Idlib province — currently dominated by a former Al-Qaeda affiliate — as government and allied forces backed by Russian warplanes have been battling jihadist fighters and rebels for over a week in an area straddling the border between Idlib and Hama provinces.

16 years of US in Afghanistan: No clear end in sight

Saturday marks 16 years since the beginning of the US invasion of Afghanistan. In 2001, then-President George W. Bush accused the Afghan government of sheltering the Al-Qaeda leaders who masterminded the 9/11 attacks. That saw the beginning of the ‘war on terror,’ now America’s longest-running conflict.

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Top Somalia jihadist turns himself over to government

A one-time deputy leader and spokesman for Somalia’s Shabaab insurgents confirms at a press conference that he has defected to the country’s government. Muktar Robow was the subject of a $5 million bounty from the United States for his role with the Al-Qaeda linked Islamist militants.

Radio of Terror: Imam FM suspended over broadcast of lectures by Al-Qaeda leader

A British radio station has been suspended after it broadcast more than 25 hours of lectures by a suspected Al-Qaeda recruiter during Ramadan that called for “holy war” and “encouraged violence.”

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