Ramadan attacks in Indonesia highlights threat posed by returning Islamic State fighters

Ramadan attacks in Indonesia highlights threat posed by returning Islamic State fighters

Posted May 16, 2018 10:57:31 Photo: The Indonesian Government faces a significant challenge overcoming the simultaneous problems of returning foreign fighters and home-grown violent extremism. (AP: Achmad Ibrahim) It was no coincidence that Sunday’s suicide attacks on three Catholic churches in Indonesia came as Muslims began the holy month of …

Victory over Islamic State sways Iraqi voters as Abadi seeks to fend off Iran-backed rivals

Victory over Islamic State sways Iraqi voters as Abadi seeks to fend off Iran-backed rivals

Posted May 13, 2018 05:38:58 Photo: Voter turnout was almost half that of the previous elections with around 30 per cent reported in most areas. (AP: Hadi Mizban) Polls have closed across Iraq in the first national election since the country declared victory over the Islamic State group. Key points: …

Iraq hits the polls for first time since defeating Islamic State

Iraq hits the polls for first time since defeating Islamic State

Posted May 12, 2018 19:44:34 Photo: Voters are choosing from nearly 7,000 candidates for 329 seats in parliament. (Reuters: Alaa Al-Marjani) Related Story: Defeating IS is only half of it: The battle to rebuild a devastated Iraq Related Story: ‘Many harrowing stories’: Australian working to help Mosul rebuild Iraqis have …

Film director says sorry for Islamic State terror stunt in Iranian shopping mall

Film director says sorry for Islamic State terror stunt in Iranian shopping mall

Updated May 10, 2018 16:43:14 External Link: Ershad Alijani tweet: Isn’t it the most stupid way of “advertisement” for a movie? disguising people like #ISIS marching with a horse in a mall to encourage people to watch “Damascus Time” by Ebrahim Hatamikia #Iran Map: Iran, Islamic Republic Of An Iranian …

Syrian Government forces pound districts of Damascus held by the Islamic State fighters

Syrian Government forces pound districts of Damascus held by the Islamic State fighters

Updated April 23, 2018 09:37:06 Photo: Syrian government airstrikes and shelling hit in Hajar al-Aswad neighbourhood held by Islamic State militants. (AP: SANA) Syrian Government forces have used warplanes, helicopters and artillery to pound districts of the capital held by the Islamic State group, in a bid to enforce an …

Islamic State claims responsibility for attack in Kabul, killing dozens

Islamic State claims responsibility for attack in Kabul, killing dozens

Posted April 22, 2018 19:52:00 Photo: The attack took place at a voter registration centre in Kabul. (AP: Rahmat Gul) Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a blast that hit a voter registration centre in the Afghan capital Kabul, the militant group’s AMAQ news agency said. Key points: The attack …

Objects of Islamic faith and culture explored in new National Museum of Australia exhibition

Objects of Islamic faith and culture explored in new National Museum of Australia exhibition

Updated April 20, 2018 14:15:34 Photo: Dala’il al-Khayrat (Guidelines to Blessings) By Abu Abdallah Muhammad ibn Sulayman-al-Jazuli Ottomon, Turkey, 19th Century. (Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization, Sharjah Museum Authority, 2006_2181) Embroidered textiles from Uzbekistan, musical instruments from Morocco and a horse saddle from North Africa are all part of a …

‘Now is the time for change’: Politicians and advocates call for an urgent review of the Islamic divorce process

‘Now is the time for change’: Politicians and advocates call for an urgent review of the Islamic divorce process

Posted April 19, 2018 16:18:04 Video: Labor MP denied a divorce (ABC News) Muslim community leaders and politicians are calling for an urgent review of the Islamic divorce process in Australia following an ABC News investigation that revealed abused women are being trapped in violent marriages. The report found many …

Indonesian hard-line Islamic group calls for jihad and protests against ex-president’s daughter

Indonesian hard-line Islamic group calls for jihad and protests against ex-president’s daughter

Posted April 05, 2018 21:58:00 Photo: In her poem Ms Sukmawati wrote, “What I know is that Mother Indonesia’s song is so pleasing, more so than your call to prayer.” (Reuters: Beawiharta) One of Indonesia’s most respected Islamic clerics has issued a call for calm as religious conservatives attack the …

Man who killed wife in front of children ‘over Islamic State’ jailed for life

Man who killed wife in front of children ‘over Islamic State’ jailed for life

Updated March 29, 2018 11:33:03 A Melbourne man who brutally murdered and mutilated his wife in front of their three young children has been sentenced to life in prison. Police believe the 36-year-old Broadmeadows man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, may have killed his wife because she didn’t …