Terrorism

French Defense Minister Sees Raqqa Battle Starting in Coming Days

A battle against Islamic State to recapture the Syrian city of Raqqa is likely to start in the coming days, French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Friday. "France has always said that Raqqa was a major objective," Le Drian told CNews television station. "Today, one can say that Raqqa is encircled, that the battle for Raqqa will start in the coming days."

Paris Airport Attacker Shouted: 'I'm Here to Die for Allah - There Will Be Deaths'

A radicalised Muslim on a crime watchlist shot a policewoman in the head at a road check before attacking a soldier at a Paris airport. The gunman shouted: "I am here to die for Allah - there will be deaths", before attempting to gun people down at Orly airport. The man - known as Ziyed B - at one point threw down a bag containing a can of petrol, a Parisian prosecutor said. He was initially stopped for speeding at a road check north of the city early on Saturday moirning, shooting a policewoman in the head.

Thousands of Guns Bound for Terrorist Groups Seized in Spain

When a gunman killed four people at a Jewish museum in Brussels in 2014, police in Spain launched an effort to reduce the number of illegal firearms circulating in Europe. What they found was a arsenal large enough to supply an army — and all ready to be sold to terrorist groups and gangs. Spanish police announced Tuesday they had recovered around 10,000 assault rifles, pistols, machine guns, and revolvers, as well as 400 shells and grenades, in raids in the north of the country.

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