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    'Hundreds' of Western volunteers who fought the Islamic State in Syria are now on the front lines in Ukraine, DailyMail.com can reveal. Americans, Brits and Canadians are among a host of fighters who have again decided to risk their lives for a foreign people on the front lines of a brutal war. Some have become official members of the Ukrainian military, others are volunteer combat medics – and many say they felt compelled to help in the face of what they claim was inaction from the West. In exclusive interviews, a British and an American medic said they have set up a new 'Nightingale Squadron', shipping medical supplies and teaching frontline first-aiders how to use them. A 35-year-old British former banker who goes by the pseudonym Macer Gifford volunteered in Syria from 2014 alongside the Kurdish force or YPG, later named the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). He said he set up a unit there that ferried about 700 casualties to hospital, including from the bitter fighting around the siege of ISIS's last stronghold in Raqqa, and trained around 600 people...
    IT IS feared that the Taliban's self-proclaimed head of security at Kabul airport has helped the bomber to cause the devastating explosion which killed at least 169 people. Al-Qaeda terrorist Khalil Haqqani, who has links to ISIS-K, is one of America's most wanted with a $5million bounty on his head. 5It is feared that Khalil al-Rahman Haqqani has helped the bomber of the Kabul airportCredit: Rex 5He is one of America's most wanted terroristsCredit: Rex The Haqqani network has been blamed for some of the deadliest terror attacks across the world in recent years. They have been designated a foreign terrorist group by the United States - and the jihadists are also under United Nations sanctions. But despite being a part of the Taliban, experts believe the group is autonomous thanks to their reputation. They are expected to be powerful players in the new regime following the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan casting doubts on the group's pledge not to harbour terrorists. Last week Haqqani was spotted leading prayers for Taliban fighters at a mosque despite the $5million bounty on his head. According to the New...
    Following President Biden conceding to the Taliban's request to have troops withdrawn by August 31st, Sen. Lindsey Graham R-S.C., torched Biden for pushing forward with the deadline.  WITH BIDEN POLL NUMBERS PLUNGING, DEMOCRATS WORRY AFGHAN EXIT MAY IMPACT NEXT YEAR'S ELECTIONS LINDSEY GRAHAM: I don’t think he’s going to get away with it politically. I think there will be an uprising at home. It’s the most dishonorable thing a commander-in-chief has done in modern times. What he’s said today, he’s going to leave the August 31 deadline because the Taliban told him he had to get out. There’s no way in hell we are going to get all American citizens out. We are going to leave thousands of Afghans who fought along our side behind, and we're setting the table for the rise of al Qaeda and ISIS to attack us down the road. The ISIS fighters have doubled in the last ten days. The jailbreak led to thousands of ISIS fighters in jail now on the battlefield. So I’m telling you, it is over. President Biden has signed the death...
    United States Senator Lindsey Graham slammed President Joe Biden's August 31 deadline to evacuate Americans and Afghanis from the country, and warned it will see the Taliban attack those left behind, and take 'thousands of hostages.' In an interview with Fox and Friends on Sunday, the South Carolina Republican said the United States and allied forces will not be able to get all of the Americans and Afghanis who helped Americans over the 20-year war out of the country by next Tuesday. He said people will inevitably be left behind to live under Taliban rule.  'I think I know what he's going to do,' Graham said of Biden. 'He's going to let the Taliban run out the clock. And come August 31st, we're going to start leaving. And, Pete, we're going to leave a lot of people behind who fought for us so bravely.  'If you believe in merit-based immigration, which I do, the people who served with us in Afghanistan should be at the top of anybody's list,' he added. 'You know you get points for joining the American military. How...
    A MASTER forger arrested in connection with the ISIS Paris terror attacks was radicalised at the Finsbury Park mosque, police have revealed. Algerian Athmane Touami, 35, was held by Italian police after a two-year international probe. 5Algerian Athmane Touami, 35, was held by Italian police after a two year international probe 5Italian cops say Touami was behind the faking of documents which enabled ISIS to carry out its November 2015 bloodbath in Paris 5Finsbury Park mosque gained attention when Abu Hamza al-Masri, a radical preacher, became its imam in 1997Credit: Alamy Cops in the southern city of Bari said he was behind the faking of documents which enabled ISIS to carry out its November 2015 bloodbath in Paris which left 130 dead and 350 injured. Most of those killed died at the Bataclan concert venue while others were shot in bars and restaurants throughout the French capital in a series of coordinated attacks that lasted four hours. Italian police said Touami was part of an ISIS cell that was operating in France and Belgium and wire taps revealed he had...
    France's 'most wanted woman' whose husband killed five people as part of the 2015 Charlie Hebdo attacks has been sentenced to 30 years in jail on terrorism charges. Hayat Boumeddiene, wife of jihadi gunman Amedy Coulibaly, was among 14 people found guilty Wednesday over joint attacks on Charlie Hebdo magazine and a Jewish supermarket in January that year. Boumeddiene, a member of ISIS who is now thought to be in Syria, was found guilty in absentia of financing terrorism and belonging to a criminal terrorist network.  Hayat Boumeddiene (pictured right, entering Turkey before joining ISIS in Syria) has been sentenced to 30 years in jail in absentia over the 2015 Charlie Hebdo terror attack Boumeddiene was the wife of Amedy Coulibaly (together left, and right), who opened fire on a Jewish supermarket 24 hours after the Charlie Hebdo attack, killing five Boumeddiene (right) helped plan and finance the attack with fraudulent loans before fleeing to Syria two days before it was carried out, where she is now though to be in a prison camp The sentence means that, if...
    PRESIDENT-elect Joe Biden has picked retired General Lloyd Austin to be his defense secretary, according to reports. General Austin, 67, a former head of US Central Command who helped defeat ISIS under Barack Obama, will be the first black defense chief if the Senate confirms him. 3Joe Biden will nominate General Lloyd Austin as his defense secretary, it has been reportedCredit: EPA He is a surprise pick over Michele Flournoy - however his appointment comes amid pressure on Biden to select an ethnically-diverse cabinet, Politico reports. Ex-Defense Department official Flournoy, who was considered the leading contender for the job, would have been the first woman to hold the role. Yet, insiders said Austin would be more loyal to Biden’s foreign policy agenda although others complained that he “just doesn’t knock your socks off.” One former official told Politico: “I just don’t see him as an independent thinker." Austin, who retired in 2016, needs a waiver from Congress to take the post, as he has been out of the military less than the required seven years. President Donald Trump's first Pentagon...
    Army Delta Force soldier Sgt. Major Thomas "Patrick" Payne was awarded the Medal of Honor from President Donald Trump on Friday, for risking his life several times during a mission in Iraq that liberated more than 70 hostages from ISIS. ABC News pointed out that "the Army Ranger received the nation's highest award for heroism on the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks that prompted him to join the Army right out of high school." What are the details? In October of 2015, Delta Force conducted a raid in northern Iraq at a compound where ISIS was holding civilians. Payne was on his 14th deployment at that time, and according to Fox News, he recalled to the Army later, "My team was responsible for one of the buildings that the hostages were being held in. What was significant is that there were freshly dug graves. If we didn't action this target then the hostages will probably be executed." Before presenting the Ranger with the prestigious award, President Trump told the story...
    President Donald Trump awarded the Medal of Honor to a soldier in the U.S. Army on Friday afternoon for his role in helping to save roughly 70 captives held by the Islamic State for execution back in 2015. The president referred to the mission, which involved freeing Kurdish prisoners, as “one of the largest and most daring rescue missions in American history.” First Sergeant Thomas P. Payne, 36, received the award in a ceremony at the White House on September 11, 2020, during which the president praised his actions and called him a “warrior who has devoted the last two decades to fighting the forces of terror.” “As soon as the ramp to his helicopter went down, Pat rushed into a blistering hail of gunfire,” said Trump, explaining the mission to ceremony attendees. “Pat and his team swiftly overpowered the enemy, secured the building, and freed 38 of the hostages.” “Then Pat received word that the rest of the assault team was facing harsh resistance in another complex,” continued Trump. “Pat turned to one of his fellow soldiers, and said,...
    President Donald Trump presented the Medal of Honor to Army Sgt. Maj. Thomas “Patrick” Payne on Friday, calling him “one of the bravest men anywhere in the world” for his role in saving more than 70 hostages while killing 20 members of the Islamic State in 2015. In a ceremony at the White House, Trump said Payne embodied “the righteous glory of American valor” and noted, “He ran right back into that raging blaze. He sliced the final lock and released the rest of the hostages. As the building began to collapse, he received orders to evacuate but he refused to do so. He didn’t want to leave anyone behind.” The Army conducted the raid in Iraq’s city of Hawija along with Kurdish forces after learning ISIS had dug new graves at a prison compound in the area. “If we didn’t [raid] this target then these hostages would probably be executed,” Payne said in an interview with Stars & Stripes. The 36-year-old has deployed 17 times, including for Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation New Dawn and Operation...
    President Trump will reportedly award the military’s highest honor to a soldier who helped rescue some 70 prisoners being held by the Islamic State in 2015. Sgt. Maj. Thomas “Patrick” Payne, an Army Ranger, will be receiving the Medal of Honor during a ceremony at the White House coinciding with the 19th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, the Associated Press first reported on Wednesday. The Washington Examiner reached out to the Army for confirmation but did not immediately receive a response. The award will be given for Payne’s heroic actions during an October 2015 raid on an ISIS compound in a town outside the Iraqi city of Kirkuk. The mission included both U.S. and Kurdish forces and was planned after it was discovered that about 70 prisoners were being held there and were in danger of being executed. Mass graves were reportedly spotted using aerial photos. “Time was of the essence,” Payne described in a press release that was obtained by the Associated Press in advance of its publication. “There were freshly dug graves. If we...
    Facebook is accomplishing its mission of connecting the world, but under that noble goal lies some evil taking advantage of the platform, including ISIS using it to fund its worldwide terrorist network. They do it by giving ancient artifact looters in Syria a forum to market, connect, review, and sell historical pieces throughout the world on Facebook, experts told The Atlantic. "Facebook is how our community has stayed connected during the war, but at the same time, it’s also helped destroy it," Adnan Al Mohamad, a onetime archaeologist at Aleppos Directorate-General of Antiquities and Museums in the Department of Excavation, told The Atlantic. "For Syrians, this is real life, not an online life. Smuggling and trafficking these artifacts is a war crime, so why isnt Facebook held to the standard of international law?" Facebook has since moved to ban the sale of artifacts, including "archaeological discoveries and ancient manuscripts, tombstones, coins, funerary items, and mummified body parts," according to public-policy manager Greg Mandel. "We now prohibit the exchange, sale or purchase of all historical artifacts on Facebook and Instagram," he wrote in an email...
    A leading expert on the Islamic State group who had recently turned his attention to Iran-backed militias in Iraq was gunned down outside his home in Baghdad on Monday night, triggering outpouring of grief among Iraq-watchers and analysts. Husham Al-Hashimi, 47, was ambushed by four men on two motorcycles who shot him several times with silenced weapons, Saad Maan, a spokesman for Iraq’s Interior Ministry said. He was later declared dead at a hospital in the city. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Al-Hashimi’s death. Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi condemned the killing and ordered an investigative committee to find out who was behind the attack. Al-Hashimi made his name and was sought out by journalists and lawmakers for his insights into the workings of ISIS, among other Islamic extremist groups. He even advised the U.S.-led coalition during its years-long battle with the extremists, according to The Associated Press. More recently, after Iraq declared victory over ISIS at the end of 2017, Al-Hashimi turned his attention to the country’s powerful Iran-backed militias who have been blamed for regular rocket...
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