Islamist Groups

Briefs, March 10, 2013

Hagel aboard a helicopter on his Afghanistan trip. Photo: AFP

Radical Muslim cleric Abu Qatada was arrested in London for breaching his bail terms, days before the British government begins an appeal against a court decision blocking his deportation to Jordan. 

Sunday, 10 March, 2013, 7:31am

Egypt's Mursi hopes to overcome crisis with new constitution as protests continue

President Mohammed Mursi. Photo: AP

An Egyptian panel was rushing through approval of a new constitution at the centre of a political crisis pitting the Islamist president against his opposition, which has threatened new protests.

30 Nov 2012 - 4:14am

Moroccan village divided over 'Islamists' driving out prostitutes

Two men, who were accused of being pimps in the village of Ain Leuh, check their home, which was attacked by "Islamists". Photo: NYT

For years, the Moroccan mountain village of Ain Leuh with its crumbling whitewashed walls was known locally as the place to go for sex.

Women - some dressed in tight jogging suits, some in dressing gowns - dallied in tiled doorways off the main square, offering a dusty version of Amsterdam's red-light district.

31 Oct 2012 - 3:34am

Briefs, October 24, 2012

Qatari ruler Sheikh Hamad (left) and Gaza's prime minister. Photo: EPA

Troops bring calm to Beirut streets

24 Oct 2012 - 4:31am

Nigeria's battle with Boko Haram Islamist group leaves more dead

Burnt out cars in Potiskum, the commercial hub of Yobe state, which has been hit hard by near daily Islamist attacks in recent weeks. Photo: AP

Hundreds of residents of a northeastern Nigerian city were fleeing yesterday after three days of Islamist attacks that left at least 31 dead and many buildings and properties razed.

The troubled city of Potiskum had been under security lockdown since Thursday with troops patrolling the streets and residents keeping in-doors for fear of new attacks.

22 Oct 2012 - 3:28am

Islamists clash with rivals over shape of new Egypt

Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood protesters, left, throw stones at opponents of President Mohammed Mursi as they clash in Tahrir Square. Photo: EPA

Opponents and supporters of Egypt’s President Mohammed Mursi clashed in Cairo on Friday in the first street violence between rival factions since the Islamist leader took office.

13 Oct 2012 - 12:12am

Yemeni warplane misses target, kills 10 civilians

Ten civilians including a 10-year-old girl were killed in a Yemeni government air strike that had apparently missed its intended target, a car carrying Islamist militants, tribal officials and residents there said on Monday.

The missile attack in a mountainous area in the centre of the country on Sunday prompted angry protests by relatives of the victims, residents told reporters.

3 Sep 2012 - 6:53pm

Talking points

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Kuala Lumpur hosts Philippine peace talks

22 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Muslim region tense ahead of US exercises

Governor still trying to calm anger over army 'massacre'

Thousands of Filipino and US soldiers pouring into the southern Philippines over the next few days for annual war games will find it fraught with tension over the deaths of eight people, including two children, in an encounter with US-trained troops.

15 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Rebels 'ready to help military'

A Muslim separatist group negotiating peace terms with the government said yesterday it had offered to abandon its strongholds so troops could go after al-Qaeda-linked militants.

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) leadership made the offer as a gesture of goodwill ahead of an expected resumption of talks in Malaysia later this month, spokesman Eid Kabalu said.

17 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Military centre sparks fears over US role

A US$14 million centre being built for the exclusive use of US soldiers inside the headquarters of the Philippine armed forces in Mindanao has sparked renewed controversy over the role of the US in the country.

5 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Military centre fuels fears over US role

A US$14 million centre being built for the exclusive use of US soldiers inside the headquarters of the Philippine armed forces in Mindanao has sparked renewed controversy over the role of the US in the country.

5 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Mindanao rebels switch to the pen in diplomatic offensive to avert war

Muslim separatist rebels in the Philippines have resorted to an unfamiliar weapon - international diplomacy - to avert war in the south.

28 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Muslim rebels fear abuse of new terror law

Beefed up security act will lead to more killings, say protesters

Muslim secessionists fear anti-terror legislation that went into effect yesterday will be used to crack down on their supporters.

Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) chief peace negotiator Mohaqher Iqbal said 'we have very big apprehensions' regarding the Human Security Act.

16 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Rebels join army in search for abducted Italian missionary

Muslim separatists yesterday joined a massive search for an Italian priest allegedly abducted by one of their renegade commanders in the southern Philippines.

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (Milf) and the military said the abduction of Father Giancarlo Bossi, 57, from a coastal village in Zamboanga, in Sibugay province, on Sunday would not sour peace negotiations.

12 Jun 2007 - 12:00am