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Australia strips citizenship from alleged Islamic State recruiter Neil Prakash

SYDNEY: The Australian government has stripped citizenship from a man it believes is a top recruiter for Islamic State, Australia’s home affairs minister said on Saturday. Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said Melbourne-born Neil Prakash had been central to Islamic State’s efforts in the Middle East, was “a very dangerous individual” and had his citizenship stripped. “If given the opportunity Mr Prakash would harm or kill Australians and our country is a safer place for him having lost his Australian citizenship,”…

How Trump’s phone call changed the war

ANKARA/WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump’s declaration in a phone call with Tayyip Erdogan that he was pulling US troops from Syria has stunned Turkey and left it scrambling to respond to the changing battlefield on its southern border. In the phone call two weeks ago, Trump had been expected to deliver a standard warning to the Turkish president over his plan to launch a crossborder attack targeting US-backed Kurdish forces in northeast Syria, U.S. officials say. Instead, in the course of the conversation Trump…

Hundreds taken by IS from refugee camp in Syria

BEIRUT: Hundreds of people were taken by the militant Islamic State group fighters from a displacement camp in east Syria during a jihadist counter-attack against advancing US-backed forces, a monitor said on Saturday. The jihadists raided the camp on Friday, taking “more than 100 families” including relatives of IS defectors and of jihadists killed in fighting, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. A number of fighters of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) died trying to defend the camp in…