Syrian Kurds demonstrate in Qamishli against Turkish shelling of Kurdish militia posts in northern Syria, on October 31, 2018. Source: DELIL SOULEIMAN/AFP/Getty Images

ISIS: The rise and fall of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria

CRIMSON TAZVINZWA, AIWA! NO!|(Reuters) – Islamic State fighters have been defeated at the final shred of territory they held in eastern Syria, marking the end of jihadist rule that once spanned a third of Iraq and Syria, the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Saturday.

(Danish Ismail/Reuters) Indian soldiers stand next to the wreckage of an Indian Air Force helicopter after it crashed in Budgam district in Kashmir Feb. 27, 2019.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo calls for ‘restraint’ after Pakistan shoots down Indian fighter jets amid rising tensions in Kashmir

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called for “restraint” after two Indian jets flying in Pakistani territory were shot down Wednesday morning by the Pakistani military. Tensions continue to rise between the two nuclear powers over the disputed region of Kashmir.

After speaking to both the Indian and Pakistani ministers for foreign affairs earlier in the day, Pompeo said in a statement that he “expressed to both ministers that we encourage India and Pakistan to exercise restraint, and avoid escalation at any cost.”

Maj. Gen. Asif Ghafoor, a spokesman for Pakistan’s military, confirmed on Twitter that Pakistan Air Force’s shot down the jets.

‘Leader of Chinese consulate attack in Pakistan reported killed’ in Afghanistan

According to BBC Pashto service, the banned terrorist group Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) confirmed the death of Aslam along with other terrorists.

A child was also injured in the attack in the second largest city of Afghanistan.

Sources said the other terrorists killed in the attack included; Taju Marri, Rustom alias Rosto, Rahim Marri and Nasir Baloch.

The local sources told BBC that Aslam had arrived in Kandahar a few weeks back.

According to Pakistani sources, Achhoo was the mastermind of the recent attack on the Chinese consulate in Karachi and he was also behind an attack on the Quaid-i-Azam Residency in Ziarat. He was the chief of a group of the BLA.

Chinese consulate attack ‘mastermind’ being treated at New Delhi hospital

They said Achhoo was taken to India via Afghanistan for treatment after he was injured in an earlier incident. He had returned to Afghanistan after recovery.

Afghan authorities said the attack took place in Eeno Meena, a posh area of Kandahar. No group has claimed responsibility for the suicide attack so far.

Cases of bomb explosions, attacks on security forces and target killing had been registered against Aslam and his head money was fixed at Rs5 million.

According to the banned BLA’s statement, Aslam was one of the founding leaders of the organisation and had been associated with it for 25 years. It said other terrorists killed in the attack had also been associated with the group for several years.