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ISIS armed drone attack kills two Kurdish fighters, wounds French troops: Report

ISIS has used an armed drone to kill two Kurdish fighters and wound French troops, according to a report. In addition, two French paratroopers have also been seriously injured in the attack that occurred Oct. 2 near Erbil, Iraq. The paratroopers were part of the CPA-10, a French paratrooper commando unit deployed to Erbil, Iraq to help fortify the Kurdish front. The two commandos have been repatriated to a military hospital near Paris, where the condition of one of them remains serious, according to Le Monde. The CPA-10 unit is based at the Orléans – Bricy Air Base in France. Fears have increased in recent months that ISIS and other terrorist groups could deploy off-the-shelf and commercial drones fitted with improvised explosives as flying weapons capable of attacking nearby coalition forces. Noting the growing threat armed drones could have on U.S. troops in Iraq, the



Majority of Paris attackers entered Europe posing as refugees

Seven of the nine ISIS jihadis who launched a series of coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris last November entered Europe by posing as refugees. The attackers were part of a group of 14 who plotted their way into Western Europe by riding the wave of the migrant crisis last year, according to Hungarian security officials. By using fake Syrian passports, many of the attackers, already on European terror watch-lists, were able to slip back into Europe undetected, along with thousands of other refugees. One hundred and thirty people were killed in November when a group of gunmen and suicide bombers launched a wave of attacks across Paris, targeting the Bataclan concert hall, the Stade De France and several restaurants and bars. Three hundred sixty-eight people were also injured in the attacks, almost 100 of them seriously. Some of the remaining terrorists in the group

Human Rights

A counsellor talks to a group of women to try to convince them that they should not have FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) performed on their daughters in Minia, Egypt June 13, 2006. To match feature: HEALTH CIRCUMCISION/EGYPT. Picture taken June 13, 2006 REUTERS/Tara Todras-Whitehill (EGYPT) - RTX12LR

Egyptian MP calls on women to undergo FGM, reduce their sexual appetite

An Egyptian member of Parliament has called on women to undergo female genital mutilation, or FGM, citing the rising sexual appetites of men largely due to the popularity of sexual enhancement supplements. Elhamy Agina, a parliamentary representative from the Dakahlia Governate northeast of Cairo, responded to recent proposals in Egypt’s parliament aimed at curbing the practice of FGM and punishing offenders. Egypt has the highest number of women in the Middle East and Africa who have undergone the procedure despite it being outlawed. According to Agina, FGM “reduces a woman’s sexual appetite” and brings them in line with Egypt’s already weakened men who turn to sexual enhancement supplements to keep up with the sexual desires of their female counterparts. “We are a population whose men suffer from sexual weakness, which is evident because Egypt is among the biggest consumers