The Monday edition of Bangladeshi newspaper The Daily Star features photos of the suspected attackers of the Gulshan café siege in the capital Dhaka that killed 22 people, including 17 foreigners.

In this second day of a two-day national mourning in Bangladesh, the newspaper published the photos of the suspected attackers that have were first posted by US-based Site Intelligence, which monitors jihadi activities, saying the images were released by global terror group Islamic State (ISIS).

Under the photographs, The Daily Star provided some of the initial details of the attackers, culled from both official sources and social media users. Most of the suspected attackers had been reported missing for several months by their loved ones, and were from relatively well-off families.

The assault began on Friday evening, as gunmen burst into the Holey Artisan Bakery and O' Kitchen Restaurant in Dhaka's upscale neighborhood Gulshan, shouting ‘Allahu Akbar', and taking the employees and customers hostage. Later, the assailants killed two policemen who had tried to end the siege

Twenty hostages were found dead Saturday on the premises, a popular address for tourists. Nine of the victims were from Italy, seven from Japan, an Indian citizen and three Bangladeshis, one of whom was also a US citizen.

Thirteen hostages were rescued. The Bangladesh Army said six attackers had been killed and another captured alive during the rescue operation.

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The New Iraq, Signs Of Hope Amid The Rubble And Reconstruction

How do you rebuild a country decimated by four decades of war and embargoes? Following the withdrawal of the U.S. military, Iraq faces many challenges, from oil revenues captured by the militias and endemic corruption to religious segregation. However, there are glimmers of hope for the country's future.

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As he explains the profit-sharing scheme between the world’s major oil companies and his public enterprise, the 50-year-old with thin glasses is suddenly stopped dead in his tracks by the ringing of his telephone. He tries a joke to mask his suddenly worried face: "I'm going to ask you to leave my office for a few moments. If I haven't called you back in 10 minutes, call the police."

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