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  • 2 ex-Guantanamo detainees to tie knot with Uruguayan women
    2 ex-Guantanamo detainees to tie knot with Uruguayan women 9 hours ago

    MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Two former Guantanamo Bay detainees are planning to tie the knot with women from their adopted home of Uruguay. More »

  • Kenyan man pleads guilty in US terrorism support case 10 hours ago

    MIAMI (AP) — A Kenyan man has pleaded guilty in the U.S. to terrorism support charges in a case that involved Internet chat room and other online communications with undercover FBI operatives. More »

  • Rebels capture last Syrian town in Idlib province
    Rebels capture last Syrian town in Idlib province 10 hours ago

    By Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN (Reuters) - The Syrian army has pulled back from the northwestern city of Ariha after a coalition of insurgent groups seized the last city in Idlib province in northwestern Syria near the Turkish border that was still held by the government. Syria's al Qaeda offshoot Nusra Front is a major part of the coalition. The Syrian army said intense fighting was going on with Nusra forces that had infiltrated Ariha. More »

  • Syrian army pulls out of Ariha city in north western Syria - state TV 10 hours ago

    AMMAN (Reuters) - The Syrian army withdrew from the strategic city of Ariha, its last remaining stronghold in the north western province of Idlib, after heavy battles waged with al Qaeda's Syrian offshoot Nusra Front, an army source said on Thursday. The source quoted on state television was the first admission that the city of Ariha, the last bastion of government forces in the province that borders Turkey, had fallen to insurgent groups whom it says are financed and equipped by Turkey. (Reporting by Suleiman Al-Khalidi; Editing by Chris Reese) More »

  • US to "fine tune" Iraq strategy in light of Ramadi debacle
    US to "fine tune" Iraq strategy in light of Ramadi debacle 12 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Pentagon leaders are trying to "fine tune" U.S. strategy for ousting the Islamic State group from Iraq, focusing on faster and better training and arming of Sunni tribes whose combat role is central to reversing the extremists' advances, senior U.S. officials said Thursday. More »

  • Kurdish fighters in Syria on the march against IS militants
    Kurdish fighters in Syria on the march against IS militants 12 hours ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — In contrast to the Iraqi army's failures, Kurdish fighters in Syria are on the march against the Islamic State group, capturing towns and villages in an oil-rich swath of the country's northeast under the cover of U.S.-led airstrikes. More »

  • Syria's al-Qaida chief says no plans to attack the West 12 hours ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — Al-Qaida's branch in Syria has no plans to attack the West but warns of retaliation if U.S.-led airstrikes continue to target its fighters, the leader of the group said in an interview with an Arab TV station. More »

  • Qaeda-led rebels take Idlib's last Syria regime bastion
    Qaeda-led rebels take Idlib's last Syria regime bastion 13 hours ago

    A rebel coalition led by the Syrian affiliate of Al-Qaeda stormed and seized the last regime-held city in Idlib province Thursday, as Iraq exhumed the remains of 470 jihadist victims. More »

  • Aid group pulls staff from Kenya refugee camp
    Aid group pulls staff from Kenya refugee camp 14 hours ago

    MSF cites "deteriorating security conditions" around Dadaab as Somali al-Shabab group steps up raids inside the country. More »

  • Pan-Muslim group condemns jihadist groups, IS
    Pan-Muslim group condemns jihadist groups, IS 15 hours ago

    A conference of Muslim states on Thursday condemned main jihadist groups in Syria and Iraq and studied a plan for developing an effective strategy against "terrorism and extremism". More »

  • Spain judge opens terrorism probe into Boko Haram
    Spain judge opens terrorism probe into Boko Haram 15 hours ago

    A Spanish High Court judge said Thursday he is opening a probe into Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram and its leader Abubakar Shekau for suspected crimes against humanity and terrorism. More »

  • Spain investigates Boko Haram leader on terror charges 17 hours ago

    MADRID (AP) — Spain is opening a probe into Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau on suspicion of terrorism and crimes against humanity, under the legal principle of universal justice, according to a court ruling Thursday. More »

  • Rebels storm last regime-held city in Syria's Idlib: monitor
    Rebels storm last regime-held city in Syria's Idlib: monitor 17 hours ago

    A rebel coalition led by Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate edged into the last remaining government-held city in the northwest province of Idlib on Thursday, a monitoring group said. More »

  • Al-Qaeda's Syria branch seeks image makeover in West
    Al-Qaeda's Syria branch seeks image makeover in West 18 hours ago

    Al-Qaeda's Syria franchise is striving to reinvent itself as a legitimate opposition force that is more acceptable to the West, but it is unlikely to succeed, analysts said Thursday. More »

  • Yemen may never emerge intact from civil war 19 hours ago

    By Mohammed Ghobari and Noah Browning CAIRO/DUBAI (Reuters) - Yemen may never emerge as a united country from a civil war pitting a northern Shi'ite Muslim militia and its allies in the army against fighters in the mostly Sunni south. Secessionist sentiment in the south, stoked by what southerners see as decades of marginalisation by the north, is deepening as result of the damage inflicted upon Aden and other southern cities in assaults by the northern Houthi militia. Forget it," said Saleh Hashem, a resident of Aden, a port city whose historic commercial district lies in ruins. More »

  • No exit: For female jihadis, Syria is one-way journey
    No exit: For female jihadis, Syria is one-way journey 20 hours ago

    PARIS (AP) — When three British schoolgirls trundled across the Syrian border; when a pregnant 14-year-old ran away from her Alpine home for the second time; when a sheltered girl from the south of France booked her first trip abroad — they were going to a place of no return. More »

  • Syria says Al Jazeera's Nusra interview promotes militant group 20 hours ago

    A Syrian envoy said Al Jazeera's interview with the leader of Nusra Front violated U.N. counterterrorism resolutions and was an attempt by Qatar to whitewash the image of the al Qaeda affiliate, Syria's state news agency reported on Thursday. Syria's United Nations ambassador, Bashar al-Jaafari, said the interview was used "to promote terrorism and make threats to the government and people in Syria," SANA agency said, quoting remarks made before the U.N. Security Council in New York. More »

  • Islamic State photos purport to show unharmed Palmyra ruins
    Islamic State photos purport to show unharmed Palmyra ruins 22 hours ago

    Islamic State posted photographs online which it said were taken in the central Syrian city of Palmyra and appeared to show its ancient ruins unharmed since the hardline group seized it from government forces. Reuters was not able to independently confirm the authenticity of the photographs posted on jihadi forums by the Islamic State's media branch. Islamic State is an offshoot of al Qaeda that has seized territory in Syria and Iraq and is the target of a U.S.-led air strike campaign in both countries. More »

  • Nusra leader: Our mission is to defeat Syrian regime
    Nusra leader: Our mission is to defeat Syrian regime Thu, May 28, 2015

    Abu Mohammed al-Golani in exclusive interview to Al Jazeera says his group has no specific agenda to target West. More »

  • Ex-Guantanamo inmate Khadr uncertain about firefight memory - paper
    Ex-Guantanamo inmate Khadr uncertain about firefight memory - paper Thu, May 28, 2015

    Canadian Omar Khadr, who was once the youngest prisoner at Guantanamo Bay, is unsure about his memory of a firefight that led to his murder conviction by a U.S. military tribunal, according to an interview published on Wednesday. Khadr, 28, was the first person since World War Two to be prosecuted in a war crimes tribunal for acts committed as a juvenile. In 2010, he pleaded guilty to charges that included murdering American Army medic Christopher Speer with a grenade in a firefight in Afghanistan in 2002, when Khadr was 15. More »

  • Leader of al Qaeda Syria wing says aims to take Damascus - TV Thu, May 28, 2015

    The leader of al Qaeda's Syria wing said his group was focused on capturing Damascus and warned members of the country's minority Alawite sect to renounce President Bashar al-Assad and change their beliefs in order to be safe. The Nusra Front has made gains in northwestern Syria alongside other insurgent groups in recent weeks, seizing the city of Idlib, the town of Jisr al-Shughour and bringing them closer to government-held coastal areas north of the capital. "We will continue our focus on Damascus and on toppling this regime," Nusra's Abu Mohamad al-Golani told news channel Al Jazeera in a rare interview aired on Wednesday. More »

  • FBI: Surveillance tools in jeopardy amid Patriot Act debate
    FBI: Surveillance tools in jeopardy amid Patriot Act debate Wed, May 27, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — As Congress wrestles over renewing the bulk collection of Americans' phone records, federal law enforcement officials are warning that legal authority is also at risk for lesser-known surveillance tools that are even more valuable in fighting terrorism. More »

  • Nusra Front leader: We will not target Syria's Alawites
    Nusra Front leader: We will not target Syria's Alawites Wed, May 27, 2015

    Abu Mohammad al-Golani says al-Qaeda's Syrian branch only fighting "those who attacked us and murdered our people". More »

  • Chief of Al-Qaeda's Syria affiliate pledges no attacks on the West
    Chief of Al-Qaeda's Syria affiliate pledges no attacks on the West Wed, May 27, 2015

    Al-Qaeda's Syria affiliate would not use Syria as a launching pad for attacks on the West, its chief said in a wide-ranging televised interview late Wednesday. More »

  • Leader of al Qaeda in Syria says aiming to take Damascus - TV Wed, May 27, 2015

    BEIRUT (Reuters) - The leader of al Qaeda's Syria wing Nusra Front said his group was aiming to capture Damascus and the fall of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would happen quickly. "We will continue our focus on Damascus and on toppling this regime," Abu Mohamad al-Golani told news channel Al Jazeera in a rare interview aired on Wednesday. "I assure you, Assad's fall won't take a long time." He also said Lebanese Shi'ite group Hezbollah, which backs Assad, knew its fate was linked to the Syrian leader and its efforts to save him were in vain. ... More »

  • Will Baghdad fall to ISIL?
    Will Baghdad fall to ISIL? Wed, May 27, 2015

    Baghdad has not yet fallen but it might just have its head held low. More »

  • Syrian soldiers tell of harrowing escape from besieged hospital
    Syrian soldiers tell of harrowing escape from besieged hospital Wed, May 27, 2015

    When Islamist fighters stormed a besieged hospital in northwest Syria, regime soldier Mohammad Mahmud al-Assaf narrowly escaped a brutal fate by pretending he was already dead. More »

  • Analysis - Emboldened in Syria and Iraq, Islamic State may be reaching limits …
    Analysis - Emboldened in Syria and Iraq, Islamic State may be reaching limits … Wed, May 27, 2015

    By Peter Graff LONDON (Reuters) - With its two biggest victories in nearly a year in Iraq and Syria, Islamic State has energized its fighters, littered the streets of two cities with the bodies of its enemies and forced Washington to re-examine its strategy. The near simultaneous capture this month of Ramadi west of Baghdad and Palmyra northeast of Damascus has reinforced the sway of the self-proclaimed caliphate of all Muslims closer to the ramparts of Islam's two great historic capitals. In both Iraq and Syria they have lost ground in recent months as well as gained it. More »

  • German court rejects Yemenis' claim against US drone strikes
    German court rejects Yemenis' claim against US drone strikes Wed, May 27, 2015

    A German court Wednesday rejected a complaint by three Yemenis demanding that Berlin bar Washington from using a US base on its territory to operate deadly drones. More »

  • Guantanamo inmates swapped for Bergdahl could move freely
    Guantanamo inmates swapped for Bergdahl could move freely Wed, May 27, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Five senior Taliban leaders released last year from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl could move freely around the world next week as their one-year travel ban expires. More »

  • Saudi Arabia sanctions 2 senior Hezbollah members Wed, May 27, 2015

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia says it is sanctioning two senior members of Hezbollah, accusing them of leading terrorist operations in the Middle East. More »

  • Lawyer: Suburban Chicago man to plead guilty in terror case Wed, May 27, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) — An attorney for a suburban Chicago man accused of trying to join al-Qaida-affiliated fighters in Syria says her client intends to change his plea to guilty. More »

  • Hezbollah says it struck Syria militants with help of drone Wed, May 27, 2015

    BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's Hezbollah group says it has struck a group of al-Qaida militants near the border with Syria with the help of a drone for the first time. More »

  • Syria says wants more Iraqi coordination in Islamic State fight
    Syria says wants more Iraqi coordination in Islamic State fight Wed, May 27, 2015

    Damascus wants more coordination with Baghdad to combat Islamic State fighters who control land in both countries, Syria's foreign minister said on Wednesday, days after the group seized a border crossing and overran a central Syrian city. Islamic State seized al-Tanf border crossing with Iraq last week and has taken over the desert city of Palmyra, the first time the group has captured a large population centre directly from the Syrian military. More »

  • Air strikes kill at least 80 in deadliest bombings of Yemen war Wed, May 27, 2015

    By Mohammed Ghobari CAIRO (Reuters) - Saudi-led air strikes killed at least 80 people near Yemen's border with Saudi Arabia and in the capital Sanaa on Wednesday, residents said, the deadliest day of bombing in over two months of war in Yemen. Iranian-backed Houthi rebels seized Sanaa last September and then thrust into central and south Yemen. Seeing the Houthi advance as a bridgehead for Iranian influence in the region, a Saudi-led coalition began air strikes on March 26 in a campaign to restore Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to power. More »

  • FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2014 file photo, Omar Abdelahdi Faraj, of Syria, left, and Adel bin Muhammad El Ouerghi, of Tunisia, look out at the press from their shared home's balcony decorated with Uruguay's flag in Montevideo, Uruguay. The two former Guantanamo Bay detainees who resettled in Uruguay are planning to tie the knot with women from the South American country. Imam Samir Selim said on Thursday, May 28, 2015 that he would officiate the ceremony. (Ines Guimaraens, Diario El Observador via AP, File) URUGUAY OUT - NOT FOR USE ON URUGUAY WEBSITES OR PUBLICATIONS - NO PUBLICAR EN URUGUAY - NO USAR EN PAGINAS WEBS O EN PAPEL EN URUGUAY
    2 ex-Guantanamo detainees to tie knot … Associated Press - 9 hours ago

    MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Two former Guantanamo Bay detainees are planning to tie the knot with women from their adopted home of Uruguay. More »2 ex-Guantanamo detainees to tie knot …

    FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2014 file photo, Omar Abdelahdi Faraj, of Syria, left, and Adel bin Muhammad El Ouerghi, of Tunisia, look out at the press from their shared home's balcony decorated with Uruguay's flag in Montevideo, Uruguay. The two former Guantanamo Bay detainees who resettled in Uruguay are planning to tie the knot with women from the South American country. Imam Samir Selim said on Thursday, May 28, 2015 that he would officiate the ceremony. (Ines Guimaraens, Diario El Observador via AP, File) URUGUAY OUT - NOT FOR USE ON URUGUAY WEBSITES OR PUBLICATIONS - NO PUBLICAR EN URUGUAY - NO USAR EN PAGINAS WEBS O EN PAPEL EN URUGUAY

    MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Two former Guantanamo Bay detainees are planning to tie the knot with women from their adopted home of Uruguay.

  • Kenyan man pleads guilty in US terrorism … Associated Press - 10 hours ago

    MIAMI (AP) — A Kenyan man has pleaded guilty in the U.S. to terrorism support charges in a case that involved Internet chat room and other online communications with … More »Kenyan man pleads guilty in US terrorism …

    MIAMI (AP) — A Kenyan man has pleaded guilty in the U.S. to terrorism support charges in a case that involved Internet chat room and other online communications with undercover FBI operatives.

  • Members of al Qaeda's Nusra Front carry their weapons as they move towards their positions during an offensive to take control of the northwestern city of Ariha from forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, in Idlib province
    Rebels capture last Syrian town in Idlib … Reuters - 10 hours ago

    By Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN (Reuters) - The Syrian army has pulled back from the northwestern city of Ariha after a coalition of insurgent groups seized the last city … More »Rebels capture last Syrian town in Idlib …

    Members of al Qaeda's Nusra Front carry their weapons as they move towards their positions during an offensive to take control of the northwestern city of Ariha from forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, in Idlib province

    By Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN (Reuters) - The Syrian army has pulled back from the northwestern city of Ariha after a coalition of insurgent groups seized the last city in Idlib province in northwestern Syria near the Turkish border that was still held by the government. Syria's al Qaeda offshoot Nusra Front is a major …

  • Syrian army pulls out of Ariha city … Reuters - 10 hours ago

    AMMAN (Reuters) - The Syrian army withdrew from the strategic city of Ariha, its last remaining stronghold in the north western province of Idlib, after heavy battles … More »Syrian army pulls out of Ariha city …

    AMMAN (Reuters) - The Syrian army withdrew from the strategic city of Ariha, its last remaining stronghold in the north western province of Idlib, after heavy battles waged with al Qaeda's Syrian offshoot Nusra Front, an army source said on Thursday. The source quoted on state television was the first admission that …

  • FILE - In this May 1, 2015 file photo, Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks at the Pentagon. As the Pentagon grapples with its strategy to help Iraq fight off the Islamic State, Carter says the key is getting weapons to Sunni militias now cut off by Baghdad.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
    US to "fine tune" Iraq strategy … Associated Press - 12 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Pentagon leaders are trying to "fine tune" U.S. strategy for ousting the Islamic State group from Iraq, focusing on faster and better training … More »US to "fine tune" Iraq strategy …

    FILE - In this May 1, 2015 file photo, Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks at the Pentagon. As the Pentagon grapples with its strategy to help Iraq fight off the Islamic State, Carter says the key is getting weapons to Sunni militias now cut off by Baghdad.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Pentagon leaders are trying to "fine tune" U.S. strategy for ousting the Islamic State group from Iraq, focusing on faster and better training and arming of Sunni tribes whose combat role is central to reversing the extremists' advances, senior U.S. officials said Thursday.

  • In this photo released on May 20, 2015, provided by the Kurdish fighters of the People's Protection Units (YPG), which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Kurdish fighters of the YPG, flash victory signs as they sit on their pickup on their way to battle against the Islamic State, near Kezwan mountain, northeast Syria. In contrast to the failures of the Iraqi army, in Syria Kurdish fighters are on the march against the Islamic State group, capturing towns and villages in an oil-rich swath of the country's northeast in recent days, under the cover of U.S.-led airstrikes. (The Kurdish fighters of the People's Protection Units via AP)
    Kurdish fighters in Syria on the march … Associated Press - 12 hours ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — In contrast to the Iraqi army's failures, Kurdish fighters in Syria are on the march against the Islamic State group, capturing towns and villages in … More »Kurdish fighters in Syria on the march …

    In this photo released on May 20, 2015, provided by the Kurdish fighters of the People's Protection Units (YPG), which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Kurdish fighters of the YPG, flash victory signs as they sit on their pickup on their way to battle against the Islamic State, near Kezwan mountain, northeast Syria. In contrast to the failures of the Iraqi army, in Syria Kurdish fighters are on the march against the Islamic State group, capturing towns and villages in an oil-rich swath of the country's northeast in recent days, under the cover of U.S.-led airstrikes. (The Kurdish fighters of the People's Protection Units via AP)

    BEIRUT (AP) — In contrast to the Iraqi army's failures, Kurdish fighters in Syria are on the march against the Islamic State group, capturing towns and villages in an oil-rich swath of the country's northeast under the cover of U.S.-led airstrikes.

  • Syria's al-Qaida chief says no plans … Associated Press - 12 hours ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — Al-Qaida's branch in Syria has no plans to attack the West but warns of retaliation if U.S.-led airstrikes continue to target its fighters, the leader … More »Syria's al-Qaida chief says no plans …

    BEIRUT (AP) — Al-Qaida's branch in Syria has no plans to attack the West but warns of retaliation if U.S.-led airstrikes continue to target its fighters, the leader of the group said in an interview with an Arab TV station.

  • Fighters from Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate Al-Nusra Front drive in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo flying Islamist flags as they head to a frontline, on May 26, 2015
    Qaeda-led rebels take Idlib's last … AFP - 13 hours ago

    A rebel coalition led by the Syrian affiliate of Al-Qaeda stormed and seized the last regime-held city in Idlib province Thursday, as Iraq exhumed the remains of 470 … More »Qaeda-led rebels take Idlib's last …

    Fighters from Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate Al-Nusra Front drive in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo flying Islamist flags as they head to a frontline, on May 26, 2015

    A rebel coalition led by the Syrian affiliate of Al-Qaeda stormed and seized the last regime-held city in Idlib province Thursday, as Iraq exhumed the remains of 470 jihadist victims.

  • Aid group pulls staff from Kenya refugee camp
    Aid group pulls staff from Kenya refugee … Al Jazeera - 14 hours ago

    MSF cites "deteriorating security conditions" around Dadaab as Somali al-Shabab group steps up raids inside the country. More »Aid group pulls staff from Kenya refugee …

    Aid group pulls staff from Kenya refugee camp

    MSF cites "deteriorating security conditions" around Dadaab as Somali al-Shabab group steps up raids inside the country.

  • Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khaled al-Sabah attends the 42nd Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Corporation in Kuwait City, May 28, 2015
    Pan-Muslim group condemns jihadist groups, … AFP - 15 hours ago

    A conference of Muslim states on Thursday condemned main jihadist groups in Syria and Iraq and studied a plan for developing an effective strategy against "terrorism … More »Pan-Muslim group condemns jihadist groups, …

    Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khaled al-Sabah attends the 42nd Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Corporation in Kuwait City, May 28, 2015

    A conference of Muslim states on Thursday condemned main jihadist groups in Syria and Iraq and studied a plan for developing an effective strategy against "terrorism and extremism".

  • Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau, seen in a video released by the Nigerian Islamist group on May 12, 2014
    Spain judge opens terrorism probe into … AFP - 15 hours ago

    A Spanish High Court judge said Thursday he is opening a probe into Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram and its leader Abubakar Shekau for suspected crimes against … More »Spain judge opens terrorism probe into …

    Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau, seen in a video released by the Nigerian Islamist group on May 12, 2014

    A Spanish High Court judge said Thursday he is opening a probe into Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram and its leader Abubakar Shekau for suspected crimes against humanity and terrorism.

  • Spain investigates Boko Haram leader … Associated Press - 17 hours ago

    MADRID (AP) — Spain is opening a probe into Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau on suspicion of terrorism and crimes against humanity, under the legal principle of universal … More »Spain investigates Boko Haram leader …

    MADRID (AP) — Spain is opening a probe into Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau on suspicion of terrorism and crimes against humanity, under the legal principle of universal justice, according to a court ruling Thursday.

  • Fighters from a coalition of Islamist forces have won a series of victories in Syria's Idlib province
    Rebels storm last regime-held city in … AFP - 17 hours ago

    A rebel coalition led by Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate edged into the last remaining government-held city in the northwest province of Idlib on Thursday, a monitoring … More »Rebels storm last regime-held city in …

    Fighters from a coalition of Islamist forces have won a series of victories in Syria's Idlib province

    A rebel coalition led by Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate edged into the last remaining government-held city in the northwest province of Idlib on Thursday, a monitoring group said.

  • The Al-Nusra Front was designated as a terrorist organisation by the United States in 2012
    Al-Qaeda's Syria branch seeks image … AFP - 18 hours ago

    Al-Qaeda's Syria franchise is striving to reinvent itself as a legitimate opposition force that is more acceptable to the West, but it is unlikely to succeed, analysts … More »Al-Qaeda's Syria branch seeks image …

    The Al-Nusra Front was designated as a terrorist organisation by the United States in 2012

    Al-Qaeda's Syria franchise is striving to reinvent itself as a legitimate opposition force that is more acceptable to the West, but it is unlikely to succeed, analysts said Thursday.

  • Yemen may never emerge intact from civil … Reuters - 19 hours ago

    By Mohammed Ghobari and Noah Browning CAIRO/DUBAI (Reuters) - Yemen may never emerge as a united country from a civil war pitting a northern Shi'ite Muslim militia and … More »Yemen may never emerge intact from civil …

    By Mohammed Ghobari and Noah Browning CAIRO/DUBAI (Reuters) - Yemen may never emerge as a united country from a civil war pitting a northern Shi'ite Muslim militia and its allies in the army against fighters in the mostly Sunni south. Secessionist sentiment in the south, stoked by what southerners see as decades of marginalisation …

  • FILE - This undated file image posted on a militant website on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows fighters from the al-Qaida linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), now called the Islamic State group, marching in Raqqa, Syria. In interviews, court documents and public records, The Associated Press has compiled a detailed picture of European girls and young women who join extremists such as the Islamic State group - a decision that is far more final than most may realize. (Militant Website via AP, File)
    No exit: For female jihadis, Syria is … Associated Press - 20 hours ago

    PARIS (AP) — When three British schoolgirls trundled across the Syrian border; when a pregnant 14-year-old ran away from her Alpine home for the second time; when a sheltered … More »No exit: For female jihadis, Syria is …

    FILE - This undated file image posted on a militant website on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows fighters from the al-Qaida linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), now called the Islamic State group, marching in Raqqa, Syria. In interviews, court documents and public records, The Associated Press has compiled a detailed picture of European girls and young women who join extremists such as the Islamic State group - a decision that is far more final than most may realize. (Militant Website via AP, File)

    PARIS (AP) — When three British schoolgirls trundled across the Syrian border; when a pregnant 14-year-old ran away from her Alpine home for the second time; when a sheltered girl from the south of France booked her first trip abroad — they were going to a place of no return.

  • Syria says Al Jazeera's Nusra interview … Reuters - 20 hours ago

    A Syrian envoy said Al Jazeera's interview with the leader of Nusra Front violated U.N. counterterrorism resolutions and was an attempt by Qatar to whitewash the image … More »Syria says Al Jazeera's Nusra interview …

    A Syrian envoy said Al Jazeera's interview with the leader of Nusra Front violated U.N. counterterrorism resolutions and was an attempt by Qatar to whitewash the image of the al Qaeda affiliate, Syria's state news agency reported on Thursday. Syria's United Nations ambassador, Bashar al-Jaafari, said the interview was …

  • A general view shows the historical city of Palmyra
    Islamic State photos purport to show … Reuters - 22 hours ago

    Islamic State posted photographs online which it said were taken in the central Syrian city of Palmyra and appeared to show its ancient ruins unharmed since the hardline … More »Islamic State photos purport to show …

    A general view shows the historical city of Palmyra

    Islamic State posted photographs online which it said were taken in the central Syrian city of Palmyra and appeared to show its ancient ruins unharmed since the hardline group seized it from government forces. Reuters was not able to independently confirm the authenticity of the photographs posted on jihadi forums by the …

  • Nusra leader: Our mission is to defeat Syrian regime
    Nusra leader: Our mission is to defeat … Al Jazeera - Thu, May 28, 2015

    Abu Mohammed al-Golani in exclusive interview to Al Jazeera says his group has no specific agenda to target West. More »Nusra leader: Our mission is to defeat …

    Nusra leader: Our mission is to defeat Syrian regime

    Abu Mohammed al-Golani in exclusive interview to Al Jazeera says his group has no specific agenda to target West.

  • Khadr listens to a question during a news conference after being released on bail in Edmonton
    Ex-Guantanamo inmate Khadr uncertain … Reuters - Thu, May 28, 2015

    Canadian Omar Khadr, who was once the youngest prisoner at Guantanamo Bay, is unsure about his memory of a firefight that led to his murder conviction by a U.S. military … More »Ex-Guantanamo inmate Khadr uncertain …

    Khadr listens to a question during a news conference after being released on bail in Edmonton

    Canadian Omar Khadr, who was once the youngest prisoner at Guantanamo Bay, is unsure about his memory of a firefight that led to his murder conviction by a U.S. military tribunal, according to an interview published on Wednesday. Khadr, 28, was the first person since World War Two to be prosecuted in a war crimes tribunal …

  • Leader of al Qaeda Syria wing says aims … Reuters - Thu, May 28, 2015

    The leader of al Qaeda's Syria wing said his group was focused on capturing Damascus and warned members of the country's minority Alawite sect to renounce President Bashar … More »Leader of al Qaeda Syria wing says aims …

    The leader of al Qaeda's Syria wing said his group was focused on capturing Damascus and warned members of the country's minority Alawite sect to renounce President Bashar al-Assad and change their beliefs in order to be safe. The Nusra Front has made gains in northwestern Syria alongside other insurgent groups in recent …

  • FILE - In this March 25, 2015 file photo of FBI director James Comey speaks at FBI headquarters in Washington. As Congress debates whether to renew a program that collects and stores American phone records, federal law enforcement officials are trying to focus public attention on the jeopardy to lesser-known surveillance tools that they consider more valuable in fighting terrorism.  (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File)
    FBI: Surveillance tools in jeopardy … Associated Press - Wed, May 27, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — As Congress wrestles over renewing the bulk collection of Americans' phone records, federal law enforcement officials are warning that legal authority … More »FBI: Surveillance tools in jeopardy …

    FILE - In this March 25, 2015 file photo of FBI director James Comey speaks at FBI headquarters in Washington. As Congress debates whether to renew a program that collects and stores American phone records, federal law enforcement officials are trying to focus public attention on the jeopardy to lesser-known surveillance tools that they consider more valuable in fighting terrorism.  (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File)

    WASHINGTON (AP) — As Congress wrestles over renewing the bulk collection of Americans' phone records, federal law enforcement officials are warning that legal authority is also at risk for lesser-known surveillance tools that are even more valuable in fighting terrorism.

  • Nusra Front leader: We will not target Syria's Alawites
    Nusra Front leader: We will not target … Al Jazeera - Wed, May 27, 2015

    Abu Mohammad al-Golani says al-Qaeda's Syrian branch only fighting "those who attacked us and murdered our people". More »Nusra Front leader: We will not target …

    Nusra Front leader: We will not target Syria's Alawites

    Abu Mohammad al-Golani says al-Qaeda's Syrian branch only fighting "those who attacked us and murdered our people".

  • Fighters from Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate Al-Nusra Front drive in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo flying Islamist flags as they head to a frontline, on May 26, 2015
    Chief of Al-Qaeda's Syria affiliate … AFP - Wed, May 27, 2015

    Al-Qaeda's Syria affiliate would not use Syria as a launching pad for attacks on the West, its chief said in a wide-ranging televised interview late Wednesday. More »Chief of Al-Qaeda's Syria affiliate …

    Fighters from Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate Al-Nusra Front drive in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo flying Islamist flags as they head to a frontline, on May 26, 2015

    Al-Qaeda's Syria affiliate would not use Syria as a launching pad for attacks on the West, its chief said in a wide-ranging televised interview late Wednesday.

  • Leader of al Qaeda in Syria says aiming … Reuters - Wed, May 27, 2015

    BEIRUT (Reuters) - The leader of al Qaeda's Syria wing Nusra Front said his group was aiming to capture Damascus and the fall of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad … More »Leader of al Qaeda in Syria says aiming …

    BEIRUT (Reuters) - The leader of al Qaeda's Syria wing Nusra Front said his group was aiming to capture Damascus and the fall of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would happen quickly. "We will continue our focus on Damascus and on toppling this regime," Abu Mohamad al-Golani told news channel Al Jazeera in …

  • Will Baghdad fall to ISIL? Al Jazeera - Wed, May 27, 2015
    Will Baghdad fall to ISIL?

    Baghdad has not yet fallen but it might just have its head held low.

  • Syrian men, who escaped an attack by Islamist fighters on a medical facility, lay in bed at a hospital in Latakia, a coastal city controlled by the regime, on May 26, 2015

    When Islamist fighters stormed a besieged hospital in northwest Syria, regime soldier Mohammad Mahmud al-Assaf narrowly escaped a brutal fate by pretending he was already dead.

  • Militant Islamist fighters take part in a military parade along the streets of northern Raqqa province

    By Peter Graff LONDON (Reuters) - With its two biggest victories in nearly a year in Iraq and Syria, Islamic State has energized its fighters, littered the streets of two cities with the bodies of its enemies and forced Washington to re-examine its strategy. The near simultaneous capture this month of Ramadi west of Baghdad …

  • A man holds a sign reading "Defend virtues, stop the drone war" in front of the court in Cologne, Germany, where three Yemenis are taking legal action against the government, May 27, 2015

    A German court Wednesday rejected a complaint by three Yemenis demanding that Berlin bar Washington from using a US base on its territory to operate deadly drones.

  • Guantanamo inmates swapped for Bergdahl … Associated Press - Wed, May 27, 2015
    FILE - In this file image taken from video obtained from Voice Of Jihad Website, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, sits in a vehicle guarded by the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan. A one-year travel ban is expiring for five senior Taliban leaders held in U.S. detention at Guantanamo Bay until they were released last year in exchange for Bergdahl, who was held captive by the Taliban for nearly five years after he walked away from his Army post in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Voice Of Jihad Website via AP video, File)

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Five senior Taliban leaders released last year from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl could move freely around the world next week as their one-year travel ban expires.

  • Saudi Arabia sanctions 2 senior Hezbollah … Associated Press - Wed, May 27, 2015

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia says it is sanctioning two senior members of Hezbollah, accusing them of leading terrorist operations in the Middle East.

  • Lawyer: Suburban Chicago man to plead … Associated Press - Wed, May 27, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) — An attorney for a suburban Chicago man accused of trying to join al-Qaida-affiliated fighters in Syria says her client intends to change his plea to guilty.

  • Hezbollah says it struck Syria militants … Associated Press - Wed, May 27, 2015

    BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's Hezbollah group says it has struck a group of al-Qaida militants near the border with Syria with the help of a drone for the first time.

  • Syria's Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem speaks during a joint news conference with his Armenian counterpart Edward Nalbandian in Damascus

    Damascus wants more coordination with Baghdad to combat Islamic State fighters who control land in both countries, Syria's foreign minister said on Wednesday, days after the group seized a border crossing and overran a central Syrian city. Islamic State seized al-Tanf border crossing with Iraq last week and has taken over …

  • By Mohammed Ghobari CAIRO (Reuters) - Saudi-led air strikes killed at least 80 people near Yemen's border with Saudi Arabia and in the capital Sanaa on Wednesday, residents said, the deadliest day of bombing in over two months of war in Yemen. Iranian-backed Houthi rebels seized Sanaa last September and then thrust into …