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  • Pentagon to survey S. Carolina brig for Guantanamo detainees 10 hours ago

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A Pentagon team is coming to South Carolina this week to evaluate whether the Navy brig near Charleston could be suitable to house detainees from the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, officials said Tuesday. More »

  • U.S. drone kills six suspected militants in Pakistan 11 hours ago

    A unmanned U.S. drone aircraft killed at least six suspected militants and wounded four others on Tuesday in a remote area of northwestern Pakistan near the Afghan border, officials said. Pakistani security officials and tribal sources said attackers hit an suspected militant compound in Dattakhel, a village in North Waziristan, near the Afghan border. American drone strikes have targeted al Qaeda and other Islamist militants in Pakistan's northwestern border region for years, but there have been fewer strikes in recent months. More »

  • Friendly fire from Saudi-led coalition kills seven in Yemen - tribal source … 12 hours ago

    Seven supporters of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi were killed on Tuesday by friendly fire from a Saudi-led air strike in north Yemen, tribal sources said, as pro-Hadi forces converged on Marib in preparation to attack Houthi fighters in the region. In the southern port city of Aden, unidentified gunmen on motorcycles shot dead two leaders of a local force allied with Hadi in separate attacks on Monday, regional officials said. Tribal sources said two members of a local force allied with Hadi were also wounded when Saudi-led jets targeted them by mistake in an area known as al-Khazzan, east of the capital Sanaa, during a clash with Houthi fighters. More »

  • Turkey tightens grip on journalists with harsh terrorism charges 12 hours ago

    Jake Hanrahan, Philip Pendlebury, and a local journalist working with them in Diyarbakir, southeast Turkey, were detained last Thursday, with the severity of the charges provoking an outcry from human rights groups who have for years charted an erosion of press freedom in Turkey. Called “baseless and alarmingly false” by VICE News, the charges also show Turkey’s sensitivity about renewed conflict with ethnic Kurds that has surged in intensity since mid-summer. Recommended: Think you know Turkey? More »

  • Canada police bring charges against Syrian in rendition case 14 hours ago

    TORONTO (AP) — Canada's national police force is charging a former Syrian military intelligence officer in abstentia for allegedly torturing a Canadian engineer transferred by the U.S. to an overseas detention center. More »

  • Al Shabaab raids Somali African Union base, many killed 14 hours ago

    By Feisal Omar and Abdi Sheikh MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Al Shabaab militants stormed an African Union base in southern Somalia on Tuesday, where they say they killed 50 peacekeepers, in what the AU mission called a "heinous" attack. The al Qaeda-aligned militants said one of their fighters rammed a car bomb into the base, in Janale, about 90 km (55 miles) south of the capital, Mogadishu, and then gunmen poured inside. The African Union peacekeeping mission, known as AMISOM, did not immediately release casualty figures for the attack, which came roughly a year after al Shabaab leader Ahmed Abdi Godane was killed in a U.S. air strike. More »

  • Shebab briefly seize AU base in Somalia after suicide attack
    Shebab briefly seize AU base in Somalia after suicide attack 16 hours ago

    Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab militants briefly seized control of an African Union base Tuesday after ramming a suicide car bomb into it, the AU said, adding it had regained control. More »

  • More than 20 African Union soldiers killed in al-Shabaab attack
    More than 20 African Union soldiers killed in al-Shabaab attack 19 hours ago

    More than 20 African Union (AU) soldiers have been killed after Somalia's Al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Shabaab militants rammed a suicide car bomb into a base today (01 September) before storming the compound. The AU force in Somalia (AMISOM) insisted it was in control of the base in Janale district, 80 kilometres (50 miles) southwest of Mogadishu, but eye-witnesses said the extremists had taken over the camp and were looting the weapons cache. "The base is still under AMISOM control, reports that the base has been taken over and our weapons captured are false," an AMISOM statement said. More »

  • Afghanistan: Circus brings joy to children in war-torn nation 19 hours ago

    The project has grown so popular that it now runs centres in ten provinces and has hundreds of regular students who want to train in circus skills. Khalilullah Hameed is the trainer and project manager. Hameed believes that their shows and performances bring significant changes to Afghan children who have suffered from years of conflict. More »

  • Cultural heritage a casualty of war
    Cultural heritage a casualty of war Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    Islamic State militants have destroyed two of the most important temples in the UNESCO-listed Syrian city of Palmyra, as they press their campaign to wipe out some of the Middle East's most important heritage sites. More »

  • Kansas man sentenced to 20 years for airport bomb plot
    Kansas man sentenced to 20 years for airport bomb plot Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man who plotted a suicide bomb attack aimed at causing "maximum carnage" at a Wichita airport was sentenced Monday to 20 years in prison More »

  • Yemen rebels raid dozens of homes of opponents in capital
    Yemen rebels raid dozens of homes of opponents in capital Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Shiite rebels in Yemen's capital have raided dozens of homes of political opponents and local NGO workers, claiming they are affiliated with the Islamic State group and al-Qaida, security officials said Monday. More »

  • Andy Burnham warns Jeremy Corbyn Labour leader win means 'giving up' …
    Andy Burnham warns Jeremy Corbyn Labour leader win means 'giving up' … Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    Andy Burnham has warned Labour activists that electing Jeremy Corbyn as leader would mean "giving up" on winning the next election. More »

  • Filipino wins Magsaysay award for work to save ancient dance
    Filipino wins Magsaysay award for work to save ancient dance Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Amid the chimes of gongs, Ligaya Fernando Amilbangsa teaches a group of women and children the mystical moves of a centuries-old dance form she has struggled to save from oblivion in the Philippines' restive south. More »

  • Kurd Opposition Offers Base In Fight Against IS
    Kurd Opposition Offers Base In Fight Against IS Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    The international coalition against so-called Islamic State should use Kurd-held northeastern Syria as a base of operations, the leader of Syria's Kurds has told Sky News. In an exclusive interview in the Belgian capital, Saleh Muslim, leader of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), also scorned Turkey's claims of fighting the jihadist extremists as "not genuine". The armed wing of the PYD, the People's Protection Units (YPG), have been a magnet for foreign volunteers in the fight against the so-called Caliphate. More »

  • Taliban Says Covering Up Mullah Omar's Death for More Than Two Years Was …
    Taliban Says Covering Up Mullah Omar's Death for More Than Two Years Was … Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    Key Taliban members decided to keep the death of their leader a secret for more than two years because the war in Afghanistan was entering a critical phase and most foreign troops were preparing to withdraw at the time, the group said on Monday. News of Mullah Omar's death leaked last month amid confusion over where and when the one-eyed militant leader died, but on Monday the Taliban for the first time revealed April 23, 2013 as the date of his death. The announcement came in a document of nearly 5,000 words published on the Taliban's official website as an "introduction" to his successor, Mullah Mansour, a longtime deputy of the dead leader. More »

  • Pakistani official says Haqqani militants weakened, despite US concern Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    Pakistan's foreign policy chief responded to U.S. concerns that the country remains a haven for the feared Haqqani network, saying on Monday that the militants have been weakened by an army offensive and now operate mostly out of Afghanistan. Sartaj Aziz, national adviser for foreign affairs, spoke a day after U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice warned leaders in Islamabad that attacks in Afghanistan by militants based in Pakistani threaten regional security. U.S. officials particularly expressed concern about the Haqqani network, which they blamed for several bloody bombings and attacks in the Afghan capital in recent weeks. More »

  • Somalia food aid crisis 'critical': UN
    Somalia food aid crisis 'critical': UN Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    War-torn Somalia remains in a "critical" state four years after a devastating famine, the UN warned on Monday, noting a sharp rise in those needing food aid. More »

  • Battling rebels, IS moves closer to central Damascus: monitor
    Battling rebels, IS moves closer to central Damascus: monitor Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    The Islamic State group battled Syrian rebel forces in a Damascus neighbourhood on Monday, bringing the jihadists closer than ever to the centre of the capital, a monitoring group said. More »

  • 'A Sinner in Mecca' documents gay Muslim pilgrimage
    'A Sinner in Mecca' documents gay Muslim pilgrimage Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    The confession of a Pakistani murderer. Overzealous religious police. An Arab angered after his pregnant wife was molested in the holiest site known to Islam. More »

  • Arab coalition destroys Houthi 'bomb-making factory'
    Arab coalition destroys Houthi 'bomb-making factory' Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    Saudi-led coalition denies target in Hajjah province was a water bottling plant, as 36 people are reported killed. More »

  • Yemen factions gear up for key battle over central province Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's warring factions on Sunday braced for a key battle in a central province, where victory could allow pro-government forces to move rapidly north into the heartland of the country's Shiite rebels. More »

  • IS in Syria executes over 90 people in month: monitor
    IS in Syria executes over 90 people in month: monitor Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    The Islamic State group has executed more than 90 people, a third of them civilians, over the past month in areas of war-torn Syria it controls, a monitor said Sunday. More »

  • Timbuktu: Was Islam taken hostage?
    Timbuktu: Was Islam taken hostage? Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    Abderrahmane Sissako, one of Africa's most prominent filmmakers, discusses his latest film, Islam, and events in Mali. More »

  • Saudi-led coalition air strike kills 36 Yemeni civilians - residents
    Saudi-led coalition air strike kills 36 Yemeni civilians - residents Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    An air strike by warplanes from a Saudi-led coalition, which said it targeted a bomb-making factory, killed 36 civilians working at a bottling plant in the northern Yemeni province of Hajjah on Sunday, residents said. In another air raid on the capital Sanaa, residents said four civilians were killed when a bomb hit their house near a military base in the south of the city. The corpses of 36 workers, many of them burnt or in pieces, were pulled out after an air strike hit the plant this morning," resident Issa Ahmed told Reuters by phone from the site in Hajjah. More »

  • Saudi-led coalition air strike 'kills 36 civilians' in Yemen
    Saudi-led coalition air strike 'kills 36 civilians' in Yemen Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    A Saudi-led coalition air strike killed dozens of civilians in a northern province of Yemen on Sunday, according to residents. Thirty-six workers at a bottling plant in the province of Hajjah were reportedly killed in the strike. Issa Ahmed, a resident of Hajjah, a province which borders Saudi Arabia, confirmed that the bottling plant was targeted by an air strike and that 36 workers were killed in the attack. More »

  • Man to be sentenced in suicide bomb plot at Kansas airport
    Man to be sentenced in suicide bomb plot at Kansas airport Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man's odyssey into terrorism culminated when he tried to bring a van filled with inert explosives onto the tarmac at the Wichita airport where he worked, an attack prosecutors say was aimed at causing "maximum carnage" during which Terry L. Loewen would die as a martyr. More »

  • Gunmen kill senior security officer in Yemen's Aden
    Gunmen kill senior security officer in Yemen's Aden Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    Gunmen on a motorbike Sunday shot dead the director of security operations in war-strewn Yemen's second city Aden, police said. More »

  • Mali militia agrees to leave occupied northern town Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — A government-allied militia has agreed to leave a northern Mali town it occupied earlier this month following clashes with Tuareg separatists, a move praised by the country's United Nations peacekeeping mission as helpful for preserving a fragile peace accord. More »

  • Romanian govt examines video of man kidnapped in Africa Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's Foreign Ministry says it is working to verify the authenticity of a video of a Romanian security worker pleading for help after being kidnapped by those with ties to the Islamic State group. More »

  • India: Dawood Ibrahim linked to 'blood diamond' trade
    India: Dawood Ibrahim linked to 'blood diamond' trade Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    Fugitive Indian gangster Dawood Ibrahim is involved in the trafficking of conflict diamonds from Africa to the Middle East, according to Indian officials. Ibrahim, 59, is India's most wanted man and has been charged with masterminding the 1993 bombings in Mumbai. Indian intelligence authorities believe Ibrahim has links to countries such as Zimbabwe and Kenya, from where he allegedly acquires the diamonds and smuggles them into Dubai using African nationals as couriers, the Times of India newspaper reported on 30 August, citing a government dossier. More »

  • Fighting resumes in Syria towns covered by truce
    Fighting resumes in Syria towns covered by truce Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Clashes and shelling resume in Zabadani and two largely Shia villages besieged by rebels in Idlib province. More »

  • Brief ceasefire between Syria regime, rebels ends
    Brief ceasefire between Syria regime, rebels ends Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    A truce between Syrian regime forces and rebel groups in three key towns ended early Saturday as the warring parties resumed clashes and shelling, a monitor and a mediator said. More »

  • French soldier killed in accidental shooting in Mali Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — France's defense ministry says a French soldier deployed in Mali has died after being accidentally shot by a fellow soldier at a military camp. More »

  • British Library rejects Taliban archive over terror law
    British Library rejects Taliban archive over terror law Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    National institution says documents are of academic value, but laws may restrict researchers' ability to access them. More »

  • Pentagon to survey S. Carolina brig … Associated Press - 10 hours ago

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A Pentagon team is coming to South Carolina this week to evaluate whether the Navy brig near Charleston could be suitable to house detainees from … More »Pentagon to survey S. Carolina brig …

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A Pentagon team is coming to South Carolina this week to evaluate whether the Navy brig near Charleston could be suitable to house detainees from the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, officials said Tuesday.

  • U.S. drone kills six suspected militants … Reuters - 11 hours ago

    A unmanned U.S. drone aircraft killed at least six suspected militants and wounded four others on Tuesday in a remote area of northwestern Pakistan near the Afghan border, … More »U.S. drone kills six suspected militants …

    A unmanned U.S. drone aircraft killed at least six suspected militants and wounded four others on Tuesday in a remote area of northwestern Pakistan near the Afghan border, officials said. Pakistani security officials and tribal sources said attackers hit an suspected militant compound in Dattakhel, a village in North Waziristan, …

  • Friendly fire from Saudi-led coalition … Reuters - 12 hours ago

    Seven supporters of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi were killed on Tuesday by friendly fire from a Saudi-led air strike in north Yemen, tribal sources said, as pro-Hadi … More »Friendly fire from Saudi-led coalition …

    Seven supporters of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi were killed on Tuesday by friendly fire from a Saudi-led air strike in north Yemen, tribal sources said, as pro-Hadi forces converged on Marib in preparation to attack Houthi fighters in the region. In the southern port city of Aden, unidentified gunmen on motorcycles …

  • Turkey tightens grip on journalists … Christian Science Monitor - 12 hours ago

    Jake Hanrahan, Philip Pendlebury, and a local journalist working with them in Diyarbakir, southeast Turkey, were detained last Thursday, with the severity of the charges … More »Turkey tightens grip on journalists …

    Jake Hanrahan, Philip Pendlebury, and a local journalist working with them in Diyarbakir, southeast Turkey, were detained last Thursday, with the severity of the charges provoking an outcry from human rights groups who have for years charted an erosion of press freedom in Turkey. Called “baseless and alarmingly false” …

  • Canada police bring charges against … Associated Press - 14 hours ago

    TORONTO (AP) — Canada's national police force is charging a former Syrian military intelligence officer in abstentia for allegedly torturing a Canadian engineer transferred … More »Canada police bring charges against …

    TORONTO (AP) — Canada's national police force is charging a former Syrian military intelligence officer in abstentia for allegedly torturing a Canadian engineer transferred by the U.S. to an overseas detention center.

  • Al Shabaab raids Somali African Union … Reuters - 14 hours ago

    By Feisal Omar and Abdi Sheikh MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Al Shabaab militants stormed an African Union base in southern Somalia on Tuesday, where they say they killed 50 … More »Al Shabaab raids Somali African Union …

    By Feisal Omar and Abdi Sheikh MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Al Shabaab militants stormed an African Union base in southern Somalia on Tuesday, where they say they killed 50 peacekeepers, in what the AU mission called a "heinous" attack. The al Qaeda-aligned militants said one of their fighters rammed a car bomb into the base, …

  • A handout image made available by the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) on October 6, 2014, shows a soldier belonging to the African Union Mission in Somalia, standing on the top of a hill next to the al-Shabab stronghold of Barawe
    Shebab briefly seize AU base in Somalia … AFP - 16 hours ago

    Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab militants briefly seized control of an African Union base Tuesday after ramming a suicide car bomb into it, the AU said, adding it … More »Shebab briefly seize AU base in Somalia …

    A handout image made available by the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) on October 6, 2014, shows a soldier belonging to the African Union Mission in Somalia, standing on the top of a hill next to the al-Shabab stronghold of Barawe

    Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab militants briefly seized control of an African Union base Tuesday after ramming a suicide car bomb into it, the AU said, adding it had regained control.

  • More than 20 African Union soldiers killed in al-Shabaab attack
    More than 20 African Union soldiers … International Business Times - 19 hours ago

    More than 20 African Union (AU) soldiers have been killed after Somalia's Al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Shabaab militants rammed a suicide car bomb into a base today (01 September) … More »More than 20 African Union soldiers …

    More than 20 African Union soldiers killed in al-Shabaab attack

    More than 20 African Union (AU) soldiers have been killed after Somalia's Al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Shabaab militants rammed a suicide car bomb into a base today (01 September) before storming the compound. The AU force in Somalia (AMISOM) insisted it was in control of the base in Janale district, 80 kilometres (50 miles) …

  • Afghanistan: Circus brings joy to children … International Business Times - 19 hours ago

    The project has grown so popular that it now runs centres in ten provinces and has hundreds of regular students who want to train in circus skills. Khalilullah Hameed … More »Afghanistan: Circus brings joy to children …

    The project has grown so popular that it now runs centres in ten provinces and has hundreds of regular students who want to train in circus skills. Khalilullah Hameed is the trainer and project manager. Hameed believes that their shows and performances bring significant changes to Afghan children who have suffered from …

  • A screenshot from a video published by the Islamic State group allegedly shows smoke billowing from Baal Shamin, a separate temple in Syria's Palymra that the group blew up in August 2015
    Cultural heritage a casualty of war AFP - Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    Islamic State militants have destroyed two of the most important temples in the UNESCO-listed Syrian city of Palmyra, as they press their campaign to wipe out some of … More »Cultural heritage a casualty of war

    A screenshot from a video published by the Islamic State group allegedly shows smoke billowing from Baal Shamin, a separate temple in Syria's Palymra that the group blew up in August 2015

    Islamic State militants have destroyed two of the most important temples in the UNESCO-listed Syrian city of Palmyra, as they press their campaign to wipe out some of the Middle East's most important heritage sites.

  • FILE - This file photo provided by the Sedgwick County, Kan., Clerk’s Office shows Terry Lee Loewen. Loewen, a former avionics technician who admitted plotting a suicide bomb attack at a Wichita airport, faces sentencing after striking a deal with prosecutors for a proposed 20-year imprisonment. Loewen pleaded guilty in June 2015 to attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, and was sentenced Monday, Aug. 31, 2015 to 20 years in prison.  (Sedgwick County Clerk’s Office via AP, File)
    Kansas man sentenced to 20 years for … Associated Press - Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man who plotted a suicide bomb attack aimed at causing "maximum carnage" at a Wichita airport was sentenced Monday to 20 years … More »Kansas man sentenced to 20 years for …

    FILE - This file photo provided by the Sedgwick County, Kan., Clerk’s Office shows Terry Lee Loewen. Loewen, a former avionics technician who admitted plotting a suicide bomb attack at a Wichita airport, faces sentencing after striking a deal with prosecutors for a proposed 20-year imprisonment. Loewen pleaded guilty in June 2015 to attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, and was sentenced Monday, Aug. 31, 2015 to 20 years in prison.  (Sedgwick County Clerk’s Office via AP, File)

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man who plotted a suicide bomb attack aimed at causing "maximum carnage" at a Wichita airport was sentenced Monday to 20 years in prison

  • Yemeni people inspect a house damaged by a Saudi air strike in Sanaa, Yemen, Monday, Aug. 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)
    Yemen rebels raid dozens of homes of … Associated Press - Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Shiite rebels in Yemen's capital have raided dozens of homes of political opponents and local NGO workers, claiming they are affiliated with the … More »Yemen rebels raid dozens of homes of …

    Yemeni people inspect a house damaged by a Saudi air strike in Sanaa, Yemen, Monday, Aug. 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Shiite rebels in Yemen's capital have raided dozens of homes of political opponents and local NGO workers, claiming they are affiliated with the Islamic State group and al-Qaida, security officials said Monday.

  • In an interview for Iranian television Jeremy Corbyn suggested the assassination of the September 11 attacks' mastermind would result in deeper unrest
    Andy Burnham warns Jeremy Corbyn Labour … Press Association - Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    Andy Burnham has warned Labour activists that electing Jeremy Corbyn as leader would mean "giving up" on winning the next election. More »Andy Burnham warns Jeremy Corbyn Labour …

    In an interview for Iranian television Jeremy Corbyn suggested the assassination of the September 11 attacks' mastermind would result in deeper unrest

    Andy Burnham has warned Labour activists that electing Jeremy Corbyn as leader would mean "giving up" on winning the next election.

  • In this Aug. 2, 2015 photo, Ramon Magsaysay awardee, Filipino Ligaya Fernando Amilbangsa, performs a gesture with a "Janggay" or metal claws on her hand as part of the ethnic dance style called Pangalay at her home in Antipolo, east of Manila, Philippines. Amilbangsa received the Ramon Magsaysay award, regarded as Asia's equivalent of the Nobel Prize, for "her single-minded crusade in preserving the endangered artistic heritage of southern Philippines," specifically her lifelong work to conserve and promote the ethnic dance style called Pangalay. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
    Filipino wins Magsaysay award for work … Associated Press - Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Amid the chimes of gongs, Ligaya Fernando Amilbangsa teaches a group of women and children the mystical moves of a centuries-old dance form … More »Filipino wins Magsaysay award for work …

    In this Aug. 2, 2015 photo, Ramon Magsaysay awardee, Filipino Ligaya Fernando Amilbangsa, performs a gesture with a "Janggay" or metal claws on her hand as part of the ethnic dance style called Pangalay at her home in Antipolo, east of Manila, Philippines. Amilbangsa received the Ramon Magsaysay award, regarded as Asia's equivalent of the Nobel Prize, for "her single-minded crusade in preserving the endangered artistic heritage of southern Philippines," specifically her lifelong work to conserve and promote the ethnic dance style called Pangalay. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Amid the chimes of gongs, Ligaya Fernando Amilbangsa teaches a group of women and children the mystical moves of a centuries-old dance form she has struggled to save from oblivion in the Philippines' restive south.

  • Kurd Opposition Offers Base In Fight Against IS
    Kurd Opposition Offers Base In Fight … Sky News - Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    The international coalition against so-called Islamic State should use Kurd-held northeastern Syria as a base of operations, the leader of Syria's Kurds has told Sky … More »Kurd Opposition Offers Base In Fight …

    Kurd Opposition Offers Base In Fight Against IS

    The international coalition against so-called Islamic State should use Kurd-held northeastern Syria as a base of operations, the leader of Syria's Kurds has told Sky News. In an exclusive interview in the Belgian capital, Saleh Muslim, leader of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), also scorned Turkey's claims of fighting …

  • Taliban Says Covering Up Mullah Omar's Death for More Than Two Years Was Military Decision
    Taliban Says Covering Up Mullah Omar's … International Business Times - Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    Key Taliban members decided to keep the death of their leader a secret for more than two years because the war in Afghanistan was entering a critical phase and most foreign … More »Taliban Says Covering Up Mullah Omar's …

    Taliban Says Covering Up Mullah Omar's Death for More Than Two Years Was Military Decision

    Key Taliban members decided to keep the death of their leader a secret for more than two years because the war in Afghanistan was entering a critical phase and most foreign troops were preparing to withdraw at the time, the group said on Monday. News of Mullah Omar's death leaked last month amid confusion over where and …

  • Pakistani official says Haqqani militants … Reuters - Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    Pakistan's foreign policy chief responded to U.S. concerns that the country remains a haven for the feared Haqqani network, saying on Monday that the militants have been … More »Pakistani official says Haqqani militants …

    Pakistan's foreign policy chief responded to U.S. concerns that the country remains a haven for the feared Haqqani network, saying on Monday that the militants have been weakened by an army offensive and now operate mostly out of Afghanistan. Sartaj Aziz, national adviser for foreign affairs, spoke a day after U.S. National …

  • Somali internally displaced people (IDPs) receive food aid donated by a Qatari charity during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in Mogadishu on June 20, 2015
    Somalia food aid crisis 'critical': … AFP - Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    War-torn Somalia remains in a "critical" state four years after a devastating famine, the UN warned on Monday, noting a sharp rise in those needing food ai … More »Somalia food aid crisis 'critical': …

    Somali internally displaced people (IDPs) receive food aid donated by a Qatari charity during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in Mogadishu on June 20, 2015

    War-torn Somalia remains in a "critical" state four years after a devastating famine, the UN warned on Monday, noting a sharp rise in those needing food aid.

  • The Islamic State jihadist group is getting closer to the centre of Damascus
    Battling rebels, IS moves closer to … AFP - Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    The Islamic State group battled Syrian rebel forces in a Damascus neighbourhood on Monday, bringing the jihadists closer than ever to the centre of the capital, a monitoring … More »Battling rebels, IS moves closer to …

    The Islamic State jihadist group is getting closer to the centre of Damascus

    The Islamic State group battled Syrian rebel forces in a Damascus neighbourhood on Monday, bringing the jihadists closer than ever to the centre of the capital, a monitoring group said.

  • Muslim pilgrims arriving for the evening prayer at Mecca's Grand Mosque, home of the cube-shaped Kaaba or "House of God", on September 29, 2014 during the annual hajj pilgrimage
    'A Sinner in Mecca' documents … AFP - Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    The confession of a Pakistani murderer. Overzealous religious police. An Arab angered after his pregnant wife was molested in the holiest site known to Islam. More »'A Sinner in Mecca' documents …

    Muslim pilgrims arriving for the evening prayer at Mecca's Grand Mosque, home of the cube-shaped Kaaba or "House of God", on September 29, 2014 during the annual hajj pilgrimage

    The confession of a Pakistani murderer. Overzealous religious police. An Arab angered after his pregnant wife was molested in the holiest site known to Islam.

  • Arab coalition destroys Houthi 'bomb-making factory'
    Arab coalition destroys Houthi 'bomb-making … Al Jazeera - Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    Saudi-led coalition denies target in Hajjah province was a water bottling plant, as 36 people are reported killed. More »Arab coalition destroys Houthi 'bomb-making …

    Arab coalition destroys Houthi 'bomb-making factory'

    Saudi-led coalition denies target in Hajjah province was a water bottling plant, as 36 people are reported killed.

  • Yemen factions gear up for key battle … Associated Press - Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's warring factions on Sunday braced for a key battle in a central province, where victory could allow pro-government forces to move rapidly … More »Yemen factions gear up for key battle …

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's warring factions on Sunday braced for a key battle in a central province, where victory could allow pro-government forces to move rapidly north into the heartland of the country's Shiite rebels.

  • The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 32 civilians were among 91 people executed for "crimes" in the jihadist group's self-proclaimed caliphate between July 29 and August 29
    IS in Syria executes over 90 people … AFP - Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    The Islamic State group has executed more than 90 people, a third of them civilians, over the past month in areas of war-torn Syria it controls, a monitor said Sunda … More »IS in Syria executes over 90 people …

    The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 32 civilians were among 91 people executed for "crimes" in the jihadist group's self-proclaimed caliphate between July 29 and August 29

    The Islamic State group has executed more than 90 people, a third of them civilians, over the past month in areas of war-torn Syria it controls, a monitor said Sunday.

  • Timbuktu: Was Islam taken hostage?
    Timbuktu: Was Islam taken hostage? Al Jazeera - Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    Abderrahmane Sissako, one of Africa's most prominent filmmakers, discusses his latest film, Islam, and events in Mali. More »Timbuktu: Was Islam taken hostage?

    Timbuktu: Was Islam taken hostage?

    Abderrahmane Sissako, one of Africa's most prominent filmmakers, discusses his latest film, Islam, and events in Mali.

  • People gather at the site of a Saudi-led air strike in Yemen's capital Sanaa
    Saudi-led coalition air strike kills … Reuters - Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    An air strike by warplanes from a Saudi-led coalition, which said it targeted a bomb-making factory, killed 36 civilians working at a bottling plant in the northern Yemeni … More »Saudi-led coalition air strike kills …

    People gather at the site of a Saudi-led air strike in Yemen's capital Sanaa

    An air strike by warplanes from a Saudi-led coalition, which said it targeted a bomb-making factory, killed 36 civilians working at a bottling plant in the northern Yemeni province of Hajjah on Sunday, residents said. In another air raid on the capital Sanaa, residents said four civilians were killed when a bomb hit their …

  • Saudi-led coalition air strike 'kills … International Business Times - Sun, Aug 30, 2015
    Saudi-led coalition air strike 'kills 36 civilians' in Yemen

    A Saudi-led coalition air strike killed dozens of civilians in a northern province of Yemen on Sunday, according to residents. Thirty-six workers at a bottling plant in the province of Hajjah were reportedly killed in the strike. Issa Ahmed, a resident of Hajjah, a province which borders Saudi Arabia, confirmed that the …

  • Man to be sentenced in suicide bomb … Associated Press - Sun, Aug 30, 2015
    FILE - This file photo provided by the Sedgwick County, Kan., Clerk’s Office shows Terry Lee Loewen. Loewen, a former avionics technician who admitted plotting a suicide bomb attack at a Wichita airport, faces sentencing after striking a deal with prosecutors for a proposed 20-year imprisonment. Loewen pleaded guilty in June 2015 to attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, and is scheduled to be sentenced Monday, Aug. 30.  (Sedgwick County Clerk’s Office via AP, File)

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man's odyssey into terrorism culminated when he tried to bring a van filled with inert explosives onto the tarmac at the Wichita airport where he worked, an attack prosecutors say was aimed at causing "maximum carnage" during which Terry L. Loewen would die as a martyr.

  • Yemeni pro-government forces, loyal to exiled Yemeni President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, sit in the back of vehicles in the city of Aden on August 28, 2015

    Gunmen on a motorbike Sunday shot dead the director of security operations in war-strewn Yemen's second city Aden, police said.

  • Mali militia agrees to leave occupied … Associated Press - Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — A government-allied militia has agreed to leave a northern Mali town it occupied earlier this month following clashes with Tuareg separatists, a move praised by the country's United Nations peacekeeping mission as helpful for preserving a fragile peace accord.

  • Romanian govt examines video of man … Associated Press - Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's Foreign Ministry says it is working to verify the authenticity of a video of a Romanian security worker pleading for help after being kidnapped by those with ties to the Islamic State group.

  • India: Dawood Ibrahim linked to 'blood … International Business Times - Sun, Aug 30, 2015
    India: Dawood Ibrahim linked to 'blood diamond' trade

    Fugitive Indian gangster Dawood Ibrahim is involved in the trafficking of conflict diamonds from Africa to the Middle East, according to Indian officials. Ibrahim, 59, is India's most wanted man and has been charged with masterminding the 1993 bombings in Mumbai. Indian intelligence authorities believe Ibrahim has links …

  • Fighting resumes in Syria towns covered … Al Jazeera - Sat, Aug 29, 2015
    Fighting resumes in Syria towns covered by truce

    Clashes and shelling resume in Zabadani and two largely Shia villages besieged by rebels in Idlib province.

  • Picture released by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows Chief of the General Staff of the Syrian Arab Army, Ali Abdullah Ayoub (L), allegedly visiting Syrian army units in the city of Zabadani, on July 8, 2015

    A truce between Syrian regime forces and rebel groups in three key towns ended early Saturday as the warring parties resumed clashes and shelling, a monitor and a mediator said.

  • French soldier killed in accidental … Associated Press - Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — France's defense ministry says a French soldier deployed in Mali has died after being accidentally shot by a fellow soldier at a military camp.

  • British Library rejects Taliban archive … Al Jazeera - Sat, Aug 29, 2015
    British Library rejects Taliban archive over terror law

    National institution says documents are of academic value, but laws may restrict researchers' ability to access them.