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  • US and Turkey differ over post-ISIL strategy in Syria
    US and Turkey differ over post-ISIL strategy in Syria 5 hours ago

    Ankara and Washington disagree which Syrian opposition groups should fill the vacuum after ISIL fighters are ousted. More »

  • Private jet crashes in England killing four people - police 5 hours ago

    A private jet carrying three passengers and a pilot crashed in southern England on Friday killing all onboard, a spokesman for Britain's Hampshire police service said, saying an investigation into the causes of the incident had been launched. British media said the plane was registered in Saudi Arabia and had originated in Milan, Italy. Unconfirmed British media reports said the plane had been carrying members of the family of al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden, who was shot dead by U.S. forces in Pakistan in 2011. More »

  • No bail for man charged with trying to join Islamic State
    No bail for man charged with trying to join Islamic State 7 hours ago

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Arafat Nagi had made an oath to the Islamic State group, outfitted himself to fight and had a one-way ticket to the Middle East at the time of his arrest, federal authorities said Friday. More »

  • Al-Qaeda in Syria attacks US-trained rebel base
    Al-Qaeda in Syria attacks US-trained rebel base 8 hours ago

    Al-Qaeda's Syria affiliate launched a fierce assault on the headquarters of a US-trained rebel group Friday, while claiming responsibility for capturing members of the "moderate" force earlier this week. More »

  • Al Qaeda in Syria says detains U.S.-trained rebels
    Al Qaeda in Syria says detains U.S.-trained rebels 9 hours ago

    By Sylvia Westall and Tom Perry BEIRUT (Reuters) - Al Qaeda's Syria wing said on Friday it had detained members of a Syrian rebel group who had just returned from U.S. training, in a direct challenge to Washington's plan to train and equip insurgents to combat the hard-line Islamic State group. In a statement that appeared to contradict comments from the Pentagon, Nusra Front said the men it was holding had entered Syria several days earlier and had been trained under the supervision of the Central Intelligence Agency. The Pentagon has denied that any of the initial group of around 60 U.S.-trained rebels known as the "New Syrian Force" had been abducted. More »

  • Al-Qaida attacks HQ of rebel group it calls US 'agents' 9 hours ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — Members of al-Qaida's branch in Syria launched an attack early Friday on the headquarters of a rebel faction in northern Syria believed to have been trained by the U.S. government, killing at least five fighters and wounding more than a dozen, the militants and an activist group said. The Nusra Front, which has also abducted several members of the faction known as Division 30, vowed to cut off "the arms" of the American government in Syria. More »

  • Saudi soldiers killed in shelling near Yemeni border
    Saudi soldiers killed in shelling near Yemeni border 9 hours ago

    Shelling from Yemeni side kills four troops and wounds eight others in Saudi border town of Aseer. More »

  • 'Qaeda' suicide bombing kills nine in Yemen
    'Qaeda' suicide bombing kills nine in Yemen 10 hours ago

    A suicide bomber rammed an explosives-packed car into a Yemeni army checkpoint Friday, killing nine soldiers, a military source said, blaming Al-Qaeda for the attack. More »

  • Al-Qaida car bombers attack Yemeni military base, killing 6 11 hours ago

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Two al-Qaida suicide car bombers attacked a military base, killing at least six soldiers and wounding 30 others in the eastern valley of Sir in Yemen's largest province, Hadramawt, Yemeni officials said. More »

  • With Mullah Omar gone, who is the Taliban's new leader? 12 hours ago

    The Afghan Taliban has publicly named its new leader: Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour, according to two commanders of the Islamic militant organization. Accorrding to Reuters, the commanders said the long-time deputy of the deceased Mullah Omar was elected at a shura or meeting of top Taliban representatives just outside the Pakistani city of Quetta, where many of them are based. Mullah Mansoor is only the Taliban’s second-ever leader, and has been given the title "Commander of the Faithful," the supreme title of the late Mullah Omar, reported The Associated Press. More »

  • What Lindsey Graham Fails to Understand About a War Against Iran
    What Lindsey Graham Fails to Understand About a War Against Iran 12 hours ago

    Earlier this week, Senator Lindsey Graham, a hawkish Republican from South Carolina, used a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing to stage a theatrical display of his disdain for the Obama administration’s nuclear deal with Iran. Graham: Could we win a war with Iran? Who wins the war between us and Iran? More »

  • Afghan Taliban praise new leader as rift in ranks appears
    Afghan Taliban praise new leader as rift in ranks appears 13 hours ago

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The first signs of the deep fractures within the Afghan Taliban surfaced on Friday as the son of Mullah Mohammad Omar rejected the choice of his successor, just hours after the group issued a statement praising their new leader as one of the late chief's most "trusted" associates. More »

  • Qaeda in Syria attacks US-trained rebels: monitor
    Qaeda in Syria attacks US-trained rebels: monitor 13 hours ago

    Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate Al-Nusra Front launched an offensive Friday on the headquarters of a new US-formed rebel group in the country's north, leaving at least 11 dead, a monitor said. More »

  • Saudi Arabia Asks To Be Dropped From Lawsuits
    Saudi Arabia Asks To Be Dropped From Lawsuits 15 hours ago

    Saudi Arabia had nothing to do with the 11 September, 2001, attacks and should be dismissed from lawsuits brought by victims' families, a lawyer for the kingdom has told a judge. Lawyer Michael Kellogg made the argument before a Manhattan federal judge. Mr Kellogg said the plaintiffs had failed to allege "admissible, concrete, competent evidence" of Saudi Arabia's involvement, but had instead relied on innuendo and rumour to support their claims. More »

  • The secret to Ethiopia's counterterrorism success
    The secret to Ethiopia's counterterrorism success 18 hours ago

    Obama has expressed keen interest in learning from Ethiopia's counterterrorism and counterinsurgency strategies. More »

  • Q&A: A look at the new leader of Afghanistan's Taliban
    Q&A: A look at the new leader of Afghanistan's Taliban Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Mullah Mohammad Akhtar Mansoor, who has been tapped to succeed Mullah Mohammad Omar as the Taliban's leader, is said to have close ties with authorities in Pakistan. More »

  • New Taliban Chief Takes Over Divided Group
    New Taliban Chief Takes Over Divided Group Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor has taken over as the head of the Afghan Taliban after the death of Mullah Omar was confirmed by the group. He is known to have been one of the founder members of the Taliban movement who at first fought the brutality of the warlords in their area. He went on to become the governor of Kandahar and then rose to became the Aviation Minister of the Taliban regime. More »

  • US judge rejects legal challenge from Guantanamo detainee Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. judge on Thursday rejected a legal challenge from a Guantanamo Bay detainee who said his imprisonment was unlawful now that President Barack Obama has declared an end to hostilities in Afghanistan. More »

  • Unusual terror case going to trial in US court in Virginia Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Hundreds of terror suspects have been tried in federal courts since the 2001 attacks, but a case unfolding in Virginia differs from most in at least one key respect. More »

  • Saudi Arabia asks NY judge to drop it from Sept. 11 lawsuit Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Saudi Arabia had nothing to do with the Sept. 11 attacks and should be dismissed as a defendant in lawsuits brought by victims' families, a lawyer for the kingdom told a judge Thursday. Attorney Michael ... More »

  • Afghan Taliban confirm Mullah Omar's death, choose successor
    Afghan Taliban confirm Mullah Omar's death, choose successor Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban confirmed the death of longtime leader Mullah Mohammad Omar and appointed his successor Thursday, as a new round of peace talks was indefinitely postponed amid concerns over how committed the new leadership is to ending the militant group's 14-year insurgency. More »

  • Calais Migrant Claims 'Right To Travel' To UK
    Calais Migrant Claims 'Right To Travel' To UK Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    A migrant at Calais has argued he has the right to come to the UK, comparing it to the freedom Britons have to visit foreign countries on holiday. The Algerian man said he was not a terrorist but a human being "from this planet", whose wife and children lived in London. The man was among the hundreds of migrants gathered at Calais trying to get through the Channel Tunnel and reach the UK. More »

  • Mullah Omar's Death Confirmed By Taliban
    Mullah Omar's Death Confirmed By Taliban Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Taliban officials have confirmed Mullah Omar died in Afghanistan in 2013, as the group elects a new leader. The one-eyed cleric, who sheltered Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda in the years leading up to the 2001 terrorist attacks on the US, had not been seen in public since fleeing Afghanistan on a motorbike in 2001. Abdul Hassib Sediqi, spokesman for Afghanistan's National Directorate of Security, said Omar had died in Pakistan. More »

  • Al-Qaida kills 6 captured Yemeni rebels north of Aden Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Al-Qaida fighters have publicly shot to death six Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, in a town north of Aden, Yemeni security officials and witnesses said Thursday. More »

  • Al-Qaida abducts US-backed rebels in northern Syria Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of a U.S.-backed rebel group and several of his men have been abducted in northern Syria by the al-Qaida-affiliated Nusra Front, the rebel group and opposition activists said Thursday. More »

  • Pentagon denies US-trained rebels captured in Syria Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    The Pentagon denied reports Thursday that new graduates of its program to train Syrian rebels had been captured by rivals from an Al-Qaeda affiliate. More »

  • Libya officials: Jihadis driving IS from eastern stronghold Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — A rival Libyan jihadi group has driven an Islamic State affiliate from most of its eastern stronghold of Darna, in fighting that killed 40 militants on both sides, officials said Thursday. More »

  • Syrian group says Nusra abducts its leader, U.S. casts doubt Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    ANKARA/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Al Qaeda-linked fighters have abducted the leader of a U.S.-backed rebel group in north Syria, opposition sources and a monitoring group said, but the Pentagon cast doubt on the reports. A statement issued in the name of the rebel group, Division 30, accused al Qaeda's Syria wing Nusra Front of abducting Nadim al-Hassan and a number of his companions in a rural area north of Aleppo. It urged Nusra to release them. More »

  • Yemeni forces seize Houthi positions on Aden outskirts - local officials
    Yemeni forces seize Houthi positions on Aden outskirts - local officials Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    By Mohammed Mukhashaf and Mohammed Ghobari SANAA/ADEN (Reuters) - Yemeni forces backed up by Saudi-led coalition air strikes have recaptured positions on the outskirts of Aden used by the Houthi group to fire rockets into the southern port city, local officials said on Thursday. Forces loyal to exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, which retook Aden from the Iran-allied Houthis on July 17, seized the town of Muthalath al-Ilm, at Aden's eastern entrance. The fighters, who call themselves the Southern Resistance forces, also recaptured neighbourhoods to the north of Aden from the Houthis, including Ya'wala, Al-Basateen and Qariat al-Falahi, the officials said. More »

  • Why Mullah Omar’s Death Could Be a Nightmare for Afghanistan
    Why Mullah Omar’s Death Could Be a Nightmare for Afghanistan Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Reports on Wednesday that reclusive Taliban leader Mullah Omar had died will be rightly hailed by some as the demise of an American nemesis. Omar’s direct role in day-to-day Taliban operations had been declining for years, according to Western diplomats in Afghanistan. With the Islamic State and other jihadist groups vying for the loyalty of young Taliban fighters, it is unclear whether any leader except Omar can hold the movement together and then get its members to accept a peace settlement. More »

  • Judge chides State official over AP records request response Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    A judge on Wednesday chided a State Department official for the department's slowness in responding to Associated Press requests for documents from Hillary Rodham Clinton's tenure as secretary of state. ... More »

  • The good and bad Taliban
    The good and bad Taliban Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    After the deaths of Mullah Omar and Malik Ishaq, new questions arise about the Taliban talks. More »

  • Drone kills four suspected militants in Yemen - residents Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    ADEN/SANAA (Reuters) - An attack by an unmanned aircraft on a car in southern Yemen overnight killed four suspected al Qaeda militants, residents and local officials said on Thursday. The occupants of the vehicle were suspected members of Ansar al-Sharia, a part of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), one of the most active branches of the al Qaeda network. The United States, which fears turmoil in Yemen will strengthen AQAP, acknowledges using drones in Yemen but does not comment publicly on the practice. More »

  • Somalia president: No elections in 2016 Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somalia's president is ruling out the possibility of holding elections that are due next year, citing security challenges stemming from an Islamic insurgency. Opposition parties charge that that his government is taking advantage of poor security to extend its mandate through postponement of elections. More »

  • Pakistan buries Islamic militant leader killed in attack
    Pakistan buries Islamic militant leader killed in attack Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — Hundreds of followers and relatives of Pakistan's most feared Islamic militant leader attended his burial on Thursday, a day after he was gunned down in an assault on a police convoy. More »

  • US and Turkey differ over post-ISIL strategy in Syria
    US and Turkey differ over post-ISIL … Al Jazeera - 5 hours ago

    Ankara and Washington disagree which Syrian opposition groups should fill the vacuum after ISIL fighters are ousted. More »US and Turkey differ over post-ISIL …

    US and Turkey differ over post-ISIL strategy in Syria

    Ankara and Washington disagree which Syrian opposition groups should fill the vacuum after ISIL fighters are ousted.

  • Private jet crashes in England killing … Reuters - 5 hours ago

    A private jet carrying three passengers and a pilot crashed in southern England on Friday killing all onboard, a spokesman for Britain's Hampshire police service said, … More »Private jet crashes in England killing …

    A private jet carrying three passengers and a pilot crashed in southern England on Friday killing all onboard, a spokesman for Britain's Hampshire police service said, saying an investigation into the causes of the incident had been launched. British media said the plane was registered in Saudi Arabia and had originated …

  • A law enforcement truck is parked outside the Lackawanna, N.Y., home, far left, of Arafat Nagi on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, following his arrest . Arafat, 44, is charged with attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Carolyn Thompson)
    No bail for man charged with trying … Associated Press - 7 hours ago

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Arafat Nagi had made an oath to the Islamic State group, outfitted himself to fight and had a one-way ticket to the Middle East at the time of his … More »No bail for man charged with trying …

    A law enforcement truck is parked outside the Lackawanna, N.Y., home, far left, of Arafat Nagi on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, following his arrest . Arafat, 44, is charged with attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Carolyn Thompson)

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Arafat Nagi had made an oath to the Islamic State group, outfitted himself to fight and had a one-way ticket to the Middle East at the time of his arrest, federal authorities said Friday.

  • Fighters from Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate Al-Nusra Front drive in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on May 26, 2015
    Al-Qaeda in Syria attacks US-trained … AFP - 8 hours ago

    Al-Qaeda's Syria affiliate launched a fierce assault on the headquarters of a US-trained rebel group Friday, while claiming responsibility for capturing members of … More »Al-Qaeda in Syria attacks US-trained …

    Fighters from Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate Al-Nusra Front drive in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on May 26, 2015

    Al-Qaeda's Syria affiliate launched a fierce assault on the headquarters of a US-trained rebel group Friday, while claiming responsibility for capturing members of the "moderate" force earlier this week.

  • A member of al Qaeda's Nusra Front carries his weapon as he squats in the town of the northwestern city of Ariha, after a coalition of insurgent groups seized the area in Idlib province
    Al Qaeda in Syria says detains U.S.-trained … Reuters - 9 hours ago

    By Sylvia Westall and Tom Perry BEIRUT (Reuters) - Al Qaeda's Syria wing said on Friday it had detained members of a Syrian rebel group who had just returned from U.S. … More »Al Qaeda in Syria says detains U.S.-trained …

    A member of al Qaeda's Nusra Front carries his weapon as he squats in the town of the northwestern city of Ariha, after a coalition of insurgent groups seized the area in Idlib province

    By Sylvia Westall and Tom Perry BEIRUT (Reuters) - Al Qaeda's Syria wing said on Friday it had detained members of a Syrian rebel group who had just returned from U.S. training, in a direct challenge to Washington's plan to train and equip insurgents to combat the hard-line Islamic State group. In a statement that appeared …

  • Al-Qaida attacks HQ of rebel group it … Associated Press - 9 hours ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — Members of al-Qaida's branch in Syria launched an attack early Friday on the headquarters of a rebel faction in northern Syria believed to have been … More »Al-Qaida attacks HQ of rebel group it …

    BEIRUT (AP) — Members of al-Qaida's branch in Syria launched an attack early Friday on the headquarters of a rebel faction in northern Syria believed to have been trained by the U.S. government, killing at least five fighters and wounding more than a dozen, the militants and an activist group said. The Nusra Front, …

  • Saudi soldiers killed in shelling near Yemeni border
    Saudi soldiers killed in shelling near … Al Jazeera - 9 hours ago

    Shelling from Yemeni side kills four troops and wounds eight others in Saudi border town of Aseer. More »Saudi soldiers killed in shelling near …

    Saudi soldiers killed in shelling near Yemeni border

    Shelling from Yemeni side kills four troops and wounds eight others in Saudi border town of Aseer.

  • Fighters loyal to exiled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi man a checkpoint in the Dar Saad suburb in the southern embattled Yemeni city of Aden, July 29, 2015
    'Qaeda' suicide bombing kills … AFP - 10 hours ago

    A suicide bomber rammed an explosives-packed car into a Yemeni army checkpoint Friday, killing nine soldiers, a military source said, blaming Al-Qaeda for the attack … More »'Qaeda' suicide bombing kills …

    Fighters loyal to exiled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi man a checkpoint in the Dar Saad suburb in the southern embattled Yemeni city of Aden, July 29, 2015

    A suicide bomber rammed an explosives-packed car into a Yemeni army checkpoint Friday, killing nine soldiers, a military source said, blaming Al-Qaeda for the attack.

  • Al-Qaida car bombers attack Yemeni military … Associated Press - 11 hours ago

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Two al-Qaida suicide car bombers attacked a military base, killing at least six soldiers and wounding 30 others in the eastern valley of Sir in Yemen's … More »Al-Qaida car bombers attack Yemeni military …

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Two al-Qaida suicide car bombers attacked a military base, killing at least six soldiers and wounding 30 others in the eastern valley of Sir in Yemen's largest province, Hadramawt, Yemeni officials said.

  • With Mullah Omar gone, who is the Taliban's … Christian Science Monitor - 12 hours ago

    The Afghan Taliban has publicly named its new leader: Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour, according to two commanders of the Islamic militant organization. Accorrding to … More »With Mullah Omar gone, who is the Taliban's …

    The Afghan Taliban has publicly named its new leader: Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour, according to two commanders of the Islamic militant organization. Accorrding to Reuters, the commanders said the long-time deputy of the deceased Mullah Omar was elected at a shura or meeting of top Taliban representatives just outside …

  • What Lindsey Graham Fails to Understand About a War Against Iran
    What Lindsey Graham Fails to Understand … The Atlantic - 12 hours ago

    Earlier this week, Senator Lindsey Graham, a hawkish Republican from South Carolina, used a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing to stage a theatrical display of his … More »What Lindsey Graham Fails to Understand …

    What Lindsey Graham Fails to Understand About a War Against Iran

    Earlier this week, Senator Lindsey Graham, a hawkish Republican from South Carolina, used a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing to stage a theatrical display of his disdain for the Obama administration’s nuclear deal with Iran. Graham: Could we win a war with Iran? Who wins the war between us and Iran?

  • Afghan boys walk along in front of Mullah Mohammad Omar's house, in Kandahar province, south of Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, July 31, 2015. The Taliban confirmed the death of longtime leader Mullah Omar and appointed his successor Thursday, as a new round of peace talks was indefinitely postponed amid concerns over how committed the new leadership is to ending the militant group's 14-year insurgency. (AP Photo/Allauddin Khan)
    Afghan Taliban praise new leader as … Associated Press - 13 hours ago

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The first signs of the deep fractures within the Afghan Taliban surfaced on Friday as the son of Mullah Mohammad Omar rejected the choice of … More »Afghan Taliban praise new leader as …

    Afghan boys walk along in front of Mullah Mohammad Omar's house, in Kandahar province, south of Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, July 31, 2015. The Taliban confirmed the death of longtime leader Mullah Omar and appointed his successor Thursday, as a new round of peace talks was indefinitely postponed amid concerns over how committed the new leadership is to ending the militant group's 14-year insurgency. (AP Photo/Allauddin Khan)

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The first signs of the deep fractures within the Afghan Taliban surfaced on Friday as the son of Mullah Mohammad Omar rejected the choice of his successor, just hours after the group issued a statement praising their new leader as one of the late chief's most "trusted" associates …

  • Fighters from Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate Al-Nusra Front drive in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on May 26, 2015
    Qaeda in Syria attacks US-trained rebels: … AFP - 13 hours ago

    Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate Al-Nusra Front launched an offensive Friday on the headquarters of a new US-formed rebel group in the country's north, leaving at … More »Qaeda in Syria attacks US-trained rebels: …

    Fighters from Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate Al-Nusra Front drive in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on May 26, 2015

    Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate Al-Nusra Front launched an offensive Friday on the headquarters of a new US-formed rebel group in the country's north, leaving at least 11 dead, a monitor said.

  • Saudi Arabia Asks To Be Dropped From Lawsuits
    Saudi Arabia Asks To Be Dropped From … Sky News - 15 hours ago

    Saudi Arabia had nothing to do with the 11 September, 2001, attacks and should be dismissed from lawsuits brought by victims' families, a lawyer for the kingdom has told … More »Saudi Arabia Asks To Be Dropped From …

    Saudi Arabia Asks To Be Dropped From Lawsuits

    Saudi Arabia had nothing to do with the 11 September, 2001, attacks and should be dismissed from lawsuits brought by victims' families, a lawyer for the kingdom has told a judge. Lawyer Michael Kellogg made the argument before a Manhattan federal judge. Mr Kellogg said the plaintiffs had failed to allege "admissible, …

  • The secret to Ethiopia's counterterrorism success
    The secret to Ethiopia's counterterrorism … Al Jazeera - 18 hours ago

    Obama has expressed keen interest in learning from Ethiopia's counterterrorism and counterinsurgency strategies. More »The secret to Ethiopia's counterterrorism …

    The secret to Ethiopia's counterterrorism success

    Obama has expressed keen interest in learning from Ethiopia's counterterrorism and counterinsurgency strategies.

  • An Afghan shop clerk shows a calendar with pictures of Afghan leaders including Mullah Mohammad Omar, center, in Kandahar, south of Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, July 30, 2015. The Taliban confirmed the death of longtime leader Mullah Omar and appointed his successor Thursday, as a new round of peace talks was indefinitely postponed amid concerns over how committed the new leadership is to ending the militant group's 14-year insurgency. (AP Photo/Barialai Khoshhal)
    Q&A: A look at the new leader of Afghanistan's … Associated Press - Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Mullah Mohammad Akhtar Mansoor, who has been tapped to succeed Mullah Mohammad Omar as the Taliban's leader, is said to have close ties with authorities in Pakis … More »Q&A: A look at the new leader of Afghanistan's …

    An Afghan shop clerk shows a calendar with pictures of Afghan leaders including Mullah Mohammad Omar, center, in Kandahar, south of Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, July 30, 2015. The Taliban confirmed the death of longtime leader Mullah Omar and appointed his successor Thursday, as a new round of peace talks was indefinitely postponed amid concerns over how committed the new leadership is to ending the militant group's 14-year insurgency. (AP Photo/Barialai Khoshhal)

    Mullah Mohammad Akhtar Mansoor, who has been tapped to succeed Mullah Mohammad Omar as the Taliban's leader, is said to have close ties with authorities in Pakistan.

  • New Taliban Chief Takes Over Divided Group
    New Taliban Chief Takes Over Divided … Sky News - Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor has taken over as the head of the Afghan Taliban after the death of Mullah Omar was confirmed by the group. He is known to have been one … More »New Taliban Chief Takes Over Divided …

    New Taliban Chief Takes Over Divided Group

    Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor has taken over as the head of the Afghan Taliban after the death of Mullah Omar was confirmed by the group. He is known to have been one of the founder members of the Taliban movement who at first fought the brutality of the warlords in their area. He went on to become the governor of Kandahar …

  • US judge rejects legal challenge from … Associated Press - Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. judge on Thursday rejected a legal challenge from a Guantanamo Bay detainee who said his imprisonment was unlawful now that President Barack … More »US judge rejects legal challenge from …

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. judge on Thursday rejected a legal challenge from a Guantanamo Bay detainee who said his imprisonment was unlawful now that President Barack Obama has declared an end to hostilities in Afghanistan.

  • Unusual terror case going to trial in … Associated Press - Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Hundreds of terror suspects have been tried in federal courts since the 2001 attacks, but a case unfolding in Virginia differs from most in at least … More »Unusual terror case going to trial in …

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Hundreds of terror suspects have been tried in federal courts since the 2001 attacks, but a case unfolding in Virginia differs from most in at least one key respect.

  • Saudi Arabia asks NY judge to drop it … Associated Press - Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Saudi Arabia had nothing to do with the Sept. 11 attacks and should be dismissed as a defendant in lawsuits brought by victims' families, a lawyer for the kingdom told … More »Saudi Arabia asks NY judge to drop it …

    Saudi Arabia had nothing to do with the Sept. 11 attacks and should be dismissed as a defendant in lawsuits brought by victims' families, a lawyer for the kingdom told a judge Thursday. Attorney Michael ...

  • An Afghan shop clerk shows a calendar with pictures of Afghan leaders including Mullah Mohammad Omar, center, in Kandahar, south of Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, July 30, 2015. The Taliban confirmed the death of longtime leader Mullah Omar and appointed his successor Thursday, as a new round of peace talks was indefinitely postponed amid concerns over how committed the new leadership is to ending the militant group's 14-year insurgency. (AP Photo/Barialai Khoshhal)
    Afghan Taliban confirm Mullah Omar's … Associated Press - Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban confirmed the death of longtime leader Mullah Mohammad Omar and appointed his successor Thursday, as a new round of peace talks … More »Afghan Taliban confirm Mullah Omar's …

    An Afghan shop clerk shows a calendar with pictures of Afghan leaders including Mullah Mohammad Omar, center, in Kandahar, south of Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, July 30, 2015. The Taliban confirmed the death of longtime leader Mullah Omar and appointed his successor Thursday, as a new round of peace talks was indefinitely postponed amid concerns over how committed the new leadership is to ending the militant group's 14-year insurgency. (AP Photo/Barialai Khoshhal)

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban confirmed the death of longtime leader Mullah Mohammad Omar and appointed his successor Thursday, as a new round of peace talks was indefinitely postponed amid concerns over how committed the new leadership is to ending the militant group's 14-year insurgency.

  • Calais Migrant Claims 'Right To Travel' To UK
    Calais Migrant Claims 'Right To … Sky News - Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    A migrant at Calais has argued he has the right to come to the UK, comparing it to the freedom Britons have to visit foreign countries on holiday. The Algerian man said … More »Calais Migrant Claims 'Right To …

    Calais Migrant Claims 'Right To Travel' To UK

    A migrant at Calais has argued he has the right to come to the UK, comparing it to the freedom Britons have to visit foreign countries on holiday. The Algerian man said he was not a terrorist but a human being "from this planet", whose wife and children lived in London. The man was among the hundreds of migrants gathered …

  • Mullah Omar's Death Confirmed By Taliban
    Mullah Omar's Death Confirmed By … Sky News - Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Taliban officials have confirmed Mullah Omar died in Afghanistan in 2013, as the group elects a new leader. The one-eyed cleric, who sheltered Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda … More »Mullah Omar's Death Confirmed By …

    Mullah Omar's Death Confirmed By Taliban

    Taliban officials have confirmed Mullah Omar died in Afghanistan in 2013, as the group elects a new leader. The one-eyed cleric, who sheltered Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda in the years leading up to the 2001 terrorist attacks on the US, had not been seen in public since fleeing Afghanistan on a motorbike in 2001. Abdul …

  • Al-Qaida kills 6 captured Yemeni rebels … Associated Press - Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Al-Qaida fighters have publicly shot to death six Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, in a town north of Aden, Yemeni security officials and witnesses … More »Al-Qaida kills 6 captured Yemeni rebels …

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Al-Qaida fighters have publicly shot to death six Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, in a town north of Aden, Yemeni security officials and witnesses said Thursday.

  • Al-Qaida abducts US-backed rebels in … Associated Press - Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of a U.S.-backed rebel group and several of his men have been abducted in northern Syria by the al-Qaida-affiliated Nusra Front, the rebel group … More »Al-Qaida abducts US-backed rebels in …

    BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of a U.S.-backed rebel group and several of his men have been abducted in northern Syria by the al-Qaida-affiliated Nusra Front, the rebel group and opposition activists said Thursday.

  • The Pentagon denied reports Thursday that new graduates of its program to train Syrian rebels had been captured by rivals from an Al-Qaeda affiliate.

  • Libya officials: Jihadis driving IS … Associated Press - Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — A rival Libyan jihadi group has driven an Islamic State affiliate from most of its eastern stronghold of Darna, in fighting that killed 40 militants on both sides, officials said Thursday.

  • Syrian group says Nusra abducts its … Reuters - Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    ANKARA/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Al Qaeda-linked fighters have abducted the leader of a U.S.-backed rebel group in north Syria, opposition sources and a monitoring group said, but the Pentagon cast doubt on the reports. A statement issued in the name of the rebel group, Division 30, accused al Qaeda's Syria wing Nusra Front of …

  • Yemeni forces seize Houthi positions … Reuters - Thu, Jul 30, 2015
    Pro-Houthi activists paint graffiti depicting Saudi-led air strikes on the wall of the Saudi embassy in Sanaa

    By Mohammed Mukhashaf and Mohammed Ghobari SANAA/ADEN (Reuters) - Yemeni forces backed up by Saudi-led coalition air strikes have recaptured positions on the outskirts of Aden used by the Houthi group to fire rockets into the southern port city, local officials said on Thursday. Forces loyal to exiled President Abd-Rabbu …

  • Why Mullah Omar’s Death Could Be a Nightmare for Afghanistan

    Reports on Wednesday that reclusive Taliban leader Mullah Omar had died will be rightly hailed by some as the demise of an American nemesis. Omar’s direct role in day-to-day Taliban operations had been declining for years, according to Western diplomats in Afghanistan. With the Islamic State and other jihadist groups …

  • Judge chides State official over AP … Associated Press - Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    A judge on Wednesday chided a State Department official for the department's slowness in responding to Associated Press requests for documents from Hillary Rodham Clinton's tenure as secretary of state. ...

  • The good and bad Taliban Al Jazeera - Thu, Jul 30, 2015
    The good and bad Taliban

    After the deaths of Mullah Omar and Malik Ishaq, new questions arise about the Taliban talks.

  • Drone kills four suspected militants … Reuters - Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    ADEN/SANAA (Reuters) - An attack by an unmanned aircraft on a car in southern Yemen overnight killed four suspected al Qaeda militants, residents and local officials said on Thursday. The occupants of the vehicle were suspected members of Ansar al-Sharia, a part of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), one of the most …

  • Somalia president: No elections in  … Associated Press - Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somalia's president is ruling out the possibility of holding elections that are due next year, citing security challenges stemming from an Islamic insurgency. Opposition parties charge that that his government is taking advantage of poor security to extend its mandate through postponement of …

  • Pakistan buries Islamic militant leader … Associated Press - Thu, Jul 30, 2015
    FILE - In this July 15, 2011, file photo, Malik Ishaq, center, a leader of the banned Sunni Muslim group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, and his colleagues, raise hands in response their supporters who greeted him with rose-petals upon his arrival at his hometown in Rahim Yar Khan, Pakistan, after his release from jail. Ishaq, one of Pakistan’s most-feared Islamic militant leaders, believed to be behind the killing of scores of minority Shiites, was gunned down along with 13 associates during a militant assault on a police convoy that was transporting him from prison on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Khalid Tanveer, File)

    MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — Hundreds of followers and relatives of Pakistan's most feared Islamic militant leader attended his burial on Thursday, a day after he was gunned down in an assault on a police convoy.