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  • Al-Nusra suicide bombing kills 25 soldiers in Syria's Aleppo: monitor
    Al-Nusra suicide bombing kills 25 soldiers in Syria's Aleppo: monitor 2 hours 3 minutes ago

    A suicide bomber from Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, Al-Nusra Front, killed 25 soldiers and fighters loyal to President Bashar al-Assad's regime in an attack on an army base in government-held western Aleppo on Monday, a Britain-based monitoring group said. More »

  • Syria's Aleppo hit by deadly suicide bombing
    Syria's Aleppo hit by deadly suicide bombing 2 hours 31 minutes ago

    At least 25 killed and scores wounded after bomber blows himself up at army outpost in divided city, rights group says. More »

  • U.S., allies target Islamic State with 19 air strikes in Syria, Iraq 4 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S.-led forces conducted 11 air strikes in Iraq and eight more in Syria against Islamic State forces on Sunday, the Combined Joint Task Force leading the air operations said on Monday. In Iraq, air strikes using attack, fighter, bomber and drone aircraft were conducted near Bayji, Falluja, Haditha, Kirkuk, Makhmur, Ramadi and Sinjar, the statement said. In Syria, air strikes that were carried out using bomber, drone and fighter aircraft were conducted near Al Hasakah, Ar Raqqah and Kobani, the statement said. The statement said the U.S. ... More »

  • Mali extremist traded for French hostage killed in attack 5 hours ago

    BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — A Malian special forces spokesman says an Islamic extremist who was released last year in exchange for the freedom of a French hostage in Mali has been killed. More »

  • Judge dismisses lawsuit from man convicted of 9/11 role 6 hours ago

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal judge in Oklahoma City dismissed a lawsuit from a man imprisoned for a role in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. More »

  • In Syria and Iraq, IS courts Sunni tribes with carrot and stick
    In Syria and Iraq, IS courts Sunni tribes with carrot and stick 6 hours ago

    Wearing a white headscarf and a traditional black cloak, the Iraqi tribal sheikh addressed his peers: "We're all in the same boat, the (Islamic) State is our state." More »

  • Inside the Saudi prison that's home to new wave of jihadis
    Inside the Saudi prison that's home to new wave of jihadis 7 hours ago

    By Angus McDowall RIYADH (Reuters) - The man visible on the block's control room monitor, pacing his small cell in uniform grey robe, is one of a rising number of security prisoners in Saudi Arabia, where the wars in Syria and Iraq have led to a surge in domestic jihadist activity. Until last year, the population of inmates at security prisons like Ha'er, just south of Riyadh, had been dropping as those detained during an al Qaeda uprising a decade ago were gradually released. As of March, nearly 2,300 Saudis had travelled to Syria to join jihadist groups like Islamic State and Nusra Front, according to the Saudi Interior Ministry. More »

  • 21/7: The Story Of The Bungled UK Terror Attack
    21/7: The Story Of The Bungled UK Terror Attack 12 hours ago

    Britain was still reeling from an al Qaeda suicide bomb attack that killed 52 people in the worst terrorist atrocity the country has ever seen. Exactly two weeks on, an identical attack had been launched on identical targets: three Tube trains and a London bus. Ringleader Muktar Said Ibrahim and his three accomplices had prepared the explosives along the same lines as Mohammed Sidique Khan and his fellow 7/7 bombers. More »

  • 7/7 London Bombings: From Luton train to Queen statement – timeline of the horrors …
    7/7 London Bombings: From Luton train to Queen statement – timeline of the horrors … 13 hours ago

    The perpetrators of the 7/7 London bombing had an early start the day Britain suffered its first-ever suicide bomb attack. Mohammad Sidique Khan, 30, Shehzad Tanweer, 22, and 18-year-old Habib Hussain were on the road in a rental car from West Yorkshire to Luton by 4am. Fourth bomber Germaine Lindsay, 19, met them three hours later before the four men – all of whom wore rucksacks packed with deadly explosives – boarded a train for London. More »

  • ISIL and the management of savagery
    ISIL and the management of savagery 16 hours ago

    ISIL's recent display of savagery exposes the group's growing paranoia over spies and informants. More »

  • Insight - Fears of Syria war persist in Lebanese border village
    Insight - Fears of Syria war persist in Lebanese border village Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    By Mariam Karouny QAA, Lebanon (Reuters) - The barren mountains separating the Lebanese village of Qaa from Syria have helped shield it from the war raging next door, yet fears of missile attacks, abductions and incursions have persisted since the conflict erupted more than four years ago. In recent weeks, residents of this Christian village say life has started to feel a little more normal, thanks to an offensive waged by Lebanese Shi'ite group Hezbollah against the insurgents just over the border in Syria. The Hezbollah operation targeting Islamic State and the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front has helped halt the short-range rockets fired periodically at border villages in Lebanon, repeatedly jolted by spillover from the war in Syria. More »

  • Lebanese Hezbollah and Syrian army enter rebel-held border city Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    By Suleiman Al-Khalidi BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian army and Lebanese Hezbollah fighters said on Sunday they had entered the rebel-held city of Zabadani on the second day of a major offensive to capture the border area around the Beirut-Damascus highway. The army, backed by Hezbollah, has long sought to wrest control of Zabadani, near the Lebanese border, from the rebels who have held it since 2012, a year after the start of the Syrian civil war. The Lebanese Shi'ite group Hezbollah's al Manar television station said its fighters and the Syrian army had entered the Jamaiyat district in the western part of Zabadani, about 45 km (30 miles) northwest of the capital Damascus. More »

  • How Hollywood helped sanitise the 'war on terror'
    How Hollywood helped sanitise the 'war on terror' Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    A Top Gun drone sequel is planned - will it be the latest in a series of films that prime the US military's image? More »

  • 7/7 spurred tough anti-terror measures some say went too far
    7/7 spurred tough anti-terror measures some say went too far Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — After four home-grown suicide bombers killed 52 London commuters on July 7, 2005, Prime Minister Tony Blair vowed that Britain would stop at nothing to defeat terrorism. "Let no one be in any doubt," he said. "The rules of the game are changing." More »

  • Syria rebels battle regime in Aleppo's fiercest fighting
    Syria rebels battle regime in Aleppo's fiercest fighting Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    Two alliances of Syrian rebels battled to advance in government-held western Aleppo on Saturday, seizing an army barracks in one district but losing ground in others, in some of the fiercest fighting in the city since the conflict began. More »

  • Tunisia's president declares state of emergency after hotel attack
    Tunisia's president declares state of emergency after hotel attack Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    By Patrick Markey and Tarek Amara TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi declared a state of emergency on Saturday, saying the Islamist militant attack on a beach hotel that killed 38 foreigners had left the country "in a state of war". Tunisia's emergency laws temporarily give the government more executive flexibility, hand the army and police more authority, and restrict certain rights such as those dealing with public assembly and detention. "Due to the terrorism risk, and the regional context, and spread of terrorism, we have declared a state of emergency," Essebsi said in a televised address. More »

  • Syrian army and Hezbollah lay siege to rebel-held border city Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    By Suleiman Al-Khalidi BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian army and the Lebanese Hezbollah militia said they had launched a major ground and air assault on the rebel-held Syrian city of Zabadani on Saturday and were closing in on insurgents holed up inside. The army, with its Shi'ite ally Hezbollah, has long sought to wrest control of Zabadani from Sunni rebels who have held it since 2012, a year after the start of the Syrian civil war. The city is near the Lebanese border and the Beirut-Damascus highway that links the countries, and so capturing it would be a major strategic gain for Syrian President Bashar al Assad's government. More »

  • Syrian troops and Hezbollah besiege border mountain resort Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian elite forces backed by Hezbollah fighters besieged a rebel-held mountain resort near the border with Lebanon on Saturday under the cover of intense airstrikes by Syria's air forces, activists and official media outlets reported. More »

  • Official: 10 civilians killed in 3 car bombs in Libya Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — A Libyan official says at least ten civilians were killed when three separate car bombs exploded simultaneously in the eastern coastal city of Darna. More »

  • Syria army and Hezbollah in major assault near Damascus
    Syria army and Hezbollah in major assault near Damascus Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    Siege tightens on Zabadani, the last opposition stronghold along Lebanon’s border, while rebels advance in Aleppo. More »

  • Libya magnet for jihadists from Tunisia and beyond
    Libya magnet for jihadists from Tunisia and beyond Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    Lawless Libya has become a magnet for radical militants who receive weapons training in jihadist camps before launching deadly attacks in other countries, like last week's beach massacre in Tunisia. More »

  • Syria mosque blast kills 25 Al-Nusra fighters: monitor
    Syria mosque blast kills 25 Al-Nusra fighters: monitor Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    An explosion in a mosque in northern Syria killed 25 members of Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, including one of its leaders, as they attended Ramadan prayers, a monitoring group said. More »

  • Stars' July 4 plea to free Shaker
    Stars' July 4 plea to free Shaker Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    A host of Hollywood stars, musicians and politicians have called on Barack Obama to release Britain's last Guantanamo detainee on Independence Day. More »

  • Yemen fighting rages as air strikes intensify in Sanaa
    Yemen fighting rages as air strikes intensify in Sanaa Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    Raids hit several targets in the capital, including house of former president's brother, as clashes rage in south. More »

  • Syrian rivals locked in heavy clashes over Aleppo
    Syrian rivals locked in heavy clashes over Aleppo Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    Government forces pounded Aleppo with air strikes trying to repel most intense offensive by rebels in years. More »

  • At least 25 Syrian al Qaeda members dead in mosque blast in Syria's Idlib … Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    An explosion at a mosque in Syria's Idlib province on Friday killed at least 25 members of the Al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front, the British-based Observatory monitoring group said. The blast in the town of Ariha in northwestern Syria went off as members of the Nusra Front gathered at the mosque for iftar, the meal with which Muslims break their fast during the holy month of Ramadan, Observatory, which tracks the war, said the explosion in Salem Mosque in Ariha, also killed a senior non-Syrian member of the hardline jihadist organisation. No group announced responsibility for the blast, but supporters of Nusra Front blamed rival ultra hardline Islamic State militants who have fought the group on several frontlines in Syria. More »

  • Tunisian Abu Iyadh, reported dead in Libya, is Qaeda veteran
    Tunisian Abu Iyadh, reported dead in Libya, is Qaeda veteran Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    Abu Iyadh, the founder of Tunisia's main jihadist group Ansar al-Sharia reported Friday to have been killed in a US air strike in Libya, is a veteran of Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan. More »

  • Saudi-led air strikes on Yemen cities kill 16 - Houthis
    Saudi-led air strikes on Yemen cities kill 16 - Houthis Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    Saudi-led air strikes killed at least 16 people in Yemen on Friday, the country's dominant Houthi militia said, and the European Union and United States appealed for a pause in the war to enable aid deliveries to stricken civilians. An Arab coalition has been bombarding Iran-allied Houthi forces and allied army units since March in a campaign to restore exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to power. Houthi sources said six people including a woman and a child were killed and six wounded in a dawn air strike on the al Jaraf neighbourhood of the capital Sanaa. More »

  • Militants, rebels in Syria announce new push for Aleppo Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic militants and rebels in Syria launched fresh attacks on government-held neighborhoods in Aleppo on Friday, setting off some of the heaviest fighting in months in the contested northern city, activists and state media said. More »

  • Syrian army bombards rebels trying to seize Aleppo
    Syrian army bombards rebels trying to seize Aleppo Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    By Tom Perry and Suleiman Al-Khalidi BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian government forces carried out heavy air strikes on rebel positions in and around the northern city of Aleppo on Friday, aiming to repel a major Islamist-led offensive on areas controlled by President Bashar al-Assad. Thursday's attack, the most intense insurgent offensive in Aleppo in three years, aimed to build on recent advances against Assad by an array of groups fighting on separate fronts, including Islamic State and rebels backed by his regional foes. Aleppo, 50 km (30 miles) south of the Turkish border, was Syria's most populous city before the country's descent into civil war. More »

  • Islamist alliance in battle for Syria's Aleppo
    Islamist alliance in battle for Syria's Aleppo Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    A new Islamist rebel alliance, including Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, was locked in a fierce battle Friday to seize government-held areas of Aleppo, the divided former economic capital. More »

  • Turkey reinforces Syria border, PM says no incursion planned
    Turkey reinforces Syria border, PM says no incursion planned Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    By Orhan Coskun ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey has deployed additional troops and equipment along part of its border with Syria as fighting north of the city of Aleppo intensifies, security sources said, but Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said there were no immediate plans for any incursion. Ankara has mooted the creation of a 'secure zone' on Syrian territory due to concerns about Syrian Kurd advances and the presence of Islamic State militants, as well as the possibility of a fresh wave of refugees fleeing conflict. Security sources and officials in the capital Ankara said the Turkish army had stepped up security, also sending in special forces, due to the heavy fighting. More »

  • Bangladesh police questioning 12 al-Qaida suspects Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A Bangladesh court on Friday gave police three days to question 12 suspected members of al-Qaida's branch in the Indian subcontinent after their arrests in raids this week. More »

  • Drone strike kills 4 suspected al-Qaida fighters in Yemen Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni security officials say a suspected U.S. drone strike killed four al-Qaida fighters travelling by car in the city of Mukalla. More »

  • Obama's grandmother to cook for president on Kenya trip
    Obama's grandmother to cook for president on Kenya trip Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    President Barack Obama's Kenyan grandmother, known as Mama Sarah, vowed Friday to cook a traditional meal for her grandson when he visits the East African nation, the birthplace of his father, later this month. More »

  • Syrian men walk amidst the rubble and debris in the northern city of Aleppo on July 5, 2015
    Al-Nusra suicide bombing kills 25 soldiers … AFP - 2 hours 3 minutes ago

    A suicide bomber from Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, Al-Nusra Front, killed 25 soldiers and fighters loyal to President Bashar al-Assad's regime in an attack on … More »Al-Nusra suicide bombing kills 25 soldiers …

    Syrian men walk amidst the rubble and debris in the northern city of Aleppo on July 5, 2015

    A suicide bomber from Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, Al-Nusra Front, killed 25 soldiers and fighters loyal to President Bashar al-Assad's regime in an attack on an army base in government-held western Aleppo on Monday, a Britain-based monitoring group said.

  • Syria's Aleppo hit by deadly suicide bombing
    Syria's Aleppo hit by deadly suicide … Al Jazeera - 2 hours 31 minutes ago

    At least 25 killed and scores wounded after bomber blows himself up at army outpost in divided city, rights group says. More »Syria's Aleppo hit by deadly suicide …

    Syria's Aleppo hit by deadly suicide bombing

    At least 25 killed and scores wounded after bomber blows himself up at army outpost in divided city, rights group says.

  • U.S., allies target Islamic State with … Reuters - 4 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S.-led forces conducted 11 air strikes in Iraq and eight more in Syria against Islamic State forces on Sunday, the Combined Joint Task Force … More »U.S., allies target Islamic State with …

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S.-led forces conducted 11 air strikes in Iraq and eight more in Syria against Islamic State forces on Sunday, the Combined Joint Task Force leading the air operations said on Monday. In Iraq, air strikes using attack, fighter, bomber and drone aircraft were conducted near Bayji, Falluja, Haditha, …

  • Mali extremist traded for French hostage … Associated Press - 5 hours ago

    BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — A Malian special forces spokesman says an Islamic extremist who was released last year in exchange for the freedom of a French hostage in Mali has … More »Mali extremist traded for French hostage …

    BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — A Malian special forces spokesman says an Islamic extremist who was released last year in exchange for the freedom of a French hostage in Mali has been killed.

  • Judge dismisses lawsuit from man convicted … Associated Press - 6 hours ago

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal judge in Oklahoma City dismissed a lawsuit from a man imprisoned for a role in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. More »Judge dismisses lawsuit from man convicted …

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal judge in Oklahoma City dismissed a lawsuit from a man imprisoned for a role in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

  • Armed Iraqi tribesmen on the back of a truck on a road north of Ramadi, on May 18, 2013
    In Syria and Iraq, IS courts Sunni tribes … AFP - 6 hours ago

    Wearing a white headscarf and a traditional black cloak, the Iraqi tribal sheikh addressed his peers: "We're all in the same boat, the (Islamic) State is our … More »In Syria and Iraq, IS courts Sunni tribes …

    Armed Iraqi tribesmen on the back of a truck on a road north of Ramadi, on May 18, 2013

    Wearing a white headscarf and a traditional black cloak, the Iraqi tribal sheikh addressed his peers: "We're all in the same boat, the (Islamic) State is our state."

  • Saudi prisoners play volleyball at Ha'er Prison in Saudi Arabia
    Inside the Saudi prison that's home … Reuters - 7 hours ago

    By Angus McDowall RIYADH (Reuters) - The man visible on the block's control room monitor, pacing his small cell in uniform grey robe, is one of a rising number of security … More »Inside the Saudi prison that's home …

    Saudi prisoners play volleyball at Ha'er Prison in Saudi Arabia

    By Angus McDowall RIYADH (Reuters) - The man visible on the block's control room monitor, pacing his small cell in uniform grey robe, is one of a rising number of security prisoners in Saudi Arabia, where the wars in Syria and Iraq have led to a surge in domestic jihadist activity. Until last year, the population of inmates …

  • 21/7: The Story Of The Bungled UK Terror Attack
    21/7: The Story Of The Bungled UK Terror … Sky News - 12 hours ago

    Britain was still reeling from an al Qaeda suicide bomb attack that killed 52 people in the worst terrorist atrocity the country has ever seen. Exactly two weeks on, … More »21/7: The Story Of The Bungled UK Terror …

    21/7: The Story Of The Bungled UK Terror Attack

    Britain was still reeling from an al Qaeda suicide bomb attack that killed 52 people in the worst terrorist atrocity the country has ever seen. Exactly two weeks on, an identical attack had been launched on identical targets: three Tube trains and a London bus. Ringleader Muktar Said Ibrahim and his three accomplices …

  • 7/7 London Bombings: From Luton train to Queen statement – timeline of the horrors that rocked Britain
    7/7 London Bombings: From Luton train … IB Times - 13 hours ago

    The perpetrators of the 7/7 London bombing had an early start the day Britain suffered its first-ever suicide bomb attack. Mohammad Sidique Khan, 30, Shehzad Tanweer, … More »7/7 London Bombings: From Luton train …

    7/7 London Bombings: From Luton train to Queen statement – timeline of the horrors that rocked Britain

    The perpetrators of the 7/7 London bombing had an early start the day Britain suffered its first-ever suicide bomb attack. Mohammad Sidique Khan, 30, Shehzad Tanweer, 22, and 18-year-old Habib Hussain were on the road in a rental car from West Yorkshire to Luton by 4am. Fourth bomber Germaine Lindsay, 19, met them three …

  • ISIL and the management of savagery
    ISIL and the management of savagery Al Jazeera - 16 hours ago

    ISIL's recent display of savagery exposes the group's growing paranoia over spies and informants. More »ISIL and the management of savagery

    ISIL and the management of savagery

    ISIL's recent display of savagery exposes the group's growing paranoia over spies and informants.

  • A Lebanon Hezbollah fighter carries his weapon as he stands in Khashaat, in the Qalamoun region after they advanced in the area
    Insight - Fears of Syria war persist … Reuters - Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    By Mariam Karouny QAA, Lebanon (Reuters) - The barren mountains separating the Lebanese village of Qaa from Syria have helped shield it from the war raging next door, … More »Insight - Fears of Syria war persist …

    A Lebanon Hezbollah fighter carries his weapon as he stands in Khashaat, in the Qalamoun region after they advanced in the area

    By Mariam Karouny QAA, Lebanon (Reuters) - The barren mountains separating the Lebanese village of Qaa from Syria have helped shield it from the war raging next door, yet fears of missile attacks, abductions and incursions have persisted since the conflict erupted more than four years ago. In recent weeks, residents of …

  • Lebanese Hezbollah and Syrian army enter … Reuters - Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    By Suleiman Al-Khalidi BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian army and Lebanese Hezbollah fighters said on Sunday they had entered the rebel-held city of Zabadani on the second … More »Lebanese Hezbollah and Syrian army enter …

    By Suleiman Al-Khalidi BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian army and Lebanese Hezbollah fighters said on Sunday they had entered the rebel-held city of Zabadani on the second day of a major offensive to capture the border area around the Beirut-Damascus highway. The army, backed by Hezbollah, has long sought to wrest control …

  • How Hollywood helped sanitise the 'war on terror'
    How Hollywood helped sanitise the 'war … Al Jazeera - Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    A Top Gun drone sequel is planned - will it be the latest in a series of films that prime the US military's image? More »How Hollywood helped sanitise the 'war …

    How Hollywood helped sanitise the 'war on terror'

    A Top Gun drone sequel is planned - will it be the latest in a series of films that prime the US military's image?

  • FILE - In this July 26 2005 file photo, a closed-circuit surveillance cameras, with a Union flag at rear, keeps watch in central London. After four home-grown suicide bombers killed 52 London commuters on July 7, 2005, Prime Minister Tony Blair vowed that Britain would stop at nothing to defeat terrorism. "Let no one be in any doubt," he said. "The rules of the game are changing." Since the Sept. 11 attacks in the United States four years earlier, Britain had made its anti-terrorism powers among the toughest in the Western world. Now they became tougher still. "What 7/7 did was it made people realize that the threat was internal as well as external," said David Anderson, Britain's official reviewer of terrorism legislation.  (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
    7/7 spurred tough anti-terror measures … Associated Press - Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — After four home-grown suicide bombers killed 52 London commuters on July 7, 2005, Prime Minister Tony Blair vowed that Britain would stop at nothing to … More »7/7 spurred tough anti-terror measures …

    FILE - In this July 26 2005 file photo, a closed-circuit surveillance cameras, with a Union flag at rear, keeps watch in central London. After four home-grown suicide bombers killed 52 London commuters on July 7, 2005, Prime Minister Tony Blair vowed that Britain would stop at nothing to defeat terrorism. "Let no one be in any doubt," he said. "The rules of the game are changing." Since the Sept. 11 attacks in the United States four years earlier, Britain had made its anti-terrorism powers among the toughest in the Western world. Now they became tougher still. "What 7/7 did was it made people realize that the threat was internal as well as external," said David Anderson, Britain's official reviewer of terrorism legislation.  (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

    LONDON (AP) — After four home-grown suicide bombers killed 52 London commuters on July 7, 2005, Prime Minister Tony Blair vowed that Britain would stop at nothing to defeat terrorism. "Let no one be in any doubt," he said. "The rules of the game are changing."

  • Rebel fighters walk on the rubble of destroyed buildings at a former research centre being used as a military barracks after they captured the complex, on July 4, 2015, on the western outskirts of Aleppo, Syria
    Syria rebels battle regime in Aleppo's … AFP - Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    Two alliances of Syrian rebels battled to advance in government-held western Aleppo on Saturday, seizing an army barracks in one district but losing ground in others, … More »Syria rebels battle regime in Aleppo's …

    Rebel fighters walk on the rubble of destroyed buildings at a former research centre being used as a military barracks after they captured the complex, on July 4, 2015, on the western outskirts of Aleppo, Syria

    Two alliances of Syrian rebels battled to advance in government-held western Aleppo on Saturday, seizing an army barracks in one district but losing ground in others, in some of the fiercest fighting in the city since the conflict began.

  • A bullet hole pockmarks the window of a car parked in the street where the gunman who attacked the Imperial Marhaba resort was killed, in Sousse,
    Tunisia's president declares state … Reuters - Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    By Patrick Markey and Tarek Amara TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi declared a state of emergency on Saturday, saying the Islamist militant attack … More »Tunisia's president declares state …

    A bullet hole pockmarks the window of a car parked in the street where the gunman who attacked the Imperial Marhaba resort was killed, in Sousse,

    By Patrick Markey and Tarek Amara TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi declared a state of emergency on Saturday, saying the Islamist militant attack on a beach hotel that killed 38 foreigners had left the country "in a state of war". Tunisia's emergency laws temporarily give the government more executive …

  • Syrian army and Hezbollah lay siege … Reuters - Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    By Suleiman Al-Khalidi BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian army and the Lebanese Hezbollah militia said they had launched a major ground and air assault on the rebel-held … More »Syrian army and Hezbollah lay siege …

    By Suleiman Al-Khalidi BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian army and the Lebanese Hezbollah militia said they had launched a major ground and air assault on the rebel-held Syrian city of Zabadani on Saturday and were closing in on insurgents holed up inside. The army, with its Shi'ite ally Hezbollah, has long sought to wrest …

  • Syrian troops and Hezbollah besiege … Associated Press - Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian elite forces backed by Hezbollah fighters besieged a rebel-held mountain resort near the border with Lebanon on Saturday under the cover … More »Syrian troops and Hezbollah besiege …

    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian elite forces backed by Hezbollah fighters besieged a rebel-held mountain resort near the border with Lebanon on Saturday under the cover of intense airstrikes by Syria's air forces, activists and official media outlets reported.

  • Official: 10 civilians killed in 3 car … Associated Press - Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — A Libyan official says at least ten civilians were killed when three separate car bombs exploded simultaneously in the eastern coastal city of … More »Official: 10 civilians killed in 3 car …

    BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — A Libyan official says at least ten civilians were killed when three separate car bombs exploded simultaneously in the eastern coastal city of Darna.

  • Syria army and Hezbollah in major assault near Damascus
    Syria army and Hezbollah in major assault … Al Jazeera - Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    Siege tightens on Zabadani, the last opposition stronghold along Lebanon’s border, while rebels advance in Aleppo. More »Syria army and Hezbollah in major assault …

    Syria army and Hezbollah in major assault near Damascus

    Siege tightens on Zabadani, the last opposition stronghold along Lebanon’s border, while rebels advance in Aleppo.

  • Smoke rises from the port of the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on February 14, 2015 during clashes between forces loyal to the internationally recognised government and Islamist militias
    Libya magnet for jihadists from Tunisia … AFP - Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    Lawless Libya has become a magnet for radical militants who receive weapons training in jihadist camps before launching deadly attacks in other countries, like last week's … More »Libya magnet for jihadists from Tunisia …

    Smoke rises from the port of the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on February 14, 2015 during clashes between forces loyal to the internationally recognised government and Islamist militias

    Lawless Libya has become a magnet for radical militants who receive weapons training in jihadist camps before launching deadly attacks in other countries, like last week's beach massacre in Tunisia.

  • General view of Syrian town of Ariha, in the northwestern province of Idlib, pictured in May 2015
    Syria mosque blast kills 25 Al-Nusra … AFP - Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    An explosion in a mosque in northern Syria killed 25 members of Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, including one of its leaders, as they attended Ramadan prayers, a monitoring … More »Syria mosque blast kills 25 Al-Nusra …

    General view of Syrian town of Ariha, in the northwestern province of Idlib, pictured in May 2015

    An explosion in a mosque in northern Syria killed 25 members of Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, including one of its leaders, as they attended Ramadan prayers, a monitoring group said.

  • Shaker Aamer has been imprisoned at Guantanamo for 13 years (Reprieve UK/PA)
    Stars' July 4 plea to free Shak … Press Association - Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    A host of Hollywood stars, musicians and politicians have called on Barack Obama to release Britain's last Guantanamo detainee on Independence Day. More »Stars' July 4 plea to free Shak …

    Shaker Aamer has been imprisoned at Guantanamo for 13 years (Reprieve UK/PA)

    A host of Hollywood stars, musicians and politicians have called on Barack Obama to release Britain's last Guantanamo detainee on Independence Day.

  • Yemen fighting rages as air strikes intensify in Sanaa
    Yemen fighting rages as air strikes … Al Jazeera - Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    Raids hit several targets in the capital, including house of former president's brother, as clashes rage in south. More »Yemen fighting rages as air strikes …

    Yemen fighting rages as air strikes intensify in Sanaa

    Raids hit several targets in the capital, including house of former president's brother, as clashes rage in south.

  • Syrian rivals locked in heavy clashes over Aleppo
    Syrian rivals locked in heavy clashes … Al Jazeera - Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    Government forces pounded Aleppo with air strikes trying to repel most intense offensive by rebels in years. More »Syrian rivals locked in heavy clashes …

    Syrian rivals locked in heavy clashes over Aleppo

    Government forces pounded Aleppo with air strikes trying to repel most intense offensive by rebels in years.

  • At least 25 Syrian al Qaeda members … Reuters - Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    An explosion at a mosque in Syria's Idlib province on Friday killed at least 25 members of the Al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front, the British-based Observatory monitoring group said. The blast in the town of Ariha in northwestern Syria went off as members of the Nusra Front gathered at the mosque for iftar, the meal with which …

  • Seifallah Ben Hassine, also known as Abu Iyadh, looks on during a meeting of the jihadist group Ansar al-Sharia in Kairouan, Tunisia, on May 20, 2012

    Abu Iyadh, the founder of Tunisia's main jihadist group Ansar al-Sharia reported Friday to have been killed in a US air strike in Libya, is a veteran of Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan.

  • Smoke billows from the site of a Saudi-led air strike in Yemen's capital Sanaa

    Saudi-led air strikes killed at least 16 people in Yemen on Friday, the country's dominant Houthi militia said, and the European Union and United States appealed for a pause in the war to enable aid deliveries to stricken civilians. An Arab coalition has been bombarding Iran-allied Houthi forces and allied army units since …

  • Militants, rebels in Syria announce … Associated Press - Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic militants and rebels in Syria launched fresh attacks on government-held neighborhoods in Aleppo on Friday, setting off some of the heaviest fighting in months in the contested northern city, activists and state media said.

  • A man walks with the aid of a crutch past damaged buildings in the old city of Aleppo

    By Tom Perry and Suleiman Al-Khalidi BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian government forces carried out heavy air strikes on rebel positions in and around the northern city of Aleppo on Friday, aiming to repel a major Islamist-led offensive on areas controlled by President Bashar al-Assad. Thursday's attack, the most intense insurgent …

  • Syrian men help an injured person following a reported barrel bomb attack by Syrian government forces that hit an open market in the northern city of Aleppo on June 3, 2015

    A new Islamist rebel alliance, including Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, was locked in a fierce battle Friday to seize government-held areas of Aleppo, the divided former economic capital.

  • Turkish soldiers stand guard near the Mursitpinar border gate in Suruc in Sanliurfa province as smoke rises in the Syrian town of Kobani in the background

    By Orhan Coskun ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey has deployed additional troops and equipment along part of its border with Syria as fighting north of the city of Aleppo intensifies, security sources said, but Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said there were no immediate plans for any incursion. Ankara has mooted the creation …

  • Bangladesh police questioning 12 al-Qaida … Associated Press - Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A Bangladesh court on Friday gave police three days to question 12 suspected members of al-Qaida's branch in the Indian subcontinent after their arrests in raids this week.

  • Drone strike kills 4 suspected al-Qaida … Associated Press - Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni security officials say a suspected U.S. drone strike killed four al-Qaida fighters travelling by car in the city of Mukalla.

  • US President Barack Obama's grandmother -- known as Mama Sarah -- lives in the small village of Kogelo in western Kenya

    President Barack Obama's Kenyan grandmother, known as Mama Sarah, vowed Friday to cook a traditional meal for her grandson when he visits the East African nation, the birthplace of his father, later this month.