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Sectarian shooting wounds 7 people south of Lebanese capital

BEIRUT (AP) — Supporters of rival Lebanese factions clashed early on Wednesday in a coastal town south of Beirut, leaving sev…

  • Rebel fire kills 20 civilians in Yemen's Aden
    Rebel fire kills 20 civilians in Yemen's Aden 2 hours 14 minutes ago

    Rebel fire on a residential district of Yemen's second city Aden killed at least 20 civilians Wednesday as loyalist forces in central city Taez launched a manhunt for 1,200 escaped prisoners. More »

  • Video shows Syria rebel group executing 18 IS fighters
    Video shows Syria rebel group executing 18 IS fighters 4 hours ago

    A Syrian rebel group operating around Damascus has executed 18 alleged members of the Islamic State group in a video mimicking the extremist organisation's own productions. More »

  • Lebanese army says kills five militants at Syria border 4 hours ago

    The Lebanese army said on Wednesday it had killed five militants in a clash at the border zone with Syria, the second such confrontation in less than a week. A security source identified the militants as members of the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front, one of the insurgent groups fighting in the Syrian civil war. An army statement said they were targeted as they attempted to cross between the Lebanese town of Arsal and the nearby border zone and identified one of the dead as a Syrian. More »

  • Houthi rebels pound Yemen's Aden with rocket artillery
    Houthi rebels pound Yemen's Aden with rocket artillery 5 hours ago

    Rocket artillery strikes southern city's Mansoura district, killing at least 17 civilians, medical sources say. More »

  • UN: World should be ashamed at failure to end Syria conflict 14 hours ago

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday the world should be ashamed that three years after major powers approved a blueprint in Geneva to bring peace to Syria the suffering of its people is reaching new depths and the country is "on the brink of falling apart." More »

  • IS car bomb kills Yemen Shiites, as rebels open prison doors
    IS car bomb kills Yemen Shiites, as rebels open prison doors 15 hours ago

    An attack on Huthi rebel leaders in Yemen's capital claimed by the Islamic State group has killed at least 28 people, medics said Tuesday, in the latest anti-Shiite assault by the Sunni extremists. More »

  • Al-Qaeda suspects among 1,200 escapees from Yemen jail
    Al-Qaeda suspects among 1,200 escapees from Yemen jail 16 hours ago

    Security official says troops loyal to ex-president Saleh allowed prisoners to escape amid clashes in prison in Taiz. More »

  • Yemen fighting allows 1,200 prisoners to flee 16 hours ago

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Some 1,200 inmates fled a prison in Yemen on Tuesday after guards deserted their posts amid fierce fighting between Shiite rebels and their opponents, officials said. More »

  • Around 1,200 escape from Yemen prison, including al Qaeda suspects 17 hours ago

    Around 1,200 prisoners, including al Qaeda suspects, escaped during clashes at a jail in central Yemen on Tuesday, officials said. The incident is the biggest in a series of prison breaks that have freed Yemeni militants in recent years and signals the further erosion of the state amid a raging civil war. "Groups of al Qaeda supporters ... today attacked the central prison in the city of Taiz and more than 1,200 of the dangerous prisoners escaped," state news agency Saba quoted a security official as saying. More »

  • Jihadist group Ansar Dine claims Mali attacks, threatens I. Coast and Mauri …
    Jihadist group Ansar Dine claims Mali attacks, threatens I. Coast and Mauri … 22 hours ago

    Jihadist group Ansar Dine on Tuesday claimed responsibility for two weekend attacks in Mali near the borders with Mauritania and Ivory Coast, and threatened to strike both countries. More »

  • Syria air strikes 'kill 28'
    Syria air strikes 'kill 28' 22 hours ago

    At least 28 people were killed Tuesday in Syrian government air strikes on a village in northwestern Idlib province and a suburb of Damascus, a monitor said. More »

  • Insight - In Yemen chaos, Islamic State grows to rival al Qaeda
    Insight - In Yemen chaos, Islamic State grows to rival al Qaeda 22 hours ago

    By Sami Aboudi DUBAI (Reuters) - Al Qaeda's leadership of Islamist militancy in Yemen is being challenged amid the chaos of civil war by its rival Islamic State, which could become a bigger threat to the group than the U.S. drones that periodically kill its commanders. Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) remains the country's top militant network and its several thousand fighters and bomb makers, who have repeatedly tried to bring down Western aircraft, are still seen as a serious threat by Washington. Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, evolved from the Iraqi branch of al Qaeda and now controls swathes of Iraq and Syria. More »

  • Israel says Syria's Assad may be left with rump state
    Israel says Syria's Assad may be left with rump state Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    A senior Israeli defence official said President Bashar al-Assad controlled just a fifth of Syria and may end up in charge of a rump state dominated by his minority Alawite sect. Israel and its neighbour Syria are long-term enemies, but the remarks by Amos Gilad, strategic adviser to Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon, reflect concerns by states across the region that Syria is undergoing a de facto partition after four years of civil war. "Syria is gone. More »

  • Will Obama's New Hostage Policy Actually Work?
    Will Obama's New Hostage Policy Actually Work? Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Last week, four grieving American families won a bittersweet victory in Washington. Setting aside their sorrow and deep sense of betrayal, the parents of four American hostages killed in Syria met face-to-face with the president they said had failed them. Accompanied by two dozen relatives of current and former hostages, the parents of James Foley, Steven Sotloff, Peter Kassig, and Kayla Mueller had a private 45-minute meeting with Barack Obama. More »

  • U.N. threatens sanctions for violations of Mali ceasefire Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council on Monday threatened to blacklist anyone who hinders a peace deal in Mali reached by an alliance of Tuareg-led rebels and the government, and authorized the deployment of 40 military ceasefire monitors. The rebels and the Malian government earlier in June signed the agreement, which is meant to allow the authorities to focus on tackling Islamist militants in the desert north. The Security Council expressed "its readiness to consider targeted sanctions against those who take actions to obstruct or threaten the implementation of the agreement, those who resume hostilities and violate the ceasefire, as well as those who attack and take action sanctions to threaten (peacekeepers)." U.N. peacekeepers have been deployed across northern Mali to try to stabilize the vast region, which was occupied by separatist Tuareg rebels and al Qaeda-linked Islamists in 2012 before a French intervention in 2013. More »

  • Islamic State seen as potent force a year after caliphate declaration - Pen … Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A year after Islamic State declared a caliphate on territory seized in Iraq and Syria, the al Qaeda splinter group faces military pressure from a U.S.-led coalition but remains a potent force holding key cities, the Pentagon said on Monday. Army Colonel Steve Warren, a Defense Department spokesman, said the militant group has lost a quarter of the land it controlled at the height of its expansion and has broken and run on several occasions in northern Syria in the face of an offensive by Kurdish-led forces. More »

  • Emirati court issues death sentence in killing of American
    Emirati court issues death sentence in killing of American Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A court in the United Arab Emirates sentenced to death a woman convicted of murdering an American teacher with a butcher knife in the bathroom of an upscale Abu Dhabi mall, the state news agency WAM reported Monday. More »

  • Israel says asked Syrian rebels not to harm Druze
    Israel says asked Syrian rebels not to harm Druze Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    By Dan Williams JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel said on Monday it had made humanitarian aid to select Syrian rebel groups on its border conditional on their undertaking not to harm the Druze minority in the country's civil war. The Nusra Front, an al Qaeda off-shoot hostile to Syrian Druze, was not among rebels getting Israeli help, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told lawmakers. Enraged by rumours Nusra fighters might be among the hundreds of Syrians admitted for medical treatment on the Israeli-held Golan Heights, Druze groups last week attacked two ambulances bringing in civil war casualties, killing one. More »

  • Factbox - Gulf Arabs on the rise in Islamic State Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    (Reuters) - Islamic State, which claimed responsibility for Kuwait's worst militant attack last Friday, has built a network of militants in Gulf Arab states responsible for a campaign of suicide bombings against the Arabian Peninsula's Shi'ite minority. Some of the Sunni Muslim group's leaders hail from the Gulf, and its Saudi branch, called Wilayat Najd (Najd province), has called for clearing Shi'ites from the Peninsula and especially from Saudi Arabia, its largest country and home to Islam's holiest places. Islamic State subscribes to a puritanical school of Sunni Islam that considers Shi'ites as heretics and wants to sweep away a hereditary monarchy it regards as un-Islamic. More »

  • A short chronology of the Islamic State group
    A short chronology of the Islamic State group Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    April 18, 2010 — U.S. and Iraqi forces kill two top leaders of al-Qaida's branch in Iraq. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi becomes the terror group's new leader. More »

  • Pakistan police kill four suspected Taliban militants in Punjab - officials Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    By Mubasher Bukhari LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistani police and intelligence officials shot and killed three suspected Islamist militants in a raid on their hideout in eastern Pakistan early on Monday and a fourth blew himself up, police and intelligence officials said. Many Pakistani Taliban fighters and other Islamist militants from the western region near Afghanistan have fled to other parts of the country, officials say, as security forces press on with ground and air offensives in North Waziristan. More »

  • Syrian army retakes parts of Hasakeh from IS: monitor
    Syrian army retakes parts of Hasakeh from IS: monitor Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Syrian regime forces took back several parts of a neighbourhood in the northeastern city of Hasakeh from the Islamic State group on Monday, but heavy clashes continued, a monitor said. More »

  • Isis: Timeline of the Islamic State
    Isis: Timeline of the Islamic State Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    After seizing large swathes of Iraq in an unexpected and lightning advance, on 29 June 2014, an Islamist group going by the name Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or Isis, declares a caliphate in the territories it controls. More »

  • A year of the Islamic State group's 'caliphate'
    A year of the Islamic State group's 'caliphate' Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Main dates in the history of the Islamic State jihadist group's "caliphate" in Iraq and Syria, which it declared in late June 2014. More »

  • Insight - Syrian insurgents carve out fiefdoms in de-facto partition
    Insight - Syrian insurgents carve out fiefdoms in de-facto partition Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    By Samia Nakhoul BEIRUT (Reuters) - Four years into a war that has killed more than 220,000 people, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad can no longer defend the whole country or hope to regain lost territory and his forces are retreating and fortifying their core strongholds, from the capital Damascus up to the coastal strip in north-western Syria. At the same time, the main blocs of insurgents, Islamic State in the east, a rival Islamist alliance in the northwest, nationalist rebels in the south and Kurds in the north are carving out their own fiefdoms in what looks like the de facto partition of Syria.   While few things are certain in the chaos of Syria’s civil war, few experts who study the conflict are in any doubt that the blood-spattered pieces of the puzzle are rearranging themselves into a new pattern – of arenas ruled by warlords. More »

  • Yemen's Houthis shell Aden refinery for second time in three days Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    SANAA (Reuters) - Houthi forces in Yemen shelled the oil refinery in the southern city of Aden on Monday for the second time in three days, an official at the facility said, hitting an empty fuel tank with a rocket. The Houthis, who took over the capital Sanaa last September, have been battling local fighters in the south for three months. On Saturday, Houthi missiles destroyed two storage tanks at the refinery and a pipeline connecting it to the city's oil port. Its director of operations was also killed. ... More »

  • Array of combatants deepens complexity of Syria's civil war Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    More than four years into Syria's war, the country is ever more divided into a patchwork of areas controlled by the government or armed groups including Islamist insurgents, Kurdish militia, the ultra-hardline Islamic State, and rebels who profess a more moderate vision for Syria. The array of combatants with competing agendas is one of the factors complicating diplomatic efforts to end a war has killed more than 220,000 and driven half of Syria's population from their homes. Following are the main combatants in the war: ISLAMIC STATE The group is made up of many thousands of fighters. More »

  • UK's Cameron vows 'full-spectrum response' after Tunisia beach  … Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    As the British death toll in Friday's beach gunman attack in Tunisia climbs to levels not seen since the July 2005 London bombings, Prime Minister David Cameron promised a "full-spectrum response" to combat extremism in Britain and abroad. "Our strategy is to build up local armies. More »

  • Death sentence for UAE woman who killed US teacher
    Death sentence for UAE woman who killed US teacher Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Woman guilty of stabbing American to death in Abu Dhabi mall, placing bomb outside doctor's home and funding al-Qaeda. More »

  • UAE woman 'sentenced to death for killing US teacher'
    UAE woman 'sentenced to death for killing US teacher' Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    A United Arab Emirates court sentenced an Emirati woman to death on Monday after convicting her of the jihadist-inspired murder of an American teacher, Abu Dhabi newspaper The National reported. More »

  • Tunisia struggles to find balanced response to terror
    Tunisia struggles to find balanced response to terror Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia has reason to fear a terror attack. The only democracy that emerged from the turmoil of the 2011 Arab Spring has seen more of its young men join the Islamic State group than any other nation, and many have returned, battle-hardened, to spread radical ideologies back home. It's also a country full of vulnerable targets, with an economy that depends on welcoming European tourists to its warm Mediterranean shore. More »

  • Kuwait says mosque bomber was young Saudi man, detains driver
    Kuwait says mosque bomber was young Saudi man, detains driver Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    By Ahmed Hagagy KUWAIT (Reuters) - Kuwait identified the suicide bomber behind its worst militant attack as a young Saudi Arabian man and said on Sunday it had detained the driver of the vehicle that took him to a Shi'ite Muslim mosque where he killed 27 people. The disclosure of the bomber's nationality is likely to focus the attention of authorities probing Friday's suicide attack on ties between Islamists in Kuwait and those in Saudi Arabia, a centre of ultra-conservative Islamic thought. Kuwait's interior ministry named the bomber as Fahd Suliman Abdul-Muhsen al-Qabaa and said he flew into Kuwait's airport at dawn on Friday, only hours before he detonated an explosives-laden vest at Kuwait City's Imam al-Sadeq mosque. More »

  • Libyan factions sit at the same table in U.N. peace talks
    Libyan factions sit at the same table in U.N. peace talks Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    By Aziz El Yaakoubi SKHIRAT, Morocco (Reuters) - Officials from Libya's rival parliaments sat at the same table for the first time on Sunday at the latest round of United Nations-backed peace talks in Morocco, a move negotiators saw as an important step to forming a unity government. Sixteen soldiers of the Libyan National Army (LNA) were killed on Sunday in clashes with the Al-Qaeda-linked group Abu Salem Brigades, an army spokesman said. Libya has two governments and parliaments, with the internationally recognised government operating out of the country's east since an armed alliance known as Libya Dawn took over the capital Tripoli and declared its own government last year. More »

  • French beheading selfie 'sent to Syria'
    French beheading selfie 'sent to Syria' Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    The gruesome "selfie" taken by a man who has confessed to beheading his boss during an attack on a gas factory in France was sent to Syria, sources close to the investigation said Sunday. More »

  • Gunmen briefly take control of village in southern Mali Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    Armed men attacked and briefly took control on Sunday of a village in Mali's southern region of Sikasso, close to the border with Ivory Coast, the defence ministry said. Fakola is under the control of Mali's armed forces, though we don't know about casualties yet," said defence ministry spokesman Colonel Diaran Kone. A military source said the attackers could be the same group who attacked Misseni village in Sikasso this month. More »

  • A Yemeni member of the southern separatist movement, loyal to President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, keeps position in Aden's suburbs, on June 3, 2015
    Rebel fire kills 20 civilians in Yemen's … AFP - 2 hours 14 minutes ago

    Rebel fire on a residential district of Yemen's second city Aden killed at least 20 civilians Wednesday as loyalist forces in central city Taez launched a manhunt … More »Rebel fire kills 20 civilians in Yemen's …

    A Yemeni member of the southern separatist movement, loyal to President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, keeps position in Aden's suburbs, on June 3, 2015

    Rebel fire on a residential district of Yemen's second city Aden killed at least 20 civilians Wednesday as loyalist forces in central city Taez launched a manhunt for 1,200 escaped prisoners.

  • A man brandishes his weapon during training before being sent to the front line with Jaysh al-Islam (Army of Islam) rebels in Eastern al-Ghouta, a rebel-held region outside Damascus, on December 8, 2014
    Video shows Syria rebel group executing … AFP - 4 hours ago

    A Syrian rebel group operating around Damascus has executed 18 alleged members of the Islamic State group in a video mimicking the extremist organisation's own p … More »Video shows Syria rebel group executing …

    A man brandishes his weapon during training before being sent to the front line with Jaysh al-Islam (Army of Islam) rebels in Eastern al-Ghouta, a rebel-held region outside Damascus, on December 8, 2014

    A Syrian rebel group operating around Damascus has executed 18 alleged members of the Islamic State group in a video mimicking the extremist organisation's own productions.

  • Lebanese army says kills five militants … Reuters - 4 hours ago

    The Lebanese army said on Wednesday it had killed five militants in a clash at the border zone with Syria, the second such confrontation in less than a week. A security … More »Lebanese army says kills five militants …

    The Lebanese army said on Wednesday it had killed five militants in a clash at the border zone with Syria, the second such confrontation in less than a week. A security source identified the militants as members of the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front, one of the insurgent groups fighting in the Syrian civil war. An army statement …

  • Houthi rebels pound Yemen's Aden with rocket artillery
    Houthi rebels pound Yemen's Aden … Al Jazeera - 5 hours ago

    Rocket artillery strikes southern city's Mansoura district, killing at least 17 civilians, medical sources say. More »Houthi rebels pound Yemen's Aden …

    Houthi rebels pound Yemen's Aden with rocket artillery

    Rocket artillery strikes southern city's Mansoura district, killing at least 17 civilians, medical sources say.

  • UN: World should be ashamed at failure … Associated Press - 14 hours ago

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday the world should be ashamed that three years after major powers approved a blueprint in Geneva to … More »UN: World should be ashamed at failure …

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday the world should be ashamed that three years after major powers approved a blueprint in Geneva to bring peace to Syria the suffering of its people is reaching new depths and the country is "on the brink of falling apart."

  • The wreckage of a car is seen at the site of a car bomb attack in the capital Sanaa, on June 29, 2015
    IS car bomb kills Yemen Shiites, as … AFP - 15 hours ago

    An attack on Huthi rebel leaders in Yemen's capital claimed by the Islamic State group has killed at least 28 people, medics said Tuesday, in the latest anti-Shiite … More »IS car bomb kills Yemen Shiites, as …

    The wreckage of a car is seen at the site of a car bomb attack in the capital Sanaa, on June 29, 2015

    An attack on Huthi rebel leaders in Yemen's capital claimed by the Islamic State group has killed at least 28 people, medics said Tuesday, in the latest anti-Shiite assault by the Sunni extremists.

  • Al-Qaeda suspects among 1,200 escapees from Yemen jail
    Al-Qaeda suspects among 1,200 escapees … Al Jazeera - 16 hours ago

    Security official says troops loyal to ex-president Saleh allowed prisoners to escape amid clashes in prison in Taiz. More »Al-Qaeda suspects among 1,200 escapees …

    Al-Qaeda suspects among 1,200 escapees from Yemen jail

    Security official says troops loyal to ex-president Saleh allowed prisoners to escape amid clashes in prison in Taiz.

  • Yemen fighting allows 1,200 prisoners … Associated Press - 16 hours ago

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Some 1,200 inmates fled a prison in Yemen on Tuesday after guards deserted their posts amid fierce fighting between Shiite rebels and their opponents, … More »Yemen fighting allows 1,200 prisoners …

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Some 1,200 inmates fled a prison in Yemen on Tuesday after guards deserted their posts amid fierce fighting between Shiite rebels and their opponents, officials said.

  • Around 1,200 escape from Yemen prison, … Reuters - 17 hours ago

    Around 1,200 prisoners, including al Qaeda suspects, escaped during clashes at a jail in central Yemen on Tuesday, officials said. The incident is the biggest in a series … More »Around 1,200 escape from Yemen prison, …

    Around 1,200 prisoners, including al Qaeda suspects, escaped during clashes at a jail in central Yemen on Tuesday, officials said. The incident is the biggest in a series of prison breaks that have freed Yemeni militants in recent years and signals the further erosion of the state amid a raging civil war. "Groups of al …

  • Fighters of the Islamic group Ansar Dine standing guard at the Kidal Airport in northern Mali in 2012
    Jihadist group Ansar Dine claims Mali … AFP - 22 hours ago

    Jihadist group Ansar Dine on Tuesday claimed responsibility for two weekend attacks in Mali near the borders with Mauritania and Ivory Coast, and threatened to strike … More »Jihadist group Ansar Dine claims Mali …

    Fighters of the Islamic group Ansar Dine standing guard at the Kidal Airport in northern Mali in 2012

    Jihadist group Ansar Dine on Tuesday claimed responsibility for two weekend attacks in Mali near the borders with Mauritania and Ivory Coast, and threatened to strike both countries.

  • A wounded Syrian boy cries following air strikes by regime forces on the Damascus suburb of Douma, on June 30, 2015
    Syria air strikes 'kill 28' AFP - 22 hours ago

    At least 28 people were killed Tuesday in Syrian government air strikes on a village in northwestern Idlib province and a suburb of Damascus, a monitor said. More »Syria air strikes 'kill 28'

    A wounded Syrian boy cries following air strikes by regime forces on the Damascus suburb of Douma, on June 30, 2015

    At least 28 people were killed Tuesday in Syrian government air strikes on a village in northwestern Idlib province and a suburb of Damascus, a monitor said.

  • A police tape cordons the site of a car bomb attack in Yemen's capital Sanaa
    Insight - In Yemen chaos, Islamic State … Reuters - 22 hours ago

    By Sami Aboudi DUBAI (Reuters) - Al Qaeda's leadership of Islamist militancy in Yemen is being challenged amid the chaos of civil war by its rival Islamic State, which … More »Insight - In Yemen chaos, Islamic State …

    A police tape cordons the site of a car bomb attack in Yemen's capital Sanaa

    By Sami Aboudi DUBAI (Reuters) - Al Qaeda's leadership of Islamist militancy in Yemen is being challenged amid the chaos of civil war by its rival Islamic State, which could become a bigger threat to the group than the U.S. drones that periodically kill its commanders. Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) remains …

  • A billboard depicting Syria's President Bashar al-Assad is seen in the old city of Homs
    Israel says Syria's Assad may be … Reuters - Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    A senior Israeli defence official said President Bashar al-Assad controlled just a fifth of Syria and may end up in charge of a rump state dominated by his minority Alawite … More »Israel says Syria's Assad may be …

    A billboard depicting Syria's President Bashar al-Assad is seen in the old city of Homs

    A senior Israeli defence official said President Bashar al-Assad controlled just a fifth of Syria and may end up in charge of a rump state dominated by his minority Alawite sect. Israel and its neighbour Syria are long-term enemies, but the remarks by Amos Gilad, strategic adviser to Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon, …

  • Will Obama's New Hostage Policy Actually Work?
    Will Obama's New Hostage Policy … The Atlantic - Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Last week, four grieving American families won a bittersweet victory in Washington. Setting aside their sorrow and deep sense of betrayal, the parents of four American … More »Will Obama's New Hostage Policy …

    Will Obama's New Hostage Policy Actually Work?

    Last week, four grieving American families won a bittersweet victory in Washington. Setting aside their sorrow and deep sense of betrayal, the parents of four American hostages killed in Syria met face-to-face with the president they said had failed them. Accompanied by two dozen relatives of current and former hostages, …

  • U.N. threatens sanctions for violations … Reuters - Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council on Monday threatened to blacklist anyone who hinders a peace deal in Mali reached … More »U.N. threatens sanctions for violations …

    By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council on Monday threatened to blacklist anyone who hinders a peace deal in Mali reached by an alliance of Tuareg-led rebels and the government, and authorized the deployment of 40 military ceasefire monitors. The rebels and the Malian government …

  • Islamic State seen as potent force a … Reuters - Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A year after Islamic State declared a caliphate on territory seized in Iraq and Syria, the al Qaeda splinter group faces military … More »Islamic State seen as potent force a …

    By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A year after Islamic State declared a caliphate on territory seized in Iraq and Syria, the al Qaeda splinter group faces military pressure from a U.S.-led coalition but remains a potent force holding key cities, the Pentagon said on Monday. Army Colonel Steve Warren, a Defense …

  • FILE- In this Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014 file photo, Nancy Ray, an American expatriate, holds a candle during a vigil in memory of American schoolteacher Ibolya Ryan, who was killed in a December stabbing attack in the restroom of the Boutik Mall on the upscale Reem Island in Abu Dhabi, while participating in the commemorative gathering at a beach in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. A court in the UAE sentenced to death an Emirati woman convicted of murdering the teacher, the state news agency WAM reported Monday, June 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)
    Emirati court issues death sentence … Associated Press - Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A court in the United Arab Emirates sentenced to death a woman convicted of murdering an American teacher with a butcher knife in the … More »Emirati court issues death sentence …

    FILE- In this Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014 file photo, Nancy Ray, an American expatriate, holds a candle during a vigil in memory of American schoolteacher Ibolya Ryan, who was killed in a December stabbing attack in the restroom of the Boutik Mall on the upscale Reem Island in Abu Dhabi, while participating in the commemorative gathering at a beach in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. A court in the UAE sentenced to death an Emirati woman convicted of murdering the teacher, the state news agency WAM reported Monday, June 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A court in the United Arab Emirates sentenced to death a woman convicted of murdering an American teacher with a butcher knife in the bathroom of an upscale Abu Dhabi mall, the state news agency WAM reported Monday.

  • Members of the Druze community carry flags at they walk towards the border fence in Israeli-occupied Golan Heights
    Israel says asked Syrian rebels not … Reuters - Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    By Dan Williams JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel said on Monday it had made humanitarian aid to select Syrian rebel groups on its border conditional on their undertaking … More »Israel says asked Syrian rebels not …

    Members of the Druze community carry flags at they walk towards the border fence in Israeli-occupied Golan Heights

    By Dan Williams JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel said on Monday it had made humanitarian aid to select Syrian rebel groups on its border conditional on their undertaking not to harm the Druze minority in the country's civil war. The Nusra Front, an al Qaeda off-shoot hostile to Syrian Druze, was not among rebels getting Israeli …

  • Factbox - Gulf Arabs on the rise in … Reuters - Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    (Reuters) - Islamic State, which claimed responsibility for Kuwait's worst militant attack last Friday, has built a network of militants in Gulf Arab states responsible … More »Factbox - Gulf Arabs on the rise in …

    (Reuters) - Islamic State, which claimed responsibility for Kuwait's worst militant attack last Friday, has built a network of militants in Gulf Arab states responsible for a campaign of suicide bombings against the Arabian Peninsula's Shi'ite minority. Some of the Sunni Muslim group's leaders hail from the Gulf, and its …

  • FILE - This undated file image made from a video released by Islamic State militants Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, purports to show the killing of journalist James Foley by the militant group. In a softening of long-standing policy, the Obama administration will tell families of Americans held by terror groups that they can communicate with the captors and even pay ransom without fear of prosecution, part of a broad review of U.S. hostage policy that will be released June 24. Four Americans have been killed by the Islamic State since last summer: journalists Foley and Steven Sotloff and aid workers Peter Kassig and Kayla Mueller. After the release of gruesome videos showing the beheadings of some hostages, Obama approved an airstrike campaign against the Islamic State in both Iraq and Syria.  (Militant website via AP, File)
    A short chronology of the Islamic State … Associated Press - Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    April 18, 2010 — U.S. and Iraqi forces kill two top leaders of al-Qaida's branch in Iraq. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi becomes the terror group's new leader. More »A short chronology of the Islamic State …

    FILE - This undated file image made from a video released by Islamic State militants Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, purports to show the killing of journalist James Foley by the militant group. In a softening of long-standing policy, the Obama administration will tell families of Americans held by terror groups that they can communicate with the captors and even pay ransom without fear of prosecution, part of a broad review of U.S. hostage policy that will be released June 24. Four Americans have been killed by the Islamic State since last summer: journalists Foley and Steven Sotloff and aid workers Peter Kassig and Kayla Mueller. After the release of gruesome videos showing the beheadings of some hostages, Obama approved an airstrike campaign against the Islamic State in both Iraq and Syria.  (Militant website via AP, File)

    April 18, 2010 — U.S. and Iraqi forces kill two top leaders of al-Qaida's branch in Iraq. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi becomes the terror group's new leader.

  • Pakistan police kill four suspected … Reuters - Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    By Mubasher Bukhari LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistani police and intelligence officials shot and killed three suspected Islamist militants in a raid on their hideout … More »Pakistan police kill four suspected …

    By Mubasher Bukhari LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistani police and intelligence officials shot and killed three suspected Islamist militants in a raid on their hideout in eastern Pakistan early on Monday and a fourth blew himself up, police and intelligence officials said. Many Pakistani Taliban fighters and other …

  • A fighter from the Kurdish People Protection Unit (YPG) watches smoke billowing in the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakeh on June 28, 2015
    Syrian army retakes parts of Hasakeh … AFP - Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Syrian regime forces took back several parts of a neighbourhood in the northeastern city of Hasakeh from the Islamic State group on Monday, but heavy clashes continued, … More »Syrian army retakes parts of Hasakeh …

    A fighter from the Kurdish People Protection Unit (YPG) watches smoke billowing in the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakeh on June 28, 2015

    Syrian regime forces took back several parts of a neighbourhood in the northeastern city of Hasakeh from the Islamic State group on Monday, but heavy clashes continued, a monitor said.

  • Isis: Timeline of the Islamic State
    Isis: Timeline of the Islamic State IB Times - Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    After seizing large swathes of Iraq in an unexpected and lightning advance, on 29 June 2014, an Islamist group going by the name Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, … More »Isis: Timeline of the Islamic State

    Isis: Timeline of the Islamic State

    After seizing large swathes of Iraq in an unexpected and lightning advance, on 29 June 2014, an Islamist group going by the name Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or Isis, declares a caliphate in the territories it controls.

  • The Islamic State group began as an Al-Qaeda offshoot, before disavowing the authority of that group's leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in 2013
    A year of the Islamic State group's … AFP - Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Main dates in the history of the Islamic State jihadist group's "caliphate" in Iraq and Syria, which it declared in late June 2014. More »A year of the Islamic State group's …

    The Islamic State group began as an Al-Qaeda offshoot, before disavowing the authority of that group's leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in 2013

    Main dates in the history of the Islamic State jihadist group's "caliphate" in Iraq and Syria, which it declared in late June 2014.

  • A family mourns for the loss of their relative killed in the Syrian town of Kobani in the border town of Suruc
    Insight - Syrian insurgents carve out … Reuters - Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    By Samia Nakhoul BEIRUT (Reuters) - Four years into a war that has killed more than 220,000 people, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad can no longer defend the whole country … More »Insight - Syrian insurgents carve out …

    A family mourns for the loss of their relative killed in the Syrian town of Kobani in the border town of Suruc

    By Samia Nakhoul BEIRUT (Reuters) - Four years into a war that has killed more than 220,000 people, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad can no longer defend the whole country or hope to regain lost territory and his forces are retreating and fortifying their core strongholds, from the capital Damascus up to the coastal strip …

  • Yemen's Houthis shell Aden refinery … Reuters - Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    SANAA (Reuters) - Houthi forces in Yemen shelled the oil refinery in the southern city of Aden on Monday for the second time in three days, an official at the facility said, hitting an empty fuel tank with a rocket. The Houthis, who took over the capital Sanaa last September, have been battling local fighters in the south …

  • More than four years into Syria's war, the country is ever more divided into a patchwork of areas controlled by the government or armed groups including Islamist insurgents, Kurdish militia, the ultra-hardline Islamic State, and rebels who profess a more moderate vision for Syria. The array of combatants with competing …

  • UK's Cameron vows 'full-spectrum … Christian Science Monitor - Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    As the British death toll in Friday's beach gunman attack in Tunisia climbs to levels not seen since the July 2005 London bombings, Prime Minister David Cameron promised a "full-spectrum response" to combat extremism in Britain and abroad. "Our strategy is to build up local armies.

  • Death sentence for UAE woman who killed … Al Jazeera - Mon, Jun 29, 2015
    Death sentence for UAE woman who killed US teacher

    Woman guilty of stabbing American to death in Abu Dhabi mall, placing bomb outside doctor's home and funding al-Qaeda.

  • A CCTV image shows a fully veiled woman walking through a shopping mall in Abu Dhabi, the chief suspect in the murder of a US teacher on December 3, 2014

    A United Arab Emirates court sentenced an Emirati woman to death on Monday after convicting her of the jihadist-inspired murder of an American teacher, Abu Dhabi newspaper The National reported.

  • Tunisia struggles to find balanced response … Associated Press - Mon, Jun 29, 2015
    A Tunisian police officer guards the beach in front of the Imperial Marhaba Hotel in Sousse, Tunisia, Sunday, June 28, 2015. Tunisia's top security official says 1,000 extra police are being deployed at tourist sites and beaches in the North African nation. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia has reason to fear a terror attack. The only democracy that emerged from the turmoil of the 2011 Arab Spring has seen more of its young men join the Islamic State group than any other nation, and many have returned, battle-hardened, to spread radical ideologies back home. It's also a country …

  • Kuwait says mosque bomber was young … Reuters - Mon, Jun 29, 2015
    Mourners hold flags as the bodies of victims of Friday's bombing are buried in Al Jafariya cemetery in Suleibikhat

    By Ahmed Hagagy KUWAIT (Reuters) - Kuwait identified the suicide bomber behind its worst militant attack as a young Saudi Arabian man and said on Sunday it had detained the driver of the vehicle that took him to a Shi'ite Muslim mosque where he killed 27 people. The disclosure of the bomber's nationality is likely to …

  • Libyan factions sit at the same table … Reuters - Mon, Jun 29, 2015
    Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya and Head of UNSMIL, Leon, speaks as Algeria's Minister of African and Maghreb Affairs, Messahel, listens as they head talks in Algiers

    By Aziz El Yaakoubi SKHIRAT, Morocco (Reuters) - Officials from Libya's rival parliaments sat at the same table for the first time on Sunday at the latest round of United Nations-backed peace talks in Morocco, a move negotiators saw as an important step to forming a unity government. Sixteen soldiers of the Libyan National …

  • French police escort Yassin Salhi (C), who decapitated his boss in an attack on a gas factory, as they leave his flat in Saint-Priest on June 28, 2015

    The gruesome "selfie" taken by a man who has confessed to beheading his boss during an attack on a gas factory in France was sent to Syria, sources close to the investigation said Sunday.

  • Armed men attacked and briefly took control on Sunday of a village in Mali's southern region of Sikasso, close to the border with Ivory Coast, the defence ministry said. Fakola is under the control of Mali's armed forces, though we don't know about casualties yet," said defence ministry spokesman Colonel Diaran Kone.  …