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  • Did Saudis nab mastermind of 1996 terror attack on US forces? 21 hours ago

    If confirmed, the arrest of Ahmad Mughassil, military commander of the Iranian-backed Saudi Hezbollah organization believed to be behind the bombing, would be a coup for the Saudi government and the FBI, which had offered a $5 million reward for his capture. Lebanon’s Al Akhbar newspaper, a pro-Hezbollah outlet, today provided some corroboration. More »

  • Pakistan suicide bomber kills wife, kids during police raid 22 hours ago

    MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — A suspected Taliban militant blew himself up during a police raid in central Pakistan on Thursday, killing his own wife and two children, police said. More »

  • Syrian army and rebels agree to new truce in Zabadani
    Syrian army and rebels agree to new truce in Zabadani 22 hours ago

    Ceasefire aims to end government bombardment of Zabadani and the siege of two Shia villages by rebels. More »

  • Drone strike kills five in al Qaeda stronghold in Yemen - residents 23 hours ago

    A drone strike killed at least five suspected militants travelling in a car in an al Qaeda stronghold in eastern Yemen overnight, residents said, the latest in a series of attacks by suspected U.S. aircraft. The strike around midnight on Wednesday was the second reported this week in the port city of Mukalla, which was seized by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), one of the deadliest branches of the global militant network, in April. The group has taken advantage of the chaos around a five-month-old war pitting Houthi fighters and forces loyal to Yemen's exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to grab territory and operate more openly. More »

  • IS kills two generals in Iraq, advances in Syria
    IS kills two generals in Iraq, advances in Syria 23 hours ago

    A suicide attack claimed by the Islamic State group killed two Iraqi generals on Thursday in the key battleground province of Anbar, as the jihadists made gains in neighbouring Syria. More »

  • ISIS Increase Control in Buffer Zone on Turkish Border
    ISIS Increase Control in Buffer Zone on Turkish Border Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    ISIS militants captured five villages early on Thursday morning in the northern Syrian region which has previously been proposed as an 'ISIS-free buffer zone' by both the U.S. and Turkey. London-based monitoring group, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), revealed that five villages in northern Aleppo Province, including Sandaf, al-Dahla, Kharjala, Harbal and al-Kherba, were overrun by the radical Islamists, as the group continues to increase its territorial hold in the area after the announcement of the planned buffer zone. Rami Abdul Rahman, director of the UK-based observatory, confirmed to Newsweek that the villages were captured by ISIS from both the Islamic Front, a moderate Syrian rebel group, and other Syrian rebels. More »

  • Coalition poised to retake capital, but Yemen risks grow
    Coalition poised to retake capital, but Yemen risks grow Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    By Mohammed Ghobari and Angus McDowall SANAA/RIYADH (Reuters) - Weeks after seizing Yemen's southern port, Aden, members of a Saudi-led military coalition and the local fighters it supports say they are poised to oust Iranian-allied Houthi forces from the capital Sanaa. The prospect of returning exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi remains distant, five months after an advance on his Aden bolthole by the Houthis, who overran the capital a year ago from their northern base, triggered the Saudi-led intervention. At stake is not just who will rule Yemen, which regional power will hold sway and whether its persistent jihadist threat can be ended, but its future as a single state after centuries of tribal disputes and regional divisions. More »

  • IS advances against rebels in Syria's Aleppo: monitor
    IS advances against rebels in Syria's Aleppo: monitor Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Islamic State group fighters seized five villages from rebel forces in Syria's northern Aleppo province overnight and entered the outskirts of a key opposition bastion there, a monitor said Thursday. More »

  • Drone kills five Qaeda suspects in Yemen stronghold
    Drone kills five Qaeda suspects in Yemen stronghold Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    An apparent US drone strike killed five Al-Qaeda suspects in the extremist network's southeastern stronghold of Mukalla, a government official said Thursday. More »

  • Dozens killed as Somali Shebab ambush troops: government
    Dozens killed as Somali Shebab ambush troops: government Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Dozens have been killed in Somalia after Shebab gunmen ambushed an army convoy, officials and local elders said Thursday, the latest battles with the Al-Qaeda-linked insurgents. More »

  • Syria regime, rebels agree new truce for three towns
    Syria regime, rebels agree new truce for three towns Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    A new 48-hour truce between Syrian regime forces and rebels in three towns entered into force on Thursday after negotiations, a mediator and a monitoring group said. More »

  • Top Asian News at 5:30 a.m. GMT Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese prosecutors have detained 11 people over a massive warehouse explosion that killed at least 139 people. The national prosecutor's office said in a notice Thursday that those held include current and retired officials in the port city of Tianjin, along with others working for the company that runs the port, the largest in northern China. More »

  • Alleged Syrian war recruiter loses Sydney court challenge Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    SYDNEY (AP) — A Sydney man accused of recruiting foreign fighters to battle the Syrian regime lost a court challenge on Thursday to the Australian law that he was charged with breaking. More »

  • Israeli air strike targets Hamas in response to rocket attack Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Israel launched an air strike against a Hamas facility on Thursday in response to a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip, the Israeli army said. No one was hurt in the night-time rocket attack on southern Israel, the army said in a statement. There were no immediate reports of any casualties in the Palestinian enclave after warplanes struck what the Israeli military said was a weapons factory belonging to the ruling Hamas Islamist movement. More »

  • Editorial Roundup: Excerpts from recent editorials Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    Excerpts from recent editorials in newspapers in the United States and abroad: More »

  • Rocket from Gaza hits southern Israel, no casualties - army Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip struck southern Israel on Thursday, causing no casualties, the Israeli army said. Salafi Jihadist groups that are proponents of global holy war endorsed by al Qaeda have claimed most of the sporadic rocket strikes on Israel from the coastal territory since the end of a 50-day Gaza war a year ago. The army said in a statement that the rocket had hit an area adjacent to the Gaza border and no injuries had been reported. More »

  • UN envoy confident Libya peace talks are in final stages Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Libya said Wednesday he is confident that U.N.-brokered talks between the troubled country's rival governments are in the final stages. An agreement would immediately end the country's political crisis and military conflict. More »

  • Islamists kill at least seven in southern Somali attack Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    By Feisal Omar and Abdi Sheikh MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Islamist al Shabaab militants killed at least seven people including a regional official and local police commander in an attack on a government convoy in southern Somalia on Wednesday, officials and the group said. Al Shabaab attacked the convoy between Garbaharey and Baladhawo towns in the Gedo region, near the Kenyan border. "We ambushed them but it turned into a fierce battle later," al Shabaab’s military operations spokesman, Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, told Reuters. More »

  • Syrian FSA commander dies in attack in southern Turkey Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    A commander from the rebel Free Syrian Army died in a bomb attack on his car in the southern Turkish province of Hatay on Wednesday, a news agency and two insurgent sources said. The rebel leader was named by all sources as Jamil Raadoun, the commander of Sukour al-Ghab, one of several groups fighting under the FSA banner. Raadoun had survived a similar attack in Turkey in April. More »

  • Five die in rebel rocket fire on Syria's Homs: SANA
    Five die in rebel rocket fire on Syria's Homs: SANA Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    Five people were killed and 20 wounded Wednesday when rebel rocket fire hit a petrol station in a government-held part of Syria's central Homs city, state news agency SANA said. More »

  • Qaeda blows up Yemen army HQ in stronghold city
    Qaeda blows up Yemen army HQ in stronghold city Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    Al-Qaeda militants on Wednesday blew up an army headquarters and set up checkpoints in the jihadist network's southeastern stronghold of Mukalla, officials in Hadramawt province said. More »

  • Algerian troops kill five Islamist fighters in operation Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    Algeria's armed forces have mounted operations against Islamist militants in the east of the country and killed five fighters in the past few days, the Defence Ministry on Wednesday. The Algerian government is fighting two armed groups, Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and the Caliphate Soldiers, a branch of Islamic State. Since the end of a civil war in the 1990s which killed more than 200,000 people, Algeria has become a U.S. ally in its fight against armed Islamist militancy in the Sahel. More »

  • DoD manual allows journalists to be held as 'belligerents'
    DoD manual allows journalists to be held as 'belligerents' Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    New Defense Department guidelines allow commanders to punish journalists and treat them as "unprivileged belligerents" if they believe journalists are sympathizing or cooperating with the enemy. ... More »

  • Al-Qaeda denies holding UK hostage freed in Yemen
    Al-Qaeda denies holding UK hostage freed in Yemen Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    Al-Qaeda tells Al Jazeera that it never held a UK hostage that the UAE said it freed from the group in Yemen on Sunday. More »

  • Syria's Assad 'Confident' of Continuing Support From Russia and …
    Syria's Assad 'Confident' of Continuing Support From Russia and … Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    Russia and Iran will not desert Syria, according Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. Assad also praised Iran for resisting international pressure to make concessions on its support for Syria as part of the recent nuclear deal. More »

  • Yemen's Al-Qaeda Denies It Held British Hostage
    Yemen's Al-Qaeda Denies It Held British Hostage Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    The Yemen branch of Al-Qaeda denied reports it had been holding a British hostage who the United Arab Emirates said it freed from the group earlier this week. In a statement posted on Twitter on Tuesday, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, regarded as the most dangerous offshoot of the militant group, said: "The UAE government claims it freed a Briton whom al Qaeda had kidnapped. The UAE said on Sunday that their forces in the southern Yemeni city of Aden had freed the hostage, identified as an oil worker abducted in Yemen in February 2014. More »

  • Teenage girl arrested with Anzac parade plot schoolboy admits terror charge …
    Teenage girl arrested with Anzac parade plot schoolboy admits terror charge … Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    A schoolgirl arrested with a teenage boy involved in a plot to attack police at an Anzac Day parade in Australia has admitted two terror offences. More »

  • Dust-covered woman from iconic 9/11 photograph dies of cancer
    Dust-covered woman from iconic 9/11 photograph dies of cancer Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    A survivor of the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York who was featured in one of the most haunting photographs of the outrage has died of stomach cancer. She was 42. More »

  • Yemen's Qaeda denies having held Briton rescued by UAE
    Yemen's Qaeda denies having held Briton rescued by UAE Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    Al-Qaeda in Yemen has denied it was holding a British hostage who the United Arab Emirates said it had rescued from the jihadists this week, according to a statement posted online. More »

  • Foiled France Train Attack Highlights Europe's Very Modern Terror Probl …
    Foiled France Train Attack Highlights Europe's Very Modern Terror Probl … Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    In the aftermath of the attempted terror attack on a train bound for Paris last Friday, analysts have raised questions over what Europe can do, if anything, to protect itself from the increasingly unpredictable nature of such threats. The problem, security experts say, is that the numbers of potential terrorists in Europe has now reached unprecedented levels, due to the allure of so-called Islamic State (ISIS), which has seen thousands of young men across Europe drawn to its murderous ranks. In January, Rob Wainwright, the director of the EU's law enforcement agency Europol warned that between 3,000 and 5,000 European nationals have travelled abroad to countries like Syria to train or fight with jihadi groups, and now pose a significant threat should they return to Europe. More »

  • The Islamic State economy: how Syrian antiquities fuel terrorism Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    When the self-described Islamic State (IS) publicly beheaded a Syrian archaeologist last week for refusing to reveal the whereabouts of hidden treasures in the ancient city of Palmyra, it was a measure of how important the illicit sale of antiquities has become to the cash-hungry and predominantly self-financed organization. The extremist Islamist group that controls more than a third of both Syria and Iraq is awash in cash, experts in terrorist financing say. Recommended: How much do you know about the Islamic State? More »

  • Gay Refugees Addresses U.N. Security Council in Historic Meeting on LGBT Ri …
    Gay Refugees Addresses U.N. Security Council in Historic Meeting on LGBT Ri … Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    Two gay refugees from Syria and Iraq testified Monday about the constant fear of violence and death they experienced living under authoritarian governments, militant groups and the Islamic State (ISIS) in the first-ever meeting on LGBT rights at the United Nations Security Council. Homosexuality is generally not accepted in the cultures of many Middle Eastern and African countries which has led to the persecution of many in the LGBT communities. In Syria and Iraq, the presence of ISIS "has increased the vulnerability of millions…and further entrenched structural and cultural violence against women and [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender] persons," Jessica Stern, executive director of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, told the Security Council on Monday. More »

  • In Islamic State war, like others, heritage always a target
    In Islamic State war, like others, heritage always a target Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — A nearly 2,000-year-old temple in the Syrian city of Palmyra this week was the latest victim in the Islamic State group's campaign of destruction of historic sites across the territory it controls in Iraq and Syria. More »

  • South Carolina, Kansas governors: No Guantanamo detainees Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The governors of South Carolina and Kansas wrote to the Obama administration on Tuesday, threatening to sue if detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, are brought to military installations in either state. More »

  • Turkey ready for anti-IS strikes: Pentagon
    Turkey ready for anti-IS strikes: Pentagon Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    Turkey is now ready to fully participate in coalition strikes against the Islamic State group and may do so within days, the Pentagon said Tuesday. More »

  • Did Saudis nab mastermind of 1996 terror … Christian Science Monitor - 21 hours ago

    If confirmed, the arrest of Ahmad Mughassil, military commander of the Iranian-backed Saudi Hezbollah organization believed to be behind the bombing, would be a coup … More »Did Saudis nab mastermind of 1996 terror …

    If confirmed, the arrest of Ahmad Mughassil, military commander of the Iranian-backed Saudi Hezbollah organization believed to be behind the bombing, would be a coup for the Saudi government and the FBI, which had offered a $5 million reward for his capture. Lebanon’s Al Akhbar newspaper, a pro-Hezbollah outlet, today provided …

  • Pakistan suicide bomber kills wife, … Associated Press - 22 hours ago

    MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — A suspected Taliban militant blew himself up during a police raid in central Pakistan on Thursday, killing his own wife and two children, police … More »Pakistan suicide bomber kills wife, …

    MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — A suspected Taliban militant blew himself up during a police raid in central Pakistan on Thursday, killing his own wife and two children, police said.

  • Syrian army and rebels agree to new truce in Zabadani
    Syrian army and rebels agree to new … Al Jazeera - 22 hours ago

    Ceasefire aims to end government bombardment of Zabadani and the siege of two Shia villages by rebels. More »Syrian army and rebels agree to new …

    Syrian army and rebels agree to new truce in Zabadani

    Ceasefire aims to end government bombardment of Zabadani and the siege of two Shia villages by rebels.

  • Drone strike kills five in al Qaeda … Reuters - 23 hours ago

    A drone strike killed at least five suspected militants travelling in a car in an al Qaeda stronghold in eastern Yemen overnight, residents said, the latest in a series … More »Drone strike kills five in al Qaeda …

    A drone strike killed at least five suspected militants travelling in a car in an al Qaeda stronghold in eastern Yemen overnight, residents said, the latest in a series of attacks by suspected U.S. aircraft. The strike around midnight on Wednesday was the second reported this week in the port city of Mukalla, which was …

  • Members of the Popular Mobilisation units gather around a vehicle during a military operation against Islamic State (IS) group jihadists north of Fallujah, in Iraq's Anbar province, on August 19, 2015
    IS kills two generals in Iraq, advances … AFP - 23 hours ago

    A suicide attack claimed by the Islamic State group killed two Iraqi generals on Thursday in the key battleground province of Anbar, as the jihadists made gains in neighbouring … More »IS kills two generals in Iraq, advances …

    Members of the Popular Mobilisation units gather around a vehicle during a military operation against Islamic State (IS) group jihadists north of Fallujah, in Iraq's Anbar province, on August 19, 2015

    A suicide attack claimed by the Islamic State group killed two Iraqi generals on Thursday in the key battleground province of Anbar, as the jihadists made gains in neighbouring Syria.

  • ISIS Increase Control in Buffer Zone on Turkish Border
    ISIS Increase Control in Buffer Zone … International Business Times - Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    ISIS militants captured five villages early on Thursday morning in the northern Syrian region which has previously been proposed as an 'ISIS-free buffer zone' by both … More »ISIS Increase Control in Buffer Zone …

    ISIS Increase Control in Buffer Zone on Turkish Border

    ISIS militants captured five villages early on Thursday morning in the northern Syrian region which has previously been proposed as an 'ISIS-free buffer zone' by both the U.S. and Turkey. London-based monitoring group, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), revealed that five villages in northern Aleppo Province, …

  • A girl cries as she walks onto the veranda at the yard of a school sheltering people displaced by Saudi-led air strikes on Yemen's northwestern province of Saada, in the capital Sanaa
    Coalition poised to retake capital, … Reuters - Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    By Mohammed Ghobari and Angus McDowall SANAA/RIYADH (Reuters) - Weeks after seizing Yemen's southern port, Aden, members of a Saudi-led military coalition and the local … More »Coalition poised to retake capital, …

    A girl cries as she walks onto the veranda at the yard of a school sheltering people displaced by Saudi-led air strikes on Yemen's northwestern province of Saada, in the capital Sanaa

    By Mohammed Ghobari and Angus McDowall SANAA/RIYADH (Reuters) - Weeks after seizing Yemen's southern port, Aden, members of a Saudi-led military coalition and the local fighters it supports say they are poised to oust Iranian-allied Houthi forces from the capital Sanaa. The prospect of returning exiled President Abd-Rabbu …

  • Rebel forces from Jaysh al-Islam (Army of Islam) take position behind a sand barrier on August 25, 2015 on the frontline in the Bashkoy area, on the northern outskirts of Aleppo, northern Syria
    IS advances against rebels in Syria's … AFP - Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Islamic State group fighters seized five villages from rebel forces in Syria's northern Aleppo province overnight and entered the outskirts of a key opposition bastion … More »IS advances against rebels in Syria's …

    Rebel forces from Jaysh al-Islam (Army of Islam) take position behind a sand barrier on August 25, 2015 on the frontline in the Bashkoy area, on the northern outskirts of Aleppo, northern Syria

    Islamic State group fighters seized five villages from rebel forces in Syria's northern Aleppo province overnight and entered the outskirts of a key opposition bastion there, a monitor said Thursday.

  • Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)has taken advantage of the chaos caused by months of fighting between pro-government forces and Iran-backed Shiite rebels, to seize Mukalla, pictured
    Drone kills five Qaeda suspects in Yemen … AFP - Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    An apparent US drone strike killed five Al-Qaeda suspects in the extremist network's southeastern stronghold of Mukalla, a government official said Thursday. More »Drone kills five Qaeda suspects in Yemen …

    Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)has taken advantage of the chaos caused by months of fighting between pro-government forces and Iran-backed Shiite rebels, to seize Mukalla, pictured

    An apparent US drone strike killed five Al-Qaeda suspects in the extremist network's southeastern stronghold of Mukalla, a government official said Thursday.

  • File picture shows a Somali soldier guarding the site of a suicide attack by Shebab militants in Mogadishu
    Dozens killed as Somali Shebab ambush … AFP - Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Dozens have been killed in Somalia after Shebab gunmen ambushed an army convoy, officials and local elders said Thursday, the latest battles with the Al-Qaeda-linked … More »Dozens killed as Somali Shebab ambush …

    File picture shows a Somali soldier guarding the site of a suicide attack by Shebab militants in Mogadishu

    Dozens have been killed in Somalia after Shebab gunmen ambushed an army convoy, officials and local elders said Thursday, the latest battles with the Al-Qaeda-linked insurgents.

  • File picture released by Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows Syrian pro-government troops in the mountains surrounding the city of Zabadani
    Syria regime, rebels agree new truce … AFP - Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    A new 48-hour truce between Syrian regime forces and rebels in three towns entered into force on Thursday after negotiations, a mediator and a monitoring group said. More »Syria regime, rebels agree new truce …

    File picture released by Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows Syrian pro-government troops in the mountains surrounding the city of Zabadani

    A new 48-hour truce between Syrian regime forces and rebels in three towns entered into force on Thursday after negotiations, a mediator and a monitoring group said.

  • Top Asian News at 5:30 a.m. GMT Associated Press - Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese prosecutors have detained 11 people over a massive warehouse explosion that killed at least 139 people. The national prosecutor's office said … More »Top Asian News at 5:30 a.m. GMT

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese prosecutors have detained 11 people over a massive warehouse explosion that killed at least 139 people. The national prosecutor's office said in a notice Thursday that those held include current and retired officials in the port city of Tianjin, along with others working for the company that runs …

  • Alleged Syrian war recruiter loses Sydney … Associated Press - Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    SYDNEY (AP) — A Sydney man accused of recruiting foreign fighters to battle the Syrian regime lost a court challenge on Thursday to the Australian law that he was charged … More »Alleged Syrian war recruiter loses Sydney …

    SYDNEY (AP) — A Sydney man accused of recruiting foreign fighters to battle the Syrian regime lost a court challenge on Thursday to the Australian law that he was charged with breaking.

  • Israeli air strike targets Hamas in … Reuters - Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Israel launched an air strike against a Hamas facility on Thursday in response to a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip, the Israeli army said. No one was hurt in the night-time … More »Israeli air strike targets Hamas in …

    Israel launched an air strike against a Hamas facility on Thursday in response to a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip, the Israeli army said. No one was hurt in the night-time rocket attack on southern Israel, the army said in a statement. There were no immediate reports of any casualties in the Palestinian enclave after …

  • Editorial Roundup: Excerpts from recent … Associated Press - Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    Excerpts from recent editorials in newspapers in the United States and abroad: More »Editorial Roundup: Excerpts from recent …

    Excerpts from recent editorials in newspapers in the United States and abroad:

  • Rocket from Gaza hits southern Israel, … Reuters - Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip struck southern Israel on Thursday, causing no casualties, the Israeli army said. Salafi Jihadist groups that are proponents of global … More »Rocket from Gaza hits southern Israel, …

    A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip struck southern Israel on Thursday, causing no casualties, the Israeli army said. Salafi Jihadist groups that are proponents of global holy war endorsed by al Qaeda have claimed most of the sporadic rocket strikes on Israel from the coastal territory since the end of a 50-day Gaza war …

  • UN envoy confident Libya peace talks … Associated Press - Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Libya said Wednesday he is confident that U.N.-brokered talks between the troubled country's rival governments are in the … More »UN envoy confident Libya peace talks …

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Libya said Wednesday he is confident that U.N.-brokered talks between the troubled country's rival governments are in the final stages. An agreement would immediately end the country's political crisis and military conflict.

  • Islamists kill at least seven in southern … Reuters - Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    By Feisal Omar and Abdi Sheikh MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Islamist al Shabaab militants killed at least seven people including a regional official and local police commander … More »Islamists kill at least seven in southern …

    By Feisal Omar and Abdi Sheikh MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Islamist al Shabaab militants killed at least seven people including a regional official and local police commander in an attack on a government convoy in southern Somalia on Wednesday, officials and the group said. Al Shabaab attacked the convoy between Garbaharey …

  • Syrian FSA commander dies in attack … Reuters - Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    A commander from the rebel Free Syrian Army died in a bomb attack on his car in the southern Turkish province of Hatay on Wednesday, a news agency and two insurgent sources … More »Syrian FSA commander dies in attack …

    A commander from the rebel Free Syrian Army died in a bomb attack on his car in the southern Turkish province of Hatay on Wednesday, a news agency and two insurgent sources said. The rebel leader was named by all sources as Jamil Raadoun, the commander of Sukour al-Ghab, one of several groups fighting under the FSA banner. …

  • Debris following a rocket attack in the government-controlled Syrian city of Homs on August 26, 2015
    Five die in rebel rocket fire on Syria's … AFP - Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    Five people were killed and 20 wounded Wednesday when rebel rocket fire hit a petrol station in a government-held part of Syria's central Homs city, state news agency … More »Five die in rebel rocket fire on Syria's …

    Debris following a rocket attack in the government-controlled Syrian city of Homs on August 26, 2015

    Five people were killed and 20 wounded Wednesday when rebel rocket fire hit a petrol station in a government-held part of Syria's central Homs city, state news agency SANA said.

  • Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)has taken advantage of the chaos caused by months of fighting between pro-government forces and Iran-backed Shiite rebels, to seize Mukalla, pictured
    Qaeda blows up Yemen army HQ in stronghold … AFP - Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    Al-Qaeda militants on Wednesday blew up an army headquarters and set up checkpoints in the jihadist network's southeastern stronghold of Mukalla, officials in Hadramawt … More »Qaeda blows up Yemen army HQ in stronghold …

    Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)has taken advantage of the chaos caused by months of fighting between pro-government forces and Iran-backed Shiite rebels, to seize Mukalla, pictured

    Al-Qaeda militants on Wednesday blew up an army headquarters and set up checkpoints in the jihadist network's southeastern stronghold of Mukalla, officials in Hadramawt province said.

  • Algerian troops kill five Islamist fighters … Reuters - Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    Algeria's armed forces have mounted operations against Islamist militants in the east of the country and killed five fighters in the past few days, the Defence Ministry … More »Algerian troops kill five Islamist fighters …

    Algeria's armed forces have mounted operations against Islamist militants in the east of the country and killed five fighters in the past few days, the Defence Ministry on Wednesday. The Algerian government is fighting two armed groups, Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and the Caliphate Soldiers, a branch of Islamic State. …

  • FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2015 file photo, Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks during a news conference at the Pentagon. New Defense Department guidelines allow commanders to punish journalists and treat them as "unprivileged belligerents" if they believe journalists are sympathizing or cooperating with the enemy.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
    DoD manual allows journalists to be … Associated Press - Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — New Defense Department guidelines allow commanders to punish journalists and treat them as "unprivileged belligerents" if they believe journalists … More »DoD manual allows journalists to be …

    FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2015 file photo, Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks during a news conference at the Pentagon. New Defense Department guidelines allow commanders to punish journalists and treat them as "unprivileged belligerents" if they believe journalists are sympathizing or cooperating with the enemy.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

    WASHINGTON (AP) — New Defense Department guidelines allow commanders to punish journalists and treat them as "unprivileged belligerents" if they believe journalists are sympathizing or cooperating with the enemy.

  • Al-Qaeda denies holding UK hostage freed in Yemen
    Al-Qaeda denies holding UK hostage freed … Al Jazeera - Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    Al-Qaeda tells Al Jazeera that it never held a UK hostage that the UAE said it freed from the group in Yemen on Sunday. More »Al-Qaeda denies holding UK hostage freed …

    Al-Qaeda denies holding UK hostage freed in Yemen

    Al-Qaeda tells Al Jazeera that it never held a UK hostage that the UAE said it freed from the group in Yemen on Sunday.

  • Syria's Assad 'Confident' of Continuing Support From Russia and Iran
    Syria's Assad 'Confident' … International Business Times - Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    Russia and Iran will not desert Syria, according Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. Assad also praised Iran for resisting international pressure to make concessions on … More »Syria's Assad 'Confident' …

    Syria's Assad 'Confident' of Continuing Support From Russia and Iran

    Russia and Iran will not desert Syria, according Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. Assad also praised Iran for resisting international pressure to make concessions on its support for Syria as part of the recent nuclear deal.

  • Yemen's Al-Qaeda Denies It Held … International Business Times - Wed, Aug 26, 2015
    Yemen's Al-Qaeda Denies It Held British Hostage

    The Yemen branch of Al-Qaeda denied reports it had been holding a British hostage who the United Arab Emirates said it freed from the group earlier this week. In a statement posted on Twitter on Tuesday, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, regarded as the most dangerous offshoot of the militant group, said: "The UAE government …

  • Teenage girl arrested with Anzac parade … Press Association - Wed, Aug 26, 2015
    The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has appeared before Manchester magistrates

    A schoolgirl arrested with a teenage boy involved in a plot to attack police at an Anzac Day parade in Australia has admitted two terror offences.

  • Marcy Borders took refuge in a nearby office building when New York's Twin Towers, where she worked for Bank of America, were attacked on September 11, 2001

    A survivor of the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York who was featured in one of the most haunting photographs of the outrage has died of stomach cancer. She was 42.

  • British petroleum engineer Robert Semple, 64, was kidnapped in Yemen's vast desert Hadramawt province in February 2014

    Al-Qaeda in Yemen has denied it was holding a British hostage who the United Arab Emirates said it had rescued from the jihadists this week, according to a statement posted online.

  • Foiled France Train Attack Highlights … International Business Times - Wed, Aug 26, 2015
    Foiled France Train Attack Highlights Europe's Very Modern Terror Problem

    In the aftermath of the attempted terror attack on a train bound for Paris last Friday, analysts have raised questions over what Europe can do, if anything, to protect itself from the increasingly unpredictable nature of such threats. The problem, security experts say, is that the numbers of potential terrorists in Europe …

  • The Islamic State economy: how Syrian … Christian Science Monitor - Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    When the self-described Islamic State (IS) publicly beheaded a Syrian archaeologist last week for refusing to reveal the whereabouts of hidden treasures in the ancient city of Palmyra, it was a measure of how important the illicit sale of antiquities has become to the cash-hungry and predominantly self-financed organization. …

  • Gay Refugees Addresses U.N. Security … International Business Times - Tue, Aug 25, 2015
    Gay Refugees Addresses U.N. Security Council in Historic Meeting on LGBT Rights

    Two gay refugees from Syria and Iraq testified Monday about the constant fear of violence and death they experienced living under authoritarian governments, militant groups and the Islamic State (ISIS) in the first-ever meeting on LGBT rights at the United Nations Security Council. Homosexuality is generally not accepted …

  • In Islamic State war, like others, heritage … Associated Press - Tue, Aug 25, 2015
    FILE - This undated file photo released Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015 on a social media site used by Islamic State militants, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows smoke from the detonation of the 2,000-year-old temple of Baalshamin in Syria's ancient caravan city of Palmyra. The nearly 2,000-year-old temple in the Syrian city of Palmyra this week was the latest victim in the Islamic State group’s campaign of destruction of historic sites across the territory it controls in Iraq and Syria. Arabic at bottom reads, "The moment of detonation of the pagan Baalshamin temple in the city of Palmyra." (Islamic State social media account via AP, File)

    CAIRO (AP) — A nearly 2,000-year-old temple in the Syrian city of Palmyra this week was the latest victim in the Islamic State group's campaign of destruction of historic sites across the territory it controls in Iraq and Syria.

  • South Carolina, Kansas governors: No … Associated Press - Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The governors of South Carolina and Kansas wrote to the Obama administration on Tuesday, threatening to sue if detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, are brought to military installations in either state.

  • This August 9, 2015 US Air Force photo shows an F-16 Fighting Falcon departing Aviano Air Base, Italy enroute to Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, in support of Operation Inherent Resolve

    Turkey is now ready to fully participate in coalition strikes against the Islamic State group and may do so within days, the Pentagon said Tuesday.