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  • Islamic State group radio claims Saudi mosque suicide attack
    Islamic State group radio claims Saudi mosque suicide attack 5 hours ago

    CAIRO (AP) — The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing at a Shiite mosque in Saudi Arabia, warning that more "black days" loom ahead in a direct challenge to the rulers of the Sunni kingdom. More »

  • Highlights of Clinton emails on Benghazi 7 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department on Friday released 296 emails, totaling 896 pages, that former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton turned over to the State Department and the special committee investigating the 2012 attacks on diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya, that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. More »

  • Suicide bomber kills 21 at Saudi Shi'ite mosque, Islamic State claims a …
    Suicide bomber kills 21 at Saudi Shi'ite mosque, Islamic State claims a … 8 hours ago

    (This May 22 story has been refiled to fix syntax in second paragraph) By Sami Aboudi DUBAI (Reuters) - A suicide bomber killed 21 worshippers on Friday in a packed Shi'ite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia, residents and the health minister said, the first attack in the kingdom to be claimed by Islamic State militants. More than 90 people were wounded, the Saudi health minister told state television. Islamic State said in a statement that one of its suicide bombers, identified as Abu 'Ammar al-Najdi, carried out the attack using an explosives-laden belt that killed or wounded 250 people, U.S.-based monitoring group SITE said on its Twitter account. More »

  • AP Analysis: At Mideast forum, hopes for future amid chaos
    AP Analysis: At Mideast forum, hopes for future amid chaos 9 hours ago

    SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan (AP) — Against a backdrop of Iraq and Syria in flames, Middle Eastern political and business leaders sought to focus on a future of growth and investment for a region that for long has lagged behind. But present-day reality proved rather difficult to ignore, with the Islamic State group wreaking havoc not far from these Dead Sea shores. More »

  • Memo to Afghanistan: Don't forget Russia
    Memo to Afghanistan: Don't forget Russia 10 hours ago

    Russia is alarmed by security threats on its southern border - watch out for a non-conventional response. More »

  • Today in History 12 hours ago

    Today is Saturday, May 23, the 143rd day of 2015. There are 222 days left in the year. More »

  • IS cements grip on Iraq-Syria border in jihadist surge
    IS cements grip on Iraq-Syria border in jihadist surge 14 hours ago

    The Islamic State group consolidated its control of the Iraq-Syria border Friday after capturing an Iraqi provincial capital and a famed Syrian heritage site in an offensive that has sparked criticism of US military strategy in the region. More »

  • U.N. investigates reports of executions, abuses in Mali
    U.N. investigates reports of executions, abuses in Mali 16 hours ago

    By Souleymane Ag Anara and Adama Diarra BAMAKO (Reuters) - The United Nations said on Friday it was investigating reports of serious human rights abuses, including the execution of civilians, in northern Mali following clashes this week between northern Tuareg separatist rebels and pro-government militia. U.N.-brokered peace efforts in Mali's north are in danger of unravelling because of repeated violations of a ceasefire between the Tuareg-led Coordination of Movements of Azawad (CMA) and the pro-government factions around the flashpoint northern town of Menaka. The U.N. mission in Mali said on Friday it had sent a team of investigators to verify reports of serious abuses and the execution of civilians, possibly including an aid worker in Tin-Hamma, in Gao region. More »

  • 2 men charged in California in terrorism probe 16 hours ago

    SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Two California men arrested by the FBI aspired to join the Islamic State group and bought a plane ticket for one of them to travel to Turkey with the hope of becoming a martyr, federal prosecutors said Friday. More »

  • Islamic State loyalists claim Saudi mosque attack 19 hours ago

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — A suicide bomber unleashed a blast in a Shiite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia as worshippers commemorated the birth of a revered saint, killing at least 21people and wounding dozens more in the deadliest attack seen in the kingdom in more than a decade. Loyalists of the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the bombing. More »

  • Heavy Saudi-led airstrikes target Shiite rebels in Yemen 20 hours ago

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The Saudi-led coalition on Friday launched heavy airstrikes against Shiite rebels in Yemen, targeting camps and weapons depots in the rebel-held capital, as a U.N. agency said some 234 children were killed in violence over the past two months. More »

  • Analysis: At Mideast forum, hopes for future amid chaos
    Analysis: At Mideast forum, hopes for future amid chaos 20 hours ago

    SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan (AP) — Against a backdrop of Iraq and Syria in flames, Middle Eastern political and business leaders sought to focus on a future of growth and investment for a region that for long has lagged behind. But present-day reality proved rather difficult to ignore, with the Islamic State group wreaking havoc not far from these Dead Sea shores. More »

  • Two Saudis killed in rocket attacks launched from Yemen - SPA 22 hours ago

    Cross border rocket attacks launched from inside Yemen have killed two people in southern Saudi Arabia over the last 24 hours, Saudi Arabia's state news agency SPA reported on Friday. SPA quoted a Civil Defence official in the southwestern province of Jizan as saying that a child was killed and three other children were wounded on Friday in the al-Tawal region. Al Masira TV channel, run by the Houthi's Ansarullah group broadcast footage earlier this week which it said showed Houthi fighters entering a Saudi border post after being fired on by Saudi tanks and helicopters. More »

  • Saudi-led coalition pounds Yemen rebels in three cities
    Saudi-led coalition pounds Yemen rebels in three cities 23 hours ago

    Warplanes from the Saudi-led coalition pounded Shiite rebels across three Yemeni cities on Friday, as Riyadh reported the death of a Saudi child from cross-border fire. More »

  • Unmanned
    Unmanned 23 hours ago

    For as long as humans have been gathering in groups to kill each other, other humans have watched, whether from the front line or the sidelines, and made art about it. The impulse is a natural one—to document the most dramatic events of the time, and to make those who give their lives in the service of their country immortal—but it also allows for some understanding of the particular anxieties associated with war in different eras. ... More »

  • Insight - Islamic State expands its 'state'
    Insight - Islamic State expands its 'state' 23 hours ago

    By Samia Nakhoul BEIRUT (Reuters) - Almost a year after Islamic State's shock capture of Mosul, Iraq's second city, the black flags of the jihadis have been raised over Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province to the west of Baghdad, seat of Iraq’s increasingly theoretical central government. Nobody talks of Mosul or recapturing it from Islamic State. Now it is all about the fall of Ramadi, the neighbouring ancient Syrian city of Palmyra in central Syria and beyond - the Libyan city of Sirte, hometown of former leader Muammar Gaddafi. More »

  • Key Syria-Iraq border crossing falls to ISIL
    Key Syria-Iraq border crossing falls to ISIL Fri, May 22, 2015

    ISIL fighters capture the last border crossing with Iraq still held by the Syrian government More »

  • Kenya says attack by Somali militants thwarted in Garissa Fri, May 22, 2015

    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Kenyan forces fought suspected al-Shabab members in a village close to the northeastern town where a massacre of college students took place last month, according to the interior ministry. More »

  • Somalia's al Shabaab fighters attack village in Kenya Fri, May 22, 2015

    Militants from Somalia-based al Shabaab attacked a village in northeast Kenya but were beaten back by security forces, the Interior Ministry said on Friday. It said the militants entered the village of Yumbis, 70 km (45 miles) north of the town of Garissa, late on Thursday. "Security forces swiftly mobilized and engaged the militants in a gunbattle. More »

  • Kenya says it repelled Al Shabab militants in town north of Garissa Fri, May 22, 2015

    It took place in Yumbis, about 40 miles north of Garissa, where the deadliest terrorist attack on Kenyan soil occurred in early April. Masked militants rounded up villagers on Thursday, leaving only after placing black flags across the village, a resident told Al Jazeera. The militants were looking for non-Muslims, the resident said. More »

  • Islamic State claims Yemen mosque attack - IS Twitter statement Fri, May 22, 2015

    A bomb exploded at a Shi'ite Houthi mosque in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Friday, wounding 13 people, a security source said, and the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement on Twitter. Iranian-backed Houthi rebels have seized large swathes of territory, including Sanaa, prompting formation of a Saudi-backed Arab coalition that is using air power to try to halt their advances. "Members of the caliphate in Sanaa have detonated an explosive device in a Houthi mosque in the people's district...which lead to the death and injury of many of them [Houthis]" said the Islamic State. More »

  • Insurgents in Syria seize hospital from army - monitor Fri, May 22, 2015

    Insurgents on Friday seized a hospital from Syrian government forces who had been besieged there since late April, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, another gain by rebels who have dealt a series of blows to President Bashar al-Assad. Syrian state TV said soldiers holed up in the Jisr al-Shughour hospital in Idlib province had been freed, saying they had managed to "break the siege" in an operation coordinated with air strikes and artillery bombardment. The al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front, an insurgent group involved in the offensive, said government forces had fled. More »

  • Syrian troops evacuate besieged compound in northwest Fri, May 22, 2015

    BEIRUT (AP) — Activists and state media say Syrian troops who had been besieged for nearly a month in a hospital compound in the country's northwest managed to withdraw. More »

  • Al-Shabab storms Kenyan village near Garissa
    Al-Shabab storms Kenyan village near Garissa Fri, May 22, 2015

    Yumbis, 70km north of city where 148 people were killed in university siege, raided by Somalia-based armed group. More »

  • Syrian rebels 'seize hospital holding 150 soldiers'
    Syrian rebels 'seize hospital holding 150 soldiers' Fri, May 22, 2015

    Islamist rebels on Friday overran a hospital in northwest Syria where at least 150 regime forces and dozens of civilians were trapped for nearly a month, a monitor said. More »

  • Top Asian News at 8:30 a.m. GMT Fri, May 22, 2015

    BANGKOK (AP) — Attention turned Friday to the seas off Southeast Asia's west coast as Malaysian naval vessels searched for stranded boat people and the U.S. military prepared air patrols to step up its involvement. Thousands of Bangladeshis and Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar are believed to be trapped on crowded boats with little food or water — some after being pushed back by the navies of at least three countries — and the international community has warned that time to save them is running out. More »

  • Islamist Shebab gunmen storm Kenya village
    Islamist Shebab gunmen storm Kenya village Fri, May 22, 2015

    Islamist gunmen raided a village in northeastern Kenya, the interior ministry said Friday, the latest in a string of brazen attacks by the Somali-led, Al-Qaeda affiliated insurgents. More »

  • Islamic State says it has full control of Syria's Palmyra
    Islamic State says it has full control of Syria's Palmyra Fri, May 22, 2015

    By Sylvia Westall BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State fighters tightened their grip on the historic Syrian city of Palmyra on Thursday and overran Iraqi government defences east of Ramadi, the provincial capital that they seized five days earlier. The twin successes not only pile pressure on Damascus and Baghdad but throw doubt on a U.S. strategy of relying almost exclusively on air strikes to support the fight against Islamic State. U.S. and coalition forces had conducted 18 air strikes against Islamic State targets in Syria and Iraq since Wednesday, the U.S. military said. More »

  • US agents plotted to find bin Laden via meds: report
    US agents plotted to find bin Laden via meds: report Thu, May 21, 2015

    The United States plotted to find Osama bin Laden by concealing tracking devices in medical supplies, possibly through Red Cross hospitals, a report said Thursday, citing documents leaked by former security contractor Edward Snowden. More »

  • Terror suspect wanted in US wins Irish case, walks free
    Terror suspect wanted in US wins Irish case, walks free Thu, May 21, 2015

    DUBLIN (AP) — An Algerian-born terror suspect wanted in the United States walked free from a Dublin court Thursday after five years behind bars and a two-year legal battle against extradition. More »

  • US concludes airstrike in Syria killed 2 innocent children Thu, May 21, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two children were likely killed during an American airstrike targeting al-Qaida-linked militants in Syria last year, and two other adults were wounded, according to an investigation released Thursday by the U.S. military. More »

  • U.S. admits two children killed in Islamic State campaign Thu, May 21, 2015

    By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two children were likely killed by a U.S. air strike in Syria in November, the U.S. military said on Thursday, the first time the Pentagon has acknowledged civilian casualties since it began an air campaign against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq. Two noncombatant adults also received minor injuries in the November air strikes, which targeted an explosives manufacturing facility operated by the al Qaeda-linked Khorasan Group, the U.S. military's Central Command said after an investigation of the reported casualties. More »

  • US says air raid in Syria killed two children
    US says air raid in Syria killed two children Thu, May 21, 2015

    US air strikes against Islamist extremists in Syria killed two children by mistake, officials said Thursday, marking the first time the American military acknowledged inflicting civilian casualties in the war. More »

  • Clinton emails reveal Benghazi militant fears: report
    Clinton emails reveal Benghazi militant fears: report Thu, May 21, 2015

    Emails from Hillary Clinton obtained Thursday by a US daily revealed her own sources provided intelligence on a deadly 2012 attack in Libya that conflicted with White House statements. More »

  • Exclusive - Turkish intelligence helped ship arms to Syrian Islamist rebel  …
    Exclusive - Turkish intelligence helped ship arms to Syrian Islamist rebel  … Thu, May 21, 2015

    By Humeyra Pamuk and Nick Tattersall ADANA, Turkey (Reuters) - Turkey's state intelligence agency helped deliver arms to parts of Syria under Islamist rebel control during late 2013 and early 2014, according to a prosecutor and court testimony from gendarmerie officers seen by Reuters. The witness testimony contradicts Turkey's denials that it sent arms to Syrian rebels and, by extension, contributed to the rise of Islamic State, now a major concern for the NATO member. Syria and some of Turkey's Western allies say Turkey, in its haste to see President Bashar al-Assad toppled, let fighters and arms over the border, some of whom went on to join the Islamic State militant group which has carved a self-declared caliphate out of parts of Syria and Iraq. More »

  • This image taken from a militant website associated with Islamic State extremists, posted Saturday, May 23, 2015, purports to show a suicide bomber identified as a Saudi citizen with the nom de guerre Abu Amer al-Najdi who carried out an attack on a Shiite mosque. The Islamic State group's radio station has claimed responsibility for that suicide bombing Friday, warning that more "black days" loom ahead for Shiites. The attack killed at least 21 people and wounded dozens in the village of al-Qudeeh in the eastern Qatif region as worshippers commemorated the birth of a revered saint. The Arabic bar below reads: "Urgent: The heroic martyr Abu Amer al-Najdi, the attacker of the (Shiite) temple in Qatif." (Militant photo via AP)
    Islamic State group radio claims Saudi … Associated Press - 5 hours ago

    CAIRO (AP) — The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing at a Shiite mosque in Saudi Arabia, warning that more "black days" loom ahead … More »Islamic State group radio claims Saudi …

    This image taken from a militant website associated with Islamic State extremists, posted Saturday, May 23, 2015, purports to show a suicide bomber identified as a Saudi citizen with the nom de guerre Abu Amer al-Najdi who carried out an attack on a Shiite mosque. The Islamic State group's radio station has claimed responsibility for that suicide bombing Friday, warning that more "black days" loom ahead for Shiites. The attack killed at least 21 people and wounded dozens in the village of al-Qudeeh in the eastern Qatif region as worshippers commemorated the birth of a revered saint. The Arabic bar below reads: "Urgent: The heroic martyr Abu Amer al-Najdi, the attacker of the (Shiite) temple in Qatif." (Militant photo via AP)

    CAIRO (AP) — The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing at a Shiite mosque in Saudi Arabia, warning that more "black days" loom ahead in a direct challenge to the rulers of the Sunni kingdom.

  • Highlights of Clinton emails on Ben … Associated Press - 7 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department on Friday released 296 emails, totaling 896 pages, that former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton turned over to the State … More »Highlights of Clinton emails on Ben …

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department on Friday released 296 emails, totaling 896 pages, that former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton turned over to the State Department and the special committee investigating the 2012 attacks on diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya, that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens …

  • A family member of a slain victim mourns after arriving at the Imam Ali mosque, the site of a suicide bomb attack, in the village of al-Qadeeh in the eastern province of Gatif
    Suicide bomber kills 21 at Saudi Shi'ite … Reuters - 8 hours ago

    (This May 22 story has been refiled to fix syntax in second paragraph) By Sami Aboudi DUBAI (Reuters) - A suicide bomber killed 21 worshippers on Friday in a packed … More »Suicide bomber kills 21 at Saudi Shi'ite …

    A family member of a slain victim mourns after arriving at the Imam Ali mosque, the site of a suicide bomb attack, in the village of al-Qadeeh in the eastern province of Gatif

    (This May 22 story has been refiled to fix syntax in second paragraph) By Sami Aboudi DUBAI (Reuters) - A suicide bomber killed 21 worshippers on Friday in a packed Shi'ite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia, residents and the health minister said, the first attack in the kingdom to be claimed by Islamic State militants. …

  • King Abdullah II of Jordan addresses the audience during the opening session of the World Economic Forum at the King Hussein convention center, Southern Shuneh, Jordan, Friday, May 22, 2015. Top political and business leaders are coming together in the Middle East at a regional World Economic Forum conference to search for solutions to widespread joblessness, which has created fertile ground for the recruitment of desperate youths by militants.  (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)
    AP Analysis: At Mideast forum, hopes … Associated Press - 9 hours ago

    SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan (AP) — Against a backdrop of Iraq and Syria in flames, Middle Eastern political and business leaders sought to focus on a future of growth and … More »AP Analysis: At Mideast forum, hopes …

    King Abdullah II of Jordan addresses the audience during the opening session of the World Economic Forum at the King Hussein convention center, Southern Shuneh, Jordan, Friday, May 22, 2015. Top political and business leaders are coming together in the Middle East at a regional World Economic Forum conference to search for solutions to widespread joblessness, which has created fertile ground for the recruitment of desperate youths by militants.  (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

    SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan (AP) — Against a backdrop of Iraq and Syria in flames, Middle Eastern political and business leaders sought to focus on a future of growth and investment for a region that for long has lagged behind. But present-day reality proved rather difficult to ignore, with the Islamic State group wreaking …

  • Memo to Afghanistan: Don't forget Russia
    Memo to Afghanistan: Don't forget … Al Jazeera - 10 hours ago

    Russia is alarmed by security threats on its southern border - watch out for a non-conventional response. More »Memo to Afghanistan: Don't forget …

    Memo to Afghanistan: Don't forget Russia

    Russia is alarmed by security threats on its southern border - watch out for a non-conventional response.

  • Today in History Associated Press - 12 hours ago

    Today is Saturday, May 23, the 143rd day of 2015. There are 222 days left in the year. More »Today in History

    Today is Saturday, May 23, the 143rd day of 2015. There are 222 days left in the year.

  • The advance by Islamic State fighters on Palmyra has raised fears the Syrian world heritage site could be destroyed
    IS cements grip on Iraq-Syria border … AFP - 14 hours ago

    The Islamic State group consolidated its control of the Iraq-Syria border Friday after capturing an Iraqi provincial capital and a famed Syrian heritage site in an offensive … More »IS cements grip on Iraq-Syria border …

    The advance by Islamic State fighters on Palmyra has raised fears the Syrian world heritage site could be destroyed

    The Islamic State group consolidated its control of the Iraq-Syria border Friday after capturing an Iraqi provincial capital and a famed Syrian heritage site in an offensive that has sparked criticism of US military strategy in the region.

  • UN peacekeepers stand guard in the northern town of Kouroume
    U.N. investigates reports of executions, … Reuters - 16 hours ago

    By Souleymane Ag Anara and Adama Diarra BAMAKO (Reuters) - The United Nations said on Friday it was investigating reports of serious human rights abuses, including the … More »U.N. investigates reports of executions, …

    UN peacekeepers stand guard in the northern town of Kouroume

    By Souleymane Ag Anara and Adama Diarra BAMAKO (Reuters) - The United Nations said on Friday it was investigating reports of serious human rights abuses, including the execution of civilians, in northern Mali following clashes this week between northern Tuareg separatist rebels and pro-government militia. U.N.-brokered …

  • 2 men charged in California in terrorism … Associated Press - 16 hours ago

    SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Two California men arrested by the FBI aspired to join the Islamic State group and bought a plane ticket for one of them to travel to Turkey … More »2 men charged in California in terrorism …

    SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Two California men arrested by the FBI aspired to join the Islamic State group and bought a plane ticket for one of them to travel to Turkey with the hope of becoming a martyr, federal prosecutors said Friday.

  • Islamic State loyalists claim Saudi … Associated Press - 19 hours ago

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — A suicide bomber unleashed a blast in a Shiite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia as worshippers commemorated the birth of a revered saint, killing … More »Islamic State loyalists claim Saudi …

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — A suicide bomber unleashed a blast in a Shiite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia as worshippers commemorated the birth of a revered saint, killing at least 21people and wounding dozens more in the deadliest attack seen in the kingdom in more than a decade. Loyalists of the Islamic State group claimed …

  • Heavy Saudi-led airstrikes target Shiite … Associated Press - 20 hours ago

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The Saudi-led coalition on Friday launched heavy airstrikes against Shiite rebels in Yemen, targeting camps and weapons depots in the rebel-held capital, … More »Heavy Saudi-led airstrikes target Shiite …

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The Saudi-led coalition on Friday launched heavy airstrikes against Shiite rebels in Yemen, targeting camps and weapons depots in the rebel-held capital, as a U.N. agency said some 234 children were killed in violence over the past two months.

  • King Abdullah II of Jordan addresses the audience during the opening session of the World Economic Forum at the King Hussein convention center, Southern Shuneh, Jordan, Friday, May 22, 2015. Top political and business leaders are coming together in the Middle East at a regional World Economic Forum conference to search for solutions to widespread joblessness, which has created fertile ground for the recruitment of desperate youths by militants.  (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)
    Analysis: At Mideast forum, hopes for … Associated Press - 20 hours ago

    SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan (AP) — Against a backdrop of Iraq and Syria in flames, Middle Eastern political and business leaders sought to focus on a future of growth and … More »Analysis: At Mideast forum, hopes for …

    King Abdullah II of Jordan addresses the audience during the opening session of the World Economic Forum at the King Hussein convention center, Southern Shuneh, Jordan, Friday, May 22, 2015. Top political and business leaders are coming together in the Middle East at a regional World Economic Forum conference to search for solutions to widespread joblessness, which has created fertile ground for the recruitment of desperate youths by militants.  (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

    SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan (AP) — Against a backdrop of Iraq and Syria in flames, Middle Eastern political and business leaders sought to focus on a future of growth and investment for a region that for long has lagged behind. But present-day reality proved rather difficult to ignore, with the Islamic State group wreaking …

  • Two Saudis killed in rocket attacks … Reuters - 22 hours ago

    Cross border rocket attacks launched from inside Yemen have killed two people in southern Saudi Arabia over the last 24 hours, Saudi Arabia's state news agency SPA reported … More »Two Saudis killed in rocket attacks …

    Cross border rocket attacks launched from inside Yemen have killed two people in southern Saudi Arabia over the last 24 hours, Saudi Arabia's state news agency SPA reported on Friday. SPA quoted a Civil Defence official in the southwestern province of Jizan as saying that a child was killed and three other children were …

  • Smoke billows following an air-strike by the Saudi-led coalition on an arms depot on the outskirts of Sanaa, on May 22, 2015
    Saudi-led coalition pounds Yemen rebels … AFP - 23 hours ago

    Warplanes from the Saudi-led coalition pounded Shiite rebels across three Yemeni cities on Friday, as Riyadh reported the death of a Saudi child from cross-border fi … More »Saudi-led coalition pounds Yemen rebels …

    Smoke billows following an air-strike by the Saudi-led coalition on an arms depot on the outskirts of Sanaa, on May 22, 2015

    Warplanes from the Saudi-led coalition pounded Shiite rebels across three Yemeni cities on Friday, as Riyadh reported the death of a Saudi child from cross-border fire.

  • Unmanned
    Unmanned The Atlantic - 23 hours ago

    For as long as humans have been gathering in groups to kill each other, other humans have watched, whether from the front line or the sidelines, and made art about it. … More »Unmanned

    Unmanned

    For as long as humans have been gathering in groups to kill each other, other humans have watched, whether from the front line or the sidelines, and made art about it. The impulse is a natural one—to document the most dramatic events of the time, and to make those who give their lives in the service of their country immortal—but …

  • Members of the Iraqi army and Shi'ite fighters launch a mortar toward Islamic State militants outskirt the city of Falluja
    Insight - Islamic State expands its … Reuters - 23 hours ago

    By Samia Nakhoul BEIRUT (Reuters) - Almost a year after Islamic State's shock capture of Mosul, Iraq's second city, the black flags of the jihadis have been raised over … More »Insight - Islamic State expands its …

    Members of the Iraqi army and Shi'ite fighters launch a mortar toward Islamic State militants outskirt the city of Falluja

    By Samia Nakhoul BEIRUT (Reuters) - Almost a year after Islamic State's shock capture of Mosul, Iraq's second city, the black flags of the jihadis have been raised over Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province to the west of Baghdad, seat of Iraq’s increasingly theoretical central government. Nobody talks of Mosul or recapturing …

  • Key Syria-Iraq border crossing falls to ISIL
    Key Syria-Iraq border crossing falls … Al Jazeera - Fri, May 22, 2015

    ISIL fighters capture the last border crossing with Iraq still held by the Syrian government More »Key Syria-Iraq border crossing falls …

    Key Syria-Iraq border crossing falls to ISIL

    ISIL fighters capture the last border crossing with Iraq still held by the Syrian government

  • Kenya says attack by Somali militants … Associated Press - Fri, May 22, 2015

    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Kenyan forces fought suspected al-Shabab members in a village close to the northeastern town where a massacre of college students took place last … More »Kenya says attack by Somali militants …

    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Kenyan forces fought suspected al-Shabab members in a village close to the northeastern town where a massacre of college students took place last month, according to the interior ministry.

  • Somalia's al Shabaab fighters attack … Reuters - Fri, May 22, 2015

    Militants from Somalia-based al Shabaab attacked a village in northeast Kenya but were beaten back by security forces, the Interior Ministry said on Friday. It said … More »Somalia's al Shabaab fighters attack …

    Militants from Somalia-based al Shabaab attacked a village in northeast Kenya but were beaten back by security forces, the Interior Ministry said on Friday. It said the militants entered the village of Yumbis, 70 km (45 miles) north of the town of Garissa, late on Thursday. "Security forces swiftly mobilized and engaged …

  • Kenya says it repelled Al Shabab militants … Christian Science Monitor - Fri, May 22, 2015

    It took place in Yumbis, about 40 miles north of Garissa, where the deadliest terrorist attack on Kenyan soil occurred in early April. Masked militants rounded up villagers … More »Kenya says it repelled Al Shabab militants …

    It took place in Yumbis, about 40 miles north of Garissa, where the deadliest terrorist attack on Kenyan soil occurred in early April. Masked militants rounded up villagers on Thursday, leaving only after placing black flags across the village, a resident told Al Jazeera. The militants were looking for non-Muslims, the …

  • Islamic State claims Yemen mosque attack … Reuters - Fri, May 22, 2015

    A bomb exploded at a Shi'ite Houthi mosque in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Friday, wounding 13 people, a security source said, and the Islamic State claimed responsibility … More »Islamic State claims Yemen mosque attack …

    A bomb exploded at a Shi'ite Houthi mosque in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Friday, wounding 13 people, a security source said, and the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement on Twitter. Iranian-backed Houthi rebels have seized large swathes of territory, including Sanaa, prompting formation of …

  • Insurgents in Syria seize hospital from … Reuters - Fri, May 22, 2015

    Insurgents on Friday seized a hospital from Syrian government forces who had been besieged there since late April, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, another … More »Insurgents in Syria seize hospital from …

    Insurgents on Friday seized a hospital from Syrian government forces who had been besieged there since late April, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, another gain by rebels who have dealt a series of blows to President Bashar al-Assad. Syrian state TV said soldiers holed up in the Jisr al-Shughour hospital in …

  • Syrian troops evacuate besieged compound … Associated Press - Fri, May 22, 2015

    BEIRUT (AP) — Activists and state media say Syrian troops who had been besieged for nearly a month in a hospital compound in the country's northwest managed to w … More »Syrian troops evacuate besieged compound …

    BEIRUT (AP) — Activists and state media say Syrian troops who had been besieged for nearly a month in a hospital compound in the country's northwest managed to withdraw.

  • Al-Shabab storms Kenyan village near Garissa
    Al-Shabab storms Kenyan village near … Al Jazeera - Fri, May 22, 2015

    Yumbis, 70km north of city where 148 people were killed in university siege, raided by Somalia-based armed group. More »Al-Shabab storms Kenyan village near …

    Al-Shabab storms Kenyan village near Garissa

    Yumbis, 70km north of city where 148 people were killed in university siege, raided by Somalia-based armed group.

  • The Syrian town of Jisr al-Shughur, in Idlib province, fell to rebels including Al-Qaeda's local affiliate, on April 25
    Syrian rebels 'seize hospital holding … AFP - Fri, May 22, 2015

    Islamist rebels on Friday overran a hospital in northwest Syria where at least 150 regime forces and dozens of civilians were trapped for nearly a month, a monitor s … More »Syrian rebels 'seize hospital holding …

    The Syrian town of Jisr al-Shughur, in Idlib province, fell to rebels including Al-Qaeda's local affiliate, on April 25

    Islamist rebels on Friday overran a hospital in northwest Syria where at least 150 regime forces and dozens of civilians were trapped for nearly a month, a monitor said.

  • Top Asian News at 8:30 a.m. GMT Associated Press - Fri, May 22, 2015

    BANGKOK (AP) — Attention turned Friday to the seas off Southeast Asia's west coast as Malaysian naval vessels searched for stranded boat people and the U.S. military prepared air patrols to step up its involvement. Thousands of Bangladeshis and Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar are believed to be trapped on crowded boats …

  • A billboard put up by the Kenyan interior ministry shows alleged Shebab commander Mohamed Mohamud on April 17, 2015 Nairobi

    Islamist gunmen raided a village in northeastern Kenya, the interior ministry said Friday, the latest in a string of brazen attacks by the Somali-led, Al-Qaeda affiliated insurgents.

  • Residents walk in Palmyra city

    By Sylvia Westall BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State fighters tightened their grip on the historic Syrian city of Palmyra on Thursday and overran Iraqi government defences east of Ramadi, the provincial capital that they seized five days earlier. The twin successes not only pile pressure on Damascus and Baghdad but throw …

  • This screen grab released May 7, 2011 by the US Department of Defense shows Al-Qaeda mastermind Osama bin Laden

    The United States plotted to find Osama bin Laden by concealing tracking devices in medical supplies, possibly through Red Cross hospitals, a report said Thursday, citing documents leaked by former security contractor Edward Snowden.

  • Terror suspect wanted in US wins Irish … Associated Press - Thu, May 21, 2015
    FILE - In this file photo dated Monday, March, 15, 2010, Ali Charaf Damache arrives at the courthouse in Waterford, Ireland. Terror suspect Ali Charaf Damache who is wanted in the United States for alleged crimes of conspiring to develop a European terror cell and to aid Pakistan-based terrorists, walked free from a Dublin court Thursday May 21, 2015, after winning a two-year legal battle against extradition. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison, File)

    DUBLIN (AP) — An Algerian-born terror suspect wanted in the United States walked free from a Dublin court Thursday after five years behind bars and a two-year legal battle against extradition.

  • US concludes airstrike in Syria killed … Associated Press - Thu, May 21, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two children were likely killed during an American airstrike targeting al-Qaida-linked militants in Syria last year, and two other adults were wounded, according to an investigation released Thursday by the U.S. military.

  • By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two children were likely killed by a U.S. air strike in Syria in November, the U.S. military said on Thursday, the first time the Pentagon has acknowledged civilian casualties since it began an air campaign against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq. Two noncombatant adults …

  • This US Air Forces Central Command photo released by the Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System shows a pair of US Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles flying on September 23, 2014 after conducting airstrikes in Syria

    US air strikes against Islamist extremists in Syria killed two children by mistake, officials said Thursday, marking the first time the American military acknowledged inflicting civilian casualties in the war.

  • Hillary Clinton delivers the keynote address at the 18th Annual David N. Dinkins Leadership and Public Policy Forum at Columbia University, in New York, April 29, 2015

    Emails from Hillary Clinton obtained Thursday by a US daily revealed her own sources provided intelligence on a deadly 2012 attack in Libya that conflicted with White House statements.

  • Rebel fighters take positions inside a building during what they said were clashes with forces loyal to Syria's President Assad in the Mleha suburb of Damascus

    By Humeyra Pamuk and Nick Tattersall ADANA, Turkey (Reuters) - Turkey's state intelligence agency helped deliver arms to parts of Syria under Islamist rebel control during late 2013 and early 2014, according to a prosecutor and court testimony from gendarmerie officers seen by Reuters. The witness testimony contradicts …