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  • Outspoken Indian preacher wins Saudi prize for service to Islam
    Outspoken Indian preacher wins Saudi prize for service to Islam 8 hours ago

    An Indian television preacher who has called the 9/11 attacks an "inside job," received one of Saudi Arabia's most prestigious prizes on Sunday, for "service to Islam." More »

  • Killer of US teacher in Abu Dhabi referred to court
    Killer of US teacher in Abu Dhabi referred to court 10 hours ago

    An Emirati woman has been referred to court on charges of murdering one American in an Abu Dhabi mall and attempting to kill another at his home, officials said Sunday. More »

  • MI5 Made Emwazi Feel Like 'A Dead Man Walking'
    MI5 Made Emwazi Feel Like 'A Dead Man Walking' 13 hours ago

    The Londoner identified as "Jihadi John" told a journalist in 2010 that harassment by British security services had made him fear he was a "dead man walking", it has been revealed. Years before his reign of terror in Islamic State videos began, Mohammed Emwazi emailed a reporter to claim that several run-ins with intelligence officials had left him contemplating suicide. The 26-year-old described coming face-to-face with someone who he suspected was a British spy - months after he graduated from the University of Westminster. He began emailing the CAGE organisation after he was questioned by counter-terrorism officers while attempting to fly from Heathrow to his native Kuwait in 2010 - and claimed the security services were "stopping him from living his new life" abroad, where he had secured a job and was getting married. More »

  • Coalition balks at signing peace accord for northern Mali 13 hours ago

    ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — A coalition of armed opposition groups says it's not ready to sign a peace accord for restive northern Mali. More »

  • Mali government signs peace deal, Tuareg rebels delay
    Mali government signs peace deal, Tuareg rebels delay 13 hours ago

    The Malian government signed a peace agreement with some northern armed groups on Sunday in Algiers but the main Tuareg rebel alliance asked for more time to consult its grassroots. More »

  • Syria agrees to UN fact-finding mission in Aleppo
    Syria agrees to UN fact-finding mission in Aleppo 13 hours ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — The United Nations envoy to Syria is sending a mission to the contested city of Aleppo to determine the situation on the ground and help ensure that humanitarian aid can reach civilians in need if a local truce is reached, the U.N. said Sunday. More »

  • First Iran flight lands in Shiite-held Yemen capital
    First Iran flight lands in Shiite-held Yemen capital 15 hours ago

    A first Iranian flight landed in the Yemeni capital on Sunday, a day after officials from the Shiite militia-controlled city signed an aviation agreement with Tehran. More »

  • U.S.-backed Syria rebel group dissolves itself after losses 15 hours ago

    By Oliver Holmes BEIRUT (Reuters) - One of the main western-backed rebel groups announced on Sunday that it had dissolved itself and joined a larger Islamist alliance, weeks into a battle which saw it lose ground and men to more powerful al Qaeda insurgents. Hazzm is one of the last remnants of non-jihadist opposition to President Bashar al-Assad in northern Syria, much of which has been seized by the Nusra Front and Islamic State, an offshoot of al Qaeda that controls roughly a third of Syria. The statement posted online said its fighters would join the Shamiyah Front, an alliance of Islamist brigades in Aleppo, to prevent further bloodshed. More »

  • Mali's main rebel group asks for delay on peace deal
    Mali's main rebel group asks for delay on peace deal 20 hours ago

    Tuareg rebel alliance says it has asked for "reasonable delay" for consultations before signing. More »

  • Sisi's ever-widening terrorism net
    Sisi's ever-widening terrorism net Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    Hamas terror designation further underscores the politicisation of Egypt's judiciary. More »

  • Jihadi John 'dead man walking' fear
    Jihadi John 'dead man walking' fear Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    A British man identified in reports as the Islamic State (IS) executioner known as "Jihadi John" feared he was a "dead man walking" after run-ins with security services before fleeing to Syria to begin his reign of terror, email exchanges with a journalist have claimed. More »

  • UN envoy in Syria to seek Aleppo truce
    UN envoy in Syria to seek Aleppo truce Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    UN envoy Staffan De Mistura held talks in the Syrian capital on Saturday to try to finalise a deal to freeze fighting in the war-ravaged second city of Aleppo. More »

  • US drone strike in Yemen kills 3 suspected al-Qaida fighters
    US drone strike in Yemen kills 3 suspected al-Qaida fighters Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A suspected U.S. drone strike Saturday in central Yemen killed three men believed to be al-Qaida militants, security officials said. More »

  • Activists say al-Qaida fighters overrun Syrian rebel bases
    Activists say al-Qaida fighters overrun Syrian rebel bases Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's al-Qaida affiliate overran bases belonging to a Western-backed rebel group near the northern city of Aleppo after heavy clashes that killed at least 20 fighters, activists said Saturday. More »

  • Somalia's al Shabaab injures police in Mogadishu car bomb Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    By Feisal Omar MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somali militants al Shabaab detonated a car bomb in the capital Mogadishu on Saturday, injuring two police officers, police and a spokesman for the Islamists said. The al Qaeda-affiliated group was pushed out of Mogadishu by African peacekeeping forces in 2011 but has waged a series of gun and grenade attacks to try to overthrow the government and impose its strict version of sharia law. Somali police said the attackers had remotely exploded a car and then escaped. A spokesman for al Shabaab said the group had targeted Somali police. More »

  • Yemen separatists pull out of UN-backed talks
    Yemen separatists pull out of UN-backed talks Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    Separatists from southern Yemen suspended their participation in UN-sponsored talks on the future of the crisis-hit country as nine soldiers were wounded Saturday in a clash with secessionist fighters. More »

  • Yemen signs aviation deal with Iran - state news agency Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    Yemen and Iran signed a civil aviation deal on Saturday, Yemeni state news agency SABA reported, a move that may reflect Tehran's support for the Shi'ite Muslim militia that now controls Sanaa. The deal signed in Tehran by the aviation authorities of both countries allows Yemen and Iran each to fly up to 14 flights a week in both directions, SABA said. More »

  • Dozens dead as Qaeda militants in Syria seize rebel base
    Dozens dead as Qaeda militants in Syria seize rebel base Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    Al-Qaeda's Syria affiliate on Saturday drove US-backed rebels out of a strategic northern military base in fierce fighting that left dozens dead, a monitor said. More »

  • Syrian army takes villages in south
    Syrian army takes villages in south Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    Syrian government forces have taken control of villages in southern Syria, state media said on Saturday, part of a campaign they started this month against insurgents posing one of the biggest remaining threats to Damascus. The large offensive is backed by the Lebanese Shi'ite group Hezbollah and initially made swift progress before slowing. More »

  • Yemen: US drone strike kills 3 suspected al-Qaida militants Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni security officials say a U.S. drone strike has hit a car in central Yemen, killing three men believed to be al-Qaida militants. More »

  • Drone raid 'kills three Qaeda militants in Yemen'
    Drone raid 'kills three Qaeda militants in Yemen' Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    A drone strike Saturday killed three Al-Qaeda militants in Yemen, a tribal source said, in a region where the United States is the only country operating the unmanned aircraft. More »

  • South Yemen tribes on alert despite Houthi assurances
    South Yemen tribes on alert despite Houthi assurances Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    As Houthis continue to expand their influence in the country, southern tribes are flexing their military muscles. More »

  • U.S. drone attack in Yemen kills four suspected al Qaeda militants - security … Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    A U.S. drone attack in Yemen killed four suspected al Qaeda militants on Saturday in the southern province of Shabwa, local Yemeni security officials told Reuters. Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) is considered one of the most powerful branches of the global militant group and claimed responsibility for deadly shootings in Paris on Jan. 7. The attack targeted militants travelling in two vehicles in the Bihan region of Shabwa province, a local security official said, adding that several other suspected militants were injured. For years, the United States has cooperated with Yemeni security forces to track and bomb AQAP members - a strategy that rights groups have criticized for causing repeated civilian deaths. More »

  • In Algeria, women 'imams' battle Islamist radicalisation
    In Algeria, women 'imams' battle Islamist radicalisation Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    Hundreds of female religious guides have been at the forefront of Algeria's battle against Islamic radicalisation since the civil war that devastated the North African country in the 1990s. More »

  • Philippines army and rebel clashes leaves dozens dead
    Philippines army and rebel clashes leaves dozens dead Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    Battle between Philippine army and Abu Sayyaf leaves 24 rebels and two soldiers dead, government officials say. More »

  • Yemen's Houthis in deadly clashes with Baida tribesmen
    Yemen's Houthis in deadly clashes with Baida tribesmen Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    Several people killed in violence between Houthis and tribesmen in the city of Baida, sources tell Al Jazeera More »

  • U.N. condemns Islamic State's 'barbaric terrorist acts' in Iraq Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council on Friday condemned what it described as the latest "barbaric terrorist acts" in Iraq by Islamic State militants, including the destruction of priceless religious and cultural artifacts. A video published by the ultra-radical Islamist militant group Islamic State on Thursday showed men attacking ancient Assyrian statues and sculptures, some of them identified as antiquities from the 7th century BC, with sledgehammers and drills, saying they were symbols of idolatry. "The members of the Security Council strongly condemned the ongoing barbaric terrorist acts in Iraq by ISIL (Islamic State)" the council said in a statement. More »

  • Unmasking of 'Jihadi John' as a London lad shocks Britain
    Unmasking of 'Jihadi John' as a London lad shocks Britain Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — The unmasking of Islamic State militant "Jihadi John" as a Londoner who had repeatedly been questioned by security services sent shock waves through Britain Friday, with Prime Minister David Cameron stepping in to defend British spy craft. More »

  • Prosecutor: Fake, rather than real bomb, irrelevant to plot
    Prosecutor: Fake, rather than real bomb, irrelevant to plot Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Prosecutors argued Friday that charges against a man accused in a plot to blow up the Wichita airport should not be thrown out, even though the explosives used in an undercover sting were fake. More »

  • Teacher denies radicalising Canadian teens headed to Syria Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    By Andrew Soong and Jake Bleiberg MONTREAL (Reuters) - A Muslim teacher once jailed by Canada as a security threat denied on Friday he had radicalised Canadian teens believed to have headed to Syria to fight with Islamic State, saying his school had had only brief contact with one of the six students. The students, four men and two women aged 18 and 19, left Montreal in January and February for Turkey and then on to Syria, according to media reports, the latest in a string of young Westerners who have become radicalised and have headed to the Middle East hoping to fight with Islamic State. The teacher, Adil Charkaoui, told a news conference in Montreal that anti-Muslim sentiment in Quebec is to blame for alienating Muslim students, not his classes, where he said only Arabic, the Koran and "basic notions" are taught. He said only one of the departed students took a course at his school, which rented classroom space from two colleges in the Montreal area. More »

  • Rival protests in Yemen in wake of Shiite rebel power grab
    Rival protests in Yemen in wake of Shiite rebel power grab Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Tens of thousands of Yemenis marched Friday in the capital, Sanaa, in support of Shiite rebels who captured the city last year. The demonstrators denounced alleged "foreign conspiracies" — a reference to international backing for Yemen's embattled president, who managed to escape house arrest at the hands of the rebels earlier this month. More »

  • Afghan troops push Taliban from key southern district Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan forces on Friday routed the Taliban from a large swath of a key southern province that has long been an important insurgent stronghold, in their first major solo operation since international combat forces pulled out of the country, an American general and a senior Afghan police officer said. More »

  • Naming Of 'Jihadi John' Splits Victims' Families
    Naming Of 'Jihadi John' Splits Victims' Families Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    The family of Steven Sotloff, the US journalist beheaded in an Islamic State video, have said they have "full faith" that his alleged killer "Jihadi John" will be brought to justice - a day after he was identified as a Londoner called Mohammed Emwazi. Speaking to Sky News, the family's spokesman Barak Barfi said: "They hope that he will be caught by American intelligence officials, brought to trial in the United States, and convicted for the crime of beheading their son. The Taliban were toppled in Afghanistan, al Qaeda was eradicated in Afghanistan, and we believe that one day, Islamic State's end will come. The mother of James Foley, the first US journalist murdered by the militant group, has said she forgives "Jihadi John" - and described Emwazi's apparent involvement with the terror organisation as "an ongoing tragedy". More »

  • US convicts bin Laden aide over embassy bombings
    US convicts bin Laden aide over embassy bombings Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Khalid al-Fawwaz faces life in prison for role in the 1998 bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. More »

  • Terror suspect says Internet chats about women, not plot Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — A Pakistani man on trial in the U.S. for planning to bomb a British shopping center testified Thursday he was exaggerating his prowess with women in online chats and emails he sent mentioning potential wedding dates and a bride, denying the communiques were coded to disguise an al-Qaida plot. More »

  • An Indian television preacher who has called the 9/11 attacks an "inside job," received one of Saudi Arabia's most prestigious prizes on Sunday, for "service to Islam," during a ceremony at a luxury Riyadh hotel, city of Riyadh seen here
    Outspoken Indian preacher wins Saudi … AFP - 8 hours ago

    An Indian television preacher who has called the 9/11 attacks an "inside job," received one of Saudi Arabia's most prestigious prizes on Sunday, for "service … More »Outspoken Indian preacher wins Saudi …

    An Indian television preacher who has called the 9/11 attacks an "inside job," received one of Saudi Arabia's most prestigious prizes on Sunday, for "service to Islam," during a ceremony at a luxury Riyadh hotel, city of Riyadh seen here

    An Indian television preacher who has called the 9/11 attacks an "inside job," received one of Saudi Arabia's most prestigious prizes on Sunday, for "service to Islam."

  • An Emirati woman has been referred to court on charges of murdering one American in an Abu Dhabi mall, general view of Abu Dhabi seen here, and attempting to kill another at his home, officials said Sunday
    Killer of US teacher in Abu Dhabi referred … AFP - 10 hours ago

    An Emirati woman has been referred to court on charges of murdering one American in an Abu Dhabi mall and attempting to kill another at his home, officials said Sund … More »Killer of US teacher in Abu Dhabi referred …

    An Emirati woman has been referred to court on charges of murdering one American in an Abu Dhabi mall, general view of Abu Dhabi seen here, and attempting to kill another at his home, officials said Sunday

    An Emirati woman has been referred to court on charges of murdering one American in an Abu Dhabi mall and attempting to kill another at his home, officials said Sunday.

  • MI5 Made Emwazi Feel Like 'A Dead Man Walking'
    MI5 Made Emwazi Feel Like 'A Dead … Sky News - 13 hours ago

    The Londoner identified as "Jihadi John" told a journalist in 2010 that harassment by British security services had made him fear he was a "dead man walking", it has … More »MI5 Made Emwazi Feel Like 'A Dead …

    MI5 Made Emwazi Feel Like 'A Dead Man Walking'

    The Londoner identified as "Jihadi John" told a journalist in 2010 that harassment by British security services had made him fear he was a "dead man walking", it has been revealed. Years before his reign of terror in Islamic State videos began, Mohammed Emwazi emailed a reporter to claim that several run-ins with intelligence …

  • Coalition balks at signing peace accord … Associated Press - 13 hours ago

    ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — A coalition of armed opposition groups says it's not ready to sign a peace accord for restive northern Mali. More »Coalition balks at signing peace accord …

    ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — A coalition of armed opposition groups says it's not ready to sign a peace accord for restive northern Mali.

  • Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra at the signing of a peace agreement between the Malian government and armed groups in the north of Mali, on February 19, 2015 in Algiers
    Mali government signs peace deal, Tuareg … AFP - 13 hours ago

    The Malian government signed a peace agreement with some northern armed groups on Sunday in Algiers but the main Tuareg rebel alliance asked for more time to consult … More »Mali government signs peace deal, Tuareg …

    Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra at the signing of a peace agreement between the Malian government and armed groups in the north of Mali, on February 19, 2015 in Algiers

    The Malian government signed a peace agreement with some northern armed groups on Sunday in Algiers but the main Tuareg rebel alliance asked for more time to consult its grassroots.

  • FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2014, file photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian President Bashar Assad, right, speaks with United Nations envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura in Damascus, Syria. De Mistura is sending a mission to the contested city of Aleppo, Syria, to determine the situation on the ground and help ensure that humanitarian aid can reach civilians in need if a local truce is reached, the U.N. said Sunday, March 1, 2015. De Mistura, is in Damascus for talks with Syrian officials to try to arrange a "freeze" in fighting in Aleppo, which has been divided into government- and rebel-held districts since mid-2012.  (AP Photo/SANA, File)
    Syria agrees to UN fact-finding mission … Associated Press - 13 hours ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — The United Nations envoy to Syria is sending a mission to the contested city of Aleppo to determine the situation on the ground and help ensure that humanitarian … More »Syria agrees to UN fact-finding mission …

    FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2014, file photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian President Bashar Assad, right, speaks with United Nations envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura in Damascus, Syria. De Mistura is sending a mission to the contested city of Aleppo, Syria, to determine the situation on the ground and help ensure that humanitarian aid can reach civilians in need if a local truce is reached, the U.N. said Sunday, March 1, 2015. De Mistura, is in Damascus for talks with Syrian officials to try to arrange a "freeze" in fighting in Aleppo, which has been divided into government- and rebel-held districts since mid-2012.  (AP Photo/SANA, File)

    BEIRUT (AP) — The United Nations envoy to Syria is sending a mission to the contested city of Aleppo to determine the situation on the ground and help ensure that humanitarian aid can reach civilians in need if a local truce is reached, the U.N. said Sunday.

  • A Mahan Air jet sits on the tarmac after landing at Sanaa International Airport in Yemen, on March 1, 2015
    First Iran flight lands in Shiite-held … AFP - 15 hours ago

    A first Iranian flight landed in the Yemeni capital on Sunday, a day after officials from the Shiite militia-controlled city signed an aviation agreement with Tehran … More »First Iran flight lands in Shiite-held …

    A Mahan Air jet sits on the tarmac after landing at Sanaa International Airport in Yemen, on March 1, 2015

    A first Iranian flight landed in the Yemeni capital on Sunday, a day after officials from the Shiite militia-controlled city signed an aviation agreement with Tehran.

  • U.S.-backed Syria rebel group dissolves … Reuters - 15 hours ago

    By Oliver Holmes BEIRUT (Reuters) - One of the main western-backed rebel groups announced on Sunday that it had dissolved itself and joined a larger Islamist alliance, … More »U.S.-backed Syria rebel group dissolves …

    By Oliver Holmes BEIRUT (Reuters) - One of the main western-backed rebel groups announced on Sunday that it had dissolved itself and joined a larger Islamist alliance, weeks into a battle which saw it lose ground and men to more powerful al Qaeda insurgents. Hazzm is one of the last remnants of non-jihadist opposition …

  • Mali's main rebel group asks for delay on peace deal
    Mali's main rebel group asks for … Al Jazeera - 20 hours ago

    Tuareg rebel alliance says it has asked for "reasonable delay" for consultations before signing. More »Mali's main rebel group asks for …

    Mali's main rebel group asks for delay on peace deal

    Tuareg rebel alliance says it has asked for "reasonable delay" for consultations before signing.

  • Sisi's ever-widening terrorism net
    Sisi's ever-widening terrorism  … Al Jazeera - Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    Hamas terror designation further underscores the politicisation of Egypt's judiciary. More »Sisi's ever-widening terrorism  …

    Sisi's ever-widening terrorism net

    Hamas terror designation further underscores the politicisation of Egypt's judiciary.

  • Jihadi John, identified as Kuwait-born Mohammed Emwazi, exchanged emails with a journalist in 2010
    Jihadi John 'dead man walking' … Press Association - Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    A British man identified in reports as the Islamic State (IS) executioner known as "Jihadi John" feared he was a "dead man walking" after run-ins … More »Jihadi John 'dead man walking' …

    Jihadi John, identified as Kuwait-born Mohammed Emwazi, exchanged emails with a journalist in 2010

    A British man identified in reports as the Islamic State (IS) executioner known as "Jihadi John" feared he was a "dead man walking" after run-ins with security services before fleeing to Syria to begin his reign of terror, email exchanges with a journalist have claimed.

  • About 220,000 people have been killed in Syria since the conflict began in March 2011
    UN envoy in Syria to seek Aleppo tr … AFP - Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    UN envoy Staffan De Mistura held talks in the Syrian capital on Saturday to try to finalise a deal to freeze fighting in the war-ravaged second city of Aleppo. More »UN envoy in Syria to seek Aleppo tr …

    About 220,000 people have been killed in Syria since the conflict began in March 2011

    UN envoy Staffan De Mistura held talks in the Syrian capital on Saturday to try to finalise a deal to freeze fighting in the war-ravaged second city of Aleppo.

  • A Houthi Shiite rebel with Yemen's flag painted on his face chants slogans during a rally to show support for leader of rebels, Abdel-Malik al-Houthi in Sanaa, Yemen, Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. Yemen's Shiite rebel leader lashed out at Saudi Arabia on Thursday, accusing it of seeking to split the country following his group's power grab, as a U.N. envoy met the embattled Yemeni president who has fled the capital, Sanaa. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)
    US drone strike in Yemen kills 3 suspected … Associated Press - Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A suspected U.S. drone strike Saturday in central Yemen killed three men believed to be al-Qaida militants, security officials said. More »US drone strike in Yemen kills 3 suspected …

    A Houthi Shiite rebel with Yemen's flag painted on his face chants slogans during a rally to show support for leader of rebels, Abdel-Malik al-Houthi in Sanaa, Yemen, Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. Yemen's Shiite rebel leader lashed out at Saudi Arabia on Thursday, accusing it of seeking to split the country following his group's power grab, as a U.N. envoy met the embattled Yemeni president who has fled the capital, Sanaa. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A suspected U.S. drone strike Saturday in central Yemen killed three men believed to be al-Qaida militants, security officials said.

  • An Assyrian man with a red cross painted on his forehead holds a banner as he walks during a protest of several hundred people in solidarity with Christians abducted in Syria and Iraq, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. The Islamic State group, which has repeatedly targeted religious minorities in Syria and Iraq, abducted more than 220 Assyrians this week in northeastern Syria. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
    Activists say al-Qaida fighters overrun … Associated Press - Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's al-Qaida affiliate overran bases belonging to a Western-backed rebel group near the northern city of Aleppo after heavy clashes that killed … More »Activists say al-Qaida fighters overrun …

    An Assyrian man with a red cross painted on his forehead holds a banner as he walks during a protest of several hundred people in solidarity with Christians abducted in Syria and Iraq, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. The Islamic State group, which has repeatedly targeted religious minorities in Syria and Iraq, abducted more than 220 Assyrians this week in northeastern Syria. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's al-Qaida affiliate overran bases belonging to a Western-backed rebel group near the northern city of Aleppo after heavy clashes that killed at least 20 fighters, activists said Saturday.

  • Somalia's al Shabaab injures police … Reuters - Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    By Feisal Omar MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somali militants al Shabaab detonated a car bomb in the capital Mogadishu on Saturday, injuring two police officers, police and … More »Somalia's al Shabaab injures police …

    By Feisal Omar MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somali militants al Shabaab detonated a car bomb in the capital Mogadishu on Saturday, injuring two police officers, police and a spokesman for the Islamists said. The al Qaeda-affiliated group was pushed out of Mogadishu by African peacekeeping forces in 2011 but has waged a series …

  • Yemeni supporters of the separatist Southern Movement gather in the southern city of Aden, on February 27 2015
    Yemen separatists pull out of UN-backed … AFP - Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    Separatists from southern Yemen suspended their participation in UN-sponsored talks on the future of the crisis-hit country as nine soldiers were wounded Saturday in … More »Yemen separatists pull out of UN-backed …

    Yemeni supporters of the separatist Southern Movement gather in the southern city of Aden, on February 27 2015

    Separatists from southern Yemen suspended their participation in UN-sponsored talks on the future of the crisis-hit country as nine soldiers were wounded Saturday in a clash with secessionist fighters.

  • Yemen signs aviation deal with Iran … Reuters - Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    Yemen and Iran signed a civil aviation deal on Saturday, Yemeni state news agency SABA reported, a move that may reflect Tehran's support for the Shi'ite Muslim militia … More »Yemen signs aviation deal with Iran …

    Yemen and Iran signed a civil aviation deal on Saturday, Yemeni state news agency SABA reported, a move that may reflect Tehran's support for the Shi'ite Muslim militia that now controls Sanaa. The deal signed in Tehran by the aviation authorities of both countries allows Yemen and Iran each to fly up to 14 flights a week …

  • Jihadists with the Al-Nusra Front have been involved in Western-backed rebels in Idlib and Aleppo provinces
    Dozens dead as Qaeda militants in Syria … AFP - Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    Al-Qaeda's Syria affiliate on Saturday drove US-backed rebels out of a strategic northern military base in fierce fighting that left dozens dead, a monitor said. More »Dozens dead as Qaeda militants in Syria …

    Jihadists with the Al-Nusra Front have been involved in Western-backed rebels in Idlib and Aleppo provinces

    Al-Qaeda's Syria affiliate on Saturday drove US-backed rebels out of a strategic northern military base in fierce fighting that left dozens dead, a monitor said.

  • A man reacts over debris from collapsed home after what activists said were air strikes by forces loyal to President Assad in Marj Al Sultan, in eastern Damascus suburb of Ghouta
    Syrian army takes villages in south Reuters - Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    Syrian government forces have taken control of villages in southern Syria, state media said on Saturday, part of a campaign they started this month against insurgents … More »Syrian army takes villages in south

    A man reacts over debris from collapsed home after what activists said were air strikes by forces loyal to President Assad in Marj Al Sultan, in eastern Damascus suburb of Ghouta

    Syrian government forces have taken control of villages in southern Syria, state media said on Saturday, part of a campaign they started this month against insurgents posing one of the biggest remaining threats to Damascus. The large offensive is backed by the Lebanese Shi'ite group Hezbollah and initially made swift progress …

  • Yemen: US drone strike kills 3 suspected … Associated Press - Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni security officials say a U.S. drone strike has hit a car in central Yemen, killing three men believed to be al-Qaida militants. More »Yemen: US drone strike kills 3 suspected …

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni security officials say a U.S. drone strike has hit a car in central Yemen, killing three men believed to be al-Qaida militants.

  • The United States has described the Yemen-based 'Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) as the deadliest branch of the global extremist network
    Drone raid 'kills three Qaeda militants … AFP - Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    A drone strike Saturday killed three Al-Qaeda militants in Yemen, a tribal source said, in a region where the United States is the only country operating the unmanned … More »Drone raid 'kills three Qaeda militants …

    The United States has described the Yemen-based 'Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) as the deadliest branch of the global extremist network

    A drone strike Saturday killed three Al-Qaeda militants in Yemen, a tribal source said, in a region where the United States is the only country operating the unmanned aircraft.

  • South Yemen tribes on alert despite Houthi assurances
    South Yemen tribes on alert despite … Al Jazeera - Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    As Houthis continue to expand their influence in the country, southern tribes are flexing their military muscles. More »South Yemen tribes on alert despite …

    South Yemen tribes on alert despite Houthi assurances

    As Houthis continue to expand their influence in the country, southern tribes are flexing their military muscles.

  • U.S. drone attack in Yemen kills four … Reuters - Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    A U.S. drone attack in Yemen killed four suspected al Qaeda militants on Saturday in the southern province of Shabwa, local Yemeni security officials told Reuters. Al … More »U.S. drone attack in Yemen kills four …

    A U.S. drone attack in Yemen killed four suspected al Qaeda militants on Saturday in the southern province of Shabwa, local Yemeni security officials told Reuters. Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) is considered one of the most powerful branches of the global militant group and claimed responsibility for deadly …

  • One of the hundreds of female religious guides knows as Mourshidates appointed by the religious affairs ministry to spread the good word of Islam and a message of tolerance, reads the Koran, at the Ennidal mosque in Algiers, on February 22, 2015
    In Algeria, women 'imams' battle … AFP - Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    Hundreds of female religious guides have been at the forefront of Algeria's battle against Islamic radicalisation since the civil war that devastated the North African … More »In Algeria, women 'imams' battle …

    One of the hundreds of female religious guides knows as Mourshidates appointed by the religious affairs ministry to spread the good word of Islam and a message of tolerance, reads the Koran, at the Ennidal mosque in Algiers, on February 22, 2015

    Hundreds of female religious guides have been at the forefront of Algeria's battle against Islamic radicalisation since the civil war that devastated the North African country in the 1990s.

  • Philippines army and rebel clashes leaves dozens dead
    Philippines army and rebel clashes leaves … Al Jazeera - Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    Battle between Philippine army and Abu Sayyaf leaves 24 rebels and two soldiers dead, government officials say. More »Philippines army and rebel clashes leaves …

    Philippines army and rebel clashes leaves dozens dead

    Battle between Philippine army and Abu Sayyaf leaves 24 rebels and two soldiers dead, government officials say.

  • Yemen's Houthis in deadly clashes … Al Jazeera - Sat, Feb 28, 2015
    Yemen's Houthis in deadly clashes with Baida tribesmen

    Several people killed in violence between Houthis and tribesmen in the city of Baida, sources tell Al Jazeera

  • By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council on Friday condemned what it described as the latest "barbaric terrorist acts" in Iraq by Islamic State militants, including the destruction of priceless religious and cultural artifacts. A video published by the ultra-radical Islamist …

  • Unmasking of 'Jihadi John' as … Associated Press - Fri, Feb 27, 2015
    FILE - This undated image shows a frame from a video released Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, by Islamic State militants that purports to show the militant who beheaded of taxi driver Alan Henning . A British-accented militant who has appeared in beheading videos released by the Islamic State group in Syria over the past few months bears "striking similarities" to a man who grew up in London, a Muslim lobbying group said Thursday Feb. 26, 2015. Mohammed Emwazi has been identified by news organizations as the masked militant more commonly known as "Jihadi John." London-based CAGE, which works with Muslims in conflict with British intelligence services, said Thursday its research director, Asim Qureshi, saw strong similarities, but because the hood worn by the militant, "there was no way he could be 100 percent certain."  (AP Photo)

    LONDON (AP) — The unmasking of Islamic State militant "Jihadi John" as a Londoner who had repeatedly been questioned by security services sent shock waves through Britain Friday, with Prime Minister David Cameron stepping in to defend British spy craft.

  • Prosecutor: Fake, rather than real bomb, … Associated Press - Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Prosecutors argued Friday that charges against a man accused in a plot to blow up the Wichita airport should not be thrown out, even though the explosives used in an undercover sting were fake.

  • Teacher denies radicalising Canadian … Reuters - Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    By Andrew Soong and Jake Bleiberg MONTREAL (Reuters) - A Muslim teacher once jailed by Canada as a security threat denied on Friday he had radicalised Canadian teens believed to have headed to Syria to fight with Islamic State, saying his school had had only brief contact with one of the six students. The students, four …

  • Rival protests in Yemen in wake of Shiite … Associated Press - Fri, Feb 27, 2015
    Houthi Shiite rebels chant slogans during a rally to show support for their leader Abdel-Malik al-Houthi in Sanaa, Yemen, Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. Yemen's Shiite rebel leader lashed out at Saudi Arabia on Thursday, accusing it of seeking to split the country following his group's power grab, as a U.N. envoy met the embattled Yemeni president who has fled the capital, Sanaa. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Tens of thousands of Yemenis marched Friday in the capital, Sanaa, in support of Shiite rebels who captured the city last year. The demonstrators denounced alleged "foreign conspiracies" — a reference to international backing for Yemen's embattled president, who managed to escape house …

  • Afghan troops push Taliban from key … Associated Press - Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan forces on Friday routed the Taliban from a large swath of a key southern province that has long been an important insurgent stronghold, in their first major solo operation since international combat forces pulled out of the country, an American general and a senior Afghan police officer …

  • Naming Of 'Jihadi John' Splits … Sky News - Fri, Feb 27, 2015
    Naming Of 'Jihadi John' Splits Victims' Families

    The family of Steven Sotloff, the US journalist beheaded in an Islamic State video, have said they have "full faith" that his alleged killer "Jihadi John" will be brought to justice - a day after he was identified as a Londoner called Mohammed Emwazi. Speaking to Sky News, the family's spokesman Barak Barfi said: "They …

  • US convicts bin Laden aide over embassy … Al Jazeera - Fri, Feb 27, 2015
    US convicts bin Laden aide over embassy bombings

    Khalid al-Fawwaz faces life in prison for role in the 1998 bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

  • Terror suspect says Internet chats about … Associated Press - Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — A Pakistani man on trial in the U.S. for planning to bomb a British shopping center testified Thursday he was exaggerating his prowess with women in online chats and emails he sent mentioning potential wedding dates and a bride, denying the communiques were coded to disguise an al-Qaida plot.