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  • Egypt's army says has 'complete control' over Sinai Peninsula 2 hours 3 minutes ago

    The Egyptian military said on Thursday it had gained "complete control over the situation" in the Sinai Peninsula, where Islamist insurgents have been carrying out attacks against security forces for several months. Violence has spiralled in the Sinai since last July when the army toppled President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood, prompting militants who had previously focused on attacks against neighbouring Israel to turn their attention to Egyptian police and military targets. "There is obvious stability in Sinai despite rumours that there are still terrorist elements and tunnels in north Sinai," said Major General Mohamed al-Shahat, who heads Egyptian forces in the peninsula, in comments carried by state news agency MENA. A recent Reuters investigation found that a few hundred militants - a mix of Egyptian Islamists, foreign fighters and disgruntled youth - are successfully playing a cat-and-mouse game with Egypt's army and are nowhere near defeat. More »

  • Scores killed in deadly Pakistan attack
    Scores killed in deadly Pakistan attack 2 hours 6 minutes ago

    Scores killed in a Pakistani military operation targeting "terrorist hideouts" in remote Khyber tribal area. More »

  • Ukraine president demands Russia end 'blackmail', pull back troops 2 hours 44 minutes ago

    Ukraine's acting president Oleksander Turchinov called on Russia on Thursday to pull troops back from their border, stop interfering in Ukraine's internal affairs and end its "permanent threats and blackmail". Turchinov broadcast his brief address to the nation after Russia said it had begun military exercises near the border in response to escalation by Ukraine. Saying Russia was "demonstratively concentrating armed forces" on the frontier, Turchinov added: "We will not give in to terrorist threats and will go on taking measures to protect the lives of our citizens. More »

  • Ukraine Crisis: Russia Begins Military Drills Along Border to Prevent 'Military …
    Ukraine Crisis: Russia Begins Military Drills Along Border to Prevent 'Military … 3 hours ago

    Russia has begun military drills along the shared Ukrainian border in reaction to "anti-terror" operations conducted by Ukrainian forces against pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. Russian Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu said that Russia had initiated to dissuade Kiev from "violence against its own citizens". Planned exercises by Nato forces in Poland and the Baltic countries do not foster normalisation of the situation surrounding Ukraine, either," Shoigu was quoted as saying. More »

  • Ukraine Crisis: Donetsk People's Republic Declares 'Civil War' Following …
    Ukraine Crisis: Donetsk People's Republic Declares 'Civil War' Following … 4 hours ago

    The separatist Donetsk People's Republic has declared civil war in Ukraine and called for a general mobilisation of force in the country's east, in retaliation for a government "anti-terror operation" in the city of Slaviansk. "A combined arms operation has been launched in Slaviansk. This means only one thing: a civil war," the leadership of the Donetsk People's Republic told Interfax news agency. According to the Ukrainian Interior Ministry, five pro-Russian militants were killed in the Slaviansk operation. More »

  • Women Urged To Stop Britons Fighting In Syria
    Women Urged To Stop Britons Fighting In Syria 5 hours ago

    A sharp rise in the number of people being arrested for travelling to Syria has prompted a new campaign. The campaign comes after several Britons are thought to have died in Syria in the last few months. Around 400 Britons are believed to have gone to Syria over the last two years to train in camps or take part in the fighting, with an estimated 20 having died. Senior National Co-ordinator Counter-Terrorism Helen Ball, said: "We are increasingly concerned about the numbers of young people who have or are intending to travel to Syria to join the conflict. More »

  • U.S. official says Hamas-PLO government would prompt aid reassessment 7 hours ago

    The United States would have to reconsider its assistance to the Palestinians if Islamist group Hamas and the Palestinian Liberation Organisation form a government together, a senior U.S. administration official said on Thursday. Gaza-based Hamas - which is listed by the United States as a terrorist organisation - and President Mahmoud Abbas's West Bank-based PLO announced a unity pact on Wednesday, complicating U.S.-brokered peace talks with Israel that Washington is already struggling to extend past an April 29 deadline. More »

  • Ukraine govt forces kill 'up to five' militants in east 7 hours ago

    Ukraine's interior ministry said on Thursday its forces had killed "up to five" militants in the separatist-controlled town of Slaviansk, in the east of the country. A ministry statement said that during an "anti-terrorist operation" its forces, supported by the army, removed three illegal checkpoints manned by armed groups in the northeastern part of the city. One person had been wounded on the side of government forces, it added. More »

  • Ukrainian troops dig in near Slaviansk - Reuters correspondent 10 hours ago

    Ukrainian troops were digging in to a new position a few miles from the separatist-held city of Slaviansk early on Thursday, a Reuters correspondent said. Dozens of soldiers in camouflage uniform, some wearing airborne patches, were setting up sandbag defences around at least six BMD light armoured vehicles and putting up a tent near a settlement called Malynivka, some 12 km (8 miles) south of Slaviansk on the main road to the regional capital Donetsk. The Ukrainian government has said it is launching a renewed "anti-terrorist operation" to retake towns and public buildings held by pro-Russian separatists if they do not disarm and leave under the terms of an accord with Russia made in Geneva a week ago that was also signed by the United States and the European Union. Ukraine's Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said troops repelled an overnight attack on a base at Artemivsk, 40 km (25 miles) southeast of Slaviansk by what he said was a force of about 70 led by Russian soldiers. More »

  • Pakistan fighter jets target militant hideouts near Afghan border 12 hours ago

    Pakistani fighter jets pounded suspected militant hideouts near the Afghan border on Thursday in response to a spate of attacks around the country, the army said, in the first aerial operation against Taliban insurgents in two months. The operation came despite efforts by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's government to engage the Taliban in talks to end years of fighting with an insurgency seeking to topple the democratically elected government in the capital Islamabad. "Terrorist hideouts were engaged by fighter jets in Khyber agency early (in the) morning today," the army's press wing said in a text message sent to media. It said it was a response to a number of recent attacks against police and civilians in Islamabad and Peshawar, a volatile Pakistani city near the Khyber tribal agency. More »

  • U.S. says 'disappointed' by Palestinian unity deal 16 hours ago

    The United States said on Wednesday it was let down by a unity pact agreed to between the Gaza-based Islamist group Hamas and President Mahmoud Abbas' Palestine Liberation Organization and added it could make peace efforts difficult. "The timing was troubling, and we were certainly disappointed in the announcement," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told a regular news briefing. "This could seriously complicate our efforts - not just our efforts but the efforts of the parties to extend their negotiations." The leaders of a U.S. House of Representatives appropriations subcommittee that oversees foreign said the Palestinians' agreement with Hamas could jeopardize funds they receive from the U.S. government. The United States, Israel and the European Union view Hamas as a terrorist organization, Washington sends about $500 million (297.8 million pounds) to the cash-strapped Palestinian Authority each year. More »

  • Defense: FBI probe in 9/11 trial has implications 18 hours ago

    FORT MEADE, Maryland (AP) — The defense team for five people facing trial before a war crimes tribunal stemming from the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks claimed the implications of the FBI's questioning of one of its members are "staggering" and called on the court to probe the incident aggressively, according to a motion unsealed on Wednesday. More »

  • Campaign to stop Britons joining Syria fight targets women
    Campaign to stop Britons joining Syria fight targets women 18 hours ago

    British police will ask women to help persuade young people not to go out to fight in Syria, in a new campaign to stem an exodus which authorities fear could breed militants at home. Senior police officers and security chiefs have said they are worried the fighters could return radicalised by hardline Islamists and carry out attacks on British soil. Britain's counter-terrorism police said they were going to appeal to women from "affected communities". "We are increasingly concerned about the numbers of young people who have or are intending ... to join the conflict," Helen Ball, National Coordinator for Counter Terrorism Policing, said in a statement ahead of Thursday's launch. More »

  • UN envoy calls for more troops in northern Mali 19 hours ago

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The top U.N. envoy in Mali called Wednesday for beefed up national and international forces in the country's volatile north to confront stepped up shelling, terrorist activity and clashes between rival communities. More »

  • U.S. calls comments by Russia's Lavrov 'ludicrous' 21 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department on Wednesday dismissed comments by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov suggesting that the United States was behind the political unrest in Ukraine as "ludicrous." "Many of the claims he made in the interview are ludicrous and they are not based in fact," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said of Lavrov's comments to the Russia Today news channel. Asked for details, she replied: "One was certainly that the United States has anything to do with Ukraine's counter-terrorism operations ... or that we're 'running the show' or funding it. ... More »

  • Ukraine To Restart 'Anti-Terrorism Operation'
    Ukraine To Restart 'Anti-Terrorism Operation' Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    Ukraine's acting president has called for new anti-terrorist measures to protect citizens of his country after "brutally tortured" bodies were found near Slavyansk. Oleksandr Turchynov said the body of Volodymyr Rybak, a member of Turchynov's Batkivshchyna party, was one of two found showing signs of torture. Mr Rybak was deputy head of Horlivka city council. Mr Rybak went missing on April 17. More »

  • Rockets Fired Between Israel and Gaza after Hamas-Fatah Deal
    Rockets Fired Between Israel and Gaza after Hamas-Fatah Deal Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    An Israeli airstrike in the Gaza Strip has wounded 12 civilians including two children just hours after Hamas and Fatah signed a unity deal, according to Palestinian medical officials and Israeli reports.  Rocket sirens sounded in the southern Israel areas of Sderot, Hof Ashkelon and Erez in close proximity to where the strike hit, suggesting a retaliation rocket attack from within the Gaza Strip, but no rocket damage has yet been confirmed. The Israeli military said that it had conducted a "counter-terrorism operation" while Israeli reports claimed that the strike targeted an Islamic Jihad operative who had been attempting to fire rockets into Israel. The target was reportedly riding a motorbike at the time of the strike but Israeli military sources admitted that "a hit was not identified". More »

  • Report on CIA interrogations shadows Gitmo trials
    Report on CIA interrogations shadows Gitmo trials Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The planned release of portions of the Senate report on the CIA's use of harsh interrogation techniques could add to the legal complications facing the long-delayed U.S. military tribunals of terrorist suspects at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. More »

  • Ukraine says has 'freed' an eastern town of separatists Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    Ukrainian government said on Wednesday its forces had flushed armed separatists out of a town in eastern Ukraine as part of an "anti-terrorism" operation. The Interior Ministry said the operation took place on the outskirts of Sviatogorsk and no casualties were suffered. There have been no previous reports of armed men in the town, which lies just outside the stronghold of pro-Russian militants in Slaviansk. "Currently Sviatogorsk and its surroundings are being patrolled by police." Ukraine's government has formally ended an Easter truce and is remounting the campaign to eliminate armed pro-Russian separatist groups in the east. More »

  • Israeli air strike in Gaza wounds 12 - medical officials Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    Israel launched an air strike on Wednesday in the Gaza Strip, wounding 12 civilians including children and apparently missing its target, medical officials in the Hamas-ruled territory and Israeli reports said. The Israeli military said it had carried out a "counter-terrorism operation" in the northern Gaza Strip. The strike was launched just after the Hamas Islamist group and President Mahmoud Abbas's Palestine Liberation Organization announced a unity agreement in Gaza City and two days after Gaza militants launched rockets at Israel, causing no injury. More »

  • US Military Aid to Egypt Resumes Starting With Apache Deal
    US Military Aid to Egypt Resumes Starting With Apache Deal Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    The White House has cleared the way for some military aid to resume flowing to Egypt after it certified that the Arabic country has been upholding its end of a peace treaty with Israel. The decision allows Egypt to receive Apache helicopters, according to a congressional aide quoted by AFP who requested anonymity. The deal has been on hold since the country's former president Mohamed Morsi was ousted from office in July last summer. "Today, Secretary of State John Kerry spoke with Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabid Fahmy to inform him that he is certifying to Congress that Egypt is sustaining the strategic relationship with the United States, including by countering transnational threats such as terrorism and weapons proliferation, and that Egypt is upholding its obligations under the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty," said State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki in a statement. More »

  • FM vows response if Russians attacked in Ukraine
    FM vows response if Russians attacked in Ukraine Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Russia's foreign minister on Wednesday promised a firm response if its citizens or interests come under attack in Ukraine — a vow that came after Ukraine announced a renewal of its "anti-terror" campaign against those occupying buildings in its troubled east. More »

  • Russia Rattles Sabre as Ukraine Resumes 'Anti-Terror Operations'
    Russia Rattles Sabre as Ukraine Resumes 'Anti-Terror Operations' Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    Russia's foreign minister Sergei Lavrov has warned that his forces in the border region with Ukraine would retaliate if attacked, after Kiev ordered that "anti-terror operations" be recommenced.  In an interview with Russia Today, Lavrov stated that his forces in the bordering region would respond if Russian interests are attacked by Ukrainian forces. In the Donetsk region, the Ukrainian forces have shifted gears entering to the "active phase" of the operations to recapture the state buildings from the pro-Russian separatists. Law enforcement agencies are working to destroy the gangs operating today in Kramatorsk, Slavyansk and other cities of Donetsk and Luhansk regions," Ukraine's First Deputy Minister Vitaliy Yarema told reporters. More »

  • Jihadists Now Run Secret U.S. Base
    Jihadists Now Run Secret U.S. Base Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    A camp on the Libyan coastline meant to train terror-hunters has instead become a haven for terrorists and al Qaeda. More »

  • Ukraine to Resume 'Anti-Terror' Operation After Discovery of Two Tortured …
    Ukraine to Resume 'Anti-Terror' Operation After Discovery of Two Tortured … Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    Ukraine's interim President Oleksander Turchinov has called on security personnel to resume the "anti-terror" operation against pro-Russian protesters after finding the bodies of two Kiev officials. The bodies, which were found in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk, were those of local officials. One of the victims has been identified as Volodymyr Rybak, a local councillor representing Turchinov's political party in the town of Horlivka, who went missing recently. The bodies of Rybak and the second, yet-to-be-identified man were found in a river in the Slavyansk region. More »

  • US to deliver Apache helicopters to Egypt
    US to deliver Apache helicopters to Egypt Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    Resumption of aid suspended last year will help "counter-terrorism" operations in Sinai Peninsula, Pentagon says. More »

  • Ukraine orders new 'anti-terror' operation
    Ukraine orders new 'anti-terror' operation Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's acting president ordered security forces to resume "anti-terror" operations in the country's east Tuesday after the bodies of two people allegedly abducted by pro-Russia insurgents were found and a military aircraft was reported to be hit by gunfire. More »

  • Italy to declassify documents on 'Years of lead' violence
    Italy to declassify documents on 'Years of lead' violence Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Italy will declassify secret documents about terrorist bombings between the 1960s and 1980s during a period known as the "Years of lead", the government announced on Tuesday. The ultra-leftwing Red Brigades, neo-fascist groups, shadowy secret service figures and the mafia have all been implicated in the surge of political violence including the 1969 bombing in Milan's Piazza Fontana and the bombing of Bologna's main railway station in 1980. Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said in a statement he regarded the decision to declassify the documents as "a duty towards citizens and relatives of the victims of episodes which remain a murky stain in our common memory." He said documents relating to the Piazza Fontana and Bologna bombs, the mysterious crash of a DC-9 aircraft at Ustica near Sicily in 1980 and other bombings in the 1970s and 1980s would be opened to the public. More »

  • Ukraine president demands action in east after politician killed Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Ukraine's acting president called for an anti-terrorist operation to be relaunched in the east of the country on Tuesday after the body of a local politician from his own party was found showing signs of torture. Ukraine's security forces had largely suspended what was a fairly limited operation to respond to the takeover of eastern town by pro-Russian separatists after an accord with Moscow last week to try and defuse the crisis. Oleksander Turchinov's call for action could complicate the task of European mediators. One was that of Volodymyr Rybak, a member of Turchinov's Batkivshchyna party, who had recently been abducted by "terrorists". More »

  • Cracking down on Nairobi's Somalis
    Cracking down on Nairobi's Somalis Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Al Jazeera investigation uncovers allegations of beatings and rape in Kenya's ongoing anti-terrorism operation. More »

  • Abu Hamza: '9/11 Made Everybody Happy'
    Abu Hamza: '9/11 Made Everybody Happy' Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Islamic preacher Abu Hamza said the September 11 attacks left "everybody happy", according to a tape played at his terrorism trial in New York. In the tape, Hamza can be heard speaking casually of the attacks in the undated interview with a Canadian broadcaster. "Everybody was happy when the planes hit the World Trade Center," he said. He said the World Trade Center was a legitimate target because "it's the centre of evil … political and financial evil for the whole world". More »

  • Al-Qaida Chief Bombmaker Ibrahim al-Asiri Killed in US Special Force Ambush
    Al-Qaida Chief Bombmaker Ibrahim al-Asiri Killed in US Special Force Ambush Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Al-Qaida's chief bombmaker Ibrahim al-Asiri - the most senior member of the group since Osama Bin Laden - is reported to have been killed in a US special forces ambush in Yemen. The special forces were dropped in by helicopter to lie in wait for al-Asiri's 4x4 vehicle before opening fire on the convoy. Asiri was the mastermind of a range of explosive devices used by the terrorist group, including pant bombs and liquid explosive implants which are virtually undetectable. He was behind the Christmas Day bomb plot where an al-Qaida militant failed to detonate an explosive device on a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit.  More »

  • U.S. jurors hear Abu Hamza's praise for September 11 attacks
    U.S. jurors hear Abu Hamza's praise for September 11 attacks Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - In a video of radical Islamic cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri shown to jurors at his trial on Monday, he did not hesitate when a television interviewer asked him about the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States that killed nearly 3,000 people. "Everyone was happy when the planes hit the World Trade Center," Abu Hamza said in the undated film played in a U.S. court where the former imam of the Finsbury Park Mosque in London faces terrorism-related charges. Prosecutors have accused the one-eyed, handless Abu Hamza of trying to set up a jihadist training camp in Oregon, giving assistance to militants who took 16 Western tourists hostage in Yemen in 1998, a kidnapping that ended with the deaths of three Britons and an Australian, and raising money and supplies for al Qaeda in Afghanistan. If convicted of the most serious charges, the Egyptian-born Abu Hamza would face life in prison. More »

  • NYC jury hears tape defending 9/11 terror attacks Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — An Egyptian cleric defended the Sept. 11 attacks in a broadcast interview, saying it left Muslims and non-Muslims around the world happy, according to a tape played for the jury at his terrorism trial on Monday. More »

  • U.S. jurors hear radical cleric's praise for September 11 attacks
    U.S. jurors hear radical cleric's praise for September 11 attacks Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - In a video of radical Islamic cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri shown to jurors at his trial on Monday, he did not hesitate when a television interviewer asked him about the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States that killed nearly 3,000 people. "Everyone was happy when the planes hit the World Trade Center," Abu Hamza said in the undated film played in a U.S. court where the former imam of the Finsbury Park Mosque in London faces terrorism-related charges. Prosecutors have accused the one-eyed, handless Abu Hamza of trying to set up a jihadist training camp in Oregon, giving assistance to militants who took 16 Western tourists hostage in Yemen in 1998, a kidnapping that ended with the deaths of three Britons and an Australian, and raising money and supplies for al Qaeda in Afghanistan. If convicted of the most serious charges, the Egyptian-born Abu Hamza would face life in prison. More »