White House announces bin Laden son killed in US operation

Asia & Pacific 09/14/19, 12:15

The White House on Saturday issued a statement that Hamza bin Laden, the son of the late al-Qaida leader, was killed in a U.S. counterterrorism operation in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region. "The loss of Hamza bin Ladin not only deprives al-Qaida of important leadership skills and the symbolic connection to his father, ...

‘American Taliban’ John Walker Lindh to be released

U.S. 05/22/19, 11:04

John Walker Lindh, the young Californian who became known as the American Taliban after he was captured by U.S. forces in the invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, is set to go free after nearly two decades in prison. But conditions imposed recently on Lindh's release, slated for Thursday, make clear ...

UN envoy warns Libya is on verge of descending to civil war

Africa 05/21/19, 11:28

The U.N. envoy for Libya warned Tuesday that the oil-rich nation "is on the verge of descending into a civil war" that could divide the country and imperil the security of its neighbors and the wider Mediterranean region.Ghassan Salame told the Security Council that extremists from the Islamic State and ...

Syrian government intensifies bombardment of rebel-held area

World 05/04/19, 09:25

Syrian government bombardment of rebel-held areas in the country's northwest has killed and wounded dozens and forced thousands to flee their homes, further endangering an eight-month truce in the last major rebel stronghold, opposition activists said Saturday.The recent escalation of violence is the most serious in Idlib province and nearby ...

Would-be NYC bomber gets 10 years in foiled al-Qaida plot

New York 05/02/19, 16:06

A man who plotted to bomb New York City's subways, then switched sides after his arrest and spent nearly a decade helping the U.S. identify and prosecute terrorists, was rewarded for his help Thursday with a sentence of 10 years in prison, effectively time he has already served. Najibullah Zazi, a ...

Update: Would-be NYC bomber gets 10 year prison term

New York 05/02/19, 14:18

The Latest on the sentencing of the ringleader of a thwarted plot to bomb the New York City subway system (all times local):3:15 p.m.A man who plotted to bomb New York City's subways and then switched sides and helped the U.S. prosecute terrorists after his arrest has been sentenced to ...

UN adds leader of outlawed Pakistan group to sanctions list

Asia & Pacific 05/02/19, 10:38

In a major diplomatic win for India, the United Nations added the leader of an outlawed Pakistani militant group to its sanctions blacklist Wednesday after the group claimed responsibility for a February suicide attack in disputed Kashmir that killed 40 Indian soldiers. Sanctions against Masood Azhar were confirmed by Pakistani Foreign ...

IS leader outlines path forward for his group post-caliphate

World 05/01/19, 06:31

No longer burdened by territory and administration, Islamic State group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi outlined the new path forward for his group: Widen your reach, connect with far-flung militant groups and exhaust your enemies with a "war of attrition."The deadly Easter attacks in Sri Lanka a week before his video ...

US pulls forces from Libya as fighting approaches capital

Asia & Pacific 04/07/19, 14:43

The United States has temporarily withdrawn some of its forces from Libya due to "security conditions on the ground," a top military official said Sunday as a Libyan commander's forces advanced toward the capital of Tripoli and clashed with rival militias.A small contingent of American troops has been in Libya ...

UN council adopts resolution to combat terrorist financing

U.S. 03/28/19, 16:02

The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Thursday aimed at strengthening global efforts to combat the numerous and new ways that terrorist groups like al-Qaida and the Islamic State raise funds to finance their operations.The French-drafted resolution orders all countries to ensure that their domestic laws are sufficient to ...

10 dead after blast outside restaurant in Somalia’s capital

Africa 03/28/19, 07:26

An explosives-laden vehicle detonated outside a busy restaurant in Somalia's capital, killing at least 10 people, police said Thursday. Capt. Mohamed Hussein told The Associated Press that the blast occurred as the restaurant in Mogadishu's Waberi district was crowded with diners. At least 16 wounded people were taken to hospitals, the Aamin ...

Update: 10 dead in blast at restaurant in Somali capital

World 03/28/19, 06:54

The Latest on explosion in Somalia's capital (all times local):2:55 p.m.Police say at least 10 people have been killed and seven others wounded in a car bomb blast outside a restaurant in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu.Medics carry away the dead body of a woman killed after a blast outside a restaurant ...

Q&A: The end of the Islamic State group’s “caliphate”

Asia & Pacific 03/23/19, 06:24

The announcement of victory over the Islamic State group in Syria marks the end of the extremists' self-styled caliphate, a proto-state in which they held millions hostage to their dark and brutal vision. But IS, which traces its roots back to the bloody emergence of al-Qaida in Iraq after the 2003 ...

Timeline of the rise and fall of the Islamic State group

World 03/23/19, 03:05

The Islamic State group erupted from the chaos of Syria and Iraq's conflicts and swiftly did what no Islamic militant group had done before, conquering a giant stretch of territory and declaring itself a "caliphate."Its territorial rule, which at its height in 2014 stretched across nearly a third of both ...

Born into al-Qaida: Hamza bin Laden’s rise to prominence

Asia & Pacific 03/17/19, 06:29

The boy is only 12 years old and looks even younger and smaller kneeling next to the wreckage of a helicopter, flanked by masked jihadis carrying Kalashnikov assault rifles with bandoliers strapped across their chests. Hamza bin Laden, with a traditional Arab coffee pot to his right and a rocket-propelled grenade ...

A look at attacks on houses of worship over last decade

World 03/15/19, 05:00

Houses of worship around the world, a place of reflection and peace, have been targeted for attack by extremists. Here are some of the deadly assaults over the last decade: Oct. 31, 2010: Al-Qaida in Iraq militants attack Our Lady of Salvation Catholic Church in Baghdad during Sunday night mass, killing ...

Update: Al-Qaida militants in Syria kill IS suspects

World 03/02/19, 11:39

The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local):6:40 p.m.A Syrian war monitor and a news agency of an al-Qaida-linked group say militants have shot dead eight men suspected of being members of the Islamic State group a day after a suicide bombing killed seven people in a restaurant ...

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