Militant groups

August 17, 2018 - 2:33 pm
CAIRO (AP) — Al-Qaida's chief bomb maker, Ibrahim al-Asiri, who was behind the 2009 Christmas Day plot to down an airliner over Detroit and other foiled aviation-related terror attacks, was killed in a U.S. drone strike, Yemeni officials and a tribal leader said Friday. The killing of al-Asiri...
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August 13, 2018 - 5:49 pm
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Islamic State extremist group has up to 30,000 members roughly equally distributed between Syria and Iraq and its global network poses a rising threat — as does al-Qaida, which is much stronger in places, a United Nations report says. The report by U.N. experts circulated...
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Jordanian forces secure the area Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018, after the side of a building collapsed when assailants opened fire and set off explosions late Saturday that killed four members of the security forces trying to storm the suspected militant hideout in Salt, west of the capital of Amman. Jordanian search teams have pulled the bodies of three suspected militants from the rubble of their hideout, a government official said Sunday. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)
August 12, 2018 - 8:13 am
SALT, Jordan (AP) — Jordanian search teams pulled the bodies of three suspected militants from the rubble of their hideout, a government official said Sunday, hours after assailants opened fire and set off explosions that killed four members of the security forces trying to storm the building. The...
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August 11, 2018 - 4:46 pm
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Three members of Jordan's security forces were killed Saturday when they stormed a hideout of suspected militants that had been rigged with explosives, the government spokeswoman said. The officers had been chasing suspects in an explosion a day earlier in which a policeman was...
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Palestinians inspect the damaged building of Said al-Mis'hal cultural center after it was hit bombed by an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018. The Palestinian Health Ministry says several bystanders were wounded in Thursday evening's airstrike in the Shati refugee camp. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
August 10, 2018 - 2:44 am
JERUSALEM (AP) — Gaza's militant Islamic Hamas rulers and Israel appeared to be honoring a cease-fire Friday that ended two days of an intense flare-up in violence amid efforts by neighboring Egypt to negotiate between the two sides. Israel's military said that no rockets were fired from Gaza at...
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Palestinian mourners chant Islamic slogans while carrying the coffin of 23-year-old pregnant mother Enas Khamash and her daughter Bayan, whose picture is on the coffin, during their funeral in Deir el-Balah, central Gaza Strip, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018. Israeli warplanes have hit dozens of targets in the Gaza Strip, while Palestinian militants fired scores of rockets into Israel in a fierce burst of violence overnight. At least three Palestinians, including Khamash and her daughter, were reported killed and seven people were wounded on the Israeli side. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
August 09, 2018 - 8:52 am
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli warplanes struck dozens of targets in the Gaza Strip and three people were reported killed there, while Palestinian militants from the territory fired scores of rockets into Israel in a fierce burst of violence overnight and into Thursday morning. The flare-up comes as...
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August 05, 2018 - 12:38 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — A research director at a military agency linked to Syria's chemical weapons program was assassinated, a newspaper close to the Syrian government reported Sunday. The pro-government al-Watan newspaper reported on its website that Aziz Esber, of the Scientific Studies and Research...
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This photo provided on Monday, July 22, 2018, by the al-Qaida-affiliated Ibaa News Network, purports to show militants of the al-Qaida-linked coalition known as Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham, Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham, Arabic for Levant Liberation Committee overlooking a battlefield in rural Lattakia, Syria. It's already being called the "mother of all battles," the last showdown between the forces of Syrian President Bashar Assad and the opposition. Idlib province, in Syria's northwest, is the only significant opposition enclave still standing and Assad has vowed to retake it. The caption in Arabic reads: "A field visit by Sheik Abu Malik al-Shami (a leading member of the group) with field commanders to inspect an outpost for Mujahideen (holy fighters) in the coast area." (Ibaa News Network, via AP)
August 03, 2018 - 6:42 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — For nearly three years, green buses have filed into Syria's Idlib province, bringing those evacuated from other opposition enclaves that fell to government forces — thousands of defeated rebel fighters, wanted activists and civilians who refused to go back under President Bashar Assad...
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August 03, 2018 - 7:03 am
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — The U.S. military says it has carried out an airstrike in Somalia that killed four members of the al-Shabab extremist group. The U.S. Africa Command says this is the 19th such airstrike this year against the Somalia-based al-Shabab, the deadliest Islamic extremist group in...
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Col.-Gen. Sergei Rudskoy of the Russian Military General Staff speaks to the media as a screen shows the map of Israel, Jordan, Syria and Li bacon including Israeli-occupied Golan Heights in Syria in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018. Russia says UN peacekeepers return to frontier between Syria, Israeli-occupied Golan Heights for first time in years. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, Pool)
August 02, 2018 - 7:25 am
MOSCOW (AP) — U.N. peacekeepers returned on Thursday to patrol the frontier between Syria and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, years after an escalation in fighting and abduction of U.N. troops had prompted them to withdraw, Russia's Defense Ministry announced. For the first time, Russian forces...
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