Philippine militants wound 22 soldiers in clash after freeing Italian

Apr 9, 2016

Philippine militants wound 22 soldiers in clash after freeing Italian

Some 22 Philippine soldiers were wounded Saturday in a firefight with Islamic militants, the military said, a day after the release of a retired Italian priest taken hostage in the Muslim-populated south of the country. The Philippine security forces have been hunting the militant ...

U.S. behind Syria strike that killed top Nusra Front militant

Apr 5, 2016

U.S. behind Syria strike that killed top Nusra Front militant

The United States has carried out an airstrike that is believed to have killed a prominent leader of the Nusra Front, al-Qaida’s Syria wing, U.S. officials said Monday. Islamist rebel sources said , Abu Firas al-Souri, who was a former Syrian Army officer discharged ...

Pentagon says dozens killed in U.S. airstrike on al-Qaida camp in Yemen

Mar 23, 2016

Pentagon says dozens killed in U.S. airstrike on al-Qaida camp in Yemen

U.S. military planes killed dozens of fighters at an al-Qaida affiliate’s training camp in a mountainous region of Yemen, the Pentagon said Tuesday. The raids came almost one year since the Saudi-led Arab coalition launched its bombing campaign against Iran-backed Shiite rebels who challenged ...

Extremists kill 14 civilians, two special forces in Cote d'Ivoire

Mar 14, 2016

Extremists kill 14 civilians, two special forces in Cote d'Ivoire

Armed men attacked an Cote d’Ivoire beach resort Sunday, killing at least 16 people and sending tourists fleeing through the historic town of Grand-Bassam in an attack claimed by al-Qaida’s North Africa branch. Bloody bodies were sprawled on the beach and witnesses described horrific ...

Noted Sudanese Islamist al-Turabi dies aged 84

Mar 6, 2016

Noted Sudanese Islamist al-Turabi dies aged 84

Hassan al-Turabi, the Sudanese Islamist who played a key role in the 1989 coup that brought President Omar al-Bashir to power and who once hosted al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, died Saturday at the age of 84. Al-Turabi championed radical Islam in the 1990s, ...

U.N. war crimes court gets Timbuktu monuments case

Feb 28, 2016

U.N. war crimes court gets Timbuktu monuments case

Prosecutors on Tuesday will unveil charges against an alleged al-Qaida-linked Islamist accused of destroying monuments at the fabled city of Timbuktu in an unprecedented case before the world’s only permanent war crimes court. Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi will be the first jihadi to appear before ...

Echoes of 1991 Gulf War linger on in Mideast

| Feb 23, 2016

Echoes of 1991 Gulf War linger on in Mideast

The 1991 Gulf War saw only 100 hours of ground fighting as U.S. forces entered Kuwait to end the Iraqi occupation, yet echoes of that conflict have lingered for decades in the Middle East. The war pushed America into opening military bases in the ...