Syria's cease-fire strengthens al-Qaida branch Nusra Front

| May 31, 2016

Syria's cease-fire strengthens al-Qaida branch Nusra Front

Al-Qaida’s branch in Syria has recruited thousands of fighters, including teenagers, and taken territory from government forces in a successful offensive in the north, illustrating how the cease-fire put in place by Russia and the United States to weaken the militants has in many ...

Four Australians detained in Lebanon on kidnapping suspicion

Apr 7, 2016

Four Australians detained in Lebanon on kidnapping suspicion

Lebanese authorities have detained four Australians, including journalists, on suspicion they were involved in the abductions of two children in Beirut, police officials and Australian media said Thursday. The officials added that a British citizen has been detained as well on suspicion that he ...

Apr 6, 2016

Two foreign hunters kidnapped in Iraq released

One of the roughly two dozen Qatari hunters kidnapped in Iraq this December has been freed along with an Asian who had accompanied the trip, the peninsular nation’s Foreign Ministry said Wednesday. Authorities offered no details regarding their release, and did not give any ...

Apr 2, 2016

Gunmen kidnap Malaysian ship crew: reports

Gunmen have kidnapped four Malaysians from a ship off the east coast of Sabah state in waters where Abu Sayyaf militants are known to operate, local media reported on Saturday. If the Philippine Islamist group is confirmed to be behind the kidnapping, it would ...