Dec 29, 2014

Yemen general escapes deadly blast blamed on al-Qaida

A Yemeni general escaped unscathed on Sunday in a bombing that killed his driver in the southern city of Aden, one of his bodyguards told AFP. “Gen. Farej al-Atiqi, commander of the 31st armored battalion, was unhurt when a device that had been hidden ...

Algeria kills jihadist chief behind Frenchman's beheading

Dec 24, 2014

Algeria kills jihadist chief behind Frenchman's beheading

The Algerian army said on Tuesday it had killed the head of a militant group that beheaded a French tourist after it had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group. The body of Abdelmalek Gouri, who claimed responsibility for the beheading of Frenchman Herve ...

Dec 17, 2014

15 children among 25 dead in Yemen car bomb attack

Fifteen children on a school bus were among at least 25 people killed in a suicide car bomb attack in central Yemen targeting a Shiite militia leader on Tuesday, security sources said. The children were killed when their school bus was caught up in ...

Dec 16, 2014

Psychologist admits he waterboarded al-Qaida suspects

One of the chief architects of the CIA’s harsh Bush-era interrogation program has admitted in a media interview for the first time that he waterboarded terrorism suspects, including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the suspected mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. James Mitchell, a former ...

Dec 15, 2014

Rebels advance on two government bases in northwestern Syria

Rebels and al-Qaida militants took over at least three government checkpoints Sunday around a pair of military bases in northwestern Syria, activists said. The positions that fell to opposition fighters in heavy fighting are located around the Wadi Deif and Hamidiyeh bases outside the ...

CIA medics aided and improved interrogation tactics: report

Dec 13, 2014

CIA medics aided and improved interrogation tactics: report

From the early stages of the CIA’s coercive interrogations of terrorism detainees, the agency’s health professionals were intimately involved. Front-line medics and psychologists monitored and advised on abusive tactics, even as they sometimes complained about the ethical dilemmas gnawing at them, according to last ...

Dec 12, 2014

Thailand denies existence of CIA 'black site'

A senior Thai official Thursday flatly rejected longstanding claims that the kingdom hosted a secret CIA prison, after the publication of a U.S. Senate report this week reignited controversy over Washington’s “black site” network. Thailand has long been accused by human rights groups of ...

Afghanistan's Ghani condemns CIA's 'inhumane actions'

Dec 11, 2014

Afghanistan's Ghani condemns CIA's 'inhumane actions'

Afghanistan’s new president, Ashraf Ghani, on Wednesday condemned CIA torture detailed in a U.S. Senate report, saying America’s actions violated “all accepted norms of human rights” and were part of a vicious cycle of violence. Ghani’s speech came as his government attempts to revive ...

Last French hostage arrives home after three years

Dec 10, 2014

Last French hostage arrives home after three years

France’s last remaining hostage, Serge Lazarevic, arrived home Wednesday after three years at the hands of Islamist militants, greeted by his family and French President Francois Hollande. The beaming 51-year-old, dressed casually in a blue hooded top, was welcomed warmly by Hollande at a ...