Apr 19, 2013

Cabinet backs letting SDF use land vehicles for overseas rescues

The Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday endorsed a revision to the Self-Defense Forces law that would allow emergency transportation of Japanese and other nationals overseas using land vehicles. The government and the ruling parties will aim for approval of the bill ...

Belmoktar blew himself up in despair: Chad

Apr 16, 2013

Belmoktar blew himself up in despair: Chad

Moktar Belmoktar, a one-eyed Islamist militant leader who Chad claimed was killed in Mali last month, died by setting off explosives “in despair” over the death of one of his comrades, Chad’s president, Idriss Deby, said in an interview. “We have proof of his ...

Mar 14, 2013

Japan offered ransoms in Algerian hostage crisis: report

Tokyo offered to pay ransoms for the release of Japanese nationals seized in the hostage crisis in Algeria in January, a recent Algerian newspaper report said. Algerian Interior Minister Dahou Ould Kablia spoke about the Japanese offer at a meeting with Algerians in the ...

Top al-Qaida leader 'killed' in Mali

Mar 2, 2013

Top al-Qaida leader 'killed' in Mali

Al-Qaida's top commander in Mali is reportedly killed, signaling a significant blow to the Islamist insurgents battling a French-led intervention in the African country.

Jan 28, 2013

Ishiba takes shot at SDF weapons curb

Liberal Democratic Party Secretary General Shigeru Ishiba uses the Algerian hostage crisis to advocate lighter rules on weapons use overseas so the SDF can fly around the world rescuing Japanese.

Jan 25, 2013

Japan's toll highest in hostage crisis

Japanese nationals accounted for the largest number of foreign hostages killed during last week’s dramatic standoff with Islamic militants in southeastern Algeria, with Tokyo confirming the 10th victim Thursday. Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal said Monday that 37 hostages from eight overseas countries were ...

Jan 24, 2013

Libyan Islamists supplied arms to Algeria hostage-takers

The arms used by militants who seized an Algerian gas plant in a deadly hostage-taking drama came from Libyan rebels who overthrew Moammar Gadhafi last year, an Algerian newspaper reported Wednesday. “The first interrogations of the three terrorists captured by security services have revealed ...