Nov 25, 2014

Islamic State group raked in up to $45 million in ransom cash

The Islamic State group, which controls a large swath of Syria and Iraq, has received between $35 million and $45 million in ransom payments in the past year, a U.N. expert monitoring sanctions against al-Qaida said Monday. Yotsna Lalji told a meeting of the ...

Nov 24, 2014

U.K. decides 'severe' terror threat requires new powers

Britain’s interior minister said Monday that the country faces its greatest-ever threat from terrorism, as she announced measures to control suspects, strengthen online scrutiny and prevent insurance companies from paying terrorist ransoms. Home Secretary Theresa May said the advance of the Islamic State group ...

Nov 24, 2014

Kenya kills over 100 al-Shabab rebels behind attack that left 28 dead

Kenyan security forces have pursued and killed more than 100 militants and destroyed their camp in Somalia after the ambush of a Nairobi-bound bus that left 28 people dead, Deputy President William Ruto said Sunday. Somalia’s Islamist al-Shabab militants have claimed responsibility for the ...

Nov 24, 2014

Boko Haram slaughters 48 fish vendors in northeast Nigeria

Suspected Boko Haram extremists ambushed and slaughtered 48 fish vendors near Nigeria’s border with Chad, the head of their association said, the latest violence to rock the country’s volatile northeast. “Scores of Boko Haram fighters blocked a route linking Nigeria with Chad near the ...

Nov 24, 2014

Islamic clerics meet in Iran to counter extremists

Shiite and Sunni clerics from about 80 countries gathered in Iran’s holy city of Qom to develop a strategy to combat extremists, including the Islamic State group that has captured large parts of Iraq and Syria. Shiite-majority Iran has been helping Iraqi, Syrian and ...

Kenya kills over 100 al-Shabab rebels behind attack that left 28 dead

Nov 24, 2014

Kenya kills over 100 al-Shabab rebels behind attack that left 28 dead

Kenyan security forces have pursued and killed more than 100 militants and destroyed their camp in Somalia after the ambush of a Nairobi-bound bus that left 28 people dead, Deputy President William Ruto said Sunday. Somalia’s Islamist al-Shabab militants have claimed responsibility for the ...

Nov 23, 2014

Up to 300 Swedes fighting with Islamic State: official

As many as 300 Swedes may have joined the brutal Islamic State group insurgency in Iraq and Syria, Sweden’s intelligence chief said Saturday. “A hundred cases of people who have left to join the fighting have been confirmed, then there are the presumed cases ...

Nov 22, 2014

Berlin says 550 Germans joined jihadist cause in Syria, Iraq

Hundreds of Germans have left their home country to fight alongside Islamic militants in Syria and Iraq, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said. “We estimate 550. Just a few days ago we had 450,” the minister told German television channel Phoenix on Friday. “These ...

Islamic State's drive for Kobani is blunted

| Nov 22, 2014

Islamic State's drive for Kobani is blunted

More than two months into its assault on Kobani, the Islamic State group is still pouring fighters and resources into trying to capture the besieged Syrian Kurdish town, but the drive has been blunted. Helped by more than 270 airstrikes from a U.S.-led coalition, ...

Canadians plan to fight Islamic State

Nov 22, 2014

Canadians plan to fight Islamic State

Several former Canadian soldiers plan to join Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State militants in the coming weeks, with at least one already in Iraq, Canadian media reported Friday, bolstering the ranks of foreigners fighting alongside the Kurds. The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. said a half-dozen ...

CIA to get sweeping review

Nov 21, 2014

CIA to get sweeping review

Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan has ordered a sweeping internal review that could dramatically change how the leading U.S. spy agency is organized, officials said Thursday. In a Sept. 24 message to CIA employees, Brennan said it was time “we take a close ...