Libyan forces seize main Sirte mosque, Islamic State-run jail

Aug 22, 2016

Libyan forces seize main Sirte mosque, Islamic State-run jail

Libyan forces renewed their push to oust Islamic State from its former North African stronghold of Sirte on Sunday, saying they had seized the city’s main mosque and a jail run by the militants’ morality police. The forces, mainly brigades from the city of ...

Aug 22, 2016

Boko Haram burns village again near Chibok, murders 10, abducts 13

Boko Haram Islamists have killed 10 people and abducted 13 others in a raid on a village near the northeast Nigerian town of Chibok where the militants kidnapped over 200 schoolgirls in 2014, locals told AFP Sunday. Armed jihadis on motorcycles invaded Kubrrivu at ...

Seoul warns of possible North Korean assassination squads

Aug 21, 2016

Seoul warns of possible North Korean assassination squads

South Korea warned Sunday of possible North Korean assassinations and kidnappings in revenge for recent high-profile defections to the South. With tensions also high before a large-scale South Korea-U.S. military exercise starting Monday, the Unification Ministry in Seoul said Pyongyang was bent on provocation. ...

Suicide bomber at Turkish wedding kills at least 30; 94 injured

Aug 21, 2016

Suicide bomber at Turkish wedding kills at least 30; 94 injured

A bomb attack targeting an outdoor wedding party in southeastern Turkey killed at least 30 people and wounded 94 others, authorities said Sunday. Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek said the “barbaric” attack in the city of Gaziantep, near the border with Syria, on Saturday ...

Aug 20, 2016

Philippine government agrees new truce with Maoist-led rebels

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has agreed to a new cease-fire with Maoist-led guerrillas, who declared a truce several hours before, ahead of fresh peace talks in Norway next week, a senior administration official said on Saturday. The cease-fire will come into effect from Sunday ...

Aug 20, 2016

Taliban seize district in Kunduz province: Afghan officials

The Taliban seized a district on Saturday in the northeastern Kunduz province, where the insurgents briefly overran the provincial capital last year before being driven out by a counteroffensive, an official said. Mohammadullah Bahej, spokesman for the provincial police chief, said the insurgents launched ...

U.S. sends jets to protect coalition forces from Syrian regime strikes

Aug 20, 2016

U.S. sends jets to protect coalition forces from Syrian regime strikes

The U.S. has twice scrambled fighter aircraft to protect American special operations forces and allies after Syrian government warplanes attacked near the northeastern city of Hassakeh, officials said Friday. Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said the U.S. has increased combat air patrols in that area ...

Aug 20, 2016

Ex-SEAL to pay $6.6 million to settle case over Osama bin Laden book

The former Navy SEAL who wrote a book about his role in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden will pay the government more than $6.6 million for violating non-disclosure agreements and publishing without getting the document cleared by the Defense Department, according to ...