Islamic State blows up two Palmyra mausoleums; Roman ruins feared next

Jun 25, 2015

Islamic State blows up two Palmyra mausoleums; Roman ruins feared next

Islamic State militants have destroyed two historic mausoleums in Palmyra, Syria’s top antiquities official said Wednesday, raising fears that the extremists could next target the town’s famed Roman ruins. Maamoun Abdulkarim, the head of the government’s Antiquities and Museums Department, told The Associated Press ...

Jun 24, 2015

Bill would strip Australian extremists' children of citizenship

The Australian government will be able to strip the children of extremists fighting overseas of Australian citizenship under controversial legislation introduced into parliament Wednesday. Details of the so-called Allegiance to Australia bill were unveiled as the mother-in-law of one man believed killed in Iraq ...

Syrian Kurds take aim at IS 'capital' of Raqqa

Jun 24, 2015

Syrian Kurds take aim at IS 'capital' of Raqqa

Backed by U.S.-led airstrikes and buoyed by battlefield successes, Kurdish fighters kept up an offensive through northern Syria on Tuesday, driving Islamic State militants out of a town near the extremists’ de facto capital of Raqqa. The capture of Ein Issa came just hours ...

Austere brand of Islam on rise in Europe, stirring concerns

Jun 24, 2015

Austere brand of Islam on rise in Europe, stirring concerns

Its imams preach austere piety, its tenets demand separation of the sexes, and some of its most radical adherents are heeding the call of jihad. Salafism, an Islamic movement based on a literal reading of the Quran, is on the rise in France, Germany ...

Mogadishu intelligence base foils attack by Shebab trio

Jun 22, 2015

Mogadishu intelligence base foils attack by Shebab trio

Shebab militants launched a major suicide attack on Sunday against a military intelligence base in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, setting off a car bomb before storming inside, security officials said. The interior ministry said the three attackers, one of them a suicide bomber, were all ...

Global terrorist attacks spiked 35% in 2014: U.S.

Jun 20, 2015

Global terrorist attacks spiked 35% in 2014: U.S.

Extremists in Iraq, Afghanistan and Nigeria unleashed a savage rise in violence between 2013 and 2014, according to new statistics released by the State Department. The attacks — largely by the Islamic State group and Boko Haram — raised the number of terrorist acts ...