In battle of beliefs, Nigeria targets Boko Haram's top brass

Aug 3, 2017

In battle of beliefs, Nigeria targets Boko Haram's top brass

It was a case of instant captivation when Shagari first heard Boko Haram's founder deliver a jihadi sermon a decade ago. Gripped by the message, Shagari swapped life as a father and electrician to join the militants and rose rapidly through their ranks, his ascent ...

U.S. levies sanctions as Western nations blast Iran over rocket launch

Jul 29, 2017

U.S. levies sanctions as Western nations blast Iran over rocket launch

The United States punished Iran on Friday for launching a satellite-carrying rocket into space by hitting six Iranian entities with sanctions targeting the country's ballistic missiles program. Three European nations that helped broker the landmark Iran nuclear deal in 2015 joined the U.S. in condemning ...

Al-Qaida to fight Indian rule in Kashmir

Jul 28, 2017

Al-Qaida to fight Indian rule in Kashmir

Al-Qaida said for the first time it is active in the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir, announcing on a linked propaganda network that a militant from an indigenous rebel group would lead a new outfit of fighters opposing Indian rule in the disputed region. The announcement ...

Jul 27, 2017

Wanted Congo warlord surrenders to U.N. forces

One of Democratic Republic of Congo's most notorious warlords, Ntabo Ntaberi Sheka, wanted for alleged crimes against humanity, surrendered to U.N. peacekeepers on Wednesday, the U.N. mission in Congo (MONUSCO) said. Sheka's militia, Mai-Mai Sheka, is one of a patchwork of armed groups in eastern ...

Al-Qaida in Syria snuffs out competition in war-torn country's northwest

Jul 26, 2017

Al-Qaida in Syria snuffs out competition in war-torn country's northwest

Syrian rebels and activists are warning that an al-Qaida-linked jihadi group is on the verge of snuffing out what remains of the country's uprising in northwestern Syria, after the extremists seized control of the opposition-held regional capital, Idlib, last weekend. With the jihadis cementing their ...

New al-Shabab video calls Trump a 'brainless billionaire'

Jul 24, 2017

New al-Shabab video calls Trump a 'brainless billionaire'

The Somalia-based al-Shabab is mocking President Donald Trump in a new video that calls him a "brainless billionaire" as his administration steps up military efforts against what has become the deadliest Islamic extremist group in Africa. It is the first public criticism by the al-Qaida-linked ...