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  • Pentagon: Iraq says troops will go on offensive

    October 23, 2014 1:25 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Pentagon says Iraq's new defense minister says his troops will go on the offensive against Islamic State militants who have taken over large sections of the country. Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, says Defense Minister Khaled al-Obeidi spoke with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel by... more »
  • Colorado girls make possible bid to join militants

    October 22, 2014 11:00 AM

    DENVER - Three teenage girls from suburban Denver flew to Europe in a possible bid to join Islamic State militants in Syria, and now authorities are looking at their friends to see if any have similar intentions. A U.S. official said the evidence gathered so far made it clear that... more »
  • Syria: US dual policy is recipe for more violence

    September 29, 2014 12:33 PM

    UNITED NATIONS - Syria's foreign minister says the United States' dual policy of striking at militants in Syria while providing money, weapons and training to others is a recipe for more violence and terrorism. Walid al-Moallem says such behavior creates a "fertile ground" for the continued growth of extremism.... more »
  • On Syria, Obama faces questions on Congress' role Play Video

    August 28, 2014 4:50 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama faces a familiar question as he contemplates airstrikes in Syria: Should Congress have a say in his decision? Just last summer Obama was barreling toward strikes in Syria when he abruptly announced that he first wanted approval from congressional lawmakers. But Congress balked at... more »
  • US sending arms to Kurds in Iraq

    August 11, 2014 3:35 AM

    SYDNEY, Australia - Senior U.S. officials say the Obama administration has begun directly providing weapons to Kurdish forces who have started to make gains against Islamic militants in Iraq. The U.S. previously had insisted on only selling arms to the Iraqi government. The officials wouldn't say which U.S. agency is... more »
  • After truce, rockets fired at Israel from Gaza Play Video

    August 8, 2014 1:56 AM

    JERUSALEM, Israel - The Israeli military says Gaza militants have fired a barrage of at least five rockets at southern Israel shortly after a three-day truce between Israel and Hamas expired. The military says one rocket was intercepted over the city of Ashkelon, and the other rockets hit open areas.... more »
  • Israeli PM speaks of 'prolonged' campaign in Gaza

    July 28, 2014 12:19 PM

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Israel's prime minister says Israelis must be "ready for a prolonged campaign" against Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Benjamin Netanyahu also said in a televised speech Monday that a demilitarization of Gaza must be part of any future solution in the territory. Meanwhile, a strike... more »
  • Gaza fighting rages amid cease-fire bid Play Video

    July 24, 2014 1:59 AM

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Israeli tanks and warplanes are pummeling the Gaza Strip as U.S. and other diplomats push for a cease-fire with Hamas militants. Gaza police say an infant boy was among those killed when Israeli fighter jets struck the Jabaliya refugee camp early Thursday. Palestinian health officials... more »
  • Israel launches military offensive against Gaza Play Video

    July 8, 2014 5:44 AM

    JERUSALEM, Israel - The Israeli military launched what could be a long-term offensive against the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Tuesday striking at least 50 sites in Gaza and mobilizing troops for a possible ground invasion aimed at stopping a barrage of rocket attacks against Israel. The military said "Operation Protective... more »
  • Iraqi airstrikes target Sunni militants

    July 4, 2014 4:17 AM

    BAGHDAD, Iraq - A spokesman for Iraqi counterterrorism forces says government airstrikes have targeted a group of Sunni militants trying to overrun the country's largest oil refinery, and claims as many as 30 insurgents were killed. Sabah al-Nuaman says a government plane targeted around eight vehicles attacking military forces defending... more »
  • UN: More than 2,400 killed in Iraq in June

    July 1, 2014 2:05 AM

    BAGHDAD, Iraq - The United Nations says more than 2,400 people were killed in Iraq in June, making it the deadliest month so far in the country this year. The U.N. mission to Iraq said in a statement released Tuesday that at least 2,417 people were killed in the... more »
  • Al-Qaida fighters attack airport in southern Yemen

    June 26, 2014 4:03 AM

    SANAA, Yemen - Yemeni security officials say al-Qaida militants have attacked an airport in the country's south and bombed the facility's air control tower. The officials say the coordinated attack on the Sayoun airport in the southern province of Hadramawt started from three different directions early on Thursday. The officials... more »
  • Officials say Iraq pullout hurt US spying

    June 26, 2014 2:27 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Current and former officials say CIA officers in Iraq have been hunkered down in their heavily fortified Baghdad compound since U.S. troops left the country in 2011. They say that's a big reason the U.S. was caught flat-footed by the recent offensive by a Sunni-backed, al-Qaida-inspired group... more »
  • Iraqi PM calls on Iraqi politicians to unite

    June 25, 2014 5:15 AM

    BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraq's prime minister has called on his nation's political blocs to close ranks in the face of Sunni militants but gave no concrete promise of greater political inclusiveness for minority Sunnis. U.S. officials have pressed for the next Iraqi government to be more inclusive, seeking to draw... more »
  • Militants attack Iraq's largest oil refinery

    June 18, 2014 2:59 AM

    BAGHDAD, Iraq- A top security official in Iraq says Islamic militants are attacking the country's largest oil refinery, some 155 miles north of the capital, Baghdad. The official said fighters of the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant began their attack late Monday night and it continued into... more »
  • Crisis in Iraq could affect you at the pump Play Video

    June 17, 2014 7:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The summer driving season is here, which means higher prices at the pump. The conflict in Iraq could cause gas costs to rise even more. Islamic militants have been marching around the country, capturing cities and slaughtering members of the Iraqi military. They have captured several... more »
  • Sunni militants capture 2 towns north of Baghdad

    June 13, 2014 2:52 AM

    BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraqi officials say al-Qaida-inspired militants who this week seized much of the country's Sunni heartland have pushed into an ethnically mixed province northeast of Baghdad, capturing two towns there. Police officials said Friday that militants driving on machinegun-mounted pickups entered the towns of Jalula and Sadiyah in... more »
  • Pakistan condemns first US drone strikes this year

    June 12, 2014 5:04 AM

    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - The Pakistani government has condemned two strikes by American drones that have killed 13 suspected militants and marked the resumption of the CIA-led program after a nearly six-month break. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on Thursday that the strikes are a violation of... more »
  • Suspected US drone in Yemen kills 4 militants

    May 18, 2013 3:31 PM

    SANAA, Yemen - A suspected U.S. drone strike killed four al-Qaida militants Saturday in a southern Yemeni province once overrun by the group, according to security officials. The officials said the attack took place around dawn in an area called Deyqa in Abyan province. Officials spoke anonymously because they were... more »
  • Egypt arrests 3 suspected al-Qaida militants

    May 11, 2013 12:34 PM

    CAIRO - Egypt's interior minister says security authorities have arrested three suspected al-Qaida militants who were planning to carry out suicide attacks on vital installations and an unspecified embassy. Mohammed Ibrahim told a news conference Saturday that the men had been in contact with Dawood al-Assady, a leader of al-Qaida... more »
  • State Dept: Americans still hostage in Algeria

    January 18, 2013 12:37 PM

    WASHINGTON - A U.S. official says Americans are still held hostage in Algeria on the third day of a standoff with militants at a natural gas complex in the Sahara. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland says the U.S. is working with Algeria and other governments to try to secure their... more »
  • Americans escape Algerian standoff, others unaccounted for

    January 18, 2013 2:33 AM

    ALGIERS, Algeria - The fate of many captives held by an al-Qaida offshoot is uncertain in Algeria after military forces attempted a rescue. At least six people, and perhaps many more, were killed, including Britons and Filipinos. A U.S. official says some Americans escaped, but others remain either... more »
  • Militant: 35 hostages die in Algeria raid, 7 live

    January 17, 2013 6:28 AM

    ALGIERS, Algeria - Islamic militants have told a Mauritanian news outlet that that 35 hostages were killed but seven are still alive after Algerian military helicopters strafed a gas complex deep in the Sahara. The spokesman for the Masked Brigade, which claimed responsibility for the attack Wednesday on the Algerian... more »
  • CIA denies it detained militants in Benghazi

    November 12, 2012 2:30 PM

    WASHINGTON - The CIA is denying an assertion made by David Petraeus' biographer and girlfriend that the agency held militants in Libya before the Sept. 11 attack. During a talk last month at the University of Denver, author Paula Broadwell said the CIA had detained people at a secret facility... more »
  • US-led coalition: Insurgent attacks trending down

    September 29, 2011 12:08 PM

    KABUL, Afghanistan - U.S.-led coalition forces fighting militants in Afghanistan have released new data they claim as evidence that violence is trending downward in their favor. However, the United Nations released its own report a day earlier saying that the monthly average of violence was significantly higher than last... more »
  • Interpol warns of terror threat from Somalia

    September 30, 2010 1:01 PM

    Interpol's secretary general says that militants in Northern Africa and Somalia will soon pose more of a terrorist threat than those based in Afghanistan. Ronald K. Noble tells The Associated Press that al-Qaida's North African branch and Somali Islamists will eclipse Afghanistan in terms of terror threats in the... more »
  • U.S. to boost aid, training for troops in Somalia

    July 20, 2010 12:46 PM

    The U.S. military is looking for ways to expand the training and equipping of African forces to help battle militants in Somalia who claimed responsibility for recent bombings in Uganda. Army Gen. William "Kip" Ward says the African nations contributing forces in Somalia are still committed to the peacekeeping... more »

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