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Stories with subject: Militant groups
  • Activists say IS damages ancient temple in Syria's Palmyra 
    Updated: Aug-30-15 11:25 pm

    BEIRUT - Islamic State militants in Syria severely damaged the Bel Temple, considered one of the greatest sites of the ancient world, in a massive explosion Sunday, activists said.

  • Yemen factions gear up for key battle over central province 
    Updated: Aug-30-15 3:31 pm

    SANAA, Yemen - Yemen's warring factions on Sunday braced for a key battle in a central province, where victory could allow pro-government forces to move rapidly north into the heartland of the country's Shiite rebels.

  • Mali militia agrees to leave occupied northern town 
    Updated: Aug-30-15 7:55 am

    BAMAKO, Mali - A government-allied militia has agreed to leave a northern Mali town it occupied earlier this month following clashes with Tuareg separatists, a move praised by the country's United Nations peacekeeping mission as helpful for preserving a fragile peace accord.

  • Armed group frees 163 children in Central African Republic 
    Updated: Aug-28-15 3:23 pm

    BATANGAFO, Central African Republic - A militia group released 163 children from its ranks on Friday in Central African Republic, a country where as many as 10,000 youth have become ensnared in the sectarian violence between armed groups since 2013.

  • 3 militants killed, 10 Philippine marines wounded in clash 
    Updated: Aug-28-15 7:43 am

    MANILA, Philippines - At least three Abu Sayyaf extremists were killed and 10 Philippine marines were wounded in a clash Friday with about 300 of the militants in a remote southern village, the military said.

  • In talks, Muslim rebels seek independence in south Thailand 
    Updated: Aug-27-15 8:28 am

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Muslim militant leaders in talks with Thai authorities to end a deadly insurgency said Thursday they are seeking an independent state and are ready to negotiate a solution.

  • Terror group member pleads guilty to holding 3 US hostages 
    Updated: Aug-26-15 3:36 pm

    WASHINGTON - A member of the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia faces a possible life sentence after admitting his role in the 2003 kidnapping of three Americans.

  • Convictions upheld for women who raised funds for al-Shabab 
    Updated: Aug-25-15 6:40 pm

    MINNEAPOLIS - A federal appeals court upheld the convictions and prison sentences Tuesday for two Minnesota women found guilty of conspiring to funnel money to a terror group in Somalia despite claiming they were collecting funds and clothing for the poor.

  • In Islamic State war, like others, heritage always a target story has photos
    Updated: Aug-25-15 6:07 pm

    CAIRO - A nearly 2,000-year-old temple in the Syrian city of Palmyra this week was the latest victim in the Islamic State group's campaign of destruction of historic sites across the territory it controls in Iraq and Syria.

  • Islamic State claims to kill 30 for sodomy, UN meeting told 
    Updated: Aug-24-15 5:28 pm

    UNITED NATIONS - The Islamic State extremist group has claimed responsibility for killing at least 30 people for sodomy, the head of an international gay rights organization said Monday at the first-ever U.N. Security Council meeting spotlighting violence and discrimination against lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people.

  • UAE army frees British hostage as al-Qaida expands in Yemen story has photos
    Updated: Aug-23-15 11:49 am

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - The United Arab Emirates said Sunday that its military freed a British hostage who was kidnapped 18 months ago by al-Qaida in Yemen, which has expanded its reach amid fighting between Shiite rebels and their opponents.

  • 18 killed in 2 bomb attacks in Somalia 
    Updated: Aug-22-15 2:22 pm

    MOGADISHU, Somalia - At least 18 people have been killed in two separate bomb explosions in Somalia Saturday, say Somali police officials.

  • White House: No. 2 IS leader killed in US military airstrike 
    Updated: Aug-21-15 7:53 pm

    OAK BLUFFS, Massachusetts - The No. 2 leader of the Islamic State militant group was killed in a U.S. military airstrike in Iraq earlier this week, the White House said Friday.

  • Yemen's president calls for cease-fire and rebel withdrawal 
    Updated: Aug-21-15 7:26 pm

    UNITED NATIONS - Yemen's president is proposing a 15-day cease-fire that would coincide with the withdrawal of Shiite rebel militias from all government institutions and military installations and all cities and provinces - even the province they call home.

  • 6 killed in Syria after Israel retaliates for rocket attack 
    Updated: Aug-21-15 4:43 pm

    DAMASCUS, Syria - Israeli airstrikes in southern Syria killed six people and wounded seven, Syrian state TV reported Friday, in retaliation for a rocket attack on Israel the previous day that Israeli officials blamed on militants backed by Iran.

  • Afghan ties with Pakistan sour as Taliban gain strength story has photos
    Updated: Aug-21-15 4:29 pm

    KABUL, Afghanistan - One of the world's testier strategic relationships is deteriorating by the day as Afghanistan accuses Pakistan of meddling in its affairs and prolonging a 14-year war by aiding Taliban militants in a cynical quest for influence.

  • Massive IS car bomb hits Cairo security building, wounds 29 story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Aug-20-15 8:56 am

    CAIRO - A massive car bomb claimed by Islamic State militants ripped into a national security building in a residential neighborhood in Cairo early Thursday, wounding at least 29 people and blowing the facades off nearby buildings.

  • 2 Filipino coast guard men escape from Abu Sayyaf extremists 
    Updated: Aug-20-15 2:07 am

    MANILA, Philippines - Two Philippine coast guard personnel who were threatened with beheading escaped from their Abu Sayyaf extremist captors when hundreds of troops stormed the militants' jungle base in the country's south, military officials said Thursday.

  • Bangladesh police arrest 3 suspects in bloggers' murders 
    Updated: Aug-18-15 7:30 am

    DHAKA, Bangladesh - Authorities in Bangladesh said Tuesday that they have arrested three men, including a British citizen, for their involvement in the murders of two secular bloggers.

  • Hamid Gul, a Pakistan spy master tied to militants, dies story has photos
    Updated: Aug-16-15 2:53 pm

    ISLAMABAD - Hamid Gul, who led Pakistan's powerful Inter-Services Intelligence agency as it funneled U.S. and Saudi cash and weapons to Afghan jihadis fighting against the Soviets and later publicly supported Islamic militants, died late Saturday of a brain hemorrhage. He was 78.

  • AP Interview: Jordan says Syria militants try to sneak in 
    Updated: Aug-16-15 1:58 pm

    ON THE SYRIA BORDER, Jordan - Militants have tried to sneak into Jordan from Syria by blending in with Syrian refugees, while smugglers have stepped up efforts to bring weapons and drugs into the kingdom, the commander of Jordan's Border Guard said in an interview Sunday.

  • Benghazi case focuses attention on US interrogation strategy story has photos
    Updated: Aug-15-15 5:15 pm

    WASHINGTON - After a suspected militant was captured last year to face charges for the deadly 2012 attacks on Americans in Benghazi, Libya, he was brought to the U.S. aboard a Navy transport ship on a 13-day trip that his lawyers say could have taken 13 hours by plane.

  • Turkey detains PKK, IS suspects 
    Updated: Aug-12-15 5:49 am

    ANKARA, Turkey - Officials and reports say police in Turkey have detained a would-be Kurdish rebel suicide bomber and rounded up 12 suspected Islamic State militants as it presses ahead with a crackdown on terror groups.

  • Russian forces kill 4 militants, including rebel chief 
    Updated: Aug-11-15 11:13 am

    MOSCOW - Russian security forces have killed four suspected militants, including the top leader of Islamic rebels in North Caucasus, the nation's counterterrorism agency said Tuesday.

  • Day of violence in Turkey leaves at least 9 dead story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Aug-10-15 3:49 pm

    ISTANBUL - Two female assailants opened fire at the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul on Monday and at least six Turkish security forces were killed elsewhere in a day of heavy violence in Turkey, where a government crackdown has targeted Islamic State militants, Kurdish rebels and far-left extremists.