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Stories with subject: Militant groups
  • Nigerian troops who fled Boko Haram now have them on the run 
    Updated: May-05-15 4:15 pm

    YOLA, Nigeria - A year ago, a dozen Nigerian troops fighting about 200 Boko Haram militants in the town of Chibok exhausted their ammunition and ran, leaving the road open for the abduction of nearly 300 girls.

  • Hezbollah captures Syrian village from Islamic militants 
    Updated: May-05-15 3:13 pm

    BEIRUT - Hezbollah fighters captured a Syrian village Tuesday near the border with Lebanon after intense fighting with Islamic militants, the group's television station said, while an activist said battles are concentrating near a strategic Syrian hill.

  • Two decades after 'Black Hawk Down,' Kerry visits Somalia story has photos
    Updated: May-05-15 1:08 pm

    MOGADISHU, Somalia - Two decades after dead American soldiers were dragged through the streets of Mogadishu, John Kerry on Tuesday became the first secretary of state to set foot in Somalia, a symbolic visit to show support for the African nation's fledgling government and the United States' readiness to move past a dark chapter in its history.

  • Iraq sends troops to key refinery amid Islamic State clashes story has photos
    Updated: May-05-15 12:28 pm

    BAGHDAD - Reinforcements were rushed to Iraq's key Beiji refinery amid heavy fighting with Islamic State militants who have been trying to capture the facility for months, Iraqi officials said Tuesday.

  • Hamas launches crackdown on Salafist groups in Gaza Strip 
    Updated: May-05-15 11:49 am

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - The ruling Hamas militant group launched a crackdown Tuesday on radical Salafi groups following a series of unclaimed bombings in the Gaza Strip, arresting dozens of people and setting up military-type checkpoints.

  • Nigeria's military: Battling tribal militia, not civilians 
    Updated: May-04-15 5:02 pm

    JOS, Nigeria - Nigeria's military is battling a dangerous tribal militia that could grow into a terrorist group in central Nigeria and denies accusations its troops have killed dozens of civilians, the Defense Ministry spokesman said Monday.

  • In Egypt, militants attack security forces' base in Sinai 
    Updated: May-04-15 10:47 am

    EL-ARISH, Egypt - Egyptian officials say suspected Islamic militants have attacked a security forces' base in northern Sinai, near the border with Gaza. There was no immediate word on casualties.

  • In the face of IS successes, al-Qaida adapts, grows stronger 
    Updated: May-04-15 9:13 am

    CAIRO - When al-Qaida overran the Yemeni port city of Mukalla last month, the group's commanders immediately struck a deal to share power with the area's tribesmen. No jihadi banners were raised. Al-Qaida even issued a statement denying rumors that it had banned music at parties or men wearing shorts.

  • Iraqi city still a ghost town a month after defeat of IS 
    Updated: May-04-15 2:13 am

    BAGHDAD - Iraqi government forces drove the Islamic State group out of Abu Mustafa's hometown of Tikrit over a month ago, but he has yet to return, fearing the Shiite militias that now patrol its bombed and battered streets.

  • Philippine military chief confirms wanted militant killed 
    Updated: May-04-15 1:01 am

    MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine military chief confirmed Monday that wanted Filipino bomb-maker Abdul Basit Usman, who has links to the Indonesian-based Jemaah Islamiyah terrorist network and is a suspect in deadly bomb attacks in the south, has been killed.

  • With rescue near, Boko Haram stoned Nigerian girls to death story has photos
    Updated: May-03-15 5:16 pm

    YOLA, Nigeria - Even with the crackle of gunfire signaling rescuers were near, the horrors did not end: Boko Haram fighters stoned captives to death, some girls and women were crushed by an armored car and three died when a land mine exploded as they walked to freedom.

  • Congressmen to reconsider separate funding for Iraq factions 
    Updated: May-03-15 3:52 pm

    BAGHDAD - Congress may reconsider a provision in an upcoming bill funding the training of the Iraqi army that would also send weapons directly to Arab Sunnis and Kurds, a congressman visiting Baghdad said Sunday.

  • IS group claims Iraq car bomb attack that killed 19 story has photos
    Updated: May-03-15 12:53 pm

    BAGHDAD - The Islamic State group claimed responsibility Sunday for a late-night car bomb attack in the heart of Baghdad that killed at least 19 people, saying it was targeting a Shiite militia.

  • Hundreds of families trapped by fighting in Yemen's Aden 
    Updated: May-02-15 6:41 am

    SANAA, Yemen - Hundreds of families are trapped in their homes by weeks of fierce fighting in the center of the southern city of Aden, running short of supplies - their only lifeline coming from volunteers making dangerous runs across the city's harbor in rickety boats bearing food and medicine.

  • Kobani still a ghost town, months after liberation from IS story has photos
    Updated: May-01-15 2:26 pm

    SURUC, Turkey - The battle for the Syrian border town of Kobani was a watershed in the war against the Islamic State group - Syrian Kurdish forces fought the militants in rubble-strewn streets for months as U.S. aircraft pounded the extremists from the skies until ultimately expelling them from the town earlier this year.

  • Pakistanis see double standard in drone strikes story has photos
    Updated: May-01-15 6:51 am

    ISLAMABAD - People in Pakistan who live under the threat of U.S. drone strikes see a double standard at work in Washington.

  • Pakistan court jails 10 for involvement in attack on Malala story has photos
    Updated: Apr-30-15 1:36 pm

    MINGORA, Pakistan - A Pakistani court on Thursday sentenced 10 militants to life in prison for their involvement in the 2012 attack on teenage activist Malala Yousafzai, a public prosecutor said.

  • Jordan's overland trade paralyzed by Iraq, Syria border woes story has photos
    Updated: Apr-30-15 3:08 am

    JABER CROSSING, Jordan - Jordan's overland trade has largely been paralyzed by recent border attacks from insurgents in neighboring Syria and Iraq - a spillover of regional turmoil threatening a close Western ally that has thus far succeeded in fending off Islamic militants.

  • Iraq faces huge challenges dislodging Islamic State in Anbar story has photos
    Updated: Apr-28-15 4:17 am

    BAGHDAD - Iraqi forces are on a westward push to retake Anbar, a sprawling Sunni-dominated desert province captured by the Islamic State group in their offensive last year. But as the battles for Tikrit and Ramadi have shown, it will be a hard slog for a much-diminished Iraqi army - especially given Baghdad's reticence to arm Sunni tribesmen and local fears of the Shiite militias backing government forces.

  • UN: Israeli military killed 44 Palestinians at UN shelters 
    Updated: Apr-27-15 3:53 pm

    UNITED NATIONS - A U.N. inquiry has found that at least 44 Palestinians were killed and at least 227 injured by direct mortar strikes and other "Israeli actions" while sheltering at U.N. locations during last year's Gaza war. The Palestinians said they would give the findings to the International Criminal Court.

  • Israel says airstrike on Syrian border targeted militants 
    Updated: Apr-26-15 5:55 pm

    JERUSALEM - Israel's military said Sunday it launched an airstrike on its border with Syria after spotting militants carrying a bomb in the Israeli-held Golan Heights.

  • Deaths raise questions about ways to aid abducted Americans story has video
    Updated: Apr-25-15 3:16 am

    WASHINGTON - The accidental killing of two hostages in a U.S. operation against al-Qaida has put a new spotlight on the Obama administration's reliance on drones in the battle against terrorism - and has also raised pressure on the White House to revise the nation's oft-criticized strategy for dealing with abducted Americans and their families.

  • Tunisia military says 10 extremists killed in fighting 
    Updated: Apr-24-15 1:34 pm

    TUNIS,Tunisia - Tunisia's defense ministry says 10 militants have been killed in fighting along the border with Algeria.

  • Rooftop restaurant provides rare bright spot in Gaza 
    Updated: Apr-24-15 2:13 am

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - When nightfall descends upon Gaza, the glittering lights of the Level Up restaurant seem to be the only bright spot in this darkened city.

  • Mistaken killings by US drone show limits of spycraft 
    Updated: Apr-23-15 4:37 pm

    WASHINGTON - The accidental killing of al-Qaida hostages in Pakistan by a U.S. drone, which President Barack Obama called a regrettable mistake, illustrates the limitations of U.S. intelligence even in a region that has been closely watched for more than a decade.