Latest Counterterrorism News

UN: Mali pullout from counterterrorism force `unfortunate'

May. 18, 2022 23:46 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N.’s top political official for Africa called Mali’s decision to withdraw from the Sahel regional counterterrorism force “unfortunate and regrettable” Wednesday, especially at a time of increasing terrorist activity and insecurity. Assistant...

Indonesian police arrest 24 suspected militants in raids

May. 18, 2022 05:08 AM EDT

PALU, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian police said Wednesday they arrested 24 suspected militants believed to have links to extremists accused of beheadings in remote mountain jungles and who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group. Twenty-two of the suspects were arrested over...

Reversing Trump, Biden acts to deploy US troops to Somalia

May. 16, 2022 15:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden signed an order Monday to redeploy hundreds of U.S. troops to Somalia to counter the Islamic extremist rebel group al-Shabab, an effort that American military leaders said had been hampered by President Donald Trump's late-term decision to withdraw forces...

Mali withdraws soldiers from regional counterterrorism force

May. 16, 2022 12:51 PM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali’s ruling junta says it will withdraw from the regional counterterrorism force known as the G5 Sahel, further isolating itself while it remains under economic sanctions. The G5 Sahel force — which also includes soldiers from the neighboring West African...

Jihadi abuses increasing in Burkina Faso, says rights group

May. 16, 2022 11:55 AM EDT

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — The atrocities are rampant: A 25-year-old woman abducted at night from her home, pinned down and raped by a jihadi while another held her baby. Child soldiers pillaging villages and women killed for identifying their attackers, their bodies left on the road. ...

Hungary's military finds mission in life for abused dog

May. 14, 2022 02:41 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's military has found a new mission in life for a talented dog who was rescued from abusive owners, recruiting 2-year-old Logan to serve in counterterrorism operations for an elite bomb squad. The Belgian shepherd is undergoing intensive training as...

Yemen officials: 2 commanders killed in clash with militants

May. 07, 2022 10:59 AM EDT

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Clashes at a militia facility in southern Yemen following the arrest of a group of suspected al-Qaida militants has killed at least a dozen people, including two force commanders, officials said. The officials said the fighting took place late Friday at the...

Denmark arrests man over promotion of IS on social media

Apr. 27, 2022 06:08 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A man was arrested in Denmark on Wednesday on suspicion of violating anti-terrorism laws by allegedly promoting the Islamic State group on social media. Police said domestic security agency PET took part in the operation, but they did not give further...

UN demands Mali allow peacekeepers into town where 300 died

Apr. 07, 2022 23:07 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The top U.N. envoy in Mali demanded Thursday that the country’s military leaders allow U.N. peacekeepers to visit a town where Human Rights Watch says the Malian army and foreign soldiers suspected to be Russian recently killed an estimated 300 men, one of several alleged...

Israeli troops kill 3 Palestinians in West Bank gun battle

Apr. 02, 2022 00:21 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli forces killed three Palestinian militants in a firefight in the occupied West Bank early Saturday, police said, raising fears of further escalation of violence during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Israeli media said four members of a police...