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IS deadly new front in Pakistan's decades-old terror war

Aug. 17, 2018 9:08 PM EDT

DHABEJI, Pakistan (AP) — Hafeez Nawaz was 20 years old when he left his religious school in Karachi to join the Islamic State group in Afghanistan. Three years later he was back in Pakistan to carry out a deadly mission: With explosives strapped to his body, he blew himself up in the middle of an election...

Al-Qaida bomb master killed in US strike, officials say

Aug. 17, 2018 3:34 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Al-Qaida's chief bomb maker, Ibrahim al-Asiri, who was behind the 2009 Christmas Day plot to down an airliner over Detroit and other foiled aviation-related terror attacks, was killed in a U.S. drone strike, Yemeni officials and a tribal leader said Friday. The killing of al-Asiri deals a...

Iraq says its warplanes hit IS targets in Syria, killing 28

Aug. 17, 2018 6:11 AM EDT

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi security officials say Iraq's air force carried out two airstrikes targeting Islamic State group inside Syria, killing at least 28 IS militants. They say one of the two airstrikes by F-16s targeted a meeting of would-be suicide bombers who intended to strike in Iraq during next...

A look at major attacks in Pakistan claimed by IS militants

Aug. 17, 2018 2:13 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Counterterrorism officials in Pakistan say the fight against the Islamic State group is the country's newest and deadliest front in the decades-old war on terror. Headquartered next door in Afghanistan, the IS affiliate has claimed responsibility for some of the deadliest attacks in...

Russia says drone attacks on its Syria base have increased

Aug. 16, 2018 12:50 PM EDT

HEMEIMEEM AIR BASE, Syria (AP) — Russian air defense assets in Syria have downed 45 drones targeting their main base in the country, its military said Thursday, after an attack by the Islamic State group on a Syrian army base a day earlier killed seven troops. The Russian Defense Ministry spokesman, Maj....

The Latest: War monitor says IS attack on Syria base kills 7

Aug. 16, 2018 12:12 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local): 7:10 p.m. A Syrian war monitoring group says at least seven soldiers were killed when the Islamic State group attacked an army position near the eastern city of Deir el-Zour. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says it was the closest...

Suicide bomber targets Shiite students in Kabul, killing 48

Aug. 15, 2018 7:06 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber struck a private education center in a Shiite neighborhood of Kabul on Wednesday where high school graduates were preparing for university entrance exams, killing 48 young men and women and leaving behind a scene of devastation and tragedy. The bombing, blamed on...

Israel eases Gaza restrictions amid cease-fire efforts

Aug. 15, 2018 4:13 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel on Wednesday opened its only cargo crossing with the Gaza Strip weeks after closing it amid a surge in violence with the Islamic militant group Hamas. The reopening of the Kerem Shalom crossing came as Egypt was stepping up efforts to broker a lasting cease-fire. It was not clear if...

Israel: No criminal action in deadly Gaza 2014 war incident

Aug. 15, 2018 4:08 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said on Wednesday its investigation into one of the bloodiest incidents of the 2014 war in the Gaza Strip found no criminal wrongdoing by Israeli forces and there were no grounds to prosecute any troops. The announcement drew condemnations from Palestinians and human...

US official says UAE paid Yemen tribes to push al-Qaida out

Aug. 15, 2018 2:29 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A senior U.S. official acknowledged Wednesday that the United Arab Emirates had paid money to tribal leaders in Yemen to rout al-Qaida militants from their strongholds in the war-torn county. The official said that al-Qaida had pulled back under pressure from the Yemeni tribes. His remarks...