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3 guilty in Kenya Garissa University attack that killed 148

Jun. 19, 2019 2:12 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Kenyan court Wednesday found three people guilty of conspiracy to commit a terror attack after phone records and handwriting linked them to the 2015 Garissa University assault that killed 148 people. Mohamed Abdi Abikar, Hassan Aden Hassan and Rashid Charles Mberesero will be...

Libyan commander hands over prominent militant to Egypt

May. 29, 2019 10:05 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A prominent Egyptian militant wanted for scores of terror attacks in his country was handed over to Egypt on Wednesday by Libyan forces loyal to a commander pushing to take the capital of Tripoli and flown to Cairo. Egyptian TV networks aired footage of a blindfolded Hisham el-Ashmawi, a...

Syrian troops regain control of village they lost to rebels

May. 26, 2019 7:02 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian government forces regained control of a northwestern village on Sunday, just days after losing it to militants, state media and an opposition war monitoring group said. State TV said troops captured Kfar Nabudah before noon from militants, including members of al-Qaida-linked...

India troops kill top Kashmir militant linked to al-Qaida

May. 24, 2019 6:03 AM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Government forces in Indian-controlled Kashmir killed a top militant commander linked to al-Qaida, officials said on Friday, as authorities restricted internet access and enforced a curfew to prevent anti-India protests. Zakir Musa was killed Thursday evening in a gunfight after...

'American Taliban' fighter to be released after 17 years

May. 22, 2019 8:16 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — John Walker Lindh, the young Californian who became known as the American Taliban after he was captured by U.S. forces in the invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, is set to go free after nearly two decades in prison. But conditions imposed recently on Lindh's release, slated for...

AP Was There: American Taliban Fighter in US custody

May. 22, 2019 2:39 PM EDT

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan (AP) — This story was first published on Dec. 2, 2001, when AP journalist Burt Herman reported on the discovery of American Taliban fighter John Walker Lindh in Afghanistan. We are reprinting the story now to mark Lindh's release after nearly two decades in prison. ___ An American who...

UN envoy warns Libya is on verge of descending to civil war

May. 21, 2019 6:41 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Libya warned Tuesday that the oil-rich nation "is on the verge of descending into a civil war" that could divide the country and imperil the security of its neighbors and the wider Mediterranean region. Ghassan Salame told the Security Council that extremists from...

Russia: Militants in Syria launch attack, have toxic agents

May. 21, 2019 6:39 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian military said al-Qaida-linked militants in northwestern Syria launched an attack on Syrian government forces Tuesday, including with tanks. Maj. Gen. Viktor Kupchishin, the head of the Russian military's Reconciliation Center in Syria, said the Syrian army was fighting back...

Dutch police arrest Syrian suspected of war crimes, terror

May. 21, 2019 9:37 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch prosecutors say police have arrested a Syrian on suspicion of war crimes and terrorism in his home country where he allegedly was a commander in the former al-Qaida affiliate the Nusra Front. Prosecutors say in a statement that the suspect, a 47-year-old man living in...

Mali calls for more EU help amid attacks in Africa's Sahel

May. 14, 2019 10:21 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The impoverished West African country of Mali on Tuesday urged the European Union to step up support for the Sahel region amid a spate of extremist attacks, as France buried two officers killed during a hostage rescue mission. "It's a race against time," Foreign Minister Tiebile Drame said,...