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Islamic State expands reach in Afghanistan, threatening West

Jun. 10, 2019 1:17 PM EDT

JALALABAD, Afghanistan (AP) — The Islamic State group has lost its caliphate in Syria and Iraq, but in the forbidding mountains of northeastern Afghanistan the group is expanding its footprint, recruiting new fighters and plotting attacks on the United States and other Western countries, according to U.S....

Man sought guns, grenades for Times Square attack, feds say

Jun. 7, 2019 5:39 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City college student accused of plotting a terrorist attack on Times Square spent months trying to stockpile guns and grenades, heaped praise on the Islamic State group and Osama bin Laden, and feared being known as the "Looney Tunes Terrorist" if his glasses fell off and he...

Saudi King Salman urges international effort to thwart Iran

May. 30, 2019 10:49 PM EDT

MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia's King Salman opened an emergency summit of Arab leaders in Islam's holiest city of Mecca on Friday with a call for the international community to use all means to confront Iran, but he also said the kingdom remains committed to peace. King Salman delivered his...

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...

"American Taliban" John Walker Lindh is released from prison

May. 23, 2019 9:57 PM EDT

John Walker Lindh, the Californian who took up arms for the Taliban and was captured by U.S. forces in Afghanistan in 2001, got out of prison Thursday after more than 17 years, released under tight restrictions that reflected government fears he still harbors radical views. President Donald Trump reacted by...

AP Was There: The roots of the 'American Taliban'

May. 23, 2019 3:46 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — This story was first published on Dec. 21, 2001, when AP journalist Justin Pritchard reported on the American Taliban fighter John Walker Lindh's journey to the Taliban front lines. We are reprinting the story now to mark Lindh's release after nearly two decades in prison. __ John...

'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...

Attorney: SEAL to accept plea deal in Green Beret's death

May. 15, 2019 6:54 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A U.S. Navy SEAL is expected to formally accept a plea deal on Thursday for his role in the 2017 strangulation death of a U.S. Army Green Beret in Africa. Navy SEAL Adam Matthews is one for four U.S. service members charged with murder and related counts in the death of Army Staff...

US deployments across Mideast factor in Iran tensions

May. 11, 2019 2:10 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A U.S. aircraft carrier strike group rushes toward the Persian Gulf. Decades-old B-52 bombers rumble down runways at desert air bases. The Pentagon, meanwhile, routes a Patriot missile battery and an amphibious supply ship to return to the region. These military...