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US military says it killed al-Qaida leader in drone strike

Oct. 22, 2021 23:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military says it killed a senior al-Qaida leader in an airstrike Friday in northwest Syria. Army Maj. John Rigsbee, a spokesman for U.S. Central Command, said in a statement that Abdul Hamid al-Matar was killed by a drone strike. ...

NATO weighs Afghan lessons of waging major ops abroad

Oct. 21, 2021 08:40 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO defense ministers are weighing Thursday what lessons to draw from the almost two-decade-long military mission in Afghanistan, including whether the world’s biggest security organization should even undertake major operations outside Europe and North America. ...

Mali asks Islamic High Council to dialogue with al-Qaida

Oct. 19, 2021 08:39 AM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali’s government has asked the country's Islamic High Council to begin a dialogue with al-Qaida-linked groups in a new effort to address a nearly decade-long insecurity crisis. It is not clear when the dialogue will begin, but the council will...

US says Guantanamo detainee can pen letter about torture

Oct. 18, 2021 12:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration says it will allow a Guantanamo Bay detainee to provide information to Polish officials about his torture in CIA custody following the 9/11 attacks. The decision from the Biden administration was included in a letter government...

Qatar diplomat emphasizes engagement with Taliban at forum

Oct. 12, 2021 15:41 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar's diplomatic point man on Afghanistan said Tuesday countries should engage the country's new Taliban rulers, warning that isolation could lead to instability and a wide-reaching security threat, as happened when al-Qaida used the country as a base to...

Iraq says it has arrested top leader in Islamic State group

Oct. 11, 2021 13:43 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq said on Monday it has detained a top leader of the Islamic State group and a longtime al-Qaida operative in a cross-border operation. Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi tweeted the news, identifying the man as Sami Jasim, who oversees the...

Taliban says US will provide humanitarian aid to Afghanistan

Oct. 10, 2021 19:49 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The U.S. has agreed to provide humanitarian aid to a desperately poor Afghanistan on the brink of an economic disaster, while refusing to give political recognition to the country's new Taliban rulers, the Taliban said Sunday. The statement came at the...

Car bomb in Yemen targets officials, kills six others

Oct. 10, 2021 11:28 AM EDT

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — At least six people were killed Sunday in Yemen's port city of Aden by a car bomb that targeted two senior government officials who survived, an official said. The explosion targeted the convoy of Agriculture Minister Salem al-Socotrai and Aden’s...

Colombian nun kidnapped in Mali in 2017 is freed

Oct. 09, 2021 18:19 PM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — A Colombian nun who was kidnapped more than four years ago by al-Qaida-linked extremists in Mali has been freed, Mali’s presidency said Saturday. Gloria Narvaez was kidnapped in February 2017 near Mali’s border with Burkina Faso. ...

Mali's presidency says Colombian nun kidnapped by al-Qaida-linked militants in 2017 has been released

Oct. 09, 2021 18:19 PM EDT
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali's presidency says Colombian nun kidnapped by al-Qaida-linked militants in 2017 has been released.