Latest Counterterrorism News

Greek counterterror operation yields 3 arrests, arms cache

Nov. 9, 2019 8:50 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities announced Saturday they had arrested three people and detained a further 15 in a "wide sweep" by the police's counterterrorism squad on suspected left-wing extremists that also yielded an arms cache. Another person is at large, police announced Saturday, adding that...

UK reduces its terror threat level to 'substantial'

Nov. 4, 2019 11:19 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Security officials downgraded Britain's terrorism threat level on Monday from "severe" to "substantial," with officials saying the country now sees an attack as "likely" rather than "highly likely."  The assessment was made by the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre, an independent expert...

Pentagon releases new details on al-Baghdadi raid

Oct. 31, 2019 6:28 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The general who oversaw the U.S. raid on Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi provided the most detailed account yet of the operation and said the U.S. is on alert for possible "retribution attacks" by extremists. Gen. Kenneth "Frank" McKenzie, head of U.S. Central Command, said...

2020 Democrats commend troops, not Trump, for Syria raid

Oct. 28, 2019 5:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates are heaping praise on U.S. military forces who pulled off the weekend raid that left Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi dead. But they've made clear that commendation doesn't extend to President Donald Trump. "This victory was not due to Donald...

IS victims see satisfaction but no closure in leader's death

Oct. 28, 2019 3:12 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — For Georges Salines, whose 28-year-old daughter Lola was killed when Islamic extremists went on a bloody rampage in Paris in 2015, the death of the man who inspired the attack brought a welcome "sense of satisfaction." But like other survivors and families of victims of the Islamic State...

The Latest: UN chief says remember victims of terrorism

Oct. 28, 2019 1:46 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments following President Donald Trump's announcement that U.S. forces in Syria killed the Islamic State group's leader (all times local): 8:45 p.m. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says the death of the Islamic State group's leader is a moment to remember the...

Islamic State still poses a threat after al-Baghdadi's death

Oct. 28, 2019 7:57 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Eliminating the Islamic State group's elusive leader gives President Donald Trump a new argument for leaving Syria, but the U.S. military campaign against the extremists is far from finished. The killing of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi by U.S. forces leaves the Islamic State without an obvious...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump spins tales on bin Laden, Iraq war

Oct. 27, 2019 10:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump falsely boasted that he predicted Osama bin Laden's 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center and inaccurately asserted he had always opposed the war in Iraq in a news conference Sunday that often fell short on facts. A look at some of the president's claims at the...

Trump says US forces cornered IS leader in dead-end tunnel

Oct. 27, 2019 5:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi , the shadowy leader of the Islamic State group who presided over its global jihad and became arguably the world's most wanted man, died after U.S. special operators cornered him during a raid in Syria, President Donald Trump said Sunday. "Last night, the United...

US official: IS leader believed dead in US military assault

Oct. 27, 2019 6:01 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the shadowy leader of the Islamic State group who presided over its global jihad and became arguably the world's most wanted man, is believed dead after being targeted by a U.S. military raid in Syria. A U.S. official told The Associated Press late Saturday that...