Latest Counterterrorism News

Australian bank Westpac faces massive fine for breaches

Nov. 20, 2019 5:33 AM EST

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Major Australian bank Westpac is facing a potentially massive fine after being accused of 23 million breaches of the anti-money laundering and counterterrorism financing act. The financial crime regulator AUSTRAC said Wednesday it was pursuing Westpac, one of Australia’s four...

New Mexico may form hate-crimes unit after Texas massacre

Nov. 19, 2019 7:23 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s top prosecutor urged lawmakers Tuesday to fund a new investigative unit to guard against hate crimes and bolster cybersecurity in response to the August mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, and other emerging threats that might qualify as terrorism....

Indonesia police kill 2 suspects in militant crackdown

Nov. 16, 2019 7:49 AM EST

MEDAN, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's elite counterterrorism squad on Saturday shot and killed two suspected militants who may have had links to a suicide attack at a busy police station in the country’s third-largest city, police said. Three suspected militants refused to surrender and resisted by...

US presses European countries to take Islamic State fighters

Nov. 14, 2019 7:37 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — European and other members of the international coalition fighting the Islamic State group must take back and prosecute their nationals detained in Iraq and Syria to help keep IS from regaining territory, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday. Pompeo told foreign ministers and...

The Latest: Germany detains 7 people deported by Turkey

Nov. 14, 2019 12:58 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on Turkey deporting captured Islamic State suspects to their home countries. (all times local): 9:45 p.m. German federal police say they have detained seven people deported by Turkey for alleged Islamic State links. Federal police detained them as they arrived Thursday...

Pakistani officials: 2 Islamic State members arrested

Nov. 14, 2019 12:11 PM EST

MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani security officials say they have arrested two suspected members of the Islamic State group in a raid on their hideout in the eastern Punjab province. In Thursday’s statement, the province’s counterterrorism forces said it had arrested the men in Bahawalnagar...

Gunmen kill senior police official in northwest Pakistan

Nov. 14, 2019 3:02 AM EST

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani police say gunmen opened fire on a police vehicle, killing a senior counter-terrorism officer and wounding his driver and a passer-by before fleeing the scene. Police chief Zahur Babar Afridi in northwestern city of Peshawar says deputy superintendent of police, Ghani...

Suicide bomber attacks Indonesian police station, wounding 6

Nov. 13, 2019 5:51 AM EST

MEDAN, Indonesia (AP) — A suicide bomber blew himself up at a busy police station in Indonesia's third-largest city on Wednesday, wounding at least six people. The attack came during a counterterrorism crackdown and as authorities were on heightened alert for possible attacks against police and places of...

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...