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Officials say US airstrike kills telecom worker in Somalia

Feb. 25, 2020 11:41 AM EST

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A U.S. military airstrike has killed a worker for a telecom company in Somalia, officials in the country said Tuesday. Mohamud Haji Sirad, 55, a local manager of Hormuud, Somalia’s largest telecom company, was killed when two missiles struck his farm on the outskirts of the...

Family and victims of the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in Tanaznia and Kenya, from left, Tibruss Minja, Doreen Oport, Rukia Ali, Joanne Oport, and Clara Owino, attend a news conference following Supreme Court arguments on punitive damages against Sudan for its role in the attack, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, outside of the Supreme Court in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

High Court sympathetic to embassy bombing victims in case

Feb. 24, 2020 2:55 PM EST

Washington (AP) — The Supreme Court suggested Monday that it's inclined to allow a bigger award of money to victims of the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. No matter what the justices decide, however, it's unlikely the victims will ever collect the full...

FILE - In this Aug. 8, 1998 file photo, the United States Embassy, left, and other damaged buildings in downtown Nairobi, Kenya, are shown on the day after it was bombed by terrorists. Some of the victims of the bombing will be in Washington on Monday, Feb . 24, 2020, to hear arguments in a Supreme Court case that could affect the compensation they ultimately receive for their injuries. (AP Photo/Dave Caulkin, File)

Victims of 2 African embassy bombings await US court case

Feb. 23, 2020 8:04 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Doreen Oport was pulled from the rubble of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, in 1998 covered in blood. Her hair was burned from the bombing. Pieces of metal and glass were embedded in her skin. The two decades since the bombing have been a difficult and “painful journey,”...

FILE - In this May 28, 2019 file photo, Suhail Shaheen, spokesman for the Taliban's political office in Doha, speaks to the media in Moscow, Russia.   The countdown to the signing of a peace agreement between the Taliban and the United States to end the 18 years of war in Afghanistan will begin on Friday night, when the seven-day “reduction of violence

Afghan truce worry: 1 militant could threaten peace process

Feb. 22, 2020 3:26 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hopes for ending America's longest war hinge on maintaining a weeklong fragile truce in Afghanistan that U.S. officials and experts agree will be difficult to assess and fraught with pitfalls. What if one militant with a suicide vest kills dozens in a Kabul market? Or, if a U.S. airstrike...

In this Tuesday Feb. 18, 2020, photo, Burkina Faso paratroopers commando exercise under the supervision of Dutch special forces during U.S. military-led annual counterterrorism exercise in Thies, Senegal. More than 1,500 service members from the armies of 34 African and partner training nations have assembled for the Flintlock exercises in Senegal and Mauritania, the two countries in West Africa's sprawling Sahel region that so far have not been hit by violence from extremists linked to al-Qaida or the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Cheikh A.T Sy)

US leads training exercises in Africa amid focus on Sahel

Feb. 22, 2020 2:43 AM EST

THIES, Senegal (AP) — Crouching in the sparse brush, maneuvering into formations through a divide, and then shooting at a target, about 10 soldiers from Burkina Faso are among a select group of African soldiers being trained to battle West Africa's fast-growing extremist threat. They are carrying out...

FILE - In this May 28, 2019 file photo, Suhail Shaheen, spokesman for the Taliban's political office in Doha, speaks to the media in Moscow, Russia.   The countdown to the signing of a peace agreement between the Taliban and the United States to end the 18 years of war in Afghanistan will begin on Friday night, when the seven-day “reduction of violence

US, Taliban truce takes effect, setting stage for peace deal

Feb. 21, 2020 3:10 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A temporary truce between the United States and the Taliban took effect on Friday, setting the stage for the two sides to sign a peace deal next week aimed at ending 18 years of war in Afghanistan and bringing U.S. troops home. If successfully implemented, the weeklong “reduction in...

Military hero McRaven chosen to give MIT commencement speech

Feb. 21, 2020 10:09 AM EST

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — William McRaven, the retired U.S. Navy admiral who directed the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, has been chosen to give the 2020 commencement speech at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the school announced Friday. McRaven is scheduled to address graduates of the...

3 killed by al-Shabab extremists in bus attack in Kenya

Feb. 19, 2020 8:11 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The owner of a bus company says three people have been killed by suspected extremists from Somalia after they were pulled out of a bus in northeastern Kenya. Haji Abass said Wednesday that the bus belonging to his company, Moyale Raha, was heading to the Kenyan capital of Nairobi from...

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, center, shakes hands with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, right, as US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper watches during the 56th Munich Security Conference (MSC) in Munich, southern Germany, on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. The 2020 edition of the Munich Security Conference (MSC) takes place from Feb. 14 to 16. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Pool photo via AP)

Esper says Taliban deal is promising but not without risk

Feb. 15, 2020 2:20 PM EST

MUNICH (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Saturday that a truce agreement between the United States and the Taliban that could lead to the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan is not without risk but “looks very promising." Ahead of a formal announcement of the seven-day...

FILE - In this Aug. 11, 2019, file photo, Hamid Hayat, right, is welcomed by the community after making his first public appearance at a news conference that coincided with Eid al-Adha, also called the

US prosecutors end old terror case against California man

Feb. 14, 2020 8:07 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif (AP) — One of the nation's highest profile post-9/11 terrorism cases fully unraveled Friday, with federal prosecutors saying they won’t pursue charges after a judge last year overturned the conviction of a man who had been linked to a purported al-Qaida sleeper cell in California...