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3 blasts hit Syrian town near border with Turkey, 6 killed

Nov. 11, 2019 12:16 PM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Three car bombs went off Monday in the northeastern Syrian town of Qamishli near the border with Turkey, killing at least six people, while a priest was shot dead in a nearby area by extremists, state media and activists said. Northern Syria has been hit by several explosions that...

US targets al-Qaida leaders in West Africa and Mideast

Nov. 7, 2019 1:26 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is trying to turn up pressure on three senior al-Qaida leaders in Africa and the Middle East. The State Department placed the head of the main al-Qaida affiliate in Mali on a terrorism blacklist. It also offered rewards for information leading to the location of...

Erdogan: Turkey captured slain IS leader al-Baghdadi's wife

Nov. 6, 2019 4:19 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey has captured a wife of the slain leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday. Erdogan made the announcement while delivering a speech in the capital of Ankara but gave no other details. He did not say when or...

In last days, al-Baghdadi sought safety in shrinking domain

Nov. 5, 2019 7:31 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — In his last months on the run, Islamic State group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was agitated, fearful of traitors, sometimes disguised as a shepherd, sometimes hiding underground, always dependent on a shrinking circle of confidants. Associates paint a picture of a man obsessed with his...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Nov. 1, 2019 5:23 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the real facts: ___ CLAIM: Joe Biden, while vice president, leaked the identities of special ops...

Yemeni rebels claim they shot down a US-made drone

Nov. 1, 2019 3:56 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Yemen's Iran-backed Houthi rebels shot down a U.S.-made drone Friday along the border with Saudi Arabia, according to a statement by the group's spokesman. The Shiite rebels, who overran Yemen's northern parts and the capital Sanaa in 2014, have been fighting a Saudi-led and U.S.-backed...

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...

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...

Extremist attacks in northern Burkina Faso kill at least 19

Oct. 28, 2019 12:46 PM EDT

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Local reports say suspected jihadists killed at least 19 people in attacks in northern Burkina Faso over the weekend. Radio Omega said Monday that gunmen attacked the village of Pobe Mengao in the Sahel region, killing at least 16 people. It said assailants stole...

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...