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FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011 file photo, hundreds of newly trained al-Shabab fighters perform military exercises in the Lafofe area some 18 km south of Mogadishu, in Somalia. The U.S. Africa Command, signaling concern over the Pentagon's potential cuts, has emphasized the Somalia-based al-Shabab as a threat to the U.S. homeland, in intent if not yet in capability _ and warning that neither China nor Russia is doing much to counter Africa's extremist groups. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh, File)

AP Explains: Why US troop cuts in Africa would cause alarm

Jan. 23, 2020 12:54 PM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Even as destroyed U.S. military aircraft smoldered from an al-Shabab attack that killed three Americans this month in Kenya, the al-Qaida-linked group issued a taunting message to African troops: The U.S. will abandon you just as it did the Kurds. Islamic extremists are already...

In this frame grab from video taken on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, a family with their goods loaded on a lorry drives towards the Turkish border in Syria's rebel-controlled Idlib province. The UN says that some 60,000 Idlib residents have been displaced in recent weeks by a government offensive aimed at dislodging the rebels from their last stronghold in the country.(AP Photo/APTN)

Violence in northern Syria kills 17, including whole family

Jan. 21, 2020 1:26 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Airstrikes on rebel-held parts of northwestern Syria and the shelling of government-held areas killed at least 17 people Tuesday, including an entire family, Syrian opposition activists said. The airstrikes and shelling came amid a government offensive on the northwestern province of Idlib,...

At least 2 killed, 20 wounded in bombing near Somali capital

Jan. 18, 2020 7:51 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — At least two people were killed and more than 20 others wounded when a suicide car bomber targeted a construction site along a highway outside Somalia's capital, police said Saturday. Six Turkish nationals were among the wounded, with two in serious condition, Turkish Health Minister...

FILE - This undated photo provided by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police shows Patrik Mathews. FBI agents on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, arrested the former Canadian Armed Forces reservist and two other men who are linked to a violent white supremacist group and were believed to be heading to a pro-gun rally next week in Virginia's capital. The three men are members of The Base and were arrested on federal charges in a criminal complaint unsealed in Maryland, according to a Justice Department news release. (Royal Canadian Mounted Police via AP)

FBI arrests 3 alleged white supremacists ahead of gun rally

Jan. 16, 2020 7:44 PM EST

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — A former Canadian Armed Forces reservist and two other men who authorities say are linked to a violent white supremacist group were arrested Thursday, just days before they were believed to be headed to a pro-gun rally in Virginia’s capital. The three men, members of The Base,...

US charges Malian in al-Qaida hotel attack in Burkina Faso

Jan. 16, 2020 4:25 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors announced murder charges Thursday against a Malian man accused of playing a central role in two 2016 terror attacks in West Africa, including an al-Qaida shooting in Burkina Faso that killed an American missionary and 29 other people. Mimi Baba scouted attack locations...

US calls for smaller UN force in Mali, Russia says no change

Jan. 15, 2020 10:49 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States called Wednesday for a reduction in the more than 16,000-strong peacekeeping force in Mali and a new focus on protecting civilians because parties to a 2015 peace deal have made little progress in implementing it, but Russia said it doesn’t want any changes...

A member of Kenya's security forces walks past a damaged police post after an attack by al-Shabab extremists in the settlement of Kamuthe in Garissa county, Kenya Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. The militants from neighboring Somalia attacked the settlement killing three teachers, setting fire to a police post, and destroying a telecommunications mast, police said in a report seen by The Associated Press. (AP Photo)

Al-Shabab extremists kill 3 teachers in Kenya, abduct 1

Jan. 13, 2020 8:10 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Al-Shabab extremists killed three people in an assault early Monday in eastern Kenya, its fifth attack in thirteen days, police said. The militants from neighboring Somalia attacked Kamuthe town in Garissa county at 2 a.m., setting fire to a police post and destroying a...

A man pulls a tanker trailer as civilians flee a Syrian military offensive in Idlib province on the main road near Hazano, Syria, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019. Syrian forces launched a wide ground offensive last week into the northwestern province of Idlib, which is dominated by al-Qaida-linked militants. The United Nations estimates that some 60,000 people have fled from the area, heading south, after the bombings intensified earlier this month. (AP Photo/Ghaith al-Sayed)

Syria airstrikes kill 10 in rebel-held area despite truce

Jan. 11, 2020 11:10 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government warplanes struck several rebel-held areas in the country's northwest on Saturday, killing at least 10 people and wounding dozens, opposition activist said. A cease-fire supposedly went into effect Thursday, according to Russia's Defense Ministry. But Turkey's Defense...

Truckloads of civilians flee a Syrian military offensive in Idlib province on the main road near Hazano, Syria, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019. Syrian forces launched a wide ground offensive last week into the northwestern province of Idlib, which is dominated by al-Qaida-linked militants. The United Nations estimates that some 60,000 people have fled from the area, heading south, after the bombings intensified earlier this month. (AP Photo/Ghaith al-Sayed)

Airstrikes hit rebel-held Syrian town despite new cease-fire

Jan. 10, 2020 8:49 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian warplanes bombed a major rebel stronghold in the country's northwest on Friday, less than 24 hours after a cease-fire went into effect there, opposition activists said. Nevertheless, activists reported an overall drop in violence in Syria's Idlib province compared to the past three...

In this photo taken on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019 displaced Burkinabe people in the Pissila town camp, near Kaya, Burkina Faso. Islamic extremists carried out a record number of attacks last year in Burkina Faso and the instability has now spread to the country's east. The violence in northern and now eastern Burkina Faso has displaced more than half a million people, according to the United Nations. And there are fears the unrest could throw elections planned for late 2020 into question.  (AP Photo/Sylvain Cherkaoui)

Islamic extremism wracks Burkina Faso, spreading east

Jan. 10, 2020 5:03 AM EST

FADA N'GOURMA, Burkina Faso (AP) — The jihadists who killed Wabwa Ampougovni's son and two grandchildren wanted them to suffer: They cut the backs of their necks before slitting their throats, leaving them to a slow and agonizing death. They were among 14 people killed in late November when extremists...