Latest Counterterrorism News

US military says its troop removal from Somalia is complete

Jan. 17, 2021 10:42 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The U.S. military says its troop withdrawal from Somalia is complete, in one of the last actions of President Donald Trump’s presidency. Some experts have warned that the withdrawal of an estimated 700 U.S. military personnel comes at the worst possible time for Somalia, as the...

FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2020, file photo, an Afghan security official stands near a vehicle in which rockets were placed, in Bagram, north of Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020, after five rockets were fired at a major U.S. base in Afghanistan. The U.S. military has met its goal of reducing the number of troops in Afghanistan to about 2,500 by Friday, a drawdown that appears to violate a last-minute congressional prohibition. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)

Pentagon says US has dropped to 2,500 troops in Afghanistan

Jan. 15, 2021 10:16 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military has met its goal of reducing the number of troops in Afghanistan to about 2,500 by Friday, a drawdown that may have violated a last-minute congressional prohibition. The reduction could complicate matters for the incoming Biden administration, which must determine how to...

This photo provided by the United Nations on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, shows Vladimir Voronkov, the U.N. counter-terrorism chief, as he speaks during a videoconference at the U.N. Security Council's 20th anniversary commemoration of the pivotal resolution to fight terrorism, adopted after the 9/11 attacks on the United States. (Loey Felipe/UN Photo via AP)

UN official: Terrorists using pandemic to stoke extremism

Jan. 12, 2021 11:07 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. counter-terrorism chief warned Tuesday that terrorists are exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic and appealing to new “racially, ethnically and politically motivated violent extremist groups.” Vladimir Voronkov spoke at the U.N. Security Council’s 20th...

UK to use fines to target forced labor in China's Xinjiang

Jan. 12, 2021 5:20 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — British companies will face fines unless they meet new government requirements showing their supply chains are free from forced labor, the U.K.'s foreign secretary said Tuesday as he announced measures aimed at tackling human rights abuses against the Uighur minority in China’s...

French police detain 7 in probe of teacher's beheading

Jan. 12, 2021 2:12 PM EST

LE PECQ, France (AP) — French anti-terrorism police on Tuesday detained seven people suspected of having communicated via social media with the killer of a schoolteacher whose beheading last year reopened debate about France's cherished rights of expression, a judicial official said. The teacher, Samuel...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, file photo, violent protesters, loyal to President Donald Trump, storm the Capitol, in Washington. Federal prosecutors say a retired Air Force officer who was part of the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol was arrested Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, in Texas. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

FBI warns of plans for nationwide armed protests next week

Jan. 11, 2021 6:25 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI is warning of plans for armed protests at all 50 state capitals and in Washington, D.C., in the days leading up to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, stoking fears of more bloodshed after last week's deadly siege at the U.S. Capitol. An internal FBI bulletin warned, as of...

FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015, file photo, police officers escort Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, center, the main suspect of the Mumbai terror attacks in 2008, after his court appearance in Islamabad, Pakistan. A Pakistani court on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, convicted and sentenced the senior militant leader Lakhvi to five years in jail in a case of terror financing, the country's counter-terrorism department in the eastern Punjab province said. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash, File)

Pakistani court sentences militant leader to 5 years in jail

Jan. 8, 2021 6:26 AM EST

MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani court on Friday convicted and sentenced a senior militant leader to five years in jail in a case of terror financing, the country's counter-terrorism department in the eastern Punjab province said. The court ruling comes after authorities arrested Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi,...

Islamic cleric Abu Bakar Bashir sits inside a van as he leaves upon his release from Gunung Sindur Prison in Bogor, West Java, Indonesia, Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. The convicted firebrand cleric who inspired the Bali bombers and other violent extremists walked free from prison Friday after completing his sentence for funding the training of Islamic militants. (AP Photo/Aditya Irawan)

Indonesian cleric who inspired Bali bombings freed from jail

Jan. 8, 2021 5:47 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A firebrand cleric who inspired bombings in Bali and other attacks walked free from an Indonesian prison Friday after completing his sentence for funding the training of Islamic militants. Police said they will monitor the activities of Abu Bakar Bashir, who is 82 and ailing. His...

Members of a civil society organization hold a demonstration to protest the killing of coal mine workers by gunmen near the Machh coal field, in Lahore, Pakistan, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. Pakistan's minority Shiites continued their sit-in for a fifth straight day insisting they will bury their dead only when Prime Minister Imran Khan personally visits them to assure protection. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

Pakistan arrests 7 Shiite militants, foils possible attacks

Jan. 7, 2021 10:02 AM EST

MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan's counter-terrorism police and the country's intelligence agency raided hideouts of an outlawed Shiite militant group in the eastern Punjab province and arrested seven suspects who allegedly wanted to attack leaders of rival Sunni Muslims' groups, a spokesman said Thursday....

Police officers walk outside the site where two suspected militants were killed during a raid in Makassar, South Sulawesi, Indonesia, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. Members of Indonesia's anti-terrorism police squad killed the two suspected militants who they believe were connected to a deadly suicide attack at a Roman Catholic cathedral in the southern Philippines, officials said. (AP Photo/Masyudi S. Firmansyah)

Indonesian police kill 2 suspected militants in raid

Jan. 6, 2021 4:43 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Members of Indonesia's anti-terrorism police squad on Wednesday shot and killed two suspected militants who they believe were connected to a deadly suicide attack at a Roman Catholic cathedral in the southern Philippines, and arrested 18 others, officials said. The two men,...