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In this handout photo provided by the World Food Program on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, a woman collects a monthly food parcel in Cabo Delgado Province, Mozambique, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020. The WFP says the escalating extremist insurgency in northern Mozambique has displaced 310,000 people, creating an urgent humanitarian crisis. (Falume Bachir/World Food Program via AP)

Extremist violence causes food shortages in north Mozambique

Sep. 22, 2020 12:37 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The escalating extremist insurgency in northern Mozambique has displaced 310,000 people, creating an urgent humanitarian crisis, the World Food Program said Tuesday. The rebels have recently stepped up attacks in Mozambique's northern Cabo Delgado province, seizing the strategic port of...

Mother of IS member loses bid to block UK evidence transfer

Sep. 22, 2020 11:21 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The mother of a British man who is suspected in the beheadings of Westerners taken hostage by the Islamic State group lost a court challenge Tuesday to the British government’s decision to share evidence about her son with American authorities. El Shafee Elsheikh and another British...

FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2019, file photo, Bradley fighting vehicles are parked at a U.S. military base at an undisclosed location in Northeastern Syria, Monday, Nov. 11, 2019. The U.S. has deployed additional troops and armored vehicles into eastern Syria after a number of clashes with Russian forces, including a recent vehicle collision that injured four American service members. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic, File)

US sends troops, armored vehicles to Syria to counter Russia

Sep. 18, 2020 7:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. has deployed additional troops and armored vehicles into eastern Syria after a number of clashes with Russian forces, including a recent vehicle collision that injured four American service members. Navy Capt. Bill Urban, spokesman for U.S. Central Command, said the U.S. has also...

Islamic State claims Niger killings of French aid workers

Sep. 17, 2020 12:47 PM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for killing six French aid workers, their driver and a local guide in a wildlife park in Niger last month. The Islamic State group said in its al-Naba newsletter published Thursday that a security detachment carried out a “blitz...

This booking photo provided by the Sherburne County Sheriff shows Muhammad Masood.  A psychological exam was ordered Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, for Masood, a Pakistani doctor and former Mayo Clinic researcher accusing of telling paid FBI informants that he pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group and wanted to carry out lone wolf attacks in the U.S.
 (Sherburne County Sheriff via AP)

Exam ordered for Pakistani doctor charged with terrorism

Sep. 16, 2020 7:16 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A psychological exam was ordered Wednesday for a Pakistani doctor and former Mayo Clinic researcher accusing of telling paid FBI informants that he pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group and wanted to carry out lone wolf attacks in the U.S. Muhammad Masood has been indicted on one...

Minnesota man faces terror charge for allegedly joining IS

Sep. 16, 2020 6:07 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man accused of joining the Islamic State group has been returned to the United States and faces a terrorism charge after spending more than a year in Syrian custody with alleged IS fighters, according to documents unsealed Wednesday. Abdelhamid Al-Madioum, 23, made his first...

Libya east-based force: 7 militants, foreign fighters killed

Sep. 15, 2020 9:15 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libya's east-based army claimed on Tuesday that its troops killed at least seven Islamic State militants, including foreign fighters, in a raid on their hideout in the country’s south. The statement from the self-styled Libyan Arab Armed Forces said a six-hour firefight overnight with...

US: Helicopter makes emergency landing in Syria, no injuries

Sep. 15, 2020 8:30 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A helicopter for the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group made an emergency landing in northeast Syria on Tuesday morning, a U.S. military spokesman said. There were no injuries. Col. Wayne Marotto tweeted that the incident was not the result of hostile activity. The...

FILE - In this Nov. 28, 2019 file photo, President Donald Trump, center, with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley, behind him at right, addresses members of the military during a surprise Thanksgiving Day visit at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan. During his election campaign four years ago, Trump vowed to bring all troops home from “endless wars.

Expect US election to have consequences for troops overseas

Sep. 12, 2020 8:52 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden both say they want to pull U.S. forces out of Iraq and Afghanistan. But their approaches differ, and the outcome of the Nov. 3 election will have long-term consequences not only for U.S. troops, but for the wider region. During his...

President Donald Trump awards the Medal of Honor to Army Sgt. Maj. Thomas P. Payne in the East Room of the White House on Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Trump lauds Medal of Honor recipient for hostage rescue

Sep. 11, 2020 4:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump bestowed the Medal of Honor on a U.S. soldier Friday, calling him “one of the bravest men anywhere in the world” for his role in a daring 2015 missio n to rescue dozens of hostages who were set to be executed by Islamic State militants in Iraq. Trump...