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Turkey announces operation against Kurdish rebels

Mar. 18, 2019 1:46 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey has announced a military operation against Kurdish militants along its eastern border with Iran. Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu says the operation against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, began Monday. He described it as a joint operation with Iran, but Iran's...

Born into al-Qaida: Hamza bin Laden's rise to prominence

Mar. 17, 2019 8:41 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The boy is only 12 years old and looks even younger and smaller kneeling next to the wreckage of a helicopter, flanked by masked jihadis carrying Kalashnikov assault rifles with bandoliers strapped across their chests. Hamza bin Laden, with a traditional Arab coffee pot...

US-backed forces admit to 'difficulties' beating IS in Syria

Mar. 17, 2019 12:42 PM EDT

BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — U.S.-backed forces fighting to recapture the last Islamic State group outpost in Syria admitted on Sunday they were facing "difficulties" defeating the extremists, saying they were being slowed by mines, tunnels and concerns over harming women and children among the militants. The...

Born into al-Qaida: Hamza bin Laden's rise to prominence

Mar. 17, 2019 6:32 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Years after the death of his father at the hands of a U.S. Navy SEAL raid in Pakistan, Hamza bin Laden now finds himself in the crosshairs of world powers. In rapid succession in recent weeks, the U.S. put a bounty of up to $1 million on him; the U.N. Security Council...

The Latest: Indonesian president condemns mosque attacks

Mar. 16, 2019 6:54 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on global reaction to the deadly shootings in two mosques in New Zealand (all times local): 3:15 p.m. Indonesia's president Joko has condemned the violence that took place in two mosques in New Zealand's Christchurch city in which at least 49 people died. "Indonesia...

For Syrians, 8 years of war leaves stories of loss and hope

Mar. 16, 2019 2:27 AM EDT

BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — War is personal. And in Syria, after eight years of a grinding conflict, there are as many stories of loss, dispossession and desperate hope as there are people. What started as peaceful protests in 2011 asking for government change turned into one of the cruelest modern wars and left...

A look at attacks on houses of worship over last decade

Mar. 15, 2019 6:00 PM EDT

Houses of worship around the world, a place of reflection and peace, have been targeted for attack by extremists. Here are some of the deadly assaults over the last decade: July 16, 2010: Jundallah group kills 27 and injures 270 after it carries out a double suicide bombing against another Shiite mosque in...

IS suicide attacks highlight perils of Syria campaign

Mar. 15, 2019 3:41 PM EDT

OUTSIDE BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — The three Islamic State fighters emerged from the group's last bastion in eastern Syria on Friday acting as though they wanted to surrender, but when they reached the U.S.-backed forces that have them surrounded they blew themselves up, killing six people. The attacks...

Turkey convicts Australian-born IS militant on terror charge

Mar. 15, 2019 11:39 AM EDT

KILIS, Turkey (AP) — A Turkish court on Friday convicted an Australian-born Islamic State militant of belonging to a terror group and sentenced him to more than seven years in prison. Neil Prakash, a former rapper from Melbourne, has been in a Turkish prison since 2016 when he was arrested near the Syrian...

Israel-Gaza fighting ebbs, Gaza rockets reportedly a misfire

Mar. 15, 2019 8:45 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Cross-border fighting between Israel and Gaza's ruling Hamas group appeared to be winding down Friday, amid reports of an Egyptian-brokered truce and Israeli media saying a misfire was believed to be responsible for the rare Gaza rocket attack on Tel Aviv that triggered the exchange. The...