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Taliban rockets hit near Kabul presidency; no injuries

Aug. 21, 2018 4:18 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban fired a pair of rockets Tuesday toward the presidential palace in Kabul as the Afghan president was delivering his holiday message for the Muslim celebrations of Eid al-Adha, police said, prompting a ferocious aerial response with helicopter gunships bombing the house...

Islamic militants launch attacks in Chechnya, 5 killed

Aug. 20, 2018 12:09 PM EDT

GROZNY, Russia (AP) — Islamic militants launched a series of attacks Monday in Russia's southern province of Chechnya, leaving five young militants dead and several police officers wounded, officials said. The violence indicated the Islamist insurgency remains active in the mostly Muslim province despite...

Afghan forces free most hostages taken in new Taliban attack

Aug. 20, 2018 11:45 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan forces rescued nearly 150 people Monday, including women and children, hours after the Taliban ambushed a convoy of buses and abducted them. The quick response marked a rare if limited battlefield success for the troops after weeks of unrelenting insurgent attacks. The...

Egypt officials: Car bomb kills officer, wounds 4 in Sinai

Aug. 20, 2018 4:33 AM EDT

El-Arish, Egypt (AP) — Egyptian security officials say a car bomb has targeted members of the security forces in the turbulent north of the Sinai Peninsula, killing a military officer. The say the blast, which took place on Sunday on a road just south of the coastal city of el-Arish city, also wounded four...

IS deadly new front in Pakistan's decades-old terror war

Aug. 17, 2018 9:08 PM EDT

DHABEJI, Pakistan (AP) — Hafeez Nawaz was 20 years old when he left his religious school in Karachi to join the Islamic State group in Afghanistan. Three years later he was back in Pakistan to carry out a deadly mission: With explosives strapped to his body, he blew himself up in the middle of an election...

Al-Qaida bomb master killed in US strike, officials say

Aug. 17, 2018 3:34 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Al-Qaida's chief bomb maker, Ibrahim al-Asiri, who was behind the 2009 Christmas Day plot to down an airliner over Detroit and other foiled aviation-related terror attacks, was killed in a U.S. drone strike, Yemeni officials and a tribal leader said Friday. The killing of al-Asiri deals a...

Iraq says its warplanes hit IS targets in Syria, killing 28

Aug. 17, 2018 6:11 AM EDT

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi security officials say Iraq's air force carried out two airstrikes targeting Islamic State group inside Syria, killing at least 28 IS militants. They say one of the two airstrikes by F-16s targeted a meeting of would-be suicide bombers who intended to strike in Iraq during next...

A look at major attacks in Pakistan claimed by IS militants

Aug. 17, 2018 2:13 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Counterterrorism officials in Pakistan say the fight against the Islamic State group is the country's newest and deadliest front in the decades-old war on terror. Headquartered next door in Afghanistan, the IS affiliate has claimed responsibility for some of the deadliest attacks in...

Russia says drone attacks on its Syria base have increased

Aug. 16, 2018 12:50 PM EDT

HEMEIMEEM AIR BASE, Syria (AP) — Russian air defense assets in Syria have downed 45 drones targeting their main base in the country, its military said Thursday, after an attack by the Islamic State group on a Syrian army base a day earlier killed seven troops. The Russian Defense Ministry spokesman, Maj....

The Latest: War monitor says IS attack on Syria base kills 7

Aug. 16, 2018 12:12 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local): 7:10 p.m. A Syrian war monitoring group says at least seven soldiers were killed when the Islamic State group attacked an army position near the eastern city of Deir el-Zour. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says it was the closest...