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4 soldiers, 63 jihadists killed in clash in Niger

Apr. 4, 2020 7:04 AM EDT

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Four soldiers and 63 jihadists have been killed in fighting between Niger’s army and heavily armed extremists in the nation’s west, the government said Friday. Extremists on motorcycles fought the army Thursday in the Tillaberi region near the border with Mali before...

FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2020, file photo, Nigerian Navy Special Boat Service troops exercise under the supervision of British special forces during U.S. military-led annual counterterrorism exercise in Thies, Senegal. Both the Islamic State group and al-Qaida see the global upheaval caused by the new coronavirus as a threat but also as an opportunity to strike harder than before, asserting that the virus is punishment for non-Muslims while also urging followers to repent and take care of themselves. (AP Photo/Cheikh A.T. Sy, File)

Extremists see global chaos from virus as an opportunity

Apr. 2, 2020 12:18 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Both the Islamic State group and al-Qaida see the coronavirus as a threat, but some of their fighters also see the upheaval from the pandemic as an opportunity to win over more supporters and strike harder than before. Messages from the Islamic extremist groups show concern about the...

US again accused of killing civilians in Somalia airstrikes

Apr. 1, 2020 2:09 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The U.S. military is facing more allegations of killing civilians with airstrikes in Somalia, and now says it will address the issue more fully in upcoming public reports. Amnesty International said in a new report Wednesday that the U.S. Africa Command, or AFRICOM, killed two civilians...

Judge rejects appeal from man convicted in al-Qaida plot

Mar. 27, 2020 1:05 AM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A judge again rejected a request from a northern Virginia man who sought to overturn his life sentence for joining al-Qaida and plotting to assassinate then-President George W. Bush. Ahmed Omar Abu Ali was convicted in 2005. He filed a motion last year seeking a new sentence, arguing...

FILE - This Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018 file photo released by the Union for the Republic and Democracy party shows Soumaila Cisse, opposition presidential candidate, casting his ballot during the presidential second round election in Niafunke, Mali. The leader of Mali's political opposition and members of his campaign team have been taken hostage by unidentified gunmen in the north, the spokesman for his political party said Thursday, March 26, 2020. (Boubacar Sada Sissoko/Union for the Republic and Democracy via AP, File)

Mali opposition leader abducted with campaign team in north

Mar. 26, 2020 12:00 PM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — The leader of Mali's political opposition and members of his campaign team have been taken hostage by unidentified gunmen in the north, the spokesman for his political party said Thursday. Soumaila Cisse’s bodyguard died from injuries sustained during the abduction and two others...

Somalia suicide bomber detonates in tea shop, killing 2

Mar. 25, 2020 10:14 AM EDT

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A Somali police officer says a suicide bomber has walked into a tea shop in Somalia's capital and detonated, killing at least two people. Capt. Mohamed Hussein says the bomber, posing as a pedestrian, entered the shop and detonated his vest among the crowd. Wednesday's blast in...

FILE - In this Feb. 27, 1941 file photo President Franklin D. Roosevelt speaks on the radio from the Oval Room of the White House. During an extraordinary 12 years in office, Roosevelt guided the nation through a bleak period of Depression-era unemployment, a severe Midwest drought known as the Dust Bowl and battle against the Nazis and Japanese in World War II. (AP Photo/Henry Griffin, File)

Presidents in health crises: Trump more hands-on than many

Mar. 23, 2020 12:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Woodrow Wilson was more focused on the end of World War I than a flu virus that was making its way around the globe, ultimately sickening hundreds of thousands of Americans, including the president himself. George W. Bush stood with a bullhorn on a pile of rubble after the 9/11 attacks...

An Emirati Boeing CH-47 Chinook takes off during an exercise at an Emirati military base home to a Military Operations in Urban Terrain facility in al-Hamra, United Arab Emirates, Monday, March 23, 2020. The U.S. military held the major exercise Monday with Emirati troops in the UAE's far western desert at a facility designed to look like a Mideast city amid ongoing tensions with Iran. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)

US, UAE troops hold major exercise amid virus, Iran tensions

Mar. 23, 2020 9:48 AM EDT

AL-HAMRA MILITARY BASE, United Arab Emirates (AP) — U.S. Marines and Emirati forces held a major military exercise Monday that saw forces seize a sprawling model Mideast city, a drill conducted amid tensions with Iran and despite the new coronavirus pandemic. Troops raced over the dunes of the Al-Hamra...

29 soldiers killed in attack on army post in northern Mali

Mar. 19, 2020 6:49 PM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Armed men attacked a Malian army camp in the Gao region in the north, killing at least 29 soldiers, the army said Thursday. The attack on the post in Tarkint also wounded at least five people, said an army spokesman, Lt. Col. Diarran Kone. This is the biggest attack on Mali's army in...

Suspected Jemaah Islamiyah leader on trial in Indonesia

Mar. 18, 2020 7:35 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The suspected leader of Indonesia's al-Qaida-linked Jemaah Islamiyah network went on trial Wednesday on charges of terrorism that could result in a death sentence. Prosecutors told the East Jakarta District Court that Para Wijayanto became leader of the banned organization in...