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Peshawar, the city of flowers, becomes epicenter of violence

Feb. 01, 2023 06:01 AM EST

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan’s Peshawar was once known as “the city of flowers,” surrounded by orchards of pear, quince and pomegranate trees. It was a trading city, situated at the gates of a key mountain valley connecting South and Central Asia. But for the past four...

Recent extremist attacks kill 32 people in Burkina Faso

Jan. 31, 2023 04:04 AM EST

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Multiple jihadi attacks across Burkina Faso over several days have resulted in the death of at least 32 people, including soldiers and civilians, government authorities said Monday. Burkina Faso's State Information Agency posted on its Facebook page that a...

Pakistani listed by UN as terrorist denies links to al-Qaida

Jan. 19, 2023 12:38 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Pakistani man named by the United Nations as a global terrorist in connection to the Mumbai attacks released a video Thursday, denying any al-Qaida or Islamic State group links. He did not, however, make any mention of the 2008 terrorist attacks in India that killed 166 people....

UN: Al-Qaida and Islamic State driving insecurity in Mali

Jan. 16, 2023 21:33 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Al-Qaida and Islamic State extremist groups are driving insecurity in central Mali and continue to clash near populated areas in the northern Gao and Menaka regions, the U.N. chief said in a new report circulated Monday. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said...

Official: Jihadis abduct at least 50 women in Burkina Faso

Jan. 16, 2023 12:19 PM EST

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — At least 50 women were abducted by Islamic extremists in Burkina Faso’s northern Sahel region last week, a local official said Monday. The kidnappings occurred on January 12 and 13 approximately 15 kilometers (9 miles) from the town of Arbinda in Soum...

Man who hunted al-Qaeda comes to dognapped Yorkie's rescue.

Jan. 14, 2023 09:02 AM EST

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Raquel Witherspoon had spent a frantic 24-hours searching for her daughter’s Yorkshire terrier, after making a shocking discovery. Footage from her doorbell camera showed a young woman with dyed-red hair creep onto her front porch, throw treats to Avery and then make off...

Iran lashes out at France over new Charlie Hebdo cartoons

Jan. 04, 2023 14:34 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran summoned the French ambassador on Wednesday to condemn the publication of offensive caricatures of the country's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. The magazine has a long history of...

11 convicted over deadly extremist attack in Ivory Coast

Dec. 28, 2022 12:53 PM EST

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Eleven people were sentenced to life in prison in Ivory Coast on Wednesday after being convicted of carrying out an Islamic extremist attack that killed 19 people and injured dozens more on a tourist beach nearly seven years ago. The killings in the...

Jihadi violence hits Benin, shows spread across West Africa

Dec. 28, 2022 03:41 AM EST

COTONOU, Benin (AP) — It’s been more than a year since jihadis first stormed Igor Kassah's town in northern Benin but the priest still lives in fear. His once peaceful life is now marked by threatening phone calls and Islamic extremist diatribes tacked on church doors demanding that people...

Navy to name ship after Marine battles in Fallujah, Iraq

Dec. 27, 2022 13:33 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Navy's next amphibious assault ship will be named after the city of Fallujah, which saw some of the bloodiest battles in the Iraq war when U.S. Marines fought al-Qaida extremists in deadly house-to-house combat. Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro said the USS...