Latest Counterterrorism News

China affirms UN peacekeeping role with multinational drills

Sep. 15, 2021 04:56 AM EDT

QUESHAN, China (AP) — China has emphasized its role in United Nations peacekeeping operations with its hosting of multinational exercises that ended Wednesday. The 10 day-long drills in the central province of Henan featured around 1,000 troops from China, Mongolia,...

Voyeuristic British policeman admits secretly filming models

Sep. 13, 2021 14:36 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A former British counter-terrorism officer pleaded guilty Monday to 19 voyeurism offenses that involved him posing as a pilot to secretly film naked models using spy cameras after arranging fake photo shoots. Metropolitan Police Detective Inspector Neil...

Burkina Faso humanitarian response risks lives, agency says

Sep. 13, 2021 11:22 AM EDT

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso’s slow and insufficient humanitarian response to the country’s escalating attacks is forcing people to choose between violence or hunger, the Norwegian Refugee Council warned on Monday. Surging violence linked to...

Indonesia arrests key leader in al-Qaida linked group

Sep. 13, 2021 09:00 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s elite counterterrorism squad has arrested a convicted militant and suspected leader of an al-Qaida-linked group that has been blamed for a string of past bombings in the country, Indonesia police said Monday. Abu Rusdan was seized...

India, Australia call for global action in Afghanistan

Sep. 11, 2021 09:11 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Top ministers from India and Australia on Saturday called for international anti-terror efforts in Afghanistan, bolstering mutual security ties and blunting China's growing regional assertiveness. Australia's foreign and defense ministers met their...

Saudi Arabia, 20 years after 9/11: 'A country in the making'

Sep. 11, 2021 03:31 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Saudi Arabia of today is far different from the Saudi Arabia of Sept. 11, 2001. All but four of the 19 hijackers on 9/11 were Saudi citizens, and the Saudi kingdom was the birthplace of Osama bin Laden, the head of al-Qaida and...

Post-9/11, Europe’s weak spots make it a jihadist target

Sep. 10, 2021 11:51 AM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — In the 20 years since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States, a mixture of homegrown extremists, geography and weaknesses in counterterrorism strategies have combined to turn Europe into a prime target for jihadists bent on hurting the West. ...

US Navy SEALs, Cyprus special forces hold anti-terror drill

Sep. 10, 2021 05:46 AM EDT

LIMASSOL, Cyprus (AP) — Members of the U.S. navy’s elite special forces SEAL unit joined Cypriot underwater demolition soldiers on Friday in a joint drill to hone skills in countering terrorist hijackings at sea. The exercise involved teams of...

From 9/11's ashes, a new world took shape. It did not last.

Sep. 10, 2021 00:40 AM EDT

In the ghastly rubble of ground zero's fallen towers 20 years ago, Hour Zero arrived, a chance to start anew. World affairs reordered abruptly on that morning of blue skies, black ash, fire and death. In Iran, chants of “death to America”...

From 9/11's ashes, a new world took shape. It did not last.

Sep. 10, 2021 00:33 AM EDT

In the ghastly rubble of ground zero's fallen towers 20 years ago, Hour Zero arrived, a chance to start anew. World affairs reordered abruptly on that morning of blue skies, black ash, fire and death. In Iran, chants of “death to America”...