Latest Counterterrorism News

One year after Afghanistan, spy agencies pivot toward China

Aug. 08, 2022 09:21 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a recent closed-door meeting with leaders of the agency’s counterterrorism center, the CIA’s No. 2 official made clear that fighting al-Qaida and other extremist groups would remain a priority — but that the agency’s money and resources would be increasingly shifted...

EXPLAINER: A look at the missile that killed al-Qaida leader

Aug. 03, 2022 13:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — For a year, U.S. officials have been saying that taking out a terrorist threat in Afghanistan with no American troops on the ground would be difficult but not impossible. Last weekend, the U.S. did just that — killing al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri with a CIA drone strike. ...

The downside: US strike shows Afghanistan still terror base

Aug. 02, 2022 18:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is holding out the CIA operation that killed al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri as a monumental strike against the global terror network responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks of 2001. But there's a downside, too. The drone strike also is...

Watching al-Qaida chief's 'pattern of life' key to his death

Aug. 02, 2022 10:35 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the sun was rising in Kabul on Sunday, two Hellfire missiles fired by a U.S. drone ended Ayman al-Zawahri's decade-long reign as the leader of al-Qaida. The seeds of the audacious counterterrorism operation had been planted over many months. U.S. officials had...

EXPLAINER: Who was al-Zawahri — and why did US kill him?

Aug. 01, 2022 22:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. drone strike in Afghanistan this weekend killed Ayman al-Zawahri, who helped Osama bin Laden plot the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States and helped al-Qaida survive and spread in the years after. By finding and striking al-Zawahiri, President Joe Biden said, the...

Biden's COVID sequel: back on the balcony, dog for company

Aug. 01, 2022 20:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s back to the White House balcony and the Treaty Room for President Joe Biden as he contends with a “rebound” case of COVID-19. Trapped in the White House for the second time in as many weeks, the president knows the drill this time: He’s got an office...

Tunisian opposition party leader free after questioning

Jul. 19, 2022 19:19 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — The leader of Tunisia’s main opposition party was freed after being questioned by the country’s counterterrorism unit Tuesday on suspicion of money laundering and terrorism financing through an association charity. Rached Ghannouchi, 81, the leader of the...

UN experts: Terrorist threat remains high in conflict areas

Jul. 19, 2022 19:00 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. experts said Tuesday the threat from Islamic State extremists and al-Qaida remains high in conflict areas and neighboring countries and warned that those conflicts will “incubate” the capability for a terrorist operation elsewhere in the world unless they are...

Tunisia opposition leader investigated on terrorism charges

Jul. 18, 2022 11:07 AM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — The leader of Tunisia’s main opposition party is due to be questioned by the country’s anti-terrorism unit on Tuesday on suspicion of money laundering and terrorist financing through an association charity. The accused, Rached Ghannouchi, was among a dozen...

UK appoints counterterror cop to head troubled London police

Jul. 08, 2022 12:29 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Veteran counterterrorism police officer Mark Rowley will be the new chief of London’s troubled Metropolitan Police force, the British government said Friday. Rowley, who was head of counterterrorism at the force between 2014 and 2018, becomes commissioner of...