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Mali's army says 23 soldiers are killed in attack in village

Mar. 18, 2019 2:28 PM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali's army says heavily armed men have attacked a camp in central Mali, killing at least 23 soldiers. The army said Monday the attack on Sunday, which is the most deadly against the army this year, took place in the village of Dioura. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack,...

Born into al-Qaida: Hamza bin Laden's rise to prominence

Mar. 17, 2019 8:41 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The boy is only 12 years old and looks even younger and smaller kneeling next to the wreckage of a helicopter, flanked by masked jihadis carrying Kalashnikov assault rifles with bandoliers strapped across their chests. Hamza bin Laden, with a traditional Arab coffee pot...

Born into al-Qaida: Hamza bin Laden's rise to prominence

Mar. 17, 2019 6:32 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Years after the death of his father at the hands of a U.S. Navy SEAL raid in Pakistan, Hamza bin Laden now finds himself in the crosshairs of world powers. In rapid succession in recent weeks, the U.S. put a bounty of up to $1 million on him; the U.N. Security Council...

A look at attacks on houses of worship over last decade

Mar. 15, 2019 6:00 PM EDT

Houses of worship around the world, a place of reflection and peace, have been targeted for attack by extremists. Here are some of the deadly assaults over the last decade: July 16, 2010: Jundallah group kills 27 and injures 270 after it carries out a double suicide bombing against another Shiite mosque in...

The Latest: Activists say Russia airstrikes hit Idlib prison

Mar. 13, 2019 3:27 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in and related to Syria (all times local): 9:25 p.m. Activists say Russian airstrikes have hit the central prison in rebel-held Idlib in northwest Syria, leading to the escape of dozens of prisoners. Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the strikes...

Q&A: After marathon Afghan talks, is peace at hand?

Mar. 13, 2019 8:59 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The longest direct talks ever held between the United States and the Taliban concluded this week with both sides citing progress toward ending the 17-year war in Afghanistan, but many questions remain unanswered. The Taliban are negotiating from a position of strength: They effectively...

Longest US-Taliban peace talks see 'progress' in Qatar

Mar. 12, 2019 2:36 PM EDT

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The longest peace talks between the U.S. and the Taliban to end America's 17-year war in Afghanistan concluded Tuesday night in Qatar, with both sides saying progress had been made. The nearly two weeks of talks produced two draft agreements between the militants and the U.S. government...

As IS fight nears end, violence flares on other Syrian front

Mar. 12, 2019 3:13 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — While the final battle to retake the Islamic State group's last pocket of territory rages in eastern Syria, violence is escalating in the country's northwest, pitting al-Qaida-linked militants against Syrian government forces. The alarming violence in the Idlib region threatens to unravel a...

Across Baghdad, a moment of respite and guarded hope

Mar. 11, 2019 8:35 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Baghdad's main commercial district has seen more bombings than its residents can count. Death visited almost daily during times of war — most horrifically, a 2015 suicide bombing that ripped through two shopping malls, killing over 300 people. But over the past year or so, the...

General says Islamic State a 'serious generational problem'

Mar. 7, 2019 2:48 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Even as Islamic State militants are losing the last of their territory in Syria, the militants who remain are unbroken and radicalized, and represent a "serious generational problem," the top U.S. commander for the Mideast said Thursday. Gen. Joseph Votel told the House Armed Services...