Latest Counterterrorism News

Indonesian police kill militant suspected in farmers' deaths

Sep. 30, 2022 23:42 PM EDT

PALU, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s elite counterterrorism police have killed a militant who was the last remaining member of an organization that pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, police said Friday. Police said Al Ikhwarisman, also known as Jaid, was a key member of the...

Man killed in Belgian raid on suspected far-right extremists

Sep. 28, 2022 10:14 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Anti-terror raids targeting a group of suspected far-right extremists left one person dead in Belgium after police exchanged gunfire with a man at one location Wednesday, justice officials said. The federal prosecutor’s office said a dozen searches were carried...

US court awards millions to victims of Hezbollah rockets

Sep. 20, 2022 08:33 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — A U.S. court has ordered the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah to pay millions of dollars in damages to a group of Americans who sued saying they were wounded by the group's rockets during a war with Israel in 2006. The case was brought under the U.S....

Declassified report shows US predictions of IS group threat

Sep. 15, 2022 12:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. intelligence officials predicted two years ago that the Islamic State group would likely regain much of its former strength and global influence, particularly if American and other Western forces reduced their role in countering the extremist movement, according to a newly...

French prosecutor warns of elevated terror attack threat

Sep. 02, 2022 05:40 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — There is an elevated threat of terror attacks on French soil by Islamic extremists coming from Iraq and Syria, France's national anti-terrorism prosecutor warned Friday. Jean-Francois Ricard said in an interview on French news broadcaster BFM TV that terrorist acts...

To China’s fury, UN accuses Beijing of Uyghur rights abuses

Sep. 01, 2022 15:20 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The U.N. accused China of serious human rights violations that may amount to “crimes against humanity” in a long-delayed report examining a crackdown on Uyghurs and other mostly Muslim ethnic groups. Beijing on Thursday denounced the assessment as a fabrication cooked up by...

Security expert warns UN Africa could be future IS caliphate

Aug. 09, 2022 19:40 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The threat from the Islamic State extremist group is growing by the day in Africa and the continent could be “the future of the caliphate,” an African security expert warned the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday. Martin Ewi said the Islamic State “has...

One year after Afghanistan, spy agencies pivot toward China

Aug. 08, 2022 17:04 PM 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...