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Gunmen in restaurant in northern Iraq kill Turkish diplomat

Jul. 17, 2019 2:26 PM EDT

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Unknown gunmen opened fire inside a Turkish-owned restaurant in the northern Iraqi city of Irbil on Wednesday, killing at least one Turkish diplomat stationed in Ankara's consulate and one Iraqi civilian, Turkish officials and Kurdish security forces said. The rare shooting in broad...

Brother of Manchester Arena suicide bomber arrested in UK

Jul. 17, 2019 12:19 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A key suspect in the 2017 Manchester Arena bombing that killed 22 people was arrested Wednesday at a London airport after being extradited from Libya, British police said. Greater Manchester Police said Hashem Abedi, the younger brother of suicide bomber Salman Abedi, has been arrested for...

Militants behead 4 people in Egypt's Sinai

Jul. 17, 2019 11:19 AM EDT

EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — Egyptian security officials say militants have beheaded four people in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula. The officials say the militants attacked a group of people in the small town of Bir al-Abd on Wednesday, beheading four and kidnapping a fifth after accusing them of...

Hamas rebuffs leader's call for worldwide attacks on Jews

Jul. 15, 2019 11:13 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The militant Hamas group is distancing itself from a leader who called for the slaughter of Jews worldwide. In a statement Monday, the Islamic movement said recent remarks by Fathi Hammad, a member of its politburo, "don't represent the movement's official positions." Hamas,...

Syria says militant attack shuts down gas pipeline

Jul. 14, 2019 2:07 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Militants targeted a gas pipeline in government-controlled central Syria, putting it out of order Sunday, according to state media. The SANA news agency didn't name the attackers. The area in the central Homs province is close to where remnants of the Islamic State group are still...

Israel threatens 'crushing' response to any Hezbollah strike

Jul. 14, 2019 6:29 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister says it will deliver a "crushing" strike against Hezbollah if the Lebanese militant group attempts to attack. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was reacting to comments made by Hezbollah's leader, Hassan Nasrallah. In an interview Friday, Nasrallah boasted that his...

Islamic extremist attack on Somali hotel leaves 26 dead

Jul. 14, 2019 4:41 AM EDT

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Islamic extremists blew up the gate of a Somali hotel with a car bomb and took over the building for more than 14 hours, leaving 26 people dead before Somali forces who besieged the hotel overnight killed the attackers. The victims included a prominent Canadian-Somali journalist ....

US service member killed in action in Afghanistan

Jul. 13, 2019 11:01 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An American service member was killed in action in Afghanistan, the U.S. military said Saturday without offering details about the service member's identity or the circumstances surrounding the death. In a telephone interview, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahed said the militant...

Stalled Idlib campaign shows limits of Syrian, Russian power

Jul. 13, 2019 5:44 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Two months of intensive airstrikes by Syrian government forces and their Russian allies, coupled with a fierce ground assault on rebel-controlled Idlib province, have killed hundreds of people and caused massive displacement while achieving little to no gain for President Bashar Assad....

Turkey begins second wave of operations against PKK in Iraq

Jul. 13, 2019 4:36 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's defense ministry says it has launched a new military operation against Kurdish militants in northern Iraq. The ministry, in a statement Saturday, announced the start of "Operation Claw-2" to destroy caves and shelters used by members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, in the...