Libya is paying Qaeda suspect's legal costs

2014-07-29 07:10

The Libyan government is paying to defend alleged senior al-Qaeda figure Anas al-Liby against US terrorism charges, according to court filings.

'Shabaab commanders' killed in AU offensive

2014-07-25 13:14

AU troops in Somalia say they have killed two “senior” commanders of the al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab insurgents, in the latest push of an offensive against the extremist fighters.

Syria says hopes new peace mediator will be fair

2014-07-23 17:01

Syria urged a newly appointed international mediator to be "objective and honest" as he seeks an end to the country's civil war.

Gunmen kill 3 in Kenyan coast – police

2014-07-21 10:10

Police says three more people have been killed by unknown gunmen on the Kenyan coast where 94 people have so far perished in less than a month in attacks claimed by al-Shabaab.

2 killed in Somalia attacks

2014-07-17 14:54

At least two people have been killed in Somalia in separate attacks, including a car bombing in the capital Mogadishu, officials and witnesses say.

2 Tunisian soldiers killed in 'terrorist' attack

2014-07-17 08:44

At least two Tunisian soldiers have been killed and several wounded in "terrorist" attacks on two army posts near the border with Algeria, the country's defence ministry says.

Iraq extremists must face sanctions - UN

2014-07-16 11:46

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging all countries to enforce sanctions against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) extremist group that has captured a vast stretch of territory in Iraq.

Britain issues new Kenya travel warning

2014-07-12 19:37

Britain has advised its citizens to avoid the Kenyan island of Lamu, a popular tourist destination, following a string of attacks and massacres in the coastal region.

Fresh attack in Kenya's coastal Lamu region

2014-07-11 10:45

Unidentified gunmen have raided a village near Kenya’s restive coastal town of Lamu, Kenyan officials say, the latest in a string of attacks in the region.

Troops retake stormed Somali presidential palace

2014-07-09 07:54

Somali troops have retaken the presidential palace in the capital Mogadishu after militants forced their way in and exchanged heavy gunfire with troops and guards.

Kenyans gather for opposition rally

2014-07-07 10:59

Thousands of Kenyans are rallying for an anti-government demonstration in the capital’s central park amid heavy police presence, with political and ethnic tensions high following weekend attacks.

Militants attack Yemen-Saudi border post

2014-07-05 11:35

Officials say militants have targeted a border post between Yemen and Saudi Arabia in an attack that left two soldiers and three of the gunmen dead.

Indian nurses taken from hospital against will

2014-07-03 19:00

A group of nearly 50 Indian nurses have been taken against their will by bus from a hospital in the militant-controlled city of Tikrit in Iraq.

Somali lawmaker assassinated

2014-07-03 12:54

Somalia's al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab has claimed responsibility for shooting dead a lawmaker and wounding another, the latest in a surge of attacks in Mogadishu.

Growing concern about Islamist militancy

2014-07-03 05:00

Large majorities in Muslim countries are increasingly worried about Islamist militancy and oppose its best-known groups, such as al-Qaeda, Boko Haram and Hamas.

Over 4 000 child soldiers in armed conflicts - UN

2014-07-02 10:41

The UN has documented more than 4 000 cases of children recruited and used in conflicts in 2013 and says that thousands more are estimated to have joined armies and rebel groups around the globe.

ISIL, al-Qaeda rivalry could spark contest

2014-07-01 20:01

The declaration of an Islamic caliphate is a direct challenge to al-Qaeda and could set off a dangerous contest for the leadership of the global jihadist movement, experts say.

Stay out of streets, Shabaab warn troops

2014-07-01 12:24

Somalia's al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab has claimed responsibility for a string of attacks in the capital Mogadishu and warned that violence will intensify during Islam's holy month of Ramadan.

Boko Haram is Nigeria's 'biggest threat'

2014-07-01 09:10

Nigeria's Boko Haram militant group has become the biggest security threat of Africa's top oil producer, even as the US imposed sanctions on its leader Abubakar Shekau in 2012.

Al-Qaeda helper gets jail

2014-07-01 07:21

A US man has been sentenced to 13 years in prison for trying to help al-Qaeda.

Al-Qaeda splinter declares new Islamic state

2014-06-30 09:19

The al-Qaeda breakaway group that has seized much of north-eastern Syria and huge tracts of neighbouring Iraq formally declared the establishment of a new Islamic state.

Iraq under mounting pressure to pick PM

2014-06-28 11:10

Iraq’s feuding political leaders are under mounting pressure to set aside their differences after a call by the country’s most revered Shiite cleric for an agreement on the next PM.

Islamists attack airport as bomber hits army base

2014-06-26 23:20

Six suspected al-Qaeda fighters, six soldiers and a civilian woman were killed in a series of militant attacks in the eastern Yemeni city of Seiyun, local officials say.

Kenya arrests governor after coastal attacks

2014-06-26 14:01

Kenyan police have arrested the governor of the coastal Lamu district in connection with three recent massacres in which over 60 people were killed, officers say.


Islamist militants kill 18 in Philippines

2014-07-28 11:30

Islamist militants in the Philippines have killed 18 people in revenge for their clan's support of government efforts to bring stability to the region, the military has warned of more bloodshed.

Wear full veil or face punishment: Islamic State

2014-07-25 12:59

Islamic State, the al-Qaeda offshoot that seized large swathes of northern Iraq last month, has warned women in the city of Mosul to wear full-face veils or risk severe punishment.

US faces counter-terror fatigue - panel

2014-07-22 17:43

After 13 years of struggle, Americans are showing a growing public fatigue and waning sense of urgency over terrorism, an attitude that threatens US security.

Tunisia orders crackdown after militants kill 14 soldiers

2014-07-20 10:50

Tunisia has launched a crackdown on mosques and radio stations associated with hardline Islamists after militants killed 14 soldiers in an area near the country's border with Algeria.

Defeat of Somalia's Shabaab 'matter of time'

2014-07-17 09:49

A former UN envoy says Somalia’s al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab rebels will be defeated if foreign governments stay in the course in backing the fragile government in Mogadishu.

Kenya govt not serious on Islamist threat – Odinga

2014-07-16 12:12

Kenya’s opposition leader Raila Odinga has accused the government of failing to safeguard national security in the face of a wave of Islamist attacks.

Syria's Assad to be sworn in for 3rd term

2014-07-16 11:46

President Bashar Assad will be sworn in and set out his plans for a new seven-year term, state media reports, after his victory in an election that has affirmed his grip on power.

Israel returns fire after rockets fired from Lebanon

2014-07-11 17:11

Rockets have been fired at northern Israel from Lebanon and Israel's army responded with artillery fire, Lebanese and Israeli military authorities say.

US drone kills 6 suspected militants

2014-07-10 12:33

A US drone strike has killed six suspected militants in a Pakistani tribal district where Pakistan has launched a major military offensive against local and foreign fighters.

Somali capital one step short of famine

2014-07-07 14:38

War-torn Somalia is sliding back into an acute hunger crisis with parts of the capital facing emergency just short of famine, the UN says.

Taliban cut hair, beards to flee Pakistan army

2014-07-06 09:43

Hundreds of Taliban fighters have rushed to disguise themselves with new haircuts in the weeks before a Pakistani army assault, it has emerged.

Jihadists control all main Syria oil fields - NGO

2014-07-04 20:06

The jihadist Islamic State now fully controls all of Syria's main oil and gas fields, which are located in Deir Ezzor province next to Iraq, a monitoring group says.

'Specific threat' of attack at Kampala airport

2014-07-03 14:02

The US embassy in Uganda has warned of a “specific threat” by an unknown group to attack the international airport serving the capital Kampala.

US tightens security at foreign airports

2014-07-03 07:28

The US has called for tighter security measures at some foreign airports, amid concerns about a new al-Qaeda effort to create a bomb that would go undetected through airport security.

Chechen in Syria a rising star in extremist group

2014-07-02 12:28

A young, red-bearded ethnic Chechen has rapidly become one of the most prominent commanders in the breakaway al-Qaeda group that has overrun swaths of Iraq and Syria.

Militant urges all Muslims to build Islamic state

2014-07-02 08:38

The leader of the extremist group that has overrun parts of Iraq and Syria has called on Muslims around the world to flock to territories under his control to fight and build an Islamic state.

Mortar wounds 14 near major Iraqi Shi'ite shrine

2014-07-01 13:35

At least 14 people have been wounded by mortar fire near an important Shi'ite shrine in the Iraqi city of Samarra, officials say, as the Shi'ite-led government fights a major Sunni insurgency.

More than 2 400 killed in Iraq in June - UN

2014-07-01 11:14

The UN says more than 2 400 Iraqis have been killed in June, the highest monthly toll this year in the country

Syria rebels say Islamic State 'null and void'

2014-07-01 08:26

Syrian rebels, including the main Islamist factions, say the creation of a caliphate by the Islamic State (IS) was "null and void".

Kenya attacks: Accused governor bailed

2014-06-30 11:19

A Kenyan governor facing charges of terrorism and murder after massacres this month in coastal regions has been released on bail, court officials say.

Shabaab warn of attacks during Ramadan

2014-06-30 07:42

Al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab militants have warned they will step up attacks in the Somali capital Mogadishu during the holy month of Ramadan.

Russian envoy sees prospect of terrorist state

2014-06-27 12:31

Russia's UN ambassador says there is a real prospect of a terrorist state springing up from Syria's second-largest city Aleppo to Iraq's capital Baghdad

US seeks $500m to arm select Syrian rebels

2014-06-27 08:08

President Barack Obama is seeking to bolster US efforts to train and arm select members of the Syrian opposition.

US drone strikes set 'dangerous precedent'

2014-06-26 14:32

America's reliance on secretive drone missile strikes against terror suspects has set a "dangerous precedent" that could be imitated by other countries and trigger wider wars around the world, former senior US officials say.

UN blacklists Boko Haram leader

2014-06-26 13:02

The UN has sanctioned the leader of Nigeria’s Boko Haram and a splinter group, the first individual and entity to be designated by the world body since the Islamist militant group was blacklisted.

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