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Pakistani Taliban group claim police attack

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A new hard-line breakaway faction of the Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on police in Pakistan's restive northwest that killed one official.

Freed Fijian troops call home, and then celebrate

2014-09-12 11:37

First came the emotional calls home and then the celebrations as 45 Fijian peacekeepers held captive for two weeks by Syrian militants made it to safety.

Australia elevates terrorism threat level

2014-09-12 07:55

The Australian government has elevated its terrorism threat to the second-highest warning in response to the domestic threat posed by Islamic State movement supporters.

Boko Haram under scrutiny over foreign fighters claim

2014-09-11 15:09

Cameroon's claims that two Tuareg fighters were among the dead when troops bombarded Boko Haram position have sparked fresh interest in the group’s links to the wider jihad network.

Aussie police arrest 2 men on terror charges

2014-09-10 14:25

Australian police arrested two men for allegedly preparing to fight in Syria, recruiting jihadists and raising money for an al-Qaeda offshoot group.

Yemen cops shoot at Shiite protesters, killing 4

2014-09-09 16:18

Yemeni police have opened fire on Shiite protesters marching toward the PM’s offices in the capital Sanaa, killing at least four people and wounding 10, official say.

5 accused of trying to build a bomb in UAE

2014-09-09 11:11

Four citizens of the United Arab Emirates and one from the Comoros have gone on trial, charged with trying to build a bomb in the Gulf Arab state, newspapers report.

HRW: Amisom raped vulnerable Somalis

2014-09-08 14:43

Internationally-funded AU troops in war-torn Somalia have raped women and traded food aid for sex, Human rights Watch says in a damning report.

Shells hit Mogadishu after Shabaab leader's death

2014-09-08 08:04

A Somali police officer says mortar shells struck a Mogadishu neighbourhood a day after the al-al-Shabaab named a new leader and vowed to avenge the death of the previous leader killed by a US airstrike.

Somalia's Shebaab rebels appoint new leader

2014-09-06 22:31

Somalia's al-Qaeda-linked Shebaab militants have announced the appointment of a successor to their former leader who was killed in a US air strike.

Somalia on high alert after Shabaab leader's death

2014-09-06 10:36

Somalia's government has warned that the country's al-Shabaab rebels were planning a wave of retaliatory attacks after it was confirmed their leader was killed.

Egypt jihadist group claims deadly Sinai bombing

2014-09-04 19:31

An Egyptian jihadist group behind some of the deadliest attacks on security forces says carried the bombing that killed 11 police in the Sinai Peninsula this week.

Path to jihad: From upmarket Cairo to ISIS beheadings

2014-09-04 15:47

After leaving his upmarket Cairo neighbourhood to fight with the ISIS militant group in Syria and Iraq, Younes says he learned how to work as a sniper, fire heavy weaponry and behead prisoners.

Attack on Shabaab boss may trigger power struggle

2014-09-04 12:59

A hail of US missiles aimed at the leader of Somalia’s al-Shabaab militants may have left a gaping hole in the group’s leadership, potentially the biggest challenge to its unity.

Shabaab boss probably died in Somalia strike

2014-09-03 17:01

The death of the leader of Somalia's Shabaab rebels in a US airstrike is a “very strong probability” but still unconfirmed, security sources say.

French mum reunited with daughter taken by 'jihadi' dad

2014-09-03 11:46

A young French mother whose daughter was smuggled out of the country by her 'Jihadi' father have been reunited with the two-year-old girl after months of separation.

Air strikes targets al-Shabaab leader

2014-09-02 11:30

US military forces have launched air strikes against the leader of Somalia's al-Shabaab, the government says, claiming 'casualties' but with no details if the main target was killed.

Deaths on both sides as Syrian rebels, govt clash

2014-09-02 08:45

Syrian rebels have clashed with government troops in the Golan Heights, with a rights group saying there were casualties on both sides but did not have exact figures.

81 'blue helmets' stand firm against Golan militants

2014-08-29 10:04

Forty three peacekeepers from Fiji have been forced to surrender their weapons and were taken hostage near the Quneitra crossing, but 81 Filipino blue helmets "held their ground" and refused to disarm.

New counterterrorism units at Australian airports

2014-08-28 12:48

New counterterrorism units have been placed at Australia's two largest airports and have already prevented two suspected jihadists from leaving the country, officials say.

American fighting for IS killed in Syria

2014-08-27 12:45

An American fighting for the Islamic State has been killed in Syria, US officials say on, underlining growing concerns about Westerners signing up for extremist groups in the Middle East.

US woman held hostage by IS in Syria

2014-08-27 05:56

The Islamic State militant group is holding hostage a young American woman who was doing humanitarian aid work in Syria, a family representative says.

IS reshapes war politics, US at 'tipping point'

2014-08-26 12:39

Signs that the United States may strike Islamic State militants in their Syrian stronghold reveals a shift in the politics of foreign war in Washington, after the trauma of the post-Iraq era.

Wildlife 'WikiLeaks' targets Africa poaching elite

2014-08-25 11:53

Poachers slaughtering Africa's wildlife with impunity are often shielded from police by connections, but a group of conservationists have turned to the anonymity of tip-offs to try to stem the killing.

IS threat 'beyond anything we've seen' - Pentagon

2014-08-22 10:43
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The sophistication, wealth and military might of Islamic State militants pose a major threat to the United States that may surpass that from al-Qaeda, US military leaders say.

 

Al-Qaeda denies decline, acknowledges mistakes

2014-09-14 21:12

Al-Qaeda has dismissed as "lies" a US assessment that it is in decline, but a defiant online message issued by the network made no mention of ISIS, widely seen as its rival.

13 years after attacks, US still embroiled in terrorism fight

2014-09-12 10:23

A moment of silence across the US has marked the commemoration ceremonies for the 13th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on 11 September 2001 that killed nearly 3 000 people.

Anti-Semitic attacks double in France

2014-09-12 07:55

Anti-Semitic attacks nearly doubled in France in the first seven months of the year, the country's main Jewish group says.

Video released of kidnapped UN peacekeepers

2014-09-11 11:35

An al-Qaeda-backed militant group that seized 45 UN peacekeepers on the Golan Heights has posted a video in which the hostages, from Fiji, say they expect to be released soon.

Pakistan: Airstrikes kill 35 militants

2014-09-10 10:32

Pakistan's military says warplanes have struck three militant hideouts in a Taliban stronghold near the Afghan border, killing 35 fighters.

Israel urges global spies to pool resources on IS

2014-09-09 16:18

Israeli defence minister Moshe Yaalon has called for world intelligence agencies to work together against the Islamic State jihadist group.

Expert: Over 12 000 foreign fighters in Syria

2014-09-09 08:37

A leading expert on terrorism says over 12 000 foreigners from 74 countries have gone to fight in Syria, 60-70% from other Middle Eastern countries and about 20-25% from Western nations.

Navy Seal shirt from bin Laden raid goes on show

2014-09-08 12:15

A shirt worn by a member of the Navy Seal team during the clandestine raid that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan in 2011 has gone on show in New York.

Shabaab's new leader a ruthless hardliner - sources

2014-09-07 15:43

The new leader of Somalia's al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab rebels is said to be a devout and ruthless hardliner and one of the most trusted lieutenants of the group's late chief.

Kenya thanks US for killing shabaab leader

2014-09-06 13:17

Kenya's president has offered his 'heartfelt thanks' to the US for killing the leader of Somalia's al-Shabaab militants, responsible for the massacre at Nairobi's Westgate shopping mall.

Worse than al-Qaeda

2014-09-05 08:35

Who would have thought you could actually create an organization that was worse than the Syrian regime, or worse than al-Qaeda, asks Jean Barker.

Israelis worry with Syrian al-Qaeda on doorstep

2014-09-04 16:08
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For the first time in the Syrian civil war, al-Qaeda fighters are near Israel's doorstep, and Israelis who have long considered President Assad their bitter foe are now worried about something more ominous.

In Syria, Islamic State builds a government

2014-09-04 14:47
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In the cities and towns across the desert plains of northeast Syria, the ultra-hard-line al-Qaeda offshoot Islamic State has insinuated itself into nearly every aspect of daily life.

Al-Qaeda announces India wing

2014-09-04 05:35

Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahri has announced the formation of an Indian branch of his militant group he said would spread Islamic rule and "raise the flag of jihad" across the subcontinent.

African leaders may create fund to fight militants

2014-09-03 13:05

African leaders have proposed creating a special fund to combat Islamist militant groups growing in strength from Kenya to Nigeria.

Somalia: Shabaab leader's fate remains unclear

2014-09-03 08:53

US forces have carried out airstrikes against senior members of Somalia’s Shabaab rebels, with casualties reported but uncertainty hanging over the fate of the group’s leader, officials say.

Tunisian deputy survives assassination attempt

2014-09-02 10:28

A deputy in Tunisia's transitional parliament has survived an assassination attempt in Kasserine, where security forces have been hunting Islamist militants for months.

Gunmen hijack Uhuru Kenyatta's official vehicle

2014-08-29 14:32

Kenyan media reports that one of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s official vehicles, a high-end bulletproof BMW limousine, was stolen from his police driver in Nairobi.

Syrian planes bomb border post near Israel

2014-08-28 17:24

Syrian jets have shelled rebel positions near a border crossing close to the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights that was seized by rebels in some of the heaviest clashes in the strategic area this year.

Philippines arrests suspect in deadly Malaysian raid

2014-08-27 14:03

Philippine police say they have arrested a Filipino Islamic militant suspected of taking part in at least one deadly kidnapping raid on a Malaysian diving resort island.

15 Australian fighters killed in Iraq, Syria

2014-08-27 10:36

Fifteen Australians, including two young suicide bombers, are believed to have died fighting in Syria and Iraq, intelligence chief David Irvine says, warning that espionage and foreign intervention threats were increasing.

Car bombing kills 11 people in Baghdad

2014-08-26 14:50

A car bomb has exploded in a busy Shi’ite area in Baghdad, killing at least 11 people, officials say, the latest in a series of attacks to shake the Iraqi capital.

Syria ready to fight 'terror' alongside US

2014-08-26 09:13

Syria says it is ready to work with the US to fight "terrorism" as the UN accused jihadists in Iraq of "ethnic and religious cleansing".

Dempsey: We will act if Islamic group threatens US

2014-08-25 10:31

General Martin Dempsey says that once he determines that the Islamic State in Iraq have become a direct threat to the US, he will recommend the US move directly against the group in Syria.

Foley's death isn't changing views in Congress

2014-08-21 13:41

The beheading of an American journalist in Syria, for all its horror, appears unlikely to change lawmakers' minds about military intervention against Islamic State extremists.

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