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U.S.: Myanmar crackdown could draw international terrorists

WASHINGTON – Myanmar’s military crackdown that has caused a half-million Rohingya Muslims to flee to Bangladesh could destabilize the region and invite international terrorists, the State Department said Thursday. But Patrick Murphy, a senior U.S. official for Southeast Asia, would not say whether the Trump administration would impose targeted sanctions against Myanmar’s military.

Al-Qaida suspect linked to cartoonist plot extradited to US

An al-Qaida suspect linked to a plot to kill a Swedish cartoonist has been brought to Philadelphia from Spain to face terrorism charges in federal court, despite President Donald Trump’s promises to send terror suspects to the military prison at Guantanamo Bay.

U.K. Labour leader links terror to wars as campaign resumes

Four days after a suicide bombing plunged Britain into mourning, political campaigning for a general election in two weeks resumed Friday with the main opposition leader linking acts of terrorism at home to foreign wars like the one in Libya.

IS claims responsibility for Baghdad bomb that kills 4

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a bombing that targeted a police station in Baghdad’s center Friday night, and Iraqi officials said the blast killed four people and wounded eight.

Pentagon seeks to expand fight against extremists in Somalia

The Pentagon wants to expand the military’s ability to battle al-Qaida-linked militants in Somalia, potentially putting U.S. forces closer to the fight against a stubborn extremist group that has plotted attacks against America, senior U.S. officials said.

White House rejects Trump’s request to halt Guantanamo transfers

With little more than two weeks left in the Obama administration, and Congress on notice of a series of looming detainee transfers, President-elect Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday for a cessation of Guantanamo prisoner releases. The Obama administration swiftly rejected the request.

22 of Guantanamo’s 59 prisoners are now cleared to go

With the clock ticking toward a possible halt in detainee transfers, the Pentagon disclosed Tuesday that the Obama administration parole panel has cleared another Yemeni “forever prisoner” – raising to 22 the number of captives who could be gone by the time President-elect Donald Trump takes office.

Nation marks 15th anniversary of 9/11 attacks

With solemn ceremonies and prayers, moments of silence and the ringing of bells, the nation Sunday marked the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks that killed 2,977 people and forever changed how the United States views itself and its place in the world.

Flow of foreign fighters plummets as Islamic State loses its edge

The flow of foreign fighters to the ranks of the Islamic State – once a mighty current of thousands of radicalized men and women converging on Syrian and Iraqi battlefields from nations across the globe – has been cut to a trickle this year as the group’s territory has shrunk and its ambitions have withered.

Secret chapter of 9/11 inquiry released after 13-year wait

Newly declassified pages from a congressional report into 9/11 released Friday have reignited speculation that some of the hijackers had links to Saudis, including government officials – allegations that were never substantiated by later U.S. investigations into the terrorist attacks.

Bangladesh attack: Some former hostages being questioned

Some of the hostages rescued from the weekend attack on an upscale restaurant in Bangladesh’s capital were questioned Monday by investigators searching for clues about the possible masterminds behind the gruesome attack that left 28 dead, including many foreigners.