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‘Tangible gains’ in Iraq, Syria, Pentagon chief predicts

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter predicted on Thursday that recent U.S.-led efforts to accelerate the fight against the Islamic State group would produce “tangible gains” in Iraq and Syria by …


2 female bombers kill 58 in northeast Nigerian refugee camp

Two female suicide bombers blew themselves up in a northeast Nigerian refugee camp, killing at least 56 people, health and rescue officials said Wednesday.


Russia proposes March 1 ceasefire in Syria; US wants it now

The U.S. says Russia’s counterterrorism campaign in Syria is actually helping the Islamic State.


Washington man accused of supporting Islamic State

Federal agents with the Seattle Joint Terrorism Task Force have arrested an Army deserter and purported sympathizer of the Islamic State group for illegally possessing machine guns and other firearms.


Twitter seeking out, flagging terrorist supporters

Twitter says it’s now using spam-fighting technology to seek out and automatically flag accounts that might be promoting terrorist activity.


World pledges $10B for Syrians, but peace prospects bleak

World leaders pledged more than $10 billion Thursday to help fund schools, shelter and jobs for refugees from Syria’s civil war, money that British Prime Minister David Cameron said “will …


Syria advances in Aleppo, breaking siege and cutting off rebels

The Syrian army entered two pro-government Shiite towns outside of Aleppo and advanced against rebel forces in the northern province on Thursday, threatening to entirely encircle the opposition-held parts of …


U.S. struggling to build anti-Islamic State strategy in Libya

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration is struggling to find the right mix of military and diplomatic moves to stop the Islamic State in Libya, where the extremist group has taken …


Triple bombing in Syria kills 50, clouds U.N. peace talks

GENEVA – A triple bombing killed at least 50 people in a predominantly Shiite suburb south of the Syrian capital of Damascus on Sunday even as a U.N. mediator held …


EU police warn that more attacks by IS militants are likely

Europe’s top police agency issued a stark warning Monday: Islamic State extremists will keep attempting lethal attacks on soft targets in Europe as the militant group increasingly goes global.


Cameroon: 4 suicide attackers kill at least 28 people

YAOUNDE, Cameroon – Four suicide bombers attacked a market and town on Monday in Cameroon’s Far North region near the border with Nigeria, killing at least 28 people and wounding …


IS acknowledges death of ‘Jihadi John’ in magazine

The Islamic State group has acknowledged the death of the masked militant known as “Jihadi John,” who appeared in several videos depicting the beheadings of Western hostages, the SITE Intelligence …


U.S. initiatives at risk as Mideast tensions rise

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration’s key Middle East initiatives – ending Syria’s civil war, combating Islamic State and implementing the Iranian nuclear deal – could be undermined by the explosion …


Sen. Chris Coons: Congress must pay for Mideast wars

Trillions spent, but no taxes imposed, giving every American but troops and their families no personal stake in the conflicts.


Rubin: Fear-mongering works without reassuring voices

Obama lacks empathy, coherent policy that would relieve anxiety


Russia, France agree to tighten cooperation against IS

MOSCOW – The presidents of France and Russia agreed Thursday to tighten cooperation in the fight against the Islamic State group, although they remained at odds over their approach toward …


Well planned Mali attack took advantage of security lapses

BAMAKO, Mali – The heavily armed Islamic extremists who shot up a luxury hotel in Mali’s capital, killing 19 people, timed their assault for the moment when guards would be …


Officials: IS determined to produce chemical weapons

BAGHDAD – The Islamic State group is aggressively pursuing development of chemical weapons, setting up a branch dedicated to research and experiments with the help of scientists from Iraq, Syria …


Discarded cell phone led to Paris attacks ringleader

French investigators tracked down the alleged ringleader of last week’s Paris bloodshed after receiving a startling tipoff: The Islamic militant wasn’t in Syria but in Europe, plotting yet another attack. …


Russia: Plane brought down by homemade explosive device

A homemade explosive device brought down a Russian passenger plane over Egypt last month, the head of Russia’s FSB security service said Tuesday, telling President Vladimir Putin it’s now clear …


France seeks united U.S.-Russia assault on Islamic State

France wants to bring the United States and Russia together in a grand coalition dedicated to smashing the Islamic State group, President Francois Hollande told lawmakers Monday in a rare …


U.S. targets an Islamic State leader in Libya

Military leaders said Saturday that a U.S. bombing mission had killed the head of the Islamic State in Libya.


Paris attacks may lead to U.S. military anti-IS escalation

The Paris terrorist attacks seem likely to compel President Barack Obama to consider military escalation against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. But that probably will not mean dramatic …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 5, 2015, 10:56 p.m.

IS bomb on Russia plane would herald new phase in conflict

BEIRUT – At this stage, there is no hard evidence. But reports from the U.S. and Britain suggesting an Islamic State group bomb may have caused the Russian plane crash …


Carter: More airstrikes, other shifts coming against IS

Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Tuesday the Obama administration is preparing to accelerate its military campaign against Islamic State militants, including launching more and heavier airstrikes in Syria.


Turkey peace rally bombings kill 95 people

ANKARA, Turkey – Nearly simultaneous explosions targeted a Turkish peace rally Saturday in Ankara, killing at least 95 people and wounding hundreds in Turkey’s deadliest attack in years – one …


Russia says its warships are firing missiles at Syrian targets

Russian warships have fired more than 20 missiles at militants in Syria, a Russian official said Wednesday, marking an escalation in Moscow’s 8-day-old air campaign that the U.S. says is …


Russian bombers again fail to target Islamic State in second day of attacks

For the second day running, Russian aircraft bombed Syria, striking targets that included U.S.-backed rebel forces, but not apparently positions held by the Islamic State.


Investigation focuses on alleged Pentagon distortion of anti-IS fight

WASHINGTON – The Pentagon’s inspector general is investigating an allegation that the military command overseeing the anti-Islamic State campaign distorted or altered intelligence assessments to exaggerate progress against the militant …


Afghanistan’s president blames Islamic State for bombing that killed at least 35

FAIZABAD, Afghanistan — A motorcycle-riding suicide bomber attacked a line of people waiting outside a bank Saturday in eastern Afghanistan, killing at least 35 and wounding 125 in an assault …