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Mattis says U.S. competitive warfighting edge has eroded

Countering China’s rapidly expanding military and an increasingly aggressive Russia are now the U.S. military’s top national security priorities, outpacing the threat of terrorism, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday. …


Islamic State group offshoot claims 2017 Niger attack on U.S. soldiers

An Islamic State group offshoot is claiming it carried out the attack in Niger that killed four U.S. soldiers and four Nigerian troops in October and sparked questions about U.S. …


In Syrian camps, the future just might be female

Many areas of Syria have been liberated by forces affiliated with the Kurdish Democratic Union Party, in whose territory women are guaranteed representation at every political level, which can be …


Egypt’s el-Sissi attends Christmas Mass amid tight security

In a show of solidarity with Egypt’s embattled Christians, President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi Saturday made a symbolic appearance at an Orthodox Christmas Mass in a new cathedral as tens of thousands …


Few ready to pay to rebuild Iraq after Islamic State defeat

Three years of war devastated much of northern and western Iraq. Baghdad estimates $100 billion is needed nationwide to rebuild. Local leaders in Mosul, the biggest city held by IS, …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 28, 2017

Islamic State kills 41 in attack on Afghan cultural center

An Islamic State suicide bomber struck a Shiite cultural center in Kabul on Thursday, killing at least 41 people and underscoring the extremist group’s growing reach in Afghanistan even as …


Suicide bomber kills 6 in Afghanistan

A suicide bomber struck Monday near an office of the Afghan intelligence service in the capital, Kabul, killing at least six people, including a woman in a passing vehicle, officials …


Mosul’s morgue men bear witness to Islamic State atrocities

The morgue in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul was where atrocity met bureaucracy, the processing point for the machine of butchery that the Islamic State group created across its …


U.S. ups border training in Syria to prevent IS resurgence

The United States is developing an expanded training program for local Kurdish and Arab border guards in Syria, the top U.S. commander for the Middle East said, to help head …


Islamic State claims attack on airport in Egypt’s Sinai

An Islamic State affiliate on Wednesday claimed responsibility for a missile attack the previous day that targeted an airport in Egypt’s northern Sinai Peninsula during an unpublicized visit to the …


No lawyer for detained American accused of fighting with IS

The U.S. government acknowledged Thursday that it has detained an American citizen accused of fighting with the Islamic State for more than two months without fulfilling his request to see …


How an Egyptian village became a target of the Islamic State

Before their village became a killing field, it was a sanctuary. Many of the 305 people slaughtered at a mosque in the village of Rawda on Friday had moved there …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 24, 2017

Militants attack Egyptian mosque, kill at least 235 people

In the deadliest-ever attack by Islamic extremists in Egypt, militants assaulted a crowded mosque Friday during prayers, blasting helpless worshippers with gunfire and rocket-propelled grenades and blocking their escape routes. …


Russia, Iran, Turkey agree to advance Syrian peace

The leaders of Russia, Turkey and Iran met Wednesday to discuss ways to advance a political settlement in Syria as the Islamic State group is nearing its defeat, while disparate …


Egypt fears influx of militants after Islamic State defeat

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi says Islamic State militants are making their way to his country via Libya after the defeat of the extremist group in Syria and Iraq.


Syrian troops encircle last Islamic State-held town

Syrian troops and allied fighters encircled the last Islamic State-held town on Wednesday after linking up with Iraqi forces, pro-government media and a Syrian opposition monitoring group said.


10 arrests in French, Swiss raids over suspected attack plot

Ten people suspected of using encrypted social networks to prepare a possible attack were arrested Tuesday during counterterrorism operations in France and Switzerland aimed at clarifying details of the alleged …


Syrian army declares victory in Deir al-Zour as Islamic State territory crumbles

The Syrian government said Friday it has recaptured the long-contested city of Deir al-Zour from Islamic State militants, driving the group from one of its last remaining strongholds as its …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 1, 2017

Feds: Truck attack suspect said ‘he felt good about’ rampage

Federal prosecutors brought terrorism charges Wednesday against the Uzbek immigrant accused in the truck rampage that left eight people dead, saying he was spurred to attack by the Islamic State …


Their caliphate in ruins, IS militants melt into the desert

Islamic State militants, routed from one urban stronghold after another in Syria, have recently been moving deeper into Syria’s remote desert, where experts say they are regrouping and preparing their …


FBI: No foreign terror links in Florida mall bomb plot

No evidence has surfaced of links to foreign extremists in an alleged plot by a Honduran man to bomb a Florida mall despite his claimed allegiance to the Islamic State …


Tillerson again insists Syrian leader Assad must go

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson doubled down Thursday on Washington’s call for Syrian President Bashar Assad to leave power, looking past recent battlefield gains by his Russian-backed forces to …


U.S. general: Iraqi tensions divert resources from IS fight

The top U.S. general in Iraq says the fallout from last month’s Kurdish vote for independence is diverting resources away from the war on the Islamic State group just as …


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 22, 2017

Philippines declares militants in Marawi ‘finished’

Philippine troops have captured a building where pro-Islamic State group militants made their final stand in southern Marawi city and found about 40 bodies of suspected gunmen inside, two security …


After Raqqa, Trump says U.S. shifts to ‘new phase’ in Syria

President Donald Trump is portraying the Islamic State group’s ouster from its Syrian stronghold as a milestone in the U.S. fight against terrorism and a step toward a political transition …


A few militants fight on in Philippine city ripped to shreds

Smoke wafted from the smoldering carcasses of buildings and houses, with the dome of a mosque blasted out with holes, as Philippine troops battled Thursday to defeat a final stand …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 19, 2017

More conflicts loom after Islamic State defeat in Raqqa

The Middle East may have turned a page with the defeat of the Islamic State group in its self-declared capital of Raqqa, but the future is looking even more tangled, …


Kurdish female militia vows to keep fighting Islamic State

A Kurdish female militia that took part in freeing the northern Syrian city of Raqqa from the Islamic State group said Thursday it will continue the fight to liberate women …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 18, 2017

Man convicted in plot to behead blogger over cartoon contest

A man who authorities say fell under the influence of the Islamic State group was convicted Wednesday of plotting to behead a conservative American blogger for organizing a Prophet Muhammad …


Al-Qaida set to gain as Islamic State disintegrates

While the U.S.-led coalition and Russian-backed Syrian troops have been focused on driving the Islamic State from Syria, an al-Qaida-linked insurgent coalition known as the Levant Liberation Committee has consolidated …