Militant groups

September 22, 2020 - 10:49 am
BEIRUT (AP) — A powerful explosion shook a Hezbollah stronghold in southern Lebanon on Tuesday, sending thick grey smoke billowing over the village, but the cause was not clear. Lebanon's official news agency, NNA, said the explosion in the southern village of Ain Qana, above the port city of Sidon...
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Israeli police inspect the damage at the site hit by a rocket fired by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip in the southern city of Ashdod, Israel, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. The Israeli military says two rockets were fired from Gaza and one was intercepted by air defenses. Magen David Adom, the Israeli emergency service, says it treated two people for minor injuries from broken glass. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)
September 16, 2020 - 2:17 am
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military struck Hamas militant sites in the Gaza Strip early Wednesday in response to rocket fire toward Israel the previous night that coincided with the signing of normalization agreements between Israel and two Arab countries at the White House. The barrage against...
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In this image from video provided by the U.S. Army, then-Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Payne is interviewed as a winner of the 2012 Best Ranger competition at Fort Benning, Ga., on April 16, 2012. Payne will receive the Medal of Honor, the U.S. military’s highest honor for valor in combat, for actions during a daring 2015 raid in Iraq that rescued about 70 hostages who were set to be executed by ISIS militants, The Associated Press has learned. Sgt. Maj. Payne will receive the honor in a White House ceremony on the 19th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. (Lori Egan/U.S., Army via AP)
September 11, 2020 - 12:46 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will bestow the Medal of Honor on a U.S. soldier Friday for his role in a daring 2015 missio n to rescue dozens of hostages who were set to be executed by Islamic State militants in Iraq. Trump picked the 19th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks to honor Sgt...
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FILE - In this Aug. 19, 2019, file photo, a man waves an Afghan flag during Independence Day celebrations in Kabul, Afghanistan. Officials on both sides of Afghanistan's protracted conflict say efforts are ramping up for the start of intra-Afghan negotiations, a critical next step to a U.S. negotiated peace deal with the Taliban. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool, File)
September 10, 2020 - 3:57 pm
ISLAMABAD (AP) — The long-awaited peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government's negotiating team are to begin on Saturday in the Gulf Arab state of Qatar, the Taliban and Qatar's foreign ministry said Thursday. The talks — known as intra-Afghan negotiations — were laid out in a peace...
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President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, in Winston-Salem, N.C. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
September 09, 2020 - 8:08 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is reducing its troop presence in Iraq this month from 5,200 to 3,000, the top American commander for the Middle East said Wednesday, as President Donald Trump tries to make good on his campaign promise to get the United States out of “endless wars." During a...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017 file photo, a man adjusts a victim's photograph displayed with floral tributes and Turkish flags, outside the Reina night club following the New Year's day attack, in Istanbul. A Turkish court has on Monday, Sep. 7, 2020 sentenced an Islamic State militant to life in prison over the New Year’s Eve attack on a nightclub in Istanbul that left 39 people dead in 2017. Albulkadir Masharipov of Uzbekistan was charged with membership in a terror group, murder and attempting to overthrow the constitutional order, among other charges. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel, file)
September 07, 2020 - 1:49 pm
ISTANBUL, Turkey (AP) — A Turkish court on Monday sentenced an Islamic State group suspect to life in prison over the New Year’s Eve attack on a nightclub in Istanbul that left 39 people dead in 2017. The suspect, Albulkadir Masharipov of Uzbekistan, was convicted of 39 counts of murder and one...
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FILE - In this June 4, 2020 file photo, Fayez Sarraj, the head of Libya's internationally-recognized government, speaks at a joint news conference with Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in Ankara, Turkey. Libya’s U.N.-supported government Friday, Aug. 21, 2020, announced a cease-fire across the oil-rich country and called for demilitarizing the strategic city of Sirte, which is controlled by rival forces. (Turkish Presidency via AP, Pool)
August 28, 2020 - 5:56 pm
CAIRO (AP) — Libya’s Tripoli-based government has suspended its interior minister following a shooting at a demonstration in the capital earlier this week, the United Nations-supported government said Friday. Interior Minister Fathi Bashaga will face an investigation over ‘violations’ committed...
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Israeli soldiers sit in a tent next to their mobile artillery units near the border with Lebanon, northern Israel, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020. The Israeli military said attack helicopters have struck observation posts of the militant Hezbollah group along the Lebanon border after shots were fired at Israeli troops. Israel has been bracing for a possible attack by Hezbollah since an Israeli airstrike killed a Hezbollah fighter in neighboring Syria last month. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
August 26, 2020 - 2:53 pm
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli attack helicopters struck observation posts of the militant Hezbollah group along the Lebanon border overnight after shots were fired at Israeli troops operating in the area, the military said Wednesday. Israel has been bracing for a possible attack by the Iran-backed...
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August 26, 2020 - 10:19 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The United States military says it killed six al-Shabab extremists with an airstrike in Somalia after the al-Qaida-linked group attacked Somali forces while U.S. forces were nearby. The U.S. Africa Command statement said Monday’s airstrike was carried out near Dar as Salam after...
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Palestinians line up in front of a bakery to buy bread during a 48 hour lockdown imposed following the discovery of the first coronavirus cases in the Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
August 25, 2020 - 3:20 pm
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza's militant Hamas rulers imposed a territory-wide curfew on Tuesday after authorities detected the first local cases of the coronavirus, raising fears of a wider outbreak in the blockaded territory that is home to some 2 million Palestinians. Gaza has registered...
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