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ISIS Gets Its First Major Affiliate

Egypt militant organization forges alliance with Islamic State

(Newser) - ISIS has garnered its first major international ally in the form of Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, an Egyptian militant group the New York Times calls the country's most dangerous. That organization pledged obedience to ISIS yesterday, the Times reports. Until now, Ansar Beit al-Maqdis has largely targeted only Egypt's... More »

One of Nigeria's Missing Girls Is Found

'Traumatized' young woman either escaped or was released

(Newser) - Though talks are underway with Boko Haram militants to secure the release of more than 200 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls, one may have escaped on her own. A woman, identified as one of those kidnapped by the al-Qaeda-linked group in April, was found "heavily traumatized and not very stable" Wednesday,... More »

Prisoner Swap for Kidnapped Girls? Militants in Talks

Boko Haram seeks return of 30 commanders: CNN

(Newser) - Boko Haram militants have been meeting with officials to discuss the possible release of some 200 girls kidnapped in April, CNN reports. Talks between two top Boko Haram figures and officials from the International Committee of the Red Cross and Nigeria's government hinge on the possibility of a prisoner... More »

Iraq Loses Control of Its 2nd-Largest City

Police abandon Mosul to Islamic State of Iraq and Syria

(Newser) - Fighters believed to be with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria took control of the city of Mosul today, as police and military forces fled their bases, leaving weapons, vehicles, and even their uniforms behind for the taking, the New York Times reports. The militants have seized the provincial... More »

Boko Haram: We'll Sell Kidnapped Girls at Market

AFP obtains video featuring group's leader

(Newser) - Islamist militant group Boko Haram has acknowledged in a video obtained by AFP that it's behind the kidnappings of more than 200 girls in Nigeria last month. "I abducted your girls. I will sell them in the market, by Allah," leader Abubakar Shekau says. He adds that... More »

Militants in Egypt Hit New Target: S. Korean Tourists

Bus carrying foreigners bombed near Israel border, killing 4

(Newser) - An explosion on a bus carrying South Korean tourists in Egypt yesterday left three South Koreans and the Egyptian driver dead, al Jazeera reports. At least 13 others were wounded in the attack on the bus, whose riders, a South Korean church group, had visited a Greek Orthodox monastery in... More »

Militants: We Have a 'Present' for Olympic Visitors

Threat sparks Sochi security fears

(Newser) - A chilling threat for visitors to next month's Sochi Olympics: Islamic militants say they have a "present" ready for those attending the Games in southern Russia. The threat was made in a video that surfaced yesterday, sparking serious security fears with the event less than three weeks away,... More »

Benghazi Attack Didn't Involve al-Qaeda: Report

Anti-Islam video did help spark violence: NYT investigation

(Newser) - A major New York Times investigation sheds new light on the debate over the attack on the US diplomatic mission in Benghazi. Initially, officials' accounts suggested an anti-Islam video had sparked the violence on Sept. 11, 2012, but Republicans have argued that al-Qaeda was involved, citing a " cover-up ."... More »

NC Man Charged With Trying to Join al-Qaeda in Syria

Pakistani native had online relationship with undercover FBI worker

(Newser) - A North Carolina man was on his way to Lebanon to join an al-Qaeda-linked group when he was arrested, federal prosecutors say; his father says there's "no truth" in the allegations. Pakistan-born Basit Javed Sheikh, 29, is a legal permanent US resident, the News & Observer reports. He... More »

Cloaked by Fog, al-Qaeda Stages Yemen Attacks

Militants launch assault on 3 encampments

(Newser) - Coordinated attacks by al-Qaeda militants in a southern province have killed at least 38 soldiers and wounded dozens, a Yemeni military official says. The attacks took place at dawn today in Shabwa province, Maj. Raed Mohammed Nasser says; the militants, taking advantage of heavy fog, surprised the troops in barracks... More »

Taliban Attacks US Consulate in Afghanistan

3 Afghans reported killed in fighting

(Newser) - Taliban members attacked the US consulate in Herat, western Afghanistan, this morning, setting off two car suicide bombs and launching a gunfight with Afghan security forces, the AP reports. Two Afghan police officers and an Afghan security guard were killed; some 17 civilians were injured, the BBC reports. As for... More »

Al-Shabab: We Killed 'Rapping Jihadist' From Alabama

Omar Hammami has been reported dead before, however

(Newser) - Al-Shabab militants ambushed and killed Omar Hammami, the so-called " rapping Jihadist " from Daphne, Alabama, members of the militant group tell the AP . Hammami, who goes by the nom de guerre "Abu Mansoor Al-Amriki," or "the American," has been on the run from his former... More »

Philippine Militants Try to Seize City, Secede

They're currently in a standoff with the military

(Newser) - The Philippine military is locked in a tense standoff with an Islamic militant group that the military says is holding hundreds of people hostage as human shields. The drama began yesterday when about 300 Moro National Liberation Front gunmen landed boats on the coastal city of Zamboanga, intent on marching... More »

US Drones Batter Yemen Some More

34 suspected militants killed since July 27

(Newser) - Amid continuing US concerns over al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the drone death toll in Yemen has reached 34 since July 27, by Yemeni officials' count. Yesterday, a trio of strikes killed 14 suspected militants, the BBC reports. The attacks occurred in Mareb and Hadramout provinces; they all hit cars,... More »

Boarding School Attack Kills 30

Militant sect Boko Haram blamed in Nigeria

(Newser) - Islamic militants attacked a boarding school in northeast Nigeria before dawn today, killing 29 students and one teacher. Some of the pupils were burned alive in the latest school attack blamed on the radical terror group Boko Haram , whose name means "Western education is sacrilege." Survivors said gunmen... More »

Morsi Supporters Plan Rally Amid New Violence

Army: We'll allow 'peaceful protest'

(Newser) - Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and Mohamed Morsi are fuming over the military's clampdown after Brotherhood leaders were arrested and Morsi detained. Arrest warrants are out for some 300 members of the group, the BBC reports. "What kind of national reconciliation starts with arresting people?" asks the son... More »

Pakistan Car Bomb Kills 11 Cops, Civilian

23 wounded in Quetta attack

(Newser) - A car bomb targeting a police vehicle killed 11 policemen and one civilian today in an area of southwest Pakistan wracked by a separatist insurgency and Islamic militancy, police said. The bombing on the outskirts of Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province, also wounded 23 people, said a police rep.... More »

185 Dead as Nigerian Army, Boko Haram Clash

Many civilians believed to be among the dead

(Newser) - Fighting between Nigeria's military and Islamic extremists killed at least 185 people in a fishing community in the nation's northeast during an attack that saw insurgents fire rocket-propelled grenades and soldiers spray machine-gun fire into neighborhoods filled with civilians. The fighting in Baga began Friday and lasted for... More »

Nigeria Militants Kill 7 Foreign Hostages

Islamist group kidnapped them last month

(Newser) - European leaders confirmed today that Islamic militants in Nigeria have killed seven foreign hostages, the worst such violence there in decades, the AP reports. Nigerian officials have kept quiet since the guerrilla splinter group Ansaru released a video saying it killed the workers, who were kidnapped Feb. 16 from a... More »

Militants Drop Tipsheet for Ducking Drone Attacks

Tips include hiding under trees, painting cars with dirt

(Newser) - Islamic militants fleeing northern Mali left behind a fascinating list—of al-Qaeda's tips for avoiding drone attacks, the AP reports. The tips themselves are nothing new—they've been posted on websites for a couple of years—but with Mali militants having them, it's clear how well-coordinated al-Qaeda... More »

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