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US leads training exercises in Africa amid focus on Sahel

By CARLEY PETESCH | February 22, 2020

THIES, Senegal (AP) — Crouching in the sparse brush, maneuvering into formations through a divide, and then shooting at a target, about 10 soldiers from Burkina Faso are among a select group of African soldiers being trained to battle West Africa's...

Putin hails US for helping prevent terror attack in Russia

February 20, 2020

Russia's President Vladimir Putin on Thursday hailed the FBI for sharing information that helped thwart a terror attack by adherents of the Islamic State group in St. Petersburg during the New Year holidays.Speaking at a meeting with senior officials...

China’s ‘War on Terror’ uproots families, leaked data shows

By DAKE KANG | February 17, 2020

Beijing (AP) — For decades, the Uighur imam was a bedrock of his farming community in China’s far west. On Fridays, he preached Islam as a religion of peace. On Sundays, he treated the sick with free herbal medicine. In the winter, he bought coal...

US prosecutors end old terror case against California man

By DON THOMPSON | February 14, 2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif (AP) — Federal prosecutors in California on Friday ended what once was among the nation's highest profile anti-terrorism cases, after a judge earlier overturned the conviction that grew from conspiracy allegations in the wake of the...

US military downgrades efforts against extremists in Sahel

By CARA ANNA | February 12, 2020

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The U.S. military has switched from trying to degrade Islamic extremist groups in West Africa’s sprawling Sahel region to merely trying to contain them as their deadly threat increases, a new U.S. government report says.The quarterly...

Secret Service may leave Homeland Security, rejoin Treasury

By COLLEEN LONG | February 7, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is throwing its support behind a plan to transfer the U.S. Secret Service back to the Treasury Department to better focus on the growing threat of online financial crimes.Shifting the agency from within the Department...

Trump says U.S. operation killed al-Qaida leader in Yemen

By DEB RIECHMANN | February 6, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday that the U.S. at his direction has conducted a counter-terrorism operation in Yemen that killed Qassim al-Rimi, an al-Qaida leader who claimed responsibility for last year's deadly shooting at Naval...

Amnesty finds Saudi anti-terror court a weapon of repression

By AYA BATRAWY | February 6, 2020

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia has used a secretive court established to try terrorism cases as "a weapon of repression" to imprison peaceful critics, activists, journalists, clerics and minority Muslim Shiites, including some who were...

UK to end early release of terror convicts after stabbings

By DANICA KIRKA | February 3, 2020

LONDON (AP) — The British government said Monday it will introduce emergency legislation to stop people convicted of terror crimes being released after serving half their sentences, following two attacks in London by recently freed offenders.The announcement...

Man wearing fake bomb stabs 2 in London and is shot to death

By GREGORY KATZ and DANICA KIRKA | February 2, 2020

LONDON (AP) — A man recently released from prison after serving time for terrorism-related offenses strapped on a fake bomb and stabbed two people on a busy London street Sunday before being shot to death by police, officials said.Deputy Assistant Commissioner...

Terror attacks drop, but Pakistan ‘not out of the woods’

By KATHY GANNON | January 30, 2020

GUJRANWALA, Pakistan (AP) — Terror attacks in Pakistan plummeted by more than 85% over the last decade. It's a welcome statistic for the country, but one that risks being overshadowed by international concern over its efforts to curb terror funding...

Allies worry as US ponders cutting military forces in Africa

By CARLEY PETESCH | January 29, 2020

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — As extremist violence grows across Africa, the United States is considering reducing its military presence on the continent, a move that worries its international partners who are working to strengthen the fight in the tumultuous...