Tag Archives: Militant groups

New players pose additional threats to Jerusalem tensions

JERUSALEM — The holy city of Jerusalem, a tinderbox of competing religious and political claims, has repeatedly triggered bouts of Israeli-Palestinian violence. This time around, there have been some additional sparks, including Jewish extremists who, emboldened by their political patrons’ recent election to parliament, staged a provocative march to Jerusalem’s walled Old City chanting “death […]

Report: Iran Guard kills 3 militants near Afghanistan border

Iran’s semi-official Tasnim news agency is reporting that members of Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard have shot dead three militants and dismantled their cell in eastern Iran near the border with Afghanistan ByThe Associated Press April 24, 2021, 10:13 AM • 1 min read TEHRAN, Iran — Members of Iran‘s powerful Revolutionary Guard shot dead three […]

Suspected Islamic militants kill 19 people in Niger village

Officials in Niger say 19 people are dead in the country’s troubled region near the border with Mali after gunmen aboard motorcycles attacked a village By DALATOU MAMANE Associated Press April 18, 2021, 9:41 PM • 2 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article NIAMEY, Niger — Gunmen on motorcycles attacked a village […]

Syrian Kurdish forces end sweep in camp housing IS families

Syria’s Kurdish-led forces have ended a six-day sweep inside a sprawling camp in northeastern Syria housing families and supporters of the Islamic State group By BASSEM MROUE Associated Press April 2, 2021, 3:17 PM • 3 min read BEIRUT — Syria’s Kurdish-led forces on Friday ended a five-day sweep inside a sprawling camp in the […]

A growing challenge for Iraq: Iran-aligned Shiite militias

BAGHDAD — It was a stark message: A convoy of masked Shiite militiamen, armed with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades, drove openly through central Baghdad denouncing the U.S. presence in Iraq and threatening to cut off the prime minister’s ear. The ominous display underscored the growing threat that rogue militias loyal to Tehran pose for […]

In war-torn Syria, uprising birthplace seethes 10 years on

BEIRUT — Daraa was an impoverished, neglected provincial city in the farmlands of Syria’s south, an overwhelmingly Sunni Muslim backwater far from the more cosmopolitan cities of the country’s heartland. But in March 2011 it became the first to explode against the rule of President Bashar Assad. Assad’s decision to crush the initially peaceful protests […]

Israel unveils guided mortar system for future urban warfare

The Israeli Defense Ministry says it has completed development of a new guided mortar system ByThe Associated Press March 14, 2021, 6:25 PM • 2 min read JERUSALEM — The Israeli Defense Ministry on Sunday said it has completed development of a new guided mortar system, giving the army a formidable new weapon against enemies […]

Pope, top Iraq Shiite cleric deliver message of coexistence

PLAINS OF UR, Iraq — Pope Francis walked through a narrow alley in Iraq’s holy city of Najaf for a historic meeting with the country’s top Shiite cleric, and together they delivered a powerful message of peaceful coexistence in a country still reeling from back-to-back conflicts over the past decade. In a gesture both simple […]

A timeline of disaster and displacement for Iraqi Christians

In Iraq, two decades of back-to-back conflicts have left ancient Christian communities that were once a vibrant and integral part of the landscape scattered and in ruins By The Associated Press March 5, 2021, 6:19 AM • 4 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article BAGHDAD — In Iraq, two decades of back-to-back […]

India police: 3 police, 3 rebels killed in Kashmir fighting

Police say anti-India rebels have killed two police officers in an attack in Indian-controlled Kashmir’s main city ByThe Associated Press February 19, 2021, 10:10 AM • 2 min read SRINAGAR, India — Anti-India rebels in Indian-controlled Kashmir killed two police officers in an attack Friday in the disputed region’s main city, officials said. Elsewhere in […]