Militant groups

U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters sit atop a hill in the desert outside the village of Baghouz, Syria, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. U.S.-backed Syrian forces are clearing two villages in eastern Syria of remaining Islamic State militants who are hiding among the local population, and detaining others attempting to flee with the civilians, the U.S.-led coalition said Thursday. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
February 16, 2019 - 8:42 am
BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — A U.S.-backed force in Syria is closing in on Islamic State militants in a tiny area less than a square kilometer (square mile) in eastern Syria, and will soon declare the defeat of the militant group, a commander with the group said Saturday. The capture of the last pocket...
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U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) commander Adnan Afrin, poses for a photo in the in Omar oil field base, Syria, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. Adnan Afrin told The Associated Press that in the last three days, the Islamic State group has brought up from underground tunnels hundreds of civilians, to let them be known to the SDF and the U.S.-led coalition. He says the discovery has blunted the offensive. "We do not want to cause a massacre." (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
February 15, 2019 - 9:05 am
AL-OMAR OIL FIELD BASE, Syria (AP) — The offensive on the last enclave held by the Islamic State group in eastern Syria has been blunted by the discovery of hundreds of civilians still living there, a commander with the Kurdish-led force fighting the extremists said Friday. The U.S.-backed force...
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Indian paramilitary soldiers patrol near the site of Thursday's explosion in Pampore, Indian-controlled Kashmir, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. Security officials say the death toll from a car bombing in Indian-controlled Kashmir has climbed to at least 40 after rebels fighting against Indian rule struck a paramilitary convoy in the single deadliest attack in the divided region's volatile history. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
February 15, 2019 - 5:01 am
SRINAGAR, India (AP) — India's prime minister warned Friday of a "crushing response" to the suicide bombing of a paramilitary convoy in Indian-controlled Kashmir, an attack killed 41 and is now the deadliest in the divided region's volatile history. Prime Minister Narendra Modi placed the blame for...
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A U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighter sits inside a tent atop a hill in the desert outside the village of Baghouz, Syria, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. U.S.-backed Syrian forces are clearing two villages in eastern Syria of remaining Islamic State militants who are hiding among the local population, and detaining others attempting to flee with the civilians, the U.S.-led coalition said Thursday. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
February 14, 2019 - 5:38 pm
OUTSIDE BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — Islamic State group militants clung to their last square kilometer (square mile) of land in eastern Syria on Thursday with an unknown number of civilians trapped inside, officials said. U.S.-backed forces conducted precision operations targeting the militants' outposts...
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Indian paramilitary soldiers stand by the wreckage of a bus after an explosion in Pampore, Indian-controlled Kashmir, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. Security officials say at least 10 soldiers have been killed and 20 others wounded by a large explosion that struck a paramilitary convoy on a key highway on the outskirts of the disputed region's main city of Srinagar. (AP Photo/Umer Asif)
February 14, 2019 - 4:01 pm
SRINAGAR, India (AP) — At least 33 soldiers were killed and about 20 others wounded Thursday in a car bomb attack on a paramilitary convoy along a key highway in Indian-controlled Kashmir, security officials said. It was one of the deadliest car bombings in the disputed region's history. Officials...
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This frame grab from video provided Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition group, that is consistent with independent AP reporting, shows U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces fighters looking at smoke rising from a shell that targeted Islamic State group militants, in the village of Baghouz, Deir El-Zour, eastern Syria. Fighting between U.S.-backed fighters and IS inflicted more casualties among people fleeing the violence in eastern Syria Tuesday where the extremists are on the verge of losing the last area they control. (Syrian Observatory for Human Rights via AP)
February 13, 2019 - 3:03 pm
AL-OMAR OIL FIELD BASE, Syria (AP) — Islamic State group militants, many of them foreigners, surrendered to U.S.-backed fighters in eastern Syria on Wednesday, bringing the Kurdish-led force closer to taking full control of the last remaining area controlled by the extremists, a Kurdish official...
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February 13, 2019 - 12:41 pm
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A suicide bombing targeting a bus carrying personnel of Iran's elite paramilitary Revolutionary Guard force killed at least 20 people and wounded 20 in the country's southeast, state media reported. An al-Qaida-linked Sunni extremist group operating across the border in Pakistan...
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February 12, 2019 - 3:58 am
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's government acknowledges there has been a resurgence of violence by Islamic extremists in the country's troubled northeast region in the weeks before the country's upcoming national elections on Saturday. The near-daily attacks have many traumatized Nigerians...
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In this Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019 image from video provided by Hawar News Agency, ANHA, an online Kurdish news service, civilians flee fighting near Baghouz, Syria. Fierce fighting was underway Monday between U.S.-backed Syrian forces and the Islamic State group around the extremists' last foothold in eastern Syria. The capture of the IS-held village of Baghouz and nearby areas would mark the end of a four-year global war to end IS' territorial hold over large parts of Syria and Iraq, where the group established its self-proclaimed "caliphate" in 2014. (ANHA via AP)
February 11, 2019 - 2:19 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State group militants cornered in their last foothold in eastern Syria fought back with suicide car bombs, snipers and booby traps Monday, slowing Kurdish fighters advancing under the cover of U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, Kurdish news agencies and a Syrian war monitor said...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019 file photo, former Israeli Chief of Staff Benny Gantz speaks at the official launch of his election campaign in Tel Aviv, Israel. The Israeli Justice Ministry said Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, that the government has asked a Dutch court to dismiss war crimes allegations against Benny Gantz, an ex-military chief who is challenging Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in April elections. A Dutch-Palestinian man originally from the Gaza Strip is suing Gantz and Israel's former air force chief, Amir Eshel, for their roles in an airstrike on his family's home that killed six relatives. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)
February 11, 2019 - 1:45 pm
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli Justice Ministry on Monday said the government has asked a Dutch court to dismiss war crimes allegations against Benny Gantz, an ex-military chief who is challenging Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in April elections. A Dutch-Palestinian man originally from the Gaza...
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