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Airstrikes launched amid intelligence gaps

CIA Director John Brennan, center, departs after a closed briefing with the Senate Intelligence Committee and its chair Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., on Capitol Hill in Washington. AP

The Pentagon is grappling with significant intelligence gaps as it bombs Iraq and Syria, and it is operating under less restrictive targeting rules than those President Barack Obama imposed on the CIA drone campaign in Pakistan and Yemen, according to current and former US officials.

Posted: October 1st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Australian counter-terror officer shoots man dead

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A suspected terrorist was shot dead and two counterterrorism police were stabbed Tuesday in a confrontation in Australia’s second largest city that some experts suspect is inspired by the Islamic State group’s call to supporters to wage terror in their home countries.

Posted: September 24th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Islamic State group’s war chest is growing daily

In this undated file photo posted on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 by the Raqqa Media Center of the Islamic State group, a militant extremist group, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, fighters of the Islamic State wave the group's flag from a damaged display of a government fighter jet following the battle for the Tabqa air base, in Raqqa, Syria. An Internet video released Friday, Oct.3, purports to show an Islamic State group fighter beheading British hostage Alan Henning, the fourth such killing carried out by the extremist group now targeted in U.S.-led airstrikes. AP

Islamic State militants, who once relied on wealthy Persian Gulf donors for money, have become a self-sustaining financial juggernaut, earning more than $3 million a day from oil smuggling, human trafficking, theft and extortion, according to U.S. intelligence officials and private experts.

Posted: September 15th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Yemen: Airstrike kills 3 al-Qaida suspects

Yemenis hold a Palestinian flag and banners as they march during a demonstration supporting Gaza organized by a Shiite Hawthi group in Sanaa, Yemen, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. Since hostilities began July 8, more than 1,800 Palestinians and more than 60 Israelis have died. Most of the Palestinian casualties have been civilians, while all but three on the Israeli side have been in the military. Arabic writing on sign at left reads, "Allah is the greatest. Death to America. Death to Israel. A curse on the Jews. Victory to Islam." AP

A US drone strike on a house in central Yemen killed three suspected al-Qaida militants, Yemeni security officials said.

Posted: August 10th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Tunisia cracks down on radical mosques, media

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Tunisian authorities say all mosques and media calling for jihad are to be immediately closed in a bid to end a radical movement they fear will derail the nation’s move to democracy.

Posted: July 21st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »