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Extremists take control of Mosul and Saddam’s hometown of Tikrit

An Iraqi federal policeman stands guard as his colleague searches a car at a checkpoint in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, June. 11, 2014. AP

Al-Qaida-inspired militants seized effective control Wednesday of Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit, expanding their offensive closer to the Iraqi capital as soldiers and security forces abandoned their posts following clashes with the insurgents.

Posted: June 12th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

23 killed in Taliban attack on Pakistan army post

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Pakistan's army troops gather at the site following a militant attack on an army post in Serai Naurang town, near Lakki Marwat, Pakistan on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013. Militants attacked an army post in northwestern Pakistan with automatic weapons, rocket-propelled grenades and suicide vests before dawn on Saturday, killing several people including civilians, officials said. Several attackers were also reported killed in the assault. AP/Jibran Yousufsai

Taliban militants wearing suicide vests fired automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades at an army post in northwestern Pakistan in a pre-dawn raid Saturday, killing 23 people, including 10 civilians, officials said.

Posted: February 3rd, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Death toll climbs past 80 in siege in the Sahara

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In this undated image made from video, a man looks out from a bus towards what appears to be smoke rising in the horizon at an unknown location in Algeria. An Algerian security official says de-mining squads searching for explosives found "numerous" bodies Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013 at a gas refinery where Islamic militants took dozens of foreign workers hostage. AP Photo/Ennahar TV

The death toll from the terrorist siege at a natural gas plant in the Sahara climbed to at least 81 on Sunday as Algerian forces searching the refinery for explosives found dozens more bodies, many so badly disfigured it was unclear whether they were hostages or militants, a security official said.

Posted: January 21st, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Algeria mulls international force for hostages

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This April 19, 2005 photo released by Statoil via NTB scanpix, shows the Ain Amenas gas field in Algeria, where Islamist militants raided and took hostages Wednesday Jan. 16, 2013. As Algerian army helicopters clattered overhead deep in the Sahara desert, Islamist militants hunkered down for the night in the natural gas complex they had assaulted Wednesday morning, killing two people and taking dozens of foreigners hostage in what could be the first spillover from France's intervention in Mali. (AP Photo/Kjetil Alsvik, Statoil via NTB scanpix) NORWAY OUT

An Algerian security official says the government is in talks with the United States and France over whether an international force can help in a standoff with Islamist militants who have taken dozens of foreigners hostage in a natural gas complex deep in the Sahara.

Posted: January 17th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

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