American, South African hostages die in U.S. rescue bid in Yemen

U.S. special forces stormed a walled compound in a remote Yemeni village early on Saturday in an attempt to free Western hostages held by an al Qaeda unit, but an American journalist and a South African teacher were killed by their captors, officials said. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and a Yemeni intelligence official […]

2 Britons sentenced for 12 years in Prison After Return From Syria

Two Britons who fought in Syria and were arrested upon returning to Britain after their families cooperated with the police were sentenced to long prison terms on Friday. The case has provoked debate over how to reduce the risk posed by returning jihadists without discouraging their families from cooperating with the authorities. The two men, […]

Al-Qaeda linked Nusra Front kills captive Lebanese Policeman

The Nusra Front, al-Qaeda’s wing in Syria, has killed a captive Lebanese policeman and vowed to kill more in retaliation for the arrests by Lebanese authorities of women identified as wives of the groups’ fighters. In a video posted online on Friday by an account affiliated with the group, a Nusra commander said the group […]

Lebanon confirms holding Baghdadi’s ex wife , daughter

DNA tests confirm Lebanon is holding the young daughter of Islamic State (IS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the country’s interior minister says. Nohad Machnouk told Lebanon’s MTV television that the child’s mother, who is also in custody, was now believed to be one of Baghdadi’s ex-wives. On Tuesday, Lebanese security officials said they had detained […]

Lebanon insists that detained woman is IS chief’s wife, rejects Iraqi claim , update

Iraq’s Interior Ministry said on Wednesday that a woman detained by Lebanese authorities was not the wife of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, but the sister of a man convicted of bombings in southern Iraq. Security officials in Lebanon had said on Tuesday the Lebanese army had detained a wife and daughter of Baghdadi’s […]

Lebanon detains wife and daughter of Islamic State chief

The Lebanese army detained a wife and daughter of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as they crossed from Syria nine daysLebanese army detained a wife and daughter of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as they crossed from Syria , security officials said on Tuesday, in a setback to the group as it comes […]

Execution of abducted soldier postponed as Lebanon cabinet mulls direct negotiations

The al-Qaida-linked al-Nusra Front retracted  its decision on Friday to execute captive soldier Ali al-Bazzal  and the cabinet decided to have direct negotiations with the abductors . Health Minister Wael Abou Faour confirmed al-Nusra decision, saying it has postponed the execution. “The cabinet  stresses its serious efforts to resolve the case of captive servicemen through […]

Hagel calls for new Arms Technology Initiative to improve US competitive edge

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Saturday the U.S. military needs to boost its commitment and investment in technological research and development in order to stay ahead of current and emerging threats across the world. Hagel announced a Defense Innovation Initiative during his speech at the Reagan National Defense Forum that will ask “the brightest minds […]

Al Nusra accuses Hezbollah of planting the bomb that targeted the army

The Al-Qaida-linked al-Nusra Front accused on Friday the Iranian backed Hezbollah militant group of planting a roadside bomb that exploded as the Lebanese Army patrol passed through Wadi Ata, on the outskirts of the northeastern border town of Arsal. According to NNA a colonel, a sergeant and a soldier were wounded in the roadside bombing. […]