Militant groups

FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2017 file photo, Libyan militia commander General Khalifa Hifter meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow, Russia. The U.N. chief says he's worried about a major armed showdown in Libya and is urging warring factions to instead turn to dialogue. Forces loyal to Hifter, who commands the self-styled Libya National Army that's based in the country's east, took control overnight Wednesday April 3, 2019, of the town of Gharyan, 50 kilometers (31 miles) from Tripoli, without major clashes. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev, File)
April 04, 2019 - 5:40 pm
BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Libyan army commander Khalifa Hifter on Thursday ordered his forces to march on Tripoli, the capital of the U.N.-backed government, sparking fears of a major showdown with rival militias. The order to his Libya National Army posted in an audio recording online came as U.N...
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In This Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, photo, Afghans return to Afghanistan at the Islam Qala border with Iran, in the western Herat Province. Security officials worry that Iranian-backed Afghan veterans of the war in Syria will one day become a secret army for Tehran in Afghanistan itself, particularly after a U.S. withdrawal. Iran paid, trained and armed thousands of Afghan Shiites to fight in Syria to defend its ally, President Bashar Assad. Returning home as Syria’s war winds down, they face suspicion and fear. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
March 31, 2019 - 6:43 am
HERAT, Afghanistan (AP) — Tens of thousands of Afghans recruited, paid and trained by Iran to fight in support of Tehran's ally President Bashar Assad are returning to their homeland, as the 8-year war in Syria winds down. Most of them are from Afghanistan's impoverished Shiite communities and were...
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March 31, 2019 - 4:35 am
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Somalia's al-Shabab Islamic extremist group says it has executed four men accused of spying for the British, Djibouti and Somali intelligence agencies. Al-Shabab announced the killings on its Andalus radio station on Sunday, saying they were carried out by firing squad in a...
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Somalis carry away a man who was wounded after blast outside a restaurant in Mogadishu, Somalia, Thursday, March 28, 2019. A Somali police officer says an explosives-laden vehicle has detonated outside a restaurant in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)
March 28, 2019 - 10:38 am
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — An explosives-laden vehicle detonated outside a busy restaurant in Somalia's capital, killing at least 16 people, police said Thursday. Capt. Mohamed Hussein told The Associated Press that the blast occurred as the restaurant in Mogadishu's Waberi district was crowded with...
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Hamas' supreme leader Ismail Haniyeh, center right, tours destroyed buildings, in Gaza City, Wednesday, March 27, 2019. Haniyeh made his first public appearance since a new round of cross-border violence with Israel this week. On Wednesday he visited the rubble of his Gaza City office, which was destroyed in an Israeli airstrike. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
March 27, 2019 - 3:54 pm
JERUSALEM (AP) — Egyptian mediators rushed to the Gaza Strip on Wednesday and Hamas' supreme leader emerged from his hideout as an unofficial cease-fire between Israel and the Islamic militant group appeared to take hold. The Egyptian delegation sought to cement the truce that ended two days of...
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Palestinians inspect the damage of the offices of Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, in Gaza City, Tuesday, March 26, 2019. A tense quiet took hold Tuesday morning after a night of heavy fire as Israeli aircraft bombed targets across the Gaza Strip and Gaza militants fired rockets into Israel in what threatened to devolve into a major conflict two weeks before the Israeli election. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
March 26, 2019 - 9:58 pm
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (all times local): 11:10 p.m. Palestinian witnesses say Israeli aircraft are striking Hamas militant targets in the southern Gaza Strip. The late-night strikes on Tuesday follow a rocket launched from Gaza that set off air-raid sirens...
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Israeli soldiers work on their tanks at a gathering area near the Israel-Gaza border, Israel, Tuesday, March 26, 2019. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu returned home from Washington on Tuesday, heading straight into military consultations after a night of heavy fire as Israeli aircraft bombed Gaza targets and the strip's militants fired rockets into Israel. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
March 26, 2019 - 10:35 am
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu returned home from Washington on Tuesday, heading straight into military consultations and vowing further action after a night of heavy fire in which Israeli aircraft bombed Gaza targets and Palestinian militants fired rockets into Israel...
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FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2018 file photo, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, waves during a rally marking the 31st anniversary of the founding of Hamas, in Gaza city. Haniyeh said Monday, March 25, 2019, that his group will respond if Israel retaliates too forcefully to an overnight rocket strike. Haniyeh's statement came as Israel began striking targets in the Gaza Strip in response to the early morning rocket attack, which wounded seven people in a small town north of Tel Aviv. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra, File )
March 25, 2019 - 2:45 pm
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (all times local): 8:45 p.m. Hamas' radio station says an Israeli airstrike has demolished the offices of Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh. The airstrike took place moments after Israel fired a pair of warning shots at the office, a tactic...
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An Israeli police officer inspects the damage to a house hit by a rocket in Mishmeret, central Israel, Monday, March 25, 2019. An early morning rocket from the Gaza Strip struck a house in central Israel on Monday, wounding several people, including one moderately, an Israeli rescue service said, in an eruption of violence that could set off another round of violence shortly before the Israeli election. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
March 25, 2019 - 5:46 am
KFAR SABA, Israel (AP) — An early morning rocket fired from the Gaza Strip demolished a house in central Israel on Monday, wounding seven people and prompting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to cut short a trip to Washington. The military quickly mobilized troops and called up reserves, setting...
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The scene shortly after a violent attack which left at least 134 people dead and dozens more wounded, which according to witnesses was carried out by the ethnic Dogon militia who descended on Ogossogou village, Mali, early Saturday March 23, 2019. François Delattre, the president of the U.N. Security Council who spoke in Mali's capital on Saturday, condemned the massacre as an "unspeakable attack." (Tabital Pulaaku via AP)
March 24, 2019 - 12:45 pm
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — The death toll from a massacre in a central Malian village rose to 134 dead, the U.N. said, as new video emerged Sunday showing victims strewn on the ground amid the burning remains of their homes. An ethnic Dogon militia already blamed for scores of attacks in central Mali over...
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