Syria`s Assad pays tribute to soldiers despite setbacks

Syria`s President Bashar al-Assad has paid tribute to his army and a group of soldiers who escaped an almost month-long rebel siege, in comments which follow a series of regime losses.

Rebels seize hospital holding 150 Syrian soldiers: Monitor

 Islamist rebels on Friday overran a hospital in northwest Syria where at least 150 regime forces and dozens of civilians were trapped for nearly a month, a monitor said. 

Al Qaeda's document describes 2008 Mumbai terror attack as "heroic", Pune German Bakery blast as "beautiful"
Al Qaeda's document describes 2008 Mumbai terror attack as "heroic", Pune German Bakery blast as "beautiful"

An al Qaeda document recovered by US Navy SEALs from the Abbottabad hideout of Osama bin Laden describes the 2008 Mumbai terror attack by Pakistan-based LeT terrorists as a "heroic Fidai" operation and the one at German Bakery in Pune as a "beautiful huge" bombing.

India to seek UN sanctions against Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin

India is in the process of seeking UN sanctions against banned Hizbul Mujahideen supremo Syed Salahuddin for a freeze on his assets and a travel ban for his association with Al-Qaeda terror group and its affiliates like Lashker-e-Toiba.

Al-Qaeda-linked Belmokhtar group in North Africa claims allegiance to IS: report

The Al-Qaeda-linked group of notorious one-eyed Algerian militant Mokhtar Belmokhtar has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group, according to an audio recording broadcasted by private Mauritanian agency Al-Akhbar.

Four die as Philippine troops raid al Qaeda-linked bomb factory

Three Muslim militants and a soldier were killed in the southern Philippines on Thursday when government troops raided a bomb factory of an Al-Qaeda-linked group, a military official said.

Two Swedes, Somali plead guilty in NY over Shebab conspiracy

Two Swedes and a Somali, handed to the FBI more than two years ago in Africa, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to conspiring to aid the Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab group in Somalia, US prosecutors said.

Widow of slain US-Bangladeshi blogger Avijit Roy lashes out at Dhaka
Widow of slain US-Bangladeshi blogger Avijit Roy lashes out at Dhaka

On a recent evening in a Midwestern US city, a middle-aged woman with bandaged arms and a missing thumb entered a crowded restaurant. Nearby, children colored with crayons. Waiters rushed by.

Djibouti President warns of Yemen`s risks to region

Djibouti`s President has warned Yemen`s civil war and a resurgent al Qaeda pose a threat to the Middle East, but pledged continuing support to refugees fleeing the conflict, he told a news agency in an interview.

''Child soldier'' Omar Khadr asks Canadians for one chance

In his first public appearance after 13 years of imprisonment, "child soldier" Omar Khadr, captured in Afghanistan at the age of 15, thanked the citizens of Canada for their understanding and said "give me a chance and you will be surprised", Efe news agency reported.

Fast N Facts @ 4 pm

Watch Fast N Facts @ 4 pm

Several US probes likely of drone strikes that killed hostages

The Central Intelligence Agency`s Inspector General will conduct what could be the first of several investigations into the CIA drone strikes that killed American and Italian hostages and two US-born al Qaeda militants, US government sources said on Friday.

Italy seeks info from US in drone strike hostage death

Italy said on Friday it wanted more information from the United States about how an Italian aid worker was killed in a US drone strike on the Afghan-Pakistan border as officials sought to explain why it took three months to be told about the "tragic error."

Barack Obama rallies intelligence staff after botched strike

 A day after revealing that the United States killed two Western hostages in a botched operation against al Qaeda, a mournful President Barack Obama assembled intelligence staff to pay tribute to their work and patriotism.

'US drone strikes leaves al Qaeda in tatters in Pakistan tribal belt'

US drone strikes over the years targeting al Qaeda's top leadership in Pakistan's tribal belt has left the terror group "in tatters", forcing the militant leaders to seek shelter in the remote mountains of eastern Afghanistan and Sudan even as they struggle to find people capable of leading the outfit, a media report said.

Al-Qaeda leaders hiding in Af-Pak region remains a concern: US

The US has said top al-Qaeda leaders hiding in the Af-Pak region continue to be a concern and local authorities have limited willpower and capabilities to act against the terrorist outfit.

US drone war under scrutiny after botched strike

President Barack Obama`s admission Thursday that a US drone strike accidentally took the lives of two hostages has raised fresh questions about the limits and the risks of the country`s "targeted killing" campaign.

Al Qaeda's Indian branch leader killed by US

Ahmed Farouq, an American who died in a US counter-terrorism airstrike in January, was the deputy emir of Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent, or AQIS, a new branch of the terror group, according to a media report.

Rebels launch new offensive in northwestern Syria

Several hard-line Syrian rebel groups pushed a new offensive against government forces in northwestern Syria on Thursday, less than a month after seizing control of the provincial capital there.

US to compensate families of hostages killed in strike

The White House on Thursday said the United States would compensate the families' of an American and Italian hostage killed in a counter-terrorism operation near the Afghan-Pakistan border.