The Pentagon has put plans to retake Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, from Islamic State militants on hold indefinitely.
The Muslim World League held a debate on terrorism in Mecca this week and some of its participants countered the Obama administration’s attempts to divorce acts of terror from a broader discussion on Islam.
Pentagon officials expect to begin training a few hundred Syrian rebels at various international training sites as soon as next month.
Egypt’s state news agency is reporting that a Cairo court has declared Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, a “terrorist organization.”
Activists and local residents say intense clashes between a Western-backed rebel group and al Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate have killed at least 20 fighters on the outskirts of the northern city of Aleppo.
The Pentagon’s research arm tasked with coming up with breakthrough technologies is using an experimental deep web tool to “scoop up” valuable data on the Islamic State group and its supporters.
Italy’s coast guard said Friday that it was “humiliating” that its personnel had to depend on others for protection from possible terror attacks and demanded that the government provide them with weapons.
House Republican leaders Thursday pushed for a short-term bill to fund Homeland Security and avoid a department shutdown this weekend, hoping to buy more time to force Senate Democrats into negotiations over President Obama’s deportation amnesty.
As Libya descends into a failed state — marked most recently by the beheadings of 21 Coptic Christians by jihadis — Democrats are beginning to question Hillary Rodham Clinton’s rush to war in the country, and one in particular, former Sen. Jim Webb, may make national security the focal point of a presidential campaign.
Breaking sharply with Secretary of State John F. Kerry’s far sunnier assessment just a day before, the Obama administration’s intelligence czar told Congress on Thursday that political instability and state-sponsored mass killing are at their “highest rate” in decades, and the U.S. still faces ominous challenges from China, Russia, cyberterrorists and the continuing turmoil in the Middle East.
Senior intelligence officials appear to be distancing themselves from a tentative timeline that a military officer established last week for invading Mosul, Iraq.
Khalid al-Fawwaz, a Saudi national and former close aide to Osama bin Laden, has been found guilty of the 1998 bombing of U.S. embassies in east Africa.