Militant groups

A Humvee drives in a village recently retaken from Islamic State militants by U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) near Baghouz, Syria, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019. Islamic State militants are preventing more than 1,000 civilians from leaving a tiny area still held by the extremist group in a village in eastern Syria, a spokesman for the U.S.-backed Syrian militia fighting the group said Sunday. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
February 18, 2019 - 10:08 am
AL-OMAR OIL FIELD BASE, Syria (AP) — More than 300 Islamic State militants surrounded in a tiny area in eastern Syria are refusing to surrender to U.S.-backed forces and are trying to negotiate an exit, Syrian activists and a person close to the negotiations said Monday. The extremists are bottled...
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Flames and smoke billows from a residential building where militants are suspected to have taken refuge during a gun battle in Pulwama, south of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Monday, Feb. 18, 2019. Tensions continued to rise in the aftermath of a suicide attack in disputed Kashmir, with seven people killed Monday in a gunbattle that broke out as Indian soldiers scoured the area for militants. (AP Photo/ Dar Yasin)
February 18, 2019 - 7:09 am
SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Tensions escalated in the aftermath of a suicide attack in disputed Kashmir, with seven people killed Monday in a gunbattle that broke out as Indian soldiers scoured the area for militants. Government forces surrounded a village in the southern Pulwama area on a tip that...
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U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters stand in an area recently taken by SDF as fight against Islamic State militants continue in the village of Baghouz, Syria, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019. Islamic State militants are preventing more than 1,000 civilians from leaving a tiny area still held by the extremist group in a village in eastern Syria, a spokesman for the U.S.-backed Syrian militia fighting the group said Sunday. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
February 17, 2019 - 7:57 pm
BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — From a self-proclaimed caliphate that once spread across much of Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State group has been knocked back to a speck of land on the countries' shared border. In that tiny patch on the banks of the Euphrates River, hundreds of militants are hiding among...
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An explosion strikes during a military demonstration targeting a theatrical "ballistic missile launchpad" at the International Defense Exhibition and Conference in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019. The biennial arms show in Abu Dhabi comes as the United Arab Emirates faces increasing criticism for its role in the yearlong war in Yemen. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)
February 17, 2019 - 10:30 am
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates' yearslong war in Yemen alongside Saudi Arabia bled into the start of a biennial Abu Dhabi arms fair Sunday, which saw the Emirates sign $1.3 billion in weapons deals. One manufacturer displayed a model of a machine gun on sale that's...
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A man selling chicken sits in an area recently retaken by U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) from Islamic State militants in Hajin, Syria, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
February 16, 2019 - 1:36 pm
BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — The sound of mortar shelling and fighter jets whizzing by filled the air. At the base in this small village, fighters from the U.S.- backed Syrian Democratic Forces coordinate with their comrades about two kilometers (1.2 miles) away who are closing in on Islamic State...
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A protestor shouts slogans against Thursday's attack on a paramilitary convoy, in Jammu, India, Friday, Feb.15, 2019. The death toll from a car bombing on the paramilitary convoy in Indian-controlled Kashmir has climbed at least 40, becoming the single deadliest attack in the divided region's volatile history, security officials said Friday. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
February 15, 2019 - 6:57 pm
SRINAGAR, India (AP) — India's prime minister warned of a "crushing response" to the suicide bombing of a paramilitary convoy in Indian-controlled Kashmir that killed 41 people and was the deadliest in the divided region's volatile history. Prime Minister Narendra Modi placed the blame for Thursday...
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U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) commander Adnan Afrin, poses for a photo in the in Omar oil field base, Syria, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. Adnan Afrin told The Associated Press that in the last three days, the Islamic State group has brought up from underground tunnels hundreds of civilians, to let them be known to the SDF and the U.S.-led coalition. He says the discovery has blunted the offensive. "We do not want to cause a massacre." (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
February 15, 2019 - 12:23 pm
AL-OMAR OIL FIELD BASE, Syria (AP) — The offensive on the last enclave held by the Islamic State group in eastern Syria has been blunted by the discovery of hundreds of civilians still living there, a commander with the Kurdish-led force fighting the extremists said Friday. The U.S.-backed force...
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A U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighter sits inside a tent atop a hill in the desert outside the village of Baghouz, Syria, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. U.S.-backed Syrian forces are clearing two villages in eastern Syria of remaining Islamic State militants who are hiding among the local population, and detaining others attempting to flee with the civilians, the U.S.-led coalition said Thursday. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
February 14, 2019 - 4:38 pm
OUTSIDE BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — Islamic State group militants clung to their last square kilometer (square mile) of land in eastern Syria on Thursday with an unknown number of civilians trapped inside, officials said. U.S.-backed forces conducted precision operations targeting the militants' outposts...
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Indian paramilitary soldiers stand by the wreckage of a bus after an explosion in Pampore, Indian-controlled Kashmir, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. Security officials say at least 10 soldiers have been killed and 20 others wounded by a large explosion that struck a paramilitary convoy on a key highway on the outskirts of the disputed region's main city of Srinagar. (AP Photo/Umer Asif)
February 14, 2019 - 3:01 pm
SRINAGAR, India (AP) — At least 33 soldiers were killed and about 20 others wounded Thursday in a car bomb attack on a paramilitary convoy along a key highway in Indian-controlled Kashmir, security officials said. It was one of the deadliest car bombings in the disputed region's history. Officials...
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This frame grab from video provided Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition group, that is consistent with independent AP reporting, shows U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces fighters looking at smoke rising from a shell that targeted Islamic State group militants, in the village of Baghouz, Deir El-Zour, eastern Syria. Fighting between U.S.-backed fighters and IS inflicted more casualties among people fleeing the violence in eastern Syria Tuesday where the extremists are on the verge of losing the last area they control. (Syrian Observatory for Human Rights via AP)
February 13, 2019 - 2:03 pm
AL-OMAR OIL FIELD BASE, Syria (AP) — Islamic State group militants, many of them foreigners, surrendered to U.S.-backed fighters in eastern Syria on Wednesday, bringing the Kurdish-led force closer to taking full control of the last remaining area controlled by the extremists, a Kurdish official...
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