Daughter defends US woman killed in Syria

Nicole Mansfield was killed last week in Syria. Photo: AP

The daughter of a 33-year-old American woman who converted to Islam and was killed in fighting in Syria last week insisted her mother was "not a terrorist", although the dead woman's father said he had expressed concerns about her to the FBI.

Sunday, 2 June, 2013, 7:58am

Soft side of counter-insurgency wins half the battle

Soft side of counter-insurgency wins half the battle

Most people think counter-insurgency is all about men in masks kicking down doors and rappelling down from the roofs of buildings. Yes, the application of surgical violence is still key, but many contemporary counter-insurgency tactics have a softer side, and involves an interdisciplinary application of the social sciences.

24 Mar 2013 - 4:43am

Gunmen kill nine police, villagers in central Philippines

About 20 gunmen sprayed the victims’ truck with automatic weapon fire before dawn in the foothills of Mount Kanlaon in Negros Occidental province, firing nearly 300 rounds of ammunition. 

27 Jan 2013 - 1:43pm

Briefs, January 3, 2013

Rohingya refugees sit in a boat as they are intercepted by Thai authorities off the sea in Phuket, southern Thailand. Photo: AP

More than 70 refugees from Myanmar's Rohingya minority found adrift off a Thai resort island will be repatriated to their homeland. Phuket provincial governor Maitri Inthusut said they were unable to continue their journey to Malaysia due to exhaustion and fear of mishaps at sea. Maitri said 12 children were among the 73 refugees, all of whom would be sent back to Myanmar by land on transport provided by immigration police.

3 Jan 2013 - 5:50am

Militants attack Pakistan police station, kill 6

Pakistani people transfer a body from the suicide blast site in northwest Pakistan's Bannu on Monday. Photo: Xinhua

Police say militants have attacked a police station in northwestern Pakistan, killing six people.

Senior police officer Waqar Ahmed says the militants began Monday’s attack by firing a rocket at the gate of the police station in Bannu city and then tossing grenades. The battle went on for more than an hour.

10 Dec 2012 - 4:03pm

Kidnapped doctor rescued by US troops in Afghanistan

US soldiers killed seven Taliban insurgents in a successful pre-dawn raid to rescue a kidnapped American doctor in eastern Afghanistan yesterday.

The mission was launched when intelligence showed that Dr Dilip Joseph was in "imminent danger of injury or death", Nato's International Security Assistance Force said.

10 Dec 2012 - 4:12am

Kidnapped US doctor rescued from Taliban

US soldiers killed seven Taliban insurgents in a pre-dawn raid to rescue a kidnapped American doctor in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, the Nato force in the war-torn country said.

The mission was launched when intelligence showed that Dr Dilip Joseph was in “imminent danger of injury or death”, Nato’s International Security Assistance Force said in a statement.

9 Dec 2012 - 4:26pm

Pakistan attacks kill 35 as leaders meet for summit

Pakistani policemen investigate the site where a bomb exploded during a Shiite religious procession in Rawalpindi on Thursday. Photo: AFP

A suicide attack on a Shiite Muslim procession in Pakistan overnight killed 23 people in the deadliest assault in the country for five months as Muslim leaders gathered for a rare summit in Islamabad.

22 Nov 2012 - 4:05pm

Briefs, November 19, 2012

Opposition leader steps down in South Korea

19 Nov 2012 - 6:24am

Karachi suicide attack wounds 26

Pakistani security personnel are pictured at the scene of a suicide bomb attack at the Rangers complex in Karachi on Thursday. Photo: AFP

A suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden pickup truck into the gate of a government paramilitary base in Pakistan’s largest city on Thursday, causing a huge blast that wounded at least 26 people.

8 Nov 2012 - 6:03pm

Pakistan suicide attack kills six

Pakistani security officials inspect the site of a suicide bomb blast at Qissa Khawani Bazaar in Peshawar, Pakistan, on Wednesday. Photo: EPA

A suicide bomber blew himself up in Pakistan’s northwestern city of Peshawar on Wednesday, killing at least six people including a senior police officer, officials said.

The blast ripped through a congested part of the city, which lies close to Pakistan’s lawless tribal areas and is frequently hit by bombings, leaving blood and body parts in the street.

7 Nov 2012 - 6:15pm

Gunmen kill 18 in bus attack in southwest Pakistan

People gather outside the burning petrol station after it was attacked by gunmen in Pakistan's southwest town of Khuzdar. Photo: Xinhua

Gunmen riding on two motorcycles opened fire on a bus at a small petrol station in southwest Pakistan on Friday, igniting a massive blaze and leaving 18 dead, a Pakistani official said.

3 Nov 2012 - 1:30am

Congo rebels fund insurgency by taking tourists on gorilla treks

Fighting in eastern Congo has led to claims of atrocities by M23 rebels, who are funding their insurgency by running gorilla treks. Photo: AFP

A Congolese rebel group accused of killings, mass rapes and other atrocities is taking groups of tourists on gorilla treks to the Virunga national park and using the proceeds to fund its insurgency.

22 Oct 2012 - 5:39am

Nigeria's battle with Boko Haram Islamist group leaves more dead

Burnt out cars in Potiskum, the commercial hub of Yobe state, which has been hit hard by near daily Islamist attacks in recent weeks. Photo: AP

Hundreds of residents of a northeastern Nigerian city were fleeing yesterday after three days of Islamist attacks that left at least 31 dead and many buildings and properties razed.

The troubled city of Potiskum had been under security lockdown since Thursday with troops patrolling the streets and residents keeping in-doors for fear of new attacks.

22 Oct 2012 - 3:28am

India's Supreme Court orders probe of killings in Manipur

India's top court has ordered the federal government to respond to allegations that more than 1,500 people have been killed by security forces in an insurgency-hit northeastern state since 1978.

3 Oct 2012 - 10:22am