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Islamic Militancy

Mali militants still a threat to West Africa, says UN chief

AUN force is to take over security duties from French forces who entered Mali in January to halt an Islamist advance and help the government re-establish its authority over the vast country.

Sunday, 9 June, 2013, 4:33pm

Jihadi says Sabah state is Malaysia's soft spot

It is a journey Indonesian Ali Fauzi has made countless times, crossing into Malaysia's eastern state of Sabah on fishing boats and dodging the country's maritime patrols under the cover of darkness.

25 Mar 2013 - 5:59am

US may use drones on extremists to stop Syria becoming terror haven

The CIA is secretly targeting Islamic extremists in Syria for possible lethal drone strikes as part of a contingency plan to protect the US and its allies in the event the turmoil there worsens, current and former US officials say.

17 Mar 2013 - 7:22am

'Uncatchable' terror leader Mokhtar Belmokhtar reportedly killed in Mali

The death of one of the world's most wanted jihadists would be a major blow to al-Qaeda in the region and to Islamist rebels already forced to flee towns they had seized in northern Mali by an offensive by French and African troops.

4 Mar 2013 - 5:22am

Malaysia stand-off with armed Filipinos ends in violence

Twelve followers of a self-described Philippine Sultan died in a shootout with Malaysian security forces on Friday, police said, as tensions ratcheted up in their 17-day stand-off.

2 Mar 2013 - 4:14am 4 comments

Philippines’ Aquino warns sultan in Malaysia stand-off

Philippine President Benigno Aquino warned a sultan on Tuesday he would face the “full force of the law” if he did not end a standoff involving his armed followers in the Malaysian state of Sabah.

26 Feb 2013 - 3:06pm

New violence breaks out in Mali

Fresh fighting erupted yesterday in northern Mali between ethnic Tuareg and an unidentified armed group, security sources said, the latest violence in the wake of a French-led campaign that drove radical Islamist fighters from major cities.

24 Feb 2013 - 6:25am

Manila wants peaceful end to Sabah stand-off with Malaysia

The group claims to be followers of a former Philippine-based Islamic sultanate that once controlled parts of Borneo, including the stand-off site, and is refusing to leave Malaysian territory.

17 Feb 2013 - 6:22am

Al-Qaeda-linked militants free two Filipino hostages

Gunmen from the al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf Islamist group freed two Filipino members of a Jordanian TV crew who they kidnapped last year as they set out to interview the extremists.

4 Feb 2013 - 2:38am

French-led forces take control of key north Mali town, US to help refuel warplanes

The seizure of Gao, the most populated town in Mali’s northern region, was announced by the French defence ministry and confirmed by Malian security sources on Saturday.

27 Jan 2013 - 10:27am