Islamist militants

Talks needed on use of drones

US President Barack Obama

US President Barack Obama's new counter-terrorism doctrine has run into heavy crossfire. To some Republican opponents, his plan to redefine the global "war on terror" as a more targeted effort to eliminate threats to America is a retreat that underestimates the risk posed by Islamic extremists.

Wednesday, 29 May, 2013, 6:16am

Islamists kill 20 in suicide attacks in Niger

French nuclear manufacturer Areva's uranium mine in Arlit, Niger. Photo: AFP

Islamist suicide bombers struck an army barracks and a French-run uranium mine in Niger on Thursday, officials said, killing 20 people and wounding dozens more in attacks that showed militant violence spreading across West Africa.

24 May 2013 - 4:23am

2 Finns, Austrian abducted in Yemen by al-Qaeda free after four months

Atte Kaleva (left) and Leila Kaleva. Photo: EPA

A Finnish couple and an Austrian student abducted in Yemen by al-Qaeda militants more than four months ago have been freed and have arrived safety in Vienna, authorities said.

11 May 2013 - 4:12am

Islamist rebels in Dagestan deny link to Boston bombing

The Islamist rebel leader Doku Umarov (centre). Photo: AFP

Islamist rebels in the Russian republic of Dagestan have denied any links to the bombing of the Boston marathon. US investigators have begun to focus on a trip last year to Dagestan taken by Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the suspect killed during a manhunt on Friday, to see if he developed ties with the restive republic's violent rebel movement, the Vilayat Dagestan.

23 Apr 2013 - 8:46am

Cypriot court convicts Hezbollah militant for anti-Israeli plot

Hossam Yaacoub

A self-confessed Hezbollah militant accused of being part of a plot to attack Israeli interests on the Mediterranean island has been convicted of multiple charges by a court in Cyprus.

23 Mar 2013 - 3:03am

Indonesian police officers held over beatings in video posted on YouTube

Soldiers from Indonesia's elite Detachment 88 anti-terror brigade pin a suspect to the ground. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Five Indonesian policemen have been arrested over the alleged torture of militants after a video posted on YouTube showed suspects being shot and abused. The blurry 14-minute video, also posted by several Islamic groups on their websites, depicts officers forcing a man to strip to his underwear before they shoot him, apparently in the chest.

9 Mar 2013 - 2:16am

Islamists set fire to library housing ancient manuscripts

The blaze destroyed ancient manuscripts. Photo: AP

Halle Ousmani Cisse said that fighters allied with al-Qaeda torched two buildings on Saturday where the manuscripts were being kept. They also burned down the town hall and the governor's office, and shot dead a man who was celebrating the arrival of the French military.

29 Jan 2013 - 4:00am

Who said it?

Anti-doping chief Travis Tygart

The evidence is clear he was one of the ringleaders … that pulled off this grand heist

Anti-doping chief Travis Tygart on Lance Armstrong


[Islamist extremists] can threaten the region. And that's where the argument for American involvement comes in

27 Jan 2013 - 1:51am

Islamists flee as French troops push north

A French soldier wearing a skeleton mask in Niono. Photo: AFP

French troops have consolidated gains in Mali's Islamist-held north as Paris said the aim was its "total reconquest".

22 Jan 2013 - 4:13am

Algeria army kills 34 hostages, 15 kidnappers: news agency

Picture released by Norway's energy group Statoil on January 17, 2013 shows vehicles parked at the In Amenas gas field. Photo: AFP

An Algerian air strike killed 34 hostages, some of them Westerners, and 15 of their Islamist kidnappers at a desert gas field on Thursday, the ANI news agency quoted a spokesman for the kidnappers as saying.

“Thirty-four hostages and 15 kidnappers were killed in an (air) raid by the Algerian army,” the spokesman said in remarks that have not been independently confirmed.

17 Jan 2013 - 10:55pm

Mali's refugee misery spreads with Islamists' advance

Malian civilians wave as a convoy of French soldiers leaves the capital, Bamako, to battle Islamists in the north. France is providing both air and ground forces. Photo: AFP

The city of Segou used to welcome visitors with a sign for its industrial zone, a scheme designed to encourage industry in this impoverished part of northern Mali. But now the town has a new welcome notice.

Someone has scrawled in broken French in huge red letters on the side of a wall on the outskirts of town: "Our soldiers are at war!"

17 Jan 2013 - 4:10am