• A few militants fight on in Philippine city ripped to shreds

    MARAWI, Philippines (AP) — Smoke wafted from the smoldering carcasses of buildings and houses, with the dome of a mosque blasted out with holes, as Philippine troops battled Thursday to defeat a final stand by the last dozens of pro-Islamic State group militants in a southern city.

  • More conflicts loom after Islamic State defeat in Raqqa

    BEIRUT (AP) — The Middle East may have turned a page with the defeat of the Islamic State group in its self-declared capital of Raqqa, but the future is looking even more tangled, and potentially as violent.

  • US-backed Syrian forces clear Raqqa after driving out IS

    BEIRUT (AP) — U.S.-backed Syrian forces were removing land mines and clearing roads in the northern city of Raqqa on Wednesday, a day after commanders said they had driven the Islamic State group from its de facto capital.

  • Thousands march over ‘Somalia’s 9/11;’ attack details emerge

    MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somali intelligence officials shared a detailed account of the country’s deadliest attack, while thousands marched Wednesday in Mogadishu in a show of defiance against the extremist group blamed for Saturday’s truck bombing that left more than 300 dead.

  • Al-Qaida set to gain as Islamic State disintegrates

    BEIRUT (AP) — Over several nights in September, some 10,000 men, women and children fled areas under Islamic State control, hurrying through fields in northern Syria and risking fire from government troops to reach a province held by an al-Qaida-linked group.

  • Philippine military pushes to defeat last Marawi fighters

    MARAWI, Philippines (AP) — Gunfire rang out sporadically and explosions thudded as Philippine soldiers fought Tuesday to regain control of the last pocket of Marawi controlled by Islamic militants, with President Rodrigo Duterte declaring the southern city liberated from “terrorist influence.”

  • The Latest: Syrian Kurdish commander says Raqqa freed of IS

    BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria as Islamic State militants make their last stand in the city of Raqqa (all times local):

  • After bombing, Somalia fears renewed al-Shabab onslaught

    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — As the toll rises above 300 from one of the world’s deadliest attacks in years, the al-Shabab extremist group has sent a powerful signal that the international focus on extremism can’t afford to overlook the African continent.

  • The Latest: US military downplays fighting in Iraq’s Kirkuk

    KIRKUK, Iraq (AP) — The Latest on Iraq, where federal forces have moved into the disputed northern city of Kirkuk as Kurdish forces have pulled out (all times local):

  • Somalia truck bombing toll over 300 as funerals begin

    MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — More than 300 people are dead after the truck bombing in Somalia’s capital and scores of others remain missing, authorities said Monday, as the fragile Horn of Africa nation reeled from one of the world’s worst attacks in years.