- Anger in Lebanon after jihadists say policeman killed
Gunmen and protesters took to the streets Saturday after a Syrian jihadist group said it killed a captured Lebanese policeman to avenge the arrest of family members of Islamist militants.
- Iran confirms air strikes in Iraq against Islamic State: Guardian newspaper
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A senior Iranian official has confirmed his country carried out air strikes in neighbouring Iraq against Islamic State fighters at the request of Iraqi authorities, Britain’s Guardian newspaper reported.
- U.S. to keep more troops in Afghanistan as violence spikes
KABUL (Reuters) – The United States will keep up to 1,000 more soldiers than previously planned in Afghanistan into next year, outgoing U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Saturday, in a recognition of the still formidable challenge from Taliban insurgents.
- Officials: Bombings kill 10 people in Iraq
BAGHDAD (AP) — A string of bombings targeting Shiites killed 10 people Saturday around Baghdad, Iraqi officials said.
- Iran minister says all web surfers to be ‘identified’
Iran’s telecommunications minister has said his technicians are developing a system to identify any Internet user in the country at the moment of log-on, the ISNA news agency reported Saturday.
- US hostage Luke Somers and SA Pierre Korkie killed during Yemen rescue bid
UK-born US journalist Luke Somers and South African teacher Pierre Korkie have been killed by al-Qaeda militants in Yemen during a failed rescue bid.
- Syrian troops repel IS attack on eastern air base
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces repelled an attack by the Islamic State group on a major air base in the country’s east on Saturday, in fighting that killed dozens on both sides, activists and state media said.
- Police say Taliban attack kills 3 in Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A Taliban attack on a convoy in northern Afghanistan killed three police officers, authorities said Saturday, as suspected U.S. drone strikes killed four Taliban militants.
- Pakistan claims to have killed NYC bomb plotter in raid
ISLAMABAD , Pakistan – Pakistani soldiers killed a top al Qaeda operative Saturday who was indicted in the U.S. for his alleged involvement in a plot to bomb New York’s subway system, the military said in a statement.
- Swiss hostage hacked extremist with long knife during daring escape
MANILA, Philippines – A Swiss hostage made a dramatic escape Saturday from Abu Sayyaf extremists when he hacked a rebel commander and then got shot as he dashed to freedom amid a military bombardment, ending more than two years of jungle captivity in the southern Philippines, officials said.