U.S. special forces were assisting in a hostage recovery operation at a Mali hotel Friday after multiple gunmen held 170 people inside the Radisson Blu in Bamako.
President Obama is considering leaving up to 5,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan beyond 2016, diverging from his initial plan to scale back American forces to a small force by the time he leaves the White House.
U.S. defense officials have confirmed that military equipment issued by the United States to Syrian rebel fighters has been funneled to an al Qaeda offshoot, raising new questions about the ways in which the Obama administration is safeguarding U.S. arms in the war-torn Middle Eastern country.
The Defense Department said Tuesday that Abdul Shalabi, believed to have once served as Osama bin Laden’s bodyguard, has been transferred from the prison at Guantanamo Bay to Saudi Arabia.
The Iranian government released five top members of al Qaeda this year in a prisoner swap, one of whom served as the group’s interim leader after the death of Osama bin Laden, according to a U.S. official.
A German police officer shot and killed an Islamic extremist in Berlin after he attacked a fellow officer and threatened street goers with a knife in Berlin.