U.N. Envoy: Somali Islamists Driven into North, South Pockets

Masked Somali national army (SNA) soldiers search through homes for al-Shabaab fighters, during an operation in Ealsha Biyaha, Somalia, Saturday, June, 2, 2012

NAIROBI (Reuters) – A military offensive has driven Somalia’s al Shabaab Islamist group out of major strongholds and deprived it of revenue sources, but its retreat to a southern valley and northern hills still poses a threat, the U.N. envoy to Somalia said.

U.S. Officials: Texas Attack Shows Evolution of ‘Lone Wolf’ Militants

An aerial view shows the area around a car that was used the previous night by two gunmen, who were killed by police, as it is investigated by local police and the FBI

WASHINGTON/AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – U.S. investigators believe two men killed after opening fire on a Texas event that offered a prize for cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad represent an evolving model of “lone wolf” militants who are radicalized partly by themselves and partly through long-distance engagement with organized militants.

U.S. Probing Islamic State Claims It Was Behind Texas Cartoon Attack

Local police and FBI investigators collect evidence, including a rifle, where two gunmen were shot dead after their bodies were removed in Garland

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. investigators were looking into claims by the Islamic State militant group that it was behind a failed attack on a Texas exhibit of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in which two gunmen were killed, but officials said on Tuesday they doubted the group’s direct involvement.

State Department Won’t Rule Out $50 Billion ‘Signing Bonus’ For Iran

Hassan Rouhani

The State Department on Monday would not rule out giving Iran up to $50 billion as a so-called “signing bonus” for agreeing to a nuclear deal later this year, according to comments made to reporters following reports that the Obama administration had formulated a plan to release tens-of-billions of frozen Iranian funds.