US says IS suspect in Benghazi attack killed in airstrike
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US says IS suspect in Benghazi attack killed in airstrike

WASHINGTON (AP) — An Islamic State operative suspected of involvement in the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, has been killed in a U.S. airstrike in Iraq, the Pentagon said Monday. Ali Awni al-Harzi “operated closely with multiple ISIL-associated extremists throughout North Africa and the Middle East,” Defense Department spokesman Col. … Continue reading

Islamic State group blows up 2 mausoleums in Syria’s Palmyra
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Islamic State group blows up 2 mausoleums in Syria’s Palmyra

BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State militants have destroyed two historic mausoleums in Palmyra, Syria’s top antiquities official said Wednesday, raising fears that the extremists could next target the town’s famed Roman ruins. Maamoun Abdulkarim, the head of the government’s Antiquities and Museums Department, told The Associated Press that the extremists destroyed the grave of Mohammad … Continue reading

US report finds Iran threat undiminished as nuke deal nears
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US report finds Iran threat undiminished as nuke deal nears

WASHINGTON (AP) — Iran’s support for international terrorist groups remained undiminished last year and even expanded in some respects, the Obama administration said Friday, less than two weeks before the deadline for completing a nuclear deal that could provide Tehran with billions of dollars in relief from economic sanctions. The assessment offered a worrying sign … Continue reading